Bandai Licenses K-On! Anime For U.S. Distribution

Topic started by Boddington on July 2, 2010. Last post by Whiskeyjack 4 years ago.
Post by Boddington (169 posts) See mini bio Level 9

(Many thanks to Count_Zero for shooting news of this Bandai press release our way! I don't know what's going on in your profile pic, but I still like your name.) 
 
Anime Expo 2010 yielded the first in what will hopefully be a fruitful harvest of industry news yesterday with the announcement at Bandai Entertainment's panel that the anime adaptation of K-On! will finally be making its way to American shores. Unfortunately, the company wasn't much more forthcoming with details such as who the voice cast will consist of or whether or not there are any talks for licensing K-On! season two, which is still airing in Japan. (Season two has two exclamation marks, actually. Get it? Season two?)  They have, however, confirmed via Twitter that the series will be available on both Blu-Ray and DVD (thanks metalsnakezero!).
 
K-On! started as a four-panel comic in publisher Houbunsha's monthly seinen anthology Manga Time Kirara in 2007. If four-panels seems like a tiny amount of space to build a manga from--let alone a title that's become as spectacularly successful as K-On!--remember that such powerhouses as Azumanga Daioh and Sazae-San are also both four-panel affairs. The comic follows the story of four high school girls who form a band, Ho-kago Tea Time, and their travails as they learn to perform and juggle school pressures. Only time will tell if this simple premise and the show's adorable moe art style will cause the stampede of popularity here as it did in Japan.
Post by Count_Zero (344 posts) See mini bio Level 20
For the record, in my profile pic, I am eating an Ice Planet while waiting in line for an advance screening of Serenity (on Joss Whedon's birthday to be specific).
Post by metalsnakezero (665 posts) See mini bio Level 16
Man, that is a weird picture. Count_Zero
 
Anyway Bandai has confirmed that it'll be on DVD and Blu ray so I super hype for a HD K-on at my house :D
 http://twitter.com/bandaient/status/17523864515
Post by Boddington (169 posts) See mini bio Level 9
@Count_Zero: uh huh, we're not judging, dude. 
@metalsnakezero: Thanks for the update!
Post by JJOR64 (2,074 posts) See mini bio Level 16
It's time for K-On to take over America now.
Post by sora_thekey (1,097 posts) See mini bio Level 16
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@JJOR64 said:
" It's time for K-On to take over America now. "
I am totally behind this idea!
Post by fightbait (4 posts) See mini bio Level 6
Made me giggle to see Azumanga-Daioh and Sazae-san in the same sentence.
Post by InfiniteGeass (527 posts) See mini bio Level 12
Oh god. I think I'm going to have to buy this.
Post by DK1105 (21 posts) See mini bio Level 1
I'm kinda surprised it wasn't licensed earlier but I know it was a licensing nightmare.  I like K-On! and will be buying it but its not the best thing I have ever seen.
Post by AJV (51 posts) See mini bio Level 10
I can't help but wonder if  gets dubbed, will the Voice Actresses sing the songs too or will they get singers to do it instead?
Post by AURON570 (539 posts) See mini bio Level 15
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I honestly cannot imagine right now, what the characters will sound like in English... really I'm at a loss.. or the songs for that matter..
Post by Daniel_Newton (3,181 posts) See mini bio Level 20
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@AURON570 said:
" I honestly cannot imagine right now, what the characters will sound like in English... really I'm at a loss.. or the songs for that matter.. "
Oh god no, I didn't think about the songs until now, K-On! characters speaking English would be bad enough, but SINGING!? NO! NONONO! NOOOOOO!
Post by CrazyCanuck (169 posts) See mini bio Level 15
So this is what a double edge sword feels like.  I am over joyed that I will be geting my HD version of K-On I have low expectations for an english dub.  I could insert a rant right here but I don't want to waste anyones time.  
Post by Whiskeyjack (111 posts) See mini bio Level 19
No matter how horrible you can imagine K-On sung in English.. it will never come close to the atrocity that was the original dubbed Bubblegum Crisis songs.
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