The anime industry seems to be a dying breed here in America, and Bandai is taking the lead. I already knew that there were plans for an announcent about Kannagi reaching the United States, but what threw me off guard when I did read the official announcement was that that the first volume of the DVD was already purchasable on that same day. Too good to be true? You bet it is. Turns out that Kannagi is going to be a subbed release only. It’s something that I should have seen coming, but it’s dissapointing nontheless.
Just the thought of a Kannagi dub was exciting, especially since Bandai has such a great talent pool. It feels like such a wasted oppourtunity now, but I can understand that Bandai is doing this to save money. Subbed only releases are tons cheaper, and they can pull crazy stunts like simultanious releases. Still, we need to show them that we care so Bandai can start going down the righteous path again and begin dubbing great shows like this one. Hell, they’re even throwing in a free shirt if you pre-order the second volume, so let’s help salvage this dying business.
It’s even more dissapointing that Kannagi isn’t the only show getting the sub only treatment from Bandai. I have this feeling of deja-vu when they announced both Hayate the Combat Butler and Lucky Star OVA (among many others) to be sub-only during their panel at Anime Expo. I was greatly anticipating how well Bandai would dub Hayate the Combat Butler, but now it seems like it will never come to fruition. Lucky Star was a big shocker too, as their Lucky Star dub was really well done. What happens if they get their hands on Toradora? That would be tragic indeed.
Well Bandai is playing it safe right now, so hopefully things smooth out for them and they back on track. If you enjoyed a particular series that they’re releasing, then buy it instead of watching it for free.