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Funimation, BONES Anime on PlayStation Video Service (Update 2)

posted on by Egan Loo
Funimation in tonight's launch; Bones' Xam'd to be exclusively online

At its E3 2008 press conference on Tuesday, Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) has announced that Funimation will be providing anime titles for the tonight's launch of the PlayStation Store's video download service for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) and PSP consoles. Users can download videos onto the PS3 via the PlayStation Network, and then watch the videos on the PS3 directly or transfer the videos onto the PSP portable console. Standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD) television episodes will cost US$1.99, while movies will cost US$2.99 to US$5.99 for renting or up to US$14.99 for purchases.

SCEA's corporate parent Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. (SCEI) has also announced that Xam'd: Lost Memories (Bōnen no Xamdou, pictured at right), the new anime from the Bones studio (Fullmetal Alchemist, Eureka Seven) that has yet to premiere in Japan, will be part of the store's "original exclusive content." Sony Music and SCEI are collaborating with Bones on the anime's production, which will be presented on the store in SD and HD. The story follows a boy named Akiyuki who is heading to school with two friends when an explosion occurs. In the mysterious light from the explosion, Akiyuki transforms into a creature called Xam'd. Xam'd goes on a rampage which is only stopped when a red-haired foreign girl appears.

Source: G4, Video Business

Image © BONES/Xamdou Production Committee

Update: The PlayStation Network is now hosting a new downloadable trailer for Xam'd: Lost Memories. Thanks, bahamut623.

Update 2: The PlayStation Store is now live. The following Funimation series are available for downloading in standard definition at US$1.99 an episode:

The first two seasons of Sony Pictures Entertainment's 2003 Astro Boy series are also available for the same price as above.

The following Bones series is available for renting in standard definition at US$2.99 and in high definition at US$3.99 for the first episode:

  • Xam'd: Lost Memories

The following Funimation feature is available in standard definition at US$7.99:

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