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A Shawne Thing

by Zac Bertschy & Justin Sevakis,

ANNCast 063 - A Shawne Thing

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Justin's back, and we've got a lot to talk about! A traditional first segment includes chatter about the Gantz movie (of course), a terrible Dominion Tank Police sequel, and then it's on to our usual punditizin', this time about TAF, ACE and Bill 156, and of course, the Fractale Kerfuffle (TM).

CORRECTION: In the first segment I mentioned that the timeline on the whole Fractale situation involved the show being subbed inside the hour between broadcast and simulcast. This is incorrect; the first "fansub" was a rip of Funimation's stream that happened immediately after the simulcast. I apologize for the error.

Our guest is Right Stuf.com president and returning guest Shawne Kleckner. We analyze the landscape of anime retail down to the fine grain, the health of brick and mortar stores, the impact of a potential Borders close on the manga industry, bluray, how 2010 went and how 2011 will go, the return to premium packaging - folks, it's all in here! Spoiler alert: this is actually a conversation about the US anime market that isn't downbeat! IT'S A MIRACLE! Also, Twitter time. WOO!

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NSFW Language Warning: Almost no swearing! Just look at what little angels we are!

ANNCast Episode 63 Breakdown

00:20 Host introductions, Gantz, New Dominion Tank Police

07:30 TAF, ACE and Bill 156

18:40 The Fractale thing

25:40 How 2010 was for Right Stuf

29:40 Are buyers coming back to anime?

33:50 Any change in the buyers themselves in the past year?

35:40 Garden of Sinners and other high-priced collectors-only releases

45:40 The DVD-bluray double pack strategy

47:50 What the trends are in brick and mortar retail

55:35 Merchandising!

01:03:00 Manga, the lack of availability thereof, and the potential collapse of Borders

01:08:40 If Right Stuf would consider selling imported blurays with English language options

01:11:50 How's Dirty Pair doing? Also: How's Utena coming along?

01:15:20 Twitter time! Dirty Pair OAVs, God Mars, and more!

And that's it! See you next time!

Have questions for the ANNCast crew? Tweet 'em to @ANNZac! Or check out the community forums thread about the show, or send email questions to zac@animenewsnetwork dot com!

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