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Posted 1/21/13

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Meanwhile back in AoD land.......

Sasami-san@Gambaranai pushed back to Monday 21st 16:30 GMT

No sign of the other series. Which means Crunchyroll will have released 3 episodes of Maoyu before AoD has even managed one......

Thanks for the info. I'll need to remember to include that in the next update (coming a bit later).

AoD...making Funimation look speedy.

This doesn't bode well for when they return to being a paid service next season. There also the problem of promotion. Anyone visiting their site would have no information on the announced simulcasts (the news section's last post is from September 2012), and even browsing the catalog would reveal only Sasami-san@Gambaranai as an upcoming title (while also incorrectly still showing Tamko Market as "Coming Soon").




Sasami-san@Gambaranai now says "This Video is Currently Unavailable". "Anime on Demand" - whose demand?!?!?

The problem they've got is that they don't have a vast back catalogue. They've only got 21 titles on the site (including Tamako market and a graphic for Sasami-san@Gambaranai) with 3 more to come. So they've currently only got 13 other titles that haven't been offered for free (all currently unavailable). Of those titles Persona and Tiger & Bunny have their English dub versions released this quarter, and a UK release for Steins Gate can't be far off.

Very difficult to see where they go from here. It doesn't look like the UK market is big enough to support a subscription service by itself. If I were to have a guess, the "big changes" they keep talking about either involve the Neon Alley material or the Beez Anime Legends back catalogue. I can see them trying to do English sub channels instead.

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Posted 1/21/13

icecreamsnow wrote: Very difficult to see where they go from here. It doesn't look like the UK market is big enough to support a subscription service by itself. If I were to have a guess, the "big changes" they keep talking about either involve the Neon Alley material or the Beez Anime Legends back catalogue. I can see them trying to do English sub channels instead.

Yes, if they are going to have six or so simulcasts at a time, they need a back catalog to bolster that.
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Posted 1/21/13

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Sasami-san@Gambaranai now says "This Video is Currently Unavailable". "Anime on Demand" - whose demand?!?!?

I note on their home page that they now have a placeholder for episode 1, and when I click on it, episode 1 is listed on list of episodes as "Now Playing".

Can you confirm the episode is actually available now?

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Posted 1/21/13

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icecreamsnow wrote:
Sasami-san@Gambaranai now says "This Video is Currently Unavailable". "Anime on Demand" - whose demand?!?!?

I note on their home page that they now have a placeholder for episode 1, and when I click on it, episode 1 is listed on list of episodes as "Now Playing".

Can you confirm the episode is actually available now?



Definitely still unavailable.
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Posted 1/22/13 , edited 1/22/13
Sasami-san@Gambaranai has now been pushed back to Thursday at 4:30 on AoD

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Posted 1/22/13

TheAncientOne wrote:


icecreamsnow wrote:

Meanwhile back in AoD land.......

Sasami-san@Gambaranai pushed back to Monday 21st 16:30 GMT

No sign of the other series. Which means Crunchyroll will have released 3 episodes of Maoyu before AoD has even managed one......

Thanks for the info. I'll need to remember to include that in the next update (coming a bit later).

AoD...making Funimation look speedy.

This doesn't bode well for when they return to being a paid service next season. There also the problem of promotion. Anyone visiting their site would have no information on the announced simulcasts (the news section's last post is from September 2012), and even browsing the catalog would reveal only Sasami-san@Gambaranai as an upcoming title (while also incorrectly still showing Tamko Market as "Coming Soon").



That's AoD for you. In the two years they've been running you could probably count the number of simulcasts they've done on one hand. The rest were all delaycasts/latecasts, even though they are advertised as simulcasts. Some were even so late that you may not even count them as that. The worst was Nichijou which was almost 10 weeks behind. For most of the first year they didn't even have a schedule. One week 2 episodes of a show would come out, then no more episodes for 3 weeks.

They also almost never use their website for announcements. The only place you'll get information from them directly is twitter it seems (and possibly facebook?). The information they give out isn't always reliable either. They announced that they got Nurarihyon series 2 for simulcast and would catch up on series 1 first, then after catching up on series 1 nothing happened. They later admitted via twitter that they never had the license to series 2.

