And the Winner Is...

Topic started by gia on May 22, 2009. Last post by rocketbomber 5 years, 10 months ago.
Post by gia (3,032 posts) See mini bio Level 13
So, how many of you have been sitting here reloading the page to see what FUNimation's newest license is, hmm? And now the moment is finally here. The anticipation, it's killing me! How about you? Could you stand to wait a little longer? Hm? No? Are you sure? Really? I have to tell you now? You've got a gun to my head? Well, okay, I guess in that case...

FUNimation will be localizing Kadokawa Pictures USA's Spice and Wolf, an anime that revolves around a merchant and the wolf goddess he bumps into in a western European medieval-style world setting, and the travels they share. This isn't any Kanokon, though: Horo is a wise wolf with a bit of dignity...unless you're offering her apples, her favorite food.

I got the chance to ask FUNimation a few questions about their plans for Spice and Wolf:

ANIME VICE: When might we expect to hear the first casting announcements?
FUNIMATION: Not sure yet, We have made cast choices but we still need to make a final decision.

AV: Will your release include episode 7, which didn't air on TV but was released as a DVD bonus OVA in Japan?
FUNi: Yes, we will release episode 7.

AV: Are there any plans for digital distribution that you can share at this time?
FUNi: We do have digital rights but are still working on release date.

AV: Being based in a very Western European style fantasy setting, do you think this is a series that could reach outside the usual anime audience and into the broader fantasy audience?
FUNi: Yes, we think fans of movies like fantasy films like The Princess Bride & Willow would enjoy a film like this even if they aren’t as familiar with Anime.

AV: Horo(/Holo? Please correct if you've chosen a romanization!) has a very unique way of speaking, based on a type of Edo-era courtesan that was sort of a proto-geisha, called the oiran. Do you know how you'll convey this in the English-language dub?
FUNi: Holo is correct. (Awaiting details from production on the script and dialogue.)

All in all, a pretty awesome announcement-- at least for me, because I'm dying to own a copy of the show for myself!  How about you guys?

...What? What's that? Aren't I forgetting something? I don't know what you're ta-- ohhhh, right, right, right, contest! Of course I wasn't trying to get out of giving a way a shiny precious Spice and Wolf-related goodie!...(probably...)

The winner of the guessing contest is deanbcurtis, who will be receiving a gorgeous Spice and Wolf tote bag in the mail as soon as they give me their information. Thanks to everyone who played along, and be sure to catch Spice and Wolf when FUNi releases it!
Post by Niko (865 posts) See mini bio Level 8
Hope it does well for them. I'd like a copy at least.
Post by Schwindelmagier (314 posts) See mini bio Level 6
Yay yay! Gia, THIS is my prize. xDDD

*Does a happy dance*
Post by gia (3,032 posts) See mini bio Level 13
@Schwindelmagier: Glad to see people as excited as I am for this amazing series! <3<3
Post by GodLen (877 posts) See mini bio Level 10
I like my wolfs spicy!
Post by blackholeheart (31 posts) See mini bio Level 2
This great news (well not for my wallet)! I was sure they would go for something more commercial, but I'm sure they know how to market it. Congats to  deanbcurtis!
Post by HSaabedra (136 posts) See mini bio Level 4
This is great news.  Always wanted to see the drama of medieval merchant exchange to satisfy the latent economist in me.
Post by Lunarmoth (193 posts) See mini bio Level 5
Yea! Cheers! Here to hope that good things will be done.
Post by Zeouterlimits (516 posts) See mini bio Level 7
Excellent. I too would finally like to see this, considering how much I've heard of it.
Post by Kuro (559 posts) See mini bio Level 6
Post by Dream (9,138 posts) See mini bio Level 21
Figured this was gonna be happening at some point. Enough folks were speculating about it in forums the past few months since Funi was sending out C&D orders to fansubbers. Still, glad to see Spice and Wolf is finally getting a North American release. It was one of the few titles I enjoyed watching last year.
Post by Void_Wizard (735 posts) See mini bio Level 9
I'm super excited to buy this when it's released! <3 Why must anime companies always change names from how subbers and scanalators do them.
Post by JCat (9 posts) See mini bio Level 1
First of all I was way off, Second I've never seen Spice and Wolf outside a few images on the net. I'm glad that I'm going to get to see it.
Post by John_Martone (2,992 posts) See mini bio Level 10
I already mailed out my envelope full of dollars. Gimme!
Post by HeeroYuy (1,210 posts) See mini bio Level 12
Darn furry economics.... [/sarcasm]
Post by gia (3,032 posts) See mini bio Level 13
@Void_Wizard: More often than not, romanizations are picked by the original creators / producers, these days. At the very least, they're all approved by them. I think I've seen it romanized as "Holo" in some official art once way back when, too.
Post by DJTyrant (118 posts) See mini bio Level 2
I have no clue really about this series (well I do now) but I know people have been clamoring for this, can't wait to check it out!
Post by deanbcurtis (7 posts) See mini bio Level 1
Wow.  I didn't expect to win, but here we are.  Super-Thanks have to go to Gia for running the contest (on top of such a great site) :) , and Funi for... being cool.
Post by rocketbomber (226 posts) See mini bio Level 9
I call shennanigans!  I didn't guess Spice & Wolf because I was certain, dead certain, that there was no way you'd ever part with Horo merch.

that said:

[*heart!*]  oh this is sweet.  And Horo's mine, back off.
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