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|Feed from the TRSI panel at Anime-Expo 2008. Transcription: bayoab
Note: ( ) is usually commenting on the panel and was not said.
14:54:37 <bay|AX|TRSI> in the room ... they have boxes for to heart, gravitation, emma, the third, shinobuden, and boogiepop on the panel area....
14:59:29 <bay|AX|TRSI> (the panel room is filling up now)
14:59:33 <bay|AX|TRSI> (the website will beat the panel)
15:01:05 <bay|AX|TRSI> Website has just updated with Gakuen Alice and Toward the terra
15:01:12 <bay|AX|TRSI> shawne kleckner
15:01:17 <bay|AX|TRSI> president of trsi
15:01:33 <bay|AX|TRSI> we are a boutique/specialty publisher...in business 21 years as of end of this month
15:01:41 <bay|AX|TRSI> i think... we will start with the DVD presentation
15:02:23 <bay|AX|TRSI> Marimite trailer
15:03:46 <bay|AX|TRSI> will be available at the end of the month
15:03:50 <bay|AX|TRSI> Season 2 before the end of the year
15:03:52 <bay|AX|TRSI> Season 3 next year
15:04:01 <bay|AX|TRSI> Season 1 July 29, Season 2 Fall 2008, Sesason 3 2009
15:04:11 <bay|AX|TRSI> "we will complete the series so you won't have to worry about that"
15:04:33 <bay|AX|TRSI> Aria trailer
15:06:31 <bay|AX|TRSI> season 1 sept 30 2008
15:06:43 <bay|AX|TRSI> following on that.. season 2 is already in production
15:06:53 <bay|AX|TRSI> Emma trailer
15:09:08 <bay|AX|TRSI> season 2 available oct 28 2008
15:09:23 <bay|AX|TRSI> season 1 already available
15:09:41 <bay|AX|TRSI> The Irresponsible Captain Tylor...
15:09:45 <bay|AX|TRSI> TV series remastered edition
15:09:49 <bay|AX|TRSI> Ova series remastered edition
15:09:51 <bay|AX|TRSI> coming soon
15:10:00 <bay|AX|TRSI> the hard subs that were in it originally will be removed
15:10:06 <bay|AX|TRSI> it will be in value format package
15:10:18 <bay|AX|TRSI> "okay... so what if i bought another set of this.... and now you are putting it out again"
15:10:33 <bay|AX|TRSI> "we value our fans.. and we will make it right.... we have a way to pick this piece up and not break the bank"
15:10:39 <bay|AX|TRSI> Toward the terra
15:10:40 <bay|AX|TRSI> coming winter 2008
15:11:02 <bay|AX|TRSI> BEI is putting out the TV series
15:11:16 <bay|AX|TRSI> and they are going to cross promote it with the movie from the 80's on dvd
15:11:24 <bay|AX|TRSI> it will have remasted video...
15:11:33 <bay|AX|TRSI> Gakuen Alice
15:11:38 <bay|AX|TRSI> opening song
15:13:19 <bay|AX|TRSI> Coming 2009
15:13:40 <bay|AX|TRSI> the manga is being released by TP.. which is one of the series which is continuing...
15:13:51 <bay|AX|TRSI> we will be releasing it as a series set at a low price
15:14:03 <bay|AX|TRSI> and as something i enjoy being able to do at the show.. you can buy them right now...
15:14:13 <bay|AX|TRSI> the preorders are already posted...
15:14:24 <bay|AX|TRSI> "i understand they have 12/12/12 on them...
15:14:29 <bay|AX|TRSI> "thats going to be an amazing day when that comes around...."
15:14:33 <bay|AX|TRSI> "our plans are spring 2009"
15:14:38 <bay|AX|TRSI> hit enter again...
15:14:42 <bay|AX|TRSI> other stuff...
15:14:45 <bay|AX|TRSI> some new haruhi tshirts
15:14:54 <bay|AX|TRSI> one with cheerleaders, one with bunny costumes ,and one with haruhi with the v
15:15:00 <bay|AX|TRSI> 4x shinobuden shirts
15:15:11 <bay|AX|TRSI> 2 onsokumaru, 1 bikinigirls, and one something chasing
15:15:15 <bay|AX|TRSI> 6 gravitation shirts/tanks
15:15:23 <bay|AX|TRSI> otaku university shirt....
