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Old 2004-11-11, 18:17   Link #1
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Air Master, Interlude and Slam Dunk are Licensed!

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/pressrelease.php?id=677
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GENEON ENTERTAINMENT SIGNS DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT WITH TOEI ANIMATION

Air Master, Interlude, And Slam Dunk Among First Properties To Be Distributed On DVD

LONG BEACH, Calif. Geneon Entertainment announced today an agreement with leading Japanese anime producer Toei Animation to distribute the company's animation programs on DVD in the U.S. and Canada. The first titles slated to be distributed under the agreement are Air Master, Interlude and Slam Dunk. Toei Animation is credited with international smash hit properties such as Dragonball Z, Sailor Moon and Digimon and has created over 180 film and television titles well known by children and adults all over the world. We are thrilled to be partnering with such a well-respected anime production company as Toei Animation to bring its stellar properties to new audiences through our established DVD distribution capabilities in the U.S. and Canada, said Yosuke Kobayashi, president and CEO, Geneon Entertainment. Geneon Entertainment is a leading supplier of Japanese animation in the U.S. anime DVD market and has an impressive library of titles which continues to expand. Among the many internationally acclaimed properties distributed by Geneon Entertainment are Tenchi Muyo!, Lupin The Third, Armitage, Heat Guy J, Last Exile, Beyblade, Gungrave, X, Cardcaptor Sakura, and Sailor Moon. Other films released by Geneon include the stunningly restored, anime masterpiece Akira, the Japanese blockbuster Onmyoji, the sci-fi classic Patlabor WXIII, and Sakura Wars the Movie. Geneon Entertainment's commitment to Japanese anime along with its expertise in sales, marketing and distribution make it an ideal partner for us as we continue to expand our international business, said Kanji Kazahaya, COO, Toei Animation.
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Old 2004-11-11, 18:19   Link #2
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It is nice to see Slam Dunk finally gets licensed.
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Old 2004-11-11, 18:56   Link #3
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So we can expect many new, and also old series coming to western markets.

I was glad, and little surprised that they picked up Interlude.
*starts waiting for DVDs*
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Old 2004-11-11, 19:20   Link #4
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Ah Slam Dunk, one of my favorite shows...

I hope they do a good job on it :/

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Old 2004-11-11, 19:28   Link #5
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Yes! I'm psyched for Interlude.

Keeping my fingers crossed for Kanon.
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Old 2004-11-11, 22:31   Link #6
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Whoa... I totally didn't expect Slam Dunk to get licensed after THIS long. It's been a hit in Asia and has been around for ages, but I wonder if it'll work in America ^_^;
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Old 2004-11-11, 23:01   Link #7
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Perhaps their Hajime no Ippo sales have been encouraging so they want to acquire other sports anime and market them. Slam Dunk has a pretty good chance, since it's about a well-known and very popular sport. Air Master = boobs = instant fanbase. Interlude = never heard of, but I hope it's good.
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Old 2004-11-11, 23:10   Link #8
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Interlude's quite good. A three episode OVA triad subbed not too long ago. I can't wait to see it on American DVD. Very thrilled about it~ I hope all the eps are on one dvd
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Old 2004-11-11, 23:41   Link #9
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Seeing Slam Dunk licensed after so long makes me think that perhaps I ought to download and watch the first episodes of Prince of Tennis very soon or else it will get licensed also.
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Old 2004-11-12, 00:04   Link #10
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My fear with Prince of Tennis is that 4Kids will get it, since it's a Shonen Jump property, and we know by now that 4Kids is more than willing to take risks to break in new genres... which contrary to how it sounds is a bad thing here. And in that case... we can only hope those Shaman King and Yu-Gi-Oh! DVDs are selling really well.
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Old 2004-11-12, 00:20   Link #11
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So Slam Dunk is finally licensed in US long after it got licensed in almost all Asian countries ^^ It'd be interesting to see how it fares in US, it's surely a great show and one with insane popularity around here
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Old 2004-11-12, 03:19   Link #12
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I just wish I could have seen the rest of Slam Dunk before it got licensed.

A-E just didn't want to do those last 3 episodes.
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Old 2004-11-12, 03:24   Link #13
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What're some of the more obscure titles we can eventually expect?
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Old 2004-11-12, 05:31   Link #14
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What're some of the more obscure titles we can eventually expect?
I wonder when someone is finally gonna license KimiNozo ...
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Old 2004-11-12, 05:43   Link #15
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Slam Dunk is awesome, mixet teamspirit and realy god Basketball Matches witch humor and sarcasm I have alle 101 eps lookt in only 1 week
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Old 2004-11-12, 09:24   Link #16
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I guess we can all assume that Anime Empire won't be releasing the last three eps lol. Not that it will even matter now. I'm just so happy to see Slam Dunk get licensed and by a company such as Geneon. I'd like to believe like the person above that the sales of Hajime no Ippo has a little something to do with it. Long sports shows are usually fantastic and if they are handled correctly with a 5 episode count then I see no reason for Slam Dunk not to be a big hit. It's just so hard to believe, but very very awesome news. If anyone ever says "blank series will never be licensed" then just mention Slam Dunk, Hana Yori Dango, Flame of Recca, Kodomo no Omocha and Hajime no Ippo. This news is the biggest shocker to me since Maison Ikkoku got a dvd date. Gotta love it!
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Old 2004-11-12, 10:09   Link #17
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Slam Dunk was licensed... wow. I guess there's hope for Doraemon after all.
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Old 2004-11-12, 12:07   Link #18
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Whoa... I totally didn't expect Slam Dunk to get licensed after THIS long. It's been a hit in Asia and has been around for ages, but I wonder if it'll work in America ^_^;
It's about basketball... so everything they need for it to be successful is right there.

Damn, I've waited so long for this day. Happy times indeed.
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Old 2004-11-12, 13:26   Link #19
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Nice, another cell-based sports anime licenced by someone treating Hajime no Ippo so well. And one I haven't see too.
Go, Geneon!!
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Old 2004-11-12, 23:22   Link #20
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It's about basketball... so everything they need for it to be successful is right there.

Damn, I've waited so long for this day. Happy times indeed.
The thing about Slam Dunk is that it's
1. old (that DOES have an effect on the general audience)
2. the kind of basketball it portrays is not all that similar to American basketball...

'Course, what am I saying, I never really watched it except for 1 or 2 episodes offhand...
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