Top 7 Anime that Discotek Should Rescue

Anime is one of the most popular subjects on Iridium Eye, so why not have an anime-themed list? This example is also a first of sorts because this is the inaugural list that is actually about a distribution company. I’ve made some lists about individual creators, and one example involving a specific series, but never about a specific distributor before. As you can tell by the title and logo, this is obviously about the anime distributor from Altamonte Springs, Florida known as Discotek Media. This company based in the Northern suburbs of Orlando has existed since 2005 and was relatively unknown during it’s inception, but over the past several years, they’ve built up quite a large catalog with works dating back from the 70s and beyond. How did they build up quite a discography? For those not familiar with the anime industry in North America, a vast majority of Discotek’s portfolio isn’t just about retro titles, but several older anime that they rescued the licenses from multiple companies. Many of those previous distributors either had lapsed licenses or became defunct. Case in point: Geneon USA, Central Park Media, and Bandai Entertainment no longer exist. ADV was succeeded by Sentai Filmworks and it’s just an imprint at most for their previous titles such as Elfen Lied and Kino’s Journey. I have no idea if Anime Works is still a thing under Media Blasters’ umbrella since they’ve been pushing their live-action titles and hentai works. Is Manga Entertainment still holding onto licenses that AREN’T involving Ghost in the Shell? That’s not even counting the rejected titles from distributors that are still active such as Funimation, Viz, or Animax of America. You see, I became a hardcore anime fan in my teen years where I remember a bunch of companies releasing works on DVD, and I was exposed to so many TV series, movies, and OVAs. Nowadays, I don’t see that kind of competition since Funimation has dominated the anime market and it’s not just because of the Dragon Ball franchise. Sadly, some anime I watched back in the day got lapsed and never got licensed again, but Discotek has been rescuing several series and I was even surprised to see shows I remember watching in my elementary school years getting picked up! I saw that they rescued the licenses of Ronin Warriors, Mon Colle Knights, and even Samurai Pizza Cats of all series (Does ANYONE remember those shows when they were children?). I thought about anime I’ve seen and even reviewed that should be relicensed and I think Discotek would be the right company to do that given their reputation. Shoot, they can even put those things on RetroCrush since they have a big partnership there. At least they aren’t being sketchy like that Crunchyroll/Funimation merger, that’s for dang sure!

Before anyone decides to give me crap about me being a shill, then I’m going to counter it right now. No, this post was not paid for by Discotek nor am I a sycophant for this company. Yes, I’m aware that they are distributed by Warner’s Alternative Distribution Alliance even though most of you didn’t know that. Also, you know I haven’t given every Discotek release a positive review like how I gave the first Fatal Fury movie a 3/10 just a few days ago, right? So you all can just shut up right now.

Here are my rules for this list:

-An anime title has to have been previously released by an American distributor at least once before the license lapsed.

-This anime must be released in full whether in a box set, full streaming, or individual volumes on Blu-Ray or DVD.

-Every anime I mention has a dub to it even though I know some of you are sub purists.

-No ties!

-If there are related series or movies, packaging them would be a plus if no other company licensed other iterations.

-I have to have watched at least part of this anime.

I feel that this is a creative list given the reputation of Discotek for saving dozens of anime. I even had trouble condensing this to just 7 titles because this could easily be a top 10 with me and I’d still feel like some things were missing. Also, I had to double-check the filmography and found out certain works I thought about for this list did get rescued like the original Gunbuster OVA and Digimon Adventure to name a few.

With all that out of the way, let’s see which anime could use some saving!

7: Master Keaton

Here’s a big surprise for everyone! It has been a while since I watched this particular seinen work. Master Keaton was an interesting series involving this expert insurance investigator Taichi Hiraga-Keaton going around the world solving cases when he’s not teaching at universities or spending time with his daughter. Even though it doesn’t have the mainstream appeal of Case Closed/Detective Conan or involve anything supernatural, this was an interesting watch with its realistic setting. Master Keaton was licensed by Geneon USA back when they were Pioneer Entertainment and no one has ever rescued the rights to it since. Even though sometimes it has some random episodic slice-of-life moments, this was still an adept work and cerebral in its presentation. I definitely think it’s an anime one can take seriously with the mature subject matter. Discotek could use more mystery and seinen works, so you can do worse than rescue this late 90s work from Madhouse. This may or may not have any connections with some other works on this list whether directly or indirectly.

