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Unedited Feed from the Sentai panel at Otakon 2012. Transcription: bayoab
Note: ( ) is usually commenting on the panel and was not said.

10:41:22 <bay|Ota|Sentai> (maruyama from MAPPA is in the audience)
10:41:31 <bay|Ota|Sentai> (putting up the same poster as the maruyama panel)
10:43:37 <bay|Ota|Sentai> (dlw is here)
10:44:58 <bay|Ota|Sentai> Hello
10:45:02 <bay|Ota|Sentai> Good morning everyone
10:45:24 <bay|Ota|Sentai> I'm actually quite pleased, i figured everyone would be checking out of a hotel now on sunday
10:45:35 <bay|Ota|Sentai> I'd like to introduce myself, I'm david williams with sentai filmworks
10:45:53 <bay|Ota|Sentai> This is the first sentai filmworks panel at an otakon
10:46:03 <bay|Ota|Sentai> hopefully the first of many to come
10:48:13 <bay|Ota|Sentai> first, we have a new title coming from sentai filmworks that we're excited about that's been streaming online
10:46:19 <bay|Ota|Sentai> and we have a special guest
10:46:22 <bay|Ota|Sentai> but first a video
10:47:50 <bay|Ota|Sentai> (kids on the slope... op?)
10:48:08 <bay|Ota|Sentai> i'd lke to have my special guest come up
10:48:28 <bay|Ota|Sentai> (maruyama)
10:49:49 <bay|Ota|Sentai> Hi, my name is Maruyama from MAPPA which created Kids on the Slope, I used to be with madhouse, and back then we worked with ADV on many titles, but now I'm with mappa and this is our first work
10:50:39 <bay|Ota|Sentai> And to my left is Yuuka Nanri, who performed the voice for the heroine in Kids on the Slope, Itsuko
10:50:29 <bay|Ota|Sentai> Hello everyone, my name is Yuuka
10:51:25 <bay|Ota|Sentai> So, that's all we have to say really from our special guests, but behind us is a poster signed by Watanabe Shinichiro, and now Maruyama-san and Nanri-san are going to sign the poster
10:52:00 <bay|Ota|Sentai> Kids on the Slope has been streaming online and will be coming out early next year on DVD and bluray
10:52:14 <bay|Ota|Sentai> for those of you who may have been at my older ADV panels, you'll be familar with this
10:52:18 <bay|Ota|Sentai> I of course have DVD and blurays to give away
10:52:26 <bay|Ota|Sentai> and I had a few of these lying around and i wasn't sure what to do with
10:52:44 <bay|Ota|Sentai> these are actually production samples, since we have rights to HSoTD, and are doing merchanding, we have pins
10:52:52 <bay|Ota|Sentai> let me run through our schedule
10:53:08 <bay|Ota|Sentai> Oh, and High School of the Dead is also made by Maruyama-san
10:53:18 <bay|Ota|Sentai> and i think i speak for everyone in this room when i saw, we want more of it
10:54:29 <bay|Ota|Sentai> now, schedule
10:54:29 <bay|Ota|Sentai> of what's coming up
10:54:29 <bay|Ota|Sentai> July...
