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Why Do You Collect Anime DVDs/Blu Rays?
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I just like having something tangible. Alas, I couldn't afford to be a "collector" of anime if I wanted to, since it can get stupidly expensive to buy anything but the most popular/older titles.
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I dont really buy DVDs
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Posted 9/11/14
That's like buying a book you have already read
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Posted 9/12/14
While we're on the topic of purchasing DVD/Blu Ray to watch shows in better quality, can anyone confirm if it's normal for Asian DVD's to be produced on single layer discs? I recently purchased 2 seasons of a Japanese show (I believe the DVD's are originally from Malaysia), but the quality is so poor on both my PS3 and computer that I can stream better quality from YouTube... Even the title menu is incredibly grainy.

I suspect that the DVD's are counterfeit, and recently contacted the seller to ask about this, and this is what they had to say:

"May be you do not often purchase Asia DVDs. Asia DVDs usually using single layer DVDs and compress the video. Also you should not watch Asia DVD by PS3, computer or other game machine. They usually only can be watch by regular DVD players."



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There are actually many reasons to purchase the anime on DVD\Blu-ray. Perhaps the most important is the fact that by doing so you help support the industry. The amount of anime that gets released in the west is such a small fraction of what is released in Japan, China & Korea. Why is this you ask? Because the amount of money made off of releasing the anime in the west is so small compared to what is gained from those three places (Japan, China, Korea) that it isn’t worth their effort. This is why other companies like funimation, Crunchyroll, Senti Films, Rightstuf (and a few others) lease to stream and sell the items instead. If the sales here were much higher there would also be a greater selection of anime available for purchase as well as viewing. In short, if it is not profitable it will not happen.

I try to buy anime in Blu-Ray format. The images really are better than what you see on DVD or streaming for the most part. There are some anime, “Garden of Words” comes to mind, that are just visually stunning on Blu-ray. If you truly enjoy the artwork that goes into an anime series then you really must see it on Blu-ray.

Accessibility. I can watch it whenever I want to and I can see it in Blu-ray on my 65 inch 4K TV (sorry, had to brag :=P ). While I love a great many opening songs as well as ending ones, after hearing them a few times it is nice to be able to skip past them with a push of a button. Some anime, especially the older stuff, isn’t available for streaming and can only be seen on DVD or some fansub site. I stay away from the fansub sites unless it is a title that has not been released in the west at all.

There are smaller other reasons as well. The artwork you see on the cases and can’t see anywhere else. Watching your collection grow…something only a true collector would enjoy. Some series come with inserts and bonus stuff that you don’t get to see on the streams. The ability to watch a series over and over again if you want. I usually bring some with me whenever I fly so that I have it to watch on my laptop.

Yes, it isn’t cheap to collect this stuff but for many it is a hobby that we greatly enjoy. I know I’ve gotten some strange looks from people when they come over to my house and see the three large book cases full of anime and manga that sit in the living room. While I understand that not everyone has the money to purchase DVD\Blu-rays and others just don’t want to spend money on what they can get for free, it truly does hurt the industry and limit the number of titles available outside the anime’s native country.
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Posted 9/12/14

VanillaCat17 wrote:

While we're on the topic of purchasing DVD/Blu Ray to watch shows in better quality, can anyone confirm if it's normal for Asian DVD's to be produced on single layer discs? I recently purchased 2 seasons of a Japanese show (I believe the DVD's are originally from Malaysia), but the quality is so poor on both my PS3 and computer that I can stream better quality from YouTube... Even the title menu is incredibly grainy.

I suspect that the DVD's are counterfeit, and recently contacted the seller to ask about this, and this is what they had to say:

"May be you do not often purchase Asia DVDs. Asia DVDs usually using single layer DVDs and compress the video. Also you should not watch Asia DVD by PS3, computer or other game machine. They usually only can be watch by regular DVD players."



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VanillaCat17 there are companies in Asia that basically download episodes from web sites and then burn them to DVD's and sell them as original works. Be very cautious when buying from companies that you are not familiar with. If you're looking for authentic Japanese anime that isn't translated then buy from some place like the JP version of Amazon. Otherwise you're safer sticking with US\UK based companies (assuming you're from the west).

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Thanks DoinNada. I purchased through a seller on eCrater. I have opened a Paypal dispute to see if I can get my money back. Was hoping to confirm that these are counterfeit DVD's as the packaging/cases are quite convincing.

I've read that counterfeit DVD's are often compressed and copied onto single layer discs, which is exactly what these are, and that authentic DVD's are dual layer. Just wanted to make sure their argument holds no weight should I need to escalate the case to Paypal's resolution center.

Sigh.

And sorry, don't mean to hijack this thread... Crunchyroll keeps giving me a 'page not found' error when I try to create a new post.
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Posted 10/4/14
Nopers. I don't own a SINGLE DVD...or Blu-Ray.

Movies..ESPECIALLY those made within the last 8-10 Years...It's a disgrace to the Film Institute.

Today, Movies have so much of that CGI and 3-D CRAP in them...It looks SO RIDICULOUSLY FAKE and LAUGHABLE.

...I know Mine is probably an UNPOPULAR Opinion, but it's My Opinion, and I made it heard.
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Posted 10/4/14

FlyinDumpling wrote:

That's like buying a book you have already read


well some of us like to re-read

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Posted 10/4/14
I generally purchase a series if I really enjoyed it and has, to me, high re-watch value.
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My projector can do 3d So this is my new reason to collect blu rays.
Everything else, I'll watch online or something.
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Posted 10/4/14
It's just something about supporting the animators, having it in physical form, uncompressed and with a full range of colour that draws me to purchase (preferably bluray) disks. It also makes the most of my home cinema set up. I only buy what I really like, regardless of replay value.

I also maintain a few premium streaming subscriptions to watch the newer series. It is one of my three hobbies worth investing in IMO. The other two being technology and science. That and the fact I don't watch mainstream shows, movies and the likes make it worthwhile.
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Posted 10/4/14
I started collecting because I had just finished Clannad... and then I saw that Clannad was on sale through RightStuf. It was Christmas time.. So that huge sale was going on. After spending about 500$ on anime, well, lets just say I never went back. I am kinda drowning in all of my anime right now. XD

All seriousness though, I want to support the anime industry in any way I can. I love anime, and I am sure a lot of people can agree that it has become a huge part of our lives. I don't want to see that go away. If nobody buys anime/manga, the industry will inevitably fall. That is just how it is. You can only make so much money through selling licenses to streaming sites and TV broadcasts. Not anytime soon mind you, but eventually it may happen. So I just wanna do what I can to help with that.
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Posted 10/4/14
Why wouldn't you collect stuff you want ? I want to own my favourite shows that have gotten an release here in Europe because I like them, simple as that (:

It isn't harder than that, I want them for my own good and place them on my shelf and gosh you get so happy when you look at them so you smile ( okay that sounded better in my brain but whatever) and it is just a special feeling when you have it in your hand. ( Well for me ).

The question here OP is, Why aren't You collecting Anime dvd/blu-rays ? (:
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