Sunday, July 19, 2009

Otakon News And More

Otakon was this weekend. No I'm not talking about Solid Snake's nerdy friend. Otakon is an annual anime convention in Baltimore, Maryland. It's the second largest anime convention in the U.S. after AX. There's some very interesting news coming from this year's Otakon.

  • Perhaps the biggest news actually happened just before the convention. Bandai announced their acquisition of Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens. What made this license announcement unusual is that the DVDs went on sale almost immediately afterwards on The Rightstuf International and the Amazon Marketplace. That is awesome. I wish the period between the license announcement and the DVD's release was always that ridiculously quick. What's more is that Kannagi is being released across two subtitle-only DVDs with seven episodes on each disc. They're temporary online exclusives and will actually cost more once they get a general release. So it's best to buy them now.

  • Personally though, the biggest news of Otakon was Funimation's announcement of the Dragonboxes. The Dragonboxes are Toei's ultimate release of the Dragonball Z TV series in Japan. The Dragonboxes feature remastered video taken from the original film reels and in the original 4:3 aspect ratio. Toei released them in two ultra mega sets but Funimation plans to release them in North America in seven smaller sets. In Japan there are actually multiple Dragonboxes for Dragonball, Dragonball GT, and the movies, but right now all we know for sure is that Funimation is releasing the DBZ TV show. It took a long time but it seems that Funimation is finally rewarding the hardcore fans. I am surprised they announced these so soon after their cropped widescreen boxsets, but at least I'm even happier than ever that I passed on those. Check out Daizenshuu EX for more details and pics of the mock-up packaging and the hardcover book that comes with the first set.

  • In other Funimation news, they've licensed Eden of the East and Casshern Sins. They still don't have Evangelion 2.0 You Can [Not] Advance but they're interested in it. Here's hoping it's only a matter of time.

  • In not-quite-Otakon news, but still big anime news; there's a second Inu-Yasha series on the way. The original anime series ended before the manga concluded. This new series will animate the final 21 volumes of the manga. This news came as a huge surprise to me. I thought at best we could get a final movie or OAV, not an all new TV series. I suppose one should never underestimate the power of Rumiko Takahasi.


Gabriel said...

Funny you should mention Kannagi since the day it was announced, it was also announced on Anime News Network and premiered the first episode. I enjoyed it immensely by the way. I noticed most anime with a really good song intro are generally a really good anime at the same time.

Anthony said...

Ha, there's definitely something to that. Checking out an anime's opening credits so as to get a "feel" for the series is something I do quite often.