Funimation Adds Tsubasa: Tokyo Revelations, Shunraiki (Updated)
posted on by Egan Loo
The North American anime distributor Funimation has confirmed with ANN on Tuesday that it has licensed the Tsubasa Tokyo Revelations and Tsubasa: Thunder Spring Chronicles (Tsubasa: Shunraiki) original video anime series. Vic Mignogna (Fay D. Flourite), alongside fellow voice actor Chris Sabat (Kurogane), had actually made the announcement at the Anime Milwaukee convention in Wisconsin in March.
Kodansha released the Tsubasa Tokyo Revelations video series on three DVDs that were bundled with volumes 21, 22, and 23 of CLAMP's original Tsubasa, RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE manga in Japan. Although this 2007-2008 anime series was not the first anime to be bundled on DVD with manga, it popularized the term "original animation DVD" (OAD) to describe these kinds of tie-ins.
The success of Tsubasa Tokyo Revelations spurred a new two-volume video series called Tsubasa: Shunraiki last year. The Tsubasa: Shunraiki DVDs shipped with volumes 26 and 27 of the Tsubasa manga in Japan.
The 2003-2009 Tsubasa manga tells a parallel-world fantasy adventure with alternate versions of characters from many of CLAMP's other creations. The manga is known in particular for its crossovers with another recent Clamp manga, XXXHOLiC. (The Tsubasa manga ended last October, but the XXXHOLiC manga is still running.)
Tsubasa has already been adapted into Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE The Movie: Princess of the Birdcage Kingdom and the Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE television series. Del Rey will ship the last two Tsubasa manga volumes (#27 and #28) in North America in July and November, and Funimation already released the Tsubasa anime movie and television series.
Thanks to Aura Ichadora for the news tip.
Images © CLAMP/Kodansha
Update: Shunsuke Tada (The Prince of Tennis: The National Tournament, World Destruction: Sekai Bokumetsu no Rokunin, Bungaku Shoujo) directed both Tsubasa OAD projects, and Yoko Kikuchi designed their characters as she did for Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE The Movie: Princess of the Birdcage Kingdom. CLAMP's scriptwriter Nanase Ohkawa developed the screenplays for both OAD projects. The two projects also reunited two Tsubasa musical contributors: composer Yuki Kajiura and Tomoyo voice actress/singer Maaya Sakamoto.
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