If I agreed to the title some fans have given Funimation, then I wouldn’t have said the same could be said of all anime companies. Sentai and Media Blasters are just as guilty of picking up “ecchi” titles. Remember the saying: “Boobs sell!” I have plenty of reasons to knock Funimation. I don’t need fanservice to do so…lol I think it’s just more notable at Funimation as they release very few new titles each month, as opposed to Sentai who releases four or five each solicitation.
But hey, even if you don’t like ecchi, if it sells well and creates cash flow to acquire other titles, I say “what the hell?” An ecchi title may sell enough to free up some cash to acquire something like Space Brothers. After all, High School of the Dead had HUGE sales and the revenue from that is funding a lot of Sentai’s acquisitions.
Now back on topic once again:
It’s true that being licensed by CR may increase a show’s chances of being licensed by Sentai, but it’s getting harder and harder to predict which series those are. If CR’s streams are limited to North America, or at least to just English speaking territories, then it seems to be much more likely that Sentai already has the show. Since Space Brothers is streaming just about everywhere, it seems unlikely that it’s been picked up already.
Now Sentai could pick up the show later, but I doubt it’s very likely unless the show pulls some big streaming numbers. More realistic sci-fi series have a pretty poor track record in North America. Moonlight Mile bombed so badly that Funi never reprinted it. Planetes did very poorly for Bandai and the singles had to be liquidated. The chances of SB being picked up are fairly slim. It’s chances of getting a dub are probably next to none. Even if Sentai, or someone else, were to acquire it, it would most likely be a sub-only release. The synopsis actually makes it sound almost exactly like Moonlight Mile.
It’s sort of a shame that shows like this don’t do well. I haven’t watched Planetes, but I’ve always heard great things about it. I also though Moonlight Mile was a pretty good show and I really enjoyed the dub. It’s sad that we will likely never see the second season here.