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Another season, another set of disappointing announcements for UK fans
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Posted 4/11/14 , edited 7/26/15
So here we go again.

Yet another season comes and I was really glad to see most announcements listing the Uk as one of the streaming countries and then last night happened.

Mekaku City Actors, the one show that looks like it could be a real stand out this season and nope CR couldn't get it for the UK.

Now I am all for competition within the market, as competition drives success, but when all the other players on the market have terrible sites and are either more expensive, ad supported or using lower quality streams it wears you down.

Now when I say all this I am in no way blaming CR for not picking it up, perhaps they were not offered it, perhaps it had already gone, but I am beginning to see more and more UK premium members say that they wonder why they are still premium members or why they are paying £5 a month for a reduced service. It is beginning to feel like a new service set up in the UK, with a real UK focus needs to step up to the plate.

Unfortunately that hasn't happened and as such the UK is condemned to less anime, to lower quality and with more Ads.
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Posted 4/11/14 , edited 7/26/15
So why cry here? Theres nothing CR can do about it, go complain to the companies getting the licenses then using them unsuitably.
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Posted 4/11/14 , edited 7/26/15

mipegg wrote:

So why cry here?


Because this is a forum for people to talk about things on (?) and I have sunk enough money into CR to make me feel like disappointed about stuff like this.
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Posted 4/11/14 , edited 4/11/14

Sonicrainbooom_BOOM wrote:

So here we go again.


Indeed we do. This topic comes up at least once every season. Since it's been a couple of months since anyone posted in the one that was started back in January, I'm keeping this new thread open also, but there were a lot of good discussions and explanations there, so I did want to share the link here so folks could go back and read some of it if interested.

/forumtopic-834467/anime-in-the-uk
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Every time I start questioning whether my CR membership is worth it, I remind myself that in Spring 2012, the first season in which I subscribed, there were just four series I was interested in on here. The following season there were just three new series, although that quickly increased to four after I discovered Oda Nobuna no Yabou was far better than anticipated.

Compared to that, the 11 that this season has is more than worth it, even if the figure is proportionately poor.
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There is competition but not for consumers. The competition is for the distributors, who benefit from auctioning exclusive rights to the highest bidder. This kind of competition passes on the cost to the consumer, raising prices, and because of exclusivity we have to subscribe to more than one service to access all of the content we want. Maybe this setup is the only thing that makes international distribution of anime feasible. If that is the case, good. Just don't call it competition.
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Posted 4/11/14

Sonicrainbooom_BOOM wrote:

Mekaku City Actors, the one show that looks like it could be a real stand out this season and nope CR couldn't get it for the UK.

When you consider both Aniplex and Animax are Sony companies, is it that much of a surprise Animax UK was able to get it if they wanted it?

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Brit here, at the end of the day its life, we have to accept it, id love to see every company get everything but that won't happen at the end of the day.

This world we live in revolves on money, money something that doesn't acturly have a value that what we are told.
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If I pay for the membership, I deserve to see as much anime as the next person and there's plenty of ways to do that, y'know
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Last season was horrendous. Kill la Kill, Samurai Flamenco, Nisekoi, World Conquest Zvezda, Engaged to the Unidentified, Chunnibyou, Sakura Trick, Pupa, etc etc etc

This season, comparing with our US counterparts, we can watch 37 of their 45 shows, and 3 of those are free on Animax (...when they get around to putting the shows up *cough*). Of the ones left I don't want to watch Yomapeda, Majin Bone etc.
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Posted 4/11/14
Why don't you just watch the show for free online?
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yeah i wouldnt mind losing out on some anime or having to watch it somewhere else if it was cheaper but for a year in the uk its £40 ($66) and i think the usa are like $60 i believe so why should we pay more for less. i dont like watching anime on "some " website and seeing the creators not getting anything from it but when we keep getting screwed it becomes hard not to turn to the dark side
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Posted 4/11/14

tommy1229 wrote:
it becomes hard not to turn to the dark side


Fly to Japan each week to watch it like I do...
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Posted 4/11/14

Nyashaa wrote:

If I pay for the membership, I deserve to see as much anime as the next person and there's plenty of ways to do that, y'know


If you pay for the membership, you should know what you're paying for.
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This is not a problem with Crunchyroll. It's a problem with their competitors being so unreliable with simulcasting that whenever another company gets an anime for the UK instead of CR getting it, it's hard not to be a little irritated because you don't know whether episodes are going to be released in a timely fashion, whether the subs are going to be any good, or what have you.

These days, we're getting about 75-100 new anime series per year (as well as access to the entire back catalogue) for... well, I paid £31 with the Black Friday deal. I really don't see how we can complain about that.
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