15:15:29 <bay|AX|TRSI> and ...something.. a sound effect shirt
15:15:33 <bay|AX|TRSI> (all coming 2008)
15:15:59 <bay|AX|TRSI> pushing the trsi site trailer...
15:16:37 <bay|AX|TRSI> im excited about our new releases...
15:16:44 <bay|AX|TRSI> take a moment to hit the fact we have recently releases of emma
15:16:47 <bay|AX|TRSI> and upcoming of marimite
15:16:52 <bay|AX|TRSI> as well as aria in september
15:16:57 <bay|AX|TRSI> given that point... q&a
15:17:38 <bay|AX|TRSI> q: in the first box.. they have the manga about the victorian life.... in the second box?
15:17:53 <bay|AX|TRSI> a: we haven't decided yet.. it depends what we can put together/clear
15:17:58 <bay|AX|TRSI> it took a lot of time to put together
15:18:00 <bay|AX|TRSI> one thing as an extra
15:18:06 <bay|AX|TRSI> emma had an episode 0 for s2..
15:19:21 <bay|AX|TRSI> q: is the trsi direction going to continue being getting shows from the begining or is getting second seasons of shows that were cut off still an option?
15:19:46 <bay|AX|TRSI> a: the concept we are looking at for in releases.... we aren't the largest player of course... we look for titles which we feel the fans/customers are looking for...
15:19:54 <bay|AX|TRSI> do we always pick up scraps? no...
15:20:32 <bay|AX|TRSI> are we going to look to do that when we see a fanbase for a product that isn't available? yes, is that our only strategy? no
15:20:49 <bay|AX|TRSI> we are going to look to do shows that we can turn profit on
15:20:58 <bay|AX|TRSI> as such, we have to be careful what we publish
15:22:14 <bay|AX|TRSI> q: when i preordered emma... it said that the so many people were going to get there names in the credits.. where is that?...
15:22:24 <bay|AX|TRSI> there are some names on each disc in the extras section
15:22:29 <bay|AX|TRSI> q: any comment on To Heart 2?
15:22:36 <bay|AX|TRSI> can't comment on anything we haven't announced
15:23:14 <bay|AX|TRSI> q: marimite specials...? yes, we have them
15:23:21 <bay|AX|TRSI> q: plan to do anything more with the old titles?
15:23:38 <bay|AX|TRSI> a: (astroboy in larger sets?)
15:23:44 <bay|AX|TRSI> want to support 2009 release of the movie...
15:23:55 <bay|AX|TRSI> *we want to release astroboy in larger sets(?)
15:24:12 <bay|AX|TRSI> for other shows.. it depends
15:24:18 <bay|AX|TRSI> q: considering any alternate marketing?
15:24:36 <bay|AX|TRSI> digital distribution? you can do it with astroboy on adult swim... with other titles, as soon as we can clear it....
15:25:37 <bay|AX|TRSI> (season 2 production on marimite is already done)
15:26:24 <bay|AX|TRSI> q: emma... the box set.. the description on the back of each of the slim volumes is the same...
15:26:28 <bay|AX|TRSI> a: well.. you're right...
15:26:36 <bay|AX|TRSI> will that be fixed for s2?
15:26:56 <bay|AX|TRSI> no it won't (jokingly)
15:27:03 <bay|AX|TRSI> q: any plans for HD stuff
15:27:19 <bay|AX|TRSI> a: at the moment, no... we don't have any specific release strategy for blu-ray
15:27:27 <bay|AX|TRSI> i do know we have HD masters of some of the newer shows we do have
15:27:32 <bay|AX|TRSI> it comes down to offering costs and what we can sell
15:27:39 <bay|AX|TRSI> some of these titles.. there is a narrow window for sales to begin with...
15:27:53 <bay|AX|TRSI> we will do it in the future if we can do it economically
15:28:16 <bay|AX|TRSI> (i can't throw stuff in the dealer room so i can throw stuff here)
15:28:31 <bay|AX|TRSI> q: challenges of being in de moines......
15:28:46 <bay|AX|TRSI> a: i think its better than LA.. it doesn't take 4 hours to get work.. gas isn't $5.....
