Well, wasn't expecting that. It appears that Fate Zero is getting a U.S.A. release from our boys at Aniplex. Blu Ray even. Should be interesting to see how it plays out, just don't expect a dub.
Then again, I wonder if they'd get the Geneon dub actors back for this if they were considering it (they all work at Bang Zoom, so it shouldn't be that hard). More importantly, would we get an uncensored Fate Stay Night remake if this is successful, and would they dub those lines too? Ah, wouldn't that be something.
On that subject, I should look up how the new Fate Unlimited Codes did on the PSP. Still, it's not a Fate game if you can't molest the Sabre; that's all I'm saying.
Bandai Entertainment Changing Focus FeaturedWritten by David Nolen
Hope everyone had a good Christmas and New Years. The new one we got is looking pretty screwed up as far as domestic anime goes.
In a move that would probably surprise no one, given their closing of their e-commerce site earlier in December, Bandai has gone and done a Geneon, and moved to be more of a distribution type company, thus pretty much sealing its doom as Geneon did back in '07. Given this move, that pretty much makes Viz, Funimation, and ADV/Sentai Filmworks the only big players left on the block. I don't know if any of the other bit players are going to be able to get any real traction in today's market, but I hope so.
And I was looking forward to Gosick too.
Here's a fun one if you live in Canada and have an Android running smart phone. Now NEC Biglobe has an app for you to browse certain manga from Sugoi Books on your phone. More in the press release below.
SANTA MONICA, CA (October 19, 2011) – Recently at their panel at New York Comic Con, Aniplex of America Inc. announced its release plans for the anime series Puella Magi Madoka Magica in North America. Pre-orders started Monday, October 18th for all SKUs.
The series will be released in three separate volumes in total. Each volume will be released in three formats: a Limited Edition Box Set, and Regular Edition Blu-Ray and DVD. Each Limited Edition Box Set will include the Blu-ray, DVD and Soundtrack CD composed by Yuki Kajiura. Release dates and features are listed on the official press release you can see here.
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October 18th TinierMe, the virtual world and gaming site that focuses on Japanese animation, released a Puella Magi Madoka Magica collaboration campaign and avatar item set licensed from Aniplex America on October 11th, 2011. This collaboration will give international Madoka Magica fans an opportunity to “become” their favorite characters by purchasing authentic avatar items at Tinier Me. The collaboration also includes an event that will award free virtual Madoka Magica posters to participants. TinierMe, known for bringing authentic Japanese pop culture experiences to the world through collaborations made possible by TinierMe’s close ties to Japan, is adding Madoka Magica to a growing lineup that includes, Hatsune Miku, Durarara, and Black Butler. To view the rest of the press release PDF document, just click here.
Also, Madoka is coming to the U.S. May the gods have mercy on us all.
Just wanted to to mention that Dragon's Anime has partnered up with Crunchyroll.com, a great destination online for you to go see legally subbed anime online for free, not to mention participate in a cool community of fellow anime and manga nuts. This particular promotion brings you the hit series Eureka 7, but that's not all they've got in store for you if you want to pay them a little visit. Drop in and have a look around folks, it's a awesome little destination online for the anime and manga fan!
And another one bites the dust. Central Park Media has filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy. That means the whole company will be liquidated for those of us who are unaware of U.S. bankruptcy law. Not surprising since they've not released anything in about a year or made a peep in the longest time. Seems to me these guys quit a long time ago, and just now finally decided to up and finish the job. Shame too...guess I better get those Urotsukidouji box sets I've been meaning to get for the longest time, heh.