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Funimation Adds X TV/OAV, 5 Initial D Anime Stages

posted on by Egan Loo
New Initial D dub with original music; 2009 Fullmetal Alchemist dub cast revealed

The North American anime distributor Funimation has announced at its New York Anime Festival panel on Friday that it has licensed the X fantasy anime television series and its X OAV prologue, as well as five stages of the Initial D street-racing anime. Funimation will ship Madhouse's anime adaptation of CLAMP's X manga with the English dubbing that Geneon/Pioneer Entertainment, the previous licensee, had released.

On the other hand, Funimation will redub the Initial D anime instead of using the adaptation that the previous licensee, Tokyopop, had produced earlier. (Tokyopop had also licensed the original manga by Shūichi Shigeno.) Funimation has acquired Initial D: First Stage, Second Stage, Extra Stage, Third Stage, and Fourth Stage. Funimation will retain the original, uncut music for its soundtrack.

Funimation has also announced the English dubbing cast for the ongoing Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood television series version of Hiromu Arakawa's fantasy adventure manga. Bryan Massey will play Isaac, J. Michael Tatum will play Scar, and Maxey Whitehead will play Alfonse Elric. The other characters will have the same voice cast from the earlier 2003-2004 Fullmetal Alchemist television adaptation. Alfonse Elric's former voice actor, Aaron Dismuke, will have a "big role" later on. Caitlin Glass and Mike McFarland are the ADR directors for the English dub.

Images © CLAMP, Kadokawa Pictures/TV X Project
© 2003 Shūichi Shigeno/Kodansha/Prime Direction/OB Planning

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