6: Hunter X Hunter (1999)

To all of you who started watching anime a decade ago, Hunter X Hunter is older than you think and what you like was a REMAKE! Okay, I didn’t watch this in 1999, but I definitely saw Yoshihiro Togashi’s most famous work aside from Yu Yu Hakusho before it was cool to like this series. The original Hunter X Hunter TV series was something I discovered when I was actively reading THEM Anime Reviews which they praised to high heaven with the characterizations, fight scenes, and deconstructing shonen tropes and it was one of my top 5 favorites back in the day. Trust me, nobody was raving about this in my high school days even when the manga was first released. Viz used to have the original series, but they lapsed it because of the infinitely more famous 2011 version. I get that the remake goes much farther, but it would still be nice to have the OG HXH to watch. It would be nice to compare and contrast everything. As a bonus, Discotek could also license all three OVA sequels which go up to the Greed Island arc and the Jump Festa Pilot as an extra in a box set! Could you imagine how many eyeballs and money they could make by having the original on RetroCrush and having box sets available? That would be good business given how popular this series has been since it got the remake treatment. If you would’ve told teenage me that you could find Hunter X Hunter merch available at department stores alongside Dragon Ball Z, Marvel, or even Disney swag, then I would’ve laughed in your face.

5: Planetes



Hello, Planetes! I haven’t reviewed you (yet?), but it’s nice to meet you again in another Top 7 list so soon. This is the quickest I’ve mentioned the same entry since it’s only been a couple months since this hard sci-fi classic was my #1 pick for animated works that surprisingly pass the Deggans Rule. It sucks that Bandai closed down their anime division, and I was shocked given how they’ve brought multiple mainstream anime stateside such as several Gundam works, the .Hack series, and Cowboy Bebop. If Discotek wants to save this series like how the main characters save humanity from several pieces of space junk, then I really hope that they remaster the phenomenal animation and rescue the NASA extras that were in the special edition DVDs which talk about the accuracy and real science of Planetes. It’s frustrating how no one has picked up this creative series yet. It’s not like Discotek has the rights to anything involving the director Goro Taniguchi. Hold up! They own the license to his post-apocalyptic 2009 remake of Jungle Emperor Leo! If that movie could get picked up by them even though I have a theory about why they did so with that Tezuka adaptation (hint: they brought it to North America in 2019! THINK ABOUT IT!), then there is seriously no excuse to pick up the magnum opus from the same guy who directed more popular works like ID-0 and especially the Code Geass series.

4: Monster

Take that! TWO Naoki Urasawa anime projects made it on this list after Master Keaton! HAHAHAHAHAHA! Much like Planetes, this is another returning example involving something I didn’t review (yet) that also has a #1 entry in a previous Top 7 list since I declared Johan Liebert to be the most underrated anime villain ever. Man alive, Monster deserved so much better for its North American anime release. Sure, Viz released all of the manga in English which is fine and dandy, but they only brought the first 15 episodes stateside. SERIOUSLY?! At least Master Keaton got all 39 episodes over in Pioneer’s DVD release! I know it wasn’t making Bleach, Inu-Yasha, or Naruto numbers when it comes to Viz’s DVD coffers, but they should’ve released all 74 episodes. I mean, that’s only one episode less than the cult classic Hikaru no Go which they still have the rights for even though they never released all the DVDs and put the rest of the episodes for streaming. Discotek needs to step up and bring this colossal international thriller with complex characters, brilliant plot twists, and a story most people can take seriously. Even the animation still holds up and one could argue that it’s one of the more underrated Madhouse works from a production and visual standpoint. Discotek, release the whole thing and I know you’ll get positive attention for it.

3: Kurogane Communication

I’m shocked that I had never put this anime on a Top 7 list ever since I started posting them. Now is the perfect time to rectify that. Kurogane Communication was one of the first anime TV series I reviewed when starting Iridium Eye and it’s saddening how not many people know about this hidden gem. I’ve said this before to other bloggers and I’ll say it again. Kurogane Communication is the happiest post-apocalyptic anime that the world didn’t know it needed. This is a surprisingly heartwarming story involving a girl Haruka who believes she’s the last human alive after being in suspended animation to avoid WWIII (I’m not making any jokes about what’s happening in Eastern Europe) and she’s raised by a family of robots. There is a healthy mix of seriousness, comedy, and the optimism is actually healthy instead of forced or toxic like most Disney movies which are something I really appreciate. Anime Works must have overlooked this series and it’s a shame no one picked it up yet. I’ve been recommending this anime for years even despite some occasional low points, but the story as a whole is stronger than people give credit for. When I see other people talk about it, I do get excited that a select few know about this anime. Discotek, rescue Kurogane Communication, please! Trust me, you won’t regret it.

