FUNimation Picks Up Five New VIZ toons

VIZ Media has licensed five of its top animated series to FUNimation Channel, the anime network by FUNimation Ent. and OlympuSAT. Set for debut in late spring and summer of 2009 are the shows Buso Renkin, Honey and Clover, Hunter X Hunter, Monster and Nana.

Nana, is based on a popular manga by Ai Yazawa about two very different girls who share the same name and become friends despite their widely varied backgrounds. Honey and Clover is a romantic comedy about a group of art school students who are trying to find their way in life, based on the manga by Chica Umino. Conspiracies, serial murders and secret governments are all part of the mix in Naoki Urasawa’s sophisticated suspense series Monster, while the action-fantasy Renkin centers on a high school student who thinks he’s saving a girl from a monster, but it turns out that he’s the one who is the true victim. Hunter X Hunter serializes the tale of a young country boy named Gon who decides to become a special breed of Hunters, who track dwon magical beasts and treasures.

‘We are thrilled to partner with FUNimation to debut these exciting series on its premiere 24-hour digital anime network,’ says Bill Germain VIZ Media’s director of programming, music and sales. ‘The multi-faceted plots and dynamic characters that made all these titles so successful as manga translates wonderfully with depth and color to their anime counterparts, adding a captivating new visual dimension to the storylines. We look forward to fans taking full advantage of all the flexibility and convenience of VOD to explore these new series on the FUNimation Channel.’