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AyaCon 2013 Industry Panel

Live blog of the industry panel.

16:00:37

Someone asked about a sub release of the phoenix wright live action, Andrew says he has heard something but can’t say and it’s not anyone on this panel.

15:58:26

I asked about whether the pal/ntsc thing was still an issue now that we have HD formats that are the same resolution. Andrew says it’s mostly a non issue for him.

15:55:07

If Australia can release a title then it increases the chance of a UK release.

15:54:13

Someone has asked what Australia’s relationship is with UK anime companies.

15:53:15

Someone has asked about titles from other Asian countries, Andrew says he doesn’t see why not. Jeremy says that animation from other territories can make it to the UK.

15:51:20

Someone asked about Anime Sols and Daisuki in terms of business models, Andrew has a few comments about that and Jeremy thinks it is a cool idea but is not really going to work.

15:47:49

Andrew has an aside that he thinks Kill la kill is going to be really good.

15:46:33

Some one asked about kickstarter given that things like Little Witch Academia and Kick Heart were successful on that platform.

15:42:40

Jeremy is talking about how television channels are not interested in taking anime any more.

15:40:58

Andrew says that he is having to be much more selective about what he licenses.

15:39:44

Someone asked about the schedule for Scotland Loves Anime, Andrew said it will be finalised in the next couple of months.

15:37:39

@AllTheAnime and @MangaUK hosting.

20:19:16

Graces f will not have Japanese audio available.

20:16:26

They also have a Euro exclusive day 1 edition for graces f.

20:15:47

European games have to come out all at once otherwise French & Spanish sales get cannibalised.

20:14:00

There is also local multi.

20:11:27

They are concentrating on new Tales titles at the moment.

20:09:54

Multiplayer is supported over psn.

20:09:14

Tales of Graces f has 10hrs of new content and 2/3 more script compared to wii version.

20:06:08

tales of graces f intro now showing.

20:02:42

|Namco Bandai UK are pushing for a psn demo nearer the time.

20:01:10

Sounds like the original Japanese will also be available with English subs.

19:58:18

A boss appears!

19:51:12

No multi in Ni no Kuni but there is in Tales of Graces f.

19:50:38

No plans for 3DS version here as yet. waters will be tested with ps3 version first.

19:49:17

Enslaved wasn’t strong enough for a q4 launch window. Ni no Kuni is not in conflict with much other stuff with its Jan 2013 date.

19:47:11

They speedrun the demo in the Namco offices.

19:45:14

The Wizard edition is a special edition on preorder now, includes a plushie and the wizard book.

19:44:27

The voice acting was mainly done by a UK company who also worked on Dragon Age.

19:41:57

Hollie is explaining Studio Ghibli’s extensive involvement in this project.

19:40:54

There are two ten minute demos.

19:38:46

Intro vid is now playing, dubbed.

19:37:40

Ni no Kuni is on screen.

19:35:11

They managed to get a ps3 hooked up to the projector. I will be holding my phone manually as no space for tripod, so video will be mr. shakycam.

19:19:56

Hibernating my laptop in preparation for leaving for the Namco Bandai Ni no Kuni/Tales of Graces f panel.

19:14:46

Someone asked how well Durarara worked out, Andrew says it did no worse than a lot of mid-tier Manga titles.

19:03:11

Just ran out of space on the phone so unfortunately the video of this panel will be truncated.

19:01:50

Someone brings up Kickstarter. You have to have some sort of permission to do something with the project beforehand.

18:59:12

Will suggests that maybe they should invite the BBFC to give a talk at an anime convention.

18:53:21

Kaze was #1 for DVD authoring in France, beating out Disney.

18:51:48

Anime on Demand is not dead – Andrew has been under an NDA for the past year and expects to have something to announce in the next few months!

18:43:13

Madoka Magica anime has not yet been licensed for France.

18:41:58

Madoka Magica became #2 in BluRay in Italy.

18:36:32

Persona 4 The Animation will be a hybrid DVD/Blu-Ray pack.

18:36:11

Only around 3 people watched episodes of Gundam Unicorn via Playstation Network.

18:32:29

Apparently anime is one of the biggest selling products on Amazon Japan.

18:31:27

He says the policy going forward will be to try and get UK licenses as well as French ones.

18:30:50

Andrew also mentioned that he got a lot of questions like “you got this title in France, can we have it in the UK?”

18:30:12

There was also news that Code Geass will be returning and will also be seeing a Blu-Ray release.

18:29:49

The first announcement came quickly that Mawaru Penguindrum has been licensed.

18:29:21

Andrew Partridge and Will Blewitt kicked off the panel about 10mins ago.

22:07:41

Can’t get this thing working quite how I want.

22:04:02

England are in Extra Time versus Italy, it’s been quite exciting.

22:03:45

Watching the footy at the moment.