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NEWS: Dimension W Manga by Darker Than Black/King of Thorn's Iwahara Gets Anime


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Stark700



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2015 7:54 pm Reply with quote
Surprised about this. With 7+ volumes, it can easily be adapted into 2 cour if done right.
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Hahalollawl



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2015 7:55 pm Reply with quote
Very interesting! Not sure what to expect but if it's Sci fi it could be something I'd be interested in.
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TarsTarkas



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2015 8:12 pm Reply with quote
Looks interesting to me. Manga character designs look good too.
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pajmo9



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2015 8:30 pm Reply with quote
Looks interesting. I really enjoyed the King of Thorn movie so I'll probably check this out.
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Calculus20



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2015 9:12 pm Reply with quote
Literally the biggest surprise at AX so far. I mean it's one thing that we get an anime announcement before Japan but another when an american licensing, dubbing, and distributing company actually has a viable "role" in producing an anime. This is really big news for the future of anime as it becomes more and more globalized and not just a cultural thing intrinsic to Japan.

God damn, I can't wait for the Sunrise AX panel and what kinds of new anime they'll announce there since they've mostly been quiet about their future plans.
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Sam Murai



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2015 9:17 pm Reply with quote
So, FUNimation is pulling an ADV, ehh spoiler[(heh, the irony…)]? I am definitely down for some Iwahara-designed works, which are so few-and-far between. I hope they keep a light hand and just let the studio(s) do their thing…
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Haterater



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2015 9:21 pm Reply with quote
As long as the creators are able to make what they want, its all well and good. Especially for genres/themes that are popular in the West but not in Japan to have a second chance/easier to green-light. Authors that can't find funding from Japanese companies can look to companies like FUNi to help. If it all works like that, I hope it becomes a thing more often.
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Blankslate



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2015 9:33 pm Reply with quote
Haterater wrote:
As long as the creators are able to make what they want, its all well and good. Especially for genres/themes that are popular in the West but not in Japan to have a second chance/easier to green-light. Authors that can't find funding from Japanese companies can look to companies like FUNi to help. If it all works like that, I hope it becomes a thing more often.

If this is what the anime industry is like in the next few years, I'm almost certain American distributors will push for a full Trigun Maximum adaptation.
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BL2W



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2015 9:48 pm Reply with quote
The art style, overall aesthetic and character designs really appeal to me! The plot looks kind of interesting, and I enjoyed Darker Than Black... I'm excited for this!

But hopefully, this doesn't end up some forgotten 12-episode schlock (assuming that it ends up being a series at all), and instead ends up being an effort on FUNi's part that can be looked upon fondly. I've heard of anime that got made due to the backing of American licensing companies before and, sadly, I've never heard of them being anything better than "meh" at best.
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SpacemanHardy



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2015 10:45 pm Reply with quote
FUNimation has uploaded the preview video that they aired during their AX panel to their YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xH5sYIkWV_U
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DangerMouse



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2015 11:17 pm Reply with quote
Woah, cool, totally digging that art style and the look of the show in the trailer, this looks freaking great. And the music track in the trailer. The characters feel nice and lively in the brief footage.

LOL at asking her to get in, followed by her response, and then finally the reveal that he opened the trunk not the door, that made me laugh.
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AnimeLordLuis



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2015 11:29 pm Reply with quote
Funimation has definitely peeked my interest maybe there do what they did with space dandy and air this show the same time in the us as in japan with a dub. Very Happy
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Razor/Edge



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2015 1:33 am Reply with quote
pajmo9 wrote:
Looks interesting. I really enjoyed the King of Thorn movie so I'll probably check this out.

How could anyone enjoy that movie? The manga is so much better and more interesting.

Anyway, this sounds pretty interesting. Can't believe i've never heard of it before.
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BigOnAnime
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2015 3:20 am Reply with quote
Calculus20 wrote:
Literally the biggest surprise at AX so far. I mean it's one thing that we get an anime announcement before Japan but another when an american licensing, dubbing, and distributing company actually has a viable "role" in producing an anime. This is really big news for the future of anime as it becomes more and more globalized and not just a cultural thing intrinsic to Japan.
It's nothing new really, in fact it happened quite a bit over a decade ago. Like ADV and Geneon were on a few production committees, but that was partly because licensing costs were so damn high. Hopefully this isn't a sign FUNimation is getting too full of themselves and will meet the same fate as those two did... Then again they did just pick up 15 brand new summer shows at once...

They have to be wise with what they do here if they try to get on more production committees.
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Ulinox



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2015 7:37 am Reply with quote
His Darker than Black manga was better than the entire second season. I wish he made more.
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