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|Unedited Feed from the Madhouse panel at Otakon 2010. Transcription: bayoab
Note: ( ) is usually commenting on the panel and was not said.
12:02:30 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Madhouse @ Otakon 2010
12:05:08 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Thank you for coming to the Madhouse panel, we'd like to welcome Maruyama, CEO
12:05:18 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> This year, unlike the previous year, we'd like to focus on our current titles...
12:05:29 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> We have a few videos we haven't shown anywhere else.
12:05:49 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Few presentations and then Q&A
12:07:07 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> As everyone knows, Madhouse has been creating many titles, and Maruyama has produced almost everything at Madhouse
12:07:07 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Current titles: Highschool of the Dead, Tatami Galaxy, Black lagoon ova, rainbow, trigun badlands rumble
12:07:14 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> As for Rainbow, we actually have the director here for it.
12:07:54 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Highschool of the Dead trailer
12:08:26 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Currently, thanks to.... (he said FUNimation but TAN has it...), simulcasting on the website
12:08:40 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> US distribution by FUNimation on the slide....
12:08:56 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> (staff and cast on the slide)
12:09:08 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Tatami Galaxy trailer
12:11:33 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Thanks to funimation, simulcast as well.... not sure if it's still possible to view, but sure they will release it on DVDs or online again...
12:11:40 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> (Staff slide)
12:12:12 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Black Lagoon trailer
12:13:57 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> (Staff slide, US distribution by FUNimation)
12:14:38 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Rainbow, (Staff slide), the director is here....
12:15:00 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> (the staff slide is rainbow colored)
12:15:10 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> (Director is Hiroshi Kojina)
12:15:46 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> the line producer will be here tomorrow during a screening
12:15:50 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Trigun Movie trailer
12:16:06 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> (did i just hear US release in theaters?)
12:16:44 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> (he's reading while the trailer is playing and it's very hard to hear)
12:17:43 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> same exact staff as the TV staff
12:17:43 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> with 10 more years of expierence
12:17:43 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> (staff slide)
12:17:43 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Coming Soon: Tibetan Dog, Marvel Animation, Redline, [Censored]
12:19:10 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> (Censored ends with a 2 like shape and looks like it begins with an M or N like character)
12:18:27 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Tibetan Dog: first time collaboration with the chinese government and madhouse
12:18:50 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> (working title btw)
12:19:34 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> The tibetan dog is one of the largest dogs in the world, it's as big as an adult human when standing up, they are brave dogs and they live in tibet
12:19:43 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> but they are scare in numbers and people are worried about their extinction
12:19:49 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> so maruyama went to tibet
12:20:18 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> and the staff paniced... but he went to tibet to get the culture down and got a clear image about how to produce this film and it's in production
12:20:25 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> and it's planned to finish this year and release next year
12:20:37 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Original by Yang Zhijun
12:20:37 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Character design by Naoki Urasawa
12:20:46 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Director Masayuki Kojima
12:20:54 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Character adaptation Shigeru Fujita
12:21:01 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Script Naoto Inoue
12:21:04 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Art direction Yuji Ikeda
12:21:09 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> (the monster team)
12:22:31 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Madhouse x Marvel
12:22:31 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Ironman, wolverine, x-men, blade
12:22:33 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> they showed the first of 12 eps of Ironman at SDCC this year
12:22:34 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Episode 1 is the only one that's finished
12:22:38 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> In Japan, will start airing in october
12:22:58 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> What's in planning after is Wolverine, X-men, and Blade after...
12:23:31 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Maruyama is really working with China these past few years and realized he forgot about the USa and it turns out marvel was interested so he started working with them
12:23:31 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Unfortunately, sony wouldn't let us bring the episode.
12:23:31 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> But the great thing is that the series will be on G4
12:23:39 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Did bring us the teaser for it though.
