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Copper Pennies Will Soon Turn Into Gold Ducats

February 8, 2016

If you have been paying attention to recent anime news, you may have noticed that Funimation is losing the rights to Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and Conqueror of Shamballa very soon. They also lost the rights to Baccano! and Darker Than Black already in 2016. This means Funimation will produce no further DVD/BD releases, when the current stock is gone it is gone, and these titles will be removed from all streaming services.

FMA, Baccano!, and Darker Than Black have a strong mixture of popularity and critical acclaim, and have found big audiences in the West. So why is Funimation not renewing the licenses? All of these shows also happen to be produced by Aniplex. Depending on how you feel about these titles, this is either an interesting footnote or the start of a countdown clock.

While the Funimation physical copies of these shows will not disappear overnight, they will start to become harder to find as time goes on. When any anime or manga title goes out of print, there is a group of people who go out of their way to buy up all the copies they can find to sell at a premium price later. Look on Amazon or eBay or the like for any hard to find manga or anime that has not been license rescued; the prices are highway robbery. Now, Aniplex is probably going to release their own version of these shows in the not too distant future. Looking at the pedigree of these series makes that a pretty easy guess. But we are all pretty familiar with the Aniplex price and each of us makes our decisions on whether or not to pay it. You can get Baccano! for $25.99 from Funimation but the same series is likely to be $249.99 (give or take) from Aniplex.

Either way copies of all these shows are soon going to get very pricey. You can either pay the profiteers a jacked up price for copy of something that was once much cheaper, pay Aniplex for the fancy but expensive version, or pay with time and effort trying to hunt down reasonably priced copies at conventions or liquidation sales. At least Aniplex is fairly good at getting their titles on streaming services so hopefully fans may still have a way to see these titles but if you want to own physical copies you probably want to buy them sooner rather than later.

So basically what we’re saying is, get your copies NOWNOWNOW!

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Kate Goes to Japan: A New Blog

February 5, 2016

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narutaki_icon_4040 That’s right! I’m going on my very first trip to Japan! Of course, it isn’t until May 2016. But that isn’t very far away when you are an over-organized traveler like myself. So I’ve decided to spin all my research (and insanity) into something at least a bit productive: a tumblr. You can follow me as I discover sights to visit, discuss trains and otaku culture, find the best places to eat, and plan all the other the details of my trip. If you don’t want to check-in on tumblr, I’ll be posting links on Fridays here on Reverse Thieves for all the posts I’ve made during the week.

Posts from the Week of 01/30/16:

The Basics: When I am Going
The Basics: Where I am Going
The Basics: How I am Getting to Japan
The Basics: How I am Getting Around Japan
The Basics: Language
Using a Travel Agent
The Basics: Cell Phone
Choosing a Hotel

~ kate

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The January 2016 Line-Up

January 31, 2016

The Line-Up is a monthly rundown of new anime, manga, novel, and artbook licenses for the U.S. It also lists new streaming/broadcasting announcements and posted crowdfunding projects available to U.S. residents. And finally, it includes anime/manga projects and live-action anime/manga adaptation announcements from Japan.

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The Speakeasy #073: One Piece, Star Wars, When Marnie Was There, The Oscars

January 25, 2016

Ongoing Investigations: Star Wars the Force Awakens from Disney, Aquarion Logos from Satelight, One Piece by Eiichiro Oda, The Magicians from SyFy.

Food for Thought: Who is your favorite One Piece Villain?

Topics: When Marnie Was There and the Oscars, Lots of Anime on the Big Screen, Otakon Teams Up with Omakase, Sailor Moon Pop-up Cafe in NYC, Netflix Adds Detective Conan.

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And now your helpful bartenders at The Speakeasy present your drink:

The Han Solo

  • 1.5 oz coffee liqueur
  • 3 oz Irish Cream
  • 2.25 oz vodka

Mix together with crushed ice in a glass and garnish with mint leaves.

 

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