Finally, Hayate without that annoying censor character!
It’s rare that we do any real news posts on THAT, but seeing as how there was a huge pile of crap that occurred in the R1 DVD market as well as some scattered news on the other side of the Pacific I figured I’d post something. Plus I’m kind of bored right now. And Happy 4th of July to my fellow Americans!
1) Fullmetal Alchemist and Darker Than Black Second Seasons
Through some apparent incompetence, a list of animators was released by Bones regarding these two continuing shows which are probably in their infancy. Both are awesome action shows in their own right and something to look forward to. While I only have one rumor source on this, a cut-out of a French anime magazine has been floating around 4chan the past day or two with at least the news on FMA as corroboration. (Canned Dogs)
2) ADV Implodes
For those of us who purchase R1 DVDs this didn’t come as much of a surprise, but ADV pretty much sputtered out this weekend. While they won’t give the whole scoop, we all knew it was coming when back a few months ago they lost Gurren Lagaan and were barely able to re-negotiate for their other titles. They’ve officially broken from Sojitz, their Japanese licensing partner, meaning they’ve lost just about everything from the past two years. This includes shows currently being released, like the Kanon Vol. 6 order I have that will sit open eternally. (AoD, ANN1, ANN2)
3) Funimation Takes Over The World
In what’s probably a brilliant business move, Funimation saw the opportunities brought about by ADV and Geneon’s demise and struck deals on a stack of their licenses. While the deal with Geneon is more a partnership where Funimation calls the shots, Funimation just straight out gobbled up many of ADV’s former licenses including the aforementioned Kanon. This makes them by far the top dog in the R1 market in terms of market share, although Bandai is doing it’s best to catch up. Who knows how long it’s going to take them to release the ADV stuff that’s already partially done, they could very well just start over on shows like Kanon and Welcome to the NHK or halted Geneon titles like Higurashi and Black Lagoon. Hell they even picked up Saimono, a show a lot of people on this blog follow which doesn’t have a full set of English fansubs. (AoD, ANN)
4) Hayate no Gotoku! Gets Licensed
Totally didn’t see this coming, I wouldn’t have thought a relatively long-running otaku comedy would make the journey across the sea. But I’m thankful nonetheless because I want to see this show in all its DVD glory. Now Bandai has been doing pretty good with the liner notes in their Lucky Star releases so hopefully that means they might do the same for Hayate. And with the recent push for boxsets (in chunks of 13 episode for their release of Code Geass at least), there’s a good chance it will come in that much more affordable form. (AoD)
5) Nico Nico Gets Canned
The big bad anime industry just dropped the bomb on Nico Nico, and they have signed an agreement where Nico Nico will remove all fan videos with copyrighted material in them as well as the shows themselves obviously. This pretty much removes all reason for people to go to Nico Nico, and it’s a sad day for those who frequent it. (Canned Dogs)
6) Gonzo Ending In Trainwreck
SEE WHAT I DID THERE? Cuz you know, Gonzo shows always end in a trainwreck, amirite?! So Gonzo’s parent company is in danger of being de-listed from the Tokyo Stock Exchange unless they can become profitable within a year. That means making something along the lines of $30 million in profits with Strike Witches and the second season of Rosario + Vampire carrying them. Good luck with that. See what happens when you trainwreck perfectly good series? Nobody buys your DVDs. (AnimeNation)