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AniWeekly 9/14/2014: Row Row Fight the Idol!

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Someone’s getting in the corner with Padre. On Wednesday, FUNimation’s Lance Heiskell appeared as a guest on show Padre’s Corner. The two geek out and talk about how the market’s changed since the early days, the anime broadcast and OVA structure in Japan, and how decisions are made behind the scenes among several other topics.

Also, Robotech. And Kill la Kill.

On second thought… let’s return to the TeiGeki! Otaku Review revisits Madhouse’s anime adaptation of Sakura Wars. His verdict is simple: While the characters and story hold up fifteen years later, the rest fails to live up to that initial reaction. Still, if there’s one thing we all can agree on, the opening still rocks to this day!

Lessons from the life of a reviewer. Otaku Journalist’s Lauren published a short article on important things she’s learned from her first few weeks of professional anime reviewing. The lessons are simple, but certainly something all reviewers should keep in mind when writing up their next title.

That familiar stinging feeling. Ever taken it personally when somebody disliked your favorite show? Don’t lie. We’ve all been there at some point. Bobduh from Wrong Every Time posted an insightful piece on the complicated relationship we share with our media, and why it’s hard to escape that stinging feeling when something we enjoy gets taken down a few pegs.

Row Row, Fight the Power… on Blu-Ray! Aniplex announced that they’ll re-release the series on Blu-Ray. This time around, it’ll be offered across five volumes, each priced at $69.98. The first volume hits stores on November 11.

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Happy birthday, Kotori! September 12 marked the birthday of popular Love Live idol Minami Kotori. As one can expect, there’s been a bevy of amazing fan art to celebrate!

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Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works gets a couple of digital homes. The official site for the show announced that the series will stream on both Hulu and Crunchyroll, starting on October 4.

Titans take home the Harvey! The Attack on Titan manga was awarded a 2014 Harvey Award for Best American Edition of Foreign Material. Congrats to Kodansha Comics and Hajime Isayama for your accomplishment!

So long, AnimeNation, and thanks for all the fish! After 20 years of operation, AnimeNation’s retail store is closing up. They’ll continue the news blog and, but it certainly feels like the end of an era.

A musical break. Fans of Final Fantasy might want to take a look at Smooth McGroove’s latest a capella mix takes on One Winged Angel. The seven minute performance is simply amazing to behold!

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Otakon 2014 News Round-Up

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Whew! The first two days of Otakon have come and gone, and with it we’ve seen a ton of news coming through the pipeline!

Since the news has been so plentiful, we’ve decided that a simple, straight-forward run-down of the major reveals at the event would be greatly appreciated.

This year, we’ve broken down the news by source and news item. Sources will be linked in the headers. And, as always, if we’ve missed something, feel free to let us know!


Funko to Release Attack on Titan Pop! Vinyl Figures

FUNimation announced that they’ve partnered with Funko to produce a series of Attack on Titan figures in the company’s popular Pop! Vinyl figures line. The currently announced figures include Eren Jaeger (Survey Corps), Eren Jaeger (Titan), Mikasa Ackerman, and a special 6″ tall Colossal Titan. The figures will be sold exclusively at Hot Topic in-store, and via the company’s website starting in October. The figures will be sold through December 2015.

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FUNimation Adds Seven Titles, Rescues Haruhi & Lucky Star

FUNimation announced that they acquired the domestic rights to several new titles. The company revealed that they added the following to their lineup:

  • D-Frag!
  • BlazBlue: Alter Memory
  • Riddle Story Of The Devil
  • Freezing Vibration
  • Unbreakable Machine Doll
  • Black Butler – Book of Murder
  • Strike Witches Movie
  • Steins;Gate Movie

In addition, the company revealed that they rescued the licenses for Haruhi and Lucky Star. The company acquired the following titles:

  • The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Seasons 1 & 2 (Oh, dreaded Endless Eight!)
  • The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya-chan
  • Nyoron Churuya-san
  • Lucky Star TV
  • Lucky Star OVA

Trailer: D-Frag!

