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Does anyone still buy physical DVD collections?
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DVD is my main way of watching anime, I'm in the market for a blu-ray player though I think it's high time for an upgrade but not all are being release on blu-ray straight away. Grr
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If I were to order online from Walmart, why not order from much better places? XD There are some really awesome anime and gaming sites for South Africa, I think the most popular one is AWX although sometimes they have such shit -_-


While you have a decent point, I would like to point out that when Eva 1.0 and 2.0 Blu-rays were released, they were released /both/ online and IN STORE(!!!!) for $11.96 each, brand new... just sayin... can't really beat that price!!!!! (Why oh WHY did we have to be SO broke at that time!!?!?!?!!? ;_; )
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yuma1234 wrote:



Since you asked for it, here the pic of one of Anime LD's I have.
The movie is called "Run Melos". I put a blank DVD-R for size comparison. Paper underneath the disc is a liner note.

I have more anime LD's at my parent's house. Since I'm at it, here are some of my collections

Here's my messy shelf which represents 1/10th of all anime BD, DVD, BD. magazines, art books,and manga collections.

Granted that my collection is different, but us collectors as whole are special because we're willing to spend any amount for things we really like. I put Japanese R2 DVD photos because just to show how serious Japanese treat collectors. Reality is that not everyone buys physical media. Companies will depend on us collectors to support them. As we know that domestic companies learned hard lesson by overproducing and underselling DVDs, which caused serious financial troubles in domestic companies. I think they're going to make more attractive BD/DVD packages as time goes on. If they don't improve their bonus materials and packaging in the future, then they're not taking collectors seriously like Japanese do.

So, any question about the photos?


You're a real funny guy;questions??-- you act as if I'm capable of speaking after seeing what I just saw O_____O More. than. mildly. impressed... I don't even know where to begin a reply... I am not one to be easily rendered speechless, let me assure you...

If everything I saw was your /entire/ collection as opposed to being just 1/10th, I would already be blown away and flabbergasted... I honestly can't grapple my mind around the concept of that being only 10% with a few highlights thrown in...

When I told my husband about the anime on LD, he was like "No way", but alas, there's your photo, clear as day, on the monitor. He actually WALKED IN from the other room /immediately/ to see... highly shocking considering I can be screaming "Omg omg I'm on fire, please pour water on me!!!!" from the kitchen, and he'd still finish what he was doing before coming to douse me. <.<

You are a more serious collector with more disposable income than I could ever dream of being/having; I guess I could dream about winning the lottery, but I prefer to only do that during my delusions of grandeur instead of on a regular basis... or unless this whole "Panda Milking for Fun and Profit" thing pans out...

Thanks for sharing your photos--they're pretty amazing!!!
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Well I can't really compare to you guys!! Its really awesome that you guys contribute so much All I can say is I' am a Pirate..........................looking for One Piece! ^__^
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EvilBunnyFluff wrote:

Ug, I'm a doof, I didn't realize 5cm/sec was a show-haha!!! I thought you were telling me the specific details of the subtitling of disc!!!! I was like WOW where does it say THAT on amazon?!?!?! hahahaha, thank you for clearing that up for me!!!


OHHHH And I was thinking about you last night!!!----about how you wound up with 2 copies of Akira... well now I have a practically brand new copy of Gundam 00 I need to unload because I couldn't resist the Daily Deal!!!!!!!!! >.< Collector's Edition + Manga > Regular Edition
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Macross, my goodness, I think I have actually watched that... about 14 million years ago; I think dinosaurs still roamed the Earth...

That is an outrageous list of special features!!!! O_____O I am fairly certain I have never seen anything with /that/ much stuff on it!!! granted there are a lot of commercials/promotional trailers, but STILL that's pretty awesome.




yuma1234 wrote:

It's always to great to see anime collectors have pride in their collection. You guys are the main reason why domestic anime distribution companies exists.

Regarding bhl88's comment on Macross TV BD box, I would buy it if had a lot of money. Why?

