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Has Nelvana’s Medabots anime license expired?

With the recent news that Amazon Instant Video was headed to PS3 I decided to be a bit nosy and look around the US Amazon website to check out their library of content. I don’t know why I would do that since there isn’t even a Canadian equivalent of that service for me to bemoan about the lack of content on our version. Anyways, one of the Amazon Instant Video titles I remember being slightly salty about not being here at all was Medabots. Medabots was a video game based anime series Nelvana licensed in the early 00s and aired to some success on YTV, and abroad. It was about a bunch of kids in the near future who had robots they could battle with. The show was a lot of fun, and definitely one of the highlights in regards to Toronto dubbed anime. While the first series got a Canada-only VHS, and DVD release (courtesty of Kaboom), alongside a complete U.S. release from ADV, and a partial DVD release from Shout! Factory the second series (known as “Medarot Damashii” in Japan) never received a DVD release here. That’s why Amazon Instant Video interested me. You see, that was the only legal way someone could watch those episodes, though given that’s the terrible part of the series I’m not sure why anyone would want to watch it… Anyways, the news of the PS3 application got me interested in checking to see if it was compatible. Instead of finding out my American buddies could watch the misadventures of Ikki Tenyrou and Coach Mountain, I was greeted with this: Continue reading