NISA speaks on ANNCast about their anime plans

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/anncast/2010-02-18

NISA spoke to ANN about their plans for anime now that they’re in the market. You can listen to the whole interview at ANN, so I’ll cover a few key points that I found important to me.

– DVDs will start with a limited print run to test the market.
– There are plans for bonus/collector’s items with DVDs, but no specifics yet.
– No dubs immediately, but dubs are a possibility in the future.
– Apparently there was no competition for their titles, including Toradora.
– They are very aware that people are automatically turning down purchases with no dubs.
– Someone asked them to license hentai. Oddly enough, they said “not at this moment” >.>;
– No plans to rescue the Disgaea anime license at the moment, but maybe if another Disgaea anime is made.
– Releases will be half-season quarterly.
– MSRP for a half-season release is $59 (standard).

Now generally, I don’t buy sub-only releases. I refuse to support them. However, I will make an exception for the third time for Toradora. (The first was the Lucky Star OVA since I already had the rest of Lucky Star on DVD and the second was .hack//G.U. Trilogy since I buy all North American released .hack games/manga/anime/novels.) This will be the first time I support a sub-only release for something I’m not already collecting. However, I want to see the series do well and I’m very interested in the items they package with the releases.

I found it interesting that there was no competition for the license on Toradora. I know that FUNimation gets first pass at licensing and I can understand that they may have decided to (stupidly) pass it over. But I find it hard to believe that a series as popular as Toradora had such little competition that a brand new company was able to just waltz in and pick it up. Doesn’t make much sense, but whatever. At least someone picked it up. Hopefully that means we’ll see some good merchandise stateside and I’ll finally be able to watch the last three Toradora SOS specials with a translation.

I’m glad that they’re following the new (smart) standard of half-season releases. I’m also glad they’re doing it quarterly, meaning there’s only a three-month wait between them. I’ll probably forgo watching the first half for three months so that I can marathon the whole series at once. The price point for these releases will be $59 MSRP. This is standard. Don’t get too crazy over it. For comparison, here’s the first half of Negima!?:

http://www.rightstuf.com/cgi-bin/catalogmgr/srf2eKdoOKN3eIY3=C/browse/item/81602/4/0/0

As you can see, the MSRP is $59.98. However, the actual price is $44.99. This is what DVDs are usually sold for in stores. Additionally, sales can place them even lower, such as the new DBZ release:

http://www.rightstuf.com/1-800-338-6827/catalogmgr/luR5PoAoMpVcdfr7km/browse/item/85838/4/0/0

Note the sale price of $35.99 for a DVD set that just released three days ago. If the DVDs (and their versions with bonus items, assuming they’re not the same release) are available outside of just NISA’s Rosenqueen store, you’re not going to be paying the full MSRP. Even if it is just in Rosenqueen’s store, paying full MSRP may not necessarily be the case. We’re in untested waters due to NISA’s first venture into anime releases.

Anyway, I’m disappointed that there’s no dub, but I’m optimistic about the rest. I plan to make this one of the few sub-only releases I’ll ever buy simply because of my love of the series. If any more news comes up, I’ll probably have something to say about it.

For now, please remember to support the localization of Toradora Portable! for PSP (check the sidebar from the main page or the individual article). Even one post will help draw attention to the game and the more interest there appears to be, the more likely NISA (or anyone, really) will be to pick it up and translated it.

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