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SDCC: Manga Entertainment Announces A New Co-Pro; Talks "Karas," "Eva" And "GitS"

Manga Entertainment fielded Keith Burgess, Kaoru Mfaume and Margo Zimmerman to their panel at the San Diego Comic-Con, and after running their promotional reel they announced some big news and conducted a fairly revealing Q&A as well.

  • Manga and APPP (an anime studio that has worked everything from Street Fighter Alpha: Generations to Honey and Clover) are in the middle of working on a new anime co-production about a space pirate named Kuranosuke who crash lands on Earth during the Edo Period after trying to come to Japan to steal the country’s gold. He befriends three kunoichi in training who help him search for the gold while various space policewomen try to chase him down as well. The announcement of the project’s title and its director should be forthcoming later this year, but they’ve already targeted a late 2007 release for the anime itself.
  • Karas’ second volume will be delayed until June 2007 due to art and bonus materials arriving later than expected. However, this is not a sign that the anime is doing poorly; on the contrary, the title has shipped 150,000 units so far.
  • Manga is in the process of obtaining the materials and ironing out the contracts to release the Renewal version of the Evangelion movies. They hope to have those versions of the films out sometime next year if everything works out.
  • Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex – Solid State Society is currently targeted for a summer 2007 release date.
  • Details on Manga’s sale from IDT to Liberty Media should be forthcoming in the next few weeks, although Manga noted that they are already looking at the additional television opportunities this should give them (particularly on Starz). They are also happy about the additional resources they have had available to them by being publicly held, as it has allowed them to push forward into more co-productions and more variety in their acquisitions (such as Tactics, which they say is an active experiment in trying something outside of their usually male-centric focus).

All in all, another really great panel from Comic Con.

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