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Feed from the FUNimation panel at Anime Boston 2009. Transcription: bayoab
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16:56:52 <bay|AB> clearing the room now
17:02:51 <bay|AB> people are still streaming in
17:04:19 <bay|AB> how are you doing
17:04:32 <bay|AB> this is the funimation industry panel
17:04:35 <bay|AB> my name is adam sheehan
17:04:42 <bay|AB> the senior events manager
17:04:51 <bay|AB> got a lot to talk about so lets dive in
17:04:55 <bay|AB> we should have time for q&a
17:04:58 <bay|AB> new ppt
17:05:08 <bay|AB> we talk alot about this at different conventions
17:05:08 <bay|AB> anime and the economy
17:05:16 <bay|AB> whether anime fan or otherwise, you are affected by the economy
17:05:37 <bay|AB> we're here to say we're fine, we aren't playing the recession game
17:05:43 <bay|AB> we are doing great
17:05:48 <bay|AB> thanks to you guys
17:05:58 <bay|AB> thank you so much for supporting us on our online, vod, ,cons, merchandise, dvds, etc
17:06:18 <bay|AB> anime fans are great because they are brutally honest
17:06:45 <bay|AB> its so great that you guys are honest with us
17:06:48 <bay|AB> and we can take the feedback with us to the ofice
17:07:00 <bay|AB> bars and graphs
17:07:07 <bay|AB> totla release schedule 08 vs 09
17:07:18 <bay|AB> there is about a 3 dvd difference between the 2 years
17:07:20 <bay|AB> its so close between the two
17:07:27 <bay|AB> the big blue spike in september is geneon
17:07:35 <bay|AB> thats everying
17:07:39 <bay|AB> it includes box sets, blurays
17:07:50 <bay|AB> new releases, this is only stff that its the first time coming out
17:08:16 <bay|AB> (geekonomics)
17:08:18 <bay|AB> 17% growth of new product planned for this year
17:08:38 <bay|AB> some peopel have asked if we are worried about what other companies have done previously with market floods and retailers...
17:08:42 <bay|AB> we are very very aware of this
17:08:47 <bay|AB> we try to pick up shows that we know will be strong sellers
17:09:03 <bay|AB> and other niche shows that will sell
17:09:10 <bay|AB> we're very careful not to flood the market
17:09:12 <bay|AB> thats one thing we don't want to do
17:09:26 <bay|AB> watch anime online
17:09:26 <bay|AB> streaming
17:09:41 <bay|AB> hulu, veoh, gaiaonline, joost, youtube, ANN... more
17:09:59 <bay|AB> (going to wherre they are at)
17:10:02 <bay|AB> if you want to own, we have download to own
17:10:09 <bay|AB> amazon.com, d2d, itunes, psn, xbl
17:10:32 <bay|AB> which leads me to our own video player
17:10:38 <bay|AB> over 500 free episodes
17:11:21 <bay|AB> you can't get a streaming video signed by a voice actor so we provide the link to buy it next to it
17:11:27 <bay|AB> funimation channel on comcast
17:11:33 <bay|AB> we are on VOD on digital cable
17:11:36 <bay|AB> free anime under "FUNImation anime"
17:11:49 <bay|AB> you can get free or pay ones...
17:11:49 <bay|AB> we're also on verizon...
17:11:57 <bay|AB> we're trying as fast as we can to ge the channel nationwide
17:12:12 <bay|AB> we just got a big unexpected project check for the channel
17:12:24 <bay|AB> with the new digital switchover, there will be more availability to add our channel
17:12:29 <bay|AB> blog.funimation.com and twitter @funimation
17:12:36 <bay|AB> we give away dvds
17:13:13 <bay|AB> they let me do editorial
17:13:22 <bay|AB> sometimes we've done giveaways
17:13:44 <bay|AB> funimation booth exclusives...
