Funimation's Fullmetal Alchemist Rights Expire on July 31
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
FUNimation Entertainment confirmed in an ad on Monday that its home video and streaming rights for the 2003 Fullmetal Alchemist series will expire on July 31. Funimation will cease streaming the series and will no longer reprint the home video releases of the anime, including its Collector's Edition.
Funimation's home video and streaming rights for the 2009 Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood series and the Fullmetal Alchemist: The Movie - Conqueror of Shamballa film expired on March 31.
Like the later Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood series, the 2003 series is based on Hiromu Arakawa's original manga, though the latter has an original ending due to the manga remaining unfinished at the time of the anime's production. The anime aired on Adult Swim in the United States in 2004, and on YTV in Canada in 2006. Funimation released series in DVD singles from 2005 to 2013. It recently re-released the series with a Limited and Collector's Edition on Blu-ray Disc last September.