The Life and Kime of Geneon, USA
by Zac Bertschy & Justin Sevakis,
ANNCast Episode 017 - The Life and Kime of Geneon, USA
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Justin's back this week and we both really like Baccano!, which makes us the last people to that particular party. Also: the strange landscape that is the DVD market, and a rare Fry's Electronics that seems to be pulling double-duty as a museum of the anime bubble of the early 2000s.
Then we bring in Chad Kime and things get real. Chad's history is a thick one, but all you really need to know is that the man worked at Pioneer -which later became Geneon - for more than 10 years and has some amazing insight as to what really went down there. There's some tough accounting, some crazy numbers, some lightning-round fun, and Heat Guy J comes up for what feels like the 10th ANNCast episode in a row, but this time it means something. Also if you ever wanted to know how many units Card Captor Sakura sold, now's your chance!
Then it's Twitter time! And we take some emails.
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NSFW Language Warning: There's really not much swearing here. We really need to step it up.
ANNCast Episode 017 Breakdown
00:20 Host introductions, Baccano! discussion
08:15 Fry's offers up a DVD museum, and why the DVD market seems slow now
14:03 Justin finds the Venice Archive, which is basically a bunch of gifs and midis
17:35 BREAK: Old school crappy anime MIDI time!
18:08 Chad Kime introduction and personal history in the anime industry, beginning in 1991
23:20 The Good Years at Geneon
25:00 Pushing Geneon product into brick 'n mortar video stores
26:37 What went wrong at Geneon?
30:20 More about what went wrong at Geneon
33:14 What Geneon's biggest surprises and upsets were
36:00 Big Ugly Robot Face, plus Demon Lord Dante needed to sell 30,000 units to break even.
39:00 Zac must know if the cutsey stuff sold.
41:00 Was Dentsu forcing Geneon's hand when it came to licensing?
43:40 A Gold Rush that became a Black Hole
44:30 Did they ever consider switching to Thinpak box sets?
46:31 Samurai Champloo outsold Naruto in its' first year. Huh.
48:00 Geneon's ridiculous boxset prices
50:00 Justin has some questions: the Toei deal and Bandai Visual USA
52:25 Twitter: How long Geneon will continue to exist, how they factored audience into their license decisions, Viewtiful Joe, Lupin III, Hajime no Ippo, and more.
PLUS: A super-fun lightning round in which Chad lets us know how a litany of Geneon properties performed back in the day.
Special thanks to Phillip Harrington for designing and creating the ANNCast logo.
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