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Buying Localized Versions Vs Importing Anime?
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Posted 12/7/14 , edited 12/7/14

candiesandanimes99 wrote:
I don't think the series I want will be localized so that makes the decision even harder. it was going to be, but it got cancelled.


Actually, I think it makes the decision real simple. If you want to support this anime directly, you import the BDs. That's the only choice you have! ^_^;;

If you decide that you can't bring yourself to pay 60 bucks for two episodes, you could support the original creator a bit with the light novel or manga, or you could support the series as a whole with some merchandise. I personally go this route, since I fundamentally can't agree with BD prices in Japan... and this indirectly supports the anime.
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Posted 12/7/14 , edited 12/7/14
When I'm importing anime. I stick to series that aren't likely to be licensed. For example the Ichigo Mashimaro OVAs. Maybe the Digimon movie BD set.
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stickerclub wrote:

When I'm importing anime. I stick to series that aren't likely to be licensed. For example the Ichigo Mashimaro OVAs. Maybe the Digimon movie BD set.


even if it has no english subtitles?
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Pretty much, I never import anything as far as DVDs and BDs go. It's just too expensive and I would like to watch it with subtitles or a dub, which is rare in Japanese releases, not to mention I'm someone who's careful about shelf space. But there are benefits to importing as it supports the industry better since that's a show's biggest revenue source, you get the product sooner, and the packaging quality is way better than American releases. Not to mention, there are some shows only available when released this way.
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Posted 12/8/14
Using myself as an example:

I'll usually wait for a Sentai / FUNimation / Viz / NIS release if possible.

Aniplex is like buying the Japanese Edition so that's why they aren't listed

If the show has English subs, and doubtful for a release over here, I'll import the BDs since NA and Japan are in the same region, so NA BD players will play them. The only title I've impoorted is Yamato: 2199, because to me, it was worth it, to get it earlier, and with Voyager Entertainments waffling over how they wanted to handle the release, and then cancelling the last 2 volumes, made importing the right call for me. The main drawback is that importing is waaaay more expensive then waiting for a domestic release.


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Posted 12/8/14
As I am not wealthy, I stick to the localized versions of my shows, though there are exceptions (e.g. the Persona 3 movies, which are Aniplex releases).
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Posted 12/8/14
Yes, the ones I have I really want to see them.
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Posted 12/8/14 , edited 12/8/14
The best way to support something is to purchase the localized release; you gotta support towards companies that make anime more accessible in the west.

The one exception I have is the Persona 3 movie, as there hasn't been any signs of them getting properly localized (let alone dubbed). Hell, I'm likely gonna get the other movies as well once they come out.
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Posted 12/8/14
Import legally and then torrent a fansubbed release.

There, subtitle problem solved.
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