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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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.”

Anime Expo Round-up

So, who scored big and who lost big (if that’s the best way to put it) at Anime Expo?

Well, it looks like the convention itself scored big once again with 43,000 paid attendees, which is up from 41,500 last year, a 3.6% increase.

Now, here is the licensing round-up from the convention:

ADV Films

While none of this technically took place at Anime Expo, obviously the big loser of the weekend was ADV Films who had Sojitz leaving their agreement with ADV, taking 32 anime licenses with them.  ADV said they had a new partner in Japan and were negotiating to get 23 new licenses, but nothing new was announced at AX.

Bandai Entertainment

Bandai Enterainment announced that they have licensed the Hayate the Combat Butler anime and the Girl Who Leapt Through Time manga.

Bandai also announced the dub cast for Gurren Lagann, as well as announced details regarding their new Honneamise label, which is where most of Bandai Visual’s titles are going.

Dark Horse

Dark Horse announced the license for the Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Shinji Ikari Raising Project manga by Osamu Takahashi.

Digital Manga

Digital Manga picked up more titles than God at AX, including:

  • Utahime – Princess Song by Aki
  • Overclock: Once in a Blue Moon by Riya Hozumi and Ryouko Seki
  • Ghost Hunt Scramble by Ototachibana
  • Tale of a White Night by Tooko Miyagi
  • 1 Sakura Hill by Fujiko Kosumi
  • Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS by Maki Tsuzuki and Kōji Hasegawa
  • RH Plus by Ayako Suwa
  • Time for Magic by Morehe Yoshida
  • Princess Princess+ By Mikiyo Tsuda
  • Happy Boys By Makoto Tateno
  • Wolf God by Ai Tenkawa
  • Otodama By Youka Nitta
  • Crimson Cross By Kyoko Negishi and Sakae Maeda
  • Millennium Prime Minister By Eiki Eiki
  • Hey Class President by Kaori Monchi
  • Dog x Cat by Yoshimi Amasaki
  • Desire-Dangerous Feelings by Shinobu Gotoh
  • Moonlit Promises by Souya Himawari
  • Tricky Prince by Yukari Hashida
  • Double Trouble by Takashi Kanzaki
  • Where has Love Gone? by Ryou Tsunoda
  • Then Comes Love by Riyu Yamakami
  • Pure Heart by Hyouta Fujiyama
  • The Way to Heaven by Yamimaru Enjin
  • Clan of the Nakagamis Volume 2 by Homerun Ken
  • The Object of my Affection by Nanao Okuda
  • Love/Knot by Hiroko Ishimaru
  • The Longest Time by Tohko Tateno
  • Live for Love by Jun Mayama and Itsuki Sato
  • Eat or Be Eaten by Jinko Fuyuno and Yamimaru Enjin
  • The Spiral of Sand by Yuna Aoi
  • Honey/Chocolate by Nanao Okuda
  • Manhatten Love Story by Monoko Tenzen
  • Planet of Earthquake by Miou Takaya
  • Cut by Toko Kawai
  • The Lonely Egoist by Hikaru Masaki and Masara Minase
  • When the Heavens Smile by Aki Senoo
  • Suggestive Eyes by Momoko Tenzen
  • Hey, Sensei by Yaya Sakuragi
  • Love Syndrome by Yura Miyazawa
  • Love Potion by Sakuya Fujii

Funimation

If ADV was the big loser this weekend, then Funimation was the big winner.  Again, while none of this technically was announced at Anime Expo itself, Funimation both picked up the right to distribute 18 Geneon titles, as well as picking up the rights to the 32 Sojitz titles that used to belong to ADV, giving then the rights to distribute 50 new anime titles, some of which hadn’t been complted or even started yet.

Out of the Sojitz announcement came the news that the OVA Murder Princess has been licensed.

Funimation also announced the dub cast for Ouran High School Host Club.

Go! Comi

Go! Comi licensed:

  • Angel’s Coffin By You Higuri
  • CROWN By You Higuri and Shinji Wada
  • Bound Beauty By Mick Takeuchi

CMX

CMX licensed The Name of the Flower by Ken Saito

Kadokawa Pictures USA

Kadokawa announced licenses for:

  • Coo ~ Our Guardian
  • H2O ~Footprints in the Sand~
  • Junjou Romantica
  • My Heartfelt Sympathy, Ninomiya-kun
  • Rental Magica
  • Spice and Wolf

Right Stuf/Nozomi

Right Stuf International announced new licenses for the Gakuen Alice anime series as well as DVD rights 1980 Toward the Terra movie (they had originally released it on VHS and Laserdisc).

