Beet the Vandel Buster Coming to US

Jul 12th 2006
Ex-FUNimation Execs Announce Formation of New Company – Illumitoon Entertainment, Ltd.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—FORT WORTH, TEXAS— Three former executives from FUNimation have announced the formation of a new privately-held company, Illumitoon Entertainment Ltd., dedicated to bringing exciting anime titles to the US. Formed in January 2006, the company focuses on acquiring exciting anime from Japan, with the emphasis on making them relatable for an American audience.

“Of course, we always want to include the original Japanese tracks with our shows, for the serious anime fan,” says Barry Watson, the company's President and CEO. “It's just that we want it to be accessible and engaging for a mass audience as well.

The company has a lot going for it. It boasts a 43,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility located in the heart of downtown Fort Worth which it shares with Fort Worth based CRM Productions, a top-tier film and video production company. As such, Illumitoon has at its disposal the latest in new, technical innovations, as well as top-notch facilities to reversion its shows.

Already Illumitoon has acquired some serious titles, and is looking forward to launching DVD releases as early as January 2007. As part of its launch, the company has announced it's first major acquisition - a 78 episode series from Toei Animation, “Beet the Vandel Buster” (Japanese Title: Bouken Oh Beet).

“Beet” is based on the popular Shonen Jump manga and features a design staff best known for their work on the successful “Digimon” series. “Beet” is currently airing in Japan, and features a large array of merchandise from Bandai.

“We're obviously very excited about launching with this title. It's an extraordinary work from Toei Animation”, says Watson. “We think it picks up where the Dragonball Z series left off.”

And who better to know. For over 10 years Watson presided over FUNimation's production staff, overseeing production on such titles as Dragonball, Dragonball Z, Yu Yu Hakusho, Full Metal Alchemist and a host of other shows. “It boils down to just making good shows people want to see again and again.”

And more quality anime is good for everyone.

For more information, visit the company's website at www.illumitoon.com

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