I’m also going to cross-promote the only two anibloggers who made posts about KuroCom! Please check out Ashley Capes’s review and Casper’s reason (thanks for the shout-out, too!) why you should watch it.

2: Yugo the Negotiator


I don’t think this example is surprising to anyone who knows about my taste in anime, but Yugo the Negotiator deserves to be in another Top 7 list and it’s something I reviewed in the past. I guess I just like my cerebral seinen anime, but I want to see more people notice how good this anime is. I’m glad to have first discovered it in my high school years even though I bordered on being an anime snob when I had a brief period of only watching seinen with the exception of the original Hunter X Hunter, Hikaru no Go, and a very select few other series. This is quality work that is also more creative than people give credit for, but you’ve heard me sing the praises of Yugo in previous posts before. It’s a disappointment that Sentai didn’t save it but somehow Mezzo DSA got to be a part of the revived ADV imprint? Only one of those anime involving Jason Douglas in a main role is actually worth watching and it was one of ADV’s strongest dubs in my humble opinion. I know I’ve been repeating myself, but Yugo the Negotiator should be in the conversation of anime Discotek should rescue.

Now keep in mind that I just mentioned multiple serious works in a row. I’m sure that my number 1 spot is going to also be something seinen or doesn’t have too many funny moments going on. You’d probably expect that from me, so let’s see what is on the top of my list.

1: Shinesman

PLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT TWIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIISSSSSSSSSSST! You’ve officially got Shayamalan’d up in here! Yes, I was paraphrasing a Daily Show skit for this one. Much like Kurogane Communication, this was also something I reviewed that was formally licensed by Anime Works and never got featured on a Top 7 list until now. Shinesman is hands down one of the funniest anime I’ve seen even to this day and this absolutely deserves to be rescued. This Power Rangers parody is comedy gold with the hilarious lampooning of tokusatsu tropes, immensely quotable zingers that I still remember, and it’s surprisingly accessible to different fanbases. Of course, the best thing about Shinesman is the stupendously awesome dub. It is one of the few anime I can name on one hand (Yugo is another one) that I rather watch dubbed with better voice acting, even more intentionally hilarious dialogue, and the cast has a healthy balance of self-awareness of the jokes without getting too meta. It’s also a joy to see how I’m not alone in noticing how amazing the dubbed version with different YouTube comments and reviews talking about it being the best thing about the English voice acting. The fact the Shinesman dub cast and producers besides Traci Dinwiddie haven’t been in many things outside of this parody anime is a travesty. Discotek, I beg you to license this 2-episode work and to introduce so many people to one of the best anime comedies that a lot of people will find to be funny for the right reasons. If you don’t rescue this anime involving office workers who turn into cheeky superheroes who wear lame colors sans the leader Shinesman Red (he’s the leader, so of course, he’s going to wear that color!), then your management is seriously one OVA short of a series to quote the snarky dad Shinesman Sepia. DO IT!

So that’s my list. Which ones do you agree with? Any other series or movies that you can think of that could be rescued by Discotek?

The Discotek logo is property of Discotek and is from Twitter.

Master Keaton is property of Naoki Urasawa and Madhouse The screenshot is from YouTube and is property of Madhouse.

Hunter X Hunter is property of Yoshihiro Togashi and Nippon Animation. The screenshot is from YouTube and is property of Nippon Animation.

Planetes is property of Sunrise. The screenshot is from YouTube and is property of Sunrise.

Monster is property of Naoki Urasawa and Madhouse. The screenshot is from YouTube and is property of Madhouse.

Kurogane Communication is property of Studio A. P. P. P. The screenshot is from YouTube and is property of Studio A. P. P. P.

Yugo the Negotiator is property of Artland. The screenshot is from YouTube and is property of Artland.

Shinesman is property of Production I. G. The screenshot is from YouTube and is property of Production I. G.

40 comments

  1. Ace list! Keen to come back with a couple of suggestions of my own – but I would be very interested in a rescue for ‘Shinesman’ 😀

    And I’m very interested in ‘Master Keaton’! Haven’t ever come across it before, so very interest!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thanks! I really had to think about what was unlicensed right now that haven’t been picked up and I had to make some painful cuts. Shinesman definitely needs to be rescued.