10:54:30 <bay|Ota|Sentai> Hidamari Sketch SP, Needless complete, Mahoro Ultimate Collection, Bantorra collection 2, Psychic Squad S2, Hatsukoi Limited, (missed 3)
10:54:30 <bay|Ota|Sentai> August
10:54:36 <bay|Ota|Sentai> TWGoK S2 (bd/dvd)
10:54:30 <bay|Ota|Sentai> This boy can fight aliens (bd/dvd)
10:54:52 <bay|Ota|Sentai> Number 6 (bd/dvd)
10:55:00 <bay|Ota|Sentai> Koihime Complete collection
10:55:10 <bay|Ota|Sentai> now I need to switch to this sheet
10:55:15 <bay|Ota|Sentai> september
10:55:20 <bay|Ota|Sentai> intrigue in the bakamatsu (dvd/bd)
10:55:25 <bay|Ota|Sentai> psychic squad s3, dvd
10:55:32 <bay|Ota|Sentai> cluster's edge (dvd)
10:55:40 <bay|Ota|Sentai> complete collection of allison and lilia
10:55:50 <bay|Ota|Sentai> and on september 18th
10:55:44 <bay|Ota|Sentai> persona 4
10:55:53 <bay|Ota|Sentai> october
10:55:58 <bay|Ota|Sentai> detriot metal city
10:56:01 <bay|Ota|Sentai> mayochiki
10:56:05 <bay|Ota|Sentai> heavens memo pad
10:56:11 <bay|Ota|Sentai> idolmaster xeno
10:56:15 <bay|Ota|Sentai> maid-sama complete
10:56:20 <bay|Ota|Sentai> someday's dreams s2 sora
10:56:30 <bay|Ota|Sentai> magikoi, oh samurai girl
10:56:35 <bay|Ota|Sentai> ungo (dvd/bd)
10:56:43 <bay|Ota|Sentai> those titles have been solicted, so those are pretty much known
10:56:44 <bay|Ota|Sentai> now not known
10:56:46 <bay|Ota|Sentai> nov
10:56:59 <bay|Ota|Sentai> horizon in the mdidle of nowhere (dvd/bd)
10:56:59 <bay|Ota|Sentai> psychic squad s4
10:57:05 <bay|Ota|Sentai> children who chase lost voices
10:57:26 <bay|Ota|Sentai> and another one that was just cleared
10:57:21 <bay|Ota|Sentai> grave of the fireflies remastered on bluray
10:57:36 <bay|Ota|Sentai> intrigue on the bakamatsu s2
10:58:02 <bay|Ota|Sentai> and one new title that i need to announce
10:57:52 <bay|Ota|Sentai> nakaimo, my little sister is among them
10:58:10 <bay|Ota|Sentai> (that's not a release date for nakaimo)
10:58:36 <bay|Ota|Sentai> Q: Looked at digital distribution, google play/amazon video?
10:59:13 <bay|Ota|Sentai> A: We have pretty much all of the catalog on netflix, putting it on itunes, it's out on ... they stream on it crunchyroll and on the anime network, xbox, playstation network we are trying to hit all the digital outlets
10:59:15 <bay|Ota|Sentai> Sentai sublicenses the digital distro to another company and they handle it
10:59:30 <bay|Ota|Sentai> but if we see a platform we're not on, we point it out to them
10:59:46 <bay|Ota|Sentai> Q: I would like it if sentai would be more active on social media
11:00:13 <bay|Ota|Sentai> and the question... plans to release the second mardock scramble movie?
11:00:28 <bay|Ota|Sentai> A: there are, when we did the first one, we did it and then we got the directors cut
11:00:36 <bay|Ota|Sentai> so for the second one, we're going to wait for the directors cut
11:00:51 <bay|Ota|Sentai> so what we're going to do this time is release the regular and the directors in one set and not force you to buy them both
11:01:08 <bay|Ota|Sentai> Q: regarding UnGO, will it include ep 0?
11:01:13 <bay|Ota|Sentai> A: That I don't know
11:02:06 <bay|Ota|Sentai> Q: For infinite stratos, you got some of the va's doing the songs, any plans to attempt to do that for kids on the slope?
11:02:20 <bay|Ota|Sentai> A: There is nothing there at the moment that i can either confirm or deny
11:02:44 <bay|Ota|Sentai> With some titles, we like being able to put the CD in there, but we like to be able to do things like that, sometimes it's not easy to do, sometimes with licensing, it's not possible
11:02:52 <bay|Ota|Sentai> i can't tell you right now if it's possible with kids on the slope
11:03:17 <bay|Ota|Sentai> (skipping meh question)
11:03:29 <bay|Ota|Sentai> Q: Season 2 of (couldn't hear)
11:03:36 <bay|Ota|Sentai> A: Still haven't made it yet, and we keep telling them to make more...
