This bit of news isn’t so hot anymore, but I’d be remiss in my duties as a Kagamiist if I didn’t give it some space on this blog. The comedy series Lucky Star has been licensed for distribution in North America by Kadokawa Pictures USA and Bandai Entertainment, Inc. – the same companies behind this year’s Region 1 DVD release of the hit series Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu.
The announcement came in the form of a teaser released via the fourth (and last) R1 volume of SHnY. I haven’t seen the teaser myself since the DVD isn’t due to hit store shelves until the 6th, but the ANN article that originally reported the licensing deal includes a link to a YouTube version; how and why the teaser was leaked (advance copy? marketing ploy?) is none of my concern. [Minor update: Someone on the ANN forums remarked that RightStuf started shipping SHnY Volume 4 on the 30th to those with pre-orders, which would explain the “leak”.] [Major update (11 November 2007): My copy of SHnY Volume 4 arrived a couple of days ago, and I can now personally confirm the existence of the trailer. Click here to go to my review of the SHnY DVD.]
Like it or loathe it, the anime adaptation of Yoshimizu Kagami‘s popular 4-koma series was one of this year’s biggest hits, so a quick North American release didn’t come as a big surprise. Things may have started out a wee bit too slowly – especially in the face of the elevated expectations of those who were still in a Haruhi-induced KyoAni high (myself included) – but once the series hit its stride the fans just kept begging for more. Lucky Star‘s frequent use of in-jokes and references to contemporary series (such as SHnY) may lead to an undesirably quick dating, but that’s more of a concern for future generations of anime fans. For us in the here and now, the R1 release offers the perfect opportunity to relive those fun-filled spring and summer days we spent with the four charming girls from Saitama.
I only wish these walks down memory lane would stop costing so much money.
UPDATE (07 November 2007): Kadokawa/Bandai have just released an official statement (via ANN) confirming the licence. Click here.