Damn, when are other distributors going to catch up to the quality of Aniplex domestic releases?
I mean they're certainly more expensive, but the quality leap from anything I've bought from Funimation or Sentai is evident.
Because all U.S. distrubutors have to prevent reverse importation back to Japan.
Aniplex USA does it by offering the same quality as the Japanese releases for nearly the same price.
Everybody else does it by offering deliberately shitty quality.
I think it's cute how Aniplex thinks its Japanese sales model works for the states.
That's a real shame, I guess I just have to hope they license more shows I enjoy. They have an alright catalog, but it's dwarfed by Funimation who will pick up almost anything regardless of quality.
Yeah, probably why their releases are so limited, small profit margin.
When Funimation licensed a show, art assets are not automatically part of the package. Anything that the domestic distributer create themselves, including the LE art, are separate and require time/money to get, so Funimation doesn't get them a lot of time.
I ordered my first aniplex release recently, looking forward to having a quality box set for once besides my eva one. Sentai releases are so shitty, half the reason I buy shows/movies is because of extras or if it has good looking box.
What anime did you order?
NIS releases are pretty good as well.
>art assets are not automatically part of the package
That's a real shame, though I can understand why Japan could care less about international sales.
I don't understand, don't you enjoy buying anime just as much as downloading it?
I know I'm never buying one of those overpriced sets.
Overpriced certainly, but I was willing to drop the extra cash for something I really enjoy.
Whatever floats your boat anon.
You're a nice guy, aren't you Anon?
If i had a significant amount of spare change, I would consider buying the f/z box.
But its really fucking hard to justify in our spending culture, $260 for the complete set is an absurd amount of money.
>$260 for the complete set is an absurd amount of money
With shipping it was actually a couple bucks over three hundred, pretty much a late Christmas gift to myself since I was working all over the holidays and beyond.
One of these days, I'll buy the LoGH BDs.
Are they subbed? They're over two grand right?
Hey, I got suckered by them also. Good to see another idiot.
Oh wow, you bought the import versions as well? How are they?
Well they have the iri specials that the american doesn't and the disks look cooler. Season 1 has the servants on the discs and season 2 has the masters(jp only). Also the jp came with a drama cd and the english swapped that with interviews.
>They didn't dub the Einzbern Consultation Sessions
Wow, what were they even thinking
not dubbed, even had. They were cut completely, unless there is some secret menu on the english release that I am too stupid to find.
That's a shame, but I'll take what I can get for a domestic release since the import of F/Z is around $800 for both sets.
Download the UTW BD and just keep the specials. The english discs are dual audio and everything.
Thanks for the info Anon.
How would one go about buying these? What are some reliable online stores?
I used rightstuf, it's where Aniplex directs to go from their site.
rightstuf and amazon are usually the norms. localized bluray prices run anywhere from $40 - $80 per show (regular editions), excluding anything aniplex publishes. aniplex ranges from outrageous to japan prices. as for imports, its not recommended as they make prices that are already outrageous ever more so.
>$260 for the box set
Uh, more like $350 for one of two box sets!
Fate/Zero's two domestic bluray boxes cost me $700 after shipping.
I was ready for it. One of my biggest regrets is missing the bluray release of Garden of Sinners.
>Fate/Zero's two domestic bluray boxes cost me $700 after shipping
How did that happen? When did you purchase them? I just got them both this past week for about $305 with shipping from rightstuf.
So I'm guessing the local releases have stuff missing compared to Japanese releases?
What he said
You got the version that has the dub right?
Depends really on the distributor and title. I've seen a portion of localized releases keep OVAs in the mix. Special features are usually lost, though for some reason distributors think we want to hear their audio commentaries on the dubs.
of course. no special interviews, no mini episodes, no original artwork, etc. they do it so that the japs can't import from NA.
even for aniplex and limited edition stuff, there still little things missing here and there.
Holy fuck man. I am not made of money and I do NOT want all that extra shit. Just release a normal complete collection like everyone else you greedy fucks.
Blame Japan and their backwards system of doing BD releases, pretty much the only place in the world where you get away with 1-3 episodes per physical release.
I hope they do a re-release of Garden of Sinners when the new movie comes out. I will buy it, I dont care if I have to go without food, it will be mine.
My type-moon alter just looks stupid with a dvd box set in the middle of all the bd boxes.
I want LOGH to get some sort of domestic release, but I sorely doubt it will ever happen since it would be fairly hard to sell to anyone in the US.
>half the reason I buy shows/movies is because of extras
That's the reason why I'm considering the LE Psycho-Pass set.
I already pre-ordered it from rightstuf due to the Funimation sale that's going on right now, around $50 off is hard to pass up.
Sentai Filmworks got fucked up the ass when Index told them that the US BD release of Persona 4: The Animation couldn't have both the English and Japanese tracks
The DVDs could because fuck DVDs when their cash cows come in BDs
But there's a BD release of the Persona 4 animation now, I have both volumes.