      I think you’ll like Master Keaton. It does get episodic at times, but it is still worth watching. I can see some comparisons with Yugo the Negotiator even though Taichi mainly focuses on severe insurance cases (murder, assault, etc.) which she solves in his own unique ways.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Ace, thank sounds great. And I am quite partial to episodic, so that’s another plus. I did some digging around online and found a few copies but the prices are of course, pretty far out 😀

        Still, it’s definitely added to my list!

        Liked by 1 person

      • No problem. It does have a mix of both multi-episode storylines and one-shot stories, so I think you’ll find enjoyment in watching Master Keaton. Are you talking about Shinesman DVDs or Master Keaton ones?

        Awesome! Good to know it’s still on your list.

        Liked by 1 person

      • The few Keaton physical ones I saw were very pricey – Shinesman not so bad, but I still gotta dig a little deeper, I reckon 😀

        Still trying to locate a copy of ‘Roujin Z’ too. One day I’ll spend a couple hours searching, I reckon!

        Liked by 1 person

      • Ouch! I was curious about the prices and I might do some research on these series and others that would be honorable mentions of mine. I was able to get a copy of Shinesman at a good price a few years ago and at least it’s all on one DVD.

        That’s a good one and if this was a Top 10 list, I would easily put Roujin Z there.

        Liked by 1 person

      • I definitely feel that one or two of my physical copies are worth more than they ought to be, by virtue of their rarity rather than condition of course. Some aspects of the second hand market are pretty wild.

        On the note of ‘Roujin Z’, I now actually finally have a copy!! Will watch next week and report back 😀

        Liked by 1 person

      • Good call with the condition because that definitely plays a part in it. Thankfully, I found DVDs in new or at the very least really good condition whenever I bought used ones.

        AWESOME! I would love to hear your thoughts on that movie. Shoot, I should review that as well whenever I get a chance to re-watch it.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Definitely enjoyed – so much to like, and a real reminder that so much about anime has changed over the decades (no surprise, very natural process) but I can’t imagine something like this getting the greenlight nowadays?

        Liked by 1 person

      • That’s great to hear. It’s amazing how innovative anime was then and how it’s changed over time. Roujin Z would be too experimental for the times and some people wouldn’t get the satire about health care or in this case, the treatment of the elderly in society.

        Liked by 1 person

    • Thanks! It’s cool that you see the possibility of some of them being rescued. Which ones do you see being the most likely for Discotek picking up? What about anime projects that you know are unlicensed?

      Like

      • The UK has a Planetes Blu-Ray, but not here in America? WHAAAAAT?! That series would look amazing on that format and if it’s anything like they did to remaster Jungle Emperor Leo’s Blu-Ray release, then the visuals are going to be even more mind-blowing!

        Liked by 1 person

      • Yeah, I had to track down some old bandai dvds just to watch it and those still look really good even at standard definition. It’s unfair that htey have it…

        Liked by 1 person

      • Yeah, I remember being impressed with the animation. Back then, I heard that Planetes used more of a budget and I believe double the cels for Sunrise to animate it. That should’ve been a bigger deal than it was. It still blows my mind how more people know about Vinland Saga (from the same creator!) than this anime. I know, right?

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Here is a list of shows and films that need absolutely need a rescue!

    Angel’s Egg (1985) (Dubbed Maybe)?
    Neo Tokyo (1987)
    Roujin Z (1991)
    Silent Möbius The Motion Picture (1991)
    Silent Möbius The Motion Picture 2 (1992)
    Spriggun (2001)
    Steam Boy (2004) (Blu-ray)
    Straight Jacket (2007)
    Bounty Dog (1994)
    Plastic Little (1994)
    Macross Plus (1995)
    Ruin Explorers (1995)
    Birdy the Mighty (1996)
    Berserk (1997)
    Hakugei (1997)
    The King of Braves GaoGaiGar (1997)
    Nazca (1998)
    Brain Powered (1998)
    Neo Renga (1998)
    Inifinite Ryvius (1999)
    Betterman (1999)
    Now and Then, Here and There (1999)
    Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure (1999)
    Argento Soma (2000)
    Playinumhugen Ordian (2000)
    s-CRY-ed (2001)
    Geneshaft (2001)
    Overman King Gainer (2002)
    Planetes (2003)
    The Wings of Rean (2005)
    Zegapain (2006)

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thanks for your comment and for following my blog. You have an interesting list of titles. I agree that Angel’s Egg, Roujin Z, and Planetes being licensed even though the last example was on this list. I believe Sentai owns Betterman last I checked. It’s interesting that you brought up Neo Ranga because I actually reviewed it in the first year of my blog. Roujin Z was even mentioned in my Top 7 list of Arthouse anime.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Its just an overall list of shows and films I would love to own. Sentai Filmworks is suppose to have Brain Powered, Betterman, Infinite Ryvius, Argento Soma, Overman King Gainer, and Zega Pain but nothing has been released yet when they announced it back in 2013!!

    https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2013-08-10/sentai-filmworks-adds-sacred-seven-big-o-kurokami-more

    Discotek Media even released S-Cry-ed, yet it was on the list of shows Sentai Filmworks got. So maybe they lost the licenses to those shows by now?

