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Shiroi Hane
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:26 pm Reply with quote
Nico87 wrote:
UK licenses stuff from USA, not from Japan.

That is only the case when a US company already holds the UK rights (as it the case for a number of FUNimation shows and some Sentai shows). A lot of licenses are done directly with Japan, and the English materials are often provided by the Japanese licensor as well.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:30 pm Reply with quote
I was always under the impression that the original rights had to be obtained from Japan, then the English materials have to be licensed from the US companies.

Too much confusion in the air about the subject. But, either way, the process is still very similar all around, so I think "sub-licensor" is a good word for it. :3
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2014 3:29 am Reply with quote
That's how it often works, but it's not unheard of for a company in another part of the Anglosphere to grab their local rights; this is how Madman got Nichijou. Unfortunately shipping from Oz is expensive, and it's not much cheaper to import from Australia.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 5:50 pm Reply with quote
Looks like as of the Gurren Lagann news, this thread's relevance got an upgrade!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/​Gurren-​Lagann-​Ultimate-​Edition-​Blu-​Ray/​dp/​B00HSHDGHW/​ref=​sr_1_1?​ie=​UTF8&​qid=​1410735017&​sr=​8-​1&​keywords=​gurren+​lagann

It's still that not cheap, but at least you're paying roughly $100 less. And getting a quality box set to boot. :3
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2014 6:57 pm Reply with quote
Leland Lee wrote:
I was always under the impression that the original rights had to be obtained from Japan, then the English materials have to be licensed from the US companies.

The Japanese licensor often retains to the rights to the English sub and dub as part of the contract (which is how dubs sometimes end up on Japanese BD re-releases of older shows) so they are provided to the UK along with the Japanese license, although access fees may still be required for the actual materials.

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Too much confusion in the air about the subject. But, either way, the process is still very similar all around, so I think "sub-licensor" is a good word for it. :3

To me, "sub-licencee" will only apply when someone in America has the UK distribution rights so we have to go through them, rather than direct to the original licensor in Japan.

Polycell wrote:
That's how it often works, but it's not unheard of for a company in another part of the Anglosphere to grab their local rights; this is how Madman got Nichijou. Unfortunately shipping from Oz is expensive, and it's not much cheaper to import from Australia.

That one only stands out because it didn't have a US release. A lot of FUNimation titles are indeed sub-licensed from them both in UK and Australia - but not all of them, and FUNimation isn't the only American licensee (although Sentai also appears to be sub-licensing UK and AU rights more often these days too).
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