11:03:43 <bay|Ota|Sentai> but no word on HSotD S2 yet
11:03:57 <bay|Ota|Sentai> Q: Looking into K-on movie?
11:04:00 <bay|Ota|Sentai> A: Neither confirm or deny
11:04:10 <bay|Ota|Sentai> We look at everything
11:04:12 <bay|Ota|Sentai> let's put it that way
11:04:17 <bay|Ota|Sentai> we can't of course license everything that comes out
11:04:25 <bay|Ota|Sentai> and k-on is a popular title, and it's something we're interested in
11:04:33 <bay|Ota|Sentai> i'd love to get the first season but bandai is still releasing it
11:04:57 <bay|Ota|Sentai> Q: What's all involved in the licensing process? How do you know when you want to license it?
11:05:35 <bay|Ota|Sentai> A: That's an involved question, it depends greatly, there are titles at ADV where it took us 10 years later, there were others where we'd get the same title in the same day
11:05:40 <bay|Ota|Sentai> and now, the big thing is simulcasts
11:05:49 <bay|Ota|Sentai> that's often now why you hear announcements
11:06:01 <bay|Ota|Sentai> like kids on the slope....we're not going to have the bd/dvd out till next year
11:06:18 <bay|Ota|Sentai> because of simulcasting, you hear most of the announcements at the beginning of the season, it has our names on it so we have to get the announcements out
11:06:26 <bay|Ota|Sentai> older titles, we're more relaxed on
11:06:42 <bay|Ota|Sentai> that gives me an opportunity to talk about "how come it takes so long after it airs to get the bd"
11:06:45 <bay|Ota|Sentai> first of all, it has to air
11:07:06 <bay|Ota|Sentai> then what the japanese do, is they go back to the show and touch up the video, add scenes, remove censoring, and then releas it in japan
11:07:12 <bay|Ota|Sentai> their release schedule is very different
11:07:24 <bay|Ota|Sentai> we have to wait till they finish production work to do ours, especially since we do complete sets
11:07:33 <bay|Ota|Sentai> they give us the masters after and then we can do our work
11:07:40 <bay|Ota|Sentai> that's why you see a long gap between streaming and video
11:08:46 <bay|Ota|Sentai> Q: what's your relationship with crunchryoll?
11:08:50 <bay|Ota|Sentai> A; they pay us money and we give them shows
11:07:58 <bay|Ota|Sentai> they are one of multiple places that we stream shows from
11:08:10 <bay|Ota|Sentai> and a lot of the shows we're streaming are going through crunchyroll because they say they want to buy those shows
11:08:53 <bay|Ota|Sentai> Q: what about simulcasts, they show up on CR before TAN?
11:08:56 <bay|Ota|Sentai> A: that depends on the show, sometimes CR says they want a month exclusive before it goes up in other places
11:08:42 <bay|Ota|Sentai> they are one of multiple outlets that we can license stuff to
11:09:48 <bay|Ota|Sentai> Q: I know a couple of companies, they take a while a while to get their anime out... while no6 is coming out fast... is there a secret?
11:09:55 <bay|Ota|Sentai> A: If there is, i'm not telling anyone else
11:10:14 <bay|Ota|Sentai> We're a small company, we have to be careful what we do, we can't sit on the title, we have to get them out asap
11:10:24 <bay|Ota|Sentai> we can't afford to sit around on them like some companies can
11:10:30 <bay|Ota|Sentai> and it doesn't make sense to sit on it
11:10:45 <bay|Ota|Sentai> you want to get it out there while it's still interesting
11:11:15 <bay|Ota|Sentai> Q: (p4 extra stuff question)
11:11:32 <bay|Ota|Sentai> A: Collection 1 includes both the on air version and directors cut of ep1, i'm not sure i can talk about collection 2 yet
11:11:55 <bay|Ota|Sentai> Q: How has eyeshield 21 done for you guys?
