Tales of Vesperia anime film coming to North America next year

Vesperia anime movie coming stateside.

April 5, 2011 / 07:44 AM EDT / (@salromano)

FUNimation, distributor of anime such as Dragon Ball Z and Fullmetal Alchemist, has licensed the rights to localize Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike in North America.

The First Strike, which saw a theatrical release in Japan on October 3, 2009, is the first ever film adaption to a Tales series game. Running nearly two hours in length, the movie details the story prior to the events of Tales of Vesperia (the video game), when Yuri Lowell was still with Flynn Schifo in the Imperial Knights.

FUNimation holds the “the home entertainment, broadcast, theatrical, digital, and merchandising rights” for The First Strike in both the United States and Canada. The studio will release the feature on DVD and blu-ray in 2012.

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  • Jackle

    Funimation hinted that they were getting an anime that was based on a game. Everyone became rather nasty with me when I said Tales of Vesperia.

    As someone who buys most of their anime from Funimation, this is excellent news. Troy Baker has done some work with them, so I’m not worried about him not reprising his role. Everyone else, I’m hoping they are called in.

  • http://myanimelist.net/profile/PrinceHeir# PrinceHeir

    please namco localize the game too :P

    • Jackle

      They should team up with Funimation. If Capcom was able to team up with Funimation with the Sengoku Basara anime and the video game being released in the same month, Bandai should too. Of course, I’m still bitter about the logo being used in their puzzle game…

      • AdamBoy64

        Yes, I’m still pretty confident the rlogo meant something. Obviously it wouldn’t be a good idea to announce two Tales games at once as you’d sabotage sales, which is why he wouldn’t say anything. I’m giving it 8-10 months.