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AICN Anime-Hellsing Ultimate, Black Lagoon US Bound Again

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In the day leading into Anime Expo, an announcement that many fans have been hoping for has been made... FUNimation Entertainment has obtained the exclusive rights to the manufacturing, marketing, sales and distribution of established Geneon titles, including international successes "Ergo Proxy", "Hellsing Ultimate" and "Black Lagoon".
Follow up releases include "Black Lagoon Second Barrage", “Karin”, "Kyo kara Maoh! Season 2", and "Lyrical Nanoha". Among the first titles to be released includes the special edition of "Hellsing Ultimate", directed by Tomokazu Tokoro and produced by Satelight (“Aquarion” and “BALDR FORCE EXE Resolution”).
Additional titles include: “Black Lagoon”, “Elemental Gelade”, “Fate/stay night”, “Kamichu”, “Ninja Vixens”, “Paradise Kiss”, “Rozen Maiden”, “Rozen Maiden - Träumend”, “Shana”, “Shonen Onmyouji”, “The Familiar of Zero”, “The Story of Saiunkoku”, “When They Cry”, and “The Law of Ueki”. These titles were previously licensed and scheduled to be distributed by Geneon USA before that company shut down its sales, marketing and distribution opperations. An extensive preview of Black Lagoon can be read here. The original manga, previewed here, will be released by Viz Media on August 12, 2008. Reviews of the first two volumes of Hellsing Ultimate can be read here and here
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  • July 3, 2008, 11:29 a.m. CST

    First!!

    by kevinwillis.net

    And that anime chick with the gun looks hot.

  • July 3, 2008, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Second!! And Those New Adds . . .

    by kevinwillis.net

    Are all effed up in FireFox. FYI.

  • July 3, 2008, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Is the Hot Chick with the Gun from Hellsing?

    by kevinwillis.net

    I don't follow anime, to be honest. And those Jambo Media adds between the article and the talkback are all jacked up in FireFox. Tell them to fix that.

  • July 3, 2008, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Black Lagoon

    by ScottGreen

    The character in the daisy dukes is from Black Lagoon. Read the preview, it's an interesting anime series.

  • July 3, 2008, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Nope, Hot Chick with a Gun is from Black Lagoon

    by kevinwillis.net

    That one looks worth picking up. Even better looking is Ergo Proxy, which I've never really heard of before now, but it doesn't look like typical manga . . . looks like the chick from Evanescence. Damn, not enough tim in the day. Except for multiple postings to AICN talkbacks. Always time for that.

  • July 3, 2008, 11:38 a.m. CST

    Both Black Lagoon and Ergo Proxy Look Good

    by kevinwillis.net

    I'm not a big anime fan, 'cept for Witchblade, but both those titles actually look cool. Now I've got go see if I can find some of it on YouTube.

  • July 3, 2008, 11:46 a.m. CST

    So, Does Anybody Know If/When Black Lagoon

    by kevinwillis.net

    Is going to hit Cartoon Network? Or some other form of the American airwaves? Maybe G4? And what about Ergo Proxy? I'm never gonna end up seeing it if I have to buy DVDs just to watch it . . .

  • July 3, 2008, 11:51 a.m. CST

    re: Black Lagoon on TV

    by ScottGreen

    It was on G4TechTV Canada. I'm not sure how edited it was. The anime was shopped around American networks, but there was deal. Maybe with FUNimation involved, and their in with IFC it will have better luck this time.

  • July 3, 2008, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Black Lagoon is great!

    by fiester

    I dunno if Cartoon Network could show it with heavy editing however.

  • July 3, 2008, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Black Lagoon

    by wyvern

    was on starz awhile back.They played the series through to the end and it was pretty good.Lots of gunfights,some upskirt shots,and that end with the samurai was awseome.Oh and the stories were good too.

  • July 3, 2008, 1:04 p.m. CST

    ergo proxy is amazing!!!!

    by Conans Sword

    the final dvd vol was just released here in the uk and ireland. gonna watch the whole thing from start to finish this sunday

  • July 3, 2008, 1:24 p.m. CST

    I thought

    by WarpedElements

    Ergo Proxy had been released for a while? I've got all 6 and i'm relatively sure it's not a bootleg. Anyway, I've been looking for Hellsing and Black Lagoon to finally get distributed/finished distributing and my prayers have been answered! I'm so happy i could cry!

  • July 3, 2008, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Ergo Proxy, Black Lagoon, both awesome!

    by Johnno

    When I can get complete boxsets I'll get them both! And someone needs to tell Japan to make more Black Lagoon, follow the manga, filler, whatever, it's all awesome!

  • July 3, 2008, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Ergo Proxy is great for GITS fans

    by polyh3dron

    It's such an awesome show but the story is quite dense and can be hard to follow if you don't pay close attention.

  • July 3, 2008, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Black lagoon

    by Stalkeye

    One of the best Anime series I have seen in awhile. Remy can be a real bitch but you can't help but like her.Would have loved to have seen more of Dutch who was badass but a great deal of theseries focused more on Rock's character development instead.Ergo Proxy is great as well and the 4th OVA of Hellsing Ultimate will not disapoint. who can resist Nazi Ghouls getting the shit kicked out of them?

  • July 3, 2008, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Hellsing Ultimate and Black Lagoon.

    by TheAllSeeingEye

    Given the huge popularity of the Dub version of Hellsing, I'd say it's a safe bet to assume that the VA will be back; though dubs don't touch the VA in the Japanese versionn.<br><Br> Gotta say though that I thought the 4th installment of Ultimate was rather weak but I believe they had to cut lots out; it was about 4 months late because of the editing. Anyone who's read the manga of Hellsing knows just how much IS missing from the Ultimate Anime but it's still a million times better than the TV show they brought out ages ago. Admittedly, there were only a handful of Mangas to turn into episodes so they had to make lots of shit up. Anyhoo..it's an awesome show and manga.<br><br>Black Lagoon on the other hand has me really in two minds. Part of me loves it, I think it's snappy and cool and there's some good stories. Another part totally hates it. It feels in parts like a shameless rip of Cowboy Bebop. Sure you've got the fish out water angle they play on but it seems so Bebopy.<br><Br>

  • July 4, 2008, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Black Lagoon has so much on its mind..

    by Wesley Snipes

    To reduce Black Lagoon to just another upskirt action trash show is doing it a disservice. This show is heavy on the existentialism.. it's pretty much a running theme throughout the entire series. It reminds of a deeper version of Wanted (Angelina Jolie) in the sense that it's about an office drone finding himself, though handled with much more breadth and depth than the 90 minutes of Wanted. Must see. Check out the fansub though..