This year the industry news out of Otakon was a bit light but that is hardly shocking considering it came right after both Anime Expo and San Diego Comic Con in tough economic times. The leftovers are mostly saved for Otakon. There were several announcements of which dub actors were being used it upcoming high profile dubs. It was good to see that broad spectrum appeal shows were still getting dubs and a bit of fanfare. That being said I could care less about such news and just suggest that anyone who is interested pop on over to ANN as see who has been cast as who.
Despite the overall less than healthy state of the anime industry Funimation still had a good amount of news including Summer Wars and Evangelion 2.0 while hardly surprising still wonderful to hear. They picked up Strike Witches 2 which seems like a no brainer if the original Strike Witches is doing well. Okami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi seems like a title that will hardly set the world on fire but will make its money back. I’m not sure why they picked up Blessing of the Campanella but that might be my prejudice against the series talking. On the same vein I was surprised that Bandai announced two titles. I just wished that the first title was not Sora Kake Girl. I’m not confident about their health and they picked up another title I am almost sure to lose them money no matter how cheaply they picked it up for. They also picked up My-Otome 0~S.ifr~ which seems like a solid if minor announcement that will hopefully make My-Hime fans happy. Aniplex laid low and their only big announcement was their release of Read or Die TV and OVA in one Blu-Ray boxset. It once again reinforces my idea that Funimation will be doing fine next year, Bandai might be gone by next year, and I have no idea what to think about Aniplex.
Almost no manga companies at the convention; only Vertical showed up and made anything close to an announcement. They teased at some titles they were negotiating but they did not name any names. Other than that I did not see any presence of the other major players. In years past if they did not set up a booth they at least sent someone to do a panel. Maybe all the east coast companies are saving their pennies for the NYCC/NYAF combination convention. I want to believe that manga companies are just laying low to conserve their strength but I am worried this is a very troubling sign.
I have noticed that as a rule I no longer regularly go to industry panels. With news sites like ANN and independent bloggers on Twitter putting any announcements up on Internet instantly I no longer feel this pressing urge to go like I used to. When there is an excellent fan panel in the same time slot I will go to that instead. I will still go if I have a question or if they have a guest. That being said I always check to see what was discussed at any industry panel as soon as the information pops up. I may not go to the panels in person but I eat up the information like it was delicious candy.
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