12:23:44 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> (Teaser)
12:24:39 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Redline
12:24:49 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> been working on it for 6 years
12:24:58 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Original and script by Katsuhito Ishii, director Takashi Koike
12:26:02 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Maruyama: Actually, since we've been in developmnent for 6 years, when we first started, about 3 years into the thing, he was worried he wouldn't see it finished, but as his experience of 30 years in japan, this is the toughest and the thing he put the most work into
12:26:13 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> it's going to be released in japan in october, but US release will be done by Anchor Bay
12:26:30 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> don't have a US date for it yet
12:27:06 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> What's so great about redline is that we're proud to see that's it the production with the most number of characters...
12:27:21 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> here is the characters...and here is all the models... there are about 500 of them
12:28:16 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> (There is a 20x25 collection of sheets)
12:28:20 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> This trailer just got released in Japan
12:28:38 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> (Trailer)
12:32:50 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> (It has that english over-done dub guy speaking in parts of it)
12:32:51 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> As you can see, the animation is really intense... but this a short trailer, but maruyama recommends that if you watch it, you have eyedrops or something
12:32:50 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Everything on this film is handdrawn, and maruyama believes this will be the last hand drawn animation with this much effort put into it
12:32:54 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Q&A
12:33:53 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Q: I understand Redline screened in London. Why didn't you bring Redline here?
12:34:18 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> A: Actually, what has been premiered at this point, except the press premiere we're having in Japan, was actually the premature version that isn't actually finished...
12:34:39 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> they(?) wanted a lot changed
12:37:34 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Maruyama never actually intended to spend 6 years on this film, but it was intended to be finished much earlier, so he promised a bunch of places that he would show it there...
12:37:34 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Q: 3D anime along the way that hollywood is doing it (stereoscopic)?
12:37:35 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> A: Actually, we're in the middle... the Japanese anime industry is working on a manual about how to turn hand drawn animation into stereoscope and it's still in development but it isn't done and i don't know when it will be, but it is coming
12:37:35 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> and maruyama wants one of the first stereoscope to be (chanbara?)
12:37:50 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Q: (question about how original the marvel anime is)
12:38:50 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> A; Maruyama has been familiar with marvel since he was little and he's really had... really wished to create marvel in animation like the american comics, but marvel actually told us we can go freely... we can go japanese and be more japanese animation style... so marvel is giving us lots of freedom, but he's trying to respect what marvel has already created
12:39:19 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Q: Marvel anime on DVD before G4?
12:40:08 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> A: No idea, the american distribution is Sony's problem... we're working with them to produce the series
12:40:24 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> we've heard G4, but we're dealing with the Japanese broadcast schedule, so we haven't gotten info from Sony about US distribution
12:41:05 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Q: About the Supernatural anime series... there is going to be extra material.... is it being created by the american writing team?
12:41:21 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> (He shook his head when the question was being asked, like "can't talk about it" style)
12:43:14 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> A: Yes, actually the anime series is fully developed in japan, script and composite wise, 1/3rd of the series will be based off the actual drama, but as you know, the drama is 1 hour and the animation is 30 min so there is some kind of adaptation that's made... as for the remaining 2/3rds, of that 1/3rd is side episode/background story... and the remaining 1/3rd is the original japanese only store where for example, a japanese yokai, a kappa, appears
12:43:19 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> but all of the locations will be in the US
12:43:58 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Q: For something that you work on for a long time like Redline, do you see there are things you want to change as you go along?
12:44:22 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> (i extremely paraphased/missed that question)
12:44:59 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> A: There is definitely stuff that could have been differently, but we're working with Koike who believes this is him growing as a director as this goes...
12:45:42 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> so the 6 years was needed(?)
12:45:47 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Q; Anything different in Trigun?
12:46:31 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> A; It's been actually 10 years since the previous series, so it's taken a while to get the team with the high passsion back, but since this is theatrical, we have a higher budget
12:46:39 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> but actually touch wise, it hasn't lost any of the taste from the tv series
12:47:01 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Q: HSotD, will the anime be uncensored on home video release?
12:48:41 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> A: Basically, Maruyama doesn't really care what the broadcast station has to say, as long as the series stays interesting, he says go for it
12:48:47 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> but film wise, everything is in there that's supposed to be there
12:48:52 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> so when it's on DVD, he's sure it will be there
12:48:55 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> it's up to geneon actually
12:49:19 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Q: What was the censored title?
