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All I’m gonna say is…NICE!!!

Again didn’t see this mention but Discotek became a awesome company for rare obscure titles. In last 24 hours Samurai Pizza Cats/Cats Toninden Teyande (releasing both original japanese version and english dub by themselves), Casshan: Robot Hunter Video Anime (yes long out of print title that adv released), and Shin Getter Robo VS Neo Getter Robo.

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2012-03-13/discotek-licenses-shin-getter-robo-vs-neo-getter-robo
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2012-03-12/discotek-licenses-samurai-pizza-cats/cats-toninden-teyande
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2012-03-12/discotek-licenses-casshan/robot-hunter-video-anime

Man project a-ko, lupin II first tv series, GE 999 Movies, Venus Wars. I love Discotek.

I know a few people would rather them release Samurai Pizza Cats with both language versions in one set. I’m glad they are doing it the separate release way. Also Shin Getter Robo VS Neo Getter Robo. YAY!

Maybe they can get Mazinkaiser vs the Great General of Darkness.

I think the difference in maybe the uncut and the fact that there are two episodes not dubbed is why. 54 is sub version which I guess were never brought over for english run.

Yeah I think even the last 12 episodes of the dub while they were done were never shown on TV here. So there is that to. I think this basically only leaves Sailor Moon and Ronin Warriors from that block of shows that ran in the early morning on PHL17. I don’t think Sailor Moon is coming anytime soon but Ronin Warriors might have a shot.

The two undubbed episodes of SPC were recap clip episodes, so Saban just never bothered with them. The show also has some editing done, but not the degree of other Saban or 4Kids productions. It was even a bit notorious because it left the gay vilian alone and still showed him flirting with his underlings.

I use to love this show when it aired here on the local UPN station. It actually took the place of Sailor Moon when that was pulled from syndication. I’m looking very forward to this release. I will likely just be getting the dubbed version though.

I’m interested in both Samurai Pizza Cats and Casshan (a former ADV title btw). At the rate they’re going, Discotek is going to have half of my money (Sentai already has the other half).

###Discotek to Release Love Com/Lovely Complex Anime
posted on 2012-04-02 22:54 EDT
North American distributor releasing 24-episode series as subtitled box set

I’ve always heard good things about this. I will have to check it out. It’s interesting to see DiscoTek picking up a relatively newer title.

This is one of those surprised who got it titles. I’m happy with who got it.

If they aren’t going to dub, what makes this company anything more than just a lamer NIS or Nozomi? I mean, they aren’t even promising a bounty of extras like those companies do.

I’m cool with this company releasing bare-bones releases of old shows about which I don’t care, but I don’t like the threat of another company threatening to capture unlicensed shows and then not dub them.

Right now it’s this show that doesn’t really appeal to me but next time I might not be so lucky.

Funimation gets first shot at all shows, I imagine Sentai is now second, Viz passed this up, everyone did, this is coming out.

Threat? Oh come on, no company(besides 4Kids) is a threat to get a show, we get it in America legit, how is that bad, no dub. I am sorry you prefer dubs, I do too, but come on this show is 5 years old, this is the only chance to get it. Anyway who would Discotek hire to do the dub?

Not sure how a company is lame for not dubbing something that would have sat in Japan otherwise. Heck it sat since 2007 . It’s like saying Funimation or Sentai is lame because they did not pick it up. Though with Sentai there is a 60% chance it would not have gotten dubbed in the first place. You know Sentai has been dubbing more but they’ve not been picking up quite as much recently. Why?, because dubbing cost money that could have gotten more shows out.

My personal take is getting a show with some kind of translation at all is better then not getting it at all or having to spend 4 times as much for a Japanese release that might not have anything at all. If people can not get that then I don’t see why they even like a Foreign Media. In reality the school system is lame for making us learn useless math and take PE (otherwise known in High school as the excuse to let the sports teams practice more). instead of teaching us how to speak 3 or more languages.

I find I tend to keep more info in my head when I read it over hearing it. Probably why Teachers always seem like big bags of wind when I was in school yet if they gave me the book it stuck fine and I’d pass test fine.

Am I disappointed in no dub for this and Waiting in The Summer? Yes. Will that stop me from buying? no. I honestly take more of a disappointment in no dub means no Blu-ray for all but NISA.

In short my want of a show to come out here overpowers my want of a dub every time. Only people I feel bad for when there is no dub is the English VA’s and staff as that means less work for them and less chances to shine.

Besides I always found Spanish dubs way better then English even though I barely know Spanish.lol In short needs more Spanish dubs!

[quote=“mitamaking”]

Funimation gets first shot at all shows, I imagine Sentai is now second, Viz passed this up, everyone did, this is coming out.

Threat? Oh come on, no company(besides 4Kids) is a threat to get a show, we get it in America legit, how is that bad, no dub. I am sorry you prefer dubs, I do too, but come on this show is 5 years old, this is the only chance to get it. Anyway who would Discotek hire to do the dub?[/quote]

The potential problems with this are twofold. First I don’t find the idea of telling the industry that the barest of bare-bones releases is OK with the fans to be wise. Secondly, and more importantly, if money is going to discotek that would normally go to the other companies, then fans are definitely sending the wrong message to the industry.

