FUNimation has announced numerous license rescues during Otakon this year, including some major series like Cowboy Bebop and Outlaw Star.
Great news here, hopefully they'll freaking put Outlaw Star back on Toonami and take off one of the other numerous repeats they have sitting on there. Can't wait for it to be released on Blu-ray.
wow amazing license rescues here, im especially happy about outlaw star and bebop!!
Looks like we'll have to wait for Ghost in the Shell SAC at little longer. Bummer....-_-
I might have to get Code Geass All over again if comes out on Blu ray.
Damnit I already just bought the ANIME legends dvds...Now I'm going to have to buy Cowboy Bebop and others all over again! And this probably means sooner rather then later GitS and Wolf's Rain will also be licensed... Oh well, better late then never I suppose. I'm SUPER excited with Funimations newest upcoming releases. (Future Diary, especially.)
About time we had a proper Bebop Blu-ray.
I'm glad these awesome anime won't die with Bandai. I'm just surprised at how many licenses Funimation has acquired over the years. Funimation is almost becoming an anime monopoly.
Monopolies only become a problem when they mistreat their customers and perpetually increase prices. So far Funi's doing relatively well in that regard. As we've seen with the new Golgo 13 release. (Price 115$ Released by one of their competitors, Viz.) If anything, Funi is still keeping the market as accessible as it currently is with their low pricing in this region. Also, interesting to note that Japan and South Korea during the 40s-50s were initially run by very Monopolistic economies and Socialist-like Governments. (With South Korea even being another dictatorship until the 80s.) For them, Monopolies are the norm even still. http://en.wikipedia.org/wik... http://en.wikipedia.org/wik...
[1 + Interesting] Thanks for the educational reply blitzburns4. That's a welcome to see. Funimation really follow the consumers interest very well. People like buying large segments of anime shows or complete series of anime compared to 3 episodes on a dvd (which was the norm a decade + ago on VHS and DVD)and Funimation adjusted quite nicely to that. They're the #1 anime distributor in my book. Now I'm just worried about about Gundam. What is Bandai going to do with it? Gundam is Bandai's most in demand anime property and it's stagnate in the translation/dubbing/distributi on department at the moment.
@Deadpool. Yes it's very interesting. The fact that monopolies were able to function and continue to treat their customers fairly lead to an economic explosions in Japan and Korea. In Japan, they even called it the "Japanese Miracle." It's complicated, though. There was a lot of Japanese and Korean involvement in their economies. Whist in America's Monopoly days (Particularly the fifty year period after our Civil War.) the businesses were given full reign. Another interesting note is the United States pumped (Essentially gave) Korea and Japan billions of dollars to put into their own economies. So one has to give credit where credit is due. We gave all that money on purpose, as we didn't want communism to become popular or expand into those countries. You can read about it in further detail with the links I supplied. http://m.thenational.ae/bus... But there is another link. Though South Korea had a dictator, the dictator pushed for major economic development that, after his death and subsequent democraziation, let Kprea become one of the strongest economies in the entire world. One of the greatest enlightenment thinkers, Hobbles, once said that the best kind of government is a king who has the best interest of his people in mind. However, obviously kings tend to become corrupt, in which case he must be desposed of by the people for breaking the social contract. You can naturally extend that same idea strong government and dictators. http://m.thenational.ae/bus... (Top section) In regards to Gundam. The best advice I can give is to follow the Money trail. If Bandai can make more money from a license by selling it to Funimation rather than continue to milk it- then the likelihood of Funi getting the license is high. This is usually the case if an anime is widely popular in America- such as Gundam Wing or Cowboy Bebop- and moderately successful in Japan. With that said, any anime that Bandai has that was extremely successful in Japan Bandai is likely to be stronger about holding on to it. (As to make more Money from a licensing deal.) The big idea is that there was past success from it. Japan, especially ten years ago, was batshit crazy about its popular anime. Much more than Americans were. Cowboy Bebop and Gundam Wing were popular in America, yes. However in comparison to how crazy Japan was about Evangelion? Not even close. Even so I wouldn't even be all that surprised to hear that Funimation paid an extremely high price for the three titles it did just license in comparison to most of it's other titles. (Including their newest gem, Future Diary.) Keep in mind, Funimation is a business too. They are likely only going to pay a large sum for a license they know they can make a profit from, if not short term, then long term. If you want to see more Bandai titles licensed then show your support and purchase the titles Funi just licensed when they release them. Besides that, you can really only cross your fingers. However, though it could take five, ten years- I'm sure Bandai's politicking will only go so far. Funimation is showing there is a strong market here. (And it's getting stronger every day.) Whether Bandai comes to it's senses or Funimation gets big enough to pay the licensing price, I'm sure we'll see the classics released to us eventually.
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