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ANN now streaming dubbed Ouran HS Club, Guyver, Red Garden, and Shakugan no Shana

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ANN has just gotten more dubbed anime for those who prefer dubs to subs. They include the first 4 dubbed episodes of Ouran High School Host Club, the first 4 dubbed episodes of Guyver, the first 4 dubbed episodes of Red Garden, and the first 4 dubbed episodes of Shakugan no Shana.

Ouran High School Host Club is a 26-episode comedy anime series based on the manga by Bisco Hatori. The manga started in 2003 in LaLa magazine, and is still going. The anime ran in Japan from April 2006 to September 2006, and was animated by BONES, also known for animating Fullmetal Alchemist.

The manga is licensed in America by Viz Media, who have released the first 14 volumes. The anime is licensed by FUNimation. It follows the misadventures of a bunch of rich, kinda snobbish students who force a female student to be a host in exchange to pay off her debt. ANN is already streaming all 26 episodes subbed.

Guyver, AKA Guyver: The Bioboosted Armor, is a 26-episode sci-fi anime series, based on the manga by Yoshiki Takaya. The manga series began in Shonen Captain magazine in 1985, and when the magazine closed on 1997, it moved to Shonen Ace magazine, where it is still going with 27 volumes. The manga has spawned a 1986 anime film, a 12-episode OVA, two live-action films, and the 2005 anime series that ANN just got. It is animated by Oriental Light and Magic, famous for Pokemon and To Heart.

The manga was licensed by Viz Media, but was canceled after about 10 volumes, and the anime is licensed by FUNimation. It follows the adventures of a high-school student who finds a mysterious armor that bonds with him, and now he is the target of an evil organization.

Red Garden is a 22-episode supernatural anime series based on the manga, which ran in Comic Birz from August 2006 to January 2009 with 4 volumes. The anime ran in Japan from October 2006 to March 2007, and was animated by Gonzo, also known for Gate Keepers. There was also in OVA in August 2007, also animated by Gonzo.

The anime and OVA are licensed in America by FUNimation. The series is about four girls who get amnesia, and then discover that a friend was found dead. It turns out that they are all dead, and that if they don’t do what a mysterious lady says, they’ll vanish!

Shakugan no Shana is a 24-episode fantasy anime series based on the manga series by Yashichiro Takahashi, illustrated by Ayato Sasakura, which in turned is based on the light novel series by Yashichiro Takahashi, illustrated by Noizi Ito. The light novel series began in 2002, and is still going, and the manga began in Dengeki Daioh on February 2005, and is still going with 8 volumes. The manga spawned an anime series, which ANN just got, some video games, an anime film, two OVAs, a second anime series, and a spin-off manga series.

The anime series ran in Japan from 2005 to 2006, and was animated by J.C. Staff, also known for doing Azumanga Daioh and Ghost Hunt. The second anime, also animated by J.C. Staff, ran in Japan from 2007 to 2008 with 24 episodes. The anime film, also by J.C. Staff, was released in Japan on April 2007. The two OVAs were also animated by J.C. Staff, and the first was released on December 2006, and the second on October 2009. The spin-off manga started in 2007, and is still going.

In America, the manga and light novels are licensed by Viz Media. Both anime series, both OVAs, and the film are licensed by FUNimation. The franchise is about a red-haired girl who hunts what she calls “Denizens of the Crimson Realm”. The franchise is very popular.

In addition, Anime News Network also added to their video player:

one more subbed Hikaru no Go

two more subbed One Piece

FUNimation licenses Trigun film, Black Butler 2, and Darker than BLACK season 2.

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Anime licensing company FUNimation just licensed some very popular anime: The Trigun film, titles Badlands Rumble, Black Butler 2, and Darker Than BLACK season 2. All of these anime seem to have a 2011 release date.

Trigun: Badlands Rumble is the first film based on the Trigun franchise. Trigun started out as a manga by Yasuhiro Nightow, and ran in Shonen Captain from 1995 to 1997, and made 3 volumes. In the US, all three volumes were released by Dark Horse Comics. The series was popular enough to spawn a sequel series by the same author, which ran in Young King Ours from 1998 to 2007, and made 14 volumes. It was called Trigun Maximum. In the US, it was also released by Dark Horse Comics.

The manga was adapted into an anime series in April 1998, and ran untill September that same year with only 26 episodes. It was animated by Madhouse, and was licensed by Geneon Entertainment, and it aired on Adult Swim and G4. Later, FUNimation re-licensed the anime. The film aired in Japanese cinemas on April 2010, and was also animated by Madhouse.

The manga, anime, and film follow the adventures of an infamous man named Vash the Stampede, who has a very large bounty on his head, so bounty hunters try to take hin in daily. However, he doesn’t know why he’s wanted, because he has amnesia. The franchise has a very large fanbase.

Black Butler 2 is an anime sequel series to Black Butler, which is based on the dark fantasy manga series by Yana Toboso. The manga started running in Monthly GFantasy on September, 2006, and is still running with 9 volumes. The manga is licensed in the US by Yen Press, and the first two volumes have been released.

The manga got an anime adaption on October 2008, and finished on March 2009 with 24 episodes. FUNimation also licensed that series. Black Butler 2 premiered on Japanese TV on July 1, 2010, and is ongoing. Both anime are animated by A-1 Pictures (of Kannagi fame).

Black Butler is about a 12-year-old noble who serves the queen. His “Black butler” Sebastian follows all his orders perfectly, because of possible demonic powers.

Darker Than BLACK season 2, AKA Darker Than Black: Gemini of the Meteor, is the seacond anime series for the Darker Than BLACK fantasy franchise. The franchise started out as an anime series on April 2007, and finished on September 2007 with 25 episodes. The series was licensed by FUNimation. That same year, it got two different manga adaptions.

In March 2008, it got a one-episode OVA, and then, on October 2009, Darker Than Black Season 2 started, and finished on December 2009 with 12 episodes. Both anime series and the OVA are animated by BONES (Famous for Fullmetal Alchemist, Soul Eater, and Eureka 7).

In the series, a group of people with mystical powers examine and attempt to study a strange occurence called “Hell’s Gate”. But, little do they know that dark secrets may be unburied.

All of these new licenses will probably get Blu-Ray releases.