When it comes to big announcements, Aniplex of America’s Anime Expo panel does not disappoint and this year is no different. Aniplex certainly does not pull any punches as it announces returning favorites, current releases and some juicy new titles for 2012 that will make this quite an impressive year for the company and a very delightful one for anime fans.
First off, if you haven’t checked out their original web series on their website (http://www.aniplexusa.com), “The Aniplex Guy in Japan” is a series you should definitely check out for all the interesting and insightful info Aniplex USA’s own E.J. Rivera imparts to the viewers about what to see and do if you’re ever lucky to find yourself in Japan.
Secondly, Aniplex proudly presents a number of events around their recent release of Fate/Zero including a panel with Rikiya Komiya (who voice Emiya Kiritsugu) as well as appearances from the Director of the series, Ei Aoki and a concert by the one and only, LiSA who sings the opening theme song for Fate/Zero called “Oath Sign.”
However, the focus is on their anime releases and there are plenty of familiar favorites making their returns so let’s get to them, shall we?
Fate/Zero, Season 2 – Crunchyroll will be streaming the second season of this amazing series but anime fans who want to get their hands on the second Blu-ray release will be able to do so when Fate/Zero, Box Set 2 becomes available on September 19, 2012
Oreimo, Complete Series – Back by popular demand since the series sold out quickly for all the obvious reasons, Aniplex will be bringing it back on DVD on July 10, 2012.
Baccano!, Complete Series – Another re-release because you all demanded it, Baccano! Makes its return on Blu-ray when it is released on July 31, 2012.
The Garden of Sinners, DVD Box Set – This is one that all of us here at Animanga Nation are seriously looking forward to as this series is definitely one that will not fail to surprise. We can come to expect this series to be released sometime this Fall.
Mikunopolis in America – If you didn’t catch the concert of the virtual idol last year then you missed out on a very unique concert. Thankfully, you’ll be able to catch it in a release that is certainly going to please many fans.
Leaked early in meeting with VIZ Media, Aniplex’s panel also announced that Blue Exorcist will be available through the new streaming video service, Neon Alley, in English. That’s right, anime fans; Blue Exorcist will now have an English dub version for those who prefer a dub.
This is, quite possibly, one of Aniplex of America’s best panels yet and judging by all the new releases you can definitely see why. We are so looking forward to these titles and we will gladly bring you more news as well as reviews when these titles become available.
– Faith McAdams