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San Diego Comic-Con 2010
Bandai Entertainment Industry Panel

by Gia Manry,

Bandai Entertainment's industry panel was hosted by marketing director Robert Napton, president Ken Iyadomi, marketer Loy Fruel, and ADR producer Taku Otsuka.

Iyadomi opened by reminding the audience that the panel was for Bandai Entertainment and would talk about anime. Napton then launched a Powerpoint presentation and talked about the company's new online store before detailing current and upcoming releases:

Napton also noted that Minori Chihara, the voice actress of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya's Yuki, will be on-hand at New York Anime Fest in October to give a concert, host a panel, and sign autographs.

Bandai Entertainment manga was discussed next, starting with the Code Geass: Knight and Code Geass: Queen anthologies, Gundam 00 2nd Season volume 2 and Gurren Lagann volume 5. Lucky Star's fifth volume is out and the sixth is shipping now.

Next came new anouncements:

1. Tales of the Abyss, the anime adaptation of the Namco-Bandai game, a 26-episode series with more information to be determined later.

2. Turn A Gundam (∀ Gundam), a 50-episode anime written and directed by Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino, scored by Yoko Kanno and featuring Gundam designs by Syd Mead of the film Blade Runner.

3. The original manga of Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens, which was adapted into a Bandai-licensed anime in 2008.

Napton offered a brief homage to the recently-passed Peter Fernandez and Carl Macek before moving on to the Q&A session. During the session, Ken Iyadomi noted that licensing fees in Japan have come down as the industry in Japan has noticed the declining market. Iyadomi also added to ANN after the panel that occasionally they can get a license with a lower bid because they have fewer shows on the docket and can pay more attention to individual titles.

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