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Feed from the Bandai panel at Otakon 2008. Transcription: bayoab
Note: ( ) is usually commenting on the panel and was not said.

11:06:44 <bay|Ota|Bandai> good morning...
11:07:12 <bay|Ota|Bandai> we are waiting right now for people to join us
11:07:27 <bay|Ota|Bandai> (im on a backup server, my primary server crashed.. this will be different than normal)
11:09:36 <bay|Ota|Bandai> plugging the 9pm surprise panel
11:10:33 <bay|Ota|Bandai> spec ops is filling the room
11:14:02 <bay|Ota|Bandai> okay...
11:14:29 <bay|Ota|Bandai> Robert Napton (director of marketing), Ken Iyadomi (President and CEO) and...
11:14:49 <bay|Ota|Bandai> Loy... from BVUSA
11:14:54 <bay|Ota|Bandai> going to talk about current titles in release first
11:14:59 <bay|Ota|Bandai> trailer for geass first
11:17:01 <bay|Ota|Bandai> So... Geass part 1 limited edition which already streeted
11:17:29 <bay|Ota|Bandai> which has the original cd soundtrack and the sound drama cd which they got the license to and dubbed
11:17:33 <bay|Ota|Bandai> and we have a new announcement
11:17:41 <bay|Ota|Bandai> code geass r2 to air in october on adult swim
11:17:59 <bay|Ota|Bandai> right after the last ep of the first season
11:18:15 <bay|Ota|Bandai> and now.. gurren lagann... premiered on sci-fi channel animonday
11:18:30 <bay|Ota|Bandai> the first 2 vols of the sub only are available and the 3rd will be available in september
11:21:09 <bay|Ota|Bandai> and... im told... that one of the surprises at tonight's surprise panel might include a sneak peak at the packaging for the bilingual release
11:21:30 <bay|Ota|Bandai> gundam 00... to air on sci-fi channel this fall
11:21:32 <bay|Ota|Bandai> the dvd specs are still to be decided
11:21:38 <bay|Ota|Bandai> trailer now
11:23:22 <bay|Ota|Bandai> double-0 will be the same as gurren lagann with its broadcast..
11:23:22 <bay|Ota|Bandai> next is lucky star
11:23:30 <bay|Ota|Bandai> let's watch the trailer first...
11:24:05 <bay|Ota|Bandai> (having technical difficulties again)
11:25:48 <bay|Ota|Bandai> okay... lucky star... we are planning something big for lucky star tonight
11:26:12 <bay|Ota|Bandai> as you know, they brought over lantis and JAM project.. and lantis is...(soemthing) of namco bandai...
11:26:34 <bay|Ota|Bandai> and they are showing off the t-shirts again which they have previously mentioned
11:26:37 <bay|Ota|Bandai> ghost slayers ayashi...
11:26:41 <bay|Ota|Bandai> first the trailer...
11:28:25 <bay|Ota|Bandai> *they being otakon above
11:28:53 <bay|Ota|Bandai> ghost slayers ayashi from bones.. the first volume will include a special edition which will also include the manga which we are also releasing, that will be coming out in october
11:29:07 <bay|Ota|Bandai> also, we signed a deal with iaTV and it will be on the block
11:29:13 <bay|Ota|Bandai> next.. the girl who lept through time...
11:30:58 <bay|Ota|Bandai> trailer shown...
11:31:06 <bay|Ota|Bandai> we're going to be releasing it 2 ways..
11:31:21 <bay|Ota|Bandai> collectors edition with artbox and regular edition 49.98/29.98, nov 4 2008
11:31:35 <bay|Ota|Bandai> gundam seed destiny tv movie now... trailer
11:33:27 <bay|Ota|Bandai> first vol is currently out
11:33:29 <bay|Ota|Bandai> tv movie 2 out in 2 days..
11:33:40 <bay|Ota|Bandai> rocket girls.. coming in october, sub only series collection
11:34:05 <bay|Ota|Bandai> also is part of the iaTV broadcast deal
11:34:08 <bay|Ota|Bandai> no trailer.. but we have the opening...
11:36:10 <bay|Ota|Bandai> silent mobius the motion picture, coming in september
11:36:14 <bay|Ota|Bandai> 29.98 regular edition, 39,98 steelbook w/ ost
11:36:20 <bay|Ota|Bandai> ghost in the shell2 :innocence
11:36:22 <bay|Ota|Bandai> fall release...
