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|Feed from the Disgaea and Then Some at Anime-Expo 2008. Transcription: bayoab
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14:29:33 <bay|AX|Disgaea> (they are still filling the room)
14:33:29 <bay|AX|Disgaea> (STILL filling the room)
14:35:05 <bay|AX|Disgaea> (a person in a prinny suit has entered the room)
14:35:10 <bay|AX|Disgaea> (STILL filling the room)
14:38:22 <bay|AX|Disgaea> Nao(?) PR from NIS america
14:38:25 <bay|AX|Disgaea> introducing the people....
14:38:41 <bay|AX|Disgaea> Mr. Harada... Character Art for disgaea....
14:39:19 <bay|AX|Disgaea> ...Blade Dancer and A witch's tale character work... Ms. Taniel?
14:39:40 <bay|AX|Disgaea> Mr. Houjou... producer for Witch's tale and hitmaker...
14:40:15 <bay|AX|Disgaea> Two script editors from NIS america.. disgaea.. soul nomad... mr. phoenix spalding... and Mr. steven karton(?)
14:40:37 <bay|AX|Disgaea> and last... localization and director .... Mr. Niday(??)
14:40:47 <bay|AX|Disgaea> today.. they are going to show trailers for disgaea 3
14:40:56 <bay|AX|Disgaea> who is excited for disgaea 3 (Cheers)
14:41:02 <bay|AX|Disgaea> also a witch's tale coming out this winter...
14:41:12 <bay|AX|Disgaea> jack will talk about the game and at the same time show the trailers...
14:41:17 <bay|AX|Disgaea> (jack niday??)
14:41:22 <bay|AX|Disgaea> thank you for coming here today...
14:41:27 <bay|AX|Disgaea> we have two great new games coming out
14:41:31 <bay|AX|Disgaea> one in august and the other in winter
14:41:35 <bay|AX|Disgaea> first one is disgaea 3
14:41:42 <bay|AX|Disgaea> this is taking on a whole new style...
14:42:02 <bay|AX|Disgaea> they sorta changed the theme so that it is more of a school setting...
14:42:06 <bay|AX|Disgaea> and evil is good and good is evil
14:42:13 <bay|AX|Disgaea> we have a trailer to show...
14:42:19 <bay|AX|Disgaea> and if you have questions.. feel free to ask..
14:42:33 <bay|AX|Disgaea> (disgaea 3 trailer...)
14:42:57 <bay|AX|Disgaea> (this appears to be the same trailer that is on GT)
14:45:39 <bay|AX|Disgaea> (applause as the moon crashes down)
14:46:05 <bay|AX|Disgaea> the geoblock is like the 3d geo panels...
14:46:23 <bay|AX|Disgaea> magicchange lets you turn monsters into weapons...
14:46:36 <bay|AX|Disgaea> its a lot of fun.. and im sure you guys have a lot more questions...
14:46:48 <bay|AX|Disgaea> q: on ps3?
14:46:49 <bay|AX|Disgaea> a: yes...
14:47:15 <bay|AX|Disgaea> we spent the majority of the time trying to improve the game and making it fun...
14:47:27 <bay|AX|Disgaea> its hard to tell, but there is quadruple the sprites...
14:47:48 <bay|AX|Disgaea> the graphics aren't as good as other ps3 titles, but form factor wise, its pretty fun
14:47:51 <bay|AX|Disgaea> (question was about the graphics)
14:47:56 <bay|AX|Disgaea> q: why "dood"?
14:48:18 <bay|AX|Disgaea> (i believe it was 4x sprites..)
14:49:01 <bay|AX|Disgaea> a: as far as dood goes.. that was from the atlus translators... we didn't have anything to do with that
14:49:01 <bay|AX|Disgaea> but i am responsible for zam
14:49:06 <bay|AX|Disgaea> looks like we have to move on to the next title..
14:49:19 <bay|AX|Disgaea> next game is for nintendo ds ...
14:49:22 <bay|AX|Disgaea> its going to be our first action rpg
14:49:32 <bay|AX|Disgaea> its got the traditional NIS style... evil, halloweenish...
14:49:39 <bay|AX|Disgaea> this is a teaser trailer...
14:50:14 <bay|AX|Disgaea> a witch's tale trailer...
