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Pioneer Licensing Speculation

posted on 2003-05-12 14:17 EDT
Guess what Pioneer will be licensing in 2003

Certain North American anime companies, Pioneer and Bandai in particular, are subsidiaries of Japanese companies that produce or own other subsidiaries that produce anime. These North American companies obviously share a close relationship with their Japanese parents and are more likely to license their titles.

A look at Pioneer LDC's 2002 Title list shows that the majority of the titles that were licensed were licensed by Pioneer Entertainment. The notable exceptions are Strange Dawn (Urban Vision), Now and Then, Here and There (Central Park Media) and Gokudo (Media Blasters).

Taking a look at PLDC's current titles, Chobits, L/R, Mahoromatic 2, and Haibane Renmei are the only titles to have been licensed to date--all by Pioneer. Nurse Witch Komugi-chan Magikarute hasn't been licensed yet, but as a spin-off of Pioneer's Soul Taker, it's a virtual shoe-in.

So, while it's just speculation, chances are good that many of the remaining unlicensed titles in PLDC's list (current & 2002) will be picked up by Pioneer Entertainment in the near future.

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