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Why do we anime fans not support the industry?
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Posted 10/26/12 , edited 10/26/12
About Aniplex of America, i'm in England so I dont know much but do their prices ever go down because I hate the thought of not being able to buy sword art online when it's out.
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Posted 10/27/12 , edited 10/27/12
Because anime DVD's never go down no matter how long or how old the anime is.
Each DVD is always a fixed $20.

I try to buy 4 or 5 Volumes from my favourite animes... there's no way i can buy the whole set of Naruto... it's not affordable. And they never have any special discounts like normal DVD... after a year it drops from $30 to $10 etc.
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Posted 10/27/12 , edited 10/27/12
I do support the industry. Just this evening I ordered Shattered Angels and Grave of the Fireflies. And I of course use Crunchyroll to scout for new series to purchase. . .
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Posted 10/27/12
Wikipedia sums it up



Pricing – unwillingness or inability to pay the price requested by the legitimate sellers
Unavailability – no legitimate sellers providing the product in the country of the end-user: not yet launched there, already withdrawn from sales, never to be sold there, geographical restrictions on online distribution and international shipping
Usefulness – the legitimate product comes with various means (DRM, region lock, DVD region code, Blu-ray region code) of restricting legitimate use (backups, usage on devices of different vendors, offline usage) or comes with annoying non-skipable advertisements and anti-piracy disclaimers, which are removed in the pirated product making it more desirable for the end-user
Shopping experience – no legitimate sellers providing the product with the required quality through online distribution and through a shopping system with the required level of user-friendliness

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piracy_of_software#Motivation


im sure most people like to support anime through paying for it but those wikipedia points are right on target on why people pirate
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Posted 10/27/12
I think most either aren't interested in forking over the money or can't fork over the money. Of course, there are tons of other reasons.

As for me, I buy anime, manga, and merchandise. If I had more money available, I'd happily purchase many more anime series (and those anime statues I have my eyes on).
Posted 10/27/12 , edited 10/27/12
For me it's more about availability although there are contributing factors that prevent me from buying more of the anime I own on HDD. Availability is definitely the biggest issue. So much of the anime I watch is just not available for purchase in English on blu ray at a reasonable price if at all.

Censorship is another issue. Some anime are just awful if censored at all and because CR is geared toward all ages (or at least 13+) they have to censor anime although I think a lot of anime is censored in an effort to entice people to shell out $400 for blu rays! I mean who would want to watch R-15 censored???

But look at my profile. I buy figures, DVDs, manga, cell straps, etc! If I had more discretionary income I would prob spend it in anime related stuff.
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Posted 10/27/12

isisprince wrote:


Zeta-Nu wrote:

Don't make the money argument. There's plenty of places you can legally watch anime at a cheap price. Even if it's not supporting the industry all that much, it's better than nothing.

Think importing's too expensive? Why don't you buy anime locally? It's certainly cheaper than importing. Even if you hate dubs, there's almost always a Japanese audio track. American licencors aren't as evil as you think. Supporting them helps the Japanese too.

Yes. We aren't the target market. But that doesn't give us an excuse to steal from them. It's a struggling industry that survives mostly on carbon copies. Helping them won't hurt anyone.

original content: http://myanimelist.net/forum/?topicid=493637


Because they think I'm going to pay two dollars an episode on a DVD for a crappy dub? Because they think that localizing means whitewashing the contents? Because they release anime five years after it comes out? Because the special features on a DVD consist of a gallery? Because the Blu-ray edition is ridiculously expensive compared to what it actually costs? Because they edit out the animation to be sensitive to Americans?

Shall I go on…

I have premium account here, I support legal anime, and I want to see it thrive. To really do this, I think we need to get rid of the American studios and just have the Japanese studios do it. All we need are the subs, send them out on some kind of digital distribution for pay, and move on with our lives.


Wouldn't work. If that had been the case Japan would had done that in the beginning. It would be even more money compare to getting it from an American Studio since your paying for shipping cost and importing. And not everyone likes sub anime so that would be segregating half of the anime fans.
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I have no qualms about supporting something I enjoy. Thankfully, Im in a position do so so at my own discretion. I subscribe to both Crunchyroll and Funimation to help support the industry. I also pick up collections on dvd or bluray that are reasonably priced, if they look interesting and I havent already seen them. I happened to be checking out the Aniplex site and stumbled across a retailer of theirs, http://www.animecastle.com/ , thats not that far from where I live and Id like to go check it out.

