May 03, 2013

I Truly Did NOT Expect This...

Via Robert's Weekly Newsletter came this little bit of information:

North American video distributor Media Blasters announced on Friday that they had acquired the license for the Rio Rainbow Gate! anime series.

Of all the things I expected to hear, that was waaaaaaaaay down the list.  I mean, WAY down the list.  "Marianas Trench"-level down.  On the other hand, Media Blasters has just become my favorite anime company ever... or the company I hate the most, one of the two, and I'm not sure which.  Y'know what's even more amazing?

THIS is going to make me buy a LCD TV and a Blu-Ray player.  Rio Rainbow Gate! is my killer app!  How screwed up is that?  And yet, I can't help but feel like I had something to do with it... it's my own damn fault, in other words.  Longtime readers will remember, of course, that RRG! was the second series I'd done writeups for, and I think the most successful.  Certainly it turned out to be better than I expected, though since I had expectations as low as whale snot, that's not saying much.  Media Blasters has set no release date yet, but one might expect that I'm going to preorder the deluxe set as soon as possible. 

Rio Rainbow Gate! has been licensed.  I never thought I'd live to see the day.  I didn't think ANYBODY would live to see the day.  Thank you, Media Blasters, for showing us how to love... again.

Posted by: Wonderduck at 09:09 PM | Comments (11) | Add Comment
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I was surprised, in another way - that Media Blasters actually acquired a new license to an anime series.  The company has been in an unpleasant state for a while now, and while the situation has stabilized, they have been seeing a lot of licenses from their back catalog expire in the last year.


Posted by: cxt217 at May 03, 2013 10:09 PM (2hFbi)

2 Obviously they were saving money so they could acquire RRG!

Posted by: Wonderduck at May 04, 2013 02:07 AM (9jITs)

3 Now if only someone would put the cushions BACK on the couch in the lobby.

I have an LCD TV, 46", and my video card has composite output.  So, add a wireless keyboard and mouse, and a recliner... and you have the ultimate computing environment.

An LED TV might be better.  Sometimes the backlight on the LCD looks a little uneven.

Posted by: Mauser at May 04, 2013 02:26 AM (cZPoz)

4 I suspect Mauser is right about the couch cushions. This seems like something that would be licensed because it is available for pocket change and will probably sell a few thousand copies from the fan service alone.

What do you bet that they don't spring for a dub?

Posted by: Jonathan Tappan at May 04, 2013 06:06 AM (poC8e)

5 You say that like it's a bad thing.

Posted by: Wonderduck at May 04, 2013 08:10 AM (9jITs)

6 It's good to know that Media Blasters is still in the game.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 04, 2013 05:10 PM (+rSRq)


In the game, yes.

But I'd feel better if they weren't milling around the diamond carrying hockey sticks and frisbees.

They trade Squid Girl and SZS to pick up Charger Girl, Rio, and three first-round picks for their shonen-ai team?

I think they're just grabbing "anything we could license for thirty-seven yen."

Posted by: Mikeski at May 05, 2013 01:24 PM (gUzUg)

8 Media Blasters has always been a bottom feeder. That's why we love them.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 05, 2013 06:53 PM (+rSRq)

9 They trade Squid Girl and SZS to pick up... Rio...

Seems fair to me, and I mean that seriously.

Posted by: Wonderduck at May 05, 2013 07:48 PM (9jITs)


In the spirit of things Media Blasters, here is Mike O'Toole's latest ANN column, covering some of the not-so-great titles in Media Blaster's and other catalog.

And yes, I have met Mike O'Toole, since he hosts 'Dubs that Time Forgot' at Otakon each year - great panel, great guy.  I first watched (Quite) politically incorrect dub for Galactic Pirates/Enemy is the Pirate and the surprisingly professional dub of The Golden Laws at his panel.


Posted by: cxt217 at May 05, 2013 09:19 PM (2hFbi)


Oh, I'm not saying I won't buy Rio.  Personally, I'd rather have it than SZS; some "so-bad-it's-...-well-not-really-good-but-kinda-ok" anime is needed in one's collection.  But SZS seems to be an internet favorite; I figured they could have made some money on it.  More than on Rio, anyway.

(I would have liked Squid Girl season 2, though.)

Posted by: Mikeski at May 05, 2013 10:04 PM (UJxjX)

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