11:12:02 <bay|Ota|Sentai> A: That's an interesting title because my daughter loves that show but she hates football
11:12:23 <bay|Ota|Sentai> It's done okay, it hasn't been a big seller for us honestly
11:12:25 <bay|Ota|Sentai> I'd like to see it do more
11:12:34 <bay|Ota|Sentai> but it was not been one of our best titles out there, so we're looking at it, see how it goes
11:13:01 <bay|Ota|Sentai> Q: Since you have S4 of Familiar of Zero, what about season 1-3?
11:13:23 <bay|Ota|Sentai> A: Familiar of zero, yes... we do have s4...
11:13:30 <bay|Ota|Sentai> as for s1-3, i can neither confirm nor deny
11:13:55 <bay|Ota|Sentai> Q: Can you say if the graveof the fireflies bluray will have old or next extras?
11:13:59 <bay|Ota|Sentai> A; I'm not sure at the moment
11:14:11 <bay|Ota|Sentai> I do know we got new, remastered video
11:14:48 <bay|Ota|Sentai> Q: (re-releasing something with english dub that they've done subtitle only)
11:14:57 <bay|Ota|Sentai> A: Nothing at the moment in the plans for that, we've done a few for special occassions
11:15:05 <bay|Ota|Sentai> Personally, I'd like to dub them all
11:15:10 <bay|Ota|Sentai> is there anyone in particular i'd like to see dubbed
11:15:22 <bay|Ota|Sentai> I hear a lot of peopole say To-Love-Ru and Special A
11:15:28 <bay|Ota|Sentai> i'd love to dub them all, i' really would
11:15:51 <bay|Ota|Sentai> Q: How do you decide what will be dubbed and what will be sub only?
11:16:07 <bay|Ota|Sentai> A: basically it boils down to, there are a lot of shows out there that will sell really well, kids on the slop,e high school of the dead
11:16:15 <bay|Ota|Sentai> so you can afford the expense and know you can recoup
11:16:27 <bay|Ota|Sentai> and there are other shows which we know fans of the title want to have it, but that it wont be a bigger enough title
11:16:36 <bay|Ota|Sentai> before it was that you dub and lose, or you don't do it
11:16:49 <bay|Ota|Sentai> but for sentai, we decided to do them subtitle only, and they do what we expect
11:16:53 <bay|Ota|Sentai> if we dubbed them, they would have lost money
11:17:04 <bay|Ota|Sentai> is there enough interest for the cost of the dub
11:17:13 <bay|Ota|Sentai> i've mentioned before that we look at the streaming numbers
11:17:31 <bay|Ota|Sentai> we were originally going to release demon king subtitle only but the numbers were second only to HSoTD, so we dubbed it
11:17:40 <bay|Ota|Sentai> if you want a titled dubbed, get people watching the stream
11:17:53 <bay|Ota|Sentai> Q: have you ever seen sales so good that you said "We shhould have dubbed it"
11:18:21 <bay|Ota|Sentai> A: we did a dub after for clannad, i wanted to dub it at first... that wasn't as much of the sales as there was other english speaking countires that wanted to release it and do a dub, and they were willing to spread the cost around
11:18:42 <bay|Ota|Sentai> there is the case of princess resurrection that came out subtitle only, when i looked at it firt, i said we should probably do a dub, but it sold well enough that we went back
11:18:50 <bay|Ota|Sentai> in most cases, it was like with clannad, we could spread it out with other countries
11:19:15 <bay|Ota|Sentai> Q: are you streaming to international countries?