The US release only has the English track
Ah, too true. Japan has one hell of a cash cow business model.
At least Aniplex figured it out
Sell the same quality as the Japanese release at Japanese prices to Americans
You mean that 80 bucks for 2 episode price?
LoGH won't get a dvd release, let alone a bluray release.
God, I know I would buy it.
Leave me alone.
Well the only reason they do it is because they are just and affiliate of the Japanese arm.
I got the Japanese import from Aniplex when it was first released in 2011. No english dub, but chock full of specials and extras and even came with an untranslated art book/production notes. Worth it; don't need an English dub anyway.
Yeah, I just wish their library was larger. I really wonder what their profit margin is sales wise.
I know, it hurts so fucking bad, my favorite show will never be a semi-reasonable price or even available in an easy manner that doesn't require converting currency.
Ah alright, I thought you meant the newer domestic release. What were the extras other than the art book?
You and I are gonna be friends though Anon-kun.
Contains episodes 1-13, including unaired new footage.
This box set includes exclusive box artwork by Takashi Takeuchi, the Fate/Zero Original Soundtrack volume 1, the Drama CD, and a production materials booklet (Japanese) featuring exclusive staff interviews, conceptual art, and more plus a separate translation booklet in English.
Special Features (Japanese audio only): Trailers, TV Spots, Textless Opening and Ending.
Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles, Japanese subtitles.
The box itself is cloth with gold trimming.
Not bad at all, but just out of my price range sadly, around $300-$400 USD is my limit for a whole series I feel like. Going higher than that would be just too much for me.
If you're not dropping money like it's a down payment for a new car, you don't know shit about anime.
Nope $400-$600 for a complete boxset.
I'm just a dishwasher/foodrunner and student Anon-kun, I do alright at work due to tips from events, though I'm still pretty limited.
I'm sorry ;_;
>Actually buying Psycho Piss
>Actually support Funi
If it's 13 episode it's 520. Going by that other anon's price of 40 and episode.
Funnily enough, it does.
Fewer people are willing to buy it, true, but they also have to sell much, much less in order to get a profit.
The whole Gurren Lagann complete set is pretty reasonable if you consider that rate then, for the series, movies, and OVA, along with special features it's priced at $549.98.
I bet your Psycho Pass isn't Powdah Brue every morning.
>For Chinese cartoons
And also the fact that the previous domestic releases by Bandai Entertainment were complete garbage doesn't help.
One day when you get the CEO job, you can live like /a/.
It's what I dream about everyday when I go to sleep.
Nothing wrong with shelling out for something you love if it's within your price range or if you...actually save for it.
CEOs have to work hard, anon. They put in a lot of hours and are responsible for everything. At least you'll have a fat severance package for when you screw up.
Indeed. But half a thousand dollar is a lot that can be used for something else like my car repairs.
>At least you'll have a fat severance package for when you screw up
And then you can retire with your waifu, the perfect plan.
True, large purchases like that all come down to spending power really. I'm just wondering how all the NEETs in Japan afford buying BDs over there.
Nobody said being a buyfag was gonna be easy. It's all about balancing your necessities with your pleasures. And honestly you're deinitely getting band with your buck with what they're offering. The question is always do you love an anime enough to shell out more than half a thousand bucks for it?
Perhaps, but over $2000 for LOGH? I just don't know.
It's definitely an investment.
Is Japan's economy to blame for all this?
>The question is always do you love an anime enough to shell out more than half a thousand bucks for it?
I feel sorry for any robbers going into my house, because I have thousands of dollars in anime merch lying around.
>A year's worth of insurance payments for anime
>Converting liquid assets into anime to prevent robbery
It's weird, I can easily buy a few volumes of manga each week which adds up fast but I can't imagine paying that much for half a show.
I wish there was a way I could pay like 30 or so bucks a week and slowly get the entire series and still have it be that nice.
It goes down in value pretty quickly most of the time though.
It truly is. No normal robbers would look at it if they don't know what it is or what's it's going for.
I know, it's more than pretty steep, it's nearly insane. Though part of me thinks it's just money and you only go around once.
Probably because you buy and read manga at leisure and it's not as grand of an event as buying a 13 episode anime boxset.
M-Maybe you can watch some anime together.
VOYNICH HOTEL 60
It's just the fact that I'm spending so much up front. I could easily save up for a month or so by not buying manga and then make a big purchases, but the idea of spending $15-30 a week isn't as appalling as spending $500 after saving for a few months.
If or whenever an Eva TV and movie BD boxset gets released I know I'm getting it regardless of how jacked up the price is. That shit's essential and will probably be impossible to get due to the high demand.
Oh yeah, me as well, Anno's going to get my money for the new Nadia set coming out later this year on BD anyway.
Though I don't know if we'll ever get a proper Eva BD considering some of the original frames are missing
>Breaking into white guy's condo; it's easy
>Anime posters of soapy lolis everywhere, not an inch of wall can be seen
>Dolls of a blond girl dressed as a knight littered around the house
>Japanese-only dvds of cartoons
>Harddrive filled with nasty Touhou futa porn
>If I steal it, nobody will buy it because they will be too busy laughing at me.
