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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