As a Japanese R2 DVD, BD, LD collector (yes I do have R1 DVD's as well), bonus physical materials listed above will never be offered to the U.S. When was the last time any domestic R1 DVD company that offered whole nine yard?

Also its quantity is limited. I'm guessing 5,000 units at most? Super hardcore Macross fans in Japan will buy it for $400 no matter what. Others will buy the regular edition without bells and whistles later on and be content with it.

If I just want Macross DVD's just for subtitles, then I'll buy used subtitled R1 DVD version for less than $20.



Was looking for Robotech DVD but I don't know where to start looking for one... actually I just want Macross (wish Bandai Visual would give the box license to someone).... not Robotech...

Anyway I wish someone would help me get rid of the Lucky Star DVD, Akira Blu-Ray and Nausicaa BD/DVD hybrid that I have...

I forgot to mention my CLANNAD Blu-Ray for $50 (it's dubbed unlike the box CLANNAD).
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EvilBunnyFluff
You're a real funny guy;questions??-- you act as if I'm capable of speaking after seeing what I just saw O_____O More. than. mildly. impressed... I don't even know where to begin a reply... I am not one to be easily rendered speechless, let me assure you...

If everything I saw was your /entire/ collection as opposed to being just 1/10th, I would already be blown away and flabbergasted... I honestly can't grapple my mind around the concept of that being only 10% with a few highlights thrown in...

When I told my husband about the anime on LD, he was like "No way", but alas, there's your photo, clear as day, on the monitor. He actually WALKED IN from the other room /immediately/ to see... highly shocking considering I can be screaming "Omg omg I'm on fire, please pour water on me!!!!" from the kitchen, and he'd still finish what he was doing before coming to douse me. <.<

You are a more serious collector with more disposable income than I could ever dream of being/having; I guess I could dream about winning the lottery, but I prefer to only do that during my delusions of grandeur instead of on a regular basis... or unless this whole "Panda Milking for Fun and Profit" thing pans out...

Thanks for sharing your photos--they're pretty amazing!!!


Well... I didn't mean to shock you. I thought that people with Anime DVD-boxes with things in them. I overestimated my collection. It's more like 1/8th. Sorry about that.

About my collection, they're things accumulated over 15 years. There are people who collected a lot longer than I and they have thousands of DVD's like Anime News Network's Editor Justin Sevakis. They just don't actively engaged in forums like this, that's all.

Speaking of disposable income, I'm still single and pay bills like everyone else. I made mistakes on buying bad shows and have buyer's remorse like other people. If I was committed to a special someone, I would reduce my anime/manga consumption to bare minimal and allocate my collection budget to that person's wants and needs.

I try to be careful on what to buy, but somehow I always wind up buy books and magazines than DVDs. To me, books and magazine are cheaper than discs. They comprise 80% of my collections.

Compared to some people here, my DVD collection isn't much really compared to them. I have about 50 titles or about 150+ discs in total. Most of them are anime TV series and movies. LD's? I have only 10 titles. Some people here have what, uh, 1,000 discs or 250~300 titles? I don't buy toys and merchandises because I'm too old for them. I don't buy imports when currency exchange rate is bad. I don't buy domestic titles often because my set standard analyzes physical product thoroughly before making purchase decision. Mostly important of all, I allocate budget and buy 2 to 3 times per year except magazines.

I understand your shock because most anime available at that time were in VHS format.
Japan printed Anime LD's since late 80's. Anime LD's were in America until late 90's. Companies like Pioneer (defunct) and Animeigo printed US anime LD's with dubs and close captioned subs. Actually, there is a store in San Jose that still sells old Anime LDs.

I guess I became a serious collector because I have deep appreciation toward artists and graphic designs applied on packaging. When I buy a media which everyone else watches for free, I want something special for my purchase. Some people are focused on quantity.; some people are more about story; others like artworks.