>If I don't steal it, I pass up thousands upon thousands of dollars' worth of merchandise.
It's a quandary to be sure.
Manga in general are pretty inexpensive especially in Japan so it doesn't feel as monumental when you follow a series by volume and support it, you really have to think about what you purchase in regards to dem boxsets since they can leave you high and dry.
Guys, I want to get into the Fate series (I know, I must sound like a total newfag), how do i go about it?
I know there's Zero, Stay/Night, etc., whatever.
I want to watch the anime. Is there a definitive series or is it a complicated maze of canon?
Read Fate/Stay Night, Watch Fate/Zero or read the LN, up to you. Then join us in watching the Fate/Stay Night anime once it airs.
Everyone says to start with the VN, which I should have as I ended up watching F/Z first, though I'm going through the VN for the first time right now and enjoying it quite a bit none the less.
Sell it online. Make sure you grab the boxes neatly.
Well looking at my current collection I've spent at least $600 on it, but at no point did I feel I was making a big purchase. I'm still new to buying manga but as much as I'd love to have a collection of anime I much rather have my collection of manga grow as reading a physical copy>reading a digital. Anime is pretty much the exact same BD or pirated.
I do buy localized visual novels because I want to see more come out here, but that's even more niche than anime so I support it when I can.
Visual Novels are the only thing that matters in regards to that franchise since you get the bulk of the story through that and experience it as it should be told, the first adaptation of Fate was a disaster and tried to mix all routes together which ended up a less than satisfactory result, Fate/Zero is an adaptation of a LN that works as a prequel to Fate Stay Night it was altogether solid that followed the LN faithfully with few changes. So basically all you have to do is ignore the original Fate anime and stick with the VNs and watch F/Z.
>Well looking at my current collection I've spent at least $600 on it, but at no point did I feel I was making a big purchase
That's a pretty great feeling, I have so much shit collected over the years and still buy shit to this day but at no point did I feel broke or suffered from remorse after purchasing it.
>LN faithfully with few changes
Still want my Gil and Enkidu scene.
I need to get a new shelf as I literally have enough space to fit 4 more volumes of Berserk before the entire shelf is full.
>no new chapter in over a year
You're gonna have an unfinished shelf for some time.
I'll look into it.
That scene isn't coherent with what happens in CCC's flashbacks, though.
This. You probably got 30 years left.
I only have through volume 7 and I haven't even started reading it. Wanna finish Death Note first so I can try to have as many volumes as I can. I have a feeling I'm gonna have a hard time pacing myself at all with Berserk like I did with 20th Century Boys. Seriously waiting for the volumes to come in the mail was suffering.
I made the horrible mistake of rushing through it in just a matter of weeks last year and now there is just emptiness in my heart.
That's how I felt with Zero, waiting for part 3 is going to kill me.
Man, the one thing I really love is knowing how much manga I want to buy and then enjoy. I know in a few years I'm going to have a massive collection and I'm just gonna sit there and look at my baby that's grown.
That's what I do right now with my HDD.
But thousands of years from now when future generations discover your treasure trove will they put a HD in a museum or actual printed material?
It will be a HDD because I don't have any printed material besides Suske & Wiske
>Not buying much cheaper localized box sets
>Not enjoying glorious english dubs instead of reading subtitles like a peasant
>Spending all your money on exploitative, over priced box sets and not having any money to afford other things like a social life
Man you guys sure like being pathetic don't you.
It's only aniplex that does this and it's only on a few shows that they can get away with it. I just torrent any series I like from them if they are being unreasonable about pricing. Once an economy set comes out I buy it.
Bandai already tried this with their Honemeise (sp?) label. It fell flat on it's face.
>Not buying much cheaper localized box sets
But that's exactly what op is praising.
Well the Aniplex sets are set around three times as much as the usual Funimation sets though.
You get what you pay for.
Too true, I'm very satisfied with my purchase like I stated at the beginning, though imports are still out of my range.
>Buying intentionally low quality releases
>Preferring shit-tier acting by the same thirty middle-aged parents that comprise the anime dubbing scene
>doing socially accepted things instead of doing what makes you happy
God, you're disgusting.
Don't touch me, your shit taste might get on my clothes.
But having a life, friends and multiple interests (including anime) and being able to afford all of them is what makes me happy.
>Implying Japanese anime doesn't constantly recycle voice actors just as much as the dubbing scene does
Seriously, I watch the shows in Japanese when they first come out so I know how much the "Popular" Japanese VAs get reused over and over again.
>Implying English dub voice acting is bad
Yeah, there are some shit dubs but most of them are pretty good, some are even better than the original.
Why does japan go to such great lengths in their scams? Surely their are easier ways to steal money from people.
It's Japan, if they don't spend years working tirelessly at it to get the same results they could have gotten in a few months with the easier route then it isn't worth it for them.