This year, it seems like the theme is “Everything old is new again” But first: GAME TIME!
MangaGamer added Tokyo Babel and Shadows of Pygmalion as well as a sequel to Princess Evangeline. All of those titles, plus the first Chapter of Supipara sound interesting, but I gotta nab their first releases first….
Sekai Project is the other group releasing Visual novels in english. At Otakon, they nabbed stuff for EVERYBODY. Bishojo fans get Tenshi Ranman, and Nekopara, Yuri fans get Nenokami, and Yaoi fans get Witch boy Magical Piece. Also: fault milestone 2 was announced. What makes me excited was the announcement that Sekai is now a manga publisher, and their first manga is GATE. I liked the Anime, so this I can really get behind.
Kodansha time. Since I finished Negima, I haven’t bought any series from them(Most of my money is going to Yen presently), but that may change, as Kodansha nabbed the 1978(!) Space Opera Queen Emeraldas, Complex Age, and Forget Me Not. The other two have interesting premises, but Esmeraldas has to be gotten in Hardcover.
Funimation at Otakon: Surprises Galore! Movie wise, They will show in theatres the New Ghost in the Shell movie(Which should be a treat), The Boy and the Beast, and the Psycho-pass movie. Also nabbed were the Project ITOH trilogy of films. Anime wise, Assassination Classroom S2 was already nabbed, as well as a Bluray License Rescue of Noein, and………….
….Wait for it…..
Yep. Speed Racer. On BD. Possibly uncut, who knows. And the Franchise turns 50 next year. Hmmm…..
Finally, Viz’s Shoujo Beat announced that they grabbed the Taisho Era Shojo series The Heiress and the Chauffeur.
That’s all for today. Tomorrow ends Otakon.
This time around, it seems that Funimation is being Sentai, and Nabbing a ton of licenses and Home video releases.
Funi has nabbed all rights for Aquarion EVOL. The first series was nabbed by Funi years ago, so no big surprise there. Also no big surprise: Funi has the rights to Season 5 of One Piece and the Strong World Movie, as well as Season 2 of Fairy Tail and its first Movie: Fairy Tail: Hōō no Miko.
Movie wise: Funi picked up the new movie for Yamato: Space Battleship Yamato Resurrection, as well as relicensing for the umteenth time: Akira.
Home Video rights have been nabbed for the following streamed series: Sankarea, Lupin III: The Woman called Fujiko Mine, and from NicoNico: Maken-Ki! Battling Venus.
Lastly, Funi has also picked up the Tenchi Muyo OVA : Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar. They do seem to say that they have EVERYTHING related to Tenchi Muyo, but I somehow doubt it(Did they ever say they had the Magical Project S series(AKA Pretty Sammy)? Nor the Mihoshi Special, Which I am seemingly missing from my Tenchi Muyo Stash? If not, don’t say you have everything for Tenchi, please.
Funimation is the heavyweight company in the industry today. Because of DBZ, they have been able to nab a lot of content and expand to the company they are today. This year, they picked up a ton of stuff as well.
Funi picked up Michiko to Hatchin, The two Sequels to Ikkitosen( Great Guardians and Xtreme Xecutor),Appleseed XIII and the Blood C movie. Didn’t know that Funi Had Blood C nabbed, or upgraded it’s rights…
Rights Upped to Home Media (DVD/BDs):
Blood C, Jormongand. Eureka Seven AO, and Aria the Scarlet Ammo.
Binbogami ga!, Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero.
To me, this was a bit lackluster. But with Ikkitosen, a proven money maker(With the boobs), how well can Media Blasters Survive?
Note: I did see High School DxD mentioned for additional rights on Bayoab’s livefeed, but I dunno if that is for certain…
Source: ANN, BayoAB