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Posted 10/22/12 , edited 10/22/12

sa405 wrote:

Looks Aesthetically similar to sword art online judging from just the picture here, should be interesting though


Wat?

This came out before SAO derp.
So aesthetically SAO looks like this.
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Posted 10/23/12
Episodes 5-6 tonight, alright!!!
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Old ass series but a GREAT one at tht fact
i'mma watch it again even tho i have it on DVD lol
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LIGHTDX wrote: Any chance this one get avalible to all north america including Mexico? (yes, it is still in north america) I want to see it.

Only if it can be part of a bigger package deal with a set of licenses for a block of titles for Latin America. The Japanese split up their licenses based on "media geography", not physical geography. For example the 1986 St. Seiya series was licensed for Latin America by Cloverway, and broadcast in Mexico by TV Azteca, but also in Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Argentina and Peru, all based on the Spanish dub.

That same media geography went into the DVD regions, so US and Canada are in DVD region 1, and Latin America, the Caribbean, and (for lack of anywhere else to put it) Australia and New Zealand are in DVD region 4. When licenses from Japan say "North America", they mean DVD Region 1, not the physical North America.


ZingFreelancer wrote: There are people living outside of US too, you know. Aren't our money good enough for you?

There's an original comment.

Your money's just as good as the money from every other country. If it wasn't, Crunchyroll wouldn't go to the substantial extra trouble of trying to get contracts with rights as widely distributed as financially feasible.

So it seems highly likely that as soon as the membership from your country is big enough to finance the contract costs, Crunchyroll will pursue additional contracts to get rights to your country when the first contract has a limited region that they can get from one licensor alone.

Until that time comes, catalog titles from North American companies who only have North American rights to grant are going to be limited to North America.


Well, my comment was kinda selfish. But the thing is, why do the companies that license shit do everything in their power to make legal consumption of anime so difficult for us, poor people who is not lucky enough to be born in USA?
Why do they not understand their consumer base? Getting rid of Region lock on their DVD and BR will allow people like, who live in Norway and have to order most of my anime and manga from amazon.com or co.uk to buy stuff legally.

These companies should really try to understand their costumers, if I want a new game, I get it on a disc or buy it from Steam. I do not like or want to use 3 to 6 different web stores just because some shi***y company don't want to use Steam and insist on putting up their own store.

The faster this companies understand that their costumers with for "One ring to rule them all", the sooner they can stop wasting money on screwing us around and focus on their bottom line.
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ZingFreelancer wrote: But the thing is, why do the companies that license shit do everything in their power to make legal consumption of anime so difficult for us, poor people who is not lucky enough to be born in USA?

The effort is the other way around ~ most of them don't do everything in their power to make sure that anime is as widely available as possible.

That is, the current system got established before it was possible to make money from legit online streaming, and its no surprise that the current system doesn't fit the new technology. But while some companies and people in Japan are trying to pull the system, kicking and screaming, into the 21st century, a lot are skeptical or nervous about the changes required to make streaming more effective.

All it takes to keep on making things hard is to keep doing things they way they were done a decade ago.


Why do they not understand their consumer base? Getting rid of Region lock on their DVD and BR will allow people like, who live in Norway and have to order most of my anime and manga from amazon.com or co.uk to buy stuff legally.

Part is because many of them don't want to have to understand their overseas base. They license to various parties overseas so that the overseas so that the overseas licensor can take care of understanding their overseas consumer base ~ which is responsible for somewhere from 0% to, in the best cases, 20% of their revenue.

Part of the "region lock" is because they do understand their consumer base ~ in Japan. A big share of their revenue from a relatively small number of Japanese otaku willing to pay extremely high "rental prices" in order to own their most favorite anime. They want to do what they can to limit the establishment of reverse imports of relatively cheap overseas distribution. It seems to be easier for a UK distributor to get a Blu Ray license, because Europe is BD region 2, where Japan shares BD region 1 with Japan, so a region locked BD player in Japan will play a reverse import BD from the US, but won't play a reverse import BD from the UK.


These companies should really try to understand their costumers, if I want a new game, I get it on a disc or buy it from Steam. I do not like or want to use 3 to 6 different web stores just because some shi***y company don't want to use Steam and insist on putting up their own store.

The faster this companies understand that their costumers with for "One ring to rule them all", the sooner they can stop wasting money on screwing us around and focus on their bottom line.

Except they weight their "consumer base" by the revenue generated, and the revenue generated by streaming is still so small that its needs sit last in line, behind broadcast and home video licenses.
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Posted 10/23/12 , edited 10/23/12
US and Canada only, what a suprise.

And before people moan about languages, a lot of other countries speak english too. Not to speak of that USA isn't the origin of english.
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Talkycoder wrote:

US and Canada only, what a suprise.

And before people moan about languages, a lot of other countries speak english too. Not to speak of that USA isn't the origin of english.


I know right.. Really not fair.
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Uncertain, but I thought anime episodes were roughly 30 minutes long, but the episodes for Broken sword are quite longer. 45-55 mins? Regardless, looking great so far!
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vXxKIRAxXv wrote:

Uncertain, but I thought anime episodes were roughly 30 minutes long, but the episodes for Broken sword are quite longer. 45-55 mins?

It was originally released as a series of films, not as a TV series.

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Talkycoder wrote: US and Canada only, what a suprise.

And before people moan about languages, a lot of other countries speak english too. Not to speak of that USA isn't the origin of english.

People "moan" about languages? Really? Languages only play a secondary role, because it reduces the potential market size for English language subtitles. But of course, now Crunchyroll is subtitling in Spanish and Portuguese, to address that problem.

But that's all about simulcasts. These announcements were catalog titles. And, yes, because they are catalog titles, it should be "no surprise" to anybody. Everybody outside of the US and Canada would have already known to ignore these announcements.

Because they are catalog titles. That means, a title in the catalog of home video distributors. Which means the rights were already sliced up three or four or ten years ago. Its one thing to complain about production committees not catching up with the 2012 streaming market, but back in 2004 or 2006 or 2008, when these catalog titles first broadcast, its no surprise that they were all focused on broadcast and DVD markets, and split their rights up to match.

The companies that Crunchyroll gets these rights from only HAVE the rights to US and Canada. They couldn't grant rights in the Middle East or Singapore or Brazil or wherever if they wanted to. Over the last year Sentai have been picking up slightly broader streaming rights (mostly restricted to the English Speaking Countries and the Nordic Countries), but that only goes back to 2011.


TheAncientOne wrote:

vXxKIRAxXv wrote: Uncertain, but I thought anime episodes were roughly 30 minutes long, but the episodes for Broken sword are quite longer. 45-55 mins?

It was originally released as a series of films, not as a TV series.

I first thought it was Direct to Video (OVA), because of the episode length, similar to the 50min long episodes in the third series of Maria-sama ga Miteru ... but, yeah, looking at the Sentai license announcement, it was a series of films.



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A friend told me that it was a good serie and to watch it including some other ones but i didn't get to see broken blade.Now i can watch it thanks for adding it to crunchyroll. But he got the number of episodes wrong he told me there were only 4 one hour episodes but it looks like there's more than just 4 .
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Posted 10/27/12

keknight wrote:

A friend told me that it was a good serie and to watch it including some other ones but i didn't get to see broken blade.Now i can watch it thanks for adding it to crunchyroll. But he got the number of episodes wrong he told me there were only 4 one hour episodes but it looks like there's more than just 4 .


Six episodes but the first four were the best. Not finished, the manga goes further.
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Great now I can watch it and see if I like it before forking out for the DVD/Blu-ray. Thanks CR!
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