June 04, 2022

Tubi (update 3)

A bunch more reasons to like Tubi. GKIDS and streaming service Tubi have entered into a content partnership deal.

GKIDS is probably best known in the anime community for taking over the licensing and distribution of Ghibli productions from Disney. HBO Max paid a king's ransom for exclusive access to the Ghibli catalog, so that content is unlikely to be part of the arrangement.

But GKIDS still has a good deal of high quality content not locked down by exclusives. Tubi has been working with GKIDS for a while and has The Case of Hana & Alice, Genius Party, Genius Party Beyond, Napping Princess, and Summer Days With Coo, along with a half dozen non-anime titles.

Belle just ended its theatrical release so I don't expect it to show up anytime soon, but I'll cross my fingers and hope for good news about Weathering with You, A Letter to Momo, Promare, and Fortune Favors Lady Nikudo. Along with several Masaaki Yuasa films and Goro Miyazaki's Ronja series.

For now, Children of the Sea, Fireworks, Modest Heroes, Lu Over the Wall, and Okko's Inn are on Netflix, but I don't know if those are exclusives.

Alas, the anime licensing gods giveth and they taketh away. A bunch of great Eleven Arts movies left Tubi, including Liz and the Blue Bird, Maquia, Penguin Highway, Sound Euphonium, and The Wonderland.

The silver lining in this latest game of IP musical chairs is that Tubi added to its lineup Shirobako, the 2020 movie sequel to the 2014 series, and a true anime classic, seven seasons of Rumiko Takahashi's gender-bending martial arts comedy, Ranma 1/2.

Related links

Tubi (update 1)
Tubi (update 2)

The Case of Hana & Alice
Genius Party
Genius Party Beyond
Napping Princess
Ranma 1/2
(the movie)
Summer Days With Coo

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