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Anime Expo - ADV Films \"Peek & Greet ¯ Panel
By Erin Kincaid
July 02, 2006
Sunday, July 2, 2006
Hosted by: David Williams and Matt Greenfield
Aside from announcing the acquisition of Nerima Daikon Brothers and previewing the first episode of the series " which, by the way, makes Excel Saga look sane " David and Matt focused on taking questions from the audience. As usual, there was a fair amount of "Can Neither Confirm Nor Deny, ? from here on abbreviated as NCND. Notes on the Q&A are as follows:One of the Kaleido Star OVAs will be on the last disc of the current series. The fate of the other OVA, however, can be NCND.
ADV Manga is still publishing, and has just released Freaks, Angelic Days, and the last volume of Chrono Crusade.
The ADV association with Sojitz is already resulting in new acquisitions, including, for example, Jinki: Extend, which was announced at Anime Boston.
The Aria manga is still being worked on at ADV Manga. As for the anime? NCND.
Yes, ADV is still involved in the live action Evangelion movie project. No, they still can't give more detail about it.
The rest of SuperGALS will "probably not ? be released. ADV has difficulty placing it in mainstream stores, where it doesn't sell well. However, it may do better in an alternative distribution format, so the issue will be revisited in the future. Everyone at ADV loves the show and they do want to release more if they can.
ADV is working in tandem with Funimation and Kadokawa USA to produce Full Metal Panic: The Second Raid. ADV is handling the production, while Funimation is handling the marketing and distribution. Thus the same actors and directors are involved in TSR as were involved in the first series.
There are plans for some special releases to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Evangelion, but the plans have not been finalized.
There will probably be an Elfen Lied box set, but it will not be out for quite some time. ADV wants to release box sets well after the final volume of a series to encourage the purchase of singles as they come out.
Thinpak releases are designed to keep the product on shelves but also to act as a "budget ? release. This is why ADV does not include extras on the thinpak releases.
Though it is possible to put an entire anime series on a single HD disc, this is unlikely to ever be done. Even if it was, the series would cost the same as if it were spread over multiple discs.
Does labeling a series "classic ? help sales or hinder them? It depends on the series. For well-known and time-tested series like Macross and Gatchaman, it seems to help, but for those that are less well-known, it can make fans see them as "old. ?
There will be more licensing announcements at the other ADV panels " one tonight, and one tomorrow.