NIS America Industry Panel – Anime Expo 2012


What can we say about NIS America that we haven’t already said besides the fact that we are definitely glad that the company that had brought us the world of the Prinny also offers anime titles that have not failed to impress and give us anime fans titles we have come to love. Although I’m sure it wasn’t easy obtaining quality anime titles like House of Five Leaves or Arakawa Under the Bridge, NIS America keeps surprising us every year and this year, well, let’s just say that their panel had audiences cheering.

One of their many announcements during their panel is the fact that NIS America’s online store offers exclusives and free bonus items connected to the titles they purchase. On top of that, shipping is free domestically for all of us in North America. You can find their store at http://store.nisamerica.com.

Oh, but the star attraction of their panel are the new anime titles coming up. Sorry, gamers, but all gaming information will be released in a separate NIS America gaming panel held during the expo. This one is all about the anime and the titles we can come to expect this year.

Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day – If you’re not familiar with this title, it deals with childhood friends and a tragedy that pulls them all apart yet brings them back together in the most unusual of ways. Anohana will be released this July in their Premium Edition package with a hardcover book.

Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You, Volume 3 – This sweet and funny shoujo series will end with this final third volume that is composed of 13-episodes in its Premium Edition release that includes 2 Blu-ray plus 2 DVD discs and the hardcover book. Expect this one to be released this month.

Bunny Drop – A bachelor discovers that his grandfather, who passed away, leaves behind a child he had late in life and now he must care for her. Made up of 11-episodes on 2 Blu-ray and 2 DVDs in one Premium Edition package that also includes a 28-page hardcover, Bunny Drop looks endearing and beautiful. This one has an August 2012 release.

Zakura – This series about a powerful group of girls and the young men they make a contract with will be released this month and is already looking really good. This is also a Premium Edition release with a hardcover book.

Ghastly Prince Enma: Burning Up – Positively crude yet laugh-out-loud funny, this classic series has been re-imagined and already looks totally awesome. Composed of 12-episodes, the series will be released as a Premium Edition package with 2 Blu-ray and 2 DVD discs plus a 36-pahe hardcover art book. Expect this one to be released on September 11, 2012.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

A big announcement here for fans of this manga series as NIS America announces that it will be releasing a most interesting series about a young man, a certain book and many yokai.

Natsume’s Book of Friends – This is a big Premium Edition package that will include both season that will make it a 26-episode release on 4 DVDs as well as a 32-page hardcover art book. This one has no official release date, although we are told it is more likely we will see it released sometime this Fall.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Simply put, NIS America will have yet another great year of anime for us and there’s more than enough here to make us excited especially Ghastly Prince Enma and Natsume’s Book of Friends. We will bring you more news and reviews for the titles that will be heading our way this month. Now that’s awesome, doods.

– Eduardo Zacarias

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