Funimation licenses Eden of the East, Casshern Sins remake

Funimation entertainment has announced that they have licensed the anime series Eden of the East and the Casshern Sins remake.  Both shows are scheduled to come out in 2010.

Casshern Sins is a 24 episode series which aired October 2008 and March 2009.  Eden of the East is an 11 episode series which aired between April and June 2009.

Funimation also got box sets of remastered Dragon Ball Z episodes, which apparently are DVD box set releases made from the original masters.  I guess this is somewhat of a big deal for Funimation and DBZ fans.

Funimation also announced the Korean live-action movie Daytime Drinking at their Otakon panel, scheduled for an April 2010 release.

Yesterday, Funimation also announced that they had licensed four Case Closed movies: The Last Wizard of the Century, Captured in Her Eyes, Countdown to Heaven, and The Phantom of Baker Street.

A Quick Look at Otakon Industry Panels

Here is a quick look at the times of major industry panels.  Unfortunately, if AX was sparse, Otakon is a desert.  However, we’ve already had action with Bandai and there are indications that there is more to come, and Funimation has pretty much said that they’ll have something to say, so it might not be completely worthless:

Friday, July 17
12:30 PM: Madhouse
2:00 PM: Aniplex TBA
3:00 PM: Aniplex
9:00 PM: Bandai Entertainment

Saturday, July 18
10:00 AM: Funimation

Sunday, July 19
10:00 AM: Funimation TBD

And that’s it as far as I can see.  TokyoPop, ADV/Sentai, and Media Blasters seem to be major companies skipping the cons altogether this year, while smaller companies like Kadokawa, Seven Seas, and Go! Comi have been no where to be found either.  CMX, Right Stuf, Viz, and Yen Press were at least at AX, but aren’t at Otakon as far as I can see.  Just look at it this way: the Japanese production companies appear to just as well represented as the US licensing and production companies.

Also, who schedules their industry panel at 9PM? (OK, maybe Bandai didn’t have a choice in the matter, but, unless there is a reason for doing so, that seems sort of like a screw up).

In any case, as usual I’ll try to follow the action in Baltimore the best I can from my home base here.

Bandai Entertainment licenses Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens

That omgitscoming countdown? We now know what it is!

Bandai Entertainment has licensed the anime season Kannagi.

It is also streaming on Anime News Network.

Kannagi is a 13 episode series which aired between October through December 2008.

Update

Not only is Kannagi streaming on ANN, it appears like will be able to order it from RightStuf and it is ready to ship, meaning that it’s release date is, well, tomorrow.  I haven’t seen whether this is a sub-only response or not.

Otakon Update

Sorry for not writing in so long.  Apparently I did something to my foot Friday evening, because it started aching Saturday morning and just got worse though the day before I had to throw in the towel after the Kadokawa panel and leave.  I hoped that it would get better overnight, but alas, it still hurts like a bitch, so I don’t know whether I’ll even be able to head over to the BCC at all today, which is a shame.

If you didn’t hear elsewhere, Bandai announced the .hack//G.U. trilogy at their Bandai Surprise panel last night which I had been planning on attending.

In theory there should be a lot of stuff goingon at the ADV panel and I really want to go see it. *curses at foot*

Final Pre-Otakon Update and Thoughts

Holy cow that Pregreg line was long.  When I got there, the line was out the door, wrapped all the way down the side of the convention center down Howard Street, wrapped behind the back to Sharp Street (the road that runs under the 3rd and 4th floor of the BCC), and maybe a quarter down that road.

However, it looks like I got there at the right time, though, because about a half hour later (after I had already gotten in the BCC) it decided to rain like heck…and the line was still wrapped all the way down the Howard Street side of the BCC.

Like I said on twitter, I saw a Lucky Star badge and a Code Geass badge, along with the Fullmetal Alchemist badge that I got.  I’m not even sure what the rest were.  Last year they had a thing with all the badges on it up halfway through the line, so you could look at them before you get to the booth, but they didn’t when I went through, so I didn’t get a good chance to see all of the badges.

As for the schedule, it still looks the same as it was online.  There is still a big ol’ TBA in the HD hall between 8:30 PM and 10:30 PM as well as Panel 1 between 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM, both on Monday.  I have to think that they are either really big shows to not even tell us what they are the day before, or they really have no clue what they’re going to show there (and really, I’m sure they could come up with something).

Now, here is my as definite-as-it-gets schedule over the next 3 days.  As always, there may be changes that throw a wrench into all of this:

Friday

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM: El Hazard 1-4 (Video 3)
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Chiko, The Phantom Chief (aka The Daughter of Twenty Faces) 1-2 (Hall D)
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Tsubasa Season 2 1-4 (Hall D)
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Funimation Q&A (Panel 2)
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Media Blasters Q&A (Panel 2)
4:00 PM – 10:30 PM: ????

OK, yes, I know, having a huge question mark after 4 is kind of problematic.  Here is the issue.

