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Does anyone still buy physical DVD collections?
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Posted 4/1/12
aaaahhh, so many great collections~~ T_T

I still buy hard copies of my favourites but i've got nothing as grand as these displays. I'm always appealing to my torrent-abusive friends to support the industry.
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Do I buy DVDs? Well, in answer, I'll just leave this here:
http://kruszer.dvdaf.com/owned/anime
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Kruszer wrote:

Do I buy DVDs? Well, in answer, I'll just leave this here:
http://kruszer.dvdaf.com/owned/anime


Can I please BE you?

*drool*
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rveniss wrote:


Kruszer wrote:

Do I buy DVDs? Well, in answer, I'll just leave this here:
http://kruszer.dvdaf.com/owned/anime


Can I please BE you?

*drool*


With more training perhaps, since you don't appear to have been immediately struck down by it's awesomeness. The path to anime nerd power though is laden with hardship and strife.

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Kruszer wrote:

Do I buy DVDs? Well, in answer, I'll just leave this here:
http://kruszer.dvdaf.com/owned/anime


How much did all this cost???
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Zombie_Gun wrote:


Kruszer wrote:

Do I buy DVDs? Well, in answer, I'll just leave this here:
http://kruszer.dvdaf.com/owned/anime


How much did all this cost???


Who knows and I don't know if I really want to know, but it's basically the accumulation of 12 or 13 years of DVD collecting, so it's not like a bought it all in one shot. Obviously, the anime part of which is my main and largest collection, but I also have live action movies and some domestic animation as well.

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If I would watch a series multiple times, I'd rather just torrent it or something, because even then I wouldn't want to spend like 200 dollars for DVD's, there are many other things I'd much rather buy :/ DVD's are nice but really they are all just for collecting when you have the ability to watch online or torrent and no desire for them.
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KleinerSkollexxx wrote:



If I would watch a series multiple times, I'd rather just torrent it or something, because even then I wouldn't want to spend like 200 dollars for DVD's, there are many other things I'd much rather buy :/ DVD's are nice but really they are all just for collecting when you have the ability to watch online or torrent and no desire for them.


I think you're in the wrong thread. I shouldn't equate collecting with multiple viewings. I certainly don't buy DVD's or merchandise on something that I watch once or don't care.

Yes, people like myself love media collecting. Having media collection is the substantial proof that I'm a big fan of certain title, art, or artist.

Anyway, I'm not going to judge how you watch anime. However, us media collectors have pride on our collections because we put money on a venue that directly support artists upfront. Anime is expensive because they're niche and very expensive to produce. Media collectors are like Micro Patrons (Maybe Nano Patrons?) That is something that Torrents never do to any artist or art collective.

You and I are in different generation where Anime was rare in those days. My generation had to buy physical media because internet wasn't advanced enough to watch stream or download. In your case, you're enjoying free anime viewing thanks to your parent/guardian who is paying for internet service.

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The guy I quoted just said "that you should mark a title that you're going to watch dozen times", of course I'm going to reply to that...

You are putting too energy into such a passionate post. I am thirteen years old and I can watch anime for free, problem? You pay for you anime? You act like you're a hero or something.
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lol i think about it some times but i never buy any dvds im not really into tangible items can't stand a bunch of stuff just cluttered together taking up space thats why crunchyroll and netflix are perfect for me oh and im also very cheap
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KleinerSkollexxxThe guy I quoted just said "that you should mark a title that you're going to watch dozen times", of course I'm going to reply to that...

You are putting too energy into such a passionate post. I am thirteen years old and I can watch anime for free, problem? You pay for you anime? You act like you're a hero or something.


Hey, Let's calm down a bit and let me apologize for rubbing you off wrong way.

I understand your reasoning because watching stream is like watching TV which you don't have to pay to get entertainment. I do the same thing as you do .

I shouldn't get boastful, but I and other thousands of hardcore collectors are making somewhat difficult financial sacrifice to support niche titles like Chihaya Furu and Madoka Magica so that those types can thrive in tough media market and casual viewers like you can enjoy those shows as well. Without DVD sale, they can't produce most anime productions you've taken for granted. No production means no more late night TV anime (except Shonen Jump shows and some feature films). $200 is a lot of money for anyone when buying DVDs. I'm not rich, so I have difficult time making decision on spending my hard earned money on buying physical media.

Just to explain things better, here's a quote from Anime Economy: Part 2 from Anime News Network
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature/2012-03-07


For some anime, typically the ones aimed at kids, selling merchandise is the most important way to recoup that investment. But most anime, especially the majority of it that now airs late at night, don't last long enough or don't appeal to enough people for merchandise to be all that useful. These anime must make back their costs almost entirely through DVD sales.


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Posted 4/5/12

JimiDean wrote:

aaaahhh, so many great collections~~ T_T

I still buy hard copies of my favourites but i've got nothing as grand as these displays. I'm always appealing to my torrent-abusive friends to support the industry.


As long as you have collection of your own, no matter how small, you don't have to be envious about others' collection. Have some pride.

Torrent abusers don't care about the anime industry whatsoever. Unless your friends bought whole bunch of anime merchandises, it's a waste of time to appeal to them.
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Posted 4/5/12
i still buy dvd titles especialy older shows / ova if i can find them and i still have my old vhs releases blurays on the other hand not so much as i dont see many around and ive never tried getting import titles.
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I do still buy anime DVDs now and then, but usually only when (1) they're complete series, and (2) available at a good price. So I think most of what I buy tends to be a bit older, not the latest stuff to be released. I bought more DVDs in the past, before so much anime became available legally online at places like Crunchyroll, Hulu, or anime distributors' web sites. Generally, the online viewing is better for me -- with all the simulcasts available, I can have trouble keeping up with new stuff, so I don't often go back to re-watch things I've seen already. But if there's something that sounds good, isn't on Netflix or streaming somewhere, I want to see, and it meets the three points above, I'll at least consider buying it. So streaming is my primary source now, supplemented by rentals, but it is definitely nice to have DVDs even if my collection's not that big (about 18 series and 26 movies/OVAs on a quick count).
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Posted 4/5/12 , edited 4/5/12
Personally, I think importing is for the really dedicated. I have only done it when there was something I really REALLY wanted and on the condition that it had English subtitles that's thus far only been 5 times to date.
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