NYAF: Funimation Panel Liveblog

2:42 PM: still gathering. I see fellow bloggers sitting across from me, they are liveblogging too. I wonder who they are? The camera is all set up and ready.

2:45 PM: a Darker than Black preview trailer is playing now.

2:46 PM: Adam Sheehan starts speaking. Commends fans for “honesty” (ie, “death threats” over DBZ). πŸ™‚

2:48 PM: “The State of the Anime Industry: DON’T PANIC!” Well, Funimation can say that. πŸ™‚

2:49 PM: Everyone, not just anime, has had problems with DVD market. Plus Blu-Ray and downloads. Funimation wants to move toward downloads more.

2:52 PM: packaging changes, number of episodes of discs to change.

2:53 PM: Majority of people present are first or second-time congoers!

2:55 PM: Youtube and Funimation partnership: Full episodes of Mushishi, Kiddy Grade, Slayers, and others.

2:57 PM: Hulu.com–subbed episodes of Mushi-shi, Basilisk, Kiddy Grade, etc.

2:58 PM: Paid downloads on funimation.com.

2:59 PM: Funimation Channel to Go (Mobile), for $4.99/month. Gunslinger Girl and Moon Phase, plus Galaxy Railways free

3:01 PM; Funimation’s Podcast. Random unicorns?

3:02 PM: Samurai 7, Vexille in Blu Ray soon.

3:03 PM: Funimation finishes Shuffle!. Includes 1 pair of GOD panties. (Right….only 5000 panties to be produced)

3:04 PM: Tsubasa S2 finished now.

3:06 PM: “Marathon Play” for DBZ season box cuts out OPs, EDs in between episodes

3:07 PM: Black Lagoon, 2nd Barrage (Geneon rescue). S1 to be released soon. LE tin box can hold all discs of S2.

3:10 PM: Hellsing Ultimate (Geneon rescue): Vol 1-4, 2 LEs

3:11 PM: Devil May Cry. “Death, guns, and awesome sauce.”

3:13 PM: Ghost Hunt 1-13. Trailer playing.

3:16 PM: Jyu-oh-sei trailer.

3:18 PM; Negima!? OVA “It’s Akamatsu, what do you expect?” Well, fan-service….lots of it in the trailer.

3:19 PM: Claymore Vol 1. Available Oct 14th. 6 volume release. Trailer. “Berserk with hot chicks.”

3:22 PM: Ouran Host Club. “Screaming, awwing, squeeing…” Oct 28th, Jan 6th for parts 1 and 2 of the whole series. To be sold early at Anime USA (in DC). I don’t like the dub voice for Tamaki. Haruhi sounds about what I imagined though.

3:25 PM: Afro Samurai Resurrection (to many cheers. “Show us some violence now!” I saw the trailer at Comic Con at the Afro Samurai panel.

3:28 PM: Darker than Black, Vol. 1 (Nov 25th). Trailer line: “The world is faced with atonement?” eh?

3:32 PM: NEW LICENSE: Mushi-shi live action movie. Available 2009.

3:33 PM: Q&A. That’s it for me.

Author: gendomike

Michael lives in the Los Angeles area, and has been into anime since he saw Neon Genesis Evangelion in 1999. Some of his favorite shows include Full Metal Alchemist, Honey and Clover, and Welcome to the NHK!. Since 2003 he has gone to at least one anime convention every year. A public radio junkie, which naturally led to podcasting, he now holds a seminary degree and is looking to become Dr. Rev. Otaku Bible Man any day now. Michael can be reached at mike.huang@animediet.net. You can also find his Twitter account at @gendomike.