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Anime on Blu-ray
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56 / M / U.S.A. (mid-south)
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A few issues for discussion regarding anime on Blu-ray:

Do you buy or rent anime on Blu-ray?

If you rent, what is your source?

Do you feel Japan and the U.S. being in the same region for Blu-ray is more positive or negative?


The positive Playing Blu-ray discs from Japan is no problem. Knowing this, producers of anime Blu-ray titles in Japan are more likely to include English subtitles.

The negative: Due to increased fears of reverse importation, U.S. licensed titles either end up being delayed, or are forced by the licensor to be released in a dub-only format.


If you do not own a Blu-ray player, what one anime title being released on Blu-ray would cause you to buy one?

For me, that would probably be Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Strikers. I would even consider importing a Japanese Blu-ray with English subtitles if it didn't cost a fortune (although given that the DVDs are about $70 each, I don't see that happening without a U.S. license).


Of course, other comments and discussions regarding anime on Blu-ray are welcome!
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Would buy anime on blu-ray
Great if there is no region code.
Don't rent anime on blu-ray
Reason to buy because of good surround sound other than hd dvd or dvd or hd streaming.
video quality nah..... bout the same..
N/a on last question because I have a ps3 got samurai champloo and batman anime already hehehe.
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would like subbed titles as well
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While I don't buy anime DVDs/Blu-Rays, I have to say that creditless OPs and EDs look brilliant in Blu-Ray quality. It's definitely a massive step up from DVD and even TV quality.
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37 / M / Las Noches
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@ first question : i will buy but need to be subbed ( alrdy buying some ^^)
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I want to buy anime Blu-rays, however, I don't have a job, a TV or a Blu-ray player.

I suppose that Japan-US being one region is a double-edged sword. But the thing that annoys me the most is that the US refuses to send DVDs to other regions, so, even if I wanted to, I simply could not import many Blu-rays that I want.
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I'm buying about half of my anime on Blu-ray now. I just replaced my Nausicaä DVD with Blu-ray. If you say there isn't a hige differance in quality, you haven't watched Akira on BR yet, or else you need to visit the optometrist. The audio is way better too and, as most fail to mention, there are huge improvements in subtitles capabilities over DVD.

No region restriction is a positive thing. In general, I consider the otaku collector oriented nature of the Japanese anime industry to be the single biggest reason the American anime industry is suffering so much lately. I'm even willing to import some expensive , subtitled discs (and I have the Lyrical Nanoha BR, just to make someone jealous) but when Aniplex is trying to push $400 for the Garden of Sinners (Kara no Kyōkai) in the US, I have to pass.

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GaZsTiC wrote:

I want to buy anime Blu-rays, however, I don't have a job, a TV or a Blu-ray player.

I suppose that Japan-US being one region is a double-edged sword. But the thing that annoys me the most is that the US refuses to send DVDs to other regions, so, even if I wanted to, I simply could not import many Blu-rays that I want.

You are probably not looking at the right sources. There is a reason that Right Stuff has an "International Customers" section on their shipping info page.

The "no job" part, however, is certainly the biggest obstruction. Would I be correct in assuming you watch DVDs on your PC?




DigitalDeviant wrote:

I'm buying about half of my anime on Blu-ray now. I just replaced my Nausicaä DVD with Blu-ray. If you say there isn't a hige differance in quality, you haven't watched Akira on BR yet, or else you need to visit the optometrist. The audio is way better too and, as most fail to mention, there are huge improvements in subtitles capabilities over DVD.

No region restriction is a positive thing. In general, I consider the otaku collector oriented nature of the Japanese anime industry to be the single biggest reason the American anime industry is suffering so much lately. I'm even willing to import some expensive , subtitled discs (and I have the Lyrical Nanoha BR, just to make someone jealous) but when Aniplex is trying to push $400 for the Garden of Sinners (Kara no Kyōkai) in the US, I have to pass.


I have to wonder what percentage of people have an audio system that would allow them to perceive the difference. Personally, I don't even have a 5.1 audio system, just the stereo speakers built into my HDTV (which while thankfully better than average, are still only stereo and closer to mediocre than good).

As to the subtitle improvements, could you elaborate?