15:29:50 <bay|AX|TRSI> we are in the center so we can ship product to both coasts very quickly as opposed to east to west
15:31:26 <bay|AX|TRSI> q: with the new acquisitions.. continuing subtitled?
15:31:32 <bay|AX|TRSI> a: this will depend on our sales expectations...
15:31:41 <bay|AX|TRSI> gakuen alice will be subtitled, terra movie will be subtitled
15:32:15 <bay|AX|TRSI> if we have a product we feel we can dub (since the costs are expensive)...like going main stream or expected to sales a lot
15:32:49 <bay|AX|TRSI> they will... it's a costs issue
15:32:52 <bay|AX|TRSI> (paraphrased)
15:33:11 <bay|AX|TRSI> only if the sales can justify the costs
15:33:15 <bay|AX|TRSI> q: the nozomi branding?
15:33:26 <bay|AX|TRSI> a: the reason is to split the production division from what is percieved.. well is... a store
15:33:36 <bay|AX|TRSI> our company has two visions... production and retail...
15:33:48 <bay|AX|TRSI> so we made the decision to brand the production division with a different brand
15:34:25 <bay|AX|TRSI> (also on the dub question, it was added that recent titles would not have done well at all with a dub)
15:34:38 <bay|AX|TRSI> question about number of employees
15:34:56 <bay|AX|TRSI> about 60 in both divisions
15:35:50 <bay|AX|TRSI> q: regarding the new shirts.. when are the haruhi shirts coming?
15:35:59 <bay|AX|TRSI> a: are they up...if they aren't up they will be up shortly..
15:36:15 <bay|AX|TRSI> these will rotate about every 3-5 months
15:36:28 <bay|AX|TRSI> if you don't buy it within the time frame.. its gone
15:36:32 <bay|AX|TRSI> i want to refresh with new styles
15:37:00 <bay|AX|TRSI> and not just the same media over and over
15:37:06 <bay|AX|TRSI> q: which newer shows will get tshirts
15:37:23 <bay|AX|TRSI> a: we will gauge demand... we have tshirts from other properties that we don't own too....
15:38:04 <bay|AX|TRSI> if people want an emma shirt... if i get email traffic saying ill buy it... ill make an emma shirt
15:38:27 <bay|AX|TRSI> (lol, he just STFU'd someone in the audience)
15:38:47 <bay|AX|TRSI> q: how do fansubs affect a smaller company?
15:38:52 <bay|AX|TRSI> a: fansubs will affect the entire industry
15:38:58 <bay|AX|TRSI> it will affect every company from small to big
15:39:09 <bay|AX|TRSI> if a company pulls down a show and doesn't buy, the creator doesn't recieve revenue..
15:39:17 <bay|AX|TRSI> if they don't get $, they have no incentive to make properties
15:39:37 <bay|AX|TRSI> the revenue we generate supports the creators....
15:39:59 <bay|AX|TRSI> if the revenue doesn't come in for the properties.. they won't be made
15:40:18 <bay|AX|TRSI> our position.. we try to acquire properties that are seen as... not likely to be acquired....
15:40:29 <bay|AX|TRSI> if i see heavy fansub traffic, that will affect our decision to buy the product
15:40:38 <bay|AX|TRSI> it certainly is taken into account
15:41:01 <bay|AX|TRSI> (note, the fansub panel video is available on ANN)
15:41:05 <bay|AX|TRSI> q: soundtracks?
15:41:18 <bay|AX|TRSI> a: music rights are typically separate from video rights... a lot of time, they are controlled by separate companies...
15:41:25 <bay|AX|TRSI> if there is demand, we can try and acquire the material
15:41:31 <bay|AX|TRSI> music cds have really dropped off in terms of sales....
15:41:40 <bay|AX|TRSI> i know that we haven't done a lot of acquisition in that area because of that recently
15:41:47 <bay|AX|TRSI> it really comes down if there is demand for it
15:41:51 <bay|AX|TRSI> we would consider it
15:41:53 <bay|AX|TRSI> but right now, i don't see demand
15:41:59 <bay|AX|TRSI> would you consider digital media like itunes?
15:42:02 <bay|AX|TRSI> we are working on that...
