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CryptFiend86 wrote: are there some Kadokawa titles this season? or they were with Funimation and/or NicoNico just like the last year? xD

Kadokawa titles are usually licensed for N.A, L.A. and some countries of Europa.

The only one listed with a Kadokawa production credit this season at ANN is Ebiten, which was US, Canada and South Africa only. Kadokawa Pictures is listed as the publisher here at Crunchyroll. I don't read Japanese, but looking at the Kadokawa Pictures main site, I only see that one featured under "TV" from this season, together with two from a previous season and a lot of live action.


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Is this show about broken blades?
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I've been waiting for this! I've seen the first two eps...left me wanting to watch more, Interesting anime. Worth watching
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Any chance this one get avalible to all north america including Mexico? (yes, it is still in north america) I want to see it.
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I would highly recommend watching Broken Blade. I sat down and watched all of it, great series!
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There are people living outside of US too, you know. Aren't our money good enough for you?
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LIGHTDX wrote: Any chance this one get avalible to all north america including Mexico? (yes, it is still in north america) I want to see it.

Only if it can be part of a bigger package deal with a set of licenses for a block of titles for Latin America. The Japanese split up their licenses based on "media geography", not physical geography. For example the 1986 St. Seiya series was licensed for Latin America by Cloverway, and broadcast in Mexico by TV Azteca, but also in Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Argentina and Peru, all based on the Spanish dub.

That same media geography went into the DVD regions, so US and Canada are in DVD region 1, and Latin America, the Caribbean, and (for lack of anywhere else to put it) Australia and New Zealand are in DVD region 4. When licenses from Japan say "North America", they mean DVD Region 1, not the physical North America.


ZingFreelancer wrote: There are people living outside of US too, you know. Aren't our money good enough for you?

There's an original comment.

Your money's just as good as the money from every other country. If it wasn't, Crunchyroll wouldn't go to the substantial extra trouble of trying to get contracts with rights as widely distributed as financially feasible.

So it seems highly likely that as soon as the membership from your country is big enough to finance the contract costs, Crunchyroll will pursue additional contracts to get rights to your country when the first contract has a limited region that they can get from one licensor alone.

Until that time comes, catalog titles from North American companies who only have North American rights to grant are going to be limited to North America.
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Sweet mecha designs. Can't wait to watch this!
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This show is absolutly amazing.....Hour long episodes with a great story line and everything in between.....Fantastic and i want more now....havnt been this excited for a show in a very long time....Great job CrunchyRoll for picking this up Horns!!!
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Wow, it's time for me to stop my membership again, even though you just gave me 30 days of free membership because "I've been a supporter in the past".

These region restrictions get more irritating every season. Perhaps it's not entirely your fault, but it wouldn't be all too strange to call this discrimination, right?
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mininggast wrote:

Wow, it's time for me to stop my membership again, even though you just gave me 30 days of free membership because "I've been a supporter in the past".

These region restrictions get more irritating every season. Perhaps it's not entirely your fault, but it wouldn't be all too strange to call this discrimination, right?

It wouldn't be strange at all if (1) it was in response to a simulcast title, where there is a realistic possibility of getting some simulcasts with broader rights and (2) it was someone from Asia, most of Africa, the Middle East, or Eastern, Central, Western or Southern Europe.

If it was in response to a catalog title, and it was someone from the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, the Nordic countries, the Netherlands or South Africa, yeah, it would be kind of weird.

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GREAT LOVE THIS SHOW AND YET ANOTHER SHOW I CANT WATCH
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Shame all these back catalogues are only for US and Canada, there are a couple on the list I really wanted to watch...Will there be any for those of us living in the rest of the world?....No sarcasm intended I genuinely would like to know
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mininggast wrote:

These region restrictions get more irritating every season. Perhaps it's not entirely your fault, but it wouldn't be all too strange to call this discrimination, right?


I'm in the US. I don't like seeing this sort of thing either. I've communicated with other anime members outside my country on here, and it's frustrating and bothersome to recommend a series that I can watch on CR but then find out they cannot. So I think I get your original complaint/sentiment.

However, that last question/statmeent regarding discrimination is completely off base.

So excuse me, but your country is a signatory it seems to every major international copyright agreement. Your government represents you and set the rules there. Those rules allow the set up geographical agreements, which your country and hence you chose to oblige by international convention, where the original copyright holder can then pick, choose, and package their contracts/licenses as they see fit.

You somehow expect a small US company to circumvent, ignore, or economically blow that apart? Good luck. I've seen plenty of arguments on many other issues regarding media and other business affairs where a US company is blamed for being too heavy handed in foreign business relationships, that I think if CR did have the power to do this, complaints would surely come the other way about a US company being a bully.

iow, you're right, it is discrimination where the Netherland's licensee, if there is one, discriminates against CR.

Wait, you say, there's no Netherland's licensee? At all? Well, then blame yourselves for not having a large enough market that someone in your country didn't even bother to license this; or blame the original intellectual property holder in Japan for holding out on your country. Or your country for not having enough paying members. Or for voting in rules that allow and even promote this sort of nationalism in the first place.

I suppose CR has a role. But it's way down the list. And abandoning CR for this reason will only worsen the situation you find discriminatory, since it's money off the table that will lead to fewer licenses local to you.
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kakes wrote:

Shame all these back catalogues are only for US and Canada, there are a couple on the list I really wanted to watch...Will there be any for those of us living in the rest of the world?....No sarcasm intended I genuinely would like to know


No clue myself, but in the UK, MVM has the license if I recall what I read in Neo months back. MVM supposedly usually works through as a sublicensee from the US license holder (Sentai) as their distribution arm to the UK, though I don't know if that is what actually happened here.

Someone else will have to speak to the streaming chances though, i.e. does MVM have their own streaming site or some other go-to site (like animeondemand), or any correlation to the region/countries expanding (or not) on CR because of this.
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