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Geneon Entertainment To Be Sold to US NBC Universal

by dtshyk
Nov 12, 2008 12:05 AM | 46 Comments
According to the press release, Dentsu, the parent company of Geneon Entertainment, will transfer 80.1% of the stock of Geneon Entertainment to Universal Pictures International Entertainment (one of the sections of US NBC Universal Inc.), and Geneon and Universal Pictures Japan will be merged into a new company in February 2009.

Source: Press Release from Dentsu (PDF file)

Additional info:
The list of Geneon's titles in this season
ef - a tale of melodies
Kemeko DX
To Aru Majutsu no Index
Casshern Sins
Zettai Karen Children

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Baby_Naruto said:
Plate said:
Momo-Hime said:
^I don't think you should be agreeing with that if you haven't seen any of those series :P


It can't be helped, he only watches dubs.


You've got that right lol :P.


then why did you agree.

Feb 4, 2009 10:14 AM by Sohei

Plate said:
Momo-Hime said:
^I don't think you should be agreeing with that if you haven't seen any of those series :P


It can't be helped, he only watches dubs.


You've got that right lol :P.

Feb 4, 2009 9:47 AM by Toddler_Naruto

wakka9ca said:
AccipiterF1 said:
Also a possible impact on Sci-Fi's Animonday.


one two-hour long section per week is too little.....And they mostly show random stuffs...


they can't even remove their old shitty movies from interfering a decent anime (like TTGL, there was soo many old movie coming back, like Ninja Scroll.) And they had movies that were plain as hell lame I don't remember the name cause it was horrific.

Sci-fi doesn't have to be exactly Mecha, just something you expect in the future. Although, Yami no Matsue isn't an anime i expected to be there since shinigami doesn't really have to do to sci fi. But I gotta Agree, Gurren Lagann is gotta be the best one they had putted so far that actually fits in the channel.

Nov 17, 2008 11:02 PM by Maora

I really don't like this, I hate US media companies and the idea of them messing with anime creeps me out ever more than their awful dubs.

Nov 14, 2008 12:15 AM by ender650

dtshyk said:
According to the press release, Dentsu, the parent company of Geneon Entertainment, will transfer 80.1% of the stock of Geneon Entertainment to Universal Pictures International Entertainment (one of the sections of US NBC Universal Inc.), and Geneon and Universal Pictures Japan will be merged into a new company in February 2009.


I think, NBC Universal has no intentions taking anime (production) away from Japan.

Nov 13, 2008 11:32 PM by 3rr0R

hmmm new name for index? "The Iron maidan?" or Ef- a Story of Songs? :)... well this is bad news for me cause I watch all of those... dam if they dub it I'm gonna.... do... something

Nov 13, 2008 8:40 PM by Rei_12

I agree with DarkMessiah just like gurren lagann it's a smart move to do

Nov 13, 2008 5:45 PM by DevilishLeader

Momo-Hime said:
^I don't think you should be agreeing with that if you haven't seen any of those series :P


It can't be helped, he only watches dubs.

Nov 13, 2008 4:56 PM by Plate

^I don't think you should be agreeing with that if you haven't seen any of those series :P

Nov 13, 2008 4:30 PM by Monochrome

Plate said:
dtshyk said:


Additional info:
The list of Geneon's titles in this season
ef - a tale of melodies
Kemeko DX
To Aru Majutsu no Index
Casshern Sins
Zettai Karen Children


And nothing of value was lost.


Agreed.

Nov 13, 2008 4:22 PM by Toddler_Naruto

To all of you who think this is good, keep this in mind:

If anime ever hits mainstream in the USA, it will be aired only as dubbed versions.
Half of the anime fanbase wouldn't be able to enjoy it.

Actually, to make anime enjoyable to everyone, the whole industry would need to undego deep restructuring. Here's a post I wrote some time ago (can't remember which thread it was) while debating this subject:


"First of all, just so that you know my position in all this worldwide-mess, I live in a country of the European Union where there is NO ANIME. There are no distributors, and the foreign one that releases DVD's here uses such crappy subs they make crappy fansubs look admirable.

The reason behind the whole piracy thing going on, not only with anime, but also with music and movies, is simple: a system was created in order to distribute these materials in a profitable way. Since the client was forced to "purchase in order to enjoy", everything seemed alright. Then along came the www.

When ppl started learning about a way to access the stuff for free, they immediately stopped buying it.

