License This: Save these Titles

It has been over a year since Geneon went up in smoke. Many great titles that where licensed by this company are now in limbo. The 3 titles that I will discuss about had been licensed by Geneon at one point and had they own individual success. The shows that I will be talking about in License This are Cardcaptor Sakura, Serial Experiments Lain, and Hellsing.

Back in the early 2000's, Cardcaptor Sakura came to the U.S. as part of the magical girl craze that was popular at the time. It original aired on Kid WB after-school TV block under the name Cardcaptors. For what it was worth, it was an ok show but something did not feel right about. Later on, we all learned that the show was original 70 episodes long, not 39. What happened was that the slow episodes that did not focus on the Clow card were omitted. Also any scene that had pedophilic and homosexual undertones were also edited out.

Fan wanted an unedited and uncensored version of the show and Geneon delivered. It was released in both VHS and DVD formats in a total of 18 volumes. In 2006, the license rights of Cardcaptor Sakura had expired. Nowadays, the DVDs of this anime will go for at least $700 U.S. Dollars. The one company that I could see picking up this title is Funimation. They can release it in small season box sets in the same format as how Yu Yu Hakusho was re-released.

Serial Experiments Lain is an interesting anime. The main theme of this anime is what is reality? There are episodes that make the viewer wonder if what the characters is experiencing is real, nothing but a delusion, or a fabrication of an outside force. Trying to explain what this anime is about is difficult without giving away spoilers. In the past, I had a 5 hour discussion about this anime and the meanings of certain scenes. This anime was directed by Ryutaro Nakamura(director of Kino's Journey), original character design by Yoshitoshi ABe(creator of Haibane Renmei), and the screenplay written by Chiaki J. Konaka(worked on RahXephon).

The one company I see picking up this title would be Section23 Films. They can market it as a legendary title that ever anime fan should watch. Since it is only 13 episodes long, they can sell in a compact complete collection.

Hellsing has vampires, guns, blood and its set in Great Britain. I see Funimation picking up this title to bank on the whole vampire fad at the moment.







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