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

15:27:28 <bay|AX|Funi> we have a PPT on screen
15:27:44 <bay|AX|Funi> and it looks like it will be a new one
15:28:08 <bay|AX|Funi> and we have Adam up on stage.. as well as...
15:28:30 <bay|AX|Funi> Gen in the audience....
15:30:14 <bay|AX|Funi> Hello there...
15:30:21 <bay|AX|Funi> There we go...
15:30:24 <bay|AX|Funi> how is everyone doing
15:30:35 <bay|AX|Funi> happy post independence day
15:30:49 <bay|AX|Funi> there is nothing more patriotic than spending your weekend at an anime con
15:30:57 <bay|AX|Funi> thanks for coming
15:31:01 <bay|AX|Funi> im adam sheehan..
15:31:06 <bay|AX|Funi> we're going to talk about all the wonderful fun things
15:31:13 <bay|AX|Funi> some of the new products and other stuff as well as q&A
15:31:15 <bay|AX|Funi> without much ado
15:31:28 <bay|AX|Funi> the state of the industry: DON'T PANIC (this time bold and blue)
15:31:49 <bay|AX|Funi> Change creates opportunity - Gen Fukunaga
15:31:56 <bay|AX|Funi> what you are seeing now is the ebb and flow... this is just a change in the market
15:32:11 <bay|AX|Funi> what you are just seeing is a change and a shift from one format
15:32:16 <bay|AX|Funi> about that...
15:32:21 <bay|AX|Funi> the state of the anime industry...
15:32:27 <bay|AX|Funi> looking at the bigger picture - non-anime market
15:32:33 <bay|AX|Funi> new technology - blu-ray digital downloads
15:32:38 <bay|AX|Funi> packaging trends - changing with them..
15:32:48 <bay|AX|Funi> (retailers and fans were asking for boxsets with more eps)
15:33:35 <bay|AX|Funi> putting stuff out in the way the fans are purchasing and you guys are purchasing..
15:33:37 <bay|AX|Funi> giving you guys what you want
15:33:42 <bay|AX|Funi> you like more episodes right? (cheer)
15:33:57 <bay|AX|Funi> convention attendance increasing nationally... internet viewership increase.. hollywood taking on anime properties..
15:34:04 <bay|AX|Funi> (still state of the industry)
15:34:13 <bay|AX|Funi> fans want to interact...
15:34:23 <bay|AX|Funi> we're happy fans are coming out more and more
15:34:31 <bay|AX|Funi> and conventions are important because we touch the fans.. not in the wrong way but talking to them
15:34:39 <bay|AX|Funi> the reason we love this is you guys are brutally honest
15:35:02 <bay|AX|Funi> we love seeing the passion
15:35:18 <bay|AX|Funi> streaming... youtube... the new youtube initiative we have...
15:35:19 <bay|AX|Funi> itunes...
15:35:37 <bay|AX|Funi> hollywood is working on stuff like Speed racer.. and that Dragon ball z thing
15:35:48 <bay|AX|Funi> hollywood is looking at whats next and they are looking at anime
15:35:51 <bay|AX|Funi> moving on..
15:35:53 <bay|AX|Funi> digital download
15:36:03 <bay|AX|Funi> aquarion complete series late july to itunes since they are doing so well
15:36:14 <bay|AX|Funi> dubbed not subbed
15:36:34 <bay|AX|Funi> funimation mobile...
15:36:37 <bay|AX|Funi> funimation channel is on the go
15:36:43 <bay|AX|Funi> unlimited access to selected anime titles
15:36:47 <bay|AX|Funi> with att/sprint
15:36:52 <bay|AX|Funi> 5 min chapters to watch on your phone
15:36:57 <bay|AX|Funi> two season packages (gsg/moonphase)
15:37:04 <bay|AX|Funi> season 1 of galaxy railways free with either package
15:37:13 <bay|AX|Funi> text "go funimation" to 22646
15:37:25 <bay|AX|Funi> for more info
15:37:38 <bay|AX|Funi> (missed the url)
15:37:41 <bay|AX|Funi> podcast...
