News Website Removed Bokurano, Rocket Girls, Romeo × Juliet
posted on 2008-03-18 00:47 EDT
The Bokurano, Rocket Girls, Romeo × Juliet, Mahou Sensei Negima! OVA Haru, and Mahou Sensei Negima! OVA Natsu anime projects were removed from the Crunchyroll video-streaming website between last year and this year, reportedly at the request of Funimation and Bandai. The first three projects have not been officially announced as licensed for North America, but a removal request is not necessarily a confirmation of any license. Funimation reported at Otakon 2007 last July that its Negima! license at the time covered the television series, but not the OVAs.
Funimation had previously sent a letter, on behalf of the anime studio Gonzo, to request that a fan group cease and desist its subtitling of Romeo × Juliet. Funimation emphasized at the time that the series had not been licensed for North America distribution, but the copyrights of the Japanese rights-holders are still applicable and enforceable worldwide. Gonzo produced Romeo × Juliet and Bokurano (pictured at right), while Happinet Pictures produced Rocket Girls. TV Tokyo and Kanto Magic Society (the corporate entity formed for Negima's anime productions) are responsible for the Negima! OVAs. ANN contacted Funimation and Bandai Entertainment on Monday, but both did not comment before this article was posted.
Thank you to Shiroi Hane for the news tip.