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FUNimation Animates iTunes

13 Feb, 2007 By: Jessica Wolf

FUNimation, a leader in kid's anime, has released a slate of shows to Apple's iTunes store.Starting Feb. 13, episodes from FUNimation's popular anime series “Desert Punk,” “Speed Grapher” and Akira Kurosawa's “Samurai 7” went live for sale at iTunes for $1.99 per episode.“Bringing this compelling content to iTunes is the first step in Navarre's new digital distribution initiative,” said Cary Deacon, CEO of Navarre Corporation.FUNimation Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Navarre Corp. and the market-share leader for the home video sales of Japanese animation in the United States, according to the company.The deal marks the debut of anime content on iTunes, said Gen Fukunaga, President and CEO of FUNimation Entertainment.“[It] will expose a wider audience to the unique storytelling and graceful animation inherent in this Japanese style of entertainment,” he said. “This is a great opportunity to offer our top-rated anime series through the world's most popular online music, TV and movie store.”

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