Studio Representative: John Sirabella
While Media Blasters
was not able to announce any new acquisitions at this time, Mr. Sirabella discussed company plans and reconfirmed several previous announcements. The release schedule the company will follow in the upcoming months will have three to five titles released per month on the AnimeWorks
label and one to two on the adult Kitty Media
Following the lead of several other companies, Media Blasters
is planning to begin releasing manga in English, focusing on titles it already holds the animation release rights to. However, at this time, there are no plans to move into releasing soundtrack CD's.
"Constant negotiations" are ongoing for the acquisition and release of the Weiss Kreuz OAV
series and Weiss Kreuz
: Gluehen. Media Blasters
does hold first option rights to both titles. Following the success of titles like Weiss Kreuz
, the company is also looking into releasing the classic yaoi
anime Ai no Kusabi
and Zetsu Ai/Bronze.
Regarding the possibility of further episodes of Berserk
being created, according to Mr. Sirabella, the company is "willing to put up plenty of money" to finance such a project. However, no further information is available at this time.
Although Media Blasters
released both Kite
and Mezzo Forte
, another unspecified US company will be releasing the upcoming Mezzo Forte
TV series. Science fiction and fantasy publisher Del Ray Books will be translating and releasing the novels the anime series Twelve Kingdoms
is based on.
Finally, Mr. Sirabella stated in response to a question from the audience that overall, sales of AnimeWorks
titles account for about half of Media Blasters
' total revenue.