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Posted 4/8/07 , edited 4/9/07
Hmm. . .This is exactly my point. . .anime and manga hobbies are expensive. . .I buy as much dvd and manga as I can possibly can and also watch sub anime as much as possible. Many times the money I spend on anime isn't worth it because I will be disappointed in it due to story, plot, or characters. . .So I prefer to watch subs first and then buy it properly if it is worth the hard earn money.

Mangas is not cheap either runs from 10.95 to anywhere 17.95 in the u.s. . .I also try to buy things online but most time the cheaper stuff is usually call import and I feel bad that I buy it but it is cheaper. . .I try to lessen my guilt by actually buying the mangas. . .I don't know but can you guys understand my rambles?

It hits hard that when you call yourself a fan yet many time you don't support it properly due to money issues and what is on selection. . .
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Posted 4/8/07 , edited 4/9/07

firecrouch wrote:

And hearing that the hardcore fans don't buy anime makes things sound worse. The anime companies really need to be more aggressive about getting fans to support the industry, and the "hardcore" anime fans who really like their anime should support the people who make it.



Well, hardcore US fans have never really payed for their anime regularly. They started doing VHS fansub trading back before american companies were selling it, and continued to do so up until you could download it online easily. Officially, they didn't trade licensed series, but it didn't take much effort to get around that.

I buy a fair amount of anime, though not as much as I used before I started downloading. I mainly just wait for box sets to hit the right price now and then buy those. I will be buying Haruhi volume by volume here come July though, been a while since I've done that (in fact, I don't think I have bought a series by the volume since the Eva platinum-shiny-whatever edition came out...).

Honestely at this point it doesn't really matter whether or not there are american companies making money of anime. Back when DVDs came out and fans could put away their blurry vhs fansubs it was really nice, but now you can download such nice quality it's hard to rationalize spending $80-200 on a series, especially when you're giving the money to people who didn't even make the series, all the did was localize it.

I think the question is - are american distrubutors even necessary anymore? Sure I like watching my favorite series on my TV in DVD quality, but if all the major US distributors went bankrupt tommorow, it's not like I would be worried about not being able to watch anime anymore. Right now the entertainment industry is being turned on it's head thanks to the internet, and a lot of companies/organizations are having a hard time adapting and are just pissing people off (RIAA, I mean you). The anime industry is aware of all this, but they know enough not to bite the hand that feeds them. But how much longer are they even going to have the teeth to bite us with? And would it be such a bad thing (in a purely selfish way) for them to dissapear?

I'm not advocating one way or another, just something to ponder. Personally I like having a my uber DVD library and the ability to watch series in excellent quality, I've just become a lot more selective than I used to.
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Posted 4/8/07 , edited 4/9/07
I can definitely relate to what you're saying. I think ww all can. That's why all the anime companies need to get together and create sites like crunchyroll, so the fans will feel more comfortable about buying DVDs and more people will get a chance to watch certain. Even if people don't buy certain products they could still make money through the advertisers. I know it's a ways off, but it could happen.

And to the people who just watch fansubs and bootlegs, anime is a luxury, a privilege, not a commodity. Go out and support the industry as much as you can; the anime might just get cheaper if more people start buying it.
Posted 9/23/07 , edited 9/23/07
psh~ it's just america...well i agree on all the fullmetal alchemist thing though ;D
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Posted 10/11/07 , edited 10/11/07
I made an awesome comment on this a while back. It was basically the only one with positive votes (diggs).
http://digg.com/movies/American_Anime_Awards_Fail_At_Life?t=5485801#c5487590

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Posted 10/3/08 , edited 10/3/08
lol >_> america can fu*k off it totally destroy the japanese anime
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Posted 10/3/08 , edited 10/3/08
I just about agree with most of the people here; the selection sucked and the award ceremony should have never happened.

And "industry professionals" my foot; you have random people online who have more knowledge and experience involving anime than those guys.
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