14:51:25 <bay|AX|Disgaea> (trailer with gameplay will be coming later)
14:52:17 <bay|AX|Disgaea> available oct 2008
14:52:49 <bay|AX|Disgaea> and now...we are moving on to the character designers..
14:53:29 <bay|AX|Disgaea> going to ask harada and the others how they got their job.. first up mr. harada
14:54:31 <bay|AX|Disgaea> when he was younger, he loved arcade games, and went to them a lot and thought it would be nice to be the designer of the games... he got involved in the games in nipponichi and got involved in designing for these games....
14:54:36 <bay|AX|Disgaea> being a videogame fan in general
14:55:03 <bay|AX|Disgaea> now ms taniel
14:55:52 <bay|AX|Disgaea> her grandfather was an artist.. (didn't catch the rest due to interference)
14:56:03 <bay|AX|Disgaea> whats the most enjoyable part of your job @ harada
14:56:37 <bay|AX|Disgaea> the funnest part for being an artist is when your character starts moving and interacting on the screen...
14:56:46 <bay|AX|Disgaea> and he will go to the studio asking to see the latest animation of the characters
14:57:40 <bay|AX|Disgaea> ms taniel says the most fun part is being involved in the very begining, including being involved in the story as well as the art... the entire development of the project itself is the best part of her job
14:57:46 <bay|AX|Disgaea> now... to the script editors....
14:57:55 <bay|AX|Disgaea> people are wondering what they do...
14:58:02 <bay|AX|Disgaea> phoenix.. what is your job description and how did you get your job
14:58:20 <bay|AX|Disgaea> i guess my job description is the guy in the office who is expected to know more about english than anyone else..
14:58:36 <bay|AX|Disgaea> the job description is pretty much talking and writing a lot of words...
14:59:16 <bay|AX|Disgaea> (not copying down his little history)
14:59:18 <bay|AX|Disgaea> and steve..
14:59:27 <bay|AX|Disgaea> my job description is .. to write and write and write... and it never stops
14:59:47 <bay|AX|Disgaea> (not copying down his history either...)
15:00:37 <bay|AX|Disgaea> could you talk on what games you have done stuff for and what you are working on
15:01:01 <bay|AX|Disgaea> Steve: AI, AI2, AI3... Mana, AT, Disgaea 2, Disgaea 3.... and also... Etna chapters for Disgaea PSP
15:01:24 <bay|AX|Disgaea> Phoenix: Soul Nomad, Blade Dancer, Dragoneers, Generation of chaos, spectral souls, rhapsody
15:01:29 <bay|AX|Disgaea> and witch's tale
15:01:38 <bay|AX|Disgaea> and the last question...
15:01:51 <bay|AX|Disgaea> what do you enjoy the most about this job
15:02:07 <bay|AX|Disgaea> phoenix: we also both run debug sessions and help direct the voice acting which is probably my favorite thing.
15:02:09 <bay|AX|Disgaea> i know people are harsh on american dubs..
15:02:27 <bay|AX|Disgaea> but we get to go to an office/studio and meet with voice actors and talk with them about the game and direct the actual acting...
15:02:27 <bay|AX|Disgaea> so yea.. thats a lot of fun
15:02:38 <bay|AX|Disgaea> since all the words for the past 3 months have some life breathed into it
15:02:42 <bay|AX|Disgaea> steve
15:02:54 <bay|AX|Disgaea> as for me.. voice acting is one of the best parts with the interaction..
15:03:02 <bay|AX|Disgaea> and you finally get to hear what you wrote coming out of these actors
15:03:09 <bay|AX|Disgaea> and its better than having someone read it
15:03:33 <bay|AX|Disgaea> and i also like the actual writing of the scripts because thats where... the actual editing of the translations.. thats where you get to the breathe the first life into it before it even comes out
15:03:51 <bay|AX|Disgaea> and that part is pretty fun and you can do whatever you want into the character you want to make them as memorable as you want them to come out
15:03:59 <bay|AX|Disgaea> now questions for the remaining 15 min
15:05:28 <bay|AX|Disgaea> q: phoenix.... how much of the translation was your attitude and how much was a tranlsation
15:05:32 <bay|AX|Disgaea> a; its hard to say... most of the swearing is me...
15:05:52 <bay|AX|Disgaea> there is not a lot a opportunities i get to swear that much and have nobody yell at me or get mad at me
15:06:04 <bay|AX|Disgaea> alot of gi is me and a lot of me is gig(?)
