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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood English Cast

The English Cast for Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood has been posted on the Official FUNimation Blog. Those who’ve seen the first series will recognize some familiar voices along side the new ones.

Vic Mignogna reprises his role as Edward Elric, Caitlin Glass as Winry Rockbell, Travis Willingham as Roy Mustang, Laura Bailey as Lust, Wendy Powell as Envy, Chris Cason as Gluttony, Sonny Straight as Maes Hughes, Ed Blaylock as Fuhrer King Bradley, and Colleen Clinkenbeard as Riza Hawkeye.

Newcomers to the series include Maxey Whitehead as Alphonse Elric, J. Michael Tatum as Scar, and Bryan Massey as Isaac McDougal.

Aaron Dismuke, who originally voiced Alphonse Elric, will return later on in the series under a different role.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood follows the manga storyline by Hiromu Arakawa much more closely than the previous televised series.

Source: FUNimation

Naruto Shippuden on Disney XD

The Walt Disney Company and Viz Media have worked out a deal to broadcast Naruto Shippuden on the Disney XD channel this October.

Disney XD is a channel aimed at boys aged 6 to 10, and Disney believes that this will be a draw as Naruto Shippuden proved popular once Viz started streaming subtitled episodes earlier this year. Naruto Shippuden follows the original Naruto series, with the titular character as a teenager. The first four episodes of Naruto Shippuden are currently available on iTunes.

Disney recently purchased Marvel Entertainment back on August 31st, 2009.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Soul Eater English Cast Update

FUNimation has updated the cast listing for the English voice actors in Soul Eater. These are the last of the main characters to be added.

Chuck Huber will be voicing Franken Stein, Brittney Karbowski as Black Star, Monica Rial as Tsubaki, John Swasey as Death, Laura Bailey as Maka, and Micah Solusod as Soul Eater Evans.

There’s no word when the English dubs of Soul Eater will be broadcast in North America.

Source: FUNimation

Naruto Shippuden on iTunes

Naruto Shippuden iTunes Cover

Naruto Shippuden iTunes Cover

Ninja fans, rejoice! Naruto Shippuden is now available for download from the iTunes store. Even though Viz is releasing the first DVD for the series at the end of September, four episodes are currently available for purchase, at $1.99 a show or $22.99 for the season (this includes any episodes that are still being broadcast for this season).

Soul Eater English Cast

Now that FUNimation has acquired the rights to Atsushi Okubo’s Soul Eater, the names for the English voice cast are being released. Soul Eater follows Maka Albarn, Death the Kid and Black Star, who are all students at the Death Weapon Meister Academy in Death City where they train to use their weapons called Death Scythes.

So far we know that Todd Haberkorn is Death the Kid, Cherami Leigh as Patty, along with Jamie Marchi as Liz and Vic Mignogna as Death Scythe.

FUNimation will be posting additional names this coming Tuesday, so that leaves Maka Albarn, Black Star, Tsubaki, and Soul Eater Evans among others who are still waiting for a voice actor.

Source: FUNimation

Naruto Shippuden DVD Cover

Naruto Shippuden DVD

Naruto Shippuden DVD

A while back, I mentioned that Viz would be bringing the Naruto Shippuden series to DVD in North America. Now that Viz has partnered up with Amazon to run their online store, we can finally see what the DVDs look like and that they’ll be on the shelf on September 29th.

Like previous releases, there will be four episodes per disc, with the original Japanese cast along with the English cast and subtitles for the die-hard fans.

Fullmetal Alchemist OVA Collection

Fullmetal Alchemist Premium OVA Collection

Fullmetal Alchemist Premium OVA Collection

After the Fullmetal Alchemist animated series ended in 2006, alchemy fans had to hold their breath until the series was relaunched earlier this year as Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. As the Elric brother’s journey is retold closer to the manga’s storyline, a set of short (sorry Ed!) clips from the previous series was available only to those in Japan. These brief videos featured a chibi party of the movie cast, the Elric brothers and their friend Winry, an interactive experience with the viewer as a State Alchemist, and finally a live-action clip of Alphonse Elric in armor form making his way to the Bones animation studio. At last, the alchemist inside all of us can catch up with the reunited English voice cast in Fullmetal Alchemist: Premium OVA Collection.

Unfortunately, as these clips are short, there’s not much else on the DVD aside from previews showing what other goodies FUNimation has available. It’s almost a sort of reunion for the voice cast, but most will notice that Al’s voice has changed –¬† considering that Aaron Dismuke, the voice actor, has aged slightly.

Interactive Experience
You’re treated as a new recruit to the state and given an introduction by Fuhrer Bradley himself before being assigned to Colonel Mustang’s regiment. Your brought along on a mission to hunt down the strange homonculi who’ve kidnapped two other alchemists, who are none other than Ed and Al. Once Envy ruins Greed’s chance at getting the secret of sealing a soul to a suit of armor, an all out battle ensues between the homonculi and the State Alchemists.

Live Action Featurette
Al Elric, still with his soul attached to the suit of armor, is in modern day Japan looking for his brother. Al makes it to Bones’ studios in Tokyo only to find out that he can’t make it through the door because of his size. If only Ed had this problem.

Chibi Wrap Party
After the movie, Fullmetal Alchemist: Conqueror of Shamballa, the entire cast, in chibi form, take over a restaurant to celebrate. Some surprises are to be had, but not limited to Envy wearing a costume, Scar and Lust disguised as metal-sheathed extras, and Riza Hawkeye insulting Roy Mustang.

Kids – Short
The title of the last clip on the DVD is accurate: it’s short and about kids. A young Ed (minus the automail), Al (sans armor) and Winry wander through modern day Japan (again) on their way to visit their great-great-grandfather, which turns out to be someone very familiar.

There’s nothing new to be gained from the DVD, and it doesn’t answer any questions or add further to the storyline. Personally, instead of releasing these on a seperate disc, these clips could have been packaged in as bonus features on the existing Season 1 and 2 box sets already available. If you do decide to go out and purchase Fullmetal Alchemist: Premium OVA Collection, shop around, but don’t spend more than $10 on it. I’ll go back and continue to watch Brotherhood.

Conan does anime

Conan O’Brien of the Tonight Show stopped by Bang Zoom! Entertainment to try his hand at some voice acting.

Haruhi Suzumiya on YouTube

Haruhi SuzumiyaKadokawa Shoten has posted full length English subtitled episodes of the popular The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya series on YouTube. There are eight episodes online so far, but will only be available until July 5th (July 6th if you’re in Japan). Kadokawa Shoten usually streams each episode a week after its been on air. Go check it out.

Source: Anime News Network

Naruto: Shippuden DVDs

The first Naruto: Shippuden DVD is set to be released on September 29th, 2009. The disc will have the first four episodes, similar to how previous DVDs were setup. There’s no word on any box sets yet, but those will probably appear in time for Christmas, if not soon after.

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