Trailer: Riddle Story of the Devil

Trailer: Unbreakable Machine Doll

Trailer: Black Butler

FUNimation Announces English Dub Casts For Three Titles

FUNimation announced the English dub casts for a trio of upcoming titles. The breakdown is as follows:

A Certain Magical Index II, Part Two:

  • Acqua: Andrew T. Chandler
  • Amata Kihara: Andrew T. Chandler
  • Biagio Busoni: Barry Yandell
  • Pope Matthai Reese: Bob Magruder
  • Ritoku Komaba: Patrick Seitz
  • Shiage Hamazura: Clifford Chapin
  • Terra: George Manley
  • Vasilisa: Leah Clark
  • Vento: Kara Edwards

Fairy Tail, Part 13

  • Sting: Michael Jones
  • Rogue: Garrett Storms
  • Lector: Marti Etheridge
  • Frosch: Dawn M. Bennett

Ghost in the Shell: Arise – borders 1 & 2

  • Motoko: Elizabeth Maxwell
  • Aramaki: John Swasey
  • Kurutsu: Mary Elizabeth McGlynn
  • Batou: Christopher R. Sabat
  • Tsumugi: Eric Vale
  • Togusa: Alex Organ
  • Paz: Jason Douglas
  • Sadamoto: Bill Jenkins
  • Raizo: David Wald
  • Logicoma: Jād Saxton
  • Mamuro: Brian Mathis
  • Ibachi: Chris Rager
  • ADR Director: Zach Bolton

Cowboy Bebop Gets A Release Date
After what seems like an eternity of waiting, FUNimation announced the release date for their Cowboy Bebop collection. The series will hit stores in four editions:

  • Standard DVD
  • Standard Blu-Ray
  • Amazon Exclusive Blu-Ray/DVD Premium Edition
  • Exclusive Blu-Ray/DVD Premium Edition

As of right now, pricing and technical details are still under wraps. All we know is that the two premium editions will include different packaging and premium items. The sets themselves will hit stores in December.

3, 2, 1, Let’s jam!


Vertical Adds The Art of Makoto Shinkai Book
Vertical announced that they will release A Sky Longing for Memories: The Art of Makoto Shinkai. Though no release date was announced, the book will have a suggested price of $34.95.


Crunchyroll To Stream Cardcaptor Sakura

On August 12, Crunchyroll will begin streaming all 70 episodes of Cardcaptor Sakura on their service. Both the dubbed and subtitled versions will be offered.

Crunchyroll Adds Murder Incarnation, Girl May Kill, Others

Crunchyroll announced that they will release several new manga titles through their service. The company will add the following:

  • Murder Incarnation, by Keita Sugawara and Shinji Inamitsu
  • Girl May Kill by Azusa Itakura
  • Joshi Kausei, by Ken Wakai
  • Cronos Haze, by Masayuki Takano

In addition, the company will release more of Akira Saso’s Shindo online.

Girl May Kill’s entire back catalog will be released on August 12. Future chapters will be released simultaneously with the Japanese publication.

In addition, GTO: Paradise Lost will début globally today, excluding Algeria, Lebanon, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Morocco, Switzerland and Japan.


Aniplex to Release Nisekoi On Blu-Ray

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Aniplex of America announced that they will release Nisekoi on Blu-Ray. The first volume, which hits on November 25, will retail for $64.98. The release will include the show’s first five episodes, a chipboard box, and a poster. Extra features will include the Textless Opening, Textless Endings (Chitoge & Kosaki versions), and Collectible Ending Card Pin-Ups.

Anime Sols

Anime Sols began streaming Star Magician Magical Emi on their site earlier today. The first three episodes were added to the service, though no funding goals were announced yet.

In addition, Anime Sols opened pre-orders for a limited edition Magical Emi PVC figure. The piece costs $185, and will stand at 220mm in height. Pre-orders will close in September 8, 2014.

