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BEI Cancels FLAG, Zegapain, Postpones Kurokami

A few alterations from Bandai's latest mailer.

Just a quick note for any of you who might have been hoping to order Bandai Entertainment's upcoming Flag or Zegapain releases in the Anime Legends line: both of these titles has been cancelled, according to the most recent mailer I got from the company. Both of them are reasonably easy to find used on Amazon or other sites, though...the potentially more worrying news is that Kurokami-- whose first disc was to be released June 16th –is now listed as TBA.

A number of titles are being pushed back by a couple of weeks as well, including the first Gundam 00 seaosn 1 discs (special edition and regular), which were due June 2nd and will now come out June 16th. Here's the full list:

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny Complete Collection II [Anime Legends]
Street Date Revision:
    Old: April 21, 2009
    New: May 19, 2009

Wolf’s Rain Perfect Collection [Anime Legends]
Street Date Revision:
    Old: April 7, 2009
    New: May 5, 2009

Mobile Suit Gundam 00
Season 1 Part 1 SE
Street Date Revision:
    Old: June 2, 2009
    New: June 16, 2009

Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Season 1 Part 1
Street Date Revision:
    Old: June 2, 2009
    New: June 16, 2009

ZegaPain [Anime Legends]
Street Date Revision:
    Old: May 5, 2009
    New: CANCELED

FLAG [Anime Legends]
Street Date Revision:
    Old: May 5, 2009
    New: CANCELED

Kurokami Part 1
Street Date Revision:
    Old: June 16, 2009
    New: TBA
Kuroon May 5, 2009 at 7:06 p.m.
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paplooon May 5, 2009 at 7:15 p.m.
Bandai's rearranging isn't too surprising- MB's John Sirabella said that they had to rearrange their schedule due to Best Buy's shifting. I'm guessing Bandai might have less lead time for solicitations then other companies..... they've been doing this pretty regularly, while still getting out titles sooner or later.
giaon May 5, 2009 at 11:17 p.m.
I'm not too worried about the pushbacks, or even on the cancellation of Anime Legends releases of titles that weren't especially on my radar as popular (even if Flag was pretty highly acclaimed).

But we have seen those undefined "TBA" dates turn into effective cancellations, so I'll be keeping an eye out on Kurokami, just in case. Then again, I can't imagine that with all the investment they've already put into speed-dubbing that they'd give up on the DVD sale income.
HSaabedraon May 6, 2009 at 10:43 p.m.
The dubbing investment for Kurokami was already a sunk cost, the problem is Best Buy's new packaging requirements that force distributors to use the LiteBox format to gain shelf space in the stores since that means no shiny artbox or covers as they won't carry singles anymore.  I'm disappointed that Flag won't get a collection as I love the show, but there's plenty of used singles and artboxes out there.

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