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Otakon 2006
A.D. Vision

by Zac Bertschy,
ADV Films began their three-panel stint at Otakon 2006 in the early afternoon with their “Peek 'n Greet” panel, headed up by David Williams, Janice Williams and Matt Greenfield. After running down the list of their recent new licenses – including Pani Poni Dash!, Nerima Daikon Bros. and The Guyver, David Williams and Matt Greenfield introduced ADV's first new license announcement of the day, Utawaerumono (to be titled “Shadow Warrior Chronicles” in English), a recent fantasy adventure series.

Also announced at the Peek 'n Greet panel was a new direction for ADV's DVD releases; beginning with The Guyver on November 14th, ADV will be issuing the first disc of their new series without an artbox, instead releasing the second disc in the series with the box (provided the series in question is scheduled to have one), in order to give skeptical fans the option to try out a new series without having to spend big on an artbox they might not fill up

When questioned about the release of the next volume of Yotsuba&!, Williams replied that it is tentatively scheduled for the first quarter of 2007. Pani Poni Dash! is also scheduled to receive what Williams called the “Excel Treatment”, meaning the series will receive extensive ADV Vid-notes and multiple subtitle tracks to accommodate the background text on screen. Pani Poni Dash! is currently on track for a December release.

The company's second panel was strikingly similar to the first; a brief rundown of their recent announcements, followed by a new acquisition announcement, this time being a film called Shin Angyo Onshi, a feature-length movie animated by Japanese studios, based on a Korean manhwa that retells a Korean legend. Following the title announcement, the studio representatives took questions from the audience. The bulk of the questions concerned Anime Network, which is now the largest Video On Demand network in the country, and can be seen in 40 million homes.

The company's final panel of the day, their “Ultimate Fanservice” panel, was held in the early evening; an episode of the musical comedy Nerima Daikon Bros. was screened following yet another recap of the day's announcements. The dub will be directed by Chris Ayres, brother of Greg Ayres, who has extensive experience with musical theatre but has never before directed an anime. Afterward, DVDs were awarded to those who correctly answered a slew of trivia questions.

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