4-5PM doesn’t have much that sounds interesting other than maybe the Kappei Yamaguchi panel.  I may use this to either get early dinner or go to the dealers room.

Then we run into an area where there are several things I want to watch, but other TBAs which I don’t want to just write off.  From 5-7PM, there is The Place Promised in Our Early Days, from 6-8:30PM there is the Death Note live action movie, from 6-7PM there is a TBD panel, there is the JAM Project concert from 7:30-10:30 PM, and there is the TBA HD movie from 8:30-10:30PM.

I’m guessing that the TBD panel probably won’t be something huge enough for me to want to go to, but who knows.  The movie, however, is something else.  If it’s, say, Evangelion 1.0, then I definitely want to go see it.  The problem is that, if I decide to go to Death Note instead of JAM Project, and the TBA ends up sucking, there is pretty much nothing else to do.  So, if the TBA sucks, I’ll probably go to the JAM Project concert, and if it rocks, I’ll probably go to Death Note and see whatever the TBA movie is.

If I go see Death Note, I can’t watch Place Promised, so I’ll probably take that hour either eating or wandering the dealers room.

whew.  On to…

Saturday

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM: ???
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Bang Zoom Q&A (Panel 2)
11:00AM – 12:00 PM: Bandai (Panel 2)
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Kadokawa USA (Panel 2)
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM: The Girl Who Leapt Thorugh Time (HD)
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM: Fansubber and Industry Discussion (Panel 4)
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM: ???
9:00 PM – 10:30 PM: Bandai Surprise (Panel 2)

OK, the first question mark I may just skip and come in at 10 AM, especially if I’m wiped after the first day.  The gap between 12PM and 2PM is food and dealers room.  It’s not missing because I don’t know what to do, it’s missing just cause I’m doing other stuff.

The final question – 7PM to 9PM – it looks like I can either spend it doing dinner, or going and seeing Lucky Star 5-8 and The Third 1-4.  Already seen both, but they might be cool to hit again.

Sunday

9:00 AM – 10:45 AM: Maetal Legend (Video 2)
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: State of the Industry (Panel 4)
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: ???
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: ADV (Panel 2)
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Closing Ceremonies (Panel 4)
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Con Feedback (Panel 4)

The 12-1PM question looks like an obvious food break to me, but there are a couple of things I may try to hit.

Last year’s schedule ended up mutating quite a bit, so I wouldn’t be surprised if this years did too some.

In Baltimore Once Again

Well, not exactly in Baltimore.  More like a few miles to the south, but you know what I mean: I have arrived at my hotel for my 2nd year of Otakon.  Luckily this time I got hear before rush hour traffic, so the bad traffic wasn’t horrendous traffic like it was last year.

It once again rained so hard that I had to pull off for a bout 15 to 20 minutes this year, as it did last year, but this time I had built in enough leway that I still had plenty of time.  In a couple hours I’ll head down to the BCC to pick up my badge.

I’m interested to see what they have on the badges this year.  Last year I didn’t see anything that really interested me, so I just picked up Raxephon (of course, I had only been watching anime for about 2 years (vs. the 3 years now) so I have quite a few more shows under my belt this time.  I suggested that they should have a “Nice Boat” badge this year on the Otakon forums, but we’ll see if they will.

I’ll see if I can get some cosplay pictures too while I’m down there.

Otakon

Unless you’re visiting this blog for the first time in a while, you are probably aware that I’m going to Otakon this upcoming weekend.  As a result, there are several things I should note:

1) I have signed up for week-long wireless access to a wireless provider in Baltimore who at least says they have a router right across the street from the Convention Center.  I hope to be able to post updates to my blog whenever I get a free chance, but I’ll only know how good the connectivity is once I get there.  I will be able to post updates in the evening when I’m back at my hotel.

2) My back-up posting method is by twitter via text message.  If you haven’t noticed by now (largely because it makes my page load take longer), I have the two most recent twitter messages on my sidebar.  I’ll only have this during Otakon, so don’t worry about the slower page loads being anything permanent.  Any hot updates I’ll post there unless I miraculously have a wireless internet connection inside the panel rooms.

3) Don’t expect any episode reviews while I’m there.  I hardly have the time to do what I’m already doing, much less time to do that.  I’ll catch up when I get back.

4) I’ll try to get audio of some of the bigger panels that I attend, though that will depend on the quality of audo I can get.  It’s rather hit or miss.  If you don’t see any audio clips posted, you know why.

5) I’ll try to get a lot more pictures this time.  I was surprised by how few pictures I took last year.  Moar. I want Moar Pictures!

Oh yeah, and even though I may not hand out any, I ordered these cool Moo mini-cards for my blog.  They’re not exactly 100% kosher since the back side has images from various anime shows (with apologies to the people who made those shows), but it’s not exactly like I’m getting rich off this blog.

In any case, I’ll be heading out in the next hour or so, and I’ll make sure to post once I get into Baltimore!

