Genres: action, comedy, psychological Themes: crime, crime girls with guns thief, fanservice, girls with guns, thief Number of episodes: 13 Vintage: 2012-04-04 Objectionable content: Intense
Plot Summary: Many people are falling prey to a suspicious new religion. Lupin III infiltrates this group, hoping to steal the treasure their leader keeps hidden. There he lays eyes on the beautiful, bewitching woman who has the leader enthralled. This is the story of how fashionable female thief Fumiko Mine first met Lupin III, the greatest theif of his generation.
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Though really surprised Funimation was the ones to get it. I know they got other Lupin stuff before but I assumed since they've not re-released them again it was not profitable. Actually figured this would be Discotek. Though at the same time Funimation simulcasting something does not mean license so it could be assumed it still could go elsewhere.
Doesn't Funi only have license on a few of the older OVA's? Outside of subbing and doing a bulk set release I can't imagine those would have much value.
This is mildly different though since it's a full season. And pretty much everything about Lupin III screams western audience(especially if they can somehow pull the Geneon dub cast). And what with Toonami possibly "coming back" (even if it is just a rebranded Adult Swim Saturday anime block), I'm sure they'll be wanting to pump new shows into it, and something like Lupin III that handles things in an episodic matter that you don't need context of any other part of the series to watch would probably handle itself very nicely.
Also, first episode was fant(itty)astic. Curious how delayed the Funi "simulcast" is going to be.
North American anime distributor Funimation announced at its Otakon panel on Saturday that it has licensed the following anime: Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar (Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari), Space Battleship Yamato Resurrection, One Piece Film Strong World, the Fairy Tail: Hōō no Miko film, and Akira. In addition, the company has added additional rights to Aquarion Evol, Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, Sankarea, and Maken-Ki! Battling Venus. The company has also licensed season two of Fairy Tail and season five of One Piece.
Funimation has acquired the streaming, broadcast, home entertainment, video on demand, pay-per-view, and DTO/DTR rights to the Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar video anime series. With this series, Funimation has now acquired the streaming, home entertainment, theatrical, and merchandise rights to the complete Tenchi Muyo! anime franchise. Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar is set in an alternate world called Geminar, where countries have fought endless wars with replicas of humanoid Seikishi weapons that they found in ancient ruins. 15-year-old Kenshi Masaki, the half-brother of Tenchi Muyo! protagonist Tenchi Masaki, is summoned from Earth to Geminar. The 13-episode original video anime series was originally released in 2009-2010.
The company has acquired the home entertainment rights to Space Battleship Yamato Resurrection. The anime film, which was the first film from the Yamato space opera franchise in 26 years, opened in Japan in December 2009. The film is set in 2220, or 21 years after the first Yamato story and 17 years after the story of the last film, Final Yamato. A 320,000-kilometer-wide black hole threatens Earth, so 300 million people set a course for Amaaru, 27,000 light years away. The transport fleet is attacked, and the new Yamato battleship leads the counterstrike. 38-year-old Susumu Kodai, the hero of the first series, is now a space captain, and he has a daughter named Miyuki with his wife Yuki (the heroine of the first series).
Funimation has the home entertainment rights to the Fairy Tail film, Fairy Tail: Hōō no Miko. The film revolves around a mysterious girl named Éclair who appears before Fairy Tail, the world's most notorious wizard's guild. She lost all of her memories, except for the imperative that she must deliver two Hōōseki (Phoenix Stones) somewhere. The stones may spell the collapse of the magical world, and Natsu, Lucy, and the rest of the Fairy Tail guild are caught up in the intrigue. Hiro Mashima, the creator of the original Fairy Tail manga, is in charge of story planning and visual design for the film's all-new plot, and he is also drafting the guest character designs and image concept art. The film opens in Japan on August 18.
Funimation has the home entertainment rights to One Piece Film Strong World. The 10th anime film based on Eiichiro Oda's One Piece pirate manga opened in Japan in December 2009. Oda personally oversaw this film's production. The film features the Straw Hat pirates traveling back to East Blue and battling the legendary pirate Shiki after he kidnaps Nami.