Regardless of your reason for collecting, it's a show of deep appreciation and love of that medium.
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I still do just not as much since I am poor and can't even afford S.A.V.E edition, but I still buy when I rarely have the money. xD

I have almost my whole DVD shelf filled up over stuff I have collected over the years.
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The Truth is that I will love to Have my shelf's filled with all the anime i love and manga * even thought i don't read it...I prefer Anime )...But since I am traveling 24/7 my main way of watching is via streaming...So I am member of 10+ sites to watch them legal...

But I bet in 3-5 years everything will be via streaming...for many reasons.
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Tsubasa_Lover_4Ever wrote:

I still do just not as much since I am poor and can't even afford S.A.V.E edition, but I still buy when I rarely have the money. xD

I have almost my whole DVD shelf filled up over stuff I have collected over the years.


It's still love when you willing to buy certain titles that you like so much. My collection built up over the years. I didn't buy all of them at once.

Smart buyers buy physical copy only if they are going to watch it several times over a period of time.
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But I bet in 3-5 years everything will be via streaming...for many reasons.

Indeed, I think physical media will become more of a niche market as time moves forward.

When I was young, the only way the general public had of viewing media was to watch it when it aired on TV, or when it was at the local theater. There were actually some productions that could be obtained on 8mm film for home viewing, but due to these were typically abridged versions, and costly. (I actually had a friend who was a big film buff that had some of these).

Then came the VCR, and finally the "must watch now" shackles were broken. This was also the advent of the home video market. At that time and into the beginning of the DVD era, if you wanted to make certain a movie or show was around when you wanted to view it, you had to have a physical copy.

Now, with the internet, having access no longer requires having a copy. While legal sources may come and go, more often than not, if you are interested in watching something later, odds are it will still be there. Even if it is not, many people seem to have no problem stepping over the low fence to piracy.

We've moved from an era where you could only watch when the powers that be permitted you to, to the era where you could possess a copy of the show, to an era where you need not possess a copy of a show to view it.

Just as previous technologies didn't kill theaters or broadcast television, physical media won't die, but its best days are behind it.

I expect that if we were to look 5 years into the future, we would see fewer anime titles sold on disc, higher prices for most titles (because the costs have to be born by a smaller number of buyers), and a smaller percentage of anime titles that are released on physical media.

The only silver lining I see for those that love physical media in this future is that there should be a greater emphasis on quality.


Personally, my physical media collection (for any shows, not just anime) is nearly non-existent. I can hold all the DVDs I have stacked in their cases in one hand, and about half a dozen are anime. Of those, most have been viewed only once.

One example of why my physical anime collection is so lacking: Funimation had a sale of a few titles this weekend for only $10 each, I passed on the offer, because I just couldn't see myself viewing these titles again. Further, even if I wanted to view them again, I could view them at Funimation.com, for which I pay $8 per month.

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I like collecting better (though not lately because I'm broke). I like the artwork that comes with some of the anime series box sets.
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If its a series I like I'll buy the Blu-Ray. My media collection is rather small because I only buy movies and shows that I would watch more than once.
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Sigh, sadly. People now a days can watch it online and all. People who actually buy DvD collections, shows, animes, movies and ect, are so real haha. :3 It's like people who read books online and not get a real book and read. On the other hand, yes, I do collect DvD collections! Mostly my favorite anime though, of course.

OH BTW, EVERYONES SHELVES ARE AMAZINGLY PACKED WITH ANIME STUFF!!! IM SO IMPRESSED! Yet, jealous. :$
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yuma1234 wrote:

Well... I didn't mean to shock you. I thought that people with Anime DVD-boxes with things in them. I overestimated my collection. It's more like 1/8th. Sorry about that.

About my collection, they're things accumulated over 15 years. There are people who collected a lot longer than I and they have thousands of DVD's like Anime News Network's Editor Justin Sevakis. They just don't actively engaged in forums like this, that's all.

Speaking of disposable income, I'm still single and pay bills like everyone else. I made mistakes on buying bad shows and have buyer's remorse like other people. If I was committed to a special someone, I would reduce my anime/manga consumption to bare minimal and allocate my collection budget to that person's wants and needs.

