Canceled on the verduous planet: The 2nd season of Gargantia on the Verduous Planet* (cumbersome name, good show) has been junked in favor of — no, not a theatrical film! no, not an OVA! a novel! Talk about budget reductions. Maybe the plan is to test the waters with the novel and then animate that if sales are strong.
The culprit? "Various circumstances made it difficult," according to the underlying article, which could be anything from scheduling conflicts to backers pulling out. A shame. Production I.G lent their usual classy touch to the original series, which ended right when things were beginning to get most interesting.
Crunchyrin-ne: Crunchyroll has landed streaming rights to the anime adaptation of Rumiko Takahashi's Rin-ne*. What little I've read of it plays like Bleach Lite — not a bad thing, given how Bleach bogged down terribly after a certain amount of time, and how Takahashi's light touch hasn't been seen in action ever since Inuyasha devolved into the same kind of grinding wheel as that story (although, from what I understand, it wasn't really her fault).
O joyous day: Discotek Media took to Facebook to announce a ton of new licenses. Among them: Giant Gorg (the soundtrack for which I blundered across in a garage sale ages ago; the anime has never been seen here); Osamu Tezuka's Dororo (!), a reissue of Crunchyroll's DVD edition of 5 Centimeters Per Second (one of Makoto Shinkai's better moments); Library Wars; and Samurai Pizza Cats, among others. The company is still deriving a great deal of mileage from its reputation as a nostalgia merchant, but they're picking up more recent titles that also have a solid draw. Long may they wave.