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

14:00:49 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> waiting for a room clear
14:03:59 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> waiting for a room fill
14:07:28 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> waiting for techincal issues...
14:08:58 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> we have.. something loading...
14:08:59 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> hello
14:09:07 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> chiako tessai(?)... from kadokawa
14:09:12 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> manager of licensing (??)
14:09:22 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> a lot of you guys don't know about kadokawa so im going to explain about kadokawa...
14:09:26 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> one of the biggest publishing companies
14:09:49 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> we are one of the subsidary of kadokawa.... already published ringu, gamera and zatoichi in the US
14:10:30 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> updates on existing titles... presententin 6 new titles.. 2 super new titles.. and super q&a
14:10:36 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> existing titles... Full metal panic tsr... lucky star...
14:10:42 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> vol 3 will be in stores sept 2nd...
14:10:45 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> ova for lucky star is in production
14:11:06 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> girl who leapt through time.... regular and special edition dvd available this november,
14:11:11 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> in theaters in boston in 2 weeks and seattle in 3 weeks
14:11:16 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> complete box set just released for haruhi
14:11:21 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> new titles which we don't have a distributor for yet
14:11:35 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> H20 ~footprints in the sand~
14:12:27 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> and good luck! ninomiya-kun
14:12:35 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> (this is exactly the same as the AX panel thsus far)
14:14:37 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> rental magica... do you like super natural series? (yes)... we have to find a distributor so help me
14:15:37 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> (im basically going to post any updates or differences from http://bayoab.info/live/old.php?panel=34)
14:15:44 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> (otherwise its exactly the same)
14:16:59 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> next title... is so new... we just broadcast it on tv in japan
14:17:10 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> Coo ~Our Guardian~
14:19:10 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> (it looks like they removed the huge sample letters from this OP)
14:19:10 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> (as the video was clean this time)
14:19:52 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> how many people like yaoi.... oh, lots of guys here so i guess you guys aren't interested...
14:20:31 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> romantica ~pure love~
14:20:40 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> again the op, and the sample letters are removed from this one too
14:22:13 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> spice and wolf
14:22:19 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> some of you already know this title..
14:23:54 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> (lol... someone thought they had to leave when they pointed out the op had nudity and for 18 and up)
14:25:18 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> super new title
14:25:19 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> garei- zero
14:25:28 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> adaptation from one of our popular manga titles
14:25:29 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> garei
14:25:41 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> kadaokawa also publishes the manga in shonen ace
14:25:53 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> showing some screens from the manga
14:26:00 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> this is going to be a prequel to the manga
14:26:09 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> note: kagami actually reads garei in lucky star
14:26:27 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> in production...
14:26:50 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> character design: osamu horiuchi (full metal panic series) director: ei aoki (kara no kyokai)
14:26:53 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> another super new title..
14:27:03 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> based on the light novel...
14:27:10 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> magademi washuu(?)
14:27:18 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> we only have this.. about to start on japanese tv
14:27:42 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> q and a?
14:27:53 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> q: any chance of simultaneous releases for the last two?
14:27:59 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> a: probably not, its going to be a little delay
14:28:26 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> q: you are looking for distributors? are you basically a middle man?
14:28:33 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> a; no, our parent company makes these titles and we try to sell them in the US
14:28:41 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> some are already distributed by ourselves...
14:28:47 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> we partnered with bandai on some of them
14:29:04 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> *macademi wasshoi from earlier
14:30:12 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> q: for wolf and spice...there was the missing episode 7 that was dvd only.. would that be on the US release?
14:30:14 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> a: probably soon.. i can't say anything yet
14:30:34 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> q: since you produce these series... are you in... sorta... do you specifically choose certain studios to do certain productions?
14:30:52 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> do you have specific agreements with studios to produce things?
14:30:58 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> a: you mean how we decided which studio gets to animate what?
14:31:02 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> (yea)
14:31:21 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> we work with kyoto animation a lot.. we don't have any deal... we are always looking for a new studio w ecan work together with
14:31:37 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> q: is garei zero going to be action or story leading up to the manga?
14:31:50 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> a: more action... .. the original manga is action ubt a highschool love story
14:31:55 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> the animation garei zero will be lots of action
14:32:33 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> q: a lot of titles around light novels instead of manga... trying to start a trend?
14:32:45 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> a: ....(the question was completely midunderstood)
14:33:02 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> talking about getting light novels from japan brought over and translated...
14:33:13 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> q: do you have the japanese voice cast for garei-zero
14:33:16 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> a: yes.. we have.. do you want to know?
14:33:30 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> i'd have to go to the website to check it...
14:34:02 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> q: in regards to haruhi series.. was it expected to be a phenomenon...
14:34:07 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> a: actually yea, as a light novel, it was very popular
14:34:13 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> we believed in production it would be a big hit
14:34:27 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> but more than that, it actually ..supplies us that it will be a big hit (no, thats not a typo)
14:34:36 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> q: for garei-zero.. manga and anime made simultaneously?
14:34:42 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> a: the manga for garei started 2 years ago...
14:34:55 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> its popular....
14:35:17 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> q: do licensing and distributing companies come to you or do you seek them out?
14:35:27 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> a: we don't have preferences, we are always looking for a good company we can work with
14:36:25 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> a: we are actually doing it with animeigo
14:36:44 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> we are getting...classic titles to animeigo.. we don't do licensing with new titles right now.. only classic titles with animeigo and criterion
14:36:46 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> some of them are with media blasters
14:37:16 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> q: any updates on venus to mamoru being licensed?
14:37:20 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> a: unforuntately not, we are still looking for companies...
14:37:40 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> q: do you have any info on a second season of haruhi or spice and wolf...
14:37:52 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> a: for haruhi.. a second something.. is coming
14:38:02 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> spice and wolf.. no information.. maybe if it is popular here...
14:38:14 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> q: for coo our guardian and spice and wolf, light novels to the states?
14:38:18 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> a: i can't say right now.. but you will get information soon
14:38:42 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> q: has the success of haruhi and lucky star affected marketing toward here?
14:39:15 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> a: these are special titles.. these good titles don't happen all the time.. we produce 4-5 a year.. haruhi and lucky star are special titles... but we have to think about marketing every title
14:39:33 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> q: lucky star sound track?
14:39:35 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> a: buy the box set
14:40:03 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> q: the manga of keroro is one of your properties... the anime has been licensed by adv.... what are you guys doing to help it to get to north america
14:40:09 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> a: its a complicated story.. we are trying to get it out
14:40:14 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> i hope it is going to happen soon
14:40:18 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> because we also have 3 movies for keroro
14:40:25 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> so we will try to make it happen
14:40:26 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> q: when are you producing the lucky star ova?
14:40:47 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> a: right now.. its going to release at hte end of sept in japan
14:40:49 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> still in production righ tnow
14:41:05 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> q: what does kadokawa pictures USA do?
14:41:11 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> a: we are the business side.. we partner with production companies
14:41:13 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> -USA
14:41:18 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> employees are only producers
14:41:28 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> q: any news about haruhi season 2...
14:41:42 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> a: we are doing something definitely.. but i don't know what it will be or when
14:42:05 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> q: do you see a possibility of simultaneous relases in the future if the situation were right?
14:42:16 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> a: yea, we are thinking of that for a very popular title.. yea.. we are trying to release simultaneously
14:43:04 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> q: on lucky star picture.. there is a hatsune miku picture..
14:43:05 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> a: thats the ova picture...
14:43:23 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> the ova is going to be all costume
14:43:30 <bay|Ota|Kadokawa> end panel...
Notes: None