Thursday, July 30, 2009

October Releases from Funimation, Viz, Media Blasters & ADV Now Available for Pre-Order!

Our server upgrades are complete and we now have the following October releases from Funimation, Viz (Oct & Nov), Media Blasters and ADV available on the store site for pre-order. We also have 4 in stock releases from Funimation that are now available at a new low price!

Here's what we've got:

ADV Oct 09

Clannad After Story DVD Collection #1 (Eps #1-12)
Ghost Hound DVD Collection #1 (Eps #1-11)
He Is My Master Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (Eps #1-12)
Kiba Season Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (Eps #1-52)
Popotan Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (Re-Release)
RahXephon Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set + Movie (Re-Issue)
Sugar, A Little Snow Fairy DVD Collection #1 (Eps #1-13)

Funimation Oct 09

Blassreiter DVD Collection #1 (Eps #1-12)
Claymore Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (Eps #1-26)
Comic Party Revolution Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set
D.Gray-man Season #2 Part #1 DVD Boxed Set (Eps #27-38)
Desert Punk Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (Viridian Collection) (RePrice)
Mushishi Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (Thin-Pak) (Viridian Collection)
Shonen Onmyoji Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (Eps #1-26)
Story of Saiunkoku Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (Eps #1-39)
Tokyo Majin Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (Eps #1-27)

Media Blasters Oct 09

Ah My Buddha (Amaenaideyo!!) Vol #5, The Five Bare Aggregates DVD
Genshiken 2 - The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture, Vol #2
Loveless Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (Lite Box)
Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit DVD #6 (Eps #18-20)
Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit DVD Bundle #3 (DVD #5&6 - Eps #14-20)
Mouse Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (Lite Box)
Otoboku: Maidens Are Falling For Me Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set
World of Magic Knight Rayearth Complete Collection Season 1 DVD Boxed Set (Eps #1-20) (Remastered)

Viz Oct/Nov 09

Bleach DVD Collection #4 Boxed Set (Eps #62-80) (Uncut)
Bleach, Vol #21 DVD
Bleach, Vol #22 DVD
Death Note Re-Light 2: L's Successor DVD
Nana DVD Box Set #2
Naruto: Shippuden , Vol #2 DVD (Eps #5-8) (Uncut)
Naruto: Shippuden , Vol #3 DVD (Eps #9-12) (Uncut)
Naruto: Shippuden Movie 1 DVD
Naruto Season 1 Uncut DVD Boxed Set #1 (Eps #1-26)
Naruto Season 1 Uncut DVD Boxed Set #2 (Eps #27-52)
Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Battle Dimension Box Set #2 DVD Boxed Set (Eps #18-34)
Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Battle Dimension Box Set #3 DVD Boxed Set (Eps #35-51)

Funimation Re-Prices

Hell Girl Complete Collection Deluxe DVD Boxed Set (Eps #1-26) - Now Only $36.98! ($69.98 to $49.98 MSRP)
Pani Poni Dash! Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (Thin-Pak) - Now Only $36.98! ($69.98 to $49.98 MSRP)
Shin-Chan (Crayon Shinchan) Season 1 Part 1 DVD (Eps #1-13) - Now Only $21.98! ($39.98 to $29.98 MSRP)
Shin-Chan (Crayon Shinchan) Season 1 Part 2 DVD (Eps #14-26)
- Now Only $21.98! ($39.98 to $29.98 MSRP)

Autumn is shaping up with lots of new Anime goodness! I figured the studios would wait and position some of their best new releases in the 4th quarter (which we are all assuming will be much better than the dismal Q4 everyone had last year). It's very good to see ADV back off from so many in house re-releases to pave the way for three new shows - and good ones at that. Good work guys! :-) Funi's schedule has been streamlined a bit with fewer solicitations, however, that is because Funi is doing more 'reprices in place' rather than immediately try to rework every single price change into a Veridian box that is three months away, and their Oct schedule includes the first half of Blassreiter and three important new boxed set releases for Claymore, Shonen Onmyoji, and Story of Saiunkoku - so again, good work. Media Blasters will have lots of new material as well in more episodes of Ah My Buddha, Moribito, and the second season of Genshiken 2. Even Viz is stepping up with a 4th Bleach box, Nana, and lots of Naruto: Shippuden. I'm very happy to see this, as the October release schedules together are showing us more new material than we've gotten in maybe a year. November should be even better. :-)

6 comments:

Richard J. said...

Wish I could share the enthusiasm of some for ADV's new releases but being a fan who prefers Engish dubs, it's not possible.

Robert said...

I would like to see dubs as well for these, however, subs are better than nothing. My hope is that if ADV can get some successful new releases back in the pipeline they may be able to start dubbing again in the near future as the market picks back up.

dragonsky1 said...

I have to agree with Robert. ADV/Sentai needs to get a good financial basis under it right now, and sub only releases are a good way to do that. And frankly, Clannad and Ghost Hound will probably sell almost as well sub-only, as with a dub, as they appeal to primarily hardcore fans.

I think it's pretty evident ADV wants to dub these, and Anime Network wants them dubbed for broadcast, but they are playing the game correctly for right now. They are placing profits ahead of what they want to do, which is something they didn't always do in the past. And it seems to be paying off, as we are starting to see more licenses get announced, and I think they have more in the works.

If these titles continue to do well, and allow ADV to build up it's finances, I think we will start to see dubs from them again. And I hope sooner, rather than later. ADV's dubs the past few years were the best, and I really miss them.

It is nice to see some positive developments in the past few months for not only ADV, but the industry as a whole. Maybe we are hitting bottom...

Richard J. said...

I wish I shared your optimism but after watching them and reading their statements, I believe what was ADV is currently in the process of is a full re-brand with the intent of remaining sub-only from here on out.

Bandai appears to intend to do something similar, with only shows that get TV deals getting English dubs.

Considering which companies are doing the best right now and which are doing the worst, I don't think sub-only is the panacea they make it out to be. Rather, what is needed are shifts in internal management to remove bad decision makers from the equation.

Also you can't achieve success with low selling ultra-niche titles. A company must be able to expand it's consumer base and increase sales, not cut out potential consumers and decrease sales. Even if the profit per unit is higher, if the company is still making costly mistakes and has fewer customers, then success is not likely.

Success is achieved by broad and diverse libraries of titles that can be sold to a large precentage of consumers. Exactly what Funimation has.

Just my personal opinions. Not that I know anything, I'm just a consumer who used to buy anime from ADV all the time and fairly often from Bandai. No reason to worry about losing my money right?

Starcade, now from Leviathan said...

How could (without committing even more fraud and ripping even more of the Japanese off) ADV/Sentai pick up their market?

In fact, how can anime pick up their market in a time where the fandom wants it all for free and on their own terms?

InazumaROCK said...

Ah, CLANNAD -After Story- in October! I've been waiting for this one as well.