Now, why would they do that? Concerning anime DVDs, the reasons are clear: they are overpriced and take forever to be released. (right now I'm talking as if I lived in the US, since in many European countries they simply don't get released).

How does the industry react? Instead of improving the system they created, they try to force ppl to buy the stuff. Here's a simple analogy:

A kid lives with his mother. His mother loves to bake cookies. Her cookies suck. Their neighbours' cookies are awesome. Mommy is jealous that her son prefers the neighbour's cookies. The neighbour is always willing to give free cookies to the kid. The mother keeps telling her son not to eat the neighbour’s cookies instead of her own. The son is not an idiot, so he doesn't give a rat's ass and always goes to the neighbour for cookies.

Can anyone tell me what did the mother do wrong? Simple: instead of yelling and bitchin' about, she should have tried to make better cookies. The kid would then be glad to eat her cookies instead of the neighbours'.

How does this relate to the present situation? Here's how:
I simply cannot understand how fansub groups, whose members are not getting any profit from it, manage to translate and release an episode way faster than companies whose employees make a livin' out of selling the DVD's! They can’t just expect us to wait months for the series to be licensed, and then pay ridiculous sums to obtain them! And don’t forget that, all those who don’t watch dubs pay for the work of an entire crew of dubbers, which they simply don’t want!

Solution:
-dual releases (sub-only edition (MUCH cheaper) / sub+dub edition)
-Faster releases (dubbed versions would be released later, obviously)
-lower prices (considering the increase in sales that would result from faster releases, profits could be maintained)

Also, the anime studios could also try to make the releases reach Europe, as it is a promising market for the anime industry."

Nov 13, 2008 4:04 PM by DeimosFormido

Hopefully that's going to be good news to us anime fans. But I doubt it will change anything dramatically.

Nov 12, 2008 3:56 PM by ManU-Alchemist

Well, I'd say, let's wait 'till february, then will see if Geneon gets a rebirth, or we can raise a tombstone for it.

Ps.: I'd like to see a sequel for the Shana series though =3

Nov 12, 2008 3:22 PM by 3rr0R

wakka9ca said:
Fai said:
Leon-Gun said:
Plate said:
dtshyk said:


Additional info:
The list of Geneon's titles in this season
ef - a tale of melodies
Kemeko DX
To Aru Majutsu no Index
Casshern Sins
Zettai Karen Children


And nothing of value was lost.
Sorry, but besides Kemeko and Cashern, the rest are actually pretty good.


Sorry, but Casshern is the only good thing on that list.


To Aru is not extremely bad...just cliche and slightly annoying... Casshern Sins is amazing....
opinions. people has them.

Nov 12, 2008 3:05 PM by windy

Sohei said:
i dont like USA affiliation in my anime.

i 6th this.

Nov 12, 2008 2:57 PM by Ketuekigami

Wait, so a Japanese company is being bought by an American company? What's next? Cats and dogs breeding?

Nov 12, 2008 2:06 PM by nx6

AccipiterF1 said:
Also a possible impact on Sci-Fi's Animonday.


one two-hour long section per week is too little.....And they mostly show random stuffs...

Nov 12, 2008 1:33 PM by wakka9ca

Fai said:
Leon-Gun said:
Plate said:
dtshyk said:


Additional info:
The list of Geneon's titles in this season
ef - a tale of melodies
Kemeko DX
To Aru Majutsu no Index
Casshern Sins
Zettai Karen Children


And nothing of value was lost.
Sorry, but besides Kemeko and Cashern, the rest are actually pretty good.


Sorry, but Casshern is the only good thing on that list.


To Aru is not extremely bad...just cliche and slightly annoying... Casshern Sins is amazing....

Nov 12, 2008 1:32 PM by wakka9ca

Asako said:
All this means to most people is that NBC/Universal will be more active in chasing pirates of their anime titles.


Man....I'm both for and against this. I want anime to become more mainstream and I want it to be easier to find, but if it means I can't watch it online, then what's the point?

I doubt they're going to have anime in prime time. More likely than not they're trying to compete with other channels over Saturday morning cartoons.

Nov 12, 2008 1:31 PM by MotokoAramaki

metfan149 said:
Sohei said:
i dont like USA affiliation in my anime.


I totally agree.


I third this...
EDIT: 5th itxD

Anime is anime because its not americanxD
I'm also curious on if there will be an increase in the crusade against pirots though.

In the long run I didn't really like any of the Geneon anime the fall though~
So I probably have nothing to worry about for nowxD

Nov 12, 2008 1:26 PM by Bluesnow