I try to be careful on what to buy, but somehow I always wind up buy books and magazines than DVDs. To me, books and magazine are cheaper than discs. They comprise 80% of my collections.

Compared to some people here, my DVD collection isn't much really compared to them. I have about 50 titles or about 150+ discs in total. Most of them are anime TV series and movies. LD's? I have only 10 titles. Some people here have what, uh, 1,000 discs or 250~300 titles? I don't buy toys and merchandises because I'm too old for them. I don't buy imports when currency exchange rate is bad. I don't buy domestic titles often because my set standard analyzes physical product thoroughly before making purchase decision. Mostly important of all, I allocate budget and buy 2 to 3 times per year except magazines.

I understand your shock because most anime available at that time were in VHS format.
Japan printed Anime LD's since late 80's. Anime LD's were in America until late 90's. Companies like Pioneer (defunct) and Animeigo printed US anime LD's with dubs and close captioned subs. Actually, there is a store in San Jose that still sells old Anime LDs.

I guess I became a serious collector because I have deep appreciation toward artists and graphic designs applied on packaging. When I buy a media which everyone else watches for free, I want something special for my purchase. Some people are focused on quantity.; some people are more about story; others like artworks.

Regardless of your reason for collecting, it's a show of deep appreciation and love of that medium.


Please, I hope you don't think I'm trying to knock you for having the option /to/ buy that stuff!!! ^_^" I'm just mega mega impressed with a /mild/ side of jealousy, haha. I know that prolific collections must exist; I've just never sought them before... I knew there would be people with collections that would cripple my lower limbs, and I'm okay and understand that and have the highest respect for those whose purchases helped to make anime as widely available as it is today, so thank you. And no apologies needed... 1/8th, 1/10th... still a collection more than worth being proud of!!!!! :)

I don't really have a paper anime collection (manga, magazines, or comic books) so much, although I /did/ just buy Shinji's Deal of the Weekend (Special Edition Gundam 00 + manga) /despite/ the fact that I already bought the season 1 dvd boxset the week it came out... Whoops!!! >.<

I've been displeased with purchases (not just anime, of course) in the past, so I really try to make an effort to evaluate my purchases thoroughly before I make them in an attempt to avoid the buyer's remorse feeling... I actually had a younger person tell me I was indecisive recently because I didn't want to make a quick decision on something I would have be using frequently for quite some time. I thought it was funny because I would consider myself the complete opposite--I like to be /absolutely/ sure about my purchases before I make them!!

I don't buy the figures and such either... I'm a pretty slacker housewife >.< and I don't like to dust so I try to keep the tchotchkes to a bare minimum... and what would be the point of buying something like that to not display it?! Now, on the other hand... if I can buy something under the guise of it being for my 6 year old... =^.^=

I had never even SEEN an LD until the late 90s, haha!!! I definitely never saw one for purchase in a store... maybe if I did I just glanced and assumed it was a record... I think the prevalence and availability of LD probably had a large part to do with geographic location. I live in a fairly small town (~40,000 people) and we've certainly never been a city that's known for it's shopping/consumer scene... <.< The only store that even sold CD/VHS/DVDs was Wal-Mart... at least now (15 years later) we also have Target. <.<

I guess I collect because I just love anime, in general. I am drawn to the plot, the characteristically Japanese style of storytelling, and the beautiful artwork. It's a complete package kind of deal... I also enjoy the simple fact that they are cartoons--many of the stories work because they /aren't/ real life actors and actresses.

Now that the shock has worn off, I do have a couple of questions! :)

1. Do you still have a working Laser Disc player? You mentioned an actual LD store, so I'm /guessing/ that finding a working one or getting one serviced is possible through them??

2. VHS-- Do/did you also collect anime on VHS? Or did you skip right past that due to the availability of LD?

3. With a collection that large, is/are there any anime that you watch over and over, and if so, what is it? (or alternately, any manga that you have read several times??)
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I only buy anime dvds if they're very interesting to me.
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