Post Reply Soranowoto licensed for DVD in US, UK
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Posted 9/8/10
In the US from Nozomi: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2010-07-02/right-stuf-nozomi-adds-so-ra-no-wo-to-utena-tv

In the UK from Beez: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2010-08-16/beez-adds-sorakake-sora-no-woto-lucky-star-outlaw-star

Nozomi is really the perfect company for this show: their releases are really quality, with lots of special features and care given to each show. I can't wait till it comes out. "Early 2011" is so maddeningly vague! The only thing that could make it even better is a BD release. Or if a later Japanese BD box includes the subtitles from the R1 DVD as a feature, which has happened with shows like Clannad, Kanon, Strike Witches, Haruhi, and such.

There's also a "Coming Soon" page from Nozomi, but it's rather content light: http://www.rightstuf.com/rssite/comingSoon

I can much more easily forgive CR's failure to stream the DVD-only episodes, since now I'll be able to watch them this way. I reckon that might've been the problem with it.
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Yeah I was wondering about those supposed bonus episodes. Well I for one would LOVE it if they could release it on Blue ray. In fact that's what I've been hoping for ever since I first saw this series. Man, what does a guy have to do to get US Distributors to release the newer titles on BD? They do it in Japan. What's the incentive to buy more anime if you can stream near DVD quality over the net? The newer titles at least demand BD quality.

Either way I think I should buy this series.
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My question is are they planning on dubbing it, or releasing it as sub-only?

If they give it a dub, then I do hope they at least do some quality work. I'd hate to see one of my favorite animes of all time ruined by a crappy English dub. Then again, I haven't really known RightStuf/Nozomi for doing good dub work, when they do it at all.

My other question is what form will the quote-unquote "official" sub take? Will it be closer to the fansubs we see here on CR, that really do seem to capture the feel & the emotion of what's being said as well as translating, or will it be a straight, dry, direct translation? I hope it's the latter, as I don't want to see this series turn out like another of my favorite animes to be licensed here: Victorian Romance Emma, which had such horrible English subs that I still cannot bring myself to watch the legit DVD version, favoring the fansub version instead.

Either way, I am thrilled that Sora no Woto is coming to America. Like say, it's easily one of my favorite animes ever, and I will definitely be one of the first people to buy a copy once it goes public.

P.S. On a side note, I'm happy to see the folks at CR finally getting off their lazy butts & releasing episode 13, although I do wonder what's happened to episode 7.5...
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sirrliv wrote:

My question is are they planning on dubbing it, or releasing it as sub-only?

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P.S. On a side note, I'm happy to see the folks at CR finally getting off their lazy butts & releasing episode 13, although I do wonder what's happened to episode 7.5...


It'll be sub-only.

Yeah, I'm waiting for 7.5 until waiting 13, because I want to watch them chronologically (in the "correct" series order).
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According to Rightstuf.com, the release date is set for July 5th.

Unfortunately it looks like it's only going to be available on DVD. Seriously, why oh why can't the ever get the series I really want to buy in Blu-Ray format?

It's the 21st Century for crying out loud! Series like this DESERVE at least BD quality releases!
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According to Rightstuf.com, the release date is set for July 5th.

Unfortunately it looks like it's only going to be available on DVD. Seriously, why oh why can't the ever get the series I really want to buy in Blu-Ray format?

It's the 21st Century for crying out loud! Series like this DESERVE at least BD quality releases!


Right Stuf has never done Blu-Ray releases. I think in an interview, Shawne Kleckner, (CEO of Rightstuf), said that he wasn't convinced Blu-Ray was profitable for their company or something like that. You also have to consider that Blu-Ray may not have been an option available to them. (Japan is worried about reverse-importation. Funny how if the rest of the world imports at their prices, it's OK. But heaven forbid if reverse importation happens for them). The DVDs are lovely and the packaging is top notch. I'm happy this series was released in the US at all. And there are still people that do not own Blu-Ray players, even though prices have dropped for them.

Edit: to Einhorn: Episode 7.5 involves underage drinking. I wouldn't be surprised if Crunchy never uploaded the episode.
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KaiserSosei wrote:

According to Rightstuf.com, the release date is set for July 5th.

Unfortunately it looks like it's only going to be available on DVD. Seriously, why oh why can't the ever get the series I really want to buy in Blu-Ray format?

It's the 21st Century for crying out loud! Series like this DESERVE at least BD quality releases!


Right Stuf has never done Blu-Ray releases. I think in an interview, Shawne Kleckner, (CEO of Rightstuf), said that he wasn't convinced Blu-Ray was profitable for their company or something like that. You also have to consider that Blu-Ray may not have been an option available to them. (Japan is worried about reverse-importation. Funny how if the rest of the world imports at their prices, it's OK. But heaven forbid if reverse importation happens for them). The DVDs are lovely and the packaging is top notch. I'm happy this series was released in the US at all. And there are still people that do not own Blu-Ray players, even though prices have dropped for them.

Edit: to Einhorn: Episode 7.5 involves underage drinking. I wouldn't be surprised if Crunchy never uploaded the episode.


Yeah I know all about how some Japanese studios sometimes won't send high def material overseas to be distributed but only send standard def source material to the American licensor. I have friends who are always telling me stuff like "Oh why spend all that money when you can get a BD ripped .mkv file from blah blah blah". It's when the companies pull stuff like this that makes me want to throw my hands up and give up on the legal sources and trying to convince my friends on the importance of supporting the industry.

So Shawne said that? How unfortunate. Especially since like I stated earlier I had been looking forward to purchasing the Blu-rays almost from the time the series first started. But now the more I think about it I can't honestly justify the 30 bucks for it while CR is still offering the same quality free (and I can get the bonus eps elsewhere). So yeah even thought this show is in my list of top 20 all time favorite shows, I think I'll pass . But thanks for the info. Guess I'll have to really keep an eye out on any of the new shows coming out that I want to buy and hope and pray Nozomi doesn't get them (or that they finally get on the hi-def bandwagon soon).
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If you're interested, I found the two interviews with Mr. Kleckner. Both of them were ANN podcasts. I haven't listened to either one in ages, but they are informative about running an online store and trends in the American Anime market:

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/anncast/2009-12-10

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/anncast/2011-01-21

Both of these interviews are a little dated and the market may have changed since then, but this is probably the best way to get insight into what it's like to be an Anime-based retailer. Soranowoto is mentioned in the second interview. (Note I don't have the time to re-listen to the whole thing on both episodes.) I think Mr. Kleckner was more in-depth about selling Blu-Ray (in general) in the first interview.
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