Going by the blog post it will be a part of a season of films shown in cinemas called Cine Matsuri.Wasn't expecting Anime Limited to get One Piece Film: Red but I'm not complaining, it'll mean it'll get a nice collector's edition when it eventually comes to home video.
Soundtracks especially make sense. It’s very hard to get a lot of soundtracks over here, barring some releases on iTunes.My personal speculation is that AL is diversifying to stay active in a market where there's now a massive conglomerate handling home media releases, simulcasts and streaming libraries. If they diversify into handling cinema screenings, concerts (the Dragon Ball one next month), soundtracks and manga, then that's a viable chunk of the anime market space said conglomerate isn't going after.
5th possibility, AL had a couple of million laying around after Crunchyroll pilfered the rights to the new Shinkai so simply out bid them at all costsAnime Limited getting their hands on One Piece Film: Red feels so bizarre. Like it's great news but I'm curious to see what exactly happened here for them to get their hands on the film, like it feels out of place.
All I can think of are these scenarios:
- Crunchyroll only worked with Toei America and not the entire branch as a whole, and either
- The UK branch didn't bother to take part
- The UK branch didn't release they had to get the license themselves
- Crunchyroll UK wasn't interested in getting their hands on the film, despite Manga UK putting a lot of effort in securing the license to parts of the franchise.
- Toei Europe approached Anime Limitedbecause they were either:
- The better distributor.
- Had a much better take on the cinema front with their Cine Matsuri line-up.
- More likely to treat the license better.
- Interested in what Anime Limited has in store for a collector's set.
- Anime Limited wants to build a Goro Taniguchi library for their catalog (he worked on Code Geass, s-CRY-ed, Planetes, Gun x Sword etc.)
Macross 2 is also rated from it's VHS release by Manga.I know they probably can neither confirm or deny if they're going to bring the other Macross series to the UK, but I hope that if they definitely can't or won't they say so. I'll hold off buying the American releases even if it ,takes a couple of years for Anime Ltd to bring us them, I'd just like them to say if they're not.
It worried me slightly that they have the only one that has already been through the BBFC (does it mean the fees will be cheaper)? but if that's the huge hit that I expect, they may then be able to licence 7/Frontier/Delta.
They probably figured this was their last chance to make some money from the movie version before it becomes obsolete.I can't understand Sentai's logic with re-releasing Gunbuster the movie especially since Discotek is coming out with the series along with a new dub for it.