11:19:22 <bay|Ota|Sentai> A: Depends on the rights you purchase with the japanese
11:19:30 <bay|Ota|Sentai> in some cases, you get all english speaking countries, sometimes you get US and canada
11:19:37 <bay|Ota|Sentai> it depends on what rights you license out with the japanese
11:19:52 <bay|Ota|Sentai> generally though, for us, if we get a show and have AU/UK rights, we'll work with a country there to handle it for us
11:20:06 <bay|Ota|Sentai> Q: Do you guys have any plans to release anything as BD/DVD combo pack?
11:20:12 <bay|Ota|Sentai> Why no OVAs when buy seasons on itunes?
11:20:24 <bay|Ota|Sentai> A; Would depend on the title, would have to ask A-net about that, i don't deal much with itunes
11:20:28 <bay|Ota|Sentai> I'd have to go and ask
11:20:43 <bay|Ota|Sentai> DVD and bluray combo packs, we've looked at it, but it doesn't work out financially
11:20:53 <bay|Ota|Sentai> like right now, bluray is very expensive to press
11:21:07 <bay|Ota|Sentai> anime in it's heyday, it sold really well, 10000 used to be a bad seller
11:21:12 <bay|Ota|Sentai> these days, 3000 it's WOHOOO
11:21:21 <bay|Ota|Sentai> the market for physical dvds has really changed
11:21:24 <bay|Ota|Sentai> so bd is really expensive
11:21:26 <bay|Ota|Sentai> DVD is really cheap
11:21:53 <bay|Ota|Sentai> so how do i release that, press extra bd and put them with dvd, vice versa, how can i afford extra expense? who will buy it?
11:22:00 <bay|Ota|Sentai> people who want to upgrade, will they pay the extra cost of the bluray or balk?
11:22:12 <bay|Ota|Sentai> now there are people who have bluray, and they don't want to pay extra for DVD
11:22:29 <bay|Ota|Sentai> the only market it seems to fufill for me is someone with DVD and bluray, with those in differnt locations
11:22:34 <bay|Ota|Sentai> i can't see it work financially
11:22:44 <bay|Ota|Sentai> and plus, since we're doing complete collections, we got more discs in the pack
11:22:48 <bay|Ota|Sentai> are we going to use stackers?
11:22:56 <bay|Ota|Sentai> so I don't see how we can make it work for us
11:23:16 <bay|Ota|Sentai> Q: I've heard that sentai might be stretching too thin, licensing too much? Any comments?
11:23:13 <bay|Ota|Sentai> A: That has ben brought up in many a panel
11:23:23 <bay|Ota|Sentai> I think we are being very careful at sentai
11:23:27 <bay|Ota|Sentai> we saw what happened in the past with other companies
11:23:35 <bay|Ota|Sentai> and we're trying ot be very careful with what we do and how we do it
11:23:39 <bay|Ota|Sentai> we're really small, we have very few
11:23:48 <bay|Ota|Sentai> back at ADV, everything was there
11:23:58 <bay|Ota|Sentai> Sentai is just the actual company, there is verty few people there, we contract everything out
11:24:10 <bay|Ota|Sentai> so we know pretty much what the production capacity is for the people we're working with
11:24:17 <bay|Ota|Sentai> we know what we can afford to license and w eknow how sales are going
11:24:28 <bay|Ota|Sentai> we factor all that in and are not going to get stretched too thin
11:24:40 <bay|Ota|Sentai> and the moment, i think we're at a pretty good peak, we got a good number each month
11:24:47 <bay|Ota|Sentai> and the good thing is we've gotten more and more into streaming
11:25:01 <bay|Ota|Sentai> and the company has grown since it started
11:25:17 <bay|Ota|Sentai> we understand that concern very well
11:25:32 <bay|Ota|Sentai> i think we did a good job of avoiding it, i wouldn't be concern, enjoy your anime
11:25:38 <bay|Ota|Sentai> Q: Limited edition releases or special extras?