17:13:54 <bay|AB> *bands
17:14:11 <bay|AB> every single show, we're trying to get more and more exclusive items
17:14:26 <bay|AB> we have a lot of promo items we want to do which we can make and sell
17:14:34 <bay|AB> but can't mass produce and give away for free
17:14:49 <bay|AB> season 1 part 1, available now
17:14:50 <bay|AB> episodes 1-13
17:15:00 <bay|AB> this show is exceeding our expectations 10 fold
17:15:02 <bay|AB> msrp $49.98
17:15:05 <bay|AB> season one part 2
17:15:09 <bay|AB> avail june 16th
17:15:51 <bay|AB> and...a trailer...
17:17:42 <bay|AB> going on to something different
17:17:44 <bay|AB> shigurui... complete series
17:17:45 <bay|AB> available now
17:18:03 <bay|AB> 12 episodes, $60 msrp, dvd includes 24 page booklet w/ interviews, hsitorical notes and in-depth story outline
17:18:23 <bay|AB> marathon play, actor and director episode commentaries, production artwork galleries, textless songs
17:18:43 <bay|AB> (talking about trying to find the least bloody scene in the show... which is still absurdly bloody)
17:18:48 <bay|AB> this makes basilisk look like hello kitty
17:18:50 <bay|AB> ultraviolence
17:19:04 <bay|AB> if you need blood coming at you in full screen, also available in bluray for $80
17:19:05 <bay|AB> msrp
17:19:06 <bay|AB> d grayman
17:19:08 <bay|AB> season one part 1
17:19:13 <bay|AB> ep 1-13, dvd msrp $60
17:19:28 <bay|AB> dvd includes episode 2 commentary, textless songs
17:19:30 <bay|AB> season one part 2 avail june 23rd
17:20:11 <bay|AB> (he is clarifying something he said at Animecentral)
17:20:33 <bay|AB> (basically that the show is awesome, but they screwed up with some info before release)
17:20:48 <bay|AB> 26 eps, $50 msrp
17:21:00 <bay|AB> CG trailer
17:22:04 <bay|AB> (or maybe not so cg)
17:22:46 <bay|AB> heroic age
17:22:46 <bay|AB> complete series part 1
17:22:51 <bay|AB> a space opera in the truest sense
17:22:53 <bay|AB> available now
17:23:02 <bay|AB> 13 eps, $60 msrp, textless song extras
17:23:41 <bay|AB> and.. a trailer...
17:24:58 <bay|AB> moving on
17:25:04 <bay|AB> murder princess complete series, 6 episodes, $40...
17:25:06 <bay|AB> available now
17:25:12 <bay|AB> about princess and murder
17:25:26 <bay|AB> dvd extras: ep 6 commentary (dub), textless songs
17:25:36 <bay|AB> trailer
17:26:58 <bay|AB> available now
17:26:59 <bay|AB> 13 eps.. $40...
17:27:02 <bay|AB> just going to show the trailer
17:28:40 <bay|AB> available june 23rd
17:28:50 <bay|AB> first 12 eps, $60 msrp
17:28:56 <bay|AB> extras: making of romeo x juliet... textless songs
17:29:29 <bay|AB> talison jaffe managed to worked in accurate, actual shakeperean english into the dub that matches the lip flaps...
17:29:46 <bay|AB> and the next episode previews are in iambic pentameter
17:30:06 <bay|AB> romeo box is the first one, juliet box second...
17:30:46 <bay|AB> trailer
17:31:59 <bay|AB> june 30th
17:32:10 <bay|AB> first 12 eps, compelte series part 1, $60...
17:32:18 <bay|AB> dvd extras: ayano's house call...
17:32:22 <bay|AB> (missed the rest)
17:32:24 <bay|AB> trailer
17:33:31 <bay|AB> samurai champloo
17:33:34 <bay|AB> available june 30th
17:33:42 <bay|AB> 26 eps, $70 msrp, dvd extras: (tons)
17:33:56 <bay|AB> actor commentary, ep28 , storyboards....
17:34:06 <bay|AB> one piece.. season 2 part 1, available june 30th
17:34:08 <bay|AB> eps54-66
17:34:15 <bay|AB> msrp $49.98
17:34:34 <bay|AB> they are going the seasons by the story arcs....
17:34:35 <bay|AB> so it wlil be more voyages
17:34:45 <bay|AB> one piece, streaming online episodes...