I think many people will find their own small way to contribute at some point in time, wether its buying a couple dvds when the opportunity arises, or subscribing to sites like this, or purchasing other anime related merchandise. I think its a poor assumption to think that fans here, and everywhere, dont support the industry. Sure a lot of people may pirate everything they watch, but then they're not true fans. I think there will always be more people that support anime because they they enjoy it, then there are people that pirate it.
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Posted 10/27/12
I love anime no doubt...
..But if i can get it for free, then I don't see the need to waste money...
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I do support the anime industry. It's difficult sometimes, though. I'd love to buy Madoka for example, but, well, take a look for yourself.

http://madokamagicausa.com/product-combo3.php

That's just too expensive for someone like me. And it sucks because I would love to give these guys some cash.
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for me i know no shops close that sell anime nor have i seen any, the only one i know is called forbidden planet and it doesn't sell things i like only some stuff i like is there
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Posted 10/27/12
cause i don't have a job and they sell as good as no anime in the Netherlands next to that fact i don't mind buying some things but the prices are sky high when i surf on-line to buy and i download anime cause i like to watch whats being aired in japan as they do and it's not if they appreciate it if i send them 10 euro in an envelope but i don't even know how to do that but if i had more money i wouldn't mind the sky high prices as much

p.s. does anyone know where i can buy the fourth movie from bleach you know the hell verse
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Posted 10/27/12

Zeta-Nu wrote:


JulietCalvache wrote:


So you as a 17 yr old have burning money like that, that cool. But there are kids that age who don't, I know I didn't. At 17, I had no money to my name only the clothes on my back and a way to get to school. My mother did not even believe in allowance much less "wasting money", as she puts it, on anime and mangas. My only way to get anime entertainment was to steal it, even got most of my illegal stuff here, back in day. This thread is mean and point less, since the moral of the story is: when we want something we get it; when we have something and able to, we share it. Why judge?

(I may be wrong in your age, but my point is this is just mean)


for my allowance, my parents gave me $200 per day.


Well that's why you don't believe in the money argument. What on earth could you be contributing to your household to justify a $200 daily allowance? Anime companies need to know that the average 17-year-old does not have $3000 spending money. Hell, I don't even have $3000 in total.

But you know what? I still do what I can. I've already mentioned that I'm a paying, premium member of Crunchyroll. And I may not have a shelf full of anime, but I have a little bit, and so help me, it will grow over the years. And everything on it -- that wasn't available on CR -- is something that I downloaded or streamed through a third-party site at some point in time. Otherwise, I never would have seen it, and never would have bothered purchasing the DVD.

Because be honest: unless you're trolling a bargain bin, would you ever sink money into a full season of anime unless you knew, for sure, that the content on it was something you would want the opportunity to watch over as many times as you wanted? Once you know that much, that's the point at which one usually decides to buy the DVD. This goes for anime, live-action movies, live-action TV, anything.
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Posted 10/27/12

MatsumotoMania wrote:


Zeta-Nu wrote:


JulietCalvache wrote:


So you as a 17 yr old have burning money like that, that cool. But there are kids that age who don't, I know I didn't. At 17, I had no money to my name only the clothes on my back and a way to get to school. My mother did not even believe in allowance much less "wasting money", as she puts it, on anime and mangas. My only way to get anime entertainment was to steal it, even got most of my illegal stuff here, back in day. This thread is mean and point less, since the moral of the story is: when we want something we get it; when we have something and able to, we share it. Why judge?

(I may be wrong in your age, but my point is this is just mean)


for my allowance, my parents gave me $200 per day.


Well that's why you don't believe in the money argument. What on earth could you be contributing to your household to justify a $200 daily allowance? Anime companies need to know that the average 17-year-old does not have $3000 spending money. Hell, I don't even have $3000 in total.

But you know what? I still do what I can. I've already mentioned that I'm a paying, premium member of Crunchyroll. And I may not have a shelf full of anime, but I have a little bit, and so help me, it will grow over the years. And everything on it -- that wasn't available on CR -- is something that I downloaded or streamed through a third-party site at some point in time. Otherwise, I never would have seen it, and never would have bothered purchasing the DVD.

Because be honest: unless you're trolling a bargain bin, would you ever sink money into a full season of anime unless you knew, for sure, that the content on it was something you would want the opportunity to watch over as many times as you wanted? Once you know that much, that's the point at which one usually decides to buy the DVD. This goes for anime, live-action movies, live-action TV, anything.


Just because i`m a very lucky person.
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Posted 10/27/12

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Just because i`m a very lucky person.


Hmm. Yeah. I suppose as long as you've got something, it only makes sense to take advantage of it. Even if I become the richest man in the world, my future kids will not be so lucky. If they need any more than $20 a week, then they'll work for it!
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