question on streaming/production rights and subtitles?
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Posted 9/6/14 , edited 9/6/14
I have 3 questions? Is there different rights to streaming a show vs bringing it out on dvd/blu-ray? If crunchy roll can get subtitles up so fast on new shows is there not a way they could bring out box sets etc as well as there are many good shows that never make it over here? Also why is it Japanese dvd's/blu-rays hardly ever have english subtitles? there are a lot of shows I would buy from japan if they only had subtitles. thanks in a dance for the replyies
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Posted 9/6/14 , edited 9/6/14
1-2) They're completely different contracts. CR would have to get the physical distribution license (probably not the technical term) and also invest in producing, storing and shipping the physical DVDs/BDs and packaging for distribution.

It's a hell of a lot riskier and more expensive than their current business.

3) US sales aren't a target for the domestic anime industry, which has been confirmed in interviews. It's not seen as being worth the investment. Some are coming around though (I think GitS: ARISE ships with English subtitles).
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As far as Japanese DVDs/BDs having English subs, that's like asking why US DVDs/BDs don't all have Japanese subs.

Their disc releases are intended for a Japanese audience, not an English-speaking audience. So why would they add in English subs?
Posted 9/6/14
non-Japanese people wouldn't buy directly from japan. 1 because of shipping fees, 2... because Japanese released DVD is way more expensive.

yeah you say you'd buy it... but how many people are willing to pay $50 for 2 episodes? The English licensed distributors make it cheaper... the whole season for $50 looks way more enticing + no shipping fees for locals.
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Posted 9/6/14
I buy a fair bit from japan like all the Ghibli blu-rays but i guess the number that buy from japan is pretty small
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Posted 9/6/14

broseanrichard wrote:

Also why is it Japanese dvd's/blu-rays hardly ever have english subtitles? there are a lot of shows I would buy from japan if they only had subtitles.

Although the cost of adding English subtitles is marginal (especially for shows that have already been streamed by a company like CR), so is the income garnered from adding them.

Even on an anime fan forum like this one, you'll find a small percentage of people that routinely import anime media from Japan. Also, unless the disc is made region free or multi-region, region encoding will present a sales barrier to many English speaking countries (especially for DVD, although for BD, the US and Japan share the same region, but the UK, Australia, and New Zealand do not).

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I import from Japan. I love the quality, extras and hate waiting. But they are very expensive.

A few series like LoveLove! (Both seasons) have English subs on the main episodes but nothing else. First season of Little Busters had them but I think Refrain does not though I only have season one.

Boxed sets here come out slowly for several reasons. First, they generally need to wait for all or at least a full cour/season of the discs to come out in Japan to get the materials and this takes months after the series ends. Aniplex of America sometimes released a few episodes at a time. Only bootlegs use the TV broadcast materials which are available subbed right away. Normally you want the final version as it has fixups and extras. Next, to prevent reverse importation there is often a contractual waiting period before they can be sold here because they are so much cheaper.
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