    But it would be great to get all those shows and films over time some day. Discotek Media had a live stream on twitch back on March 14th and they said they are only scratching the surface when it comes to releases. So that gave me a lot of hope! I never heard of Kurogane Communication before and it looks great, so I added it to my list!

    Thanks!

    Liked by 2 people

    • Thanks for the link on that situation. I wonder if the Bandai titles that were licensed by Sentai maybe got streaming deals on HIDIVE instead of DVD or Blu-ray releases.

      Interesting point about S-Cry-ed with Discotek reducing it. Maybe Sentai quietly lapsed the license and Discotek snatched it up? That could be plausible with the other titles.

      Sure thing and I’m intrigued with all the titles that Discotek is interested in licensing. I can only image the possibilities. You should definitely check out Kurogane Communication. It’s 24 episodes, but each episode is 13-15 minutes long, so you could binge watch several at a time and it does tell a full story.

      No problem!

      Like

  4. It’s absurd to consider that such a landmark titles like Monster and HxH aren’t licensed by anybody at the moment. And like nickm1993 pointed out, there are a LOT MORE series that are trapped in limbo in this moment. With Funimation now merging into Crunchyroll, I fear this is a problem that is only going to get worse. How much more of anime history will become exclusives to pirates and people that had the luxury of starting their collections decades ago?

    Liked by 1 person

    • I know, right? Those examples are no-brainers and Discotek has rescued the originals or at least older iterations of other anime like Saint Seiya and Hoshin Engi/Soul Hunter among others. I could’ve named a lot more and that’s not even counting anime that have still been unlicensed to this day. It seems like there are fewer anime distribution companies and the Funimation/Crunchyroll merger is borderline monopolistic as well as being inconvenient for potential new viewers by only limiting episodes. You bring up a great point with the concept of piracy and people who started collecting before this current era of anime.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Very good point. I have high hopes for Discotek Media though, as they do tend to strictly stick to retro anime from 70’s, 80’s, 90’s. However when it comes to Sentai Filmworks acquiring some of those Bandai Entertainment titles, my patience is running thin. I am not sure if I should buck out and get them now before its to late or continue waiting since it has already been 9 years since the announcement. I would really like to own Brain Powered, Betterman, Infinite Ryvius, Argento Soma, Overman King Gainer, and Zega Pain, but Discotek just released S-Cry-ed last year so thats a good start, but it sucks that you can’t ask or request certain shows from them. Even there site says to please not ask for any licensing requests.

      Liked by 2 people

      • Interesting point you brought up even though they do have some 00s works, too. I thought Sentai would have released them now, but I guess I was mistaken. I’ve heard good things about some of those series. It does make sense about not asking about licensing requests because they’d be flooded with them.

        Like

  5. Oh, thank god you have Monster on this list. I can say for absolute certainty that anime is a timeless classic, compelling as it is unsettling. Given its overall popularity score across ratings websites, you’d assume it would be a property available to the mainstream media. The reason why Monster hasn’t been properly revived is beyond my comprehension.

    Planetes stands out as another series that’s entirely asinine to ignore for western media. You couldn’t be more correct about NASA’s educational points in the extras. That’s one of the main things they should use to advertise the series to non-anime fans because they could stand to gain a larger audience that way. We eat that sort of thing up here in the states. I can’t speak to other countries, but Americans love space and the concept of it.

    That’s the main reason why I included Planetes in my suggestions for gateway “introductory” anime for older viewers. I wish I could have given it more spotlight, but it is just so difficult to find reasonably. https://dementedferrets.com/2021/02/22/gateway-anime-for-older-viewers/

    The anime literally falls into the sort of media fodder that any newly interested anime fan would get into. It’s very easily accessible. The other one for that would be Space Brothers, but at least you can find that one on Crunchyroll (at the time of this comment, anyway).

