By George, I may have called it, if seeing the obvious can be used to ego-stroke oneself.
Just spotted over at AoDVD:
Bandai Visual Gears Up (03:08 PM EST): A new Boss Note at the Bandai Visual USA dot-anime site by company president Tatsunori Konno discusses some of the changes coming up for the company in total as the fiscal year ends and begins anew. Of interest, though without much on the ground detail, is this statement: “I discussed about our business strategy for this year and the next with others in the Namco-Bandai group; our final consensus is that we will present new anime shows simultaneously all over the world.”
And in other news, we’re still waiting to hear a formal announcement of ADV’s demise. It’s been two weeks now…
Edit: and then I went back and read the next paragraph about
Clannad’s Claymore’s (arg! Thanks. Andrew) license:
The anime release has no information as of yet but if FUNimation keeps true to what Gen Fukunaga has said in his recent Anime Today podcast, we’ll see this either in sets or in download to own form within the near future as they try to minimize the release windows.
Of course DL to own still means DRM, but it’s better than nothing.
Edit 2: Come to think of it, that explains the price points on True Tears and Shigofumi. Instead of lowering Japanese prices to a reasonable level, they’re jacking up ours to match, and prevent reverse importation.