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Kurokami Blu-ray Explained

Why a dub-only release?

By Chris Beveridge     November 11, 2009

Kurokami the Animation
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After the solicitation information came out on Monday night and fans have been very vocal in asking about, Bandai Entertainment has sent out a brief reason as to why the Kurokami Blu-ray release is dub only. And as I expected and pointed out in the solicitation article, it is indeed licensing related;

“The license for the Japanese audio was not granted for our Blu-Ray release of Kurokami.” 

By all reports, Kurokami has not done well in Japan due to various political/social issues with South Korea that came about at the time of the shows airing. From what has been talked about in forums regarding sales of the series, it's done so poorly in Japan that they're either selling below 500 copies or below 300 copies of each volume. And what's really interesting is that those volumes do contain the English dub, the Japanese dub and the Korean dub, but no English subtitles.

Hopefully someday the Japanese licensor will relent and fix this because otherwise I suspect that Kurokami will sell about the same here in the US as it is in Japan.


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METR0lD 11/11/2009 4:15:51 PM

 I love how they conveniently didn't explain the cut in episodes for the BD release. The lack of a subs wouldn't stop me from buying the BD release. But the reduced number of episodes WILL stop me from buying it. I'll just have to wait for a box set of some kind, that is if that ever happens.

Hectotane 11/11/2009 4:31:50 PM

But wait, METR0ID.  What about the bilingual DVDs?  ^_^

And here's a thought:  The next time you want to de-fang a manga title for an anime adaption; 1), DON'T.  And 2), MARKET RESEARCH.

Mr. Nail Bat 11/11/2009 5:00:41 PM

Okay, we have an explanation.  Now all we need is for someone to explain the explanation.



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