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ADV Loses Licensing Rights To Over 30 Titles

by tainteddonut
Jul 4, 2008 9:53 AM | 62 Comments
Funimation and Japan's ARM Corporation have announced that over 30 titles which were previously licensed to ADV have been transferred to Funimation.

The list of titles include
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Ah! My Goddess: Flights of Fancy
Air Gear
Air movie
Air TV
Blade of the Phantom Master
Comic Party: Revolution
Coyote Ragtime Show
Devil May Cry
Guyver: The Bioboosted Armor TV
Jing, King of Bandits: Seventh Heaven
Jinki:Extend
Kanon
Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora (once titled as Shattered Angels by ADV Films)
Le Chevalier D'Eon
Magikano
Moeyo Ken TV
Moonlight Mile
Murder Princess
Nerima Daikon Brothers
Pani Poni Dash!
Project Blue Earth SOS
Pumpkin Scissors
Red Garden
Sgt. Keroro 1st & 2nd
Tokyo Majin
UFO Princess Valkyrie
Utawarerumono
Venus Versus Virus
The Wallflower
Welcome to the NHK
Xenosaga

Source: Anime News Network

20 of 62 Comments Recent Comments

FUNimaton... 2 groups stopped subbing slayers because of them, therefore i consider them evil.

On the other hand, it's not like I buying a lot anime DVDs... They are quite expensive, so I think twice before, and end up buying a game instead...

Aug 22, 2008 12:01 PM by pra

i want a boxed set of kanon NOW.

i already own air tv so im all set on that :)

Aug 22, 2008 11:55 AM by mawata

The only problem I've had with ADV is the difficulty in finding DVDs of their series. At least if FuNimation has it, it's somewhat easier to find.

Aug 18, 2008 7:37 PM by Major_G

Asako said:
CPOK said:
Welcome to Madman Australia/New Zealand. They already have a Monopoly over here on anime. And we are paying for it dearly.


Hardly. Madman's prices are actually quite reasonable, especially if you buy off the shelf from an authorised retailer (like JB) as opposed to off their site, which is a few dollars more + shipping.

Also, they do great specials at least twice a year, like at the moment they have a 30% off box set special for wholesale buyers; I've scored three complete series for $110.


not when you count the fact that your getting ripped off by extra's you don't get vs the ones you get with the US releases. I can get them from the US for the same cost via fedex which has it landed on my door 4-5 days later.

Aug 14, 2008 6:08 AM by CPOK

CPOK said:
Welcome to Madman Australia/New Zealand. They already have a Monopoly over here on anime. And we are paying for it dearly.


Hardly. Madman's prices are actually quite reasonable, especially if you buy off the shelf from an authorised retailer (like JB) as opposed to off their site, which is a few dollars more + shipping.

Also, they do great specials at least twice a year, like at the moment they have a 30% off box set special for wholesale buyers; I've scored three complete series for $110.

Aug 14, 2008 3:28 AM by Asako

Good. They've been doing absolutely nothing with Sgt. Frog, hopefully someone picks that up and releases a boxset asap.

Aug 14, 2008 3:25 AM by Liquid

kevin_video said:
Maora said:
Funimation is getting tooooooooooooooo much titles now.. DD:

I have to agree. They're going to hinder the industry, more than help it, by flooding anime in all directions, and monopolizing every title.


Welcome to Madman Australia/New Zealand. They already have a Monopoly over here on anime. And we are paying for it dearly.

Aug 14, 2008 12:29 AM by CPOK

D: Is ADV going outta business or something?

Jul 22, 2008 11:33 AM by ChibiMilly

Woah, go Funimation. I actually prefer that seeing as their DVDs have decent prices and come with pretty good extras. S'all good but I kind of feel sorry for ADV. That's quite a blow.

Plus dubs aren't a problem as I don't watch them but even so Funi seems to have the upperhand.