11:25:52 <bay|Ota|Sentai> A: There aren't any planned at the moment, we'ved kicked it around for some of those,but we don't have in the works that i can talk about
11:26:00 <bay|Ota|Sentai> that is something that we've looked at, doing special editions of show
11:26:18 <bay|Ota|Sentai> another thing i concidered is taking a lot of similar shows of the same genre or story
11:26:25 <bay|Ota|Sentai> for older titles, and maybe do a special collection of things like that
11:26:33 <bay|Ota|Sentai> we are looking at stuff like that bu nothing i can talk about
11:27:12 <bay|Ota|Sentai> Q: With the streaming media, do you see a way to test the waters? (regarding licensing rights and format)
11:27:37 <bay|Ota|Sentai> A: We don't do that now but it does play a factor in releasing a dub, and releasing a dub means a bluray
11:27:44 <bay|Ota|Sentai> in most cases, you've already lciensed the rights for the all the show
11:27:48 <bay|Ota|Sentai> you have to license it before you stream it
11:27:59 <bay|Ota|Sentai> we're not going to not release a show because the stream was so bad
11:28:09 <bay|Ota|Sentai> because that would be a title we would expect to be a low selling title to begin with
11:28:18 <bay|Ota|Sentai> i don't see us ever licensing a title and not releasing it
11:28:57 <bay|Ota|Sentai> gotta watch what you say.;...there is one title we did license, but it wasn't streaming, but sales on it were really poor, and we're still figuring out how we can release it, and i know there are people who want to see more
11:29:07 <bay|Ota|Sentai> i'm still kicking around ideas of how we can release it and make money on it
11:29:19 <bay|Ota|Sentai> that's the only situation so far where that has happened
11:29:21 <bay|Ota|Sentai> Q: Top sellers?
11:29:32 <bay|Ota|Sentai> A: High school fo the dead, angel beats, and demon king are the top 3
11:29:46 <bay|Ota|Sentai> well, i have to look and see if you get all the incarnations of clannad, that's going to be near the top
11:29:59 <bay|Ota|Sentai> the best seller at the con has been kaminomi s2 bluray
11:29:59 <bay|Ota|Sentai> and fate stay has been #2
11:30:22 <bay|Ota|Sentai> Q: (kadokawa and bluray issue)
11:30:52 <bay|Ota|Sentai> A: That is a tricky situation, with bluray, and not having region code lockouts, that is a concern, the japanes are concerned, they are concerned about blurays being reimported in japan
11:31:12 <bay|Ota|Sentai> (Lost)
11:31:17 <bay|Ota|Sentai> I don't know what the best solution is...
11:31:27 <bay|Ota|Sentai> and i'd like to get them out as quickly as we can
11:31:29 <bay|Ota|Sentai> it has become a problem
11:31:43 <bay|Ota|Sentai> Q: I'm glad you can put the gintama movie out? Later seasons..?
11:31:59 <bay|Ota|Sentai> A: That's one of the things we looked at witht he movie, since it was a one shot, we could dub it and see how sales were
11:32:06 <bay|Ota|Sentai> so we could see how a dub added to the sales
11:32:10 <bay|Ota|Sentai> so we are looking at that right nwo
11:32:33 <bay|Ota|Sentai> Q: thank you for hell girl s2 and s3, and i've heard rumors of a s4... have s2 and 3 done well?
11:32:48 <bay|Ota|Sentai> A: It's as we expected, and it sold well enough to maintain it, if ther ewere more hell girl, we'd be interested
11:33:14 <bay|Ota|Sentai> Q: You mentioned angel beats as a top seller, pa works has done other titles... has sentai considered other pa works title since angel beats did so well?