11:36:30 <bay|Ota|Bandai> gits:i dvd, special edition, and blu-ray
11:36:42 <bay|Ota|Bandai> december 2nd is the current target street date
11:36:43 <bay|Ota|Bandai> trailer...
11:37:35 <bay|Ota|Bandai> next...
11:37:35 <bay|Ota|Bandai> sword of the stranger
11:37:45 <bay|Ota|Bandai> hopefully if you were in ny or la in july, you got to see the theatrical release..
11:37:48 <bay|Ota|Bandai> we are planning more dates for that
11:37:50 <bay|Ota|Bandai> trailer now
11:39:48 <bay|Ota|Bandai> planning 4 skus
11:40:14 <bay|Ota|Bandai> blu-ray regular 39.98, blu-ray limited edition box with ost (price tbd), standard dvd 29.98, and standard dvd limited edition box with ost price tbd
11:40:25 <bay|Ota|Bandai> hayate the combat butler
11:40:27 <bay|Ota|Bandai> dvd release info tbd
11:40:31 <bay|Ota|Bandai> and they have the opening
11:41:33 <bay|Ota|Bandai> (nc op)
11:42:41 <bay|Ota|Bandai> a new way of looking at honneamise
11:42:50 <bay|Ota|Bandai> simultaneous release: timed to release together at the same day as japan
11:43:10 <bay|Ota|Bandai> imported products from japan: higher quality of print, product and packagin
11:43:16 <bay|Ota|Bandai> price strategy: lower pricing from previous bvusa line for the us customer*
11:43:38 <bay|Ota|Bandai> dual language format: english language tracks on a title-by-title-basis
11:43:41 <bay|Ota|Bandai> (note the release is planned for US and EU)
11:44:00 <bay|Ota|Bandai> the * after customer is "priced higher than BEI label due to the cost of goods being higher for Japanese"
11:44:10 <bay|Ota|Bandai> so far we have announced 2 series
11:44:16 <bay|Ota|Bandai> first is freedom OVA
11:44:26 <bay|Ota|Bandai> now its going to come out blu-ray box set ...
11:44:37 <bay|Ota|Bandai> simultaneous for Japan and north america
11:44:39 <bay|Ota|Bandai> trailer now
11:45:50 <bay|Ota|Bandai> blu-ray on nov 11, 2008
11:46:05 <bay|Ota|Bandai> msrp for us will be $139.98.. 4 blu-ray limited edition box set
11:46:06 <bay|Ota|Bandai> 16:9 1080p
11:46:14 <bay|Ota|Bandai> (pricing in japan is 20000 yen)
11:46:26 <bay|Ota|Bandai> also include english and japanese language, english and french subtitles
11:46:27 <bay|Ota|Bandai> next..
11:46:35 <bay|Ota|Bandai> gunbuster vs diebuster gattai movie..
11:46:36 <bay|Ota|Bandai> 3 different ways
11:46:42 <bay|Ota|Bandai> gunbuster movie by itself for 49.98...
11:46:47 <bay|Ota|Bandai> diebuster the movie 49.98
11:46:54 <bay|Ota|Bandai> english sub only on the above two
11:47:04 <bay|Ota|Bandai> gunbuster vs diebuster for 99.98
11:47:28 <bay|Ota|Bandai> bandai entertainment is pleased to announce the merger of animevillage.com and dot-anime.us
11:47:33 <bay|Ota|Bandai> quickly..manga
11:47:36 <bay|Ota|Bandai> eureka 7
11:47:44 <bay|Ota|Bandai> vol 1-6 adaptation, and vol 1-2 prequel manga
11:47:51 <bay|Ota|Bandai> witchblade takeru.. vol 1-2 tie-in with anime
11:47:58 <bay|Ota|Bandai> and code geass, 3 manga series, lite novel series
11:48:26 <bay|Ota|Bandai> the first season is an adaptation, suzaku of the counter attack which is suzaku's point of view and the third series which is the nightmare of nunally which is what if she had gotten the geass instead of lelouch
11:48:36 <bay|Ota|Bandai> we are also releasing the light novels which will be our first light novels
11:48:41 <bay|Ota|Bandai> beginning release in august and throughout the fall
11:48:49 <bay|Ota|Bandai> the girl who lept through time manga... the manga adaption of the anime film
11:48:51 <bay|Ota|Bandai> look for that in early 09
11:49:01 <bay|Ota|Bandai> lucky star manga... 5 vols to date..
