How long for anime to be available on DVD/Blu-Ray
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Does anyone know how long it usually takes, on average, after an anime season ends for it to become available on DVD/Blu-Ray? Until recently, most of the anime shows I've watched have been out for several years. Since subscribing to CR a month or so ago I've watched several that ended last year (like "A Bridge to the Starry Skies") but am having a hard time finding them on Blu-Ray or DVD. I'm assuming it's just too soon, but I only got into anime again a few months ago, so I'm not sure. I know there's no set time-frame, but if anyone could give me an idea of what to expect I'd appreciate it. Thanks!
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I'm sure someone who's very familiar with the industry could come up with a rigorously computed average figure, though personally, I'm not sure how practically useful that figure would be. Looking at Japanese retailers, it seems DVDs and BRs are available for pre-order even while the series is still being broadcast or very shortly afterward. (I'm talking about the official legal releases in Japan itself.) However, the time for an official U.S. release seems quite variable, from maybe a year at earliest, to two years, to three years, or longer, or even never. Lately, I'm seeing announcements that a U.S.-based licensor has licensed a series even while it's being streamed here on CR, but that doesn't necessarily mean an actual DVD or BR release is coming any time soon. I'm guessing that most anime are made without a specific time-line or even thought of foreign/U.S. releases even much in mind. It doesn't work like clockwork, on a predictable schedule, it seems to me. I guess my answer isn't much of an answer-- but I thought i'd say something as a few years ago, having just gotten into anime then, I found myself asking the same question. In my haste and impatience, I ended up buying a few bootlegs before I realized what I was doing.

Myself, I just scour the news sites like ANN or here on CR, and keep my eyes open for any mention of releases of my favorite series, and then pre-order it when I can. (Same with figures of favorite characters.) Vote with your wallet. If there's some chatter on the forums about a favorite series, I'll be sure to chime in-- on the off-chance maybe someone in the industry is looking in, gauging the buzz, and if enough positive reaction is there, might be convinced to then make a U.S. release happen.
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Hoshizora e kakaru hashi DVD and BD came out in 2011 and are still for sale on amazon.co.jp but are Japanese only. Not seeing them in English.
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Thanks guys!
Posted 9/18/12
The turnaround for some shows can take a couple years. If you want them sooner, learn Japanese and get the raw Japanese discs, or hope to the high heavens that at least a few of the ones you want directly from Japan - if at all - come with English (though likely badly translated) subtitles.

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I'd be curious to hear from anyone who has imported an official Japanese release that has English subtitles-- are they (i.e. subtitle linguistic quality) really that bad? The Japanese releases are generally way more than I'm willing to spend for anime, and so the only Japanese release I have is the Black Rock Shooter OVA BR disk that came with my BRS Figma a while back. However, I thought the English wasn't that bad at all-- indeed quite readable. Come to think of it, the more recent Black Rock Shooter anime streamed on Niconico had pretty decent English subtitles too. It's only bootlegs that I've seen have really awful English subtitles (a dead giveaway of their identity)-- butchered grammar, completely imaginary words, stuff still in Chinese (when translated apparently from Japanese to Chinese to some semblance of English), and so on.
Posted 9/19/12 , edited 9/19/12
Im pretty sure season 2 and 3 of baka and test are gonna be locked in a vault at funimation for 10 years
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mellickson wrote:

Does anyone know how long it usually takes, on average, after an anime season ends for it to become available on DVD/Blu-Ray? Until recently, most of the anime shows I've watched have been out for several years. Since subscribing to CR a month or so ago I've watched several that ended last year (like "A Bridge to the Starry Skies") but am having a hard time finding them on Blu-Ray or DVD. I'm assuming it's just too soon, but I only got into anime again a few months ago, so I'm not sure. I know there's no set time-frame, but if anyone could give me an idea of what to expect I'd appreciate it. Thanks!


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