Jul 18, 2008 1:52 AM by LolitaDecay

I personally don't care about any of this because I am planning to buy the original Japanese DVDs anyways. Although it will take lots time, and lots of money, ... x-x

Jul 17, 2008 8:16 PM by rhaphazard

kevin_video said:
Is it just me, or is FUNi slowly taking over the world, and creating a monopoly?

This was on the forums at ANN, and I'm starting to agree:

1. Buy Geneon's titles.
2. Buy ADV's titles.
3. Buy Bandai's titles.
4. Take over the world.

Hmm, only two more to go.


oh god please no.

Bandai will survive. :<

Jul 11, 2008 10:26 PM by selective_yellow

Damn thats a bummer. I really am not a fan of funimation.. I prefer ADV. :( Well its a good thing i dont really watched dubbed anime as much as I do subbed. XD! Sucks for everyone else who does...

Jul 11, 2008 8:48 PM by darkwhisper

Meh, I didn't like their marketing plans anyway.

Jul 9, 2008 7:48 PM by Keikun

Oh god no, I hate FUNimation. So much. Just started recently watching FMA, Ed's voice sounds like a 30 year old mans, not a 15 year old kid. I have yet to watch the original cause they sent a C&D to a site where I get my episodes for nearly series. They better not ruin these other titles. Especially Air and Kanon.

Jul 9, 2008 2:07 PM by ChrisCaboose

KhalReblic23 said:
At the funimation panel they announced pretty much all of these titles including the Geneon releases are theirs now. They also said that they are working with ADV and Geneon to ensure continuity in box design, and dubbing (they said they will continue using whatever VA's were on the series already), so it'll be like nothing ever happened, just a brief interruption and a different logo somewhere on the box. YAY ^_^


I'm hoping it'll be like before...I've been hesitant to buy the artbox + DVD for Wallflower because I had no idea if Funimation would change the format of the releases or just have a boxed set or who knows what.

Jul 8, 2008 9:03 AM by vaprrenon

At the funimation panel they announced pretty much all of these titles including the Geneon releases are theirs now. They also said that they are working with ADV and Geneon to ensure continuity in box design, and dubbing (they said they will continue using whatever VA's were on the series already), so it'll be like nothing ever happened, just a brief interruption and a different logo somewhere on the box. YAY ^_^

Jul 7, 2008 5:04 PM by KhalReblic23

I've gotta say, I'm kind of worried.

Plus, I get my one of my weekly anime fixes on Comcast's On Demand, which has a lot of ADV animes. A lot of the ones I watched on On Demand (Air Gear, Daikon Brothers, Comic Party Revolution), and some of the ones I watch now (Red Garden, Magikano) are on the ADV-to-Funimation list, which is kind of unsettling. I honestly like the Red Garden dub a lot more than the sub, and since I only really watch anime on TV and the Internet (I don't buy DVDs), I'm pretty sure I won't get to watch the dub anymore until somebody kind decides to put it onto the Internet.
Well, do you think they'll remove Red Garden and Magikano from On Demand?

Plus, I might not be educated enough on the subject, but didn't Geneon break down because it had too many titles? That might be wrong, but if it's right, won't the same thing happen to Funimation?

Still, the One Piece 4Kids dub and the Kanon ADV dub were horrendous, and Funimation did justice to One Piece, so maybe there's hope.

Jul 7, 2008 5:01 PM by kashiwazakis

As long as FUNimation does well with dubbing these anime series then I'm okay with it. I hope FUNimation does well with them like they are with 'One Piece'.

Jul 7, 2008 1:08 AM by PPG-Katelyn

loli_slayer said:
When will Yotsuba&! come out?


I want to know about the ongoing ADV manga series too. Hopefully Yen Press or Del Rey pick them up.

Jul 6, 2008 1:16 PM by Kuronoa

hellobee8 said:
does this mean Kanon vol 6 won be release ?


No, volume 6 will see a release although there is no concrete date for it yet. I posted earlier in the thread that Funimation is in talks with ADV for them to finish ongoing titles so there won't be any dub changes.

Jul 5, 2008 7:25 PM by tainteddonut