Otakon 2006

by Bamboo Dong,
Representatives: Lance Heiskell, Antimere Robinson, Jonathan Brands

Funimation started its panel with a rundown of their recent and upcoming releases, such as Negima, Speed Grapher, and Basilisk. Fullmetal Alchemist volumes 12 and 13 will be released on September 5 and 12, respectively, while the movie will be released on September 12 with a limited theatrical release on August 25.

Titles premiering within the next few months include Trinity Blood, Moonphase, the Robotech Shadow Chronicles movie, Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid, as well as the Spiral boxset.

Robinson, the head of the art department at Funimation, then discussed the thought process that went into designing boxes and dealing with the immense amount of artwork that the studio gets for their incoming series; according to Robinson, the chief concern is finding a way to get all of the artwork into the hands of the fans, which can be a considerable challenge. He went on to describe the company's upcoming Trinity Blood box, which includes brass hinges and a 20-page booklet of art.

Heiskell also announced that the Fullmetal Alchemist movie will be available with a special limited edition lenticular cover at Waldenbooks, with a special 30-minute documentary included only in the Best Buy edition.

Near the end, Funimation announced that they have licensed both seasons of School Rumble, as well as the OVA. It will be out next year.

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