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Funimation Licenses Speed Racer, Noein Anime

posted on 2015-07-25 16:42 EDT by Karen Ressler

North American anime distributor Funimation Entertainment announced at its Otakon panel on Saturday that it has licensed Speed Racer, Noein, and Assassination Classroom season 2.

Funimation will release Speed Racer (Mach Go Go Go) for the first time on Blu-ray and in Japanese with English subtitles. The set will also include the English audio. The collection will include episodes that have not yet been released in North America. The company has not yet announced a release window.

The 1967-68 car-racing anime Mach Go Go Go was licensed by Trans-Lux and released in the United States in 1967 as Speed Racer. The worldwide rights for the Speed Racer property reverted to Tatsunoko Production from American licensing company Speed Racer Enterprises (SRE) in 2011, though Tatsunoko filed lawsuits against SRE to uphold the reversion, and they were not dismissed until 2014.

Tatsunoko announced in May that it was planning a new license program to reintroduce the property and make the episodes available in high definition for the first time. Tatsunoko is also developing a new Speed Racer (Mach Go Go Go) series with a "modern audience" in mind.

Funimation will release Noein - to your other self on Blu-ray for the first time in November.

The television anime debuted in 2005, and Manga Entertainment previously released the series on DVD. Kazuki Akane (The Vision of Escaflowne, Birdy the Mighty: Decode, Code Geass: Akito the Exiled) directed the series at Satelight and collaborated with Hiroshi Ohnogi (Aquarion, Birdy the Mighty: Decode, Arjuna) on the series composition.

In the story, twelve-year old Haruka and her friend Yuu are contemplating running away from home when they are visited by a man named Karasu, a member of the "Dragon Cavalry" that is searching for a mysterious object that is the key to stopping the annihilation of all space and time. Karasu claims to be Yuu from fifteen years in the future, and believes that Haruka has this object, and .

The second television anime series based on Yusei Matsui's Assassination Classroom will premiere in 2016. Funimation streamed the first series as it aired in Japan.


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