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Bandai To Announce New License At Sakura-Con

Provides teaser image

By Chris Beveridge     April 09, 2011

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Bandai Entertainment announced on their Facebook page that during Sakura-Con 2011 at the end of this month, they'll be announcing a new license for release. They went so far as to provide a teaser image, which of course has people guessing at it. The guesses are all pretty consistent that it's Star Driver: Kagayaki no Tokuto, which aired from October 2010 to April 2011. The series is one of the latest from Bones that has gotten generally solid reaction from fans.

What do you think? Is this Takuto in Ginga bishonen form or will you join the legions of people posting on the page there joking that it's Yu-Gi-Oh?

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insaneben 4/9/2011 10:17:01 AM

It's a sailboat.

mudduck454 4/9/2011 10:17:03 AM

since I was not a fan of star driver, I was hopoing for another announcment, but it looks like they grabbed star driver,

come on bandai, wont you give us GITS season 1 and 2 on blu-ray, or how about announce that you are going to give us haruhi on blu-ray, stop giving us crap shows.

METR0lD 4/9/2011 3:33:55 PM

Frankly, I'd rather that Bandai not announce any new licenses. Because everything they touch, they ruin or handle it so poorly that it only pisses people off. I'd rather have anyone else grab whatever licenses that Bandai is considering.

kamiikazeheart 4/9/2011 5:10:27 PM

Sailor Moon


dragonrider_cody 4/9/2011 11:36:01 PM

 The only issue I have with Bandai is their complete inability to actually hit a planned street date.  Unfortunately, Media Blasters and Funimation both have the same issue now, so I guess it wouldn't be that much different regardless who got it.

Calibur454 4/10/2011 3:47:06 PM

@dragonrider- lol comparing bandai to a company like funimation is blasphemy lol

still Although rare every company experiences delays at one point in time but not nearly as many as bandai has in the past. I will be shoocked if k-on actually releases on time.

However when a company like media blasters or funimation does get a delay you can pretty much bet the farm that the second release date is the actual date it hits shelves. unlike bandai that could wait up to almost a year at times.

dragonrider_cody 4/10/2011 4:51:19 PM

 Umm.. actually Funimation has had several that have had three or four street dates.  Look at Rosario Vampire.  It's been pushed back at least twice now.  Even many of their re-re-re-releases that they like to do experience delays, like Noir and Excel Saga.

Honestly, I can't think of the last time Funi got a title I want and didn't delay it at least once, and often twice.

METR0lD 4/10/2011 9:12:26 PM

Rosario has been pushed back a heck of a lot more than twice. It's had at least 7 or 8 delays. I think it's currently set at December 2011.

That said, yes Bandai is the worst when it comes to delays (though Media Blasters is getting awfully close to dethroning them). Bandai's biggest problem is their insistence on sticking with the singles release model, when it's clearly not a viable option anymore. That coupled with their glacial release schedule and over priced releases makes them the worst R1 company in the business. Don't expect to be able to watch the full K-On series on BluRay until at least 2013. It will easily take them that long (or longer) to release both seasons. And knowing that just pisses me off. Whereas it would have taken a company like Funimation maybe 6 months tops to release that series, it will take Bandai probably 3 years.

Ikaris 4/11/2011 7:55:28 AM

Metroid, your comment that "it would have taken a company like Funimation maybe 6 months tops to release that series" is laughable.  Ages ago, Funi re-licensed a lot of geneon titles that are ALREADY dubbed in English, like Hellsing TV, Hellsing Ultimate, and the Tenchi OVA. All Funi has to do is add their own trailers, maybe clean up the video a bit, and they would have money rolling in. They also have not yet released Trigun on bluray, which I have been waiting for for nearly  a year. This, plus Funi's poor record on their bluray releases, is a large part of the reason for Funi's drastic decline in both sales and company value since 2006. Funimation would definitely take a lot longer than 6 months to release K-ON in ANY format. Most Funi releases take at least  ayear if not two to get to market from the time they are licensed. You're living in a fantasy world if you believe otherwise.

rondorondorondo 4/11/2011 8:15:23 AM

"This, plus Funi's poor record on their bluray releases, is a large part of the reason for Funi's drastic decline in both sales and company value since 2006." Is there any place where I can read into the fact that their poor record on bluray releases has contributed to their drastic decline? To me, it seems that the economic crapfest of the past few years has more to do with that than bluray failures.

To your argument, 6 months is too agressive if you are aligning with their licensing annoucement. It is more like a year from a licensing annoucement, but once the first volume is out (assuming a 12 episode split here), the second one won't be too far behind. (There are the occasional exceptions of course, Linebarrels comes to mind)

As for picking up the Geneon license sweep, you can't expect Funi to just put in their touches and dump them all out into the market at once. If I were in Funi's shoes, it would make more sense to spread out those releases amongst the ones they were already scheduling up. Unfortunately for some, this would mean longer waits and we all hate waiting. I'm still waiting on Tenchi myself.



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