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NIS America Acquires Toradora and PandoraHearts

by dtshyk
Feb 11, 2010 10:43 PM | 121 Comments
NIS America, US branch of Japanese game publisher Nippon Ichi Software, have announced that they will enter into the US Anime DVD Industry with an initial lineup of four titles below:

Toradora!
Persona ~Trinity Soul~
PandoraHearts
Wagaya no Oinari-sama

Currently they plan to begin their releases towards the middle of 2010, but note that actual release dates and price points shall be announced at a later date.

Source:NIS America Anime Press Release 10-02-2009 (pdf file)

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Pretty pathetic how they can't even afford to dub Toradora.

Sep 14, 2011 9:56 PM by RedFlameHaze

I find it interesting that this new-type dubbing company is taking Toradora, but if they don't do well with it, I hope Funimation or another great company can take it.

Jun 4, 2011 11:41 PM by gdc_anime1989

Finally!!!! I've been waiting for Toradora to be released in America for ages!!!!

Apr 29, 2011 9:47 PM by tplusent

Already have both the premium volumes ordered. Volume 2 was available on their site, but Volume 1 was out of stock. Fortunately I was able to find the 1st volume on another anime site (after digging through Google for about 5 minutes) for the same price. All in all, I'm happy. There's no way I could miss one of my favorite anime series' being released in such a package. I don't buy anime often, but Toradora is literally one of my favorite series', and this premium package (in which the price really matches what you get) was something I could not pass up :P

Apr 29, 2011 7:01 PM by lucjan

My brother ordered the Toradora dvd for my birthday and I was freaking out because he would only use the free shipping and then it was there, the next day on my doorstep. This company is like 3 miles away from my house. Hopefully they will lisense more anime!~

Feb 23, 2011 10:49 PM by ClannadFreak

I was thinking of getting the box sets but if they DO dub it I want the dub plus I don't have enough money for both so I will just wait till they release the WHOLE series, dub or not.

Sep 27, 2010 1:10 PM by Nikkister

Leonzs said:
NIS had stated that they didn't have enough cash to do a dub. Even if they wanted they couldn't, but they did mention in a Sentai way that if sales are well enough that they could go back, and dub it in the future.


That's the reason why I bought the Toradora box sets. I ordered them at Right Stuf and got Toradora box set 1 in yesterday.

EDIT: I also preordered Toradora! Box Set 2 as well.

Sep 26, 2010 6:16 AM by DarkPaladinX

i have the fiisrt season on DVD n.n got it durring AX 2010 and also got it sign by Eri and Yui

Sep 25, 2010 7:27 PM by cPwnYa

NOOO
NIS SHOULD FOCUS MORE IN GAMING INDUSTRY -.-

Sep 5, 2010 8:22 PM by iWishTifaWasReal

Smochi said:
StarMasayume said:

In one comment response about the sub decision, they said it would cost them 10k to dub one episode (remember this is a company that doesn't have the same resources that Funimation does). So dubbing 4 normal length series would be a steep million dollars. Again if it takes off well it does sound like there's hope they'd do dubs in the future.


Ohhh wow. I understand and respect their decision completely, but god, I'm disappointed that Toradora and Pandora Hearts won't be dubbed ;_;
Well, at least hopefully if they make a lot of money from this they might be able to dub and re-release them later, so there's still hope.

NIS had stated that they didn't have enough cash to do a dub. Even if they wanted they couldn't, but they did mention in a Sentai way that if sales are well enough that they could go back, and dub it in the future.

Sep 5, 2010 12:03 PM by Rogna

guyklc said:
I bought the Toradora box set 1 at Anime Expo in early July. No, there is no dub, for anyone else who is wondering.

Btw, it's interesting to see how generally there are very few dub fans, but when a popular anime like Toradora isn't getting a dub, all the dub fans suddenly appear out of nowhere, lol.


No, NIS America is new to the anime industry, so it's understandable why they didn't dub the series. But I heard that if the boxsets does well enough, they might take the second step.

Sep 5, 2010 10:21 AM by DarkPaladinX

I bought the Toradora box set 1 at Anime Expo in early July. No, there is no dub, for anyone else who is wondering.

Btw, it's interesting to see how generally there are very few dub fans, but when a popular anime like Toradora isn't getting a dub, all the dub fans suddenly appear out of nowhere, lol.

Aug 18, 2010 11:37 PM by guyklc

Total bull that they aren't getting dubs.
They WILL NOT be getting my money.

Aug 18, 2010 6:45 PM by Robborboy

oh no

Jul 25, 2010 2:07 PM by checkdafool

would like to buy pandora hearts, hope it gets a dub

Jul 25, 2010 11:41 AM by Lordcrab86

This is great! :)

Jul 23, 2010 2:37 AM by Gonee

StarMasayume said:

In one comment response about the sub decision, they said it would cost them 10k to dub one episode (remember this is a company that doesn't have the same resources that Funimation does). So dubbing 4 normal length series would be a steep million dollars. Again if it takes off well it does sound like there's hope they'd do dubs in the future.


Ohhh wow. I understand and respect their decision completely, but god, I'm disappointed that Toradora and Pandora Hearts won't be dubbed ;_;
Well, at least hopefully if they make a lot of money from this they might be able to dub and re-release them later, so there's still hope.

Jul 22, 2010 7:55 PM by Smochi

hmm i am very excited for Toradora to arrive in the US. Its easily my favorite anime of all time =)!! however if they do dub it i just hope the dont change much like in certain shows guess we just gotta wait to find out. but yea an offical sub would be nice too

Jul 20, 2010 9:43 PM by ShadowBear

StarMasayume said:
I was so excited by the news I found NIS and checked out their forums. I've especially wanted Pandora Hearts so I can have some decent footage for an AMV for the series.

It has been mentioned here I think, but yes these titles will be released in Japanese with subs. I've checked out the pre-order info (only available for Trinity and Toradora at the moment) and in the listing they have...
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Extra content: OP/ ED Clean versions, and more! (Details will be updated soon!)
Premium Box with bonus item: 30+ page, full color, hardcover art book (approx. 10" x 7"), including interviews with the original Japanese voice actors/actresses.
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So it looks like they'll be nicely packed sets. Toradora's first set release is 2 DVDs covering 13 episodes. :)

In one comment response about the sub decision, they said it would cost them 10k to dub one episode (remember this is a company that doesn't have the same resources that Funimation does). So dubbing 4 normal length series would be a steep million dollars. Again if it takes off well it does sound like there's hope they'd do dubs in the future.
10k? wow.

Can't wait to get this on DVD.

Jul 10, 2010 7:06 AM by destructo22

Pandora Hearts has licended in France =D

Jun 26, 2010 12:14 AM by MimiAlock

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