FUNimation's New Fairy Tail
It was one year ago that FUNimation Entertainment announced they had acquired the right to the lighthearted Okamisan anime series, but it seemed that only wet their appetite. Yesterday in a press release and on Twitter, FUNimation announced they have a new sort of fairy-tale to bring to U.S. audiences. It's the Hiro Mashima hit anime Fairy Tail, based on his original manga of the same name. Fairy Tail is a fun adventure series that has pretty much all the charm of a story such as One Piece but without the 500+ episode intimidation level. The series currently has 84 episodes in Japan and online. While this series has been available to the English speaking audience on Crunchyroll pretty much since it began airing back in 2009. It was only for their paid members.
If that wasn't enough good news for you Fairy Tail fans out there. They have also announced some of the dub cast that will be bringing the Guild to life in English.
- Todd Haberkorn as Natsu Dragneel
- Tia Ballard as Happy
- Cherami Leigh as Lucy Heartfilia
- Newton Pittman as Gray Fullbuster
- Colleen Clinkenbeard as Erza Scarlet
- R. Bruce Elliot as Makarov
- Monica Rial as Mirajane
- Christopher R. Sabat as Elfman
ADR Direction by: Tyler Walker
The press release went on to announce that several of their talent would be special guests at the New York Anime Festival being held this Fall.
" Haberkorn, Clinkenbeard, Leigh and Pittman will be attending the east coast’s largest anime and comic event, the New York Anime Festival and New York Comic Con, October 13-16. The “Fairy Tail” cast members will sit on panels and autograph signings and will attend English language screenings of the first two episodes of the series as well as the world premiere of episode three. "
If you've never watched the anime and want a taste of what's to come in this series, FUNImation has already launched their official website at http://www.funimation.com/fairy-tail, and is currently hosting the first two episodes online (subtitled only) for free, via HULU. They plan to later release the series in both DVD and Blu-ray formats. Any of you out there looking forward to checkout of the new dub cast or just psyched the series is now being sold in the United States? Let's hear from you in the comments.
Source: FUNimation Press Release