TokyoPop

TokyoPop announced the following new licenses, among other things:

  • Phantom Dream By Natsuki Takaya
  • Tsubasa: Those with Wings By Natsuki Takaya
  • .hack//G.U. (novel) By Tatsuya Hamasaki
  • Peacemaker Kurogane (formerly released by ADV Manga) By Nanae Chrono
  • Momo Tama By Nanae Chrono
  • Castle of Dreams By Masami Tsuda
  • NG Life by Mizuho Kusanagi
  • This Ugly Yet Beautiful World By Ashita Morimi
  • Maid-sama! by Hiro Fujiwara
  • Demon Sacred by Natsumi Itsuki

Viz

Viz announced new licenses for:

  • Honey Hunt by Miki Aihara
  • Gestalt by Yun Kouga
  • Magic Touch by Izumi Tsubaki
  • Otomen by Aya Kanno

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.

Right Stuf licenses Maria-sama ga Miteru

And Right Stuf’s and Nozomi’s announcement was for Maria-sama ga Miteru, which is being released under the name “Maria Watches Over Us.”

According to the announcement, the series will be released in three season-long box sets, with Season 1 being released July 29th. The first two seasons were 13 episodes long. The 3rd season was a 5 episode OVA.

Update:

Looks like the two TV seasons will sell for $49.99 each while the 5 OVAs (which are 50 minutes each, by the way) are going for $39.99. This also appears to be a sub-only release.

Right Stuf International Licence Announcement Tomorrow

Right Stuf InternationalNozomi and the Right Stuf International say that they will announce a new anime license at 3pm Eastern on the dot tomorrow. This one seems to be being hyped up quite a bit, so we’ll see if it’s something big.

Apparently a while ago, some people at Right Stuf gave 4 hints for new licenses. I’m assuming we’re only getting the first tomorrow, but I thought I’d go through the 4 hints an make my totally off the wall and probably totally wrong guesses:

Hint 1:

It’s “coming soon!” It’s a done deal. All will be revealed. Who will be happy?

Hmm. I’m baffled by the “coming soon” as it seems like a hint, but I’m not sure what it would reference. “All will be revealed” seems to suggest that it’s an additional part of a series which has already been licensed, which suggests When They Cry Season 2 or perhaps Shakugan no Shana II. Of course, the totally off the wall thought is Haruhi Season 2 with a simultaneous US and Japanese release. It would fit both the “coming soon” (as it is coming soon to Japan) and the sequel suggestion. Or I could be reading more into the “coming soon” phrase and it really actually means nothing.

I’m at a loss, but my off the wall guess is Shana II

This one will be a bit longer. The paperwork is now on my desk!

OK, a longer series, I’m guessing longer than 26 episodes. That helps narrow things down a little. Aria seems to be a good guess here as we have two complete series with a total of 39 episodes and another currently airing. It could be a Geneon rescue of Kyou Kara Maou! or perhaps of When They Cry plus the 2nd season. Hayate the Combat Butler is also possible. The off the wall possibility is probably the return of Sailor Moon. Les Miserables is also possible.

However, my guess here is going to be Hayate the Combat Butler.

On to clue #3:

This one I have a draft on now. Drafts are good, but they are not final enough.

OK, this one is playing on the word “draft,” which suggests it has something to do with writing or drawing. That suggests Sketchbook: Full Colors or Hidamari Sketch. I’d say Doujin Work if Media Blasters hadn’t already all-but-announced it. I can’t think of anything else off the top of my head which goes along this theme. My guess is Hidamari Sketch.

And finally…

And if this last thing goes through, everyone will cheer.

They’re not shying away from this one. My first thought would be a close-to-wholesale pick up of Geneon’s titles, either via re-licensing or perhaps picking up the distribution of those titles. That would certainly be amazing and would create much celebration. Picking up some of Geneon’s lost titles such as When we Cry or Story of Story of Saiunkoku could make people cheer as well. Right Stuf couldn’t possibly yank the Evangelion movie out from under ADV could they? Something like ef – a tale of memories or CLANNAD could fit the bill too.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that it’s a wholesale pick up of Geneon’s titles. No really. Just the feeling of the hint feels like something of that magnitude. It would be awesome if it were true.

In any case, those are my (probably completely wrong) guesses.

More AX licenses

Anime ExpoFor Geneon, Digital Manga, ADV Films, Go! Comi, and The Right Stuf International:

Geneon
Deltora Quest
Lyrical Nanoha
Lyrical Nanoha A’s
Shakugan no Shana Tokubetsuhen: Koi to Onsen no Kougai Gakushuu! (OVA)

Digital Manga
Family Complex
Flamboyant

ADV Films
Devil May Cry
Gurren Lagaan
Kyoshiro

Go! Comi
A.I Revolution
Angel’s Coffin
A Wise Man Sleeps
Cy-Believers
Kamisama Kazok

The Right Stuf International
Victorian Romance Emma