Funimation Entertainment Acquires “Sands Of Destruction” Anime Series from Sega of America

Jul 2nd 2009
Flower Mound, TX (July 2, 2009) – FUNimation® Entertainment today announced that it has acquired home entertainment, broadcast, digital, and merchandise rights to the first season (13 episodes) of the fantasy adventure series “Sands of Destruction” from SEGA of America Inc.

Sands of Destruction” is based on the game of the same name from SEGA. The series is to be launched in tandem with SEGA's new RPG adventure game, Sands of Destruction™. It will be SEGA's first anime launched in partnership with Production I.G

This fantasy adventure series is directed by Shunsuke Tada and produced by Production I.G (Ghost in the Shell). In Japan, the series is known as World Destruction: Sekai Bokumetsu no Rokuni™ and is critically acclaimed.

ABOUT SANDS OF DESTRUCTION
On a planet where the oceans are made of sand, inhabitants must travel aboard huge sand ships, and constant battles rage between two organizations. Therein live humans and a dominant race of Therian beings. Therians are humanoid in appearance, but possess great physical strength, and beast-like characteristics. Therians are able to use their fierce strength to force humans to live under their control.

Kyrie, the hero of this story, lives a life of solitude. He wanders from place to place since losing his parents as a child. He is resigned to accept things as they are because he believes it is futile to try to change anything in the oppressive world he lives in.
Kyrie meets Morte, a mysterious girl who is a member of the “World Destruction Committee”. She is determined to destroy the planet, freeing it from the tyrannical rule of the Therians.
After this chance encounter with Morte, Kyrie is dragged into a conflict that will dictate mankind's future.

Featuring an all-star team of Japanese RPG developers and a sweeping soundtrack by composer Yasunori Mitsuda, “Sands of Destruction” utilizes the upper and lower DS screens for its dynamic battle system, including major boss battles where colossal monsters take up both DS screens. Mixing traditional turn-based tactics with fighting game mechanics to create an intense gameplay experience, “Sands of Destruction” also features an innovative “Quip system” where characters utter inspiring battle commands that enhance abilities and boost attributes to give them various advantages during battle. As the story unfolds new battle commands will be discovered and gamers will be able to customize the different commands to each character. “Sands of Destruction” will be released in spring 2010, exclusively for Nintendo DS™.

FUNimation Entertainment will release the first season of the series in spring 2010.


About SEGA Corporation:

SEGA® Corporation is a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home, encompassing consumer business, amusement machine sales and amusement center operations. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. SEGA® Corporation's Web site is located at http://Sega.jp.

About SEGA of America Inc.:

SEGA® of America, Inc. is the American arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA® Corporation, a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. SEGA of America's Web site is located at www.Sega.com.

About Production I.G:

Production I.G is a leading animation studio with headquarters in Tokyo. It is renowned for its production of numerous acclaimed films, OVA's (original video animation), TV shows and videogames.

One of their best known works-Ghost in the Shell (1995, directed by Mamoru Oshii) was No.1 in US Billboard Top Video Sales Chart 1996.

Innocence (2004, directed by Mamoru Oshii) is the first Japanese animation film to compete at the Cannes Film Festival, and was among the only two animation films to be finalists for the Palme D'Or awards.

Other animations by the studio have earned critical accolades in Japan and around globe for their quality of animation and storytelling.

About FUNimation Entertainment

FUNimation® Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, is the leading company for home video sales of Japanese animation in the United States. FUNimation has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands, and manages a full spectrum of rights for most of its brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution. For more information about FUNimation Entertainment and its brands, visit www.funimation.com.

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