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Unedited Feed from the Stardriver Premiere Panel at New York Anime Festival 2010. Transcription: bayoab
Note: ( ) is usually commenting on the panel and was not said.

13:19:05 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> (Hiroe Tsukamoto giving the intro...)
13:18:05 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> thank you for coming to the premiere
13:18:48 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> (staff intro)
13:20:24 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> we have a special guest from Japan, president and executive producer from bones
13:20:32 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> Mr. Masahiko Minami
13:20:34 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> please welcome him
13:21:10 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> Hello
13:21:14 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> Thank you very much for coming
13:21:17 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> I love new york
13:21:53 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> I'm really happy that you are all here and you are about to watch star driver
13:22:14 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> There is a post that i want to take with all of you after you are done watching this episode
13:22:18 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> Enjoy
13:22:33 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> Thank you very much Mr. Minami
13:22:34 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> and now we will start showing star driver
13:45:57 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> (showing over)
13:46:20 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> so let's welcome Mr. Minami one more time for a Q&A session
13:46:48 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> What do you think about everyone's expression and reaction?
13:47:18 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> Well I really got the impression that you guys enjoyed watching that episode, but I am surprised at how much laughter there was during the kiss scene.
13:47:26 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> So, opening the floor...
13:47:36 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> Q: What was your inspiration for the series itself?
13:49:12 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> A: Well, the director of this, 3 years ago, they worked on a title called Ouran High school host club, and it's over now, but while it was going on, but I had the idea, if these two get together and make a show, we would get something strange and interesting, and thus we got a high school robot anime
13:49:16 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> Q: What does kiraboshi mean?
13:50:23 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> A; The underground society that we saw in the anime, the name is the Kiraboshi Jujidan, and since everyone is wearing a mask, they use the post to identify that they are a member of the society... now, when you do the pose, you have to make your thumb is sticking out too
13:50:37 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> Q: What does ginga bishounen?
13:50:52 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> A; There are several terms in the anime which we simply romanized in the anime and didn't translate... you know what miko means?
13:51:12 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> And Ginga Bishounen... a direct translation would be Galactic Pretty Boy
13:51:47 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> So, the ginga bishounen, is actually crucial and a very important part of the plot...
13:52:27 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> So the main character, takuto, he certainly is a pretty boy, it's not just refering to him, but it's not just refering to him, it's refering to something greater, something galactic
13:52:42 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> Q: Season 2 of Heroman? (missed 2nd part)
13:53:28 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> A: So the anime heroman just finished broadcasting in Japan and we will be bringing it here overseas soon, but that's a show where i don't want to think of it as a season 1, etc,
13:53:42 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> I would want to keep producing it but there are no more plans right now.
13:53:48 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> (Please keep questions to star driver)
13:54:05 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> Q:(Couldn't hear at all)
13:54:42 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> A: So 1.2% is low, but we believe it was low because Ishakawa Ryo was playing golf on another channel.
13:55:08 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> Q: Inspirations and background on cybodys?
13:56:10 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> A: The design for the cybody is the same as the person who did Heroman and E7,
13:56:23 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> There are 22 cybodies, and the idea is the base body is the same, but the silhouette changes depending on the driver
13:56:30 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> we want each one to be unique and appealing
13:57:00 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> Q: The naming plan for the cybodies comes from the phonecian alphabet?
13:57:08 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> (couldn't hear rest)
13:58:14 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> A: The phonecian alphabet became the idea behind the symbols and each one has a meaning and that was put into the cybodys
13:58:59 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> Q:(Couldn't understand that question at all) - was about the pinch/pincher/punch gag
13:59:19 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> A: The japanese are big fan of puns, so he used a pincer, pinch, and then a punch, so it's a triple joke that the Japanese can appreciate.
13:59:55 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> Q: Was it(?) inspired by older series like (Cybuster? TTGL?)
14:01:07 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> A: So the person who did the designs for the mecha, he also does work for Gainax, and the two shows you reference are both from Gainax, so it is possible that working with those people, he was influenced
14:01:21 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> but the base design was done by someone else and the idea was to have a very stylish mecha
14:01:35 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> Q: What kind of academy is in Star Driver?
14:02:10 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> A: It's a normal private highschool. They learn all sorts of stuff.
14:02:31 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> Q: What factor do you think makes Star Driver unique?
14:03:41 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> A: So I said earlier that this is a high school robot anime
14:03:55 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> now there have been anime in the past where the kids have piloted a robot and gone to school
14:04:17 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> now, we are seriously doing a high school robot anime where the robots coexist with the highschool life (paraphrase)
14:04:47 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> so, there are all these robot battles going on underground, and there is an underground society, this is all part of regular high school life
14:04:59 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> Finally, Mr. Minami's comments to american fans.
14:07:17 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> So you just watched the first episode, and i'm sure you have a lot of questions about what's going on, i don't have all the ansers myself
14:07:17 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> this is an anime where we want you to enjoy the robots, high school and love
14:07:17 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> we made this anime so you can enjoy the journey to the end and as the story progresses you will get answers
14:07:18 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> one question you may have is there was no opening animation
14:07:18 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> we couldn't finish it in time
14:07:18 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> the opening animation is being done by nabeshin
14:07:18 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> it's a very stylish and cool opening so i hope you get to see it soon
14:07:53 <bay|NYAF|StarDriver> thank you for coming
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