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10:00 AM on 09.11.2013

A Daily Dose of Anime: The show that made us fall in love

Remember when you first started watching anime? Perhaps your friends in high school or college were whispering about some incredibly provocative show, or swapping bad copies of VHS tapes behind the bleachers. Maybe you had c...

Hiroko Yamamura

4:30 PM on 05.20.2013

Licensing GET: Media Blasters grabs YamiBo

It looks like Media Blasters has gotten a hold of a new license, and there's a chance that it will make yuri fans rejoice. That said, Media Blaster's acquisition is going to be Yami to Boshi to Hon no Tabito (Often ...

Salvador GRodiles

4:00 AM on 03.10.2013

Keep at it: Media Blasters goes through some new changes

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 ware...

Salvador GRodiles

12:30 AM on 02.24.2013

Break Out: Media Blasters nabs the first two SRW animes

For once, this isn't the type of Super Robot Wars news that I was looking forward to. But on the bright side, Media Blasters has rescued Super Robot Wars: Original Generation: The Animation and Super Robot...

Salvador GRodiles

Elfen Lied, Fushigi Yugi, more get DVD/BD release dates photo
Elfen Lied, Fushigi Yugi, more get DVD/BD release dates
by Kristina Pino

ANN wrote a few blurbs regarding the street dates for several releases coming up in the way of old-ass anime getting the DVD and BD treatment. On the list are Fushigi Yugi (OVA), Elfen Lied, Gao-Gai-Gar (November 27 release), and more (see the first link in post).

Fushigi Yugi (OVA DVD collection) is already for sale at Right Stuf and the release date is set to February 26. The MSRP is US$34.99 though at the time of writing, there's a pretty sweet discount to be had. Man, I used to be obsessed with this show back in the day. I don't know if I'd enjoy it if I were to re-watch it now, though. Still, it's always good to see stuff re-released for older fans. This also served to remind me that Chichiri is one of my favorite anime characters ever.

Elfen Lied (2004) is being upgraded to glorious Blu-ray, so you can catch all the blood and guts in full resolution and everything else that comes with that format. Animate reports that it'll be released on December 19th and will include all of the TV episodes, a bonus episode and an exclusive, bonus manga by the original creator. All of this for... ¥16,800 (roughly US$216 going by today's exchange rate)! 

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8:00 AM on 05.07.2012

Media Blasters in financial trouble with New York State

Things have been a little fishy with Media Blasters lately. They had to cancel the rerelease of Record of Lodoss War, and they didn't get the license for Queen's Blade Rebellion like they did with the previous series. Right S...

Bob Muir

10:00 AM on 03.15.2012

Media Blasters will not rerelease Record of Lodoss War

Back in 2010, there was much rejoicing when Media Blasters announced that they had acquired the license for a rerelease of Record of Lodoss War. And then, there was a whole lot of nothing. It's been two years and the rereleas...

Bob Muir

Uh-oh: Media Blasters suspends Bakuman and Ikki Tousen photo
Uh-oh: Media Blasters suspends Bakuman and Ikki Tousen
by Michelle Rodanes

Media Blasters has just announced that they will be removing Bakuman Issue 2 DVD (episodes 8-13) and Ikki Tousen Great Guardians Complete Series DVD (episodes 1-12) from their release schedule. According to the Right Stuf website, all pending customer orders for the titles are now being placed on hold. No new release dates for the two series have been revealed. 

[Via ANN]

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5:00 PM on 01.12.2012

Media Blasters rescues Fushigi Yuugi, rereleasing DVD set

Out of the blue, Media Blasters has announced via their Facebook page that they have acquired the license to Fushigi Yuugi, the 1995 series that ran for 52 episodes and spawned a few follow-up OVAs. The anime was previously p...

Bob Muir

Uh-oh: Media Blasters cuts 60% of its staff photo
Uh-oh: Media Blasters cuts 60% of its staff
by Josh Tolentino

Eeek! Just as Bandai (and Europe's Beez) bowed out of the physical distribution scene, it seems like even more companies are tightening their belts. Media Blasters, fourteen-year veteran of the industry and publisher of such iconic titles as Berserk, Rurouni Kenshin, and soon Kite and Squid Girl, has tightened its belt by approximately ten people, effectively 60% percent of its full-time staff.

Ouch. That said, they're not all "fired" per se. CEO John Sirabella stated that the company will be asking the folks laid off to continue working on a freelance basis. Said Sirabella:

"All of the small publishers are going through this sort of thing right now. Not just anime. Everyone's transitioning from full-time staff to freelancers."  

So yes, they won't all be gone, but obviously, not everyone's going to go for that option, which means that some folks will be departing "for realz".That said, Media Blasters was adamant that its release lineup will not change. It will continue putting out all of its scheduled titles as planned. 

While it's good to see that Media Blasters itself isn't "dead" and will be continuing at the same pace, it's never cool to see layoffs in an already contracting industry.

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11:00 PM on 11.15.2011

Ika Musume BD release date confirmed, priced at $59.99

The first season of Shinryaku! Ika Musume, also known in the US as Squid Girl, now has a solid release date on Blu-Ray since it was announced that the series has been licensed by Media Blasters back in June. All 12 episo...


2:00 PM on 11.02.2011

Rejoice! Kite film remake is "groundbreaking" & "not 3D"

Earlier this week, I posted up a news story about the new live-action Kite adaption being manned by director of Shark Night 3D and Snakes on a Plane fame David R. Ellis. If anything, I was just a bit skeptical on this adaptio...