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First Fate/Stay Night: Heaven’s Feel Movie Trailer Drops

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Did you hear that? That’s the sound of pure hype.

Last night, Aniplex released a pair of trailers during their NicoNico Live event.

The first was the third promo video for the upcoming  Fate/Stay Night TV reboot, Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works. This will be a retelling of the original series, as presented by ufotable (Fate/Zero, Garden of Sinners). The company’s done the franchise right in the past, and Studio Deen’s adaptation is largely seen as a misstep in the franchise’s animated lineage.

Previously, the path the series would take was unknown, so to get confirmation that the series would redo the Unlimited Blade Works branch was a huge source of excitement. The October 4 premiere date was just icing on the cake.

As you can guess, people were pumped.

The excitement was pushed to a fever pitch, though, shortly thereafter. Aniplex rolled a trailer for a previously unannounced Fate/Stay Night film. This new film, Fate/Stay Night: Heaven’s Feel, will cover a previously un-adapted path in the original Fate/Stay Night storyline.

It looks simply glorious.

In addition to the trailers, two pieces of key art for the properties have already hit the web:

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While the film’s details are still shrouded in mystery, there are already high hopes for it, found in forums and just about every social media outlet from Reddit to Tumblr. Here’s hoping that the film and TV series are able to deliver on the weighty expectations when they finally hit!

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Gurren Lagann To Air On Toonami

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JULY 19, 2014

GURREN LAGANN to Debut on TOONAMI™ Starting August 2014

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SANTA MONICA, CA (July 19, 2014) –Aniplex of America, Inc. has announced today that the legendary TV anime series GURREN LAGANN, will debut on Adult Swim’s TOONAMI™ Saturday line-up this August. The first episode will premiere on August 16th at 2:00am EST.

From the SAME team that brought us KILL la KILLGURREN LAGANN comes from the genius minds of Director Hiroyuki Imaishi and Script Writer/Series Composition Kazuki Nakashima. In response to its global popularity, the series was also adapted into two full-length films, Childhood’s End and The Lights in the Sky Are Stars. Aniplex of America re-released the GURREN LAGANN TV Series on home video last year featuring both the original Japanese and English dub which features many popular voice actors such as Yuri Lowenthal (as Simon), Kyle Hebert (as Kamina) and Michelle Ruff (as Yoko). This past July, Aniplex of America also released the GURREN LAGANN Movies in a Double Feature Blu-ray Set (Japanese Language only with English subtitles).PR%20Gurren%20Lagann%20Toonami%20Announcement%20final2x1 Gurren Lagann To Air On Toonami


This is the story of a man who has yet to realize what destiny holds in store for him….

In the distant future, mankind has lived quietly and restlessly underground for hundreds of years, subject to earthquakes and cave-ins. Living in one such village are 2 young men: one named Simon who is shy and naïve, and the other named Kamina who believes in the existence of a “surface” world above their heads. The destiny of these two starts moving drastically when the ceiling of their village falls in, and a gigantic “Gunmen” and a beautiful girl named Yoko, wielding a superconductive rifle, come from the surface. Together, Kamina, Simon and Yoko ride the mecha “Lagann” that Simon digs out of the ground, and fly up to the surface!

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Original Story: GAINAX

Director: Hiroyuki Imaishi

Assistant Director: Masahiko Ohtsuka Series Structure: Kazuki Nakashima Character Design: Atsushi Nishigori Mechanical Design: You Yoshinari Design Works: Shigeto Koyama

3D Mecha Design: IMAITOONZ Art Director: Yuka Hirama

Color Setting: Harumi Takahoshi

Director of Photography: Toyonori Yamada Editing: Junichi Uematsu


Sound Director: Tohru Nakano Music: Taku Iwasaki

Animation Production: GAINAX

Produced by TV TOKYO, DENTSU, Aniplex

CAST (Japanese / English)