11:49:07 <bay|Ota|Bandai> still being serialized
11:49:16 <bay|Ota|Bandai> that ends the ... uh.. power point portion
11:49:21 <bay|Ota|Bandai> and going into q and a
11:49:37 <bay|Ota|Bandai> the next convention is NYAF...we just announced a lucky star dance contest...
11:49:51 <bay|Ota|Bandai> details are on the website
11:50:06 <bay|Ota|Bandai> with bang zoom, tony oliver and steve bloom and kyle herbert from ttgl will be there
11:50:16 <bay|Ota|Bandai> just announced.. brad swaille from gundam 00...
11:50:25 <bay|Ota|Bandai> and also.. we mentioned we will have a night panel
11:50:32 <bay|Ota|Bandai> where we will announce the new license
11:50:44 <bay|Ota|Bandai> Q and A
11:50:54 <bay|Ota|Bandai> Q: simultaneous tv broadcast or internet?
11:51:09 <bay|Ota|Bandai> A: we have some plans and are negotiating what we know.. but nothing we can mention
11:51:21 <bay|Ota|Bandai> Q: gundam seed oavs? stargazer....
11:51:42 <bay|Ota|Bandai> A: i don't think we have those yet...
11:52:16 <bay|Ota|Bandai> q: an episode of .hack that wasn't on the dvds.. called the returner that wasn't on the dvds?
11:52:19 <bay|Ota|Bandai> a: have to ask
11:53:16 <bay|Ota|Bandai> q: .hack//gu movie trilogy acquisition? ttgl parallel works too? and... gurren lagann movie ?
11:53:18 <bay|Ota|Bandai> a: gu.. looking at it...
11:53:24 <bay|Ota|Bandai> parallel works, i don't think we are doing it..
11:53:46 <bay|Ota|Bandai> and the movie... we have to discuss the rights...
11:54:18 <bay|Ota|Bandai> q: regarding light novels... will you continue with them?
11:54:27 <bay|Ota|Bandai> a: i failed to also mention.. we are doing the e7 lite novels.. so yea...
11:54:37 <bay|Ota|Bandai> two titles we feel the novels are good.. its still a growing category
11:54:54 <bay|Ota|Bandai> q: blu-ray releases going to be restricted to bandai visual?
11:54:56 <bay|Ota|Bandai> a: released under bandai label
11:55:17 <bay|Ota|Bandai> q: new e7 anime?
11:55:30 <bay|Ota|Bandai> a: there was a thing in newtype about the movie... we're part of the committe.. so hopefully that will happen..
11:55:49 <bay|Ota|Bandai> q: any talk of using the interactive blu-ray features?
11:55:50 <bay|Ota|Bandai> a: too early
11:56:11 <bay|Ota|Bandai> q: releasing more limited edition is a good idea?
11:56:16 <bay|Ota|Bandai> a: limimted edition does a good business so we want to continue
11:56:32 <bay|Ota|Bandai> q: any chance of blu-ray of gundam 00?
11:56:32 <bay|Ota|Bandai> a: we don't know the date yet
11:56:47 <bay|Ota|Bandai> q: has lucky star performed expectations?
11:56:49 <bay|Ota|Bandai> a: 70% of them
11:57:10 <bay|Ota|Bandai> q: cowboy bebeop movie?
11:57:10 <bay|Ota|Bandai> a: not involved
11:57:17 <bay|Ota|Bandai> q: with the re-release of innocence.. subs changed?
11:57:21 <bay|Ota|Bandai> a: yes, it is re-subtitled
11:57:25 <bay|Ota|Bandai> new subs, new dub
11:58:16 <bay|Ota|Bandai> q: will ms igloo be released?
11:58:27 <bay|Ota|Bandai> a: we will go through the catalog so it is available..
11:58:29 <bay|Ota|Bandai> q: online distribution?
