June 20th, 2010

CafeK vacation needed

Mumblings: Momo&Grapes "Men's Only" series

I've been scanning a whole lot of things recently, trying to pack up my life here in Japan into a more manageable format. (Not that it'll work for everything, since I've bought TONNES of books, DVDs and CDs...)

But there is one pretty good side benefit, as just about the only thing I can do whilst scanning is listen to drama CDs - about 10 of them so far. And what stood out most so far was this series of drama CDs.

The Men's Only series is a venture by Momo&Grapes, a company that specialises in CDs aimed at women. Like its name suggests, only male seiyuu are involved, even for the female parts - something like Shakespeare or Kabuki. A total of four titles have been released so far:

Anne of Green Gables (赤毛のアン)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (真夏の夜の夢)
Romeo and Juliet (ロミオとジュリエット)
The Rose of Versailles (ベルサイユのばら)

As the cast commentary on Midsummer's ran, they tend to choose series that have a good balance of male and female parts. The novelty of tackling roles that they would never normally have the chance to play is one of the major aims for the seiyuu, after all, not to mention the major draw point for fans.

I'm short on time at present though, so for the moment, just a few mumblings about them, in the order I heard them in...

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As for future series, I wonder what Momo&Grapes will do. I'd love to see Yuukyan and JunJun please!



Another production company in trouble

A couple of days ago, the following news was apparently leaked onto 2ch (source):

> ま、そんな話はしょっちゅう駆け巡る業界ですけど。


> There is a rumour that the finances of a certain anime company are really bad. Is it going bankrupt?!
> Well, this kind of news constantly runs through this industry.
> Btw, it isn't G company.

※ the source used only initials, but is an animator working at G company.


Apparently, it's confirmed.


移転費用は現在同社と子会社のプロダクション I.Gが進めている事業所の移転と集約のためのもので、移転を進めることで事業の効率化を目指している。また、減損損失はプロダクション I.Gが製作出資するアニメ映像一作品から発生する。製作出資の回収率が低く、今後も出資金の回収が困難と判断した。




In summary: Major Anime Production Company IG Port (parent company of Prodution I.G., MAG Garden and Xebec) has registered large losses - in the range of about $5-6million - thanks to lack of profit from their movie productions and suspension of their TV productions etc. $5-6 million doesn't sound like a lot in a world where major American movie can easily make a 7-8 figure loss, but for comparison sake, that's about how much money you probably need to produce a decent 13-episode series.

This is pretty bad news, because Production I.G. is the company behind some really good and/or innovative anime, including Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and Higashi no Eden.