12 Anime Moments in 12 Days (Day 7) – July: Funimation attempts anime world domination.

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Ayu and Misuzu have a new home.  And so does… basically everyone.

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Anyone do their holiday shopping yet?  I think the three of us are heading out later today.  I’m not good at this whole getting gifts thing.  This probably isn’t going to end well…

July 2008 – Funimation acquires…. everything at Anime Expo 2008.

At the its panel at Anime Expo ’08, Funimation announced that it agreed to distribute several titles from the Geneon catalog.  Notable among them were Nanoha, Rozen Maiden, Shana, and Zero no Tsukaima.  A day later, Funimation announces their acquisition of former ADV titles such as Welcome to the NHK, Air Gear, and Kanon.  These announcements cement Funimation as perhaps the predominant distributor of animation in the United States.

I remember the mad rush to scoop up Geneon anime titles after their declaration to leave the market in October 2007.  Bro-ham looked everywhere to complete his Shana and Fate: Stay Night collection.  It was funny to hear this announcement after he had pretty much filled in his collection.  But I was glad to hear that Fate and Louise are still going to make their way stateside.  The acquisition of the ADV titles were a little more interesting.  While it speaks more about ADV’s ineptitude, the action an incredible spotlight on Funimation among North American anime consumers, with the lives of heavily anticipated titles such as Ouran High School, Nanoha, and Tokyo Majin in their hands.

Other July 2008 Pieces:

  • Other important licenses during Anime Expo: Kadokawa picked up H2O ~Footprints in the Sand~, Ninomiya-Kun, and Spice and Wolf, and Bandai locked up Hayate no Gotoku and The Girl that Leapt Through Time manga.
  • Pikachu Immortalized: A Japanese research team name a protein after the electric rat.  The protein is integral in transfer of information from the eyes to the brain, and could lead to an important understanding of hereditary blindness.
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