15:06:13 <bay|AX|Disgaea> (note that not a lot of opportunities to swear in japanese)
15:06:19 <bay|AX|Disgaea> q: where do the artists get their inspiration from
15:07:06 <bay|AX|Disgaea> mr. harada:
15:07:52 <bay|AX|Disgaea> for being memorable.. he tries to emphasis the silloutte of the character.. and the inspirations.. its kind of tuff.. there is a lot of anime and manga in japan so it is hard to not make similar characters and he tries to make them as original as possible
15:08:10 <bay|AX|Disgaea> (first part of the question said they were memorable)
15:08:32 <bay|AX|Disgaea> ms. taniel:
15:09:08 <bay|AX|Disgaea> for inspiration, she often writes memos before she goes to sleep with characteristsics of the characters..
15:09:14 <bay|AX|Disgaea> then looks at what she wrote last night and tries to reproduce it
15:09:17 <bay|AX|Disgaea> as for the memorable characters...
15:09:28 <bay|AX|Disgaea> she tries to emphasize the eyes of the characters..
15:09:36 <bay|AX|Disgaea> (missed a piece)
15:10:07 <bay|AX|Disgaea> q: for script editors... do you need to know japanese or do you get a rough edit?
15:10:16 <bay|AX|Disgaea> a: you don't have to know it...
15:10:24 <bay|AX|Disgaea> it helps if you know it...
15:11:01 <bay|AX|Disgaea> (phoenix above.. steve below)
15:11:15 <bay|AX|Disgaea> its not essential... but it would be beneficial.....
15:12:13 <bay|AX|Disgaea> q: since disgaea 1 on psp was a success.. any talks of disgaea 2 on psp?
15:12:25 <bay|AX|Disgaea> a: we don't know... let's hope...
15:12:56 <bay|AX|Disgaea> q: japanese disgaea 3 has DLC... will other characters make it in for the US version?
15:13:21 <bay|AX|Disgaea> a: for the DLC.. there is definitely a good chance for characters from other games as well as story chapters or new maps...
15:13:37 <bay|AX|Disgaea> and its all going to make it to the US
15:13:52 <bay|AX|Disgaea> q: will there be higher res sprites for disgaea 4?
15:13:57 <bay|AX|Disgaea> a: good question.. can't answer that...
15:14:23 <bay|AX|Disgaea> q: disgaea 3 for x360?
15:14:39 <bay|AX|Disgaea> a: if the demand is there.. we will have to release it... but we don't have definite plans just yet.. but you never know...
15:14:44 <bay|AX|Disgaea> we are coming out with disgaea ds in september
15:15:11 <bay|AX|Disgaea> q: what in the world were you smoking when you came up with the prinnies and where can i get some?
15:16:06 <bay|AX|Disgaea> a: mr. harada
15:16:13 <bay|AX|Disgaea> when he first got the order to make a slave/servant..
15:16:22 <bay|AX|Disgaea> he was first thinking of a bat/crow.. thought it was boring/common
15:16:26 <bay|AX|Disgaea> so he didn't think about it for a while
15:16:32 <bay|AX|Disgaea> he was watching tv and saw a bunch of penguins on some show..
15:16:37 <bay|AX|Disgaea> and was like "aha, thats it, i gotta use it"
15:16:58 <bay|AX|Disgaea> it would have been funny if penguins/birds... who originally have wings get demons wings on their back
15:17:38 <bay|AX|Disgaea> q: are you planning on bringing back any of the original characters... especially flonne..
15:18:19 <bay|AX|Disgaea> a: yes... you can expect some of the original characters( through DLC ) and a couple of the characters have their own story in disgaea 3 through DLC.. and they will be playable
15:19:14 <bay|AX|Disgaea> q: nis america used to be a translation house instead of a self-publisher.. are you going to continue taking existing properties and translate them or will you work with the japanese publisher...
15:19:26 <bay|AX|Disgaea> a: this is a good time to talk about witch tale which is a 3 company production
15:19:30 <bay|AX|Disgaea> it will be a simul japan/ us release
15:19:46 <bay|AX|Disgaea> if it works out, i don't see why we wouldn't do more in the future
15:19:53 <bay|AX|Disgaea> end panel