    This is a truly wonderful list, and one that speaks to me on a foundational level because series like Shinesman happens to be so far off the “anime grid” at this point that I had even forgotten Anime Works had even done it. If you brought that series up at an anime convention these days very few people would even know of it. That’s a shame, well and truly.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thanks for checking out my post and for following this blog! I appreciate it.

      YES! You’re definitely right about Monster. Sometimes I get leery when things get massive amounts of positive reviews, but Monster deserved the accolades. That anime deserved better and Viz messed up big time with the DVDs. It blows my mind how this anime has never been picked up yet. Also, if Monster was a live-action series, this would get all the Emmys and be featured on HBO or AMC!

      Good on you for knowing about Planetes as well. You bring up an amazing point with the NASA extras in the special edition DVDs back in the day and I’m glad you know what I’m talking about since it really shows how believable the series was, let alone how it uses real science or astrophysics. Planetes might be one of the most believable futuristic sci-fi works (not just anime) I’ve seen in my life so far. I remembered checking out that list and your reasoning was quite sound. I would have to check out Space Brothers, too.

      Thank you so much! You’ve seen Shinesman, too? That’s right how not many people know about that anime, but they are missing out on some hilarious parody and satirical action that has a surprisingly accessible story.

      Liked by 1 person

      • From one blogger to another, I’ve got a tip I’m not sure if you know. Other bloggers out there should make note of this too. If you’re not linking your reviews on anime and movies over on IMBD, you might want to start doing that. You can make an account and link them yourself. There’s not a lot of red tape, and so you won’t be stonewalled. It’s free to do.

        It’ll list the post in the “critics” section. While I’m not sure how many people actually go to critic reviews, IMBD is a very liked site by search engines. Hardly any anime reviewers link there at all. It’s an untapped market for many series.

        The way I see it, another link for possible traffic never hurts.

        Liked by 1 person

      • That’s some fascinating advice. Thank you! There was actually a director who suggested I should post things on IMDb after he saw me review of his short film.

        Like

  6. Wow, there is a lot of info in this post! I second Monster for distribution and had no clue HxH was a remake. People love that show. Sadly, I don’t remember any of those older shows you listed (although Samurai Pizza Cats sounds intriguing), and tried searching two anime I did remember watching in the early 2000s that fell off the face of the earth: Kimikiss Pure Rouge (which was picked up by CR) and Yakitate! Japan which is on Netflix…Japan.

    I wonder if Yakitate! Japan could be a (future) candidate for this list for Discotek to pick up?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thank you for checking out this post. It’s been great seeing some readership and support for this list. Monster is such a no-brainer and that anime deserved so much better when it came stateside. Yup, HxH was a remake the whole time. I remember buying the first volume of the manga the day it came out in America during the 00s and no one was talking about that anime until the remake came out. Fun fact: Junko Takuechi (Naruto’s VA) was the voice of Gon in the 1999 series and subsequent OVA sequels. Samurai Pizza Cats was something I watched as a kid and I would like to see it Japanese to see what it’s like. It was a wacky show with these cats working at a pizzeria, but become Power Rangers-like superheroes outside. I’ve never seen Kimikiss Pure Rouge, but I’ve seen Yakitate!! Japan. Why can’t it be on Netflix everywhere.

      That anime is actually licensed by Nozomi/Right Stuf.

      Liked by 1 person

      • You wrote a great list, it was really enjoyable to read! I hope in the future Monster will get picked up by someone. Wow, you were reading the manga in the early 2000s? That must have been hard to get.

        I now feel the urge to look up Samurai Pizza Cats on youtube to see if there’s a sub of it somewhere.

        (Did you hear about Crunchyroll aquiring Right Stuf?)

        Liked by 1 person

      • Glad you enjoyed reading that list. I hope Monster gets relicensed too. Are you talking about the Monster manga or just manga in general?

        I heard that Discotek actually licensed the original Japanese version. That would be something I’d like to see since I only saw the English dub back then.

        Wait, WHAT?! First the Funimation merger and now Right Stuf? That is crazy since Right Stuf owns Nozomi which is their anime distribution division let alone the store they had for over 30 years now. Some of Nozomi’s stuff is on RetroCrush, so will it affect whatever’s streaming there?

        Liked by 1 person

      • Okay. Thanks for clarifying. I didn’t see the Monster anime until later that decade or reading the manga.

        Thanks. I never knew that. I guess Crunchyroll is getting bigger with these mergers. Same here and I hope it doesn’t disrupt the Nozomi titles on RC and other places.

        Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s