It's the week before Anime Expo, and a lot of anime news will come out then. Until then, here's a bit of news here and there in prelude to all of that.
Funimation has licensed Free! Eternal Summer, the sequel to last year's Free! swimming anime. This not only includes streaming the show as it airs this upcoming summer, but also a home video license sometime in the future. This is a fairly interesting and surprising development, but it should be good news to those looking forward to hearing their favorite muscle-toned boys dubbed sometime in the future. While the first season has not been officially announced as licensed yet, it can probably be assumed to be announced during Anime Expo.
And for those who prefer Crunchyroll for their streaming platform, don't worry, as Crunchyroll will still stream the series in the US.
Sentai Filmworks will also have various announcements at Anime Expo, but for now, they have their October 2014 slate of releases. Here's what is available for pre-order on Rightstuf and other retailers:
- Sunday Without God Complete Collection, on Blu-ray and DVD, dubbed.
- Hakkenden -Eight Dogs of the East- Season 2 Collection, on Blu-ray and DVD, dubbed.
- Rozen Maiden - Zurückspulen Complete Collection, on DVD, dubbed. (Blu-ray will likely come later.)
- Meganebu! Complete Collection, on Blu-ray and DVD, sub-only.
- Kill Me Baby Complete Collection re-release on Blu-ray (dubbed).
- Bodacious Space Pirates Complete Collection, on Blu-ray and DVD (dubbed)
- Fate/stay night TV Complete Collection, on Blu-ray (dubbed)
The Bodacious Space Pirates and Fate/stay night complete collections are combined from their two-part releases earlier.
By the way, for those wondering about the number of DVD-only releases, both recent and future, there is a connection here, as their international licensing (on the Japanese side) are all handled by TBS--this applies to Photo Kano, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, Stella Women's Academy, Tamako Market, Rozen Maiden, and even though it is an older show, K-ON! Season 1. Nevertheless, Blu-rays are confirmed to be released on a later date for SNAFU, Stella, Tamako Market, and K-ON!, and can probably be presumed to be coming at least for Rozen Maiden.
It's been a while since I've talked about Anime Sols, the crowdfunding site for classic anime. Their latest project is a bit different from their normal "classics", though: they will be crowdfunding the currently-airing The File of Young Kindaichi Returns, which is already streaming on Crunchyroll. Pledges for the DVD set start on July 13th.
They will also be streaming and taking pledges for some more classic series, namely the Osamu Tezuka works Dororo and Wonder 3, and the Tatsunoko series Gordian.
Finally, next week also marks the start of a new season of anime! Here's a quick rundown of everything that has been licensed for legal streaming as of today, as well as their starting airdates:
Free! Eternal Summer (7/2)
ALDNOAH.ZERO (7/5) (licensed by Aniplex of America)
Sailor Moon Crystal (7/5)
Sword Art Online II (7/5) (licensed by Aniplex of America)
Re; Hamatora (7/7)
Persona4 the Golden Animation (7/10) (licensed by Aniplex of America)
Free! Eternal Summer (7/2)
Tokyo Ghoul (7/3)
Space Dandy S2 (7/5 on Toonami (dubbed), 7/6 online (subbed))
Terror in Resonance (7/10)