New Manga Entertainment licenses

Mangaminx

Stand User
According to a report on Anime On DVD at the American anime convention Anime Central 2006, Manga Entertainment announced some new licenses and confirmed a speculated license. Manga confirmed they had licensed extremely gory new horror series TOKKO which had been previously speculated as being licensed by them due to the company being in the credits of the series. The new licenses took the form of sci-fi series Noein and Tokyo Zombie a live action movie based on a manga series. Considering Manga Entertainment's close ties to the UK market there is a high chance these titles will get a UK release.
 

Ramen89

Thousand Master
Strangely enough Im most excited about Tokyo Zombie, Noein what I saw of it was good but the character designs were pretty ugly, and the less said about TOKKO the better, but hooray for Tokyo Zombie anyway.
 

Laughing Manji

School Idol
Noein is interesting. I had a look at ep1 and was impressed enough at its potential. I know a lot of people who are really into it (ie its backed up by story).

Unfortuneatley its chronically budget starved. The animation frequently isn't up to the task of animating the action.
 

melonpan

Death Scythe
Laughing Manji said:
Unfortuneatley its chronically budget starved. The animation frequently isn't up to the task of animating the action.

Do you know what you're talking about... it was far from budget starved, the animation is unique and fits it perfectly, seriously, where did you get this information from?

If you want more facts, check the ANN section for Noein, and see how long the list of companies involved is...


Anyway, as for the news... this is excellent, it's been far from reality to think that i would have a chance of seeing Noein with DVD quality.
Manga Entertainment are really doing some smart things as of late, and i think it's safe to say that we'll be seeing Noein here very soon :D
They better do an excellent release however.
I also thought that this was Bandai's product, so i don't know why they are licensing it to Manga when they would make more profit by releasing it themselves, and personally i would rather Beez release it because they do a better job, but hey, it's going to be here soon :D

I saw ep 21 pop up on a 'site' but i'm going to save the last 4 until after my GCSE's... i haven't watched anime for a month or so now :S (i watched all of FMA and the movie in its entirety over a few nights in easter :D. Yay for everything :D

As for Tokko, i have yet to see it, and will watch it after exams, but i read somewhere that it is adapted from a single volume of a manga series, that got cut for some reason, i wonder why :O Excellent to see it coming out over here soon though (and i can say that with evidence now :D)

I generally think that Manga are really coming out of the dust now and are picking up a lot of 'fresh-out-of-Japan' series.

Anyone up for the idea Mushishi being lisenced by Manga anytime soon? I wouldn't say unlikely just yet...

And what is going to be more surprising is when we get this confirmation of the 'rumour's (although they are facts really), that Naruto is coming over here from Manga... London Expo here i come :D
 

ardish

Brigade Leader
they all look quite good to me so i will be looking into these when manga uk release them here.
if manga us continue to pick up new series and manga uk continue to licence from other us companies the uk branch could once again become a very good.
 

Martin

Death Scythe
Out of the three of them I'm most interesting in Noein. Tokko never really interested me but if it makes it onto DVD I might be tempted to look into it.

As for Tokyo Zombie...the trailer shows lots of undead and a dude with an afro of Nabeshin-sized proportions. I have my doubts that it will be an Oscar-winner but it stands a chance of being a real laugh!
 

Laughing Manji

School Idol
DaNiMé said:
Laughing Manji said:
Unfortuneatley its chronically budget starved. The animation frequently isn't up to the task of animating the action.

Do you know what you're talking about... it was far from budget starved, the animation is unique and fits it perfectly, seriously, where did you get this information from?

My friends who follow this anime, love it, but bitch constantly at its inconsistent animation quality. Sometimes really good, interspersed with budget saving epidodes, but some of those budget saving episodes coincided with an action ep.

I am not criticising the overall design of it, but its selective application of it

The main thing that keeps coming through is that people enjoy the story and find it really gripping, despite these lapses.

DaNiMé said:
I also thought that this was Bandai's product,

Manga are known for splitting english language distribution rights for certain titles with Bandai. IIRC GITS SAC 2nd ed is bandai in the US, and manga here, whereas GITS SAC 1 was manga on both sides of the atlantic.

DaNiMé said:
and personally i would rather Beez release it because they do a better job, but hey, it's going to be here soon :D

For mastering quality Manga > Beez.

DaNiMé said:
As for Tokko, i have yet to see it, and will watch it after exams, but i read somewhere that it is adapted from a single volume of a manga series, that got cut for some reason, i wonder why :O

Survival horror series. I don't think its meant to be great, but the zombies/guns/splatter might be consistent with a 'classic' manga Ent release. The manga was from the author of GTO and ran to 2 volumes total I believe.

Animation quality is meant to be weak, the japanese fans don't think much of it. The B-Movie style though might eke out a couple of fans here as long as you come into it with moderate expectations only.

DaNiMé said:
I generally think that Manga are really coming out of the dust now and are picking up a lot of 'fresh-out-of-Japan' series.

This is a total breath of fresh air for me. As a regular importer, I find that the time difference between US & UK releases is one of the main drivers for why I import. Getting Otogizoushi over here though ... thats an excellent coups. And I want more of KARAS style 'the inks still wet on the DVD cover' freshness.

DaNiMé said:
Anyone up for the idea Mushishi being lisenced by Manga anytime soon? I wouldn't say unlikely just yet...

I suspect the traditional US licensors are gunning for it themselves.

DaNiMé said:
And what is going to be more surprising is when we get this confirmation of the 'rumour's (although they are facts really), that Naruto is coming over here from Manga... London Expo here i come :D

I think that counts as 'trash talk'. Naruto is coming over to the UK on TV, if it is coming over at all. I suspect the main barrier to its release here, is the mess of kids TV channels. There is no channel financially strong enough to secure it as a license.
 

Gawyn

Magical Girl
Laughing Manji said:
I think that counts as 'trash talk'. Naruto is coming over to the UK on TV, if it is coming over at all. I suspect the main barrier to its release here, is the mess of kids TV channels. There is no channel financially strong enough to secure it as a license.
There is a notice in the rolling banner up on Anime-on-line which clearly states "Naruto coming soon" and they aren't promoting a TV show in that since they only promo UK DVDs in that banner.
 

melonpan

Death Scythe
Gawyn said:
Laughing Manji said:
I think that counts as 'trash talk'. Naruto is coming over to the UK on TV, if it is coming over at all. I suspect the main barrier to its release here, is the mess of kids TV channels. There is no channel financially strong enough to secure it as a license.
There is a notice in the rolling banner up on Anime-on-line which clearly states "Naruto coming soon" and they aren't promoting a TV show in that since they only promo UK DVDs in that banner.

Which is exactly why i said it's more or less certain in coming to the UK, it's not 'trash talk' ...
 

ardish

Brigade Leader
DaNiMé said:
Once again?

It was never very good i don't think, this will certainly make it better though.

back around the mid 90s in the video days manga video were great with loads of great films ova and mini series getting released. they had good support in shops and great sales especially to non anime fans.
 

melonpan

Death Scythe
ardish said:
DaNiMé said:
Once again?

It was never very good i don't think, this will certainly make it better though.

back around the mid 90s in the video days manga video were great with loads of great films ova and mini series getting released. they had good support in shops and great sales especially to non anime fans.

I know that it was good in the 90's with Manga Entertainment, but it was never brilliant, the Times newspaper journalist that did that article should be shot...
It's generally bigger now anyway because of more companies, more so than in the 90's i would say, although, anime was only starting out in the early 90's, so for its time, Manga did well.
 
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