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  2008-07-24 20:47:51
[ Time for Anime Expo 2008 ]  -   bayoab
And for something different this year, envirosphere's live coverage of Anime-Expo will be available on the web at and in our irc channel.

In "in before AX" news, FUNimation has announced the license to Heroic Age. In more "just before AX starts" news, FUNimation has picked up the rights to distribute most of the unfinished Geneon USA titles.

On Friday, with another press release, FUNimation has announced the acquisition of the rights to the ARM titles that had been previously owned by ADV for the past two years. ADV has not lost the rights to any titles that did not involve ARM.

At their panel, Viz has announced the rights to Monster.

TRSI has announced the license to Toward the Terra and Gakuen Alice.

Bandai has announced the license to Hayate no Gotoku.

Thanks to zalas, evilpigking, ultracarl, flonne, and whoever else I'm forgetting for the live feeds and additional assistance.

Update 1:
FUNimation continues with their announcement of Baccano!.

Media Blasters has announced/confirmed Dai Mahou Touge through a DVD solicitation to retailers.

Update 2:
For Comic-con International (SDCC), Bandai announced the license to... the Lucky Star manga. They will also be re-releasing the former BVUSA titles Freedom and Gunbuster on Blu-ray.

Thanks to ultracarl for the live feed.

  2008-06-22 17:26:46
[ Good news? Bad news? Enjoy the ride either way! ]  -   bayoab
In a really short sentence for a really huge piece of news:
Bandai-Namco, the parent company of Bandai Entertainment and Bandai Visual USA, has decided to liquidate Bandai Visual USA and merge the entity with Bandai Entertainment. The final results of this are not yet known.

Meanwhile, Bandai Entertainment has announced the licenses to Sword of the Stranger and the Tamagotchi Movie at Fanime and A-Kon 2008 respectively.

Editorial note: The initial "What the... This is the announcement?? Are you serious Bandai?!?!" shock on the internet from the Tamagotchi Movie was epic hilarity.

Continuing on...
Yet again, Media Blasters purposely announced Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan on the AnimeonDVD forums as well as number of minor pieces of industry and company related news.

Toei animation is trying to get into the R1 market again with an On Demand Download-To-Own service. A quick check of the source code of that page reveals they have the rights and/or plans to make the following series available:

Slam Dunk
Fist of the North Star
Digimon Adventure 02
Pretty Cure
Galaxy Express 999
Captain Harlock
Air Master

Beside Galaxy Express 999 and Pretty Cure, all of the titles on this list were previously licensed in one form or another. Note: 4kids never had actually licensed Pretty Cure.

Kadokawa Pictures USA has sent a cease and desist letter to Animesuki for the following titles:

Canvas 2 ~Niji Iro no Sketch~
Wagaya no Oinari-sama
Spice and Wolf
Shuffle! Memories
Rental Magica
Mamoru-kun ni Megami no Shukufuku wo!
Junjou Romantica
H2O ~Footprints in the Sand~
Goshuushou-sama Ninomiya-kun
Demonbane TV

Following the same policy as with all other cease&desist letters to other sites and fansubbers, the above titles have been marked as licensed and will no longer be listed.
Note: These titles are not actually licensed in R1 yet.

FUNimation has announced the license to Ookiku Furikabutte (aka Big Windup!).

GDH has announced that the 12 episode TV series Strike Witches will be streaming on Youtube and Crunchyroll. Links will be provided when they appear.

Update 2:
Media Blasters has confirmed that they have both seasons of Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan at their AnimeNext panel.

  2008-05-17 18:41:23
[ Frenzy of Activity! ]  -   bayoab
Licensing dump:
TRSI announced the license to Aria the Animation, Aria the Natural, Aria the Origination, and Aria the Arietta after yet another countdown on their site.

FUNimation is having a spree of announcements on their website with Mamotte Lollipop, History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi, Gunslinger Girl: Il Teatrino, Soukou no Strain, and Shigurui thus far.

The spree concludes with the announcements of Romeo x Juliet and D.Gray-Man at Anime Central 2008.

Site News:
If you have not noticed, the new features for commercial releases were made live already. A star will appear next to any company or professional subtitle group as well as next to the release when the groups are not listed.

  2008-04-21 02:52:08
[ DON'T PANIC (Imagine this is large and colorful.) ]  -   bayoab
From New York Comic-con and a few other pieces of news in future updates of this post:

Bandai Entertainment has announced the licenses to Gundam 00 and Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann.

Viz announced the license to the TV series of Hunter x Hunter.

(The idea for the title of this post came from Funimation's presentation at NYCC, not The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.)

In other random news, 4kids has licensed Yu-gi-oh 5D's.

In a piece of good news, Media Blasters has announced the license to the former Geneon title Seirei no Moribito. This is the first series that is officially "rescued" after Geneon stopped producing DVDs. Note: Geneon still retains the licenses to all of their properties and has still been working on production of these series.

And finally, some site news. As some may have noticed, we are listing subtitles for both The Tower of Druaga and Blassreiter. Going along with Gonzo's experiment, we are experimenting with ways to list these types on the site. These titles are available for streaming on Youtube (Druaga and Blasseiter),, and For those who don't know, you can add &fmt=18 at the end of youtube links for higher quality video and audio.

We are working on a way to improve our listings of these professional releases and differentiate them from our normal listings.

  2008-03-22 22:05:00
[ Counting down to something ]  -   bayoab
Through various methods, Bandai Visual USA has announced the licenses to Harukanaru Toki no Naka de: Hachiyoushou, Shigofumi, true tears, and sola.

Media Blasters purposely announced Night Head Genesis on the AnimeonDVD forums.

FUNimation announced Claymore on their website after a countdown on their site.

TRSI announced the license to the first three seasons of Maria-sama ga Miteiru after a countdown on their site.

Let's hope these countdowns aren't a trend...

Funimation has confirmed that they have the Magic Teacher Negima Spring OVA and Negima!? Summer OVA

Bandai Entertainment has announced the license to Code Geass R2 at their Code Geass panel. They have also announced Rocket Girls at their industry panel.

ADV announced they will be handling Kiba for Upper Deck who announced the license last year.

Lastly, Gonzo has announced that they will be premiering The Tower of DRUAGA –the Aegis of URUK- and BLASSREITER on Bost and Youtube simultaneously with the Japanese airings.


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