Universal Japan to buy Geneon Japan

It appears that Dentsu has sold control of most of it’s Geneon division in Japan to Universal Pictures Japan.  Universal Pictures Japan is obviously the Japanese branch of Universal Pictures, which is the movie making and distribution arm of NBC Universal.

What is happening, as far as I can tell, is that Geneon is merging with Universal Pictures Japan to create a new company, which UPJ’s parent, Universal Pictures International Entertainmnent, will own a 80% stake in.  All of this is supposed to take place in February.

Now, I should stress a couple things here.  First, this is Universal’s foreign branch buying a foreign company.  What does that mean for what’s left of Geneon’s US branch?  I don’t know (wouldn’t it be odd for a US company’s foreign branch to then…sell products back to the US?  I’m guessing that’s not a unique situation, but just seems odd).

Second, the primary motivation for this appears to be that Geneon is the distribution for Universal Pictures Japan’s media, so this move has more to do with UPJ wanting to combine their production/licensing with their distribution and not necessarily has anything to do with anime (remember, Geneon Japan does a lot more than just anime).

It would be nice if this meant that Geneon USA got rebooted, but I wouldn’t necessarily get my hopes up about that until you actually hear something, especially given the economy.

New Layouts Available!

I finally got motivated today to do some new designs, and either my standards went way down today or I got really lucky cause I ended up pulling together quite a few that I was reasonably happy with today.

The default new design right now is for CLANNAD, though you can change your theme or choose to have it randomized whenever you load a page at the Choose Your Theme page.

Overall, there are 14 new themes on top of the Haibane Renmei one from before:

  • Ah! My Goddess
  • Angelic Layer
  • Chobits
  • Code Geass (Lelouch)
  • Code Geass (C.C.)
  • ef
  • Evangelion
  • Fruits Basket
  • Haruhi Suzumiya
  • Kanon
  • Last Exile
  • Samurai 7
  • True Tears

I’ll try to expand this list, but sometimes good images that I can use for my header are hard to come by for certain series.

A Crazy Idea: A Redesign Contest?

It’s rather sad that, as someone who is a web designer by trade, that I can’t even find enough time to redesign my own anime blog.  However, I’ve kept the current design for a time period which has to be approaching an all time record for just about any site which I have personally maintained that isn’t a wiki.

Now, a lot of this is time, and a lot of it is that I just can’t come up with a design that I like and that works.

However, tonight, I had a crazy idea, though I’m not sure I’ll go through with it.  Maybe the indignity of threatening to go through with it will be enough to motivate me to redesign the site myself lol.  However, that idea is this: hold a contest for a new blog design, with the selectee getting, say, Amazon cash.  Like $50 of it or something (the amount is changeable, but if I did it, I’d probably do at least $50).

I wonder how much attention that would get, and how many responses I would get for that.

Like I said, this isn’t a commitment to run such a contest, but just throwing the idea out there.

Update: It looks like based on today so far, the answer is “the indignity of threatening to go through with it will be enough to motivate me to redesign the site myself.”

CLANNAD: After Story – Episode 04

It’s CLANNAD: After Story episode 4, and Mei decides to convince the soccer team to allow Sunohara back on the team, despite everyone telling her it’s a bad idea. To no one’s surprise, the plan turns into trouble.

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