Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Layoffs, Lawsuits and Smores

  • Things looked bleak after the big news about Bandai Entertainment, and yet things have gotten bleaker. Media Blasters has laid off 60% of their employees. They've spun it as a cost saving measure and that most of those people will be kept on as freelancers. Still that's less jobs or jobs for less money for people in the anime industry.

  • And Funimation is suing ADV. Apparently back when Funimation acquired the Sojitz titles they also acquired ADV's debt? Or the right to claim that debt on behalf of Sojitz? My leagalese is terrible but I thought that ADV's restructuring into Sentai Filmworks, Section23 and a bunch of other companies was supposed to keep something like this from happening. I've seen fans take sides in this lawsuit which is just silly. I just hope it gets settled without any irreparable damage to either company.

  • Yet somehow there are still new companies entering the fray. New company S'More Entertainment will be bringing the Galaxy Express 999 TV series and Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo to DVD. I wish S'More Entertainment a lot of luck. Hopefully those closet Bobobo fans come out of the woodwork.

  • I never thought we'd get the Galaxy Express 999 TV series. I was pleasantly surprised to get the movies from Discotek last year. Although S'more will be handling the TV series, Discotek isn't resting on its laurels. They've announced a ton of stuff including the first Lupin the III series and two Unico movies.

  • The manga industry isn't doing so hot either, on either side of the Pacific. Jason Thompson wrote up an article for i09 detailing how these problems happened and how the industry might react. It's a great read, so check it out.

  • The U.K. Toy Fair is currently going on. There's never as many reveals as there are at the U.S. Toy Fair, which is soon approaching. Still there have been some reveals, mainly of the big ticket stuff which is hard to keep under wraps. The Avengers line will have a Quinjet and a three foot long S.H.I.E.L.D Helicarrier. The new big vehicle for the Star Wars line is the MTT, or Multi-Troop Transport from The Phantom Menace. It comes with four fully articulated Battle Droids that can fold up, and 16 pre-foled Battle Droids. I'm sure people will be army building the new Vintage Collection Battle Droid to replace the pre-folded ones.

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