Watching Anime in Japan vs Elsewhere?
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I was just wondering, who gets the best deal? I mean in Japan your limited to watching anime only when it shows on TV at specific times and if you miss the episode you have to skip it or by the DVDs etc. Do they have a Crunchyroll equivalent in Japan?

For those of us not living in Japan, we can view all the anime online and watch it whenever we want on crunchyroll. It seems like it's much easier to watch all the latest anime shows legally if your not in Japan which is kind of strange.
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Keep in mind technologies like TiVo and other DVRs. I agree with your sentiments, I love on-demand shows on the interrnet tiers more than the days I was watching TV. But DVRs give TV an on-demand function too.

Though I don't have any experience with DVRs, and don't know what the common situation is in Japan. But if it weren't for DVRs, I'd say we do indeed have the greater fortune by having Crunchyroll.
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You've never heard of watching it illegally, bro? Lol.
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Posted 1/10/12 , edited 1/10/12

CarboKill wrote:

You've never heard of watching it illegally, bro? Lol.


Id rather support the anime industry and as I said in my first post, " It seems like it's much easier to watch all the latest anime shows legally if your not in Japan which is kind of strange."



TerraGamerX wrote:

Keep in mind technologies like TiVo and other DVRs. I agree with your sentiments, I love on-demand shows on the interrnet tiers more than the days I was watching TV. But DVRs give TV an on-demand function too.

Though I don't have any experience with DVRs, and don't know what the common situation is in Japan. But if it weren't for DVRs, I'd say we do indeed have the greater fortune by having Crunchyroll.

Ah yeah, forgot about that! I don't have one of them.
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I searched Wikipedia for several phrases, trying to figure out what (if any) streaming video services currently exist in Japan. I haven't found anything yet...

Having easy access to media makes a lot of difference. The more you have to wait / search / pay in order to see a series, the more difficult it is to be a fan. If you can watch a series the day after it's broadcast, that makes it remarkably accessible. If you have to wait months or years, then that affects you and other fans. This is applicable for any form of media.

When I was a young fan around 1998, there were no streaming video sites. If you were willing to pay for a genuine version of an anime series, then you'd pay $20 to $30 US per videotape, and you'd get two or three episodes, either subbed or dubbed. If you watched the few series which were broadcast on television, then you would end up seeing a dubbed series that almost always thoroughly rewrote the show, and censored just about anything even remotely offensive. Or you could send a check or money order to some crazy fansub distributor, who would eventually send you a few videotapes.

Fans older than me have talked about the tape-trading days, when college-based anime clubs had to trade Star Trek videotapes with someone who knew someone in Japan, and that's how they got eleventh generation tapes with grainy video and no sound. Apparently some of those old fans had transcripts of shows, which made them slightly more coherent.
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kaamaru wrote:

I was just wondering, who gets the best deal? I mean in Japan your limited to watching anime only when it shows on TV at specific times and if you miss the episode you have to skip it or by the DVDs etc. Do they have a Crunchyroll equivalent in Japan?

Japan also has legal streaming of many series.

The current season:
http://ch.nicovideo.jp/channel/2012winter-anime

The Fall 2011 season:
http://ch.nicovideo.jp/channel/2011autumn-anime

They have been streaming for many seasons in Japan, going back to at least 2010.

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A lot of countries still have limited anime available. That's why so many of us watch anime online.
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Japan has it better.
1. To buy an anime in the US its like 30USD for only about 8-11 episodes while in japan they have local stores that sell anime/manga only and cost much less for an entire season.

2. They have sites similar to CR. (Y no Crunchyroll in Japan?)

3. They have much more content then we do especially streaming online.
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Zangai wrote:
1. To buy an anime in the US its like 30USD for only about 8-11 episodes while in japan they have local stores that sell anime/manga only and cost much less for an entire season.

Clearly you haven't actually priced any anime on DVD or BD in Japan. They are notoriously more expensive than in the United States, and are normally released as singles, not boxed sets.

Manga is less expensive in Japan. Anime certainly is not.

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Zangai wrote:
1. To buy an anime in the US its like 30USD for only about 8-11 episodes while in japan they have local stores that sell anime/manga only and cost much less for an entire season.

Taking a quick look at Amazon Japan, most recent DVDs are about 5000 yen ($65 USD) and this is only for 2 episodes.
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As TerraGamerX and TheAncientOne already said... DVR's and NicoNico... I'm not sure how their cable/satellite subscription services work and what not but if they are at all similar to the US you would probably get a decent amount, if not all the channels, that broadcast anime and could easily record them for later viewing, or watch whatever NN is streaming which appears to be quite a few series based on the link provided.

Our options here in the US for currently airing titles are online streaming, which doesn't cover 100% of the shows, and the only way to fill in the gap is with an illegal means. In Japan between your TV and the net you have access to 100% of the shows, legally, so they do certainly have greater access than we do in the US. And I would imagine sites like NicoNico are only going to continue to grow larger and turn into sites like Hulu where you can keep current with a fair amount of network TV shows each season, if they aren't already like that.

DVD's and Blu-ray on the other hand... my god... we were still getting a better deal even when a 26 ep series was getting released on 7-8 DVD's at over $20 a piece. If I remember right... the Tiger and Bunny JP Blu-rays were announced to have English subs on them, I'm imagining to entice international buyers, but the total cost for the series was around $900+ or something like that... I think most would prefer to wait for the R1 release.
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Sure there is Crunchyroll in Japan.
Its Crunchyroll.com, change language to 日本語. xD
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