Anime Roundtable #35

We’ll warm up with manga talk about Kodocha, Genshiken and Translucent, and anime talk concerning the Haruhi Dub. Then we’ll talk about Arthur Smith’s response to the open letter to the industry. In the bullets, Marvel manga, Gundam Bars, Busou Renkin on DVD, Futari Ecchi’s limited manga release, and the voluntary pull on My Santa (which really should be permanent).

The real last episode of 2007.

Mike Nicolas, James Austin, Terry Visser, Anthony Visser (1:06:05)


Links of Interest

Arthur Smith’s Open Letter
Azumi Movie Trailer on Apple Website
Prelim images from X-Men and Wolverine manga on The Publisher’s Weekly Beat Blog
Pictures of Gundam theme Bar on Akibablog

Anime World Order




  1. Skwerly says:

    Merry Christmas everyone!

    Regarding the X-Men manga, a few more prelim pics + reactions
    (Magneto = Sephiroth’s long lost brother?):

    I do like my fiance’s query, assuming they do a Jean Grey-Cyclops-Wolverine love triangle, “in the shoujo X-Men manga, will Wolverine be talking about his feelings and how even his self-healing powers can’t heal the hurt in his heart?”
    Reaction on the anipike (me, being Risu-chan):

  2. Eh, I have to say I had so many problems with Arthur Smith’s original article that his “open letter” didn’t fix, that I had a hard time reading it.

    But my biggest problems is that his numbers changed. First in the activeanime interview he said anime DVD sales have dropped 30 percent this year. And then he said in the ANN open letter DVD sales have dropped 50 percent over the past couple of years. While I don’t doubt his numbers are “correct”, it just makes me want to cringe.

    And on a side note, I’m a little less thrilled about the box set, mostly because about $20 US is a pretty good price to pay from anime. I don’t know how much the box set is going to end up boosting that up.

  3. Okina says:

    For what it’s worth I thought of Arthur Smith’s rebuttal as a re-hash, but he did try to be detailed. The sense I get is that he agrees with the frustration, and is honestly trying, but he can only do so much and in the end will likely have his hands tied.

    Cameron actually has a lot to say about the DVD box set thing, and in turn our comments on it. Check out the latest post on his blog right here:

    I left a comment as well.

  4. Thanks for the comment. 🙂 And the link.

    To be fair, I agree with Mr. Smith. But I got the same feeling that I got from his original interview. That I should be feeling guilty about downloading fansubs. And to be honest as someone who doesn’t usually download fansubs (yeah, I might be the last person on the face of the planet to figure out how to work BitTorrent), I felt like he was trying to make me feel guilty.

    Which frankly, kind of ticked me off. As someone who supports the industry, I want to see what he’s going to do. It’s not that I don’t believe that he’s right. I mean after Justin Sevakis’s letter, how could I not believe that something was amiss. But it read like a little kid yelling “It’s not fair,” rather than what I expect from a businessman.

    But I still partially question some of his numbers. Although I don’t think it really matters.

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