Funimation to stream Revolutionary Girl Utena, Martian Successor Nadesico & Some Classic Osamu Tezuka Anime!

Distributor Funimation has announced another batch of anime from US distributor Nozomi Entertainment for its streaming service Funimation Now. While a majority in the past had been for United States and Canada territories, this latest batch will also be available for the United Kingdom and Ireland territories.

For the first time, UK & Ireland anime fans will be able to watch a number of these legally for streaming! Each title will begin streaming starting Tuesday 18th February at 9:00pm GMT.


Astro Boy

Released: 1963
Animation Studio: Mushi Production
Audio: English

Plot Synopsis (via Funimation):

“Dr. Boyton creates a super-robot named Astro Boy who can swim oceans, leap over mountains, and even fly into space! Endowed with super strength, rocket-powered flight, a selfless heart and a kind demeanor, Astro Boy fights a never-ending crusade against the forces of evil!”

Kimba the White Lion

Released: 1965
Animation Studio: Mushi Production
Audio: English

Plot Synopsis (via Funimation):

“Join Kimba along with his pals Pauly the Parrot, Daniel Baboon, and a charming assortment of other loveable characters, as he follows in the footsteps of his late father, the great lion king, making the jungle a safer, better place for everyone to live.”

Martian Successor Nadesico

Released: 1996
Animation Studio: Xebec
Audio: English & Japanese

Plot Synopsis (via Funimation):

“Only one ships stands between Earth and total annihilation! The Battleship Nadesico is the most formidable fighting machine ever conceived, but the crew is a little unorthodox. Against an assistant cook as a pilot, a general’s daughter in command, and the largest contingent of geeks and misfits ever sent into orbit, the poor Jovians won’t stand a chance!”

Martian Successor Nadesico the Movie: Prince of Darkness

Released: 1998
Animation Studio: Production I.G, Xebec
Audio: English & Japanese

Plot Synopsis (via Funimation):

“The Jovians and the Earthlings have joined forces and Ruri is now captain of Nadesico B. As the popularity of Boson Jumping grows, a vast transportation network has been developed. Dubbed the Hisago Plan, this network of Chulip portals holds the answers to the mysteries behind Bose particles. If those secrets should fall into the wrong hands, it could mean big trouble. And big trouble there is.”

Princess Knight

Released: 1967
Animation Studio: Mushi Production
Audio: English

Plot Synopsis (via Funimation):

“Once upon a time, a princess named Sapphire was born. The new little princess was both as rambunctious and brave as she was gentle and caring. Thus begins the story of Sapphire, the courageous Princess Knight, as she fends off the Duke’s wicked schemes and fights for justice and the happiness of her people!”

Revolutionary Girl Utena

Released: 1997
Animation Studio: J.C.Staff
Audio: English & Japanese

Plot Synopsis (via Funimation):

“”Never lose that strength or nobility, even when you grow up.” When Utena was just a child, she found salvation in those words. They were the words of a prince, who bestowed upon her both a ring and the promise that it would lead her to him again. Now, Utena attends the Ohtori Academy; however, her strong sense of chivalry soon thrusts her into a series of dangerous.”

Revolutionary Girl Utena the Movie: Adolescence of Utena

Released: 1999
Animation Studio: J.C.Staff
Audio: English & Japanese

Plot Synopsis (via Funimation):

“With a mystical sword, Utena duels her classmates to protect her strange friend Anthy, who is the key to a magical power that everyone wants and could make Utena’s dream – to become a prince – come true. But their deepening friendship hides a terrible secret, and Utena must face the truth about herself and those she loves… and learn what it truly means to be a hero.”


At the time of this post, Martian Successor Nadesico, Martian Successor Nadesico the Movie: Prince of Darkness, and Revolutionary Girl Utena have been licensed by UK distributor Anime Limited for home video. The former two are available to own on Blu-ray, while the latter is coming soon to collector’s edition Blu-ray in the future.

Also available from Nozomi Entertainment’s backlog for the United Kingdom and Ireland on Funimation Now are Boogiepop Phantom and Ninja Nonsense.

Source: Funimation Blog

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