15:38:04 <bay|AX|Funi> montly update as well as the weekly quickie
15:38:11 <bay|AX|Funi> we announced heroic age on friday
15:38:19 <bay|AX|Funi> you can watch it through our website on funimation.com or subscribe on itunes
15:38:21 <bay|AX|Funi> blu-ray
15:38:25 <bay|AX|Funi> adding more things
15:38:28 <bay|AX|Funi> afro samurai
15:38:34 <bay|AX|Funi> dbz double feature (tree of might/lord slug)
15:38:41 <bay|AX|Funi> dbz double feature (cooler's revenge/return of cooler)
15:38:49 <bay|AX|Funi> robotech: shadow chronicles
15:38:53 <bay|AX|Funi> shinobi: heart under blade
15:38:54 <bay|AX|Funi> vexille
15:39:14 <bay|AX|Funi> look for a lot of new stuff from us coming blu-ray from us
15:39:17 <bay|AX|Funi> part of the future of animation
15:39:19 <bay|AX|Funi> case closed
15:39:22 <bay|AX|Funi> season 1
15:39:28 <bay|AX|Funi> msrp 49.98, 1-26
15:39:31 <bay|AX|Funi> putting out season box sets
15:40:04 <bay|AX|Funi> available july 22th(?)... bonus features include...
15:40:21 <bay|AX|Funi> YYH s1, 34.98, ep 1-26, july 8th
15:41:05 <bay|AX|Funi> one piece
15:41:10 <bay|AX|Funi> season one, second voyage
15:41:30 <bay|AX|Funi> msrp 49.98, 14-26, exclusive cover art, sep 23rd, extras: trailers, textless songs, select episode commentaries
15:42:19 <bay|AX|Funi> toei are drawing new artwork for every release
15:42:42 <bay|AX|Funi> dbz season 6, complete cell games sagas, 29 action packed episodes on 6 discs..
15:42:50 <bay|AX|Funi> newly revised english dialogue with japanese audio, marathon play
15:42:51 <bay|AX|Funi> sep 16th
15:43:29 <bay|AX|Funi> (pimping marathon play)
15:44:21 <bay|AX|Funi> first look at the box right now....
15:44:33 <bay|AX|Funi> xmas time.. maybe a little before
15:44:37 <bay|AX|Funi> ouran host club s1 part 1
15:44:38 <bay|AX|Funi> part 1 oct 28th
15:44:45 <bay|AX|Funi> part 2 jan 6 2009
15:44:48 <bay|AX|Funi> 59.98
15:44:51 <bay|AX|Funi> ep 14-26
15:45:03 <bay|AX|Funi> extra features: actors commentary, manga pages, outtakes
15:45:34 <bay|AX|Funi> darker than black
15:45:36 <bay|AX|Funi> vol 1 nov 25th
15:46:05 <bay|AX|Funi> new acquisitions
15:46:09 <bay|AX|Funi> special announcement
15:46:21 <bay|AX|Funi> (you might know these if you have an internet connection)
15:46:55 <bay|AX|Funi> (this is all a recap of may/june)
15:47:28 <bay|AX|Funi> adding full length episodes
15:47:41 <bay|AX|Funi> blue gender/slayers/peach girl/mushishi/kiddy grade.. .more to come..
15:47:52 <bay|AX|Funi> program excerpts and extended preview also available
15:48:06 <bay|AX|Funi> "its all free to enjoy legally"
15:48:10 <bay|AX|Funi> geneon new acquisitions
15:48:22 <bay|AX|Funi> black lagoon, elemental gelade, ergo proxy, fate stay night, hellsing ultimate, kamichu, karin
15:48:40 <bay|AX|Funi> (LOTS OF CHEERING)
15:49:16 <bay|AX|Funi> KKM s2, nanoha/a's, ninja vixens, paradise kiss, rozen maiden/traumend
15:49:30 <bay|AX|Funi> shounen onmyoui, tales of phantasia, familiar of zero, saiunkokku, when they cry
15:49:35 <bay|AX|Funi> all the voice actors will be the same
15:49:40 <bay|AX|Funi> it will fit in your original starter box
15:49:52 <bay|AX|Funi> sojitz new acquisitions...
15:50:06 <bay|AX|Funi> 009, amg, air gear, air movie, air tv, blade of the phantom master, CP revolution, coyote, devil may cry, guyver
15:50:33 <bay|AX|Funi> jing, jinki extend, kanon, kyoushiro, le chevalier, magikano, moeyo ken, moonlight mile.. misised one
15:50:46 <bay|AX|Funi> (etc.. etc)
15:50:50 <bay|AX|Funi> (i can't type that fast)
15:51:02 <bay|AX|Funi> we don't have answers yet on these
15:51:12 <bay|AX|Funi> we don't have answer yet..
15:51:15 <bay|AX|Funi> hopefully by otakon
15:51:29 <bay|AX|Funi> he recaps all the licenses..
15:51:35 <bay|AX|Funi> followed by a "it's over 9000!!!!"
15:51:44 <bay|AX|Funi> in a scroll...
15:52:01 <bay|AX|Funi> nuff said....
15:52:06 <bay|AX|Funi> going to q&A
15:52:29 <bay|AX|Funi> our ceo*
15:52:35 <bay|AX|Funi> with all the geneon and other stuff
15:52:39 <bay|AX|Funi> so.. what have you guys got for me...
