Funi Adds Chrono Crusade, Gantz, Kaleido Star, Peace Maker
posted on by Egan Loo
The North American anime distributor Funimation has announced during its FuniCon 4.0 virtual online "convention" on Friday that it has licensed the Chrono Crusade, Gantz, Kaleido Star, and Peacemaker Kurogane anime series. All four titles were animated by Gonzo, and all four were formerly licensed by ADV Films.
The 2003-2004 Chrono Crusade television anime was based on Daisuke Moriyama's 1998-2004 supernatural action manga which was published in Fujimi Shobo's Monthly Comic Dragon and Monthly Dragon Age magazines in Japan. ADV Manga released the manga in North America. The anime spans 24 episodes.
Gantz is a 26-episode 2004 adaptation of Hiroya Oku's science-fiction thriller manga about two high school-age boys who seem to die, only to resurrect in order to play a deadly game. Dark Horse has released 11 volumes of the ongoing manga, and a pair of live-action Japanese films based on the series are currently in production.
Kaleido Star is an original 2003-2004 Gonzo series about a young woman training to be an acrobat. The 51-episode television series spawned three OVA projects — the last of which was released in 2006. Funimation has not specified how much of the anime franchise it has licensed.
Peacemaker Kurogane is a 24-episode 2003 adaptation of Nanae Chrono's Shinsengumi Immon Peace Maker samurai manga series, which ran in Enix's Monthly Shonen Gangan magazine. (The Peacemaker Kurogane name comes from the name of the manga sequel which runs in Mag Garden's Monthly Comic Blade magazine.) ADV Manga released the first two volumes of the Kurogane manga sequel in 2004, and Tokyopop licensed both the first manga and the Kurogane manga sequel. A new live-action television adaptation is in the works.
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