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Why Do You Collect Anime DVDs/Blu Rays?
Posted 9/6/14 , edited 9/6/14
Special features, and having it for myself gives more of a "it's mine!"
I only own a few disks, and there aren't many shows that I want to get my hands on. I only buy physical copies when I feel a strong urge to possess a series.
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Posted 9/6/14
Its become a hobby for me, i started buying DVDs and Blu ray back in 2012 and haven't really stopped. I don't get as much as i used to now because its getting to expensive but i try to get a Box set or something at least once a month. It gives me a good feeling knowing i physically own a copy instead of having files on a computer and also that i'm supporting the industry. I do the same for music, i pay for it even though it is so easy to get for free.
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Posted 9/6/14

tenchi22 wrote:

I started way, way before streaming services began, it became a habit and it's proven to be a hard one to stop some 1000 + DVDs/ Blu Rays later.


Same here. I have slowed down since subscribing to CR but I still buy them.
Posted 9/6/14 , edited 9/6/14
Don't really have an exact reason. It's just an expensive collecting hobby... like collecting stamps or whatever.

it just feels good to have these on my shelf... would love to have more but my budget is extremely limited as I only work 2 days a week xD ahaha.

I don't think it's something you can understand, unless you're a collector of something yourself... (you refers to people in general who don't collect, not necessarily anyone in this thread)
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I collect anime and manga, have for about a year now. I have a pretty decent size collection that I'm proud of. For me as a collector I do it because I love it. To me it's so rewarding when I buy an anime or manga(especially if it's out of print and I just happen to come across it cheap. I got Perfect Blue used at F.Y.E for $8 and it's in great condition. Perfect Blue goes for like $60 on Amazon used) and I feel that I not only helped the industry, but myself. There is just something about owning a physical copy of something you love, that I can't really explain.
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Posted 9/6/14 , edited 9/6/14
The point of having a physical collections is watchigng it whenever you like.

Streaming could be taken off at Any time just like kadokawa did 9 days ago.

http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-864201/marathon-time

There are 2 types of physical collection mean Legal and Ilegal.
Legal could be DVD, Blu Ray evan VHS and Vetamax Anime nad Iligal on Hard Drives.

Physicaly offer way more (Legal or Ilegal) that stream does not offer. mean subtitiles or dubs not avaliable at the time of the simulcast, extras and even more content.

Given Example. Fate Illya
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Posted 9/6/14
Damn, that pile is really getting me tempted.
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I like supporting the industry, letting at least somebody know that there is a market for the good stuff, and I like being able to re-watch my favorites without having to worry about internet problems. Plus, physical media can sometimes let you watch stuff on bigger screens/share with more people than streaming can.
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Posted 9/6/14
I only started collecting DVDs after visiting AX this year and buying Problem Children, Baccano, and Kokoro Connect + the OVA.

I just like having the physical thing. Plus it's mine, it's good quality, and I'm supporting the things that I like. It might be a small collection right now but as time goes on I'm sure it'll grow.
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Posted 9/6/14

Zapmus wrote:

If you want a reason it's to support your favorite anime companies and to hope that your contribution along with the others helps them get the money to produce the product (anime).
Yeah you can pay for CR and watch the shows like that or even watch anime for free on some websites, but if people don't ever spend money on anime the companies will not have enough money to create new or continue shows. So you can look at it as contributing to your favorite company or anime on continuing or making new shows.

And yes I do collect dvds/bluerays but I have only just recently started my collection.
Hope you help to support the anime community!


We sadly don't see the things we buy as supporting someone anymore, we just want to get things we enjoy for free and forget they cost money to create. It's all about consuming and not about supporting. It's aggravating and sad.

Collecting physical anime may be done for investment reasons if the anime is rare and desired. Holding tangible items is something special you don't gain with digital stuff.
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Posted 9/6/14
The only box set I have bought was Wolf's Rain. It's the only anime I can watch over and over. It's getting harder and harder to find places that sell the anime I like.
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Posted 9/6/14
I like quality and streaming can't touch a blu-ray on a calibrated TV and HD sound system. I will watch streams but always end up getting the physical copies as well
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Posted 9/6/14
I do collect DVD's & Blu-Rays.
Even thou theres Crunchyroll & Anime Lab for me there's I still like DVD;s & Blu-rays just a shae that my budgets tight.
Reasons I do this.
1.) to support the indristrie.
2.) quality. even an upscaled DVD still better than 1080p stream & even better with blu-ray
3.) special features
4.)doesn't dissapare when the license end.
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Posted 9/6/14
Maybe is because is been a hobby since 1999 but here's my thought:
If is something that you love is better to have the actual thing rather than a digital thing, for example if you love and collect cars would you rather have a garage full of fancy cars or a collection in Forza, or Gran Turismo.To have the actual DVD/Blu-ray gives me a sense of accomplishment. Because is Mine.
Sometimes the art and illustrations in the boxes are so nice is not the same as looking them on a screen. The extras are great.

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Posted 9/6/14
I do, because I like to have physical copies of things. I like to have collections I can touch and look it. It's pleasing to me, is all.~

But I will admit I was a little peeved they put Tiger and Bunny on Hulu the day after I bought the set, though. CHRIST. It's mostly because I can't find complete episodes anywhere on the internet. I might as well just buy it.
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