15:53:01 <bay|AX|Funi> q: on the ova... to negima.. and 2nd negima.. any info?
15:53:08 <bay|AX|Funi> q: you guys announced last year.. love hina.. any status?
15:53:19 <bay|AX|Funi> a: negima... ova and s2 will be released shortly.. late summer/fall
15:53:21 <bay|AX|Funi> don't know the order
15:53:22 <bay|AX|Funi> watch the site
15:53:25 <bay|AX|Funi> as far as love hina..
15:53:26 <bay|AX|Funi> no info on the date
15:53:30 <bay|AX|Funi> looking at late this year
15:53:58 <bay|AX|Funi> q: xxxholic kei or tsubasa ova yet?
15:54:05 <bay|AX|Funi> a: we haven't acquired them yet...
15:54:10 <bay|AX|Funi> look for good news in the future
15:54:38 <bay|AX|Funi> q: why does navarre's stock keep going down?
15:54:57 <bay|AX|Funi> a: thats a tough question.. the market is finicky... its hard to understand considering our earnings keep going up...
15:55:06 <bay|AX|Funi> (i didn't get the rest... because i didn't understand that...)
15:55:13 <bay|AX|Funi> something about market caps...
15:55:29 <bay|AX|Funi> q; why did you get those adv titles and why did ouran take so long?
15:56:00 <bay|AX|Funi> a: with ouran... the materials sometimes take a while to get otgether.... and we finally got them.. and then in june.. we decided to wait and do the huge party..
15:56:08 <bay|AX|Funi> there was also a delay in the deal beause we needed the digital rights
15:56:30 <bay|AX|Funi> adv...well yea... ARM.. one of the signatories in the group.. they approached us earlier this year and asked if we were willing to take on the titles..
15:56:31 <bay|AX|Funi> we said sure..
15:56:58 <bay|AX|Funi> q: for the geneon titles you just got.. will there be complete season packs?
15:57:12 <bay|AX|Funi> a: we're in a partnership with geneon.. they will finish all the dubbing and dvd authoring...
15:57:18 <bay|AX|Funi> we are doing the marketing, distribute and sell the home video
15:57:25 <bay|AX|Funi> that way it will be consistantt..
15:57:29 <bay|AX|Funi> geneon wants us to do one volume at a time
15:57:33 <bay|AX|Funi> after that, we will box up the series
15:57:55 <bay|AX|Funi> q: will one piece have marathon play?
15:57:58 <bay|AX|Funi> a: yes
15:58:02 <bay|AX|Funi> q: what kind of time frame with these titles?
15:58:11 <bay|AX|Funi> a: the geneon tiles will start launching toward the end of next month..
15:58:15 <bay|AX|Funi> with the adv titles.. we are hoping this fall
15:58:52 <bay|AX|Funi> q: along those lines... going to pick up the older geneon titles like trigun/tenchi..
15:59:02 <bay|AX|Funi> a: the answer to that is a lot of the old titles reverted back to the original licensors...
15:59:08 <bay|AX|Funi> we will try and get those stronger titles..
15:59:32 <bay|AX|Funi> q: picking up battle athletes again?
15:59:46 <bay|AX|Funi> a: until we have pen to paper.. we can't say anything...
16:00:08 <bay|AX|Funi> q: i saw you had RM/RM traumend.. any chance of the preview to RM?
16:00:17 <bay|AX|Funi> a: right now, we are not in discussions, we need to sell how to get the other RM out first
16:00:25 <bay|AX|Funi> hopefully, we will start discussion with the licensors after
16:01:01 <bay|AX|Funi> q: when you mentioned geneon is still going to do production.. does that also include... the special editions with hellsing and saiunkoku...?
16:01:21 <bay|AX|Funi> a: we are working in concert to talk about packaging... they completed a lot of the packaging already.. so those will go out as is
16:01:48 <bay|AX|Funi> there are some left over special editions that they will sell what is left
16:02:13 <bay|AX|Funi> q: for the sojitz titles, do you have the translations and dub work?
16:02:29 <bay|AX|Funi> a: on the sojitz titles, we've been talking to ADV to hire them to wrap them...
16:02:35 <bay|AX|Funi> and if adv will agree to do that, we'd be happy to let them
16:02:55 <bay|AX|Funi> yea, it would be a turnkey production..
16:03:08 <bay|AX|Funi> q: any chance of the funimation on directtv or dish....
16:03:16 <bay|AX|Funi> q: will the price on the geneon titles come down?
16:03:21 <bay|AX|Funi> *to funi price range
16:03:54 <bay|AX|Funi> a: the price is pretty consistant at $30 for singles...
16:04:01 <bay|AX|Funi> we drop the price when it comes to season sets...