12:51:06 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> A: Couple years ago, he came to otakon and announced trigun without the concern of the actual commitee, he said it in a "i want to make a guy with the red coat", and it turned out that he had to make it
12:51:14 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> SO he has the intention that if he mentions it at otakon, it has to be made
12:51:21 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> it's about some guy in drag with a sword who fights ninjas
12:51:36 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> he wants to make a theatrical for that one
12:52:14 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> we're actually in the development for something to be shown, it's not the theatrical, but it will be 2-3 webisodes about him fighting a couple ninjas
12:52:19 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> and it's going to be really short teaser trailer
12:52:40 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> and the tentative title for now, but "the ninja 10 battles"
12:53:01 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Q; What's your favorite theme to work on with a project?
12:54:14 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> A: I actually don't have a restricted or bound by genre, i like to work with many different series
12:54:26 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> I like to make things that are fun and entertaining, so whenever there is heartwarming series, i like to make them
12:54:30 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> if you want bloodgushing, i'll make those
12:54:34 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> and if you want panties, i'll make those
12:54:53 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> i make sure that each genre is carefully made and make it so intense for each series.
12:55:25 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Q: Iron Man anime, is there a reason that beyond that it's easier that the first one was hand drawn while this one was CG
12:56:17 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> A: There is no really specific region that he changed from handdrawn to CG, but the more possible reason is that because it will be a TV series than a promo, a lot shorter time span to make these trailers...
12:56:24 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> As long as it's fun and entertaining, it doesn't matter which it is
12:56:49 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Q: How would you say working with Marvel is compared to working with DC on batman gotham knight?
12:58:20 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> A: Whenever you work with someone, there is always conflict, struggling, there is always a clashing of opinions, but when these difficulties are overcome, both are trying to achieve a higher quality for the project,...
12:58:36 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> (lost part) so working with either DC or marvel has been a great experience
12:58:54 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Q: HSotD, how are you going to end the anime with the manga still going?
12:59:44 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> A: We're still, as it's broadcast, making it. we're still on the middle, so the final is still being discussed between the director and the original creators so we can't say anything for sure yet.
13:00:18 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Q: Any chance of animating the death note one shot?
13:00:48 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> A: Unfortunately, Maruyama hasn't heard anything of that plan, but if anyone tells him to work on it, then we'll definitely do it.
13:00:53 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> If you could prepare all the budget, we could definitely make it.
13:01:11 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Q: Two clarifications...
13:01:22 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> A; Yes, High School of the Dead is S23/Sentai Filmworks
13:02:32 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> (Geneon is apparently lurking here somewhere)
13:03:04 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Q; More Kaiji?
13:03:24 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> A: The main funding source, NTV, producer is very eager to make it so there is a good chance.
13:03:41 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Q: Make a live action version of Trigun?
13:03:53 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> A: Maruyama is not aware of any
13:04:15 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Well if they really must make a live action, I'm going to play as Vash.
13:04:30 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Q; Summer Wars US release after the trailer last year?
13:04:38 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> A; Hasn't heard anything.
13:04:51 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> (There is a nuance that I can't explain in his response)
13:05:50 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Q; Since there aren't animation studios in America....what can you tell us about them? (paraphrase)
13:07:07 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> A: Mainly, how animation starts off is either a TV station comes to us and says they have the money for the series and they want to make an anime or we can make a presentation to the studios or whoever has money to fund the project
13:07:21 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> but this is for whatever, tv or movie... as soon as we get the funding secured, we start...
13:07:29 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> but at madhouse, we actually start before the production committee is set
13:07:55 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Q: With the old OVA set in the same universe as redline, can we expect a release of that?
13:08:26 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> A: The producer is actually the same who did (child of the fist planet?)
13:08:38 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> as you probably saw, the young character is actually in the series
13:08:49 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> but unfortunately, for US distribution, we're not aware of any
13:09:19 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Q: How long does it take for Madhouse to finish an average 26 ep show?
13:09:48 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> A: It depends on how heavy the preproduction must be for the series
13:09:53 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> preproduction can be 6 months to a year
13:10:20 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> and when production starts, for 26 episodes, thats about half a year... so it takes between a year and a year and a half
13:10:48 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Q; What is (a madhouse producer... Kawajiri?) currently doing?
