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.
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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 TheRumicWorld.com, though details on that aren’t clear yet.

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

Viz and Seven Seas at AX

Anime ExpoANN has their page up for the Viz and Seven Seas panels today at Anime Expo.

Viz’s panel basically went over what they plan to release over the rest of the year, with anything new being re-releases or titles that had already been announced. I didn’t see any new titles that were just being announced at the panel in the report.

For the Seven Seas panel, it was partly an informational session just telling people who they were and some of the titles they are going to be releasing. As for new licenses, there were two titles which I haven’t found evidence of having previously been announced: First Love Sisters and Voiceful.

Bandai Visual and Broccoli still have panel reports to come today.