Otakon 2008 Kadokawa Pictures USA
by Mikhail Koulikov,
Chiako Takai, licensing and distribution manager for the North American office of Japan's Kadokawa film company, flew in from the West Coast to introduce Otakon attendees to her company's projects. As she revealed several weeks ago at Otakon, Kadokawa USA is currently looking for distribution partners to handle the North American releases of Rental Magica, Spice and Wolf, Junjou Romantica, My Heartfelt Sympathy, Ninomiya-kun, H20 ~Footprints in the Sand~ and Coo ~ Our Guardian.
Two more series that are just at the production stage are Garei Zero, a prequel to the manga Garei (which itself makes an appearance in Kadokawa's Lucky Star), and Macademi Wasshoi!. Garei Zero will be directed by Ei Aoki, with character designs by Full Metal Panic's Osamu Horiuchi. Macedemi Wasshoi! is based on a light novel series by Scrapped Princess and Strait Jacket's Ichiro Sakai. Neither of the two is yet being offered for North American licensing.
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