Most of you, including those of you who were at CONvergence this past weekend, know that the anime world was also experiencing one of its biggest events of the year, Anime Expo in Los Angeles, CA. It attracts both industry reps and fans from all over, and it's where many announcements regarding licensing and releases are made. I thought that I would post some brief reactions to the various press conferences. I'm pretty much ganking most of the info from ANN, so credit should go to them for their hard work.
Right Stuf/Nozomi Entertainment
Aside from some re-releases of their previous acquisitions, the biggest surprise to me was the licensing announcement of the Antique Bakery series from last year. Honestly, I had considered the series to be too niche to warrant an American release, but I personally consider the show a guilty pleasure so I can't say that I'm upset.
As for the other announcements, Rental Magica seemed like a pretty lousy show when I first reviewed it (wow, I've certainly learned to polish my reviews since then, haven't I?) so I'm not really interested in this release. And I care even less about the fourth season of Maria-sama ga Miteru, a series which has continually managed to bore me.
Mostly a lot of "blah" stuff.
Probably the biggest upcoming release of interest (for most fans) is season 2 of Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, as well as the second season of Gundam OO.
I might have been interested to hear about the release of the Lucky Star OVA if it hadn't been so darned disappointing compared to the TV series.
Along with some manga and light-novel acquisitions related to Code Geass and The Girl who Leapt Through Time, Bandai announced their acquisition of the Eureka Seven movie, as well as the streaming of the series on ANN, which has already begun.
I'm sort of amused by there being a release date for the first NANA boxed-set (September 8th!) because I recently lamented to a friend how Viz seemed to just be sitting on the license. Honey and Clover also has a solid release date, September 22nd, which makes me very happy.
The only announcement of a newly-acquired series was Sengoku Basara, which just finished broadcast in Japan. I can't say that I'm surprised because it's both action-packed and pretty, with lots of dudes beating up on each-other and a heavy dose of subtext.
I'm sort of disappointed that Funimation didn't announce any other new goodies, since they recently had that survey up that included tons of great choices, but perhaps they're saving their announcements for another day or they're still in negotiations. I'll have my eyes peeled for future press-releases.
And that's about all the releases that personally concern me. Not a huge crop of goodies this time around, but I've been noticing that licensing announcements tend to trickle in throughout the year rather than at these big conventions lately, so it's not a huge surprise.