Anime Boston 2004
Broccoli USA

by Christopher Macdonald, Apr 22nd 2004
Studio Representative: Saki Yamashita

Synch-Point has acquired the original 16-episode Di Gi Charat TV series. No information on the release date is available at this point. Two other Di Gi Charat series, Panyo Panyo Di Gi Charat and Di Gi Charat Nyo have been acquired by ADV and Bandai, respectively.

Broccoli USA, the North American subsidiary of Broccoli Japan, currently consists of three operating divisions and the retail shop Anime Gamers. The release announcements for the three divisions are as follows:

Broccoli Books (manga)

In addition to the Broccoli titles currently available, more than 10 titles are currently under consideration for translation and release.

Synch-Point (anime)

Extras on the Digi Charat movie, announced previously, will include a special message by Puchiko's voice actress, Miyuki Sawashira, recorded during a recent visit to the U.S. The Aquarian Age Movie, announced at an earlier date, is currently being dubbed, under the direction of Michael Sinterniklaas. Release is expected sometime before the end of the year. The English-language cast is not announced at this point, but Ms. Yamashita described it as including several "star voice actors." The movie, which is animated by Mad House and features character designs by Haruhiko Mikimoto (Macross, Gunbuster, Orguss 02) and an opening song sung by Yoko Takahashi. It will focus on different characters than the TV series released by ADV Films. Also in production third volume of Tenshi ni Narumon/I Wanna Be An Angel. Ms. Yamashita was unable to comment on whether the volume will be released before the end of the year. However, she did state conclusively that release will take place sometime this century. She also stated that a box set release of FLCL is not being considered at this point, as this would be unfair to fans who waited to purchase each of the three volumes individually.

Broccoli Gear (merchandise)

Because of differences in demand between Japan and North America, Broccoli has decided to begin manufacturing items exclusively for distribution in U.S. and Canada. These include clear posters, shot glasses, hats, t-shirts and other accessories.

Because of several translation inconsistencies in the Viz and Ironcat translations* of previous Di Gi Charat books, Broccoli Japan requested Broccoli USA to provide a spelling list of all the names, along with other information to assist in the translation. Broccoli International only assisted in the DVD sleeves and extras in the ADV release of Panyo Panyo Di Gi Charat. Bandai Entertainment contacted Broccoli International as a courtesy and as a result they are providing Bandai with a list of standardized names. In both cases, The final say is still up to the license holders and Broccoli Japan. The translations, script, and other matters involved in the DVD making is up to the licensee.Broccoli International will not be checking scripts or other similar content.

* Following the Panel Broccoli International representative Saki Yamashita contacted ANN regarding the inconsistencies to point out, "They are just inconsistencies from the way that the original creators had intended to be, but that information was not relayed to Viz and Studio Ironcat by the licensors at the time of production/publishing."

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