Hello and greetings fellow otaku,
Well I have some bad news to report for those of you who are fans of the Bakuman anime as I am. It was recently announced that Media Blasters, the current holders of the Bakuman anime series has officially announced that the company has no further plans to release the series on DVD or Blu-Ray disc due to lack-luster sales (The company has had plans to release the next six episodes of the series on DVD and the entire first series on Blu-Ray disc this year).
However, there are plans in the works in which Media Blasters will be transferring the license of the series to Viz Media who currently owns the rights to the manga series in the U.S. and the anime in the UK. Currently there is no word of a finalized deal between the two companies but we will update you on this as soon as word of a deal is reached.
Now like most of you fans out there, I am completely upset with Media Blasters discontinuing this series. Well it was bound to happen since they have at times had to flip flop releases due to delays with disc manufacturing and or they need more time to perfect the disc themselves. And not to mention that Media Blasters had within the last year to layoff some of it’s staff last year. It’s no wonder that the company is on it’s last legs even though it has released some quality series such as Genshiken, Rurouni Kenshin, and Kujibiki Unbalance just to name a few.
Overall, I hope that Media Blasters will give the rights of the anime to Viz since this is a really good series and I hate to see it sit on the shelves to gather dust. And as I mentioned earlier that we will keep you posted as to what will happens with Viz Media and Media Blasters as to the license as soon as it’s available.
So until next time, remember that there is a ton of great anime and manga out there. All you have to do is find it. Ltrs.