Simon: Tetsuya Kakihara / Yuri Lowenthal

Kamina: Katsuyuki Konishi / Kyle Hebert

Yoko: Marina Inoue / Michelle Ruff

Nia: Yukari Fukui / Bridget Hoffman

Boota: Shizuka Ito/ Julie Ann Taylor

Leeron: Masaya Onosaka / Steve Blum

Dayakka: Daiki Nakamura / Doug Stone

Viral: Nobuyuki Hiyama / Sam Riegel

Kittan: Kisho Taniyama / Christopher Smith

Rossiu: Mitsuki Saiga / Johnny Yong Bosch

Lordgenome: Narushi Ikeda / Jamieson Price

About Aniplex of America Inc.

Aniplex of America Inc. (Santa Monica, California) is a subsidiary of Aniplex Inc. (headquartered in Tokyo, Japan), a group of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. and a leading provider of anime content and music production and distribution in Japan. Aniplex of America has launched fan-favorite Blu-Ray and DVD releases such as KILL la KILL, Sword Art Online, BakemonogatariDurarara!!Fate/ZeroPuella Magi Madoka Magicathe Garden of Sinners, Blue Exorcist, Blast of Tempest, Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Oreshura, Servant X Service and Silver Spoon. The company’s ever-growing line-up of shows includes our most recent titles Sword Art Online II, Aldnoah.Zero, PERSONA4 the Golden ANIMATION, MEKAKUCITY ACTORS, The irregular at magic high school, Nanana’s Buried TreasureMushi-ShiNext PassageOreimo 2, and Samurai Flamenco.


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Counterfeiting Doesn’t Pay: Great Eastern Sues Maryland Anime

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Great Eastern Kirito Plushie 001 200x300 Counterfeiting Doesnt Pay: Great Eastern Sues Maryland AnimeYesterday, Anime News Network reported that Great Eastern filed suit against the Maryland Anime store. The suit, which was filed in Illinois on June 23, names Maryland Anime store, proprietor Amanda Naeemi, VK338 LLC, and 10 unnamed defendants. VK338 LLC was listed as an alternate business name for Maryland Anime on Anime Central’s dealer registration form.

Great Eastern alleges that the defendants engaged in “inter alia, passing off, trademark infringement, false advertising, unfair competition, deceptive trade practices, and consumer fraud.” The ten John Does are employees of Naemi, who allegedly created, sold, and supplied her with counterfeit merchandise.

According to the suit, an Aniplex of America representative noticed that the VK338 LLC booth was selling a Sword Art Online Kirito plushie with Great Eastern’s logo. Unlike the typical Great Eastern product, though, the toy was made of different materials, and contained typographical errors on the tag. In addition, the doll was missing details, and the tag contained a QR Code that redirected to a Chinese website. The defendants were issued a citation by the convention staff, and ordered to stop selling the merchandise, with the penalty for disobeying being immediate ejection from the event without a refund. A staffer working the booth signed the citation, agreeing to comply with the terms.

Great Eastern is requesting a jury trial, and seeks damages, legal fees, all profits gained through the sale of unlawful goods, and the delivery of remaining counterfeit merchandise.

Before we go further, I’d like to say that this is exactly why companies look for bootlegs at conventions. The fact that a vendor would be crazy enough to sell counterfeit merchandise at convention, especially one with an industry presence, is stupid at worst, and careless at the absolute best. Frankly, similar could be said about selling counterfeit merchandise in general, but that’s another story for another day.

Where was I? Oh, right!

The case, if it goes to trial, looks like it will be an open and shut affair. Given that the convention collected a signed citation, Great Eastern has a documented admission of culpability for the sales of such items, in addition witness testimony from Aniplex’s representatives, and any merchandise that may have been confiscated at the event.

How things will proceed, though, will be interesting to see. The trafficking of counterfeit goods carries a felony charge in the United States, which could see up to $2 million in damages and 10 years in prison on a first offense. Should Great Eastern pursue this to the fullest, this could become a very real possibility, depending on just how much counterfeit material Maryland Anime sold over the years.