Otakon Tweets on the Sidebar

I’ve activated a widget which shows the two lateast tweets from my twitter on the sidebar.  You can click to go to my twitter by clicking “Latest Tweets” or you can click to see each individual tweet.

Since I’m unsure whether I’ll have internet access within the convention center (it looks like most of the center is within about 300m of a wireless router across the street, I’m not taking any chances), I may end up having to post many of my updates via text message to twitter.  This way, a visitor to my site can see the lateast of what’s happening at Otakon.

Otakon Schedule Up

Here it is (pdf).

Huge gaps in the Hall D schedule and all.  Not sure what’s up with that, since I don’t recall such big gaps last year.  One person on the forum suggested that it was rehearsals, though I don’t know for what since Masquerade rehearsals appears to be in the Arena.  However, they don’t have TBAs either, so it’s possible that there is just nothing going on in there, which seems like a waste of space to me.

I’m also curious about the TBA between 12:30 and 2:30 PM in the HD theater on Friday.  Possibly Evangelion?  I’m not sure what else might be there which they wish to keep a secret unless it’s Ponyo.

Also, why have 3 workshop rooms if the vast, vast majority of the time there is nothing going on in there (by my count, there is a total of 46 hours of workshops.  At 38 hours of total convention time…38 hours x 3 rooms = 46 hours or programming?  I’m just sayin’.

Update

Looking back at last year’s schedule (I still have the booklet from last year), there were some gaps in the what was called Main Events room last year as well.  This year there is about 15 hours of dead time in Hall D while last year there was 17.5 hours, so it’s actually basically the same, plus 9 hours were spent on the Masquerade and a concert, which are taking place in the area this year.  So in reality, Otakon went from 13 hours of non-masquerade non-concert programming to 23 hours so it’s actually a significant increase, despite all the dead time.  And this doesn’t even account for 2 hours where the hall was used along with Video 1 for the AMV Contest.

So I guess despite all of the gaps in the Hall D schedule, it’s still a significant increase in programming.  I just think that it’s still a waste to have so much dead time, though, when you could be showing some popular shows (see: Girl Who Leapt Through Time) a 2nd or even 3rd time during those slots, but that’s just me.  I’m not organizing the thing and there are probably good reasons for the gaps.

My Tentative Otakon Panel Schedule

This is my personal tentative schedule for panels, at least as they are currently listed in the Event Planner on the Otakon website (a pretty neat thing).  Note that not all panels may be listed yet, and I’m sure times are tentative as well:

Friday, August 8th
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Lantis / JAM Project Q&A (Panel 3)
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: FUNimation Q&A (Panel 2)
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Media Blasters Q&A (Panel 2)
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Kappei Yamaguchi Q&A #1 (Panel 4)

Wow, not a lot of panels on Friday that I’m interested in, at least that are listed yet.  Friday – especially the morning and evening – may be spent checking out the anime viewing rooms.  I may either skip the 1PM panel or leave early so that I can make sure I can get into the FUNimation panel.  I’m not sure what the policy is as far as attending two panels in the same room back-to-back (do you have to leave and get back in line, or not?) but last year it seemed that people didn’t care if one just hung out in the room.  Of course, I wasn’t necessarily attending packed panels either when I did that.

I also intend to visit the Dealers room as early as I can so I can grab up any remaining ADV titles which aren’t with ADV anymore which I may want to buy.  Again, not sure when it opens, but if it opens before 1PM, then you can bet that’s one thing I’ll be doing.

Saturday, August 9th
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Laura Bailey Q&A (Panel 3)
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Bandai (Panel 2)
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Kadokawa Pictures USA Premieres Panel (Panel 2)
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Media Blasters Premieres Panel (Panel 2)
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: AMVs: From Concept to Planning (Panel 1)
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM: Fansubber and Industry Discussion (Panel 4)
9:00 PM – 10:00 PM: Bandai Surprise (Panel 2)

Again, based on how well attended the Industry Panels on Friday are, I may or may not skip or pop-out of the Laura Bailey panel early so I can hit Bandai.  Also, I have some nice breaks built into this schedule.  I can get lunch in the 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM break and grab dinner in the 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM break

Sunday, August 10th
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: State of the Industry (Panel 4)
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: ADV Announcements (Panel 1)
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Closing Ceremonies (Panel 4)
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Con Feedback Panel (Panel 4)

I’ll probably go straight from leaving the State of the Industry panel to stand in line for the ADV panel since that is a absolutely-must-attend panel for me.

Just another note, if they show The Girl Who Leapt Through Time or the new Evangelion movie, then that may impact things, depending on what they conflict with.  I would tend to prioritize them over the non-industry panels, but I would tend to put the industry panels over watching the movies.

Also, I’m just wondering why Otakon always tends to have panels like “Basic Photoshop” or “Basic Flash.”  I found that odd last year too, but I guess it’s a way to learn something new if there isn’t anything else interesting to you going on at the time being.