SDCC: Bandai Reconfirms Anime Expo Announcements (Updated)
Bandai’s Ken Iyadomi and Robert Napton spoke to a packed panel room today at the San Diego Comic-Con. Basically, it was pretty much the same info as AX: .hack//roots, the Cutie Honey live action film, and The Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex films including Solid State Society were all reconfirmed while Mai-OTOME and the Zeta Gundam film trilogy were again mentioned as being under negotiation. Of note though are the answers to some of the questions asked during the open Q&A:
- Bandai has no hand in the live action Witch Hunter Robin series.
- Fox’s broadcast rights for Escaflowne have finally lapsed and they are debating shopping the series around to TV again.
- The shortened opening and ending on the Adult Swim run of Eureka 7 is a contractual obligation with Adult Swim, and something they had to do regardless of content to sell the show. At the moment, it is not known whether or not the OP and ED will be shortened in Canada.
- Eureka 7′s 3rd volume will have a Limited Edition that includes another T-shirt and, Bandai later added, the second volume of the manga. The series will be 12 DVDs long.
- Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig Volume 7 Limited Edition will have a box for the rest of the volumes and more figurines.
- Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex – Solid State Society will not have a theatrical run of any sort, although there will be screenings eventually.
- Bandai doesn’t own the rights to Samurai Pizza Cats.
Update: Bandai has corrected their prior statement on the includes for the volume 3 Eureka 7 LE — it will include the 2nd volume of the manga in addition to the new shirt, not the OST.
Toon Zone’s coverage live from the San Diego Comic-Con will continue throughout the weekend.