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Funimation's Sekirei Rights Expire on February 9

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Funimation released 2008, 2010 series based on Sakurako Gokurakuin manga

FUNimation Entertainment announced on Sunday that its streaming and home video license for the Sekirei and Sekirei: Pure Engagement anime series will expire on February 9. After that time, Funimation will remove the anime from streaming, and will not reprint the Blu-ray Discs and DVDs after they have sold out.

Sekirei's story begins when Minato Sahashi, a hapless man who has failed at getting into college or getting a love life, suddenly meets a beautiful girl named Musubi. Minato learns he can become an Ashikabi, a master of the 108 artificial, humanlike creatures in the Sekirei Project that will fight each other to their dying breaths. Musubi happens to be a Sekirei herself.

The first season aired in 2008, and Sekirei: Pure Engagement aired in 2010. Funimation released the first series on DVD in 2010, and on Blu-ray Disc in 2012. Funimation released the second series on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in 2012. The company re-released both series together on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in 2013, and again last July.

The series is based on Sakurako Gokurakuin's manga series of the same name, which launched in Square Enix's Young Gangan in 2004. The manga ended in August 2015. Yen Press began releasing the manga digitally in November 2015, and will publish the eighth volume digitally on January 31.

Thanks to jlaking for the news tip.

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