Right Stuf licenses El Hazard, Funimation licenses several titles at Anime Central

This afternoon, Right Stuf International announced that they had licensed the anime series El Hazard: The WanderersIn addition, as opposed to some more recent Right Stuf announcements, El Hazard will be receiving a dub, per the website.  Right Stuff is releasing it in a single 26-episode box set on September 7th.  El Hazard was originally aired between October 1995 and March 1996.

Meanwhile, this past weekend, Funimation announced several new acquisitions, including:

  • Rosario + Vampire (both seasons)
  • Chaos;HEAd
  • Chrome Shelled Regios
  • Rideback
  • Heaven’s Lost Property (Sora no Otoshimono), and
  • GUNxSWORD

GUNxSWORD and Regios will be released late in 2010, while everything else is slated for release sometime in 2011.

Edit: El Hazard is apparently a rescue from Geneon, not an entirely new acquisition.

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Sentai licenses Hidamari Sketch, Glass Mask, and Neo Angelique Abyss

Sentai Filmworks has has announced licenses for 3 new anime series: Hidamari Sketch, Glass Mask, and Neo Angelique Abyss.

Section23 will distribute Hidamari Sketch, a 12 episode series that aired in 2007, on January 12, 2010.  It’s unclear whether Sentai has only licensed the first series or both aired series, but the release is explicitly labeled “Season 1,” suggesting that they have either licensed or are intending to license the 2nd season as well.

Section23 will distribute the first of two Glass Mask (Glass no Kamen) sets on January 19, 2010, which will include the first half of the 51 episode series which aired in in 2005 and 2006. The second set has not been scheduled yet.

Finally, Neo Angelique Abyss, a 13 episode series that aired in 2008, will be released January 26, 2010.  Once again, the release is labeled “Season 1,” suggesting that they may also picked up the 2nd season as well.

As is the case with all Sentai Filmworks titles, these are subtitle only releases.

Sentai/ADV licenses CLANNAD: After Story, Ghost Hound, and He is my Master

According to new product pre-orders on RightStuf, it’s been revealed that Sentai Filmworks (whose distributor is ADV Films) has licensed the second half of the CLANNAD series, CLANNAD: After Story, as well as the anime series Ghost Hound and He is my Master.

CLANNAD: After Story is the 24 episode + 1 OVA second season to the CLANNAD series, which aired between October 2008 and March 2009.  Ghost Hound is a 22 episode series which aired between October 2007 and April 2008.  He is my Master is a 12 episode series that aired between April and June 2005.

The first parts of CLANNAD: After Story and Ghost Hound are being released October 20th while the He is my Master complete series is being released October 6th.  All three releases, as with past Sentai licenses, will be subtitle-only.

Update

It looks like Ghost Hound might have been revealed earlier this morning on Sentai Filmwork’s presumably soon to be launched (and long overdue) website, but they have since password protected it.

Update 2

I guess I should give some of the credit of this to the fact that RightStuf tweeted this and Scott Frye noticed that they were new.

Update 3

ANN notes that Popotan and A Little Snow Fairy Sugar, which are also on the list, were previously licensed by Geneon Entertainment.

Dokuro-Chan licensed

I missed this in my sprint to catch up.  I never thought this would ever, ever get licensed, but sure enough, Media Blasters picked it up.  Apparently no word on whether this includes just the first season or both, though I don’t know why they wouldn’t pick up both.

I’m guessing this will be a sub-only release.

Right Stuf/Nozomi licences Aria [Updated]

AriaRight Stuf International and Nozomi has announced that they have licensed the anime series Aria the Animation, and plan to have more Aria announcements in the future (so I guess we can assume that they’ve picked up Aria the Natural as well probably)

Aria the Animation was released in 2005 and is 13 episodes long.

Right Stuf will be releasing Aria the Animation in a single subtitle-only box set on September 30th.  And as I just said, they said to expect further announcements in the future about Aria.

Of course, apparently Right Stuf’s web admin did a boo-boo in the wee hours of the night and accidentially revealed the license.  Oops!

(And apparently they had a few more oops moments trying to get the announcement page to load, as when the time came, both the webpage they forwarded to and the main Right Stuf website went down.  Oops!)

Update:

ANN says that Right Stuf has the entire franchise: the 2nd TV season Aria the Natural, the OVA Aria the OVA ~Arietta~, and the just completed Aria the Origination.

Update 2:

You can pre-order the series now.  It’s $49.99 retail, but is currently at $37.49 on Right Stuf’s website.

Update 3:

gia sayz that Right Stuf isn’t willing to announce anything past Season 1 (Aria the Animation) but does confirm that there will be more.

I read the actual press release, and it definitely reads as if there is more, but doesn’t specifically state if they licensed the entire series, though ANN obviously seems to interpret it that way.