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NEWS: Crunchyroll Releases Makoto Shinkai's Suzume no Tojimari Film Outside Asia in Early 2023


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CastMember1991



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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2022 8:28 am Reply with quote
I think Sony would be better off just using Crunchyroll as the name of their streaming service and release their TV anime titles through Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and their theatrical anime films under the TriStar label. If it's a mainstream anime film (i.e. My Hero Academia), then the Columbia Pictures title should be used.
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merr



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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2022 8:35 am Reply with quote
Surprised GKids didn’t snag this one.
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OjaruFan2



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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2022 9:15 am Reply with quote
merr wrote:
Surprised GKids didn’t snag this one.

Maybe they bid on it, and Crunchyroll ended up outbidding them.
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xxmsxx



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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2022 10:48 am Reply with quote
OjaruFan2 wrote:
merr wrote:
Surprised GKids didn’t snag this one.

Maybe they bid on it, and Crunchyroll ended up outbidding them.


Interesting, no theatrical release then I presume?
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MagicPolly



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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2022 11:08 am Reply with quote
Damn, after Gkids almost had all of Shinkai under one roof Crunchyroll came and ruined that.
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blahmoomoo



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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2022 11:20 am Reply with quote
xxmsxx wrote:
OjaruFan2 wrote:
merr wrote:
Surprised GKids didn’t snag this one.

Maybe they bid on it, and Crunchyroll ended up outbidding them.


Interesting, no theatrical release then I presume?


It's likely there will be a theatrical release, just like Funimation did with Your Name. Even before the merger, Crunchyroll did a few theatrical screenings (though usually partnered with someone else, if I recall correctly).
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MFrontier



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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2022 12:26 pm Reply with quote
Kind of surprised GKids didn't license this. I guess Sony is that powerful now.

Well, I guess it's all good that it's getting an official release (not that there was much doubt for a Shinkai movie) but now I'm expecting a full Texas cast of Funimation vets in the dub.
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Aster97



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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2022 12:47 pm Reply with quote
blahmoomoo wrote:
xxmsxx wrote:
OjaruFan2 wrote:
merr wrote:
Surprised GKids didn’t snag this one.

Maybe they bid on it, and Crunchyroll ended up outbidding them.


Interesting, no theatrical release then I presume?


It's likely there will be a theatrical release, just like Funimation did with Your Name. Even before the merger, Crunchyroll did a few theatrical screenings (though usually partnered with someone else, if I recall correctly).


if there was no theatrical release i would riot!
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LegitPancake



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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2022 1:14 pm Reply with quote
xxmsxx wrote:
Interesting, no theatrical release then I presume?

Crunchyroll/Sony/Funimation just released Jujutsu Kaisen 0 in theaters to great success, why do people still think Crunchyroll doesn't do theatrical releases?

Edit: Also, the article says worldwide minus Asia, but the CR blog mentions German and French-speaking countries are the only ones specifically included for the European release. These seem contradictory. Do they have all of Europe or not?


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Cardcaptor Takato



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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2022 2:36 pm Reply with quote
xxmsxx wrote:


Interesting, no theatrical release then I presume?
Crunchyroll stated on Twitter it's coming out in theaters in early 2023. https://twitter.com/Crunchyroll/status/1527182301549010944?s=20&t=JycMptjSykia8VV50rCzLg
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AZLeafCat



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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2022 4:13 pm Reply with quote
merr wrote:
Surprised GKids didn’t snag this one.


GKIDS only releases films in North America.

Crunchyroll/Sony/Wild Bunch were able to license the film not only for North America, but much of the non-Asia international markets.
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Gurren Rodan



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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2022 7:41 am Reply with quote
I guess I'm not surprised someone other than GKIDS would end up nabbing this one - especially now with Sony backing up Crunchyroll. It's only natural anyone in the anime industry would be vying for a new Makoto Shinkai title, as he's probably the biggest name in anime short of Miyazaki himself right now. It's mildly disappointing, but it makes sense.
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TD912



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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2022 11:35 pm Reply with quote
I just hope the picture quality will be a bit better than Crunchyroll's typical theatrical releases. I saw the Konosuba and Jujutsu Kaisen movies in theaters and they felt like a similar video quality/resolution as their streaming videos, just blown up on a larger screen. Even the subtitle fonts used were the same, so maybe they were using the same production processes.

The releases from GKIDS of Your Name, Belle, etc. all seemed higher quality and with actual surround sound instead of just what appeared to be stereo, although maybe the other movies weren't mastered in surround to begin with.
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Gemnist



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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2022 1:09 am Reply with quote
My main concern is Oscar nominations. I know they don’t really matter too much, but now that Hosoda has one (in addition to most of the Ghibli folk), you gotta have the next biggest name in there. Weathering With You actually got close too thanks to GKIDS, and I’m
hoping for a more successful repeat (not counting the time Funimation butchered the Your Name campaign).
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Gurren Rodan



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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2022 1:57 am Reply with quote
Gemnist wrote:
My main concern is Oscar nominations.


Okay, totally honest question here: how much do we actually care about the Oscars? If an anime film were to win "Best Animated Picture" or some other award, how much impact would that really have on the industry and medium anymore? Does the Oscar win have any real pull on the regular market these days?

Don't get me wrong, if a Shinkai, Hosoda, etc film won, that'd be neat; I'm just not aware enough of the Oscars' influence to know if they really make a difference long-term, outside of particular "elite" circles.
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