This afternoon, Right Stuf International announced that they had licensed the anime series El Hazard: The Wanderers. In 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.
Funimation has announced that they have licensed the anime series Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji). Black Butler is a 24 episode series that aired between October 2008 and March 2009, and was produced by A-1 Pictures and Aniplex.
A second season is scheduled to start airing in July.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
OK, Funimation didn’t quite license that much, but they went on yet another licensing spree today, picking up both Tower of Druaga shows, Dragonaut – The Resonance, and Blassreiter from GONZO and Bamboo Blade from D. Rights.
Now, personally, I’m not sure if any of these are actually good licenses except for Bamboo Blade. Part of the reason is just because none of the three GONZO shows exactly lit fires under anyone as far as I could tell, but also because, at least in the case of Blassreiter and Druaga, they were previously released legally with english subs (or in the case of the second Druaga series, still being released). I guess Funimation figures that people already download shows, so it’s no different than that, but we’ll see.
Of course, I’m still waiting on Shakugan no Shana II sooo….