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  • Just the fact that this tiny little companynote  goes way out of their way to license old shows that only diehard anime fans care about, and take great pains to please their fans, is pretty awesome in its own right.
  • Many of the old shows they license are classics in a very literal sense – some of their titles (like Lupin III: Part 1 or the old Toei films) are extremely important in the context of animation history, but missed out on an American release the first time around for whatever reason.
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  • Their release of Lupin the 3rd: The Mystery of Mamo contains not one, but four English dubs, one of which (the 1978 Toho dub) had to be compiled together from fragments of varying quality and cleaned up, and another one (the 1996 Manga dub) was so rare that there were doubts that they could acquire decent materials for it. Might not seem like much to those who prefer subtitles, but to those who watch English dubs or enjoy the history of anime, this is definitely quite a feat.
  • Discotek released a statement saying that in regards to their Blue Submarine No. 6 release, they used the Blue Fleet version, not realizing it included the edited Toonami dub. They never knew it was there before, but now they know, and they're going to re-release it soon. The fact that they're so professional about it makes their diehard fans happy. Unfortunately, as seen on the forum for that article, some detractors made some nasty comments like how their releases look worse than bootlegs and claiming they're not REALLY going to fix it. Thankfully, more appreciative people called them out on their immature behavior, which you don't often see in regards to licensing companies.
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  • They nabbed The Castle of Cagliostro. Both the Manga UK and Streamline Pictures dubs will be added. That's all you need to know.
  • Another one for dub fans will be their release of Lupin the 3rd: Jigen's Gravestone, which will be their first release to include a brand new English dub.
  • If the trailer shown during the Toonami panel at MomoCon is any indication, their DVD rerelease of IGPX will do the series justice and then some, including remasters of both the original japanese cut and the televised Toonami cut, as well as the original Total Immersion Event mini-series and a plethora of bonus features.
    • Speaking of Toonami, Discotek finally has a show on the block, Lupin III: The Italian Adventure, the first show since the block's revival. The same was done for Part V.
  • Getting Team Four Star of all people to do the dub of Hell's Angels, given how wacky and insane the comic series and its movie adaptation are, this was a good move on Discotek's part.
  • A dedicated project fellow producer and Anime News Network founder Justin Sevakis took over a year to complete was restoring the uncut dub of Cyborg 009: The Cyborg Soldier that was produced by Avex, Sony, and Animaze. The license was first announced at Otakon 2017, and with that project finally done, it was released on SD Blu-ray June 25, 2019.
    • The reason for the restoration is because the master tapes for the dub were in bad shape, so he used tapes from all around to make the dub sound as good without any cuts whatsoever. There is a gallery about the whole procedure on the disc.
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  • After S'More Entertainment nabbed the licenses to the Galaxy Express 999 series and Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo and mishandled them horribly, Discotek picked them right back up with the intention of giving them the treatment they deserved. Discotek was originally offered the license to the former, but didn't take it on because they were burned out after working on Fist of the North Star for so long. After seeing what S'More did to the series, they swept right in and nabbed the license to both shows, which is a big relief for the fans.
  • Them managing to find the TMS dub pilot of Magic Knight Rayearth and including it on the Blu-Ray is awesome, as said dub was considered lost media for decades.
  • In March 2021, it was announced that not only has Discotek licensed Sgt. Frog for Blu-ray, it was also announced that they'd be releasing all 358 episodes of the anime.
  • Also in that same announcement, Discotek managed to locate the original masters of Project A-ko, which were long though to have been lost.
    • To give some clarification, the original film masters to Project A-ko were lost at some point in the early-90s, and due to nobody being able to locate them, they were assumed to have been thrown away or destroyed by accident. Discotek, in late 2020, had announced their plans to remaster Project A-ko using the best available source — in this case, the full-frame Laserdisc release — in conjunction with a video capture device called the Domesday Duplicator (designed to capture the clean RF laser signal directly from the disc, bypassing the composite output of traditional LD capture) and a new upscaling technology called Astro Res to make the film look, as was believed to be the case at the time, the best it possibly could look. As Discotek was in the process of upscaling the film in earnest, following multiple months of testing with Astro Res to produce the best possible results, they were tipped off by Robert Woodhead of AnimEigo that he may have figured out where the film elements to Project A-ko actually were. Sure enough, after getting the Japanese licensors to physically scour the area where the film was believed to be, the original film negatives of Project A-ko were found in pristine condition, and Discotek announced their plans to do a full HD remaster of the movie from these newly-found elements. The kicker, and the reason the film was lost for so many years? A clerical error had made the film impossible to locate in the catalog of the laboratory the masters were stored at, and Woodhead only found out where Project A-ko was located because separate records (which also included Metal Skin Panic MADOX-01, which Woodhead was after) listed the film as being contained at the laboratory. Essentially, Project A-ko went lost for 30 years because somebody filed it away incorrectly.
  • In August 2021, Discotek announced they would bring the legendary OVA Gunbuster to Blu-ray...and will be giving it a brand new English dub, something everyone believed was impossible.

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