Of course, it’s also possible this could end in a plea bargain of some sort, where charges are reduced in exchange for a “guilty” or “no contest” plea. It’s a bit early to tell at this point, though I will be watching this case as it unfolds.

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Aniplex Adds Persona 4 The Golden Anime, Aldnoah Zero

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                June 25, 2014

Aniplex of America Announces their Summer Streaming Line-up

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Fans can Expect a Hot Summer as ALDNOAH.ZERO and Persona4 the Golden ANIMATION joins Aniplex’s Streaming Schedule!

SANTA MONICA, CA (June 25, 2014) –Anime fans are in for a sizzling summer season as Aniplex of America, Inc. announced today on their “Aniplex Live Show,” their acquisition of two highly anticipated anime titles, ALDNOAH.ZERO and Persona4 the Golden ANIMATION for this summer’s streaming line-up. These two series will be joining Aniplex’s other anticipated summer titles including Sword Art Online II, the second season to the fan-favorite Sword Art Online franchise, and The irregular at magic high school, continuing from last season, startingthis July. Fans can watch both ALDNOAH.ZERO and Persona4 the Golden ANIMATION on the Aniplex Channel, Hulu, Crunchyroll and DAISUKI.

Details of streaming schedules for each title will be announced at a later date. Aniplex has also launched the official U.S. homepages of these two new titles at and respectively.

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ALDNOAH.ZERO is an original anime series written by Gen Urobuchi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero) and directed by Ei Aoki (Fate/Zero, the Garden of sinners). The story features inhabitants of Earth and Mars waging in an interplanetary war. The story touches upon the effects wars have on a country’s government and its people.

War is coming…

The two powers will soon clash with one another and by military force, start killing each other.

Humanity has clearly split into two and currently there is no way these groups will once again unite. Humanity celebrates this transient time of peace as they slowly dismiss from their minds the scars their ancestors bore in the past. No one realized that with one little push their world can fall to its destruction.

Just one little spark will do.

Preparations are steadily on its way.

Then we shall see the end to this false peace.

But, there are men who realize the approach of this inevitable war. Most of them are close to the military. Though, of course these men are well aware that they have no power to remedy this situation. For that is why they are deep in despair. Among the soldiers that I have had contact with, there were even men who were depressed when they realized the impending war. Even then, as far as the people of Shinawara City, I did not feel that any of them had any sense of danger. While in their minds, they knew that war was unavoidable but they could not help but to continue living each day as if nothing was changed. That is all I can say about that. Humanity has grown too used to this false peace.

Humanity does not go to war because they know that they possess a clear sense of justice within their troops. Also, they do not declare war because they are confident of their own victories. The reason man goes to war is simple. War exists simply because there are men who wish to wage wars.

We just need one simple reason.

For that reason, our plans are right on track.

There is no way of avoidance.

I will say it once more.

War is coming.

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3 years have passed since the anime series Persona4 was aired…

And now, they’re coming back!

Based on a hugely popular RPG, Persona4 became a sensation as soon as it started airing in 2011, drawing in not only gaming fans, but anime fans as well.

Released after the broadcast, the PlayStation Vita title, Persona 4 Golden, was a massive hit, with 350,000copies sold, as if to flaunt Persona4′s seemingly unstoppable popularity.

And this summer, they’re coming back with the usual gang, joined by a few new faces.

July 2014…at last, the “Golden” days will begin! Don’t miss the start of this new story.

Spring. Far from the city, time flows peacefully in this rural town.

As the cherry blossoms scatter in the wind, a young man named Yu Narukami steps off the train at Yasoinaba Station.

Yu has come to this town, where his uncle lives, for family reasons; he will be transferring into the local high school, Yasogami High.

And so begins his school life…

The shopping mall after school. A series of murders taking place in town. The Midnight Channel, airing late at night….

