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What anime should I buy?
Posted 4/20/14 , edited 4/20/14
12 Kingdoms.

12 Kingdoms.

12 Kingdoms.

1) Greatest fantasy anime of all time.

2) Amazing (a m a z i n g) character development.

3) Superb political drama.

4) Non-stop action, adventure and mystery.

5) Brilliant world building.

Do yourself a favor, and buy the lightnovels as well.

Monster. Revolutionary Girl Utena. Neon Genesis Evangelion. Ghost in the Shell. Now and Then, Here and There. Honey and Clover.
Posted 4/20/14 , edited 4/20/14
Only things I'd recommend buying...

5 Centimeters Per Second
Perfect Blue
Millennium Actress

Just listed movies. One* of them are available on this site, but all three* are worth treasuring. I remember when the first release of 5CM/s came out and the people that licensed it went out of business which caused the discs to be rare (no dealers at conventions around then even had one for me to pay an outrageous sum for). The one with the "Crunchyroll logo" on the top right of the box seems to be getting a little pricey, may as well get it when you can or you may end up like one of those crazy people at a con telling each dealer, "I can't live without this movie, do you have it ;-;?!!?!?"

Untagged spoiler: One of those movies I have two copies of it :3.


*edited out a "fourth" to buy
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Posted 4/20/14

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Figurines, posters and anime products not related to video are a better investment IMO.

Why is this? Do they appreciate in value? And does it directly benefit the industry? For example if I buy Wolf Children or Casshern Sins I'm supporting Funimation bringing them to the US. If I buy a figurine who/what am I supporting?


they appreciate in value, and it's actually cheaper to buy several figures than it is to buy a whole series of anime. BDs cost $60-80 apiece for 2 episodes, but one figure is around $80-150 depending on quality. figmas and nendroids are usually only $40 apiece, as well.
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AnimeKami wrote:

Figurines, posters and anime products not related to video are a better investment IMO.





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Hug pillow, ultimate investment



These are the best answers.
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Posted 4/20/14

Insomnist wrote:


AnimeKami wrote:

Figurines, posters and anime products not related to video are a better investment IMO.

Why is this? Do they appreciate in value? And does it directly benefit the industry? For example if I buy Wolf Children or Casshern Sins I'm supporting Funimation bringing them to the US. If I buy a figurine who/what am I supporting?


Recently I bought a Fate Testarossa chibi figurine, it has been sitting atop of my desk since. I make the argument that, I look at it everyday and appreciate the value. If per se I bought Nanoha movie, it will sit on a shelf somewhere collecting dust, I will not be watching the movie everyday. I guess you can say I am not getting the full value out of a video product versus a figurine.

I do not believe the figurines benefits the companies as in company has a direct share in the profits. I will say that the promotional value of it causes people to buy other products which will benefit said companies.

Case example look at an otaku's room. I cannot imagine money not being injected to a company from something.
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Black Lagoon and I highly recommend the dubbed version. I mean highly recommend
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Posted 4/20/14 , edited 4/20/14

AnimeKami wrote:

I do not believe the figurines benefits the companies as in company has a direct share in the profits. I will say that the promotional value of it causes people to buy other products which will benefit said companies.

Case example look at an otaku's room. I cannot imagine money not being injected to a company from something.

I think it must, I feel like I've read somewhere that on average most of the money an anime makes off the public is from merchandise rather than disc sales in Japan (which is aimed more at rental distributors). I might be wrong though.

Aesthetically I'd just rather look up and see a book or DVD/BD on my shelf instead of a figurine, but that's admittedly personal preference combined with a light wallet. If you guys are satisfied with your purchases, more power to ya.

I'd be surprised if a portion of that money at least wasn't going to where it should.
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Posted 4/20/14 , edited 4/20/14
Yep.
Only buy collections that you know will bring up sometime in the future. Don't go carelessly buying dvds/blu-rays when you can torrent and save them onto your externals.

Just beware though, many publishers love to sell anime collections at obnoxious prices. *COUGH*FUNIMATION*COUGH* Always be on the look out for sales and coupons too.
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Posted 4/20/14 , edited 4/20/14
Buy all the shit titles first.
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Karas
Kannazuki no Miko
Death Note
Samurai 7
Shigurui

To name a few...
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Following the Black Lagoon, Cowboy Bebop, and Ghost in the Shell route you should consider getting:

-Trigun
-Canaan
-Darker than Black
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Posted 4/20/14

colorfulhoudini wrote:

Just beware though, many publishers love to sell anime collections at obnoxious prices. *COUGH*FUNIMATION*COUGH* Always be on the look out for sales and coupons too.


$50 for a 12/13 episode collection is an obnoxious price? they used to sell them for $30 for 3-5 episodes per DVD.
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Posted 4/20/14 , edited 4/20/14

aidenraine wrote:


colorfulhoudini wrote:

Just beware though, many publishers love to sell anime collections at obnoxious prices. *COUGH*FUNIMATION*COUGH* Always be on the look out for sales and coupons too.


$50 for a 12/13 episode collection is an obnoxious price? they used to sell them for $30 for 3-5 episodes per DVD.


If it helps, at Best Buy I saw a Blu-Ray for the first Hobbit film for around $50-70. This was around a year after it came out.
Posted 4/20/14

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colorfulhoudini wrote:

Just beware though, many publishers love to sell anime collections at obnoxious prices. *COUGH*FUNIMATION*COUGH* Always be on the look out for sales and coupons too.


$50 for a 12/13 episode collection is an obnoxious price? they used to sell them for $30 for 3-5 episodes per DVD.


I think he meant Aniplex.
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