If all the discotek supporters are spending more money, new money, on anime then the second problem practically disappears. If they are not then we’re torpedoing the NA industry. If that is indeed the case, then I ask you to explain how taking money from companies which provide dubs, blu-rays, extras, online streaming, televised anime, convention appearances/sponsorships, and have even produced anime and giving it instead to a company that does none of these things is a good idea.

If a company does not release something someone wants then what good does it do to give them money if they keep releasing the same type of series. Like I don’t see Funimation taking chances on older never released series anymore. Sentai has before and I bought them from them. Fact is I’m spending less on Funimation and Sentai stuff then I was because they are not giving me as much of what I want. . Discotek is giving me more of what I want so they will be getting more of my money. I’m still getting at least 3 Sentai titles a month but it was at one point 6 or 7. It’s because not as many titles they are putting out interest me at the moment.

I feel by buying titles I want from Discotek and Nomzomi I’m giving them my mind on what I want so maybe some other companies will take note and decide to at least try and appease other people instead of one self centered group of people.

[quote=“celestial_being”]
The potential problems with this are twofold. First I don’t find the idea of telling the industry that the barest of bare-bones releases is OK with the fans to be wise. Secondly, and more importantly, if money is going to discotek that would normally go to the other companies, then fans are definitely sending the wrong message to the industry.

If all the discotek supporters are spending more money, new money, on anime then the second problem practically disappears. If they are not then we’re torpedoing the NA industry. If that is indeed the case, then I ask you to explain how taking money from companies which provide dubs, blu-rays, extras, online streaming, televised anime, convention appearances/sponsorships, and have even produced anime and giving it instead to a company that does none of these things is a good idea.[/quote]

Hey there, Celestial! I work with the Production side of things over here in the anime business, and I gotta tell you, it’s not that easy!

Every company has to start somewhere. We’re not all faceless! A lot of us really are fans of what we work on, and because of that, know (usually) what fans would like to have. (don’t quote me on that~!) Extras and dubs have always been a big controversy in the North America anime DVD market. Sometimes it’s not as simple as “well they didn’t dub it or get extras, so i’ll show them by not buying it!” There’s a lot that goes into the decision of what goes where and what is bought. Sometimes, it’s not even a matter of getting extras, as the owning companies decide that they want them included only on the japanese release. Throwing money at them doesn’t always work! :frowning:

Keep in mind that when you buy anime (from any company), that you’re not just supporting the North American Anime industry, but you’re also supporting the Japanese artists, actors, actresses and crew! They worked ridiculously hard on your favorite shows, and are rarely given credit.

It’s totally your choice what you do with your money, however, try not to feel “entitled” to certain things. We do everything we can to get you the most bang for your buck. (you should see blu-ray prices for 1-3 episodes in Japan. Yeesh!)

In any case, I adore Lovely Complex, and am very excited that it got licensed at all. I have many fond memories of the series. Shut up and take my money, Discotek!

[quote=“mitamaking”]

Funimation gets first shot at all shows, I imagine Sentai is now second, Viz passed this up, everyone did, this is coming out.

Threat? Oh come on, no company(besides 4Kids) is a threat to get a show, we get it in America legit, how is that bad, no dub. I am sorry you prefer dubs, I do too, but come on this show is 5 years old, this is the only chance to get it. Anyway who would Discotek hire to do the dub?[/quote]

Funimation doesn’t have first shot at everything. Back when they were the only company with money, they could acquire more properties than anyone else and could often dictate pricing. That’s not the case anymore. If it was, you wouldn’t see Sentai and NIS grabbing so many simulcasts early on. You also wouldn’t see them loosing out on major titles like High School of the Dead or Angel Beats.

It all comes down to money. If Funi is willing to pay the most, they get the show. If Sentai offers more, or better terms, then they get it. It’s not a case of the Japanese going to one company, offering a title, then moving on to the next. That’s not how it works at all. However, certain Japanese companies are more likely to license some American companies over others, like how most TBS shows go to Sentai and most Gonzo shows go to Funi.

And now we can add Toei and Discotek to the mix, what with their latest licenses of both Lovely Complex (day one purchase baby) and Captain Harlock (yup…)

I wouldn’t be surprised if they announce a couple of other Toei shows soon…maybe Slam Dunk or maybe Air Master.

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2012-06-13/discotek-announces-dvd-release-of-mad-bull-34-series
[size=20]Discotek Announces DVD Release of Mad Bull 34 Series[/size]
posted on 2012-06-13 23:08 EDT
North American distributor releasing 4-episode OAV with English dub

The North American home video distributor Discotek announced on Wednesday through its Facebook page that it will be releasing the original Mad Bull 34 original animated video (OAV) series on DVD in 2013. According to the post, the series will be put on DVD and will include an English dub along with an English-subtitled Japanese language track.

Kazuo Koike and Noriyoshi Inoue’s original Mad Bull 34 manga began in Shueisha’s Young Jump magazine in 1986 and was then adapted into a four-episode anime series directed by Satoshi Dezaki beginning in 1990. Manga Entertainment had previously released the series with an English dub in North America. The title tells the story of a pair of police officers, John “Sleepy” Estes and Daizaburo “Eddie” Ban, as they fight crime in New York’s crime-ridden 34th precinct by using extreme violence and other questionable methods. Discotek’s Facebook post describes it as “Quite possibly the best bad anime ever made.”

So this was their “so bad it’s good” anime that was mentioned a while back. Good to see classic series coming back into print, especially ones that never hit DVD. I will probably pick this up.