Anime Expo Licensing Roundup: ef, Kimi ni Todoke get picked up

I didn’t follow AX day by day, mainly thanks to being out of town over the weekend, but I did want to review things that had gotten licensed.

The headline news for me as the announcement by Sentai Filmworks (aka ADV reincarnated) to license both ef series. Those had been hanging out there for a while, and I was really doubting whether they would ever be licensed, but Sentai decided to pick them up. ef – a tale of memories was a 12 episode series that aired in 2007, while it’s followup, ef – a tale of melodies, was a 12 episode series that aired in 2008.  You can read my blogging of both of my series here. Sentai Filmworks also licensed Loups-Garous, a 2010 movie, and Ro-Kyu-Bu, which started airing in Japan on July 1st.

The other semi-interesting licensing announcement for me was NIS America licensing Kimi ni Todoke, though it appears to only be the first season so far.  Kimi ni Todoke was a 25 episode series that aired in the Fall of 2009 and Winter of 2010.  NIS America also licensed the series Dororon Enma-kun Meeramera, which is a 12 episode series that just completed airing in Japan.

In other announcements:

  • Bandai Entertainment licensed Sacred Seven, which started airing July 2nd, and will stream it on Hulu and Crunchyroll
  • Viz licensed the Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva movie released in 2009 and the Bleach: Fade to Black – Kimi no Na o Yobu movie, released in 2008
  • Aniplex USA licensed Madoka Magica, a 12 episode series that aired earlier this year, and Blue Exorcist, a 24 episode series currently airing in Japan.
  • Funimation licensed Deadman Wonderland, a 12 episode series that just concluded airing in Japan; Steins;Gate, a 24 episode series currently airing in Japan; Baka and Test 2, which will start airing in Japan July 7th; B Gata H Kei, a 12 episode series that aired in 2010; and Asobi ni Ikuyo, another 12 episode series that aired in 2010.

Viz licenses Kekkaishi, Vampire Knight, final InuYasha anime series

Viz announced at their San Diego Comic Con panel that they have licensed the anime series Kekkaishi, Vampire Knight, and InuYasha: The Final Act

Kekkaishi is a 52 episode series that aired from October 2006 through February 2008.  Vampire Knight originally ran as a 13 episode series between April and June 2008.  It’s not immediately clear whether they have licensed the 2nd season, Vampire Knight Guilty, or not, which ran between October and December 2008 as another 13 episode season.

InuYasha: The Final Act is the just announced “final season” of the Inu Yasha anime series that will start airing in Japan in October.  It’s also going to stream on, though details on that aren’t clear yet.

Funimation licenses Eden of the East, Casshern Sins remake

Funimation entertainment has announced that they have licensed the anime series Eden of the East and the Casshern Sins remake.  Both shows are scheduled to come out in 2010.

Casshern Sins is a 24 episode series which aired October 2008 and March 2009.  Eden of the East is an 11 episode series which aired between April and June 2009.

Funimation also got box sets of remastered Dragon Ball Z episodes, which apparently are DVD box set releases made from the original masters.  I guess this is somewhat of a big deal for Funimation and DBZ fans.

Funimation also announced the Korean live-action movie Daytime Drinking at their Otakon panel, scheduled for an April 2010 release.

Yesterday, Funimation also announced that they had licensed four Case Closed movies: The Last Wizard of the Century, Captured in Her Eyes, Countdown to Heaven, and The Phantom of Baker Street.

A Quick Look at Otakon Industry Panels

Here is a quick look at the times of major industry panels.  Unfortunately, if AX was sparse, Otakon is a desert.  However, we’ve already had action with Bandai and there are indications that there is more to come, and Funimation has pretty much said that they’ll have something to say, so it might not be completely worthless:

Friday, July 17
12:30 PM: Madhouse
2:00 PM: Aniplex TBA
3:00 PM: Aniplex
9:00 PM: Bandai Entertainment

Saturday, July 18
10:00 AM: Funimation

Sunday, July 19
10:00 AM: Funimation TBD

And that’s it as far as I can see.  TokyoPop, ADV/Sentai, and Media Blasters seem to be major companies skipping the cons altogether this year, while smaller companies like Kadokawa, Seven Seas, and Go! Comi have been no where to be found either.  CMX, Right Stuf, Viz, and Yen Press were at least at AX, but aren’t at Otakon as far as I can see.  Just look at it this way: the Japanese production companies appear to just as well represented as the US licensing and production companies.

Also, who schedules their industry panel at 9PM? (OK, maybe Bandai didn’t have a choice in the matter, but, unless there is a reason for doing so, that seems sort of like a screw up).

