Funimation's Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood License to Expire in March
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
North American anime distributor Funimation confirmed on Monday that its home video and streaming rights for the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood television anime and the Fullmetal Alchemist: The Movie - Conqueror of Shamballa anime film will expire on March 31. Both the television anime and film will be removed from Funimation's streaming service on that day, and Funimation will no longer reprint the home video releases for both anime.
Funimation released Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood on five DVD and Blu-ray releases from 2010 to 2011, and re-released it in a two-part collection on both DVD and Blu-ray in 2012. Funimation released Fullmetal Alchemist: The Movie - Conqueror of Shamballa on DVD in 2006, and again in 2009. Funimation released the film on Blu-ray in 2009, and re-released it last July.
Like the first 2003 Fullmetal Alchemist anime series before it, the 2009 Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood anime is based on Hiromu Arakawa's original manga, though the latter hews closer to the manga's story and ending. The Fullmetal Alchemist: The Movie - Conqueror of Shamballa debuted in 2005 as a sequel to the first Fullmetal Alchemist television anime.
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