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Recent Licenses in the US

by Naruleach
Jul 8, 2011 5:24 AM | 21 Comments
FUNimation has acquired the U.S. internet streaming and home video rights to the TV anime Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam and will release the series as "LASTEXILE -Fam, the Silver Wing-". No release details have been made however the world premiere of the first episode was shown at Anime Expo 2011.

Sources: Press release, Funi blog

Maiden Japan, using Section23 Films as its distributor, has acquired the Spring 2006 TV anime Himawari!. Maiden Japan will release the 13 episode series with English subtitles on DVD and in digital formats however no release date has been announced yet.

Source: Press release on ANN

Media Blasters has acquired both seasons of the TV anime Bakuman. Media Blasters will release the series on DVD using their AnimeWorks label starting this November with the first seven episodes and will include an English dub. The second season of Bakuman will start airing this October.

Source: Press release on ANN

In addition to their license of Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica, Aniplex of America also announced their license of Ao no Exorcist at their panel at Anime Expo. The first of four DVD sets ship this October, while the remaining volumes are tentatively slated to ship in January, April, and July of 2012. No details were given if it will be dub/sub or sub only.

Viz Media announced at their panel at Anime Expo their licenses for the two anime movies Layton Kyouju to Eien no Utahime and Bleach: Fade to Black - Kimi no Na wo Yobu. No details for the release date of the Professor Layton film were given however the Bleach movie will be released on DVD/Blu-ray on November 15th.

Viz Media also announced at their panel at Anime Expo their simulcast for Nurarihyon no Mago: Sennen Makyou which they will stream on their website and Hulu as "Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan - Demon Capital".

Source: Press release

Bandai announced at their panel at Anime Expo their license for the TV anime Sacred Seven which premiered recently in Japan on July 3rd. They will simulcast the series on Hulu and Crunchyroll starting July 8th. No release details for the series were announced.

Source: Bandai's Facebook post

Apologies for the lateness of these news posts.

20 of 21 Comments Recent Comments

What a relief...

May 1, 2013 5:37 AM by Slatrix

That shit was horrible.

Apr 30, 2013 7:21 PM by Ollyx2OxenFree

90& of sub only us relese are dub titled any way so its hafk dubbed

Sep 7, 2011 6:22 AM by DateYutaka

Happy about Ao no Exorcist and Madoka :)

Sep 7, 2011 5:53 AM by 09890

I was looking all over for Fade to Black's release date, just found it today on the back of the Soul Resurreccion book, and when I went to post it today on a few sites, apparently it's common knowledge now. :P

Aug 2, 2011 10:21 AM by Icy_Auron

Madoka is getting an English Dub ;D

(if anyone was hoping for that, of course...)

Aug 2, 2011 8:49 AM by sillyker0nian

I did not know about Bakuman getting licensed. I thought VIZ would get it but oh well. I hope whoever is doing the dubs better do a good job.

Jul 10, 2011 12:08 AM by animelly

RSGirl90 said:
I'm still pissed about Ao no Exorcist not being dubbed... I would love to buy it!

Same lets hope they are rushing it onto DVD to rake in more revenue to dub it.

Jul 9, 2011 9:32 AM by Roloko

I'm still pissed about Ao no Exorcist not being dubbed... I would love to buy it!

Jul 8, 2011 3:44 PM by RSGirl90

STM said:
Hmm, I thought Viz would release AoEx.

Same. I'm surprised Aniplex got it instead.

Jul 8, 2011 3:07 PM by Rezurrekt

Media Blasters you SUCK. Where the hell is SZS.

Jul 8, 2011 2:32 PM by ariamachi

Darn, already watched the layton movie. kinda regret i didn't watch it in english because hearing a british professor speaking japanese was kinda awkward

Jul 8, 2011 2:07 PM by Dudewitbow

Did not hear about the Bakuman license. That's neat. I just wish Media Blasters would say something in regards to SZS.

Jul 8, 2011 1:20 PM by Centent

Oh my gosh! The Professor Layton movie! I can't wait! (<-is a huge PL fan)

Jul 8, 2011 10:05 AM by Gone__Forever__

Hell yeah. I'm excited about several of these, especially with the release dates not that far off.

Jul 8, 2011 9:54 AM by Numi

Still pissed that a good anime like Ao no Exorcist is going to be subbed-only not dubbed. Not worth my money when I can watch it for free on CR. I'll buy it when they go back and dub it.

Jul 8, 2011 8:48 AM by Roloko

humm interesting

Jul 8, 2011 7:49 AM by Mr_Gutts

good to see nurarihyon getting a simulcast

Jul 8, 2011 6:25 AM by hayato123

Sir_Inqed said:
Am I the only one surprised that Media Blasters acquired Bakuman?

They did license Genshiken a while back, so it doesn't come to much of a surprise in that regard ^_-

Jul 8, 2011 6:24 AM by Mr_Sassy_Pants

Hmm, I thought Viz would release AoEx.

Jul 8, 2011 5:50 AM by Samu-tan