And to top it all off, their 720p video (which is the highest quality they have) is so bitrate starved that it looks worse than Crunchyrolls 480p. Plus the fact that they made a deal with Kadokawa which is why so much of their content clashes with Crunchyroll.

I could go on but you get the idea. It would be nice if they were to go out of business. They're nothing but a nuisance, causing additional region restrictions and forcing UK users to watch shows in inferior quality via an inferior service. They've also had a noticeable effect on Crunchyroll, as whenever there has been a season with many shows that clash between the services, the next season or two on Crunchyroll normally has a few more shows than normal which are not available in the UK and are also not on AoD, as if UK subscriber counts dropped too low to afford it.
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Posted 1/22/13

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It would be nice if they were to go out of business.

Very big of you to wish for someone to go out of business. If the services they offer are sub-par, they probably will not last long unless they show considerable improvements very soon. This may be due to bad business model and/or inexperience.

Still, it's certainly not right to wish for them to fail, whom I'm sure are trying their best.
Posted 1/22/13
The lineup page has revealed that Yakuza Hunter is the 4th catalog title. In addition to that a new box has been added.
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Posted 1/22/13

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olandril wrote:
It would be nice if they were to go out of business.

Very big of you to wish for someone to go out of business. If the services they offer are sub-par, they probably will not last long unless they show considerable improvements very soon. This may be due to bad business model and/or inexperience.

Still, it's certainly not right to wish for them to fail, whom I'm sure are trying their best.


I didn't say I wish for them to go out of business, I just said it would be nice. It would also be nice if they were to improve, but based on their current actions that's unlikely. Back when it started I had high hopes for them, but they just do so much wrong that I can't support them any more. They just don't have the right management to get things done correctly. As it is they are currently making anime simulcasting worse for UK anime fans due to their terrible video quality and delays, as well as the fact that most of their content would have been available in much better quality via Crunchyroll if they didn't exist. The fact that Crunchyroll also seems to be negatively affected by the easily-avoidable license cross-overs makes it even worse as there are some shows which probably would have been available in the UK via Crunchyroll which were never available in the UK as a result, not even via AoD.

Also, I didn't even list half the issues I have with AoD in that post.
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Posted 1/22/13

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I didn't say I wish for them to go out of business, I just said it would be nice.

Different words but they all imply the same thing. It's just semantics.

I can understand your dislike/frustrations towards that company. And really don't see anything wrong with you listing all their faults and failures. I just have an issue with posts that get too personal, especially when it involves either someone's personal well-being or livelihood.

Let's just forget this issue and not get too side-tracked with the discussions.
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Posted 1/22/13

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The lineup page has revealed that Yakuza Hunter is the 4th catalog title. In addition to that a new box has been added.


I noticed that when I saw that title on the Launch Calender before it made it to the Lineup page. The publisher for that live-action movie(I think it's a movie) is Media Blasters. It makes me wonder if we'll see another live action item from Media Blasters or maybe a anime from Media Blasters catalog like Bakuman or GaoGaiGar. I'm also curious as to whether we'll get the first season of AKB0048 from Sentai or Psychic Squad (Zettai Karen Children) from Sentai or some NISA title that is on Hulu but not Crunchyroll.

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Posted 1/23/13
Sasami-san@Gambaranai is actually up on Anime on Demand now!
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Posted 1/24/13
Updates to initial message:

Revised premiere date for Anime on Demand's announced simulcast of Sasami-san@Ganbaranai! and marked as premiered.
Marked Funimation simulcast of Haganai NEXT (Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT) as premiered.
Noted that Funimation simulcasts of Haganai NEXT (Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT) and Minami-ke: Tadaima are also available at Hulu.
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Posted 1/24/13
So I am watching close to 90% of the shows.However a few IM losing interest in but will try.As for ranking the shows new and season 2 I say 50% are excellent and the others fair to good,But thanks to all for putting on the shows.Everybody has different tastes.
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I'm still annoyed CR moved the Chihayafury Season 2 discussions into a folder no one uses. Who can I contact to move it back to the Anime forum like all the other winter titles? Reporting to Mod does absolutely nothing..
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