In any case, as usual I’ll try to follow the action in Baltimore the best I can from my home base here.

Bandai Entertainment licenses Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens

That omgitscoming countdown? We now know what it is!

Bandai Entertainment has licensed the anime season Kannagi.

It is also streaming on Anime News Network.

Kannagi is a 13 episode series which aired between October through December 2008.


Not only is Kannagi streaming on ANN, it appears like will be able to order it from RightStuf and it is ready to ship, meaning that it’s release date is, well, tomorrow.  I haven’t seen whether this is a sub-only response or not.

Funimation licenses Sengoku Basara, picks up Dragon Ball Season 1

At their Anime Expo panel, Funimation announced that they have licensed the anime series Sengoku Basara, an anime series which just finished it’s run in Japan after airing from April to June of this year (it’s 12 episodes long).

Funimation also picked up season 1 of the original Dragonball series from, I think, Viz Media.  They also noted that there will be more announcements over the summer.

Bandai Entertainment licenses Eureka Seven movie

Bandai Entertainment announced that they have licensed the movie Eureka seveN: Good night, Sleep tight, Young lovers at their Anime Expo panel.  It is apparently getting a Fathom Theater release.  Viz has recently used Fathom events to release several of their movies, most notably the live action Death Note movies.

The Eureka Seven movie was released April 25, 2009.


Anime Vice reports that the Fathom Events screening will happen on September 24th in 300 to 400 theaters.  Tickets go on sale August 21st.

Update 2:

Fathom Events has their Eureka Seven movie page up now.  Showtimes are at 7:30 PM local time.  They confirm that the screening will be of the English dub of the movie “as well as behind-the-scenes bonus material from studio BONES that explores the making of this re-imagined Eureka Seven, a look into the animation production and the making of the English version.”

Right Stuf / Nozomi picks up Aria the Origination + Arietta OVA, Junjo Romantica, and Antique Bakery

Right Stuf International / Nozomi has announced simultaneously online and at their Anime Expo panel that they have licensed three new anime series and a new OVA:

First up is Aria the OVA ~Arietta~ and Aria the Origination, the 3rd and 4th parts of the Aria series to add on to the first two seasons that Right Stuf already owns.

Arietta is a single half hour long OVA episode released in September 2007 while Aria the Origination is a 13 episode (edit: +1) series which aired between January and March 2008.

Right Stuf also picked up Junjo Romantica, which Kadokawa USA had announced at least year’s Anime Expo.  It appears, like most other Kadokawa properties, Right Stuf is handling the production and distribution while Kado USA holds the actual license.  This is for both the first and second seasons of the show, totaling 24 episodes.  The first season aired between April and June 2008 while the second season aired between October and December 2008.  They are apparently releasing it under the title “Junjo Romantica” instead of “Romantica ~Pure Love~” which is what Kado USA was calling it last year.

Right Stuf also picked up Antique Bakery, another 12 episode series which aired between July and September 2008.  All titles are expected to be released “in 2010.”

Funimation licenses Sands of Destruction Anime Series

Looks like we have our first Anime Expo related licensing announcement.  Funimation has announced that they have licensed the Sands of Destruction anime series (also known as World Destruction).

Sands of Destruction is an anime based off of the SEGA game of the same name.  It is 13 episodes long and was produced by Production I.G. and directed by Shunsuke Tada.  It aired on TV Tokyo between July 7 and September 30, 2008.

Anime Expo 2009 Industry Panels

Anime ExpoI’ll be busy monitoring sites like ANN and Twitter to see what announcements may come out of Anime Expo over the next four days, but in the meantime, the following is the schedule for industry panels according to the current AX schedule so we know when we might expect news to come out. Times are Pacific with Eastern time in parenthesis:

Thursday, July 2

10:00 AM (1:00 PM) Digital Manga
5:00 PM (8:00 PM) Right Stuf / Nozomi
7:30 PM (10:30 PM) eigoMANGA

Friday, July 3

9:00 AM (12:00 PM) Bandai Entertainment
11:00 AM (2:00 PM) CMX
12:00 PM (3:00 PM) Aniplex
3:30 PM (6:30 PM) Viz
8:00 PM (11:00 PM) Funimation Sneak Peak

Saturday, July 4

11:00 AM (2:00 PM) Yaoi Press
12:30 PM (3:30 PM) Funimation
5:00 PM (8:00 PM) Right Stuf / Nozomi Premiers

Sunday, July 5

1:00 PM (4:00 PM) Production I.G.

No TokyoPop? Media Blasters? ADV/Sentai? Kadokawa? Pretty low attendence for a con, especially considering it’s supposed to be an industry con.