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Media Blasters CEO John Sirabella has revealed on the Anime on DVD forums on Thursday that his company has acquired the Queen's Blade and Ikkitousen Great Guardians anime series for North America. He also added that each of the anime will "get a dub," and that both Queen's Blade seasons are scheduled for release before next summer.
Queen's Blade began as Hobby Japan's Japanese game spinoff from Flying Buffalo's Lost Worlds combat picture book games. The television anime adaptation's first season, Queen's Blade - Rurō no Senshi-, aired in Japan from April to June of this year. The second season, Queen's Blade: Gyokuza no Tsugumono (literally, Queen's Blade: Inheritor of the Throne, or Queen's Blade and the Evil Eye), was announced immediately after the last episode of the first season. The second season premiered this past September, and it is still airing.
Ikkitousen: Great Guardians is the third television series based on Yuji Shiozaki's Ikkitousen manga about girls in fighting tournaments. The 13 episodes ran from June to September of last year. Geneon Entertainment once released the first Ikkitousen anime series in North America, and Funimation now has the license. Media Blasters announced at Anime Expo 2007 that it had licensed the second Ikkitousen anime series, Ikkitousen: Dragon Destiny. Tokyopop released the original manga in North America under the name Battle Vixens.
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