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Dragon Ball Z Season One the Number One Anime Seller Year-to-Date

Dragon Ball Z Owning the Anime Sales Charts

Fort Worth, TX - May 17, 2007 -- FUNimation Entertainment announced today that according to analysis of Nielsen Video Scan sales data the company's Dragon Ball Z Season One release is the best-selling anime video release to date in 2007.

"Dragon Ball Z is a tremendously popular brand with a constantly growing fanbase," said Gen Fukunaga, president and CEO of FUNimation Entertainment. "With the help of the loyal Dragon Ball Z fans and a new generation of fans, Dragon Ball Z continues to reign as one of the most popular anime franchises in the United States."

In February, FUNimation released Dragon Ball Z Season One, a digitally remastered and restored collection of the first 39 episodes known as the Vegeta Saga. The season set, priced at $49.98, has taken the anime sales charts by storm. Nielsen Video Scan data shows that the Dragon Ball Z Season One sales is the top of the anime sales charts, despite only three months of sales. Dragon Ball Z season set sales have also helped FUNimation increase the company's position as the market share leader in the U.S. anime industry.

"The Dragon Ball Z Season Sets allow us to bring the digitally remastered and restored Dragon Ball Z series to the established Dragon Ball Z fan and the next generation fan at a price that is hard to ignore," continues Fukunaga.

FUNimation has digitally remastered and restored the entire Dragon Ball Z series, all 291 episodes, and plans to release the entire series in season sets. The next set, Dragon Ball Z Season Two, will release next Tuesday, May 22, and includes the entire Namek and Ginyu sagas (35 episodes). The Dragon Ball Z Season Two set will also have the $49.98 price tag and it will be the first time the Namek saga has been released on DVD.

About FUNimation Entertainment
FUNimation® Entertainment is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation and the market share leader for the home video sales of Japanese animation in the United States. FUNimation is known for acquiring top-rated anime series from Japan and for developing some of North America's most popular anime series. The company has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands, and manages a full spectrum of rights for most of its brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution. The company's most recent initiative is the FUNimation Channel, which is a 24/7 digital channel programmed with top-rated anime series from Japan. The FUNimation Channel is now available to over 34 million households throughout the United States. For images, or more information on FUNimation or any of its properties, contact Jeff Dronen at [email protected]funimation.com.

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