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AX 2002: Urban Vision Panel

posted on by Christopher Macdonald
UV looking at production involvement rather than licencing..

Urban Vision's first topic of conversation was the upcoming Ninja Scroll series that they are involved in the production of. Rhona Medina, Marketing Manager at Urban Vision, was not able to say just how involved they are in the production though. The series, which is still in pre-production, will not be out until at least next year and should be at least 13 episodes long.

On the topic of Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, Rhona mentioned the Japanese dub that was recently released on DVD in Japan and said that at the moment UV had no immediate plans to release it in North America, however a special edition DVD with more features will probably be released in the future when UV is able to get the features together. Special features would most likely include the Japanese dub, a DTS soundtrack, and storyboards for the full series amongst other things.

Also on the topic of Vampire Hunter D, we were informed that the titles was doing extremely well and selling out at many video stores. When asked if more of the books would be turned into Anime, Rhona responded that while there were no current plans, she saw no reason why not.

When asked about catalog titles, specifically the Final Fantasy OAV, it was explained that Urban Vision did not hold the DVD rights to the title and could not release in on DVD without a renegotiation of the contract. Regarding other catalog titles, Rhona confirmed what everyone already suspected, that UV's delay in releasing many catalog titles on DVD was due to their commitment to the Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust movie, but that they would be releasing these titles on DVD, evaluating whhich ones to release base on the amount of time left in their license.

When questioned about the lack of licensing in the recent months, Rhona informed those present that UV was more interested in co-producing new anime as opposed to licensing already Anime. The difference being that as a co-producer UV would have significant input into the creation and production of the title.

Rhona also mentioned that the lilvision.com website was launching this weekend.

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