Santa Claus is coming to town, bitches.
I officially hate Christmas music. Except for one song… which is also, coincidentally, the only song that my workplace’ll probably never ever play. Dammit.
Anyway, Christmas is starting to creep upon us, and thus it has become that season when people keep asking, “Well, what do you want?” My problem being that, generally, I don’t know. Other than for the sorts of things that cannot be given anyway, like admission to a good grad program or for Buddha-sama ga Miteru to get popular enough to warrant a manga or anime.
So, with that in mind, here are four anime that I would be thrilled to see get an American license and physical release. I specify a physical release as there are shows that have streaming licenses, but remain unavailable in a hard-copy format. I’m one of those people who, while I admire the digital revolution, still has a need for a physical copy of whatever (music, books, DVD’s) when I really love it. I guess I’m just a really tactile person.
And, let’s roll:
Well, we’ve already hit something that has a streaming license but doesn’t appear to have a DVD license. And with Funi up for sale at the moment, I wouldn’t anticipate this status changing any time soon, unfortunately.
The fact is, with most of the shows I watched streamed I feel little to no desire to actually own the show. I really enjoy Yumeiro Patissiere, but I don’t feel a need to own DVD’s of it, because I know that I’m not going to re-watch it. Same goes for stuff such as Honey and Clover, Nabari no Ou, and Natsume Yuujin-chou. I loved all these shows, but not enough to compel me to want them on DVD, and I don’t predict that I’ll re-watch them ever.
However, with Shiki I already want to re-watch parts of it. Streaming is nice, but I would prefer to be able to pull them off of the shelf and toss the DVD in rather than contend with the commercials that run during it on Hulu. The streaming format also makes it more cumbersome to jump around and re-watch certain scenes; I do do this all the time, but streams are inconsistent and will freeze out sometimes if you do that. With a DVD, this would be much easier.
I would snap Shiki up in an instant if it was released on DVD in America.
Guilty secret: after persuading so many people to watch this, I only watched the first three episodes. It wasn’t that I didn’t like it; I stopped because I got ambitious and decided I was going to re-read the chapters each episode was adapting, watch the episode, and then re-read those same chapters again to make note of exactly what was changed. This is a ridiculous thing to do, especially since it prevented me from doing what I should’ve done: sat back and just enjoyed the damn thing.
The streaming license Crunchyroll held has lapsed now, although I have no idea when exactly this happened. Even if it was still available for stream, though, I’d prefer to buy it on DVD. Aoi Hana is one of my favorite manga, and what I saw of the TV series convinces me that they were doing a capable job of adapting it (even if I was annoyed at the color changes for the school uniforms).
Now here’s an old one!
A while back, AnimEigo basically set up a suggestion box online for what anime title they should license and release next. This was a truly amazing concept – fans getting to tell a company exactly what they want! And suggest ways to go about releasing it, such as extra goodies to include! My suggestion? Goldfish Warning, released in maybe four boxsets with gashopon-style toys of Wapiko, Gyopi, and some of the other cast. Yawara ended up triumphing, which I approve of wholeheartedly, but I still would’ve rather had Goldfish Warning.
Goldfish Warning is old. The animation and art look decidedly dated. I have no idea of who would buy it (other than myself). But its an incredibly charming show, and its also quite funny. I can’t recommend it highly enough. So for my total dream pick, this is it.
Mouryou no Hako
Mouryou no Hako is beautiful and criminally under-appreciated. But I do think that it could find an audience in America were it licensed – a tiny audience, but an audience nonetheless. IFC has broadcast a few anime before (Samurai 7 and Jigoku Shoujo amongst them), and I think Mouryou no Hako would fit in easily with their line-up. Granted, I’m talking about broadcast rights now, but my point is that this is a show which could be marketed, and could be marketed to an audience beyond the anime one. In fact, I’d go so far as to argue that it would probably do better outside of the American anime fandom than within it given the average tastes of the average American fan.
But, of course, it is a pipe dream. This is a show, after all, which spends an entire two episodes (of a thirteen episode run, no less!) sitting in a room watching three guys talk about psychology and mythology. Personally, I LOVED these episodes. They were part of why I consider MnH to have been such a good adaptation. I read the English translation of the first novel from this series (Summer of the Ubume/Natsu no Ubume), and it had a lot of this type of stuff. Which is part of what made the book so interesting itself. And the use of this in the TV series is part of what makes the TV series so good.
A boxset release would be fantastic. And maybe Vertical could be so kind as to translate the novel and partner with someone so the two could be bundled together…?