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Feed from the Circus panel at Anime-Expo 2008. Transcription: zalas
Note: ( ) is usually commenting on the panel and was not said.

21:20:56 <zalas|Circus> they're taking up the 2nd room now for waiting room
21:21:05 <zalas|Circus> the first room is full
21:22:03 <zalas|Circus> This is an 18+ panel, and ID's are checked before people are let into the waiting room
21:35:56 <zalas|Circus> press is allowed in now
21:51:14 <zalas|Circus> Hi
21:51:21 <zalas|Circus> welcome to the circus panel
21:51:27 <zalas|Circus> my name is shizuki yamashita and I'll be the moderator and translator today
21:51:42 <zalas|Circus> producer, promoter, composer, self proclaimed steve jobs of the bishoujo game industry
21:51:55 <zalas|Circus> Hi I'm from Saitama
21:52:01 <zalas|Circus> I'm tororo
21:52:15 <zalas|Circus> Circus is a company that creates moe games
21:52:47 <zalas|Circus> Those of you who attended the panel last year, not only did we do video games for Japan, we're looking into doing things in the US and worldwide
21:52:50 <zalas|Circus> (applause)
21:53:10 <zalas|Circus> We make this video game Da Capo, do you guys know it?
21:53:11 <zalas|Circus> (YES)
21:53:52 <zalas|Circus> Other than da capo, we did fantasy games recently
21:54:00 <zalas|Circus> we're also creating an otome game geared at women
21:54:11 <zalas|Circus> good response from the women, but...
21:54:24 <zalas|Circus> illustrator and manga artist kayura yuka
21:54:48 <zalas|Circus> I was in charge of drawing Otome in Da Capo II
21:54:58 <zalas|Circus> Kayurayuka
21:55:14 <zalas|Circus> Otome was selected as #1 character in G's Magazine
21:55:42 <zalas|Circus> I draw Suika manga in G's Magazine Comic Festival
21:56:02 <zalas|Circus> How many know of the serialization?
21:56:05 <zalas|Circus> (not many)
21:56:11 <zalas|Circus> Cy-Rim rev.
21:56:19 <zalas|Circus> singer for OP song of da capo poker
21:56:43 <zalas|Circus> Hi everybody, I'm miru of Cy-Rim rev. and I'm the vocalist and I write the lyrics
21:57:05 <zalas|Circus> Hi , nice to meet you, I'm masa of Cy-Rim rev. and I play the guitar and compose the music
21:57:53 <zalas|Circus> Cylume is the name of the glowsticks in Japan
21:58:27 <zalas|Circus> At live events in Akiba, everyone bring the cylumes with them and wave them around in concerts
21:59:19 <zalas|Circus> We named ourselves after Cylume because everyone was familiar with the term and our songs had color themes
22:00:06 <zalas|Circus> Before we talk about how our debut happened, let's talk about how we met tororo danchou
22:00:21 <zalas|Circus> I happened to be in Ueno and walking down the street with a piece of bread in my mouth
22:00:34 <zalas|Circus> And then there was an intersection
22:00:39 <zalas|Circus> and miru was running there
22:00:49 <zalas|Circus> and then we bumped into each other
22:00:51 <zalas|Circus> and I dropped my bread
22:01:10 <zalas|Circus> Then at that same moment, tororo danchou walked about
22:01:19 <zalas|Circus> and ask "is it the golden bread or the silver bread or this regular bread thing?"
22:01:32 <zalas|Circus> And that's how Cy-Rim revolution was created
22:02:06 <zalas|Circus> How many of you have bought the CD?
22:02:12 <zalas|Circus> (guy brings CD upto panel)
22:02:30 <zalas|Circus> also available at Anime Expo
22:03:15 <zalas|Circus> we had a mini stage at our booth
22:03:20 <zalas|Circus> last but not least
22:03:25 <zalas|Circus> singer debuting with sora wo tobu mitsu no houhou
22:03:28 <zalas|Circus> Aina Kase
22:04:01 <zalas|Circus> I'm like a kouhai of Cy-Rim revolution
22:04:19 <zalas|Circus> reason why I came to US, soramitsu was going to be released on 7/25
22:04:40 <zalas|Circus> I'm singing the theme songs for the video game and so I'm here to talk a little about the video game
22:04:46 <zalas|Circus> This is my first time in the US
22:05:09 <zalas|Circus> I've been outside of Japan, so I'm really amazed how big and beautiful the US is
22:05:19 <zalas|Circus> I really thought that 'wow japan is really small'
22:05:51 <zalas|Circus> I came on july 1
22:05:55 <zalas|Circus> and in the short amount of time
22:05:58 <zalas|Circus> I went to holywood
22:06:01 <zalas|Circus> and santa monica
22:06:09 <zalas|Circus> I went to a strip club yesterday
22:06:18 <zalas|Circus> It was great
22:06:46 <zalas|Circus> With CRR, we're going to be having a concert on sunday and I want to look around AX and learn as much as I can during my stay here
22:07:19 <zalas|Circus> About how I debuted, I joined the label in March, my first single will be released in september
22:07:50 <zalas|Circus> before my debut, I attended the dwango school under seiyuu and talents division
22:08:15 <zalas|Circus> for the CD that'll be released
22:08:20 <zalas|Circus> 2 songs from soramitsu
22:08:25 <zalas|Circus> and 1 song I wrote the lyrics with tororo
22:08:53 <zalas|Circus> soramitsu is from la''cryma
22:08:58 <zalas|Circus> coproduced by circus and broccoli
22:09:13 <zalas|Circus> the genre for the game is love flight adventure
22:09:32 <zalas|Circus> about spending your school life w/ a girl
22:09:39 <zalas|Circus> similar to a lot of games you guys are used to playing
22:09:53 <zalas|Circus> the game is to find the third and final way of flying in the sky
22:10:08 <zalas|Circus> 1st is flying in the sky using your imagination
22:10:21 <zalas|Circus> 2nd is ride in an airplane, using a machine, etc.
