Well, I poke in here every 6-months to a year. Here's where I'm at.
A few years back I watched the stream to the anime Kingdom that FUNimation had up a few years back (2012-2013). They never streamed Season 2 (not officially anyways), and this disappointed me because the historical fact (albeit, with some historic figures fictionalized (and several characters were gender-swapped to become female because they aimed this show at a 'shounen' demographic), political and war themes of the story appealed to me. Animation-wise though, what were Pierrot Studio thinking? I heard S2 reverts back to the usual 'flat' 2d anime style we're usually used to, but have yet to see it.
Anyways, it totally flew under my radar when they announced this to get a DVD release (along with Season 2), and both seasons *gasp* with a English Dub. (Thank you!! Saves me from straining the eye). I just got Season 1 late last week, and I'm already rewatching this show. Still think the animation is 'meh' but the story is the draw, and the fact it's a derivative of real-world history (specifically, the Warring States era in Chinese history, latter 200's B.C.). Loving this stuff.
Sadly there are no dub credits, but it's not sounding like a typical FUNimation work. Some lines come across a bit stiff but it's not the worst I've heard....and putting it against the subtitles, almost matches up (again, not typical of FUNimation's work). I'm wondering if this was farmed out to Studiopolis or Bang Zoom? Usually I can match up 'who did what', but there are also a lot of new dub actors out there nowadays.
Either way, I recommend seeing this one if you can get past the 'meh' animation and character design (some are just butt-ugly).
I also picked up the BluRay edition of Samurai Pizza Cats. My gateway anime and still a guilty pleasure today. Considering it's a 4:3 native res, and was done in 1990-1991, looks alright. Being Betatape source masters, it's not going to be 1080p....the highest they authored the disc was 480p, upscaling seems to be 'prettying it up' to my 1080p 40" TV. I always put on a few episodes before I fall asleep.
It's been streaming but i haven't caught it yet. I want to see Utawarerumono: The False Faces or whatever that one's name is. I saw the original show and have the OAV spinoff of that one on preorder. Like Kingdom, it's another of those war/political things with the whole post-apocalyptic/sci-fi theme.