12:00:30 PM: Hosted by Will Blewitt, with Andrew Partridge, Matt Mercer, Stephanie Sheh, Michael Sinterniklaas.
12:03:34 PM: Andrew is recounting the Sony DADC riot arson incident. 38426 units lost. 1.6 million pounds worth.
12:05:40 PM: Manga Ent and MVM are ok as their stock was held elsewhere. Beez titles are replicated in France so release schedule is ok.
12:08:38 PM: Older titles that are less popular (eg Stratos 4) will not get reprinted. Kaze are helping Beez pick up the pieces.
12:12:26 PM: Andrew recounts an amusing anecdote from Hyper Japan about BitTorrent, Vampire Knight and BBC Radio 4…
12:14:26 PM: Hashtag #butilistentoradiofour for amusing and creative excuses for piracy. Andrew will be judging them from the dealers room.
12:17:37 PM: Jerome and Tony are on holiday which is why it’s just Andrew from the UK industry.
12:20:09 PM: Andrew is describing the Manga issues with only releasing half a show on Blu-Ray, this has been discussed and will be resolved w/future disc
12:21:55 PM: Andrew announced that he has Mardock Scramble. He describes it as Ghost in the Shell but watchable referring to the movie.
12:23:54 PM: Andrew has a pet peeve about US companies getting rights for all English speaking territories.
12:28:23 PM: Stephanie has a question – what’s a good average number of units for a UK release? Andrew says 2000 units would be shockingly good.
12:29:00 PM: That figure is for month one of a new release.
12:32:47 PM: UK sales expectations are around half to a third of US ones.
12:35:48 PM: Someone asks about K On Blurays, Andrew says wait for Jerome to announce something.
12:36:59 PM: Someone asks if sales are still haemorrhaging in Japan, Andrew says yes.
12:38:50 PM: There have been several studio closures and cutbacks during the past year.
12:40:51 PM: TV broadcasters in Japan are not picking up as many shows as before so funding is an issue.
12:44:32 PM: Gundam Unicorn DVD version will be coming out.
12:47:51 PM: Professor Layton did about 24 to 25 thousand units.
12:53:27 PM: I asked about Gundam Unicorn Blurays volumes 2 and 3 and apparently it’s a worldwide fixed price set by Japan.
12:56:12 PM: Someone asked if anime companies are becoming less dependent on retail and more on online stores.
12:56:45 PM: Andrew says it has already been going that way.
12:58:29 PM: Someone asked how succesful the Durarara sub only discs were, Andrew says it is doing quite well.
1:00:45 PM: Someone asked about UK releases of older Gundam shows, Andrew says they will see how the US release goes.
1:01:17 PM: Will wraps it up and the panel is now over.
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