Funimation Channel Premieres Four New Shows in Primetime
FOUR NEW SHOWS IN PRIMETIME
Channel Expands Programming, Premiering Top Anime Titles
In Primetime Lineup
West Palm Beach, FL, Nov. 15, 2010 – FUNimation Channel, the nation's only 24/7 HD Anime TV Network, is unveiling four new titles to its primetime line-up. Also returning to the network in HD are movies and fan-favorite series such as “Full Metal Panic!” and the “xXxHolic/Tsubasa” double-feature.
Starting November 15, FUNimation Channel will unveil a new primetime line-up from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. Eastern on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Viewers can expect new weekly episodes of the animated series “Oh! Edo Rocket”, “Corpse Princess”, “Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings” and “Spice and Wolf”. While in the daytime viewers can expect the premieres of “Full Metal Panic: FUMOFFU” and “School Rumble OVA”.
“We are excited to add new shows to the network's primetime schedule,” said Tim Kelly, vice-president of sales and distribution for FUNimation Channel. “We will also unveil additional programming blocks in the coming year and we encourage our fan base to join the Get the FUNimation Channel campaign. As the channel expands, so will our programming.”
About the new series:
“Oh! Edo Rocket” – This 26-episode comedy is set in 1842 Edo, when government reforms have banned all luxuries, including plays, inventions, and fireworks. Despite the political climate, Seikichi, a young fireworks maker, dreams of making a huge firework the likes of which have never been seen. Unfortunately, every time he fires a test rocket the government officials try to track him down. One day, a beautiful, mysterious girl appears before Seikichi and asks him to build a rocket that can reach the moon.
“Corpse Princess” – A 13-episode supernatural series tells the tale of a girl named Makina who is one of the living dead. If she is to ever find peace, she must hunt down and destroy her own kind. Aided by a secret society of monks, Makina's quest to rid the world of the undead begins.
“Sengoku Basara” – Based on the Capcom videogame, Sengoku Basara drops you directly into the burning battlefields of feudal Japan, where rival warlords hack and slash their way to total domination. Each conqueror wields a special attack that boosts their powers of devastation, and each commands a horde of relentless warriors. But when a supreme evil – the Demon Lord – threatens the land, these fierce generals launch a co-op campaign of annihilation and build an army of armies to obliterate their common foe. As the front line grows crowded with gun-toting, mechanized samurai and mystical ninja, some will say that war is hell – Sengoku Basara proves it can also be kick ass.
“Spice and Wolf” - Lawrence, a traveling merchant searching for profit, finds a naked girl with the ears and tail of a wolf asleep in his cart. Her name is Holo – a harvest goddess with an untamed beast lurking inside who longs to return to her beloved northern home. Armed with his street smarts and her animal instincts, a simple peddler and a forgotten deity begin a journey through the wild countryside.
In addition to the new primetime titles, the channel will also feature the return of fan-favorite series “Full Metal Panic!”. The 24 episode sci-fi action series is about a teenaged military specialist working for a secret organization assigned to protect a young woman, who just happens to be the most popular girl at school.
Anime movies will also appear on the network starting November 15 with “Origin: Spirits of the Past” and the “xXxHolic/Tsubasa” double-feature in HD.
Since its launch in September 2005, FUNimation Channel has been the leader of anime entertainment, bringing the newest and best anime programming to the U.S.
Fans can request their cable or satellite provider carry the FUNimation Channel. Go to www.getfunimationchannel.com to find out how.
FUNimation Channel HD is now available to AT&T customers on channel 1484 in the U-verse TV HD Premium Tier.
About the FUNimation Channel
FUNimation Channel, a partnership between Olympusat, Inc. and FUNimation Entertainment, is the market leader in providing fans in the U.S. within the $4.5 billion dollar a year business direct access to an exclusive portfolio of Anime movies, series and specials to TV, mobile and broadband customers alike. FUNimation Channel is currently available in approximately 20 million TV households in the U.S. and is available on Verizon, Comcast and others. FUNimation Channel has linear SD, VOD and now HD (1080p) service along with multiplatform strategies and licensing capabilities. www.funimationchannel.com
OlympuSAT, Inc. is the nation's top owner and service provider of independent television networks. Currently the company represents or controls more than two dozen diverse channels through their Hispanic, Digital I and Faith & Families Packs. OlympuSAT facilitates technical related services including satellite and uplink along with affiliate sales and marketing services. Additional services provided to networks include, as needed, master control, advertising sales and traffic and billing services. The OlympuSAT network portfolio is distributed via Intelsat Galaxy 23. An affiliate of Ocean Communications, OlympuSAT is based in West Palm Beach, Florida, serving homes nationwide. www.olympusat.com
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.