Regarding the Lyrica Nanoha BD, would I be correct in assuming you are referring to the movie? This was one of the discs I was thinking of when referring to those that come with English subtitles.

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I do buy anime on Blu Ray though I really really wish there would be more same day Blu Ray/ DVD releases, its been getting better but I would much rather see same day release for most anime releases.
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Do you buy or rent anime on Blu-ray?
I buy anime on bluray when ever I can, but wal-mart is not anime friendly
If you rent, what is your source?
Sadly block buster, holly wood video and major rental stores are out of business
Do you feel Japan and the U.S. being in the same region for Blu-ray is more positive or negative?
as you stated before it's a double sided sword but even more so due to the fact, that small license companies like "sentai film-works, or media blasters" that do sub only dvd release's because they are not big like bandai of America or funimation even though the anime's they do pick up have blu-ray counterparts in japan . So those who have more money are the ones that only get to do blu ray releases even though. Funimation like bandai do dubs for each release which is another reason it takes so long to come out. K-on volume one was just released on bluray after 3 years so i think there is waiting time as well to wait for sells to die down.
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I buy

netflix if they got it

possitive if they include subtitles
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I have to wonder what percentage of people have an audio system that would allow them to perceive the difference. Personally, I don't even have a 5.1 audio system, just the stereo speakers built into my HDTV (which while thankfully better than average, are still only stereo and closer to mediocre than good).

As to the subtitle improvements, could you elaborate?

Regarding the Lyrica Nanoha BD, would I be correct in assuming you are referring to the movie? This was one of the discs I was thinking of when referring to those that come with English subtitles.



Blu-ray subtitles have 8 but color instead of 4 bit. That's basically 256 colors vs 16. They also allow for more colors per subtitle picture so you can have more than 2-3 colors. They're obviously rendered in higher resolution and less aliased and just in general, more pleasing to look at. They can also be more accurately timed and positioned. There are even specs for text based subtitles but it's never used. It could be allow people to choose they're own fonts, colors, etc. The interactive features could allow people to download additional languages.

Yes, I was talking about the first Lyrical Nanoha Theatrical Feature. Black Rock Shooter is another recent Japanese BR that had English subtitles on it. I have no problem dropping some cash for a disc that has little chance of being released in the US but I really do not want Japan trying to force their business model here. If they need to force an inflated price on us to prevent damage to their business there then there is a problem with their model, and I do believe they have a major problem in that regard.





Posted 3/13/11
Blu-rays the bomb! I always get it over any other media releases even if I have to wait a while. Quality is like no other.
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Do you feel Japan and the U.S. being in the same region for Blu-ray is more positive or negative?

If price is an issue, then having the same region will be negative. Anime in Japan is a lot more expensive than it is in America. That's probably the major thing that would keep people away from buying anime merchandise. Other than that, sharing the same region doesn't seem to be too huge of a problem, unless you're an anime company. American companies could possibly suffer, but then again, they could also prosper from the prices. Basically, it is a double edge sword as others have put it. I cannot decide whether it's more positive or negative though, I need to put more thought into it, but I like them being 2 separate regions.*

*According to a substitute teacher I had, your computer has a R2 player, when you switch it from R1 to R2 (vice versa) more than 5 times, it locks into the last one you switched to. Besides not having a player (you can use other video player programs on your computer instead of the built in one), the only issue is not understanding the language which I don't mind (unless it has a major storyline).
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The only anime that I own on a physical disc is Blue Submarine No.6 Special Edition DVD, I assume anime on Blu-ray must be awesome but I would prefer purchasing online/download anime episodes (or movies) since I can back up the video(s) on my external HDD. I dont see myself ever getting a Blu-ray player in the future since I can buy episode(s) online(like on the ITunes Store), the only problem that I have with purchasing from iTunes is the fact that the episodes do not have the original language(in this case Japanese) and English subtitles but instead only have the English Dub version but other than that I dont have to worry about the possibility of a disc(either Blu-ray or DVD) becoming unreadable. The HD videos on iTunes depsite being only 720p HD look pretty good, I got the first episode (in HD) of FLCL for free and it looked awesome.
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