What lies in store for Yu and his friends “this time around?”

“We are anticipating a very strong line-up of shows this coming summer season,” comments Hideki Goto, President of Aniplex of America, Inc, “I know that many of us have been looking forward to all of these shows so I am very excited to be able to bring them to the U.S. fans to enjoy.” Goto also commented that he is hoping to make it easier for U.S. fans to have as much access to all the latest news that fans abroad in Japan are able to receive for both

ALDNOAH.ZERO and Persona4 the Golden ANIMATION through their U.S. homepages and SNSs.

About Aniplex of America Inc.

Aniplex of America Inc. (Santa Monica, California) is a subsidiary of Aniplex Inc. (headquartered in Tokyo, Japan), a group of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. and a leading provider of anime content and music production and distribution in Japan. Aniplex of America has launched fan-favorite Blu-ray and DVD releases such as BakemonogatariDurarara!!, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, the Garden of sinners, Sword Art Online, Blue Exorcist, Fate/Zero, Blast of Tempest, Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Oreshura, and Vividred Operation. The company’s ever-growing line-up of shows includes our most recent titles KILL la KILL, MEKAKUCITY ACTORS, The irregular at magic high school, Mushi-Shi Next Passage, Nanana’s Buried Treasure, Nisekoi, World Conquest Zvezda Plot, Magi: The Kingdom of Magic, Samurai Flamenco, and Oreimo 2.


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Nerdy Talk Episode 12 – A Taste of the Bitch Puddin’

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This week’s episode of Nerdy Talk was an Anime Herald throwback! Mike, Matt, and Ben sat down for a night of bantering and bullshitting, as they discuss the latest anime news.

This week’s topics include the Sailor Moon Crystal trailer premiere, Kill la Kill’s pricey new Blu-Ray sets, and the recently resolved court case between ADV Films and FUNimation. In addition, we deliver our predictions and hopes for what will show up at this year’s E3 expo.

Hosts this week are as follows:

  • Mike Ferreira
  • Matt Brown
  • Benjamin Fennell

Currently, we’re available on iTunes, Blubrry, Stitcher Radio, and standard RSS.

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Show Notes

Topic 1: Sailor Moon Crystal Trailer Drops, Along With Jaws Of Fans Everywhere

Topic 2: Kill la Kill Gets Epic Dub, Crummy Release Format

Topic 3: Case Dismissed! ADV & FUNimation Settle 2-Year Lawsuit

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Kill la Kill Gets Epic Dub, Crummy Release Format

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Earlier today, Aniplex showed off the first dub trailer for Kill la Kill. The clip was unveiled during a live stream that announced the English cast for the series.

I know, I know. The live stream is nice, the announcements were fantastic. However, you’re all really just begging to know: how does it sound? For that, I’d recommend that you to check out the full reveal below:

Fantastic, isn’t it? Even in English, Satsuki delivers that spine-chilling presence, that perfectly punctuates the clacking heel stomp. Similarly, Nonon’s English actress captures the general snark of the Japanese role, while Ira’s voice captures that brusque, authoritative tone of the original.

While it’s still a bit early to call anything, Kill la Kill‘s dub is looking to be a solid performance, backed by strong talent. Seriously, take a look at the announced lineup:

  • Ryuko Matoi: Erica Mendez
  • Senketsu: David Vincent
  • Satsuki Kiryuin: Carrie Keranen
  • Aikuro Mikisugi: Matt Mercer
  • Mako Mankanshoku: Christine Marie Cabanos
  • Mataro Mankanshoku: Lindsey Eaton
  • Barazo Mankanshoku: Michael Sorich
  • Sukuyo Mankanshoku: Erika Harlacher
  • Ira Gamagoori: Patrick Seitz
  • Uzu Sanageyama: Grant George
  • Nonon Jakuzure: Sarah Ann Williams
  • Houka Inumuta: Steve Cannon
  • Shiro Iori: Todd Haberkorn

On top of this, the series is getting the “white glove” treatment from Aniplex. The first volume, which hits on July 15, will ship in standard DVD and Blu-Ray sets, as well as a limited edition that includes a remix soundtrack, postcard set, and double-sided poster.

