Aniplex of America is quickly establishing itself in North America as the studio that caters almost exclusively to the growing minority of dedicated anime home video collectors. Its latest announcement in the Garden of Sinners limited edition DVD boxset is sure to satisfy those that missed out on the initial Blu-Ray boxset last year, either because it sold out, or because it was still too steep in terms of pricing for many.
To start out, the set matches the previously announced Bakemonogatari Blu-Ray boxset in terms of pricing, as online retailer RightStuf will be selling the set at $149.99 and it will be released on November 20th. What do you get for that much cash, exactly?
While the DVD boxset is much cheaper than the original $600 price for the Blu-Ray boxset, there are those that will invariably complain that it's still unreasonably priced compared to other "limited edition" releases from other R1 distributors such as FUNimation.
As the debate about what constitutes fair pricing for anime on DVD and Blu-Ray will never be settled because of its inherent relativity for each person, there is substantial proof that people are willing to pay more for a quality release such as the above and that the current industry's reliance on cheap anime boxsets is becoming very unsustainable.
Now that we know how much the new Garden of Sinners DVD boxset will cost, are any of you going to pre-order? I know I am, at least.