11:33:17 <bay|Ota|Sentai> A: We look at everything
11:33:28 <bay|Ota|Sentai> and quite often, we look at shows before they begin production
11:33:36 <bay|Ota|Sentai> japanese companies are looking to get the lciense fee for production costs
11:33:42 <bay|Ota|Sentai> we're already looking at fall season
11:34:21 <bay|Ota|Sentai> Q: (asking about licensing costs, and how they've changed over the times ive been int he industry)
11:34:35 <bay|Ota|Sentai> A: It started out with ADV, and it was "Hey, we'd like to license this show" why? .... (e4tc)
11:35:11 <bay|Ota|Sentai> and then in the heyday, it was "we want to license this show" and when you do that pay x per episode...and then when ADV licensed eva
11:35:21 <bay|Ota|Sentai> everyone was like "you paid far too much money, you will never get it back"
11:35:22 <bay|Ota|Sentai> (laughs)
11:35:43 <bay|Ota|Sentai> and then in 2004, 2005, it was like, god i wish i could license stuff for eva prices
11:35:49 <bay|Ota|Sentai> it got ridicuulously high
11:36:05 <bay|Ota|Sentai> and the japanese realize that ridiculous raising and bidding was harmful to the industry
11:36:07 <bay|Ota|Sentai> Q: Is that he deadzone?
11:36:15 <bay|Ota|Sentai> A: there are a lot of reasons...
11:36:18 <bay|Ota|Sentai> (lost)
11:36:28 <bay|Ota|Sentai> it was recognized that it was not a healthy situation to be in for the industry
11:36:32 <bay|Ota|Sentai> it's not going to benefit the industry to do that
11:37:05 <bay|Ota|Sentai> now we don't do bidding, we put in an offer, they might give you a chance to offer a counter, but no bid wars
11:36:51 <bay|Ota|Sentai> and they are more realistic about it
11:37:12 <bay|Ota|Sentai> Q( how dvd sales cover costs)
11:37:15 <bay|Ota|Sentai> A: DVD is still king
11:37:21 <bay|Ota|Sentai> it's still where you make most of your money
11:37:37 <bay|Ota|Sentai> streaming is growing, but streaming and digital have not reached the point where they can support the costs of the title
11:37:40 <bay|Ota|Sentai> bd is still growing
11:37:42 <bay|Ota|Sentai> DVD still outsells i9t
11:37:52 <bay|Ota|Sentai> for a while, hsotd bd was outselling dvd
11:38:05 <bay|Ota|Sentai> what i suspect was all the hardcore collectors watned the bd and pre-orders and the rest get the dvd
11:38:11 <bay|Ota|Sentai> that was the first time i ever seen a bd beat DVD
11:38:18 <bay|Ota|Sentai> but DVD is still king
11:38:30 <bay|Ota|Sentai> Q: question about the retail part...
11:38:47 <bay|Ota|Sentai> which retail method is the most important?
11:38:54 <bay|Ota|Sentai> A: You got online, specialty market stores, mass market stores...
11:38:59 <bay|Ota|Sentai> in the heyday, bestbuy was king
11:39:02 <bay|Ota|Sentai> whatever they said, you did
11:39:11 <bay|Ota|Sentai> they were the most important outlet for anime at the time
11:39:13 <bay|Ota|Sentai> as has most of the mass market retail
11:39:26 <bay|Ota|Sentai> what is growing is online, amazon, rightstuf, animenation
11:39:29 <bay|Ota|Sentai> those are all growing and threiving
11:39:38 <bay|Ota|Sentai> and specialty shops, wer're seeing a resurgance
11:39:44 <bay|Ota|Sentai> i think this is because of the mass market dying off
11:40:09 <bay|Ota|Sentai> the specialty stores couldn't compete with mass market, since there isn't an outlet for it, i'm seeing the specialty stores grow and pick back up
11:40:12 <bay|Ota|Sentai> i'd say online and specialty are best now
11:40:22 <bay|Ota|Sentai> actually, we're getting low on time here, so let me give these away
11:42:46 <bay|Ota|Sentai> (Dlw is fanboying over bantorra s1 cover)
11:45:42 <bay|Ota|Sentai> thank you all for coming out
11:45:42 <bay|Ota|Sentai> end
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