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The final days of 2008 brought a frenzy of licensing announcements from FUNimation, whose daily countdown revealed no less than 12 anime titles (well, 13 if you count both new Slayers series), that they acquired for release in North America. Some of them older, previously localized by the late publisher Geneon, others quite new. All in all, an impressive line-up that English-dubbed anime fans can look forward to in 2009.

Here they are, then, complete with their respective official announcement (via ANN), if you're looking for more details about their staff, story and such. As you can see, all of them are vaguely scheduled for North-American release on DVD throughout 2009.

- Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone - 2009 - announcement
- Gad Guard - 2009 - announcement
- Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo - 2009 - announcement
- Gungrave - 2009 - announcement
- Ikkitousen - 2009 - announcement
- Last Exile - 2009 - announcement
- Nabari no Ou - 2009 - announcement
- Oh! Edo Rocket - 2009 - announcement
- Samurai Champloo - 2009 - announcement
- Slayers Revolution & Slayers Evolution-R - 2009 - announcement
- Soul Eater - 2009 - announcement
- Vandread - 2009 - announcement

In addition to all these, FUNi also introduced a new video portal just before Christmas, at www.funimation.com/video. Too bad we're not allowed to access it, "due to your geographic location", but according to the company's press release, it will legally offer hundreds of high-quality, full-length episodes, including many full series, of current and catalogue programming from FUNi's library.
"Among the many titles of the video player launch are episodes of Darker than BLACK, Guyver, Black Blood Brothers, Gunslinger Girl -Il Teatrino-, Jyu-Oh-Sei, Negima 2, Ouran High School Host Club, Romeo X Juliet, Shigurui: Death Frenzy, Strain: Strategic Armored Infantry and many other top titles that are not available anywhere else.

Each week, FUNimation will be rolling out new episodes of the newest and best anime from Japanese producers - including those currently airing in Japan - as well other select video such as trailers, exclusive interviews, podcasts and other FUNimation original productions."
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