Tales of Vesperia anime film coming to North America next year

Vesperia anime movie coming stateside.

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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