So, to recap, Kill la Kill is a marvelous series, which will be receiving a strong dub and editions both for the casual fan and the serious collector. To foul up a release of this caliber would be incredibly difficult. I mean, really, they’d have to release the show in singles to torpedo the demand for this one!

Oh… right

That’s right, readers, Aniplex is again reviving the dead practice of releasing singles for Kill la Kill. The first volume of the show will contain four episodes, leading to a 100-minute overall run time. Five volumes are planned, which means that the split will likely be in the 4/5/5/5/5 format. The first volume will be priced at $49.98 for the Blu-Ray and $39.98 for the DVD. The premium limited edition, though, will have the similar premium price point of $74.98.

So, let’s do the math. Assuming the prices hold constant through the series, this would translate to an overall price of $249.90 for the standard Blu-Ray edition, and $199.90 for the DVDs.


I don’t know about you guys, but I certainly haven’t pined for the rebirth of the single. At the same time, I certainly haven’t honestly hoped that I’d be paying more for my singles that the market price in 2005. Seriously, these are the exact same price points pitched for releases from Bandai Visual in 2007. This was a company that was, quite literally, laughed out of the western market for unrealistic sales expectations and pricing on their shows.

But, unfortunately, the price point worked for Madoka, which means that it will absolutely work here.

Now, before we go further, I’d like to clearly state that I have no qualms with paying a premium for a high-quality release. I’m a person of means, and I’ve put my money where my mouth is with releases like Aniplex’s Gurren Lagann re-issue, or the upcoming Cardcaptor Sakura set from NIS America And yes, I’m aware that the show is available on Netflix, Crunchyroll, and other streaming outlets.

However, at the same time, that’s little justification for charging the absolute maximum that the market will endure for a product. It’s something that will be looked upon as predatory or gouging by a section of the customer-base that’s not insignificant. If anything, this really feels like a logical extreme, trying to push a more Japanese model of media business onto the consumer by encouraging broadcast while reserving the physical releases for the hardcore fans. It eliminates that middle ground of ownership, and pushes a dangerous precedent by encouraging a plurality of viewers to treat anime (at least Aniplex’s shows) as something that’s outright disposable.

And, really, that’s not a healthy way to treat a niche product that’s still feeling the occasional rumbles of a major industry collapse.

However, Aniplex will do what Aniplex does. They’ve gained a reputation for being the high-priced “boutique” brand for their titles, and they’re going to stick to it until things become unprofitable. So, really, all any of us can do is sit back and watch, as they continue to try to push their model on an increasingly apathetic market. To be honest, I expect Kill la Kill to sell well, as I did Madoka Magica. Still, how long can the company keep pushing the same format, one that was pushed to the dustbin of history with Dub/Sub split releases and 2-episode tapes, before the market finally says “no more?”

As a side note: In the mid-2000s, I recall hearing former ADV Films face David Williams mentioning that the media market would slowly shift into two tiers: one disposable and cheap, the other being pricey, higher-end collector’s pieces. Ideally, the collector’s pieces would become remarkable items. They’d ideally have high-end boxes, premium extras, and incredible video quality. In 2010, I felt that Aniplex was trying to find a way to acquire this segmentation as a whole. 

Personally, I do still feel that they’re trying to hit the sweet spot between satisfying the low end while delivering for the high end, though they’re certainly caught in the middle. The $49.98 – $74.98 singles certainly won’t appeal to the low tier, and they will only work with the higher tier customers for so long before the group begins to similarly reject the format. Personally, I do hope that Aniplex continues to grow and learn from their releases: they seem to be the absolute closest to nailing that big “split market” approach to the industry. 

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