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My Hero Academia

Rejoice: My Hero Academia to be released physically


It's time for us to don our capes and cowls
Feb 22
I don't know about you, but it seems that Viz Media is in a super good mood this week. Aside from their unexpected acquisition of the 2011 Ultraman manga, the company has plans to release My Hero Academia, the latest manga by... read
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Ultraman

Licensing GET: Viz grabs the 2011 Ultraman manga


It's time to witness Viz's special transformation!
Feb 19
It looks like Viz Media's tapping into their toku side, as they've licensed the Ultraman manga that's written and drawn by Linebarrels of Iron's Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi. Honestly, I'm still very surprised ... read
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Yen Press

Licensing GET: Yen Press grabs Durarara!! light novels and more


It's time to rejoice to the max!
Jan 10
Alright, people! I might need someone to wake me up from my eternal slumber, because Yen Press' latest announcement is too freaking good to be true. In other words, the company has licensed the original Durarara!! light novel... read
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Discotek Media

Licensing GET: Discotek grabs Jigen film, Yowapeda, and more


Discotek Media is on a roll
Dec 22
The New Year is about to begin in less than two weeks, and Discotek Media is on a winning licensing streak. Why you say? Well. It turns out that the company is releasing Lupin the Third: Daisuke Jigen's Gravestone on DVD and ... read
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Fragments of Horror

Licensing GET: Viz obtains Fragments of Horror


Summer is about to get spooky
Dec 04
Christmas may be around the corner, but isn't stopping Viz Media from making a scary announcement. In regard to this news, the company has announced that they've licensed Junji Ito's (Uzumaki, Gyo) Fragments of Horror ma... read
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Assassination Classroom

Assassination Classroom takes attendance on Viz Manga


Can you kill Koro-sensei?
Dec 04
Whenever I take informal polls as to which manga I should start covering in the wake of Naruto's closure, one of the most common recommendations I get - besides One Piece, of course - is Yusei Matsui's Assassination Classroom... read
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Kikaider Reboot

Switch On: Generation Kikaida to release Kikaider Reboot in North America


I'm dreaming of a Robotic Christmas
Nov 01
I don't know about you, but 2014 has been a good year for toku fans, since Zyuranger is heading to North America, and two Ultra shows are currently streaming on Crunchyroll, To top off things off, Generation Kikaida/JN Produc... read
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PONYCAN USA

Pony Canyon hops on the N.A. anime distribution bandwagon


This has nothing to do with pony-infested canyons
Sep 25
It looks like Pony Canyon is galloping their way into the North American anime market, as they're planning to release anime to the area's masses. However, the groups only downside at the moment is their name, since PONYCAN US... read
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CLANNAD

Visual novel CLANNAD is getting a Steam release in English


Sekai Project takes the first big step with Visual Arts/Key
Aug 24
During their panel at Japan Expo USA, Sekai Project announced that they are releasing Key/Visual Arts's CLANNAD visual novel on Steam. It will be the full-voiced edition of the game. However there aren't much more details bey... read
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Zyuranger

SDCC '14: Shout! Factory to release Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger on DVD


Earth's Legendary Warriors finally go west
Jul 26
Ladies and gentlemen. I would like to announce that hell has frozen over. Why you say? Well, it turns out that Shout! Factory has plans to bring Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger to North America. As a person who's been ... read
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Visual Novels

AX '14: Sekai Project to localize Grisaia no Kajitsu, planetarian


Front Wing and Visual Arts on board
Jul 03
At Anime Expo Sekai Project announced that they are partnering with Visual Arts, the studio that publishes high profile Key titles, to release planetarian in English officially. There was a previous release of it with a ... read
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Orguss

Discotek Media licenses Super Dimension Century Orguss


Gimmie all those obscure 80's robots
Jun 17
Continuing in their bid to license and/or rescue all the awesome old properties, Discotek Media will release Super Dimension Century Orguss sometime next year. All 35 episodes will be available with the Japanese language trac... read
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Licensing

Licensing GET: Discotek grabs Shin Mazinger Z Impact


Discotek Media is on a roll
Jun 16
Today is a joyous day for Go Nagai and super robot anime fans everywhere. Discotek Media has announced on their Facebook page that they've licensed Shin Mazinger Z Impact (a.k.a. Shin Mazinger: Shogeki Z-Hen!). As a pers... read
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Junjou Romantica

Junjou Romantica getting a DVD Litebox re-release


Love lives!
Jun 12
Shungiku Nakamura's Junjou Romantica remains a relevant title for overseas fans these days, it seems, because Nozomi Entertainment announced they'll be re-releasing the entire first season this September in one 3-disc package... read
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Sailor Moon

Viz grabs Sailor Moon!


Get hype!
May 17
I was tempted just to type the internet equivalent of a long squeal and end it right there, but that wouldn't be professional, so have some sweet details about Viz's latest acquisition. Sailor Moon arrives on May 1... read
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Blade and Soul

Blade and Soul licensed by Sentai Filmworks


New license alert!
May 01
It's Thursday which means that it's new license announcement day for Sentai Filmworks. I kid of course because just about every day is 'new license announcement' day for Sentai. Today though is extra special because out of al... read
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No Game, No Life

Sentai Filmworks has No Game, No Life


That's not a dig, they really do.
Apr 23
Sentai Filmworks has kept the Japanator staff plenty busy this season by announcing license after license. Earlier today they sent out another press release announcing their latest acquisition, No Game, No Life. The series wi... read
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Kamigami no Asobi

Sentai Filmworks swoops in and makes a damsel out of Kamigami no Asobi


So many pretty men
Apr 17
Adding to their recent list of acquisitions, Sentai Filmworks has licensed Kamigami no Asobi, a reverse harem darling that Karen, L.B., and myself all agree is full of pretty men and worth watching, especially for the male tr... read
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Love Lab

Sentai Filmworks brings over Love Lab


*sniff sniff* I smell a license!
Apr 15
Hello! Welcome back, Sentai, it's good to see you again. What can I do for you today? Ah, you'd like to license Love Lab? An excellent choice! Let me just wrap that up for you and we'll get you on your way! I'm certain you'll... read
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Love Live

NIS America announces home video rights for Love Live Season 2


More very cute idols girls headed your way
Apr 08
Last year NIS America surprised damn near everyone when they revealed that they had licensed the series Love Live for home video release. Now, a little more than a year later, they sent out a press release which falls in the ... read
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Licensing

FUNimation to simulcast Ping Pong


Licensing! Anime! Simulcasts! You know the drill!
Apr 05
Briefly: FUNimation has announced their latest nab this season. They'll be licensing and simulcasting Ping Pong, Masaaki Yuasa's upcoming Noitamina show, so you'll be able to catch it on their site and Hulu. The simulcast beg... read
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PUCHIM@S! 2

Puchim@s! FUNimation streams second season of mini idol comedy


This is the kind of anime that debuts on Apriil First.
Apr 02
Producers rejoice! FUNimation is now streaming the second season of the short anime series PUCHIM@S. The series of 3-minute episodes is actually called Petit Idolm@ster, but nobody calls it that! Following the gag comedy anim... read
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Sentai Filmworks

Sentai Filmworks nabs One Week Friends for Distribution


"I have this... condition."
Mar 27
There's no stopping the train of spring acquisitions by Sentai Filmworks, as they nab One Week Friends (Isshukan Friends in Japanese). An anime adaptation of a manga by a fairly new author, Hazuki Maccha's uniquely light and ... read
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Sentai Filmworks

Sentai Filmworks grabs The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior


Insert ridiculous long title joke here.
Mar 26
After announcing their license of Haikyuu yesterday, Sentai Filmworks isn't content to just sit back. They're keeping the momentum going with yet another license announcement today in the form of the new anime series The... read
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Licensing news

Sentai licenses Haikyuu!!; announce July slate


It's that time of the season
Mar 25
Earlier today, Sentai Filmworks & Section23 Films unveiled their release schedule for the month of July. It's a pretty hefty list, and includes titles such as Devil Survivor 2, Photo Kano, Yuyushiki, Snafu, To Love Ru, Ga... read
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AB 2014

AB 2014: Aniplex of America announces Spring lineup, Servant x Service DVD


Mushishi, Nanana's Treasures, Kagerou Project anime, Magic High School
Mar 22
At Anime Boston, Aniplex of America shows for the first time the complete DVD set for Servant x Service. The set will have 3 discs and a booklet inside a box. No Blu-ray announced! In addition, Aniplex drops four licenses for... read
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Sentai Filmworks

Sentai Filmworks licenses Problem children are coming from another world, aren't they?


They couldn't have shortened the title a little?
Mar 20
It's been awhile since we've heard a license announcement from Sentai Filmworks. As in a couple of weeks which you have to admit is pretty weird for the Texas company. Generally they're popping out press releases like nobody'... read
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Viz releasing Princess Mononoke: The First Story


Hayao Miyazaki's original story for the iconic film.
Mar 08
Just about everyone is a big fan of Hayao Miyazaki's output, especially Princess Mononoke. But I imagine not as many folks know about the original story (of the same name) that Miyazaki put together. The book was a collection... read
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Creamy Mami

Creamy Mami hits home stretch on AnimeSols, with giveaway


Win Takada-sensei's shikishi for unfortunately named 80s girls' cartoon
Mar 08
One of the best kept secret of AnimeSols's pledging system is that you can buy previously funded sets with a pledge of a subsequent fundraising set. To highlight this helpful feature and to reward loyal backers who have float... read
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Mai Mai Miracle

Mai Mai Miracle Kickstarter ends with over $107K, reaches goals


Katabuchi's country life picture on a Blu-ray near you, I hope
Mar 07
With over 1900 backers and over $107,100+ pledged, Anime Limited's Mai Mai Miracle Kickstarter ended with all the numerated stretch goals reached. This means the eventual Kickstarter release will contain an English dub, a loc... read
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Viz

Viz licenses Naoki Urasawa's Master Keaton manga


Woah!
Mar 04
Here's an unexpected announcement: Viz Media has licensed Naoki Urasawa's (of Monster, Pluto, and 20th Century Boys fame) Master Keaton manga series. The classic series ran from 1988 to 1994, inspired a TV anime, and a host o... read
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Short Peace

Sentai licenses Katsuhiro Otomo's Short Peace


The anthology will be coming soon to digital outlets.
Mar 01
Short Peace has finally been licensed -- it took long enough! Katushiro Otomo's anthology featuring his work along with several other skilled directors has been picked up by Sentai Filmworks. It'll release on digital outlets ... read






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