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News & Stuff: The Best Year For Anime (or What?)

Ranma 1/2
In a few more months, North America will be witness to quite possibly the greatest anime releases in a single year than has been since the dawn of the anime industry. Yeah, yeah... that sounds so hyped up, doesn't it? But it's true!

I think so, anyway.

This anime explosion, seems to have started this year with the restored and remastered releases of the fandom's all-time favorite: Ranma 1/2, and while we were yet reeling over that awesome news, and cradling the three disc BD sets in our laps, crying just a little bit over our good fortune; we get yet another belly punch: more classic anime license rescues!

As if by some miracle of the anime gods, there came another announcement that seemed to jiggle the jollies of almost all anime fans from the previous decade. NIS had made it clear that they had acquired the entire Cardcaptor Sakura series, and were going to be offering two different releases, the basic edition on DVD, and of course, the recently remastered version on premium BD. And the anime fans rejoiced!

I mean, seriously; how much more good news could we really take at this point? I was so excited that I was nearing the point of sitting up-right in my chair, and drooling uncontrollably, while listening to the sounds of fireworks going off in my head somewhere.

For a fan like myself, it had been years since I had seen Cardcaptor Sakura on the shelves; the loss of the series to the sands of time, and shut-down distributors was a deep loss for anyone; but I had taken it very hard. CCS was my gateway anime, you see. I wanted it to be preserved for all time, not lapse into obscurity. Though, I guess it is fair to say that for the past seven years, it's pretty much been just that.

So yes, I had my own fit of excitement when I learned about the box-sets, and the remastering, and the fact that there was going to be a bonus "audio track" for the lolz; thank God, it wasn't going to be that shitty Nelvana chopped up garbage.

I'm patting my wallet now, making sure that when the time comes, I'll be able to get my goods. I've already got a spot picked out on the shelf, right next to the Ranma 1/2 sets, and just to the right of the Fairy Tail sets. I think the look of the new box-set artwork will be aesthetically pleasing enough.

So, here now is the big one.

Just as soon as we all get our breath back, we get gut punched again. This time, it's from our mutual friends at VIZ. This time, the news is both shocking, and long-lasting; the affects of which still haven't been fully gauged.

In a huge industrial upset (no doubt FUNimation is off somewhere crying in their DBZ), VIZ announced that they had acquired the rights to Sailor Moon; all 200 episodes—that's all five seasons—as well as the new up-coming, Sailor Moon Crystal anime remake, which began airing in July.

Wait... was that right? Sailor Moon is returning? The one show that fans have been saying is "un-licensable" is getting a license in North America?

Not only is it true, but VIZ is going to completely redub the entire thing; meaning no more ninety year old Sarina, and no more elderly British school teacher for Luna! Now we get their original names, new voices, uncut content, and original episodes.

The anime lords have looked down, and have taken pity on us poor anime worshipers. Our cries and pleas for mercy haven't gone unheard after all, and this year, I'm am declaring to be the "Year of the Otaku!"

I could almost care less about the new programming that is coming our way, or the new releases that are scheduled to hit shelves; let alone the over-sexed up sock-soakers that cater to the pervs.

This is our year. This is the year when us old farts take back anime! So let's go pre-order, or order, and make this happen on our shelves.