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Scotland Loves Anime Schedule Released
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Saturday, 14 August 2010 12:48

Scotland Loves AnimeThe Scotland Loves Animation festival runs in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee between 15-17 October, and includes an anime thread this year - imaginatively titled Scotland Loves Anime. The recently confirmed their screening schedule, and it includes enough big-draw titles that I'm disappointed at not being able to get over myself, with Trigun: Badlands Rumble, Evangelion 2.0 and The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya all making appearances. Read on for the full announcement...

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Crunchyroll Gets Into the DVD Business with 5cm Per Second
Saturday, 14 August 2010 12:19

5cm Per Second

Crunchyroll have taken their first steps into the DVD business, announcing their DVD release of Makoto Shinkai's 5cm per Second. The title should his streets later this year, with Bandai Entertainment handling distribution for the release. With ADV Films having previously released the movie, you can consider this a 'license rescue'.

It'a also likely to be the first of many DVD releases from Crunchyroll, who have been running a questionnaire for members which includes questions on how much they would be prepared to pay for season or half-season sets of the shows they simulcast. Being from the 'old school' who prefers to hold a physical disc in my hands, this is a development I'm fully in favour of - more, please!

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July Licensing Update
Wednesday, 04 August 2010 09:35

I spent most of July either on holiday or in hospital (the two were sadly related), so I'm a little behind on the news from Anime Expo onwards. And there's been a lot of it. So, in the spirit of "better late than never", here's a quick round-up of who's licensed what in the past month.

Bandai Entertainment: K-On!, Tales of the Abyss, Turn A Gundam, My-Otome 0~S.ifr~, Sora Kake Girl
Sentai Filmworks: Highschool of the Dead
RightStuf / Nozomi Entertainment: So-ra-no-wo-to, Revolutionary Girl Utena (TV and movie)
FUNimation: Trigun movie, Girls Bravo, Hetalia World Series, Strike Witches 2, Evangelion 2.0, Summer Wars
Aniplex America: Durarara!!, Read or Die (OVA and TV)
Crunchyroll: Occult Academy, Tono to Issho, Strike Witches 2, Asobi ni Ikuyo, Mitsudomoe
Viz Media: Nura: Rise of Yokai Clan
Manga Entertainment: Redline
Section23: Canaan, Kimikiss
Discotek: Galaxy Express 999 (2 movies), Project A-Ko

Meanwhile, in the UK...
Manga UK: Mnemosyne
Beez: The Big O

That's a lot of licenses, with many of them also heading to the various streaming services that are now available, and at a glance you might be tempted to think that the anime market's beginning to look up again. Here's hoping - and here's hoping that a decent number of those US licenses make their way over here.

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FUNimation on the Rescue Trail Again
Monday, 28 June 2010 11:50

FUNimationFUNimation have been trawling through the garbage of licensees past again, and (courtesy no doubt of their close relationship with the company) have picked up four GONZO shows that were formerly released by ADV Films: Chrono Crusade, Gantz, Kaleido Star and Peace Maker. All well-regarded shows by those who have seen them, but in two cases you have to wonder how much of a market there still is for them: Kaleido Star apparently sold very poorly, while at the other end of the scale Chrono Crusade was released and re-released by ADV so many times that you have to think that anyone who wanted it will already have it. Good to seem them all back in circulation, though.

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Sentai to Release Xam'd, Hell Girl S3 in US
Friday, 25 June 2010 10:42

Sentai FilmworksAnother month, another set of solicitations from Sentai Filmworks (by way of Section23, their distributors), and two more new releases from them. Read on for the details...

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Manga UK Confirms 4 Nixed Releases
Thursday, 17 June 2010 14:19

Manga UKSeems the best place to get UK anime news these days in on Twitter, especially if you're talking about Manga UK. Their latest tidbit dealt with a number of shows that Manga announced they'd licensed - and we're going back a few years here - but that have yet to hit the streets: Viz titles Honey & Clover and Ichigo 100%, and FUNimation shows Save Me Lollipop and Sasami Magical Girl Club.

@Neferpitou: @MangaUK Are previously announced titles "Save Me Lollipop, Sasami, Honey & Clover and Ichigo 100%" no longer coming out for Manga UK?

@MangaUK: @Neferpitou These titles will probably not get a UK DVD release. Sorry!

So there you go. Nothing there that was really worth getting all that excited about, to be honest, but it's nice to know one way or the other. And they say Twitter's a waster of space. :) Manga have since kindly pointed out that while the DVD releases aren't going to happen, they're still looking into the possibility of digital distribution for the titles at some point.

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Licenses, Licenses, and More Licenses
Monday, 14 June 2010 10:50

I've been out of the loop on UK news for the past few weeks - sorry! - so there have been a few notable announcements that I essentially missed. Here, then, is a quick round-up of who's licensed what over the past few weeks:

Beez: Durarara!!, Gundam 00 Season 2, Gundam Zeta Movie Trilogy, Outlaw Star
MVM: Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit, Slayers Revolution, Slayers Evolution-R, Blade of the Immortal
Manga: Baccano, Eden of the East, Vampire Knight, Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva
Crunchyroll: Bleach, Spellbound Magical Princess

Also worth noting is First Squad, the highly-regarded movie from Studio 4C. It's been picked up for release in the US by Manga Entertainment, but while Manga UK have confirmed that they won't be releasing it, they've also teasingly noted that we should expect an announcement from "one of their competitors" soon - so someone has it. Place your bets now.

Finally, there's the news that MVM are moving to the multi-disc sets that are now essentially standard for UK releases. And that's it for your June news catchup. :)

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CR Streams Haruhi, Latest Shin Koihime Musou
Monday, 12 April 2010 00:00

CrunchyrollCrunchyroll have adde two more series to their streaming service over the weekend, with one of them being almost a blast from the past these days. Details below the cut...

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Manga UK to Release Professor Layton
Wednesday, 07 April 2010 00:00

Manga UKAnother day, another announcement by way of the Manga UK Twitter feed. Read on for the details...

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CR Adds Uragiri wa Boku no Namae o Shitteiru
Wednesday, 07 April 2010 00:00

CrunchyrollCrunchyroll is still adding to their list of simulcast shows for the new series, with their latest title boasting a tongue-twistingly long title and boys-love themes for those that enjoy such things. Read on for details...

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