ADV licenses Air TV and Movie

April 28, 2007 | Author: | In: Anime, Anime Blogs

ADV Films has announced that they have acquired the license for both Air TV and the Movie, and I must say, I am quite happy about it. From the sources I have read they are slated for an August release with the TV series being a 4 DVD set and that each DVD will be released monthly rather than every two months like most DVD releases. The Movie will be released sometime at the end of the year.

However I do see a few downsides to this news as Air is one of my most favourite series, but ADV being the licensor is one major turn off. Air as a series was good, but the fan base is indeed small and ADV in the past haven’t exactly been quality products. But then again I haven’t really bought many US anime DVD releases since I mainly get the R2 Japanese DVDs. Although this would indeed appease the fans, but for this to go well in the western market I do feel that it won’t turn out so well. With a DVD being released monthly the quality will be questionable, but then the original R2 release wasn’t that of a quality release either. However I’m not knowledgeable about the US anime market so I may be proved wrong in this sense, but still, I did wish that Funimation would have picked up the license.

Either way I am delighted by the news. Despite already having the entire R2 TV collection as well as the Special and Collector’s Edition of the Movie, I would probably be importing this as well to add to my ever growing collection of Key merchandise. Though i must say, ADV must have paid quite a bit to Key to acquire this license, so perhaps we may see a license of Kanon and possibly Clannad (once it’s completed) in the near future. Hopefully with the release of Air into the US market, we may hopefully see a fan translation of the Air game yet, but I really doubt that.

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4 Responses to ADV licenses Air TV and Movie

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DiGiKerot

April 28th, 2007 at 6:00 pm

We’re probably better off with ADV getting this license than Funimation, to be quite honest. A lot of Funimation releases have video encoding issues (particularly in the OPs due to their multi-angle policy). I’ve been watching their Tsukuyomi DVDs recently, and it’s really noticeable there thanks to the use of colour in the show, but most of their releases have just a touch more compression noise than I’d like.

ADVs production quality for their releases, on the other hand, has been pretty good recently – I can’t really think of anything to complain about for any of their releases anyway. We probably would have gotten more silly tat if it was Geneon, but whatever.

I’ve got both the R2 LEs of the Air movie as well for some reason ^^; Didn’t splurge for all the TV disks, though – the woeful quality of the first disk put me right off.

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HisuiIBMPower4

April 29th, 2007 at 9:07 am

As far as I remember ADV always add English dubbing to their licensed anime.Misuzu speak English will be quite unimagieable

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Adun

April 29th, 2007 at 11:19 am

DiGiKerot: I haven’t seen any of Funimation’s recent releases but from what I have seen of their past ones, they have done some decent products. Also Funimation tends to select a better voice cast than ADV ever would.

HisuiIBMPower4: Most US released DVDs come with both a dubbed and subbed track. But yes, hearing Misuzu speaking english would be WTF.

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Flamehaze

May 1st, 2007 at 2:00 pm

I like ADV’s dubbing more than Funi’s especially with Elfen Lied but thats just my opinion. I have high hopes and know they won’t be crushed as far as for so called low quality they release high quality products just because there monthly releases doesn’t mean it will be a shoddy product just my 2 cents though.

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