Presenters: Matt Greenfield
, David L. Williams
The original plan was for ADV
to present a licensing announcements and previews panel on Friday, and follow that up with a Q&A session on Saturday. Unfortunately, David Williams
was not cleared to announce any new licenses until after the Friday panel was already over. During the Saturday panel, however, he was able to confirm that ADV
has licensed Jinki:Extend
, and showed the subtitled version of the first episode. The two other titles he ran the completed first episodes of during the Friday panel were Nanaka 6/17
and This Ugly Yet Beautiful World
The pattern for releasing thinpack box sets is changing to where one will be released at least a year after the last volume of any given series is out. This will take into account the fact that many fans are specifically interested in buying single volumes. At this point, thinpack releases for Gasaraki
and Lost Universe
are not likely; on the other hand, there is a “very good possibility” that the Elfen Lied OAV
will be released, as soon as a decision is made as to how best to distribute a single 22-minute episode.Makoto Shinkai
, the director of Voices of a Distant Star
and The Place Promised in Our Early Days
is currently working on a new anime. At this point, there are no other details available as to the nature of this project.
Because, as James Cameron
goes ahead with directing the live-action adaptation, he holds all rights to Battle Angel Alita
will not be able to issue a DVD re-release. ADV
has also released as much of Saint Seiya
as they are able to, since their license was predicated on the DiC license for Knights of the Zodiac
, which has now expired.
DirectTV and Dish Network are currently both looking at how popular The Anime Network
is as a pay-per-view service, before committing to making it available as a linear feed. Certain bandwidth issues also need to be resolved before that can happen.