15:42:44 <bay|AX|TRSI> digital availability.. you will see more of that over the next 5 months from us
15:42:50 <bay|AX|TRSI> (Everyone is addressing him as dark lord)
15:42:57 <bay|AX|TRSI> q: did it come into your mind to acquire a geneon title?
15:43:02 <bay|AX|TRSI> a: uh.. a.. yes?
15:43:22 <bay|AX|TRSI> we do a lot of services for that company... im very glad they were able to make an arrangement with funimation to bring the unfinished titles to the fans..
15:43:26 <bay|AX|TRSI> but thats all i can say right now
15:43:48 <bay|AX|TRSI> q: do you just do one color shirts (white) or others?
15:43:59 <bay|AX|TRSI> a: we try to match the color that we think matches the image
15:44:10 <bay|AX|TRSI> if there is something you are looking for, email customer service...
15:44:28 <bay|AX|TRSI> we keep track of all of those for judging demand
15:44:57 <bay|AX|TRSI> q: how are sales of non-dvd merchandise..
15:45:01 <bay|AX|TRSI> a: im not sure how to answer that...
15:45:20 <bay|AX|TRSI> sales on non-dvd merchandise... they kinda go up and down based on the property popularity and what is being released
15:45:26 <bay|AX|TRSI> we have seen merchandise sales do pretty well
15:45:31 <bay|AX|TRSI> you can't download tshirts so thats a positive for us
15:45:51 <bay|AX|TRSI> as a whole.... the anime product... the anime brands are under merchandized unless you look at DBZ.. and the kids oriented propeties..
15:46:02 <bay|AX|TRSI> i think you will see that change as long as the customers are willing to buy it
15:46:13 <bay|AX|TRSI> q: more gravitation t-shirts... girl sizes or regular sizes?
15:46:15 <bay|AX|TRSI> a: both
15:46:35 <bay|AX|TRSI> q: what kind of extras with the aria box set
15:46:43 <bay|AX|TRSI> (audience: gondola)
15:46:51 <bay|AX|TRSI> a: yea, we have minturized the gondola ... (jokingly)
15:46:59 <bay|AX|TRSI> i don't know that we have set the specifics
15:47:03 <bay|AX|TRSI> there are bios and the regular stuff...
15:47:17 <bay|AX|TRSI> it really comes again to clearance
15:47:35 <bay|AX|TRSI> in the past we have tried to obtain some things and we couldn't because they weren't cleared for non-japanese use
15:48:26 <bay|AX|TRSI> q: (something for cars...)
15:48:30 <bay|AX|TRSI> a: email..
15:49:35 <bay|AX|TRSI> q: (guy is talking about download/buy and download/not buy people)
15:49:52 <bay|AX|TRSI> a: it is very difficult to know... what... i don't think there is a way to quantify those groups
15:50:00 <bay|AX|TRSI> i do know there are obviously people who download fansubs and buy the product
15:50:07 <bay|AX|TRSI> i applaud you because i believe you are in the minority
15:50:16 <bay|AX|TRSI> one of the things we are trying to do is to provide our episodes in a way that can be previewed
15:50:31 <bay|AX|TRSI> i know that people aren't fond of dropping $50 on a box set and not knowing they will enjoy it
15:52:18 <bay|AX|TRSI> (a NON question)
15:52:25 <bay|AX|TRSI> (more like a statment)
15:52:41 <bay|AX|TRSI> (he's talking about fansubs and monitization....)
15:53:20 <bay|AX|TRSI> we need to keep the lights on and that isn't going to happen if someone doesn't purchase the product
15:54:04 <bay|AX|TRSI> (paraphrased: we need to be able to recover the money for sales...)
15:54:10 <bay|AX|TRSI> *from
15:55:29 <bay|AX|TRSI> q: is there any reason it takes so long to get the details available even though its up for preoder instantly
15:55:38 <bay|AX|TRSI> a: we sometimes have great ideas but we can't clear it with the licensor
15:56:04 <bay|AX|TRSI> we try to make sure we have all the stuff cleared before we post it
15:56:17 <bay|AX|TRSI> (for them and all companies)
15:56:37 <bay|AX|TRSI> box set for the third?
15:56:48 <bay|AX|TRSI> i don't think there will be one this year.. probably next
15:57:03 <bay|AX|TRSI> end