When are we going to get simultaneous DVD and Blu-ray releases of Anime in the USA?
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There are a number of Anime series box sets and OVA's and Movies that I would like to buy right now. But they are only available on DVD, and I have no idea when they will be released on Blu-ray. I fear that many will never get a Blu-ray release. I think there are two reasons for this:

1. Most of the people who buy anime in Japan are different from most of the people who buy anime in America. The Otaku in Japan are willing to get raped price wise on their anime purchases. The companies selling the anime in Japan know that the Otaku are willing to pay exorbitantly high prices, so they will sell them anime with as few episodes on it as possible and at the highest price they can get away with. Whereas in America, most people are either: A - stealing their anime, B - legally watching it for free on Crunchyroll, Hulu, etc., C - paying money to rent or stream it, or D - buying it. The few people left buying anime in America, are looking for sales and the best deals possible. Therefor, we aren't willing to pay as much as our Japanese counterparts. So the distributors in the USA might figure that it wouldn't be profitable to release the DVD and Blu-ray versions simultaneously. And wait to see how the DVD sales are before they decide on releasing it on Blu-ray.

2. The people who buy anime in Japan are the largest and quickest adopters of the Blu-ray format. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2008-09-15/japanese-anime-dvd-sales-drop-13.5-percent-partly-due-to-bd Americans have been far less quick in adopting the Blu-ray format.

So what are we supposed to do when a series we want, like Code Geass, is only available on DVD and who knows if it will ever come out on Blu-ray in the US? I don't want to steal a High Def rip of it. I want to do the right thing here. (Side note: I feel that Illegally downloading anime is a part of what is causing the Anime Industry to be on life support here in America. We need to financially support the companies that make the Anime we love. Otherwise, we'll see less and less quality anime. If you can't buy anime, you can rent; and if you can't rent, you can legally watch it for free on Crunchyroll, Hulu, Funimation, etc. Watching free, LEGAL, streaming, anime does financially support the anime industry. Advertisers do pay attention to how many people watch different anime series. More viewers means more add revenue. But I digress) So what am I supposed to do? Should I just wait. There must be someway that we can put together a online petition saying that we want simultaneous DVD and Blu-ray releases of Anime and send it to Funimation, VIZ, Right Stuff, and any other distributors that are still alive.

Anyone got any ideas?

P.S. In regards to my sidenote: If an anime series has been out in Japan for a number of years, and it's pretty obvious that it's never coming to America, then yes, by all means, steal it. How else are we supposed to watch it, if they won't provide a legal means of viewing it. That's also why I feel that we should reward and encourage the companies that legally make anime available to us in the US.
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Posted 9/9/09
2nd one you made?
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macphapie wrote:

2nd one you made?


Nope. The mods were kind enough to unlock it.
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Posted 9/11/09
when the u.s feels like it.
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Posted 9/11/09
They won't.
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