Bayonetta: Bloody Fate Anime Film Licensed For North America By Funimation

By Ishaan . June 18, 2014 . 3:00pm


Funimation have picked up the rights to distribute the Bayonetta: Bloody Fate anime film in the U.S. and Canada, the publisher announced today.


Produced by Studio Gonzo and director Fuminori Kizaki (Afro Samurai), the film follows the general story of the first Bayonetta game, but with a few changes.


Funimation say Kizaki will be a guest of honour at Anime Expo this year (July 3rd – 6th), where Funimation will give fans a “sneak peek” at Bayonetta: Bloody Fate’s English dub. The film will play at the convention, and Kizaki will hold a Q&A on Saturday, July 5th, at 8:15 pm.

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  • urbanscholar

    It would be cool if the original voice actors of the game do the dub. Either it’s going to be fabulous

  • Crimson_Cloud

    It’s err… Cell…no, the legendary Wakamoto. Man, I love his voice.
    Still have to go around and watch this anime.

  • Lavos

    I hope they use the game VAs to voice the anime, that would be cool as hell.

  • Guest

    Nice timing! It’d be great to pick this up.
    I wonder if they’ll use the cast from the games.

  • John Hayabusa

    Goodness, I love Bayonetta’s bare back.

    • DeAndre Atchison

      Pre chrono phantasm noel had a sexier back

  • Another Bayonetta 2 pack-in bonus?

    …yeah okay, maybe that’s asking for too much.

  • mockturtle

    If they don’t cast the game voice actors, I’m not buying this again (I already have the Japanese Blu-ray; it’s subtitled, fyi).

    • Göran Isacson

      Agreed. They better have Balder’s original voice, and inflection. That guy DEFINED So Bad It’s Good.

      • mockturtle

        Actually, Balder’s voice was the only one I didn’t particularly like in the original game. Would I replace him? Hell no, but his was the only performance that didn’t wow me.

        I’m more concerned that they’ll recast Bayonetta herself. Often imitated but never duplicated.

        • Göran Isacson

          Ha ha, on the one hand I get that. Technically speaking that wasn’t a very good performance, it was ridiculous. But truth be told, when the final boss reveals himself to be a greying old man in a gold robe, albino peacock stole, monocle and Michael Jackson glove who loves bad puns and magically putting lipstick on little girls it’s like… ridiculous is the only thing that fits.

          By the end of its plot Bayonetta had so utterly shit the bed in terms of producing a sensible and logical narrative that going balls to the walls madness was the only path left. Had they tried to make us take Balder seriously, with a deep, booming, authorative voice I would have just rolled my eyes and shrugged my shoulders so high they would have popped out of their sockets. Instead the give us this old man who looks as ridiculous as his plot, and it just adds to the magnificence of this silly, silly game in a way it became almost transcendent. I cannot take Balder serious for a single nano-second, but it feels like that WORKS. Instead he’s just yet another step in the grand plan to take things so over the top you enter a whole new world of tops, and I can kinda accept it.

          But yeah, I get why people wouldn’t like it. He IS silly, he doesn’t last very long or get a lot of room to do stuff. But I do think that the way they treated him was the only right option, considering the games mood and tone so that’s why I’m fond of the portrayal. It was just the kind of ridiculous I can get behind.

    • Kaetsu

      A couple of the voice actors in Bayonetta actually work for Funimation so it wouldn’t be impossible for them to do it.

      • Spirit Macardi

        You probably have Funimation confused with Viz or some other company, since all the actors in Bayonetta are from the LA area while Funimation is based in Texas.

        Not to say they can’t get them though, since Funimation has contracted dubs out to LA studios in the past.

        • chronocide

          Well, Funimation already has Yuri Lowenthal and Stephanie Sheh to start. As for Helena Taylor and Grey DeLisle, can’t really say as they don’t look contracted to Funi… If they can’t get Taylor, I think Colleen Clinkenbeard might be able to take up the role. I’m hoping they manage to get the cast together again though. Nothing beats the original.

  • Ying

    Wait did this already come out? Guess I’m going to go hunt it up later on crunchyroll (if it’s there). I’m really hoping that if they use different voice actors from the games, it won’t sound to different.

    • Brion Valkerion

      Its been out in Japan for a good while. Its just a summary of the first game’s plot, which is helpful because it gives some more explanation of what happened leading Bayonetta to the city, and makes sense of the whole thing a bit more. Cuts/changes the middle point a ton from game to focus on the story so its worth a watch but don’t expect it to mimic the game totally. Overall it does not change the Bayonetta cannon though, just clears it up.

      • Ying

        Ah okay, thanks for letting me know. I remember being interested when I first read about it here on Siliconera, but I never followed it up to check when it was airing. I just assumed it wouldn’t be out till before Bayonetta 2 comes out

  • Spirit Macardi

    Funimation licensed an anime by Studio Gonzo? Why that never happens :B

    I’m guessing they’ll dub it similarly to how they did Hellsing Ultimate: Contract it out to an LA-based location like Studiopolis or Bang Zoom that can do union jobs, since Funi can’t do that stuff in-house.

    • Meta

      Yeah, since Bang Zoom and/or Studiopolis produced the dub for Hellsing Ultimate…not.

  • Warboss Aohd

    Needs to be on Adult Swim?

    i think so.

  • Jumbokitty724

    But you can watch it in Japanese with subs online already…

  • DeAndre Atchison

    Random question. Since bayonetta is on a Nintendo console, any chance of her being in smash bros? I know its not gonna happen, but I can dream, can’t I?

    • Michael Kelehan

      There’s certainly a chance. I’d wager that if they were to reveal that, they’d do so in October.

      • DeAndre Atchison

        They’d have to find one of her finishers and slightly censor it though

        • DragKudo

          I don’t believe her clothes come off when she does umbra climax and even if they did they can simply make her clothes stay on. They would also have to get rid of the blood but who cares?

          • DeAndre Atchison

            All her hair but enough to cover her naughty bits come off during her climaxes

          • DragKudo

            i know her clothes come off when she does a finisher but I think her clothes stay on when she does Umbra climaxes the new attacks that were introduced in this game.

    • mockturtle

      If she’s not in Smash Bros, I’m going to cry.

  • Cephrien

    This was okay.
    It really didn’t do the absolute craziness of the game justice though–

  • Revorse

    Goddamn. Does does funimation get every anime?

    • LDM

      It could be worst. Just imagine if Aniplex got Bayonetta instead. I shudder to think of how much they want us to pay for just the regular edition alone.

  • icup ✔️

    this movie is just a recap of the first bayonetta game. the game was much more entertaining than the movie.

    • landlock

      The story wasn’t exactly great in the game, the movie was never going to do it well.

    • mockturtle

      Still the best game-to-movie adaptation in years, though, to be honest.

  • César H. Sandoval

    I miss the long-haired Bayo :C

  • Kevin

    anyone know if the wii u version still has 1hand mode?

  • Skeptika Crediblus

    The downside is, it’s only watchable on the Wii-U. Doh!

  • Kornelious

    Well…..Better late than never :P

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