Oh man, so it’s finally happened. sola has been licensed, and by no other than Bandai Visual USA. Announced on ANN, I can only be both excited, yet also disappointed in this kind of news. I think it’s great that a series such as sola has been licensed, but the fact that it has been licensed by Bandai Visual USA is a different matter. Personally I’m not up to date on what happens in the US anime market since I live in Australia, but I do sense that something terrible will plague the series just like the Kanon 2006 dub.
The other thing for me as a consumer is whether they can compete with the Japanese DVD releases. Obviously from seeing what the Limited Edition versions of sola have to offer, I can say that I’m glad my hard earned dollars have gone to the Japanese releases. So all up, I’m hella excited about a US release of sola, but also have huge doubts of whether the release will be a hit or miss. If BV USA decide to go the track of releasing $30 for two episodes per disc, then I rather wait for a local Australian release by Madman.
In the meantime, BV USA have a placeholder site up for sola here. It also appears that the first volume won’t be out till the 10th June. Damn that’s a long way away. But more than anything, I’m eager for the release of the sola manga by Brocolli Books.