Friday, May 23, 2014

One Week Ramblings: 5/23/14 Sailor's Memorial Edition

Welcome to One Week Ramblings, which is where I take time every week to go over various news and other things I feel like talking about. This series was on break for a while, so some of this will cover stuff from past weeks.

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The Big News this time is: Viz Media has licensed the original Sailor Moon series. The first four episodes are up on Hulu subtitled (with two more episodes to come each week), and Viz will release the entire series--all five TV seasons, three films, and the various TV specials--uncut on home video, including a brand-new English dub, and with Blu-ray editions planned as well.

Viz Media has also licensed the upcoming Sailor Moon Crystal anime that will start airing this July.

Now, admittedly, Sailor Moon hasn't held a big of a part in my anime history, so I'm not as excited over this as others likely will be, but this is definitely very interesting news, and I am very much looking forward to watching this at some point. (I definitely will be watching the new Sailor Moon Crystal, too.)

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Sentai Filmworks has license-rescued the first season of K-ON!, previously held by Bandai Entertainment, to go with their existing releases of the second season and the movie. Currently, there is a DVD re-release of the show planned for September 2014; a Blu-ray re-release is possible but not confirmed at the moment.

The release is among many others planned for September 2014, including: Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya (Blu-ray and DVD, dubbed), Stella Women's Academy, High School Division Class C3 (DVD, sub-only), Tamako Market (DVD, dubbed), the first half of Golden Time (Blu-ray and DVD, sub-only), the second half of Majestic Prince (Blu-ray and DVD, dubbed), and re-releases of Kampfer, Psychic Detective Yakumo, and Listen To Me, Girls. I Am Your Father! on Blu-ray (all sub-only).

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Some other assorted news...

Crunchyroll has confirmed that they will simulcast Sword Art Online II this summer.

For those looking for a legal way to stream Knights of Sidonia, Netflix will have the entire series available on July 4th with both sub and dub options.

If 38 episodes of cycling fun isn't enough for you, Yowamushi Pedal has a second season confirmed for October.

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