From the RACS blog:
Ledford’s (ADV) keynote address at AX was a prepared speech, and the mood was quite somber. He said this has been a very tough year for ADV, but that they are working on a deal with another Japanese partner for new licenses and additional financial backing. They are going to wait until Otakon to make any announcements about that to “wait for the blood to dry”. ADV’s characteristic ‘tower booth’ at AX this year has been replaced by a simple DVD sales table being run by an ADV employee who also owns a local DVD shop. Ledford said their partnership with Sojitz has been very difficult from the beginning because they tended to concentrate “on the spreadsheets”, which means they were worried about unit sales and ROI on their titles. It’s clear ADV was not producing for them in a satisfactory manner, causing them to pull the plug.
So the “renegade in the zaibatsu” theory does appear to be a bust. I could argue that’s what they want folks to think, since it would hurt (if not kill) their chances of getting a new partner if they badmouthed their old one, but we’ll just leave it at that.
In disappointing news, Robert’s just trasmitted my order to the USPS this evening; no indication that it’s been picked up yet. The holiday obviously has him behind. That means I won’t get it before the weekend.
In even more aggravating news, my creation, my artwork, my pride and joy…. has failed. I have to rebuild the damn switch again. Sigh.
And I’m busy as the proverbial one-legged man at work, and you don’t want to know about how it’s going here at home. I’ve been fortunate, but…
Just crap, man.
Edit: and in other news, the third Zero no Tsukaima series is as bad as the last one. At least it’s mildly amusing to see a hero that’s trying to get laid, although I think he’s trying with the wrong girl. Seriously, Saito is a masochist. He should have tossed that psycho tsundere for the hot maid a long time ago.