Bandai Entertainment made a definite splash at the New York Anime Festival/Comic Con today - depending on what you're interested in. The panel covered a number of properties and in essence really only had one new license announcement, but they also provided significant Gundam news for old school fans, touch on K-On! as well as a long requested Blu-ray release.
Bandai announced that they have finally, finally, acquired the Japanese language rights to the original Mobile Suit Gundam series, something that feels odd typing as there's always been another word after Gundam due to all the spinoff series. The show will be released in bilingual format in two Anime Legends parts in 2011 with the 42 episode series getting a proper release. Previously, the only edition available was the dub-only TV releases (which never made it to a full collection) or the three compilation movies that many consider to be superior to the TV series.
Bandai also announced that they've managed to acquire the release of Gundam Unicorn on DVD, though it will be staggered from the Blu-ray release which is getting a simultaneous worldwide release as they come out. The DVD editions will feature two episodes per disc, making it a three disc release, for $30 a disc. No dates or specs are yet set, particularly as the second Gundam Unicorn OVA has yet to be released.
Fans of K-On! will be delighted to know that it will be getting a Blu-ray release, but fans of K-On! in general may be dismayed that it and the DVD release will be done over four volumes. It will be released in both standard and limited editions for each volume (29.98, 39.98 for the DVD with CD inclusion as the LE, 34.98 and 44.98 respectively for the Blu-ray editions with CD for the limited there). No tracks have yet been decided and the release is planned for the spring of 2011.
Bandai also touched on the Haruhi movie though only stating it would be released in the spring of 2011 and no specs are ready yet.
The panel also revealed the long awaited Blu-ray announcement for the Girl Who Leapt Through Time, but declined to provide specs or a date for it.