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Q2 2014 Anime Licenses [Update 7/12]

by Dunois
Apr 5, 2014 2:33 PM | 80 Comments
Sentai Filmworks (North America):

Aniplex of America (U.S.A.):

Funimation (North America):

NIS America (North America):

Discotek Media (North America):

Hanabee (Australia):

Siren Visual (Australia):

Madman Entertainment (Australia):

MVM Entertainment (UK):

Viz Media (North America):

Cinedigm (North America):

Anime Limited (UK):

Manga Entertainment (UK):

This post will be continuously updated as more licenses are announced.

Sentai Filmworks: Haikyuu!, Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou (The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior), Isshuukan Friends. (One Week Friends), Love Lab, Kamigami no Asobi, Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to The Animation (The Comic Artist and His Assistants), Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka? (Is the order a rabbit?), No Game No Life, Captain Earth, Black Bullet, Blade & Soul, K-On! (K-On! Season 1)

Aniplex of America: Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei (The Irregular at Magic High School), Mushishi Zoku Shou (Mushi-shi Zoku Shou), Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin (Nanana's Buried Treasure), Mekakucity Actors (Mekaku City Actors), Aldnoah.Zero, Personal 4 The Golden Animation

Funimation: One Piece Film Z, Hellsing Ultimate (Hellsing Ultimate Volumes IX & X), Tokyo Ghoul, Bayonetta: Bloody Fate, Free!: Eternal Summer

NIS America: Love Live! School Idol Project 2nd Season, Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara (If Her Flag Breaks), Cardcaptor Sakura

Discotek Media: Taiyou no Ouji: Horus no Daibouken (Hols, Prince of the Sun (Little Norse Prince Valiant)), Meitantei Holmes (Sherlock Hound), Cardcaptor Sakura Movie 1, Rock Man (Megaman), Fatal Fury: Legend of the Hungry Wolf (Fatal Fury OVA), Fatal Fury 2: The New Battle (Fatal Fury OVA), Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture (Fatal Fury The Movie), Cybersix, Chi's Sweet Home, Chi's New Address, Violence Jack: Harlem Bomber-hen, Violence Jack: Hell's Wind-hen, Violence Jack: Jigoku Gai-hen, Itazura na Kiss, Choujikuu Seiki Orguss (Super Dimension Century Orguss), Shin Mazinger Shougeki! Z-Hen (Shin Mazinger Z Impact), Zombie-Loan, Zombie-Loan Specials, Rekka no Honoo (Flame of Recca), Ayashi no Ceres (Ceres, Celestial Legend)

Hanabee: Kyoukai no Kanata (Beyond the Boundary), Amnesia, Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko (Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl), Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince, Gatchaman Crowds, Sakasama no Patema (Patema Inverted), Devil Survivor 2 The Animation, Hitsugi no Chaika (Chaika – The Coffin Princess), No Game No Life, Captain Earth, Black Bullet, Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei (The Irregular at Magic High School)

Madman Entertainment: Date A Live II, Fuuun Ishin Dai☆Shogun (Dai-Shogun: Great Revolution), Akuma no Riddle (Riddle Story of Devil), Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Comedy wo Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru (Noucome - My Mental Choices are Completely Interfering with my School Romantic Comedy), Yuusha ni Narenakatta Ore wa Shibushibu Shuushoku wo Ketsui Shimashita. (Yuushibu - I Couldn't Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job.), BlazBlue: Alter Memory, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Next (Haganai NEXT), Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha. (Inari Kon Kon), Maken-Ki! Two, Tokyo Ghoul, Ben-To, Hetalia: The Beautiful World, Zankyou no Terror (Terror in Resonance)

Siren Visual: Chihayafuru 2, Queen's Blade: Rebellion, Hataraku Maou-sama! (The Devil is a Part-Timer!),
Chi's Sweet Home, Chi's New Address

MVM Entertainment: Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui! (Watamote), Kamisama Hajimemashita (Kamisama Kiss), Nekomonogatari: Kuro, Kara no Kyoukai (The Garden of Sinners), Usagi Drop (Bunny Drop), Zetsuen no Tempest (Blast of Tempest), Kokoro Connect, Kokoro Connect: Michi Random, Zero no Tsukaima: Princesses no Rondo (The Familiar of Zero Season 3)

Viz Media: Sailor Moon (Entire Franchise), Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon: Crystal (Sailor Moon Crystal)

Cinedigm: Mononoke

Anime Limited: Ouritsu Uchuugun: Honneamise no Tsubasa (Wings of Honneamise), Zankyou no Terror (Terror of Resonance), Blood Lad, Nerawareta Gakuen (Psychic School Wars), Full Metal Panic

Manga Entertainment: Toaru Hikuushi e no Tsuioku (The Princess and the Pilot), Naruto: Shippuuden Movie 5 - Blood Prison

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Q3 Anime licences 2014 thread can be found here:

Jul 4, 2014 1:58 PM by Jeav

Jun 27, 2014 9:24 PM by old_acc

Aniplex have licensed Aldnoah.Zero and Persona 4 The Golden.

