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MCM London Expo October 2012 industry panel news

MCM London Expo October 2012 industry panel news

Posted 28/10/2012

If you thought that yesterday's clutch of license announcements at the MCM London Comic Con were the end of the story then think again, with today seeing the event's more traditional anime industry panel lifting the lid on plenty of other news.  In attendance as usual were Manga Entertainment's Jerome Mazandarani, Kaze UK's Andrew Partridge and MVM Entertainment's Tony Allen.

Let's start with some of those new announcements, and it was MVM Entertainment who had much to say, with acquisitions of Needless (to be released across two volumes in January and February 2013), CANAAN (to be released March 2013), Ga-Rei Zero (an April 2013 release) and Majikoi: Samurai Girls all added to their line-up.  Confirmation was also made that Dream Eater Merry will be released in March 2013, while the second season of Shana will be released in April 2013 (with season three a licensing possibility if season two sees good pre-order sales) - Bodacious Space Pirates, Kids on the Slope and Mayo Chiki will also see 2013 releases at as-yet unconfirmed dates.

MVM also expressed some interested in picking up Fate/Zero to sit alongside their existing Fate/Stay Night release, and discuseed Blu-Ray releases by noting that Broken Blade sold better than expected on the format while remaining wary about the format in general.  That said, MVM Entertainment still picks up Blu-Ray rights for all new licenses and would look to do similar deals with Australian distributors to share authoring costs where that territory is planning to release a given series on Blu-Ray.  Tony also named FLCL as a particular title that he may have interest in a Blu-Ray release of, but noted that they do not currently have those rights for the series,

Next up we have Kaze UK, whose main announcement for the panel was that they've now acquired the home video rights to K, in addition to their existing streaming rights for Anime on Demand.  Another license announcement from the autumn season is also close to completion following recent news from Viz Media Europe about one of their latest acquisitions.  Also confirmed by the company was the Bleach the Movie 4: Hell Verse will be released in February 2013, while season ten of that series will appear across two volumes with around 10-11 episodes per volume, with the first part expected to arrive in February or March and the second at some point in the spring.

Makoto Shinkai's latest film Journey to Agartha is due for release on January 28th, with a collector's edition also planned for the movie.

Other titles already announced expected to get a 2013 release are Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (with the first season arriving on DVD and Blu-Ray on January 21st), Un-Go, Mirai Nikki, Mawaru Penguindrum and Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan.  Also confirmed was the release of Tiger & Bunny, with the attending audience shown the French release of the show's first volume to give an idea of the extras to be bundled in with each of the four volumes - the initial volume of the series should enjoy a UK release in February 2013.

The license for Bakuman was also discussed, with the expectation that this series will be release on DVD only due to its lack of an English dub.

Finally we reach Manga Entertainment, who confirmed that they are hoping to release the previously announced Guilty Crown on both DVD and Blu-Ray (with plenty more Blu-Ray releases planned in 2013 if manufacturing costs come down as hoped), while Blood-C (announced yesterday) is being investigated as the target of a possible Steelbook release.  Also confirmed is that King of Thorn is still slated for release by the company, although this is still waiting on Sunrise to sign off the contract for the license.

The company are also confident that they'll be able to release both more of the Fairy Tail TV series and its theatrical movie, as FUNimation Entertainment hold the UK rights to both of them.

In other news, Jerome noted that he was "less paranoid" about subtitle-only releases following the success of Blue Exorcist's release, leading to him showing an interest in subtitle-only Aniplex USA titles including Kara no Kyoukai, Bakemonogatari and Nisemonogatari - this view on subtitle only releases was shared by Tony Allen of MVM Entertainment, possibly with an eye towards their release of Mayo Chiki next year.  Fate/Stay Night movie Unlimited Blade Works was also mooted as title which Manga Entertainment may be interested in.  Also noted by Manga Entertainment is that they are looking at a Blu-Ray release of Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt now that they are free to do so.

Also raised by Manga Entertainment were a couple of delays - Fullmetal Alchemist: The Conqueror of Shamballa on Blu-Ray has now slipped into 2013 due to continuing problems with the master, while Fractale has also been pushed back to 2013 while the company wait for Siren Visual to author the Australian release.

Yesterday's licensing of Wolf Children was also discussed, with plans to create a box set release containing this movie and Mamoru Hosoda's other standalone titles The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (which has now sold 70,000 copies in the UK) and Summer Wars.

Other specific titles discussed after questions from fans at the panel included Higurashi: When They Cry, A Certain Magical Index and A Certain Scientific Railgun - it was noted that the involvement of Geneon with all of these titles make them difficult for Manga Entertainment to license due to the two respective company's being owned by bigger media interests.

So there you have it, another busy London Expo for new licensing news!  Are you particularly excited about any of these announcements?  Let us know in the comments section below!