13:11:21 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> A: Koike actually served with Kawajiri since Ninja scroll, that's why you see the similarities
13:11:52 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Kawajiri is actually working on the websides that we mentioned earlier himself
13:12:11 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Q: What would it take to get a summer intership at Madhouse?
13:12:58 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> A: First, you need to learn Japanese for work since so few people speak english.
13:13:31 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Everything is so high paced... there is a constant communication flow...
13:13:52 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> the animation assistant producers are working 24 hours so if you aren't fluent, you have to work more than 24 hours
13:14:22 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Actually, for the previous question, kawajiri actually worked for episode 5 storyboard of ironman anime and working on one of the wolverine episodes as well
13:14:44 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Q; With FUNimation releasing Rideback, where did the idea of the motorcycles come from?
13:14:44 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> A: Original manga
13:15:54 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Q: Plans to make more gorey anime series?
13:16:21 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> A: It you could define gorey because there are certain levels of gore...
13:17:29 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Whenever there is a gorey scene, there is some kind of intention behind the scene, it's not just for the splatter pleasure, there is always something to relate to the audience
13:17:37 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Depends on the title...
13:17:48 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> As long as it is necessary, we'll do it.
13:18:18 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> If you take for example, Shigurui, in that, you'll see guts and stuff, but that was needed for that world.
13:18:26 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> But do you really want to see guts flying out in Card Captor Sakura?
13:19:39 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Q; Opinion on funding... (going off of the interview with Yamakan where he said that BRS was created not to make money itself but to sell the figures)
13:20:31 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> A: Madhouse isn't really familiar with title series where they work with merchandising a lot, we tend to focus on the animation
13:22:49 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> if there is a merchandising company that's interested to work with us... (we'll do it)
13:20:49 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> but since they don't work that way, they can't really answer that
13:21:10 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> I definitely want to do something like Eva where there is lots of toys and it's a good series
13:21:27 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Q: You haven't done many moe shows, how have you avoided it?
13:21:41 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Many other studios have fallen into that ..
13:21:59 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> A: I think that we actually suck at doing moe stuff
13:22:03 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> So the funding people don't want to ask us
13:22:10 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> if someone wants to ask us, we'll do it
13:22:25 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> but we're not going to be sure if its going to be actual moe stuff
13:23:14 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Q: US Summer wars (yes again). A; haven't gotten updated information from the US distributor so we can't talk about it.
13:23:26 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Q: Reviving vampire hunter D?
13:24:28 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> A; Maruyama actually went to the original creator years ago and asked him if they could do it again, and was told that they were trying to pitch it as a live action movie then so could you hold off, so i think it's a good chance to ask him again since it has been a couple years
13:24:37 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Q; Is this the last trigun or will it keep coming back?
13:25:13 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> A; Back when we did the TV series, we thought that was the end, but turns out we did the theatrical
13:25:22 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Right now we think it's the end, but we were wrong last time
13:25:57 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> If everyone supports the trigun theatrical that's coming out soon in the US and they are able to secure more funding for another movie, we'll definitely say yes
13:26:15 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Q: Can you tell us anything more about Supernatural?
13:27:29 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> A; We're still in development of ep 1 back in japan but that will finish soon
13:27:38 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> but story wise, the script for the entire series is finished and he feels confident about hte story
13:27:48 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> he's still working on the visuals, he guess some leaked out
13:28:03 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> he's still adjusting to it, there is some worried if people will like it but he's excited about it with the team
13:28:43 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Q: Best show you've worked on?
13:29:46 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> A: This is a question that everyone asks him every year and he would love to give a different answer if possible, but every project he's been working on is like his child and he can't pick among his children
13:30:32 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> Tries not to think about films he finished since he has seen them 50-100 times by the time it has finished
13:30:46 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> So by the time it has finished, he always has ideas of "it should have been done this way or that way"
13:30:52 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> But he tries not to think about it
13:31:21 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> We're out of time, so we have to end the panel
13:31:22 <bay|Ota|Madhouse> (End)