The chat promptly exploded.

Jun 25, 2014 7:41 PM by old_acc

Wow so many licensed in just a short time...gonna watch em all

Jun 16, 2014 6:02 PM by Llumi

Discotek went all out and licensed Violence Jack.

pls :')

Jun 12, 2014 1:16 PM by Dunois

Jun 8, 2014 12:17 AM by old_acc

kuuderes_shadow said:
Why should popularity on MAL have anything to do with it? It doesn't change the situation at all.

I would like to say the same thing but if we do that, it'd set an inconvenient precedent all-around. For previews, it wouldn't be a problem but it'd get amplified elsewhere.

xHoneythief said:
I guess we can skip Parasite Dolls, but for future cases, could time between reissues make it relevant? I mean, if they were to re-license an anime that has been in licensing limbo for a decent amount of time (e.g. Scrapped Princess, which disappeared in 2011), would that be considered? Unlike in this case where it just jumped to a different licensor with a small time gap.

Just an idea.

Yeah. I think that is a good idea. To be honest, I think we should just decide this on a case-to-case basis, with the time elapsed being one of the important points of consideration.

Jun 3, 2014 5:57 PM by Dunois

Why should popularity on MAL have anything to do with it? It doesn't change the situation at all.

May 31, 2014 12:33 AM by kuuderes_shadow

Thank you both for the info. The OP has been updated! ^_^

xHoneythief said:
Not 100% sure when it was originally acquired, but from a search it looks like Madman got it sometime in 2005.

Would the fact that it was rescued by a new licensor make it worthy of the list?

Their post says it's a reissue. I don't think it's worth mentioning here. Plus (as much as I hate using this as a reason) it really isn't a very popular anime.

But I guess this sets a precedent for future cases, should ones similar to this arise. I guess we could add the anime in question to the list if the license gets transferred or if the anime is very popular on MAL or if the anime was originally licensed (by another vendor) a very long time ago. I've worded this a bit ambiguously in order to ensure that we'll have some amount of flexibility over this. : )

If anybody has inputs about this issue, feel free to comment.

May 30, 2014 2:33 PM by Dunois

MVM's aforementioned license of Kokoro Connect includes the OVAs:

May 29, 2014 8:27 AM by kuuderes_shadow

xHoneythief said:
Anyway, Siren Visual have licensed the OVA Parasite Dolls.

Looks like it's a reissue. Not sure if I should add it to the list. Any idea when the license was originally acquired?

May 26, 2014 6:10 AM by Dunois

Thank you for listing all those licenses. All updated! ^^

May 25, 2014 11:39 AM by Dunois

More licenses from MCM expo:

Kokoro Connect (DVD only)
Familiar of Zero season 3 (DVD and BR)
Bunny Drop
Blast of Tempest
'Further Patlabor OVAs' (?)

Anime Limited:
Psychic School Wars (DVD/BR)
Full Metal Panic: The Second Raid (DVD and BR)
Anime Limited have license rescued Full Metal Panic and FMP: Fumoffu (both previously released by ADV), which will get a release on BR in the UK for the first time, as well as on DVD.

May 25, 2014 10:08 AM by kuuderes_shadow

Aniplex of America has announced at their panel at MCM expo that MVM have licensed the first 8 Kara no Kyoukai films for UK release as a collection on DVD only (apparently the Japanese don't want it released on BR elsewhere except as an import of the Japanese version). Currently slated for October.

May 25, 2014 4:03 AM by kuuderes_shadow

Manga UK has licensed:
The Princess and the Pilot for Blu Ray and DVD release 'later this year'.
Naruto Shippuden Movie 5: Blood Prison for release on BR and DVD on 22nd December.


Anime Limited has licensed Blood Lad


Apparently MVM have made a couple of announcements as well, but I'll wait until there's an online announcement before posting more.

May 25, 2014 12:21 AM by kuuderes_shadow

Anime Limited have licensed Zankyou no Terror (Terror in Tokyo), which will also be simulcast by Wakanim this July:

May 23, 2014 7:09 AM by kuuderes_shadow

Anime Ltd have license rescued Wings of Honneamise

The film has never previously been released on either DVD or Blu-Ray format in the UK - although it was released on VHS by MangaUK.

May 22, 2014 11:31 AM by kuuderes_shadow

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