FUNimation Entertainment Acquires Highly-Anticipated Epic Anime Series Romeo x Juliet from GDH K.K.

Flower Mound, TX – May 17, 2008 – A young couple are star-crossed lovers in the latest acquisition by FUNimation® Entertainment. FUNimation announced today at Anime Central that it has acquired DVD and broadcast rights to the 24 -episode romantic action anime series Romeo X Juliet from GDH K.K.

Romeo X Juliet is an epic re-imagining of the Shakespearean classic tragedy. Now set in a dreamlike Verona of the future, the medieval beauty of the original drama is captured by director Fumitoshi Oisaki and produced by Studio Gonzo (Afro Samurai and Witchblade).

About Romeo X Juliet
In a world where the earth is barren, humans populate a floating city in the sky known as Neo Verona. For decades the city of Neo Verona enjoyed harmony and prosperity under the rule of King Capulet and the Capulet family. One evening the King's nemesis Duke Montague storms the King's palace and murders the entire Capulet family with the exception of one escapee, Juliet Capulet. A mere child at the time of her family's murder, she is hidden within the city and is raised with no knowledge of her noble lineage. As Juliet matures and realizes the hardships and cruelty imposed upon the people under King Montague's reign, she dons a red cape and mask to become the Scarlet Whirlwind, a superhero of sorts to the people of Neo Verona who rights wrongs and saves lives. While under this guise she encounters Romeo Montague, the only son of King Montague, and successor to the throne. As the mystery around Juliet's past and future becomes clear, they begin a timeless romance that is tested by loyalty, society and ultimately mortality.

FUNimation Entertainment will release all 24 episodes of Romeo X Juliet in two 12 episode season sets in Spring and Summer 2009.

O blessed, blessed night! I am afeard, being in night, all this is but a dream, too flattering-sweet to be substantial....

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