Oh, snap, I told you so.
Ok, I was a bit wrong, but Anime News Network is reporting that ADV is apparently having problems. While it is not distribution as I had said, it does affect 2 releases I had said were not being distributed properly – Kanon Vol. 6 and Shattered Angels Vol. 2. Both of these, along with Welcome to the NHK Vol. 5 and Tokyo Majin Vol. 4 have been delayed indefinitely. More can be found here. Interestingly enough, a bunch of copies of Welcome to the NHK Vol. 5 have shipped to Best Buy, but this is it for now. This seems to indicate that these releases might be in existence, then, but not shipping for whatever reason. My guess is that ADV wants me to suffer for bashing them on a semi-regular basis (Day’s really pissed about Shattered Angels).
What else is interesting about this is that this means a few retailers were lying about their stock. Right Stuf, a company I’ve always loved, claimed that all these volumes were in stock up until the news showed up over on Anime News Network. fye also had the same claims on their website. Good job, guys, nothing like building up consumer confidence.
I’d also like to mention that ADV’s head said that their more recent licenses are in jeaopardy (“fate undetermined”) since ADV has split with former business partner Sojitz. Way to assure us that you guys aren’t about to burst into a four-alarm fire.
I suppose on the bright side of the anime R1 industry, Funimation has agreed to distribute a bunch of Geneon’s catalogue, including popular titles like Fate/stay night and Shakugan no Shana… and some crappy ones like Elemental Gelade (WHY?). Also, of some cheer to fans is that they will be doing series that Geneon never finished up, like Sainkoku Monogatari. For a full list, click here.