Via Anime Insider: Dai Sato (August 2007)

Writer Dai Sato talks about his career, his background as a musician, how Eureka Seven’s pre-production slot switch influenced its story, and his feelings on adapting manga (as opposed to adapting novels or writing original material).

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Via Anime Insider: Tomoki Kyoda (April 2007)

An interview with Eureka Seven director Tomoki Kyoda. Contains some neat anecdotes, including watching snowboarders in the Tokyo Dome as reference material, writing military characters with Dai Sato, and picking episode titles. His opinions on mecha (likes the “old stuff”, a category he includes Eva in, and hates the new CGI robots) also is interesting; discussion of mecha in the late-nineties and early aughts gets more complex when considering both Eva and Satelight’s influences on the genre.

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Fun With Numbers: April 2014 Amazon Data (Initial Numbers)

US amazon data may not be a perfect source, but it is a very interesting one, with a lot of organic components. I’m just about done collecting data for March releases (data for the 18th will be up when my schedule permits, data for the 25th still needs to be collected), and while these datapoints have managed to shed some light on a few of the narratives I pulled out of the February data, they’ve also raised still more interesting threads to be explored.

That means it’s in my best interests to continue collecting data both to broaden the sample and to give predictions a viable testing ground. All numbers posted here were collected on March 25th, via amazon’s upcoming anime releases page, one week before the earliest releases on the list.

Note: The price I note is the series’ MSRP price. If the series becomes listed at more than 50% off that price at any time during the amazon solicitation, I will note that both now and during the final analysis. The February part 1 release of Robotics;Notes had such a discount, along with Psycho-Pass and One Piece (all Funimation releases, which is probably noteworthy at this point).

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