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[Retracted] National Hockey League Seeks Partnerships With Japanese Anime Studios

by dtshyk
Apr 18, 2010 9:14 AM | 66 Comments
This story turned out to be false.
Source: Yahoo Sports

Information credit: zombieguy

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According to Bleacher Report, National Hockey League (NHL) commissioner Gray Bettman admitted the leaked document about the negotiations between the League Office and Japanese anime studios for the partnerships. Bettman said it's one of the options to propagate the sport of hockey and nothing has been fixed yet.

Experts believe the candidate studios are Kyoto Animations, MAD HOUSE Studios, and J.C. Staff. The preliminary deal includes new anime episodes aired on TV and scoreboards in the breaks between periods of games, and anime appreciation events collaborating with NHL.

Professor Scott Galloway (New York University) said NHL will gain numbers of new viewers if they succeed in the partnership because the demographic of anime fans overlaps little with current NHL fans.

Source: Bleacher Report

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I would love a Hockey anime, since I'm Canadian and love the sport, so I hope this happens someday but, just as long as it's not moe on ice, and is gar on ice.

And since my oilers are not in the playoffs, and won't be for a while lol

GO KINGS!! Doughty FTW!

Apr 20, 2010 8:11 PM by EliteNEET

This better not be untrue. The only team sport I'm remotely interested in other than Euro-Football-"Soccer" is Hockey.

Apr 20, 2010 6:55 PM by ukonkivi

zombieguy said:

PS: Looking forward to seeing the Sens kick the Penguins' asses tonight.


QFT, lets bring the cup back to Canada!

Apr 20, 2010 6:25 PM by suprhiro

Apr 20, 2010 4:30 PM by ArtRodriguez

ArtRodriguez said:
Kyoto Animation said that it was complete bullshit that they were going to do anything with the NHL.

Source? Always good to throw facts out without providing a link or anything...

That being said, confirmed fake. Oh god, Puck Daddy linked Sankaku Complex! I can't stop laughing. I've been F5ing all my hockey sites like every 30 minutes since last night waiting to see something about it.

Judging from this thread (and a bit of experience around the rest of the internet), whoever said anime fans don't like hockey is wrong. There's a lot of anime fans and a lot of hockey fans, so it's not that hard to imagine.

PS: Looking forward to seeing the Sens kick the Penguins' asses tonight.

Apr 20, 2010 12:42 PM by therubicon

Meh unleast it's really interesting i won't watch that i like much more playing ice hockey myself then watch it on TV

Apr 20, 2010 8:20 AM by darkraiders

game8910 said:
JC Staff - epic OP/ED, then the anime is about field hockey

Now, I have a feeling that a certain someone I know would like that... :3

Apr 20, 2010 6:51 AM by seishi-sama

Seight said:
Welcome to the NHL

Okay, there's my pun for this story.


Haha, I like that. That's tickled me, that has. XD

Ayway, fake or not, I wouldn't watch it. xD;
No, actually, if it WAS by KyoAni I probably would, cause they own half my soul and I enjoy me some pointless moe entertainment. <3

Apr 20, 2010 4:45 AM by Smochi

Kyoto Animation said that it was complete bullshit that they were going to do anything with the NHL.

Apr 19, 2010 9:18 PM by ArtRodriguez

kleeny said:
there are many old men watching hockey, no?
haha anime during break time? dubbed?

Um, actually, of the four major North American sports, hockey has the youngest fan base, so...

Still think this is fake, though.

PS: Let's Go Caps!

Apr 19, 2010 8:13 PM by therubicon

kleeny said:
there are many old men watching hockey, no?
haha anime during beak time? dubbed?


Sounds like a hockey themed anime filled with lolis is in order.

lol

Apr 19, 2010 2:23 PM by Hoppy

there are many old men watching hockey, no?
haha anime during break time? dubbed?

Apr 19, 2010 2:21 PM by Kurini

Not interested in hockey, maybe they could make Hockey themed anime and take some inspiration from the NHL and make it good. I would give whatever hockey themed anime a try.

Apr 19, 2010 1:28 PM by Hoppy

game8910 said:
Madhouse - serious hockey anime, manly men fight for glory

This please. I love hockey and the thought of the NHL having anything to do with moe blobs on ice makes me somewhat queasy. Real hockey anime kthnx.

It's probably fake anyways though.

Apr 19, 2010 12:57 PM by LucySky

Welcome to the NHL

Okay, there's my pun for this story.

Apr 19, 2010 11:23 AM by Seight

game8910 said:
KyoAni - moe on ice, drama on the side

Madhouse - serious hockey anime, manly men fight for glory

JC Staff - epic OP/ED, then the anime is about field hockey

I love you sir :D

Apr 19, 2010 11:01 AM by fertygo

This just seems odd


...Go Wings!

Apr 19, 2010 9:51 AM by DreamTheater2112

This is probably fake, it's already gone from Bleacher Report, and as someone else said, that site isn't exactly reliable. Would have had the potential to be awesome, though. I've always wanted there to be an anime that overlaps with one of my other interests. Knowing Gary Bettman, though, he'd fuck it up, he's such a dumbass.

FYI, there are already two manga about ice hockey (both of which suck and were published in the 90's). Also, for those that don't know, Japan does have a considerable number of ice hockey players and their own pro league. There was also a successful tv drama about ice hockey that I haven't watched, forget what it was called.

Apr 19, 2010 4:59 AM by therubicon

FUCK YEA!
FUCK YEA!

Although I try to avoid watching hockey for various reasons. I'll fucking watch a Hockey series by madhouse.
HELL YEA.

Apr 19, 2010 1:39 AM by Vipey

KyoAni - moe on ice, drama on the side

Madhouse - serious hockey anime, manly men fight for glory

JC Staff - epic OP/ED, then the anime is about field hockey

Apr 19, 2010 1:28 AM by game8910