22:10:44 <zalas|Circus> 3rd way of flying, this girl Karin, who took over the school, tells you to find the third method of flying
22:10:57 <zalas|Circus> You're supposed to find a way to fly in the sky using your own powers
22:11:10 <zalas|Circus> In orde to learn that, you must play the game and find out for yourself
22:11:22 <zalas|Circus> There are a lot of cute girls so I hope you enjoy the game
22:11:32 <zalas|Circus> Big news
22:11:38 <zalas|Circus> two circus games are now available in English
22:11:57 <zalas|Circus> tororo: This is a service that is actually transmitted from Europe
22:12:28 <zalas|Circus> Downloadable purchase game
22:12:31 <zalas|Circus> license is for Da Capo and Suika
22:12:39 <zalas|Circus> Let us show you a video from mangagamer
22:12:43 <zalas|Circus> we also have flyers and dvds
22:14:06 <zalas|Circus> (playing a video of a person cosplaying da capo introducing bishoujo games)
22:18:55 <zalas|Circus> (showing Da Capo and Suika AS OP segments)
22:20:00 <zalas|Circus> (Edelweiss OP)
22:22:01 <zalas|Circus> tororo: It makes me feel very moe
22:22:48 <zalas|Circus> Q: So which bread did you choose?
22:23:05 <zalas|Circus> A: I don't remember
22:23:27 <zalas|Circus> A: Must have been the yakisoba bread
22:23:36 <zalas|Circus> A: But red bean buns are good too
22:24:18 <zalas|Circus> Q: How do you feel about finally getting moe games with a storyline in the US?
22:24:52 <zalas|Circus> A: 3 years ago when I came, not a lot of people understood the concept of moe
22:25:04 <zalas|Circus> A: now though, if you say the word moe, there's a lot of people who REALLY understand what it means
22:25:17 <zalas|Circus> A: moe is to feel very kyun kyun
22:25:59 <zalas|Circus> Q: plans on da capo 2 immediately or the 16 or so fandiscs for da capo 1 first?
22:27:07 <zalas|Circus> A: in japan they refer to this as circus business
22:27:15 <zalas|Circus> A: it's like walking on a tightrope
22:27:33 <zalas|Circus> A: we probably won't be doing all the different versions
22:27:55 <zalas|Circus> A: probably next is DCPC or DCII
22:28:07 <zalas|Circus> A: it would be nice we could release both Japanese and English versions simultaneously
22:29:52 <zalas|Circus> Q: why did you choose a download version? If everybody is used to downloading games illegally, but what are going to convince people to buy the products?
22:30:06 <zalas|Circus> Q: why not use physical products to get people bonus items, etc.?
22:30:46 <zalas|Circus> A: it's very difficult to create packaged merchandise and ship it out
22:31:14 <zalas|Circus> A: even if we make packaged proeducts, there's people downloading it anyway and we'll have alot of leftover inventory
22:31:22 <zalas|Circus> A: and thus it'll start stockpoiling in our office
22:31:41 <zalas|Circus> A: and so if we have a stockpile of merch, we won't be able to make new games
22:31:55 <zalas|Circus> A: so we'll start a downloading service and find out how much people will actualy bu y it
22:32:03 <zalas|Circus> A: and then design a packaged product depending on region
22:32:29 <zalas|Circus> A: we're open to lots of suggestions, which titles you want, if you want to buy cds, body pillows, packaged products
22:33:35 <zalas|Circus> Now doing a raffle
22:36:19 <zalas|Circus> Now drawing for autograph session
22:36:22 <zalas|Circus> tomorrow 2pm
22:40:41 <zalas|Circus> now janken game
22:40:50 <zalas|Circus> to get an autographed compuselections
22:43:12 <zalas|Circus> we're selling ax eclusive da capo kotori tshirt
22:43:17 <zalas|Circus> $18 at broccoli booth
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