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[AX 19] Trigger Reveal 'BNA', Crunchyroll, Funimation Reveal New Partnerships

Anime Expo is taking place this weekend, which means that you'll be seeing an awful lot of anime news flying around. Because we're awesome, we're going to compile some of the biggest news to come out of the event so far in one handily digestible chunk.

Following the end of their relationship with Funimation, it's good to know that Crunchyroll has moved on. The streaming service is partnering with Viz Media, who will take over distribution of some Crunchyroll titles on digital and home video releases.

Meanwhile, not to be outdone, Crunchy's former partner Funimation have announced a partnership with Nozomi Entertainment/Right Stuf to bring titles including Revolutionary Girl Utena and Gravitation to the Funimation Now streaming service in the US.

Studio Trigger premiered their first feature film Promare at the event. It was announced that GKIDS Films upcoming releases of the film will feature a dub by NYAV Post, supervised by Trigger themselves. The company also revealed a brand new TV series BNA, or Brand New Animal due to air in 2020. The series will center on a girl with animal ears named Michiru. The series will be directed by Yo Yoshinari (Little Witch Academia) with scripts by Kazuki Nakashima (Kill La Kill), with backgrounds by Genice Chan. The studio also worked on an animated intro to upcoming video game Shantae 5 for WayForward, which you can check out below!

Harmony Gold announced that it has renewed its licences for the series that were edited into Robotech: the original Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Southern Cross and Mospeada. Could we be seeing new, authentic releases of the original, on home video or via streaming? Nothing has been confirmed just yet, but anything is possible.