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Posted 4/18/15

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This is not really a fair comparison to be honest.


I will acknowledge that my statement is more than likely oversimplifying the situation. My apologies.
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I can't wait for the day Aniplex goes out of business so Funimation & Sentai can get all their licenses. I'm okay with paying 150$ for an anime series but when I'm paying 150$ for 6 discs with 3 episodes per Blu-ray, that shit is so clusterfuck inducing I can't even begin.

Considering the apparent stance since the beginning of this year by Aniplex of Japan on (not) streaming any title that Aniplex of America doesn't license, that might result in a situation where AoJ wouldn't license any of their titles for release here at all (either on disc or for streaming).

Be careful what you wish for.



What I'm upset about is that the fact Blu-rays are meant to hold more content on them but when they put 3-4 episodes on a disk and 6 volumes in general. It takes up too much unwanted space.

Take Bakemonogatari, 15 episodes on 6 Blu-ray disks. The fact that I have to make room for 3 boxes that could literally fit on 2 disks in 1 case is absurd. Also If I wanna binge watch a series, I have to get up and change disks every hour.

It's a bad marketing strategy and it blows my mind how they can still be in business.
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Posted 4/18/15

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What I'm upset about is that the fact Blu-rays are meant to hold more content on them but when they put 3-4 episodes on a disk and 6 volumes in general. It takes up too much unwanted space.

Take Bakemonogatari, 15 episodes on 6 Blu-ray disks. The fact that I have to make room for 3 boxes that could literally fit on 2 disks in 1 case is absurd. Also If I wanna binge watch a series, I have to get up and change disks every hour.

It's a bad marketing strategy and it blows my mind how they can still be in business.

Be glad you don't live in Japan, where 2-3 episodes per disc is the norm.

I would assume that as is the case with Japan, they don't waste the space on the discs, but instead encode at a much higher bit rate than is used on typical releases that put 6-12 episodes on a disc.

If a person is sitting 10 feet away from a 47" TV, they probably wouldn't notice the difference, with the possible exception of scenes of chaotic action (like fiery explosions), where the difference can show up faster than you can say "macro-blocking".


As to how they can still be in business, it is down to math. For example, making $80 per series set but only selling 1000 copies would be as profitable as selling 8000 copies but only making $10 profit on each set.


It is interesting we are discussing this while I have Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie - Rebellion at Amazon open in another tab, debating whether to buy it or not (as it appears that may be the only way I can legally view it).

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Posted 4/18/15

Captainkirko wrote:


TheAncientOne wrote:


Captainkirko wrote:

I can't wait for the day Aniplex goes out of business so Funimation & Sentai can get all their licenses. I'm okay with paying 150$ for an anime series but when I'm paying 150$ for 6 discs with 3 episodes per Blu-ray, that shit is so clusterfuck inducing I can't even begin.

Considering the apparent stance since the beginning of this year by Aniplex of Japan on (not) streaming any title that Aniplex of America doesn't license, that might result in a situation where AoJ wouldn't license any of their titles for release here at all (either on disc or for streaming).

Be careful what you wish for.



What I'm upset about is that the fact Blu-rays are meant to hold more content on them but when they put 3-4 episodes on a disk and 6 volumes in general. It takes up too much unwanted space.

Take Bakemonogatari, 15 episodes on 6 Blu-ray disks. The fact that I have to make room for 3 boxes that could literally fit on 2 disks in 1 case is absurd. Also If I wanna binge watch a series, I have to get up and change disks every hour.

It's a bad marketing strategy and it blows my mind how they can still be in business.


Interestingly, the one example you choose to use is actually the only AoA title that AoJ doesn't actually hold the international rights to.
Not that it really matters when it comes to AoA pricing, I just found it kind of amusing.
Posted 4/18/15

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How do people feel about Sentai Filmworks? At first I didn't like them because I thought they never released dubbed anime, but before making this I decided to check and was surprised that they do have dubbed anime. However, they are seem to be releasing more subbed anime instead. I was also surprised at how many great shows they have, some examples are Dog x Scissors, The familiar of zero (most of the series), Haikyu!!, Space Brothers, Log Horizon, Medaka Box, Flowers of Evil, Phi Brain.

Honestly, I think Sentai could (in the future) become a powerhouse with an inventory like that, but I do question their methods. I think they have more subbed released anime than dubbed, and their anime tends to be packaged with around 12 episodes in a set with the set usually around $50.

I guess with all that said, how do you feel about Sentai Filmworks?


They have a ton of dub, in fact they do more dubs than Funimation does.

Sentai is nothing more than 1 part of whats left over of the old ADV.

Most of the older stuff is under Section 23, however.

Generally most of the dubbing companies will have more subs than dubs only due to they don't always dub something
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To me, Sentai is a mixed bag. To Love-Ru is one of the animes I watch from them, but the issue is (if you look) they tend to avoid releasing OVAs. The problem I have is the OVAs in To Love-ru actually CONTINUE the story. So while I do own the DVD sets... I have to wait (or be less than legal) for OVAs. If Sentai and Section23 would actually RELEASE the full anime in its entirety, I would have no issue, even with subbed anime.
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I guess with all that said, how do you feel about Sentai Filmworks?


As long as there is a Funimation, ADV MUST continue to live, in some form or another.
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Does Sentai have any plans to release the 2nd Gintama movie (or did they)? If not are there legal means to watch it and/or does the import have english subs?
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I've seen them pickup projects and never actually do jack with them. For example, Hyouka. They've got that license sitting around and they're not doing anything with it? That's bs.
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I've seen them pickup projects and never actually do jack with them. For example, Hyouka. They've got that license sitting around and they're not doing anything with it? That's bs.

What makes you think anyone (much less Sentai) has a license to Hyouka?

The series is unlicensed.

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animegirl2222 wrote:

I've seen them pickup projects and never actually do jack with them. For example, Hyouka. They've got that license sitting around and they're not doing anything with it? That's bs.

What makes you think anyone (much less Sentai) has a license to Hyouka?

The series is unlicensed.




Ugh. I must be thinking of another series. I swear there was another series from KyoAni they licensed, but I didn't think they released.

Actually maybe, I'm wrong?
I might've mistaken it for something else?
Ugh, confusing. I'm confused. I'm flagrantly saying crap when I really have no idea. Ughhhh!
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Honestly I dont care as long as I get to buy said series' on BD and they have the quality I expect from that format. The whole sub dub thing doesnt even bother me anymore but ive been leaning towards sub more as of late since all the new series' ive been watching have been that way so changing the language is too much of a bother and sounds weird. Granted I still listen to dub tracks but mostly on older titles.
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IMO NIS of America is absolutely the best company for physical releases, distantly followed by Funimation. Sentai can be great, or it can be really bad and it just depends on who is working on it and what title it is (some of my favorites are released by