17:34:54 <bay|AB> available now episodes 1-2, sub and dub, ep 391, sub..
17:35:07 <bay|AB> starting may 30th, the episodes from japan will be on our site to watch subtitled 1 hour later
17:35:37 <bay|AB> thanks to toei who helped us... also there is a backlog... we're going to try fill that gap
17:35:42 <bay|AB> we're going to put up all the episodes of one piece to watch
17:35:59 <bay|AB> so if you have nothing to do for... summer... you can watch all of one piece
17:36:00 <bay|AB> box sets, april - june
17:36:16 <bay|AB> (april is already available so im skipping)
17:36:28 <bay|AB> db s9 5/19, $50
17:36:31 <bay|AB> karin, 5/5 $70
17:36:49 <bay|AB> (can't keep up)
17:36:55 <bay|AB> fullmetal alchemist brotherhood
17:37:05 <bay|AB> high quality video
17:37:10 <bay|AB> original japanese dialogue with english subtitles
17:37:15 <bay|AB> avialble 4 days after japanese simulcast
17:37:25 <bay|AB> available on funimation.com/video
17:37:42 <bay|AB> only problem we're having right now is the server load...
17:37:59 <bay|AB> the buffering issue... only thing i can recommend is to pause it and get launch while it loads
17:38:07 <bay|AB> because 10000s of people per day are coming to watch it
17:38:09 <bay|AB> we are fixing the buffering
17:38:23 <bay|AB> since you people are obviously fans, we have a little fun trailer
17:38:43 <bay|AB> FMA ova collection trailer
17:38:46 <bay|AB> available summer
17:38:57 <bay|AB> the original english voice cast is reunited... (for the ovas)
17:39:49 <bay|AB> hopefully for sale by comic con... but july or august...
17:39:54 <bay|AB> and now...
17:39:59 <bay|AB> special announcement
17:40:01 <bay|AB> (lilke a punch in the face, the dbz image)
17:40:19 <bay|AB> AVAIL SEPT 22nd
17:40:22 <bay|AB> Season 1 part 1
17:40:32 <bay|AB> and the cast
17:41:03 <bay|AB> keroro haberkorn narrator elliott, natsumi, leigh, giroro, sabata, tamaman, palencia, moka, rial, kururu, huber, fuyuki, clark,, dororo, tatum
17:41:08 <bay|AB> we're leaving the gundam and macross references alone
17:41:16 <bay|AB> the names are reverted back to the original japanese
17:41:19 <bay|AB> thank you to all the fans for their feedback
17:42:07 <bay|AB> and a new show
17:42:10 <bay|AB> Spice and Wolf
17:42:24 <bay|AB> as you may have heard this morning from animevice
17:42:31 <bay|AB> *jmicheal @ above
17:43:49 <bay|AB> Sgt Frog Season 1 < got eaten by buffer error
17:43:57 <bay|AB> complete series
17:44:20 <bay|AB> (why do titles keep getting eaten by that)
17:44:25 <bay|AB> and now info on ..eva 1.0 you are not alone
17:44:36 <bay|AB> informamtion on this...
17:44:41 <bay|AB> english dub premiere at anime expo
17:45:10 <bay|AB> about the cast.. the person in charge.. the adr director is mike mcfarland
17:45:25 <bay|AB> and there are a lot of cast questions... which i could answer.. but for this panel, we brought out mike mcfarland to answer cast questions
17:45:41 <bay|AB> how you guys doing
17:45:49 <bay|AB> can't tell you how excited i am to work on this
17:46:22 <bay|AB> now.. the original dub for this was done... in the 90s.. and a lot of time and effort went into that one
17:46:29 <bay|AB> and a lot of time and effort went into our decisions too..
17:46:45 <bay|AB> keep in mind that we have a production schedule, we have a different location ... we have a lot of things that went into the decision making process
17:46:54 <bay|AB> everyone from the previous cast was contacted or what not
17:47:02 <bay|AB> with that in mind...