11:58:43 <bay|Ota|Bandai> so we hope it will grow
11:58:52 <bay|Ota|Bandai> thats really, we know thats what everyone watches
11:58:56 <bay|Ota|Bandai> we want to connect to that business wise
11:59:13 <bay|Ota|Bandai> q: code geass game to states?
11:59:19 <bay|Ota|Bandai> a: our game company's question
11:59:22 <bay|Ota|Bandai> we would love for them to do it
11:59:40 <bay|Ota|Bandai> a: nno
11:59:49 <bay|Ota|Bandai> q: light novel line outside of your properties?
12:00:00 <bay|Ota|Bandai> a: our basic strategy is to get novels for series we have animation rights...
12:00:01 <bay|Ota|Bandai> but its very late in the game...
12:00:04 <bay|Ota|Bandai> so our position is limited
12:00:35 <bay|Ota|Bandai> q: anything else special?
12:00:39 <bay|Ota|Bandai> a: we always are cooking up new things..
12:00:53 <bay|Ota|Bandai> q: hayate on blu-ray?
12:01:05 <bay|Ota|Bandai> a: we don't have plans yet for dvd so
12:01:34 <bay|Ota|Bandai> q: any plans to change voice actors in ttgl time skip?
12:01:53 <bay|Ota|Bandai> a: what time skip.. how do you know this?... ill have to ask..
12:02:08 <bay|Ota|Bandai> q: any plans for rebate if you buy both editions of gurren?
12:02:19 <bay|Ota|Bandai> a: we announced at the beginning the original release was barebones subtitled
12:02:46 <bay|Ota|Bandai> the broadcast version that is airing will be remixed and tweaked for dvd..
12:03:06 <bay|Ota|Bandai> q: with manga... consider doing any gundam manga series?
12:03:11 <bay|Ota|Bandai> a: would love to do it.. we are taking a look at one....
12:03:22 <bay|Ota|Bandai> q: a re-release of gunbuster/diebuster tv...
12:03:24 <bay|Ota|Bandai> (loyd is his name i guess)
12:03:31 <bay|Ota|Bandai> a: no plans to re-release
12:03:38 <bay|Ota|Bandai> q: if you did, would you fix the music?
12:03:42 <bay|Ota|Bandai> a: that was an issue with the licensor
12:04:13 <bay|Ota|Bandai> the original music and effects is kinda mia in japan..
12:04:29 <bay|Ota|Bandai> q: toys for franchise titles .. licensing or authorizing distribution?
12:04:45 <bay|Ota|Bandai> a: thats not our division.. but there is a new division that is formed that was at comic-con that is doing some of the high end toys
12:05:08 <bay|Ota|Bandai> q: the bvusa titles that they announced?
12:05:35 <bay|Ota|Bandai> *shigofumi, sola, etc
12:05:42 <bay|Ota|Bandai> q: (missed the question...)
12:06:01 <bay|Ota|Bandai> subtitled print in boston and seattle this month..
12:06:07 <bay|Ota|Bandai> (i think tokikake)
12:06:10 <bay|Ota|Bandai> a:
12:06:23 <bay|Ota|Bandai> theatrical.. we only have 35mm print in subtitled
12:07:05 <bay|Ota|Bandai> q: asked about code geass le issues...
12:07:29 <bay|Ota|Bandai> a: contact them .. they are looking into it still.. they hear the issues are somewhat limited...
12:07:30 <bay|Ota|Bandai> q: mai-otome ova date
12:07:36 <bay|Ota|Bandai> a: october... 7th
12:07:56 <bay|Ota|Bandai> q: since no break between s1 and s2 of geass.. same with the dvd release date?
12:08:21 <bay|Ota|Bandai> a: yes, same with the dvd
12:08:25 <bay|Ota|Bandai> q: adult swim version and pizza hut?
12:08:46 <bay|Ota|Bandai> a: issue is with the studio in japan. when they created the series, they got the pizza hut license for japan only.. we went to pizza hut usa and they said no
12:09:22 <bay|Ota|Bandai> q: more barebones subreleases like gurren? we will look how it does and consider other things
12:09:25 <bay|Ota|Bandai> we are trying a few other titles like toward the terra
12:09:28 <bay|Ota|Bandai> thank you for joining us
12:09:31 <bay|Ota|Bandai> please be here at 9pm
12:09:35 <bay|Ota|Bandai> the end
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