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Post Reply New Catalog Titles: GRANBLUE FANTASY: The Animation (English Dub), March comes in like a lion (Season 1 English Dub)
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Posted 2/9/18 , edited 2/11/18
Space Dandy would be worth it just for episode 17 so I could hear Viva All in Japanese.
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Posted 2/9/18 , edited 2/11/18

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Erebus25 wrote:

Now that you mention it, what were the last titles CR licensed that weren't simulcast? Even if it was something older, I think people would love it as long as it was worldwide available.


While I don't know the answer to your first question for sure I know before the partnership they got maybe 7 or 8 a season (compared to 4 or 5 a week now) for the most part. I think most of those still came from a NA company like Nozomi though so they were still US/Canada only. The problem is aside from huge shows looking at the popular page you see mostly simulcasts. (http://www.crunchyroll.com/videos/anime) Catalog titles aren't typically worth licensing as they don't pull in the views simulcasts do and the ones that do pull in those views are already licensed especially once you try getting worldwide excluding Asia there's probably nothing worth it left.

Yeah, any future direct-from-Japan catalog acquisitions would probably come via Funimation, who seem to be occasionally picking up older shows popular enough to dub and sell on BD. These were the most recent I recall:

https://www.funimation.com/blog/2017/02/16/home-video-acquisition-cast-announcement-gosick/
https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-04-14/funimation-licenses-hyouka-anime/.114786

Both of those are now available on Funimation's own streaming service. Do we know whether their agreement with CR includes non-simulcast shows that Funimation didn't have yet when the deal was made in 2016? If it does, and those shows eventually come here, it may be interesting to see what the regional availability is for them.

Many of Funimation's catalog deals were on popular titles that had originally been distributed by the now defunct Bandai Entertainment (a subsidiary of Bandai America, not to be confused with Bandai Visual back home in Japan). See list here: https://myanimelist.net/anime/producer/233/Bandai_Entertainment (Some of these were picked up by Sentai instead.) That was how Funi got Code Geass, Eureka Seven, and these: https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2013-08-10/funimation-adds-cowboy-bebop-escaflowne-outlaw-star-more
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Posted 2/9/18 , edited 2/11/18
haven't seen samurai 7 in so long...so good
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Posted 2/9/18 , edited 2/11/18

nDroae wrote:


Both of those are now available on Funimation's own streaming service. Do we know whether their agreement with CR includes non-simulcast shows that Funimation didn't have yet when the deal was made in 2016? If it does, and those shows eventually come here, it may be interesting to see what the regional availability is for them.


That is a good question. Is stuff like Hyouka or Gosick streaming anywhere else other than Funimation? Neither are on TubiTV which has a number of Funimation titles (https://tubitv.com/category/anime) and I don't think they're streaming on Amazon Prime (although they can be purchased and rented digitally).
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Posted 2/9/18 , edited 2/11/18
@Doublethree1 Maybe Funi wants to keep those shows exclusive to their service for a while, as an incentive for people to subscribe, since there's been some community excitement over those Funi releases. Then again, I thought the same about Haruhi and Lucky Star, which they were only recently able to make available on their site, but then those shows both came here late last year.
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Posted 2/9/18 , edited 2/11/18
I'm just here for Thunderbolt Fantasy. Living that puppet life.
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Thank you so much for picking up the Thunderbolt movie. I didn't think there was going to be any way to watch that. Here's hoping you also get Season 2 when it comes out.
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Thank you for the Thunderbolt movie! It stuff like I keep my premium account.
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Posted 2/10/18 , edited 2/11/18
Yes finally Space Dandy on CR! Just need Shimoneta & Heavy Object next
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Posted 2/13/18 , edited 2/15/18
Wow, even the Garden of Sinners! Great additions C-Roll, truly!
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Posted 2/14/18 , edited 2/15/18
I had just a few days ago added Garden of Sinners to my Prime Video watchlist and started watching it. But I'd rather show Crunchyroll my support, so I've now added it to my queue here, and will be watching the rest of it here.
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Posted 2/14/18 , edited 2/15/18
I already watched it on Prime, but I think I'll rewatch chronologically now...


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Posted 2/14/18 , edited 2/25/18
It's about time that Garden of Sinners came over to Crunchyroll. I started watching it over on Amazon Prime (so far, I just watched the first two movies), but now that it's here that I think I'll watch the rest here. While it was a good starting point to get it over on Amazon seeing that the only options were to buy the super-expensive import version or the DVD only version that exposure was quite limited. Now, the next step is for Aniplex to re-release this on BD domestically.
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So, Escaflowne...

After having a subtitled version released by Bandai Entertainment, it once aired (as simply "Escaflowne") on the Fox Kids Network in the early 2000s. After what happened with Card Captor Sakura on The WB, there were legitimate concerns that this show would suffer a similar fate. Every one was reassured that it would air in a form similar to how anime was being aired on Toonami (the real Toonami; not that in name only one on TOON's 8PM-6AM block), with the original music, episodes being shown in order, and without trying to make it look like a supporting male character was the main character. However, there were still concerns about whether the show would be given the treatment it deserved. Bandai Entertainment could only respond that the editing was "out of [their] hands". Once the show actually premiered however, it not only didn't start with the first episode, it also had altered music (as well as a different opening theme in favor of the original "I Don't Need Promises" theme), despite saying it wouldn't. Fox's response? They claim that test audiences "hated" the supposed "Toonami edit". Of course, some edits were understandable (I'm told that a death scene was shortened), but needless to say, it ended up getting canceled because of low ratings. It never even made it to the final episode. Bandai went on to re-release the show with a new English dub, along with the Japanese version, and the version that aired on the Fox Kids Network. Funimation eventually re-released the Bandai home video dub with along with its own dub.

The question is, which version of the show is on this website (really, I would like to know)?...
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Posted 2/14/18 , edited 2/15/18
The version Crunchyroll is showing is the original Japanese version, with subtitles and Japanese audio. And the correct songs, also subtitled.
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