The company has also acquired home entertainment rights to an additional 24 episodes of Fairy Tail, and the fifth season of One Piece. The fifth season of One Piece will include episodes 264–336, which spans the entire Enies Lobby arc and ends with the ice hunter arc. One Piece Season 5 will be released in summer 2013.
Funimation revealed it has acquired the home entertainment rights to Katsuhiro Otomo's film Akira. Bandai Entertainment had previously reissued the film on DVD in February of this year, and the most recent U.S. reissue before that was a Blu-ray Disc in February 2009 by Bandai Visual USA. Streamline Pictures and Geneon Entertainment released the film in the past.
Funimation revealed it has added home entertainment rights to the Aquarion Evol television anime series. The anime production studio Satelight had announced earlier on Saturday that Funimation has the streaming rights to the series.
Funimation also announced it has added the home entertainment and digital rights to the Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine television anime series. Funimation previously revealed it acquired the streaming rights to the series in April, and the company streamed the series as it aired in Japan. In addition, Funimation has added the broadcast, home entertainment, theatrical, and merchandise rights to Sankarea. The company streamed this series as it aired in Japan as well.
Lastly, Funimation has added the home entertainment, broadcast, pay per view, and merchandise rights to the Maken-Ki! Battling Venus television anime series. Funimation and the video-streaming service Niconico had streamed the series as it aired in Japan last year. Hiromitsu Takeda's original Maken-Ki! manga centers around Takeru Ōyama, a boy enrolled in an elite school where the girls (and boys) fight with mysterious items called Maken. The student body includes the enigmatic girl Kodama, a girl named Inaho who calls herself Takeru's fiancée, and his childhood friend Haruko.
North American anime distributor FUNimation Entertainment revealed its English dub casts for Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, EUREKA SEVEN AO, and Michiko and Hatchin on Thursday.
The Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine dub cast is as follows:
Fujiko - Michelle Ruff
Lupin - Sonny Strait
Goemon - Mike McFarland
Jigen - Christopher R. Sabat
Zenigata - Richard Epcar
Funimation will release the series on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on July 30. The series revolves around the character of Fujiko Mine, depicting her and the rest of the Lupin III cast during their younger days. Sayo Yamamoto (Michiko to Hatchin) directed the 13-episode series, making her the first female director on the Lupin III series. Redline director Takeshi Koike served as animation director and character designer, and anohana's Mari Okada handled the scripts. Dai Sato (Cowboy Bebop, Eureka 7) acted as an episode writer for the series, and composer/musician Naruyoshi Kikuchi produced its opening theme as well as in-show music.
Funimation also posted an English dub trailer for the series.
The fact they got Michelle Ruff back as Fujiko is AMAZING! I'm so happy about that. She's the best Fujiko I've heard so far. I'm sure she'll hold this dub together.
Sonny Strait I used to hate as Lupin, but last time I re-watched the movies I figured I only hated him because he's no Tony Oliver. But he's alright. He's a good Lupin. But Tony Oliver owned that role and will be missed.
Mike McFarland? Well....uh....he played the role before so...yeah...I don't think there's anyone I like as Goemon to be honest. Lex Lang was better I suppose, but he wasn't that good. I thought he was perfect in Figure 17 though. But there's no good Goemon. Is he directing this?
I'm still trying to figure out why they got Richard Epcar back and then cast him in a different role?? This is like what they did with Greg Ayres for the Eva movies. They got him back (he played Kaworu in the directors cut episodes) but they cast Jerry Jewell as Kaworu in re-build and Greg Ayres as Kensuke?? WHY? I don't understand what they're thinking at all here. It makes no sense. The best part is they'll never explain it. Richard Epcar is an excellent actor, he needs more work, but I'm not sure hes' suited for Zenigata. Dan Martin made that role work. He was hilarious.
Sabat as Jigen...well he was damn good. But I would have liked to see him sit this one out and let Epcar take his role back though.
The real question about this dub is will they reference Shaq?