This is continuing my current train of thought, which kicked in this past weekend in between football games. Just for the sake of the conversation, I decided to put up a list of the anime films and series that are not available in America, but deserve to be.
If I had the resources to start up an animation publishing house, for release on iTunes and DVD, this would be my dream list. Anything on Ghibli ga Ippai label nonwithstanding:
Little Prince and the 8-Headed Dragon
Gulliver's Travels Beyond the Moon
Horus, Prince of the Sun
Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves
Puss in Boots 2
Belladonna of Sadness
Night on the Galactic Railroad
Nasu: Summer in Adaulsia
Lupin III, Series One
Heidi, Girl of the Alps
3000 Leagues in Search of Mother
Anne of Green Gables
Future Boy Conan
Like the Clouds, Like the Wind (tv movie)
For films, I'd want to get all their available films from '58-'72, which covers their "classic period." For television, the obvious candidate is the World Masterpiece Theatre series. There are some other seasons (A Dog of Flanders, Perine's Story, Huck Finn, Little Women) that would be successful.
If I have only a handful of options at the onset, I'll just grab the two or three most essentials. For films, gimmie Horus, Akira, Mind Game. For television, Conan and Anne. I think Anne should be the first WMT series to import. It's the most well-known name, and makes favorable comparisons to Canada's live-action and cartoon Anne.
Everything goes on iTunes. Fight like hell for broadcast rights. Use the company website to build the online community. Hire at least one full-timer to manage it; include weblog, Facebook, and MySpace.