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11 May 2004 @ 10:51 am
just my two cents...  
Hey, I'm not worried.

The way I see it is - I like this anime enough to buy it. In fact, I'd be rather excited to see it on DVD. I won't be staying up all night with my eyeballs stuck to the computer; better for one's own personal health, you see.
 
 
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elanivalaeelanivalae on May 11th, 2004 08:32 am (UTC)
I would certainly buy them...if they weren't so freaking expensive. For most of the DVDs I see, you get something like three episodes and virtually no special features, for $30! That's highway robbery... (most of us aren't privileged enough to have several hundred dollars to spend on one series, and it does discourage people from ever taking a chance on something new) especially when the official sub is (pardon the expression) sub-par. I've also been really disillusioned as to the quality of the releases, even on DVD. Against my better judgment, I went and bought an official domestic Inuyasha DVD not long ago, and I was appalled at the shoddy image quality, the clunky, unworkable interface, and the translation that even beginning Japanese students would realize is awful. And as dubbing jobs go, Inuyasha isn't even all that terrible. It's mid-grade, compared to a lot of crap I've seen.

I guess I wouldn't complain about it if I felt like I was getting anywhere even close to my money's worth on most anime they bring over here. But...hell, even in the days when I had to mail order VHS tapes from VKLL, fansubbing was still more worth it. At least most fansubbers take the serious anime as they were intended -- seriously -- and take some pride in their work. I don't feel like the companies that license these series do, which is unfortunate.
Tasha: Cutest Goku face EVAR - by flamika27tasha_mac on May 11th, 2004 08:53 am (UTC)
On whether an anime company takes their stuff "serious" or not, it depends on the company.

As for the price of DVDs...ouch, where're you getting yours, Suncoast? The last time I paid over $30 for a disc was either if I got one of those special ADV box things or the last Fruits Basket disc I bought for $35. The boxes had cool swag in them and the FB disc had six episodes, so it was worth the extra funds.

You should try shopping around a little, or hunting through used bins. I've slowly been collecting Excel Saga via used, and getting those discs at $10 a pop has been so sweet.

Try Best Buy or Gamestop. Both have very competitive pricing, and Gamestop has used DVDs.
linwen: Ed kakoii 2 - sphinxgflinwen on May 11th, 2004 09:59 am (UTC)
It's not just suncoast, I work at Borders, and I won't buy dvds from there 'cause they overcharge =/ Probably the same with Barnes and Noble. >.< But yeah, shop around for DVDs....but I still probably wouldn't pick up the FMA dvds, too broke ^.^() And that's partially why I'm fond of Fansubs. I like to be 'ahead' of the liscencers, and it doesn't cost me nearly as much.
EnohIOenigma_o on May 11th, 2004 10:54 am (UTC)
Why don't you buy the Japanese DVDs? You can get them pretty cheap on eBay (I saw vol 3 going for less than $7, the Hong Kong versions I think). They're all ready up to ep 24. I know the quality and the subtitling isn't as good, but if you're watching it because you love the story and want to know what happens that doesn't matter so much.

Or you can wait a little longer for the end of series boxset/perfect collection etc which cost a bit more but are usually better quality (I think, may also help if you get the Japanese versions rather than the Hong Kong ones).

If you don't trust eBay you can try sites like
http://www.discountanimedvd.com/default.htm
http://www.shopanimedvd.com/
and
http://www.animetoxic.com/

I hope that's some help anyway.
elanivalaeelanivalae on May 11th, 2004 08:21 pm (UTC)
They won't play on American DVD players...will they? I was under the impression that they wouldn't.

And, no, I don't just look at Suncoast for DVDs (though I live in the middle of nowhere and don't really have a lot of options -_-;). I *have* shopped around, and even used, I can rarely find anything less than $20...and that's if I'm really lucky. *sigh* For three or so episodes, that's really steep.
EnohIOenigma_o on May 17th, 2004 11:34 am (UTC)
They should, most are region free (i.e. region 0) and in the american ntsc format. I'm in England and have played them on our DVD player (with a TV that can handle the ntsc format) ok. And if you have a DVD drive on your computer (which is what I usually use) they work fine. Sometimes the Hong Kong disks skip a bit and the quality isn't the best but they still play.
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Kristenneo_queen157 on May 17th, 2004 04:49 pm (UTC)
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