16:04:15 <bay|AX|Funi> and.. funimation channel is agressively persuing a vod strategy
16:04:28 <bay|AX|Funi> and we hope to get it on as many places as possible
16:04:33 <bay|AX|Funi> dish looks like something that could happen as VOD
16:04:49 <bay|AX|Funi> we want to be everywhere...
16:05:48 <bay|AX|Funi> q: kodocha s2 coming out...
16:05:57 <bay|AX|Funi> a: yea.. that is coming out.... in aug or so (????)
16:06:21 <bay|AX|Funi> q: wat about the video sevice last night on ANN....
16:06:40 <bay|AX|Funi> a: they are interested in titles... right now, our focus is to get huge major sites that have big mass appeal
16:06:47 <bay|AX|Funi> we need ad support or we can't get the content out there
16:07:03 <bay|AX|Funi> after we finish those... we will look at other sites...
16:07:08 <bay|AX|Funi> these deals take a long time...
16:07:22 <bay|AX|Funi> q: what happened to one piece on cartoon network?
16:07:58 <bay|AX|Funi> a: its difficult because one piece takes a while to catch on.... (and once it catches on..people don't realize how big it is.... )
16:08:07 <bay|AX|Funi> if it doesn't catch on... the broadcast companies have to go on
16:08:14 <bay|AX|Funi> i think the early setup episodes weren't enough ratings for them
16:08:26 <bay|AX|Funi> and they are also trying to squeeze out anime...
16:08:44 <bay|AX|Funi> q: for the adv titles that were interrupted, will you try to keep consistant with packaging?
16:08:46 <bay|AX|Funi> a: absolutely
16:09:07 <bay|AX|Funi> q: other one piece movies?
16:09:13 <bay|AX|Funi> a: we haven't acquired them yet, but thats the plan
16:09:21 <bay|AX|Funi> we've already bought 3 seasons worth of one peice...
16:09:29 <bay|AX|Funi> thats over 150 eps and we have to get through that first before we can do movies
16:09:38 <bay|AX|Funi> if one piece catches on..and we can clear the digital rights up...
16:09:56 <bay|AX|Funi> and get the wide exposure we are hoping to do... then that would give us justification to launch the movies earlier
16:10:31 <bay|AX|Funi> q: why did you pick up big windup and timeline for release?
16:10:47 <bay|AX|Funi> a: timeline.. early next year... early summer... somewhere next year... late spring... early summer..... when baseball season starts ish
16:10:53 <bay|AX|Funi> we aren't sure...
16:10:56 <bay|AX|Funi> we aren't sure how to market it...
16:11:59 <bay|AX|Funi> we need to investigate options to cross-market and other ways ot market it such as MLB
16:12:44 <bay|AX|Funi> (they also mentioned how they experimented with live action and ways to market that)
16:13:37 <bay|AX|Funi> q: (marketing question)
16:13:44 <bay|AX|Funi> a: we are looking at new and exciting ways to market...
16:14:26 <bay|AX|Funi> q: for the familiar of zero, what about s2? also... the geneon licenses packaging.... will you be repackaging hellsing 1-2 for those who missed
16:14:43 <bay|AX|Funi> a: for ongoing series.. the issue to be honest.. we have to first see how these sell (voting with consumer dollars)
16:14:54 <bay|AX|Funi> also... if the japanese licensor doesn't try and gouge...
16:15:07 <bay|AX|Funi> for kodocha.. they are trying to figure out how in the world they can get the rest of it out
16:15:09 <bay|AX|Funi> we try to not drop series
16:15:54 <bay|AX|Funi> q: there have been a lot of mixed signals among one piece fandom.. how far apart are the one piece relaeses supposed to be?
16:16:11 <bay|AX|Funi> a: they are supposed to be about 3 months
16:16:20 <bay|AX|Funi> if you see something off... one piece is a huge license.. we put it in walmart...
16:16:33 <bay|AX|Funi> they have a thing called modular
16:16:41 <bay|AX|Funi> and funimation adjusts the release shcedule to get it put in modular
16:16:44 <bay|AX|Funi> q: how are the one piece doing
16:16:48 <bay|AX|Funi> a: two thumbs up
16:16:57 <bay|AX|Funi> gen: that and shin-chan are really... (couldn't hear the end)
16:17:42 <bay|AX|Funi> q: do you have any.. time line... on the second semester of school rumble?
16:17:47 <bay|AX|Funi> a: that is coming out soon.. aug or sept..
16:17:55 <bay|AX|Funi> thank you for the panel...
16:17:59 <bay|AX|Funi> any more questions.. ill be in the booth
16:18:00 <bay|AX|Funi> thanks again
16:18:03 <bay|AX|Funi> end
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