17:47:03 <bay|AB> i have some of the people that are in eva
17:47:19 <bay|AB> playing the role toshi.... justin cooke
17:47:23 <bay|AB> *touji
17:47:29 <bay|AB> aeoba? - phil parsons
17:47:37 <bay|AB> (prince hair)
17:47:51 <bay|AB> ibuki - kaitlin glass
17:48:05 <bay|AB> hyuuga... i myself
17:48:21 <bay|AB> playing kinsuke..... greg ayres
17:48:33 <bay|AB> *kenskei
17:49:05 <bay|AB> we also have...
17:49:07 <bay|AB> for kaoru, jerry jewl
17:49:14 <bay|AB> jewel?
17:49:38 <bay|AB> class rep ? by leah clark
17:50:11 <bay|AB> ritsuko akagi... coleen clinkenbeard
17:50:15 <bay|AB> (Aoba earlier)
17:50:29 <bay|AB> reprising misato.....
17:50:46 <bay|AB> kent.... doing... fyutsuki?
17:50:55 <bay|AB> *same voice actor reprising misato
17:51:03 <bay|AB> from the directors cut
17:51:08 <bay|AB> reprising role
17:51:09 <bay|AB> gendo by john swasey
17:51:33 <bay|AB> rei - brina palencia
17:51:52 <bay|AB> shinji.... reprising... spike spencer
17:52:03 <bay|AB> another swith...pen pen is monica rial
17:52:16 <bay|AB> fyutsuki kent williams
17:52:20 <bay|AB> ibuki caitlin glass
17:52:26 <bay|AB> ritsuko colleen clinkenbeard
17:52:28 <bay|AB> rei brina palencia
17:52:35 <bay|AB> gendo john swasey
17:52:46 <bay|AB> kensuke greg ayres
17:52:46 <bay|AB> kowaru jerry jewel
17:52:50 <bay|AB> toji justin cook
17:52:57 <bay|AB> (they finally put it on screen)
17:53:18 <bay|AB> shinji spike spencer
17:53:39 <bay|AB> which of the 3 eva releases are you using....
17:53:45 <bay|AB> the one for film festivals is 1.0
17:53:54 <bay|AB> wait for more information
17:54:28 <bay|AB> blu-ray? no word yet...
17:54:31 <bay|AB> some stuff we are working on
17:54:52 <bay|AB> do you have all 4 movies? no, we only have the first because each of the 4 is a different committee
17:55:36 <bay|AB> misato allison keith-shipp*
17:56:00 <bay|AB> did you consult with matt greenfield? he offered to help, also talked to talison jaffe
17:56:30 <bay|AB> extras? no idea what we have access to yet.... we have some in our contract...
17:56:32 <bay|AB> we'll try to get as much as possible
17:57:13 <bay|AB> trailer? not with us....
17:58:04 <bay|AB> approach of being the actor or being the character?
17:58:30 <bay|AB> (missed)
17:58:52 <bay|AB> going to end eva stuff now
17:58:53 <bay|AB> thank you mike...
17:58:58 <bay|AB> ive got 2 min....
17:59:05 <bay|AB> as many as q&A general questions...
17:59:54 <bay|AB> up to broadcast...
17:59:58 <bay|AB> if they want to, we'll give it to them
18:00:36 <bay|AB> slayers revolution voice cast?
18:00:48 <bay|AB> considering the old voice cast... looking into it.. we don't know how mch we can get..
18:00:50 <bay|AB> we haven't started recording yet
18:00:53 <bay|AB> we don't have an answer yet on the cast
18:00:58 <bay|AB> but our goal is to get as much of the cast as possible
18:01:28 <bay|AB> phantom to dvd or dub? possible, we only have digital rights now...
18:01:41 <bay|AB> rumors about sailor moon rights....?
18:01:42 <bay|AB> i knew this would come up
18:02:10 <bay|AB> someone decided to be smart about it and decided to put "would you put a sailor moon redub on there", we got 5000 comments..
18:02:22 <bay|AB> we don't have sailor moon
18:02:24 <bay|AB> we'd love it
18:02:25 <bay|AB> and we know you'd love it
18:02:45 <bay|AB> end...
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