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Posted 1/7/12

djheadshot wrote:

Physical DVD and Bluray releases outside of japan is a dying business streaming is the future for legal anime viewing outside of japan unfortunate for dublovers and people who want to buy a physical product to own but just the way it is . I don't see Legal Digital Anime Downloads ever really taking off streaming just makes much more sense.

Your statement implies that you have knowledge of the status of the disc market in each and every country outside of Japan.

What I really wanted to address, however, is the implication that the death of physical product would also mean the death (or decline) of dubs. I can only speak for the my own market here in the U.S., so everything from this point onward concerns it only.

At this point in time, and for the foreseeable future, dubs are still more marketable. Companies wouldn't spend what in some cases is probably on par with the cost of the license itself unless that typically translated to even more profit.

They also cannot be subverted by being pirated before release. You only need look around the forum here to see people will resort to a fansub if a title isn't released hours after it airs in Japan, even if the delay is less than 2 days. That is only possible because a group can take the original product and slap on the subs. Try doing the same for a dub, and they would fail miserably. Even if fandubbers had access to what an audience would consider pro-level talent, they don't have the necessary raw material. (Think of trying to create a dub with only the mixed audio track to work with, and you'll see the problem). Let's face it, you can't provide a pirated version of a dub until it is released, and for a company to release it, that means there are people willing to pay for it.

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rg400st wrote:

This honestly isn't that big of a deal. Companies will be interested in acquiring rights for shows in the Sunrise catalog.


You talking about the likeliness of Hayate getting re-licensed and dubbed?


Essentially Bandai is just getting out of distributing their own product in North America. They will instead allow someone else to pay them for the right to distribute their product. Bandai will likely only license the anime rights.


So they're going to do what Geneon did with that Geneon/Funimation deal.
Posted 1/8/12
Well this sucks

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Posted 1/12/12

rg400st wrote:... Essentially Bandai is just getting out of distributing their own product in North America. ... They will instead allow someone else to pay them for the right to distribute their product. Bandai will likely only license the anime rights. ...

Actually Bandai in Japan will be doing premium priced releases directly ... like Gundam Unicorn ... they are just cutting out their North American middleman.

But they'll also obviously license some series, like Tiger & Bunny licensed to Viz.

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Posted 1/12/12 , edited 1/12/12

chaoskiller2000 wrote:

OH CRAP! I hope Gundam gets picked up by Funimation! Turn A and Gundam Unicorn need to come out, among the other Gundams that have never been released.

On another note I do think Funimation has the right business plan they are the only ones that seem to be consistently great. Bandai started releasing less and less.



HanfordNuke wrote:

What about the Gundam Unicorn Series?


Gundam Unicorn is not affected because it has always been handled and distributed world wide through Bandai Japan. Turn A Gundam, I hope it does make it as well as X.
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