Funimation Announces ‘Akira’ 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray/DVD, Including Both English Dubs [Video]
That feeling you just felt? That was at least a little of the grossness of the potential Warner Bros. live action Akira movie being rinsed from your soul by the righteous news that Funimation has announced plans to release a 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray and DVD of Katsuhiro Otomo’s original manga-turned-animated feature by the end of the year. It’s not just a feel-good nostalgia bomb for longtime fans either, since the release will mean North American fans and potential new viewers will have easy access to a feature-rich Akira Blu-ray/DVD containing Streamline’s 1988 English dub and Pioneer’s 2001 version, plus the original Japanese audio with English subtitles.
Funimation hasn’t confirmed a price or release date, but as spotted by Anime News Network, Walmart is currently listing the DVD version for $21.23 and says it will ship on November 12. No images are provided, so it’s anybody’s guess as to what the packaging will look like and whether there’ll be any physical bonus material. Judging from the we-know-exactly-what-you-want-ness of Funimation’s promo video, however, I think fans can rest easy as more info rolls out.