You could say that Media Blasters hasn't seen the best of days, but it's safe to say that they are still pushing on. In accordance to their Facebook page, CEO John Sirabella talks about his back accident at the company's warehouse that almost lead to Media Blaster's demise. Despite this aftermath, Sirabella still plans to keep Media Blasters going by applying some new changes to the company. A brief sample of Sirabella's explanation can be viewed below.
There are a few major questions we get asked and to clear them up we have to first give a little story. MB at its highest was at about 50 people and releasing 5 or more DVDs per month. Well as the home video industry went down so did MB in size and sales. A major issue at MB was a major back accident in the warehouse that slowed down my ability to manage the company and stopped me from travelling especially to Japan. Hence it threw the company into a major tailspin which culminated to a former boss of mine and business associate going around Japan showing a tax paper stating we were out of business than leading to the few remaining people in production leaving and no Japanese licensor wanting to work with us. I was actually personally planning to go on to Fever Dreams and produce films and let MB finish its last days. Well the whole situation upset me enough mainly cause MB did not go out on my terms. Hence I made a promise I would rebuild one last time while still trying to enjoy my love of film making with Fever Dreams. Belleville happened and the Factory was born! Like myself, left for dead and needing lots of work, it got me going and rebuilding. The ghosts are alive and well in the factory! 2013 is looking good!
So yeah, Media Blasters hasn't given up yet, and people can still expect them to release new titles this year. However, the company has faced some losses that requires them to rethink their tactics. One change is that Anime Works, Tokyo Shock, and Kitty Media are going to be the only labels that will release things. Other than releasing licensed titles, Media Blasters will use Fever Dreams to release original films.
In regards to licenced shows, Media Blasters has lost the rights to Rurouni Kenshin, Berserk, Samurai Deeper Kyo, éX Driver, and various other titles that they haven't listed in their post. Considering the situation of Bakuman's state, the series was added to their pile of lost titles as well. People hoping for a release Zetsubou Sensei and Moyashimon can fall into the deepest pits of despair, because those titles are never going to be released under Media Blaster's name. But don't get depressed yet, since both shows are still up for grabs. Adding to the list of deceased releases, Squid Girl's second season is another one won't see the light of day -- for now.
Even with these major set backs, the company is still has plans to release most of their recently acquired titles, such as Ju-den Chan, Super Robot Wars OG: Divine Wars, Super Robot Wars OG: The Animation. Godzilla will still be around to destroy things, since they are doing their best to repair their ties with Toho. Viewers of adult titles can expect Kitty Media to release a minimum of one title per month, which guarantees that its audience will get their hentai and/or yaoi fix. The only downside is that they are sticking to DVDs for all of their future releases, since they don't see Blu-ray as a format that will grant them great sales yet.
While I don't own that many Media Blaster titles, I am thankful for the titles I got to watch from them. If it wasn't for MB, I wouldn't have had a blast with Rurouni Kenshin airing on Toonami back in the days. Thanks to some recommendations, I got to experience Giant Robo: The Animation's GLORIO and emotional segments, along with getting the chance to own GaoGaiGar on DVD.
From the bottom of my heart, I wish Media Blasters the best in their new path for 2013. It's going to be a rough road for them, but their willpower, guts, courage, and determination will help them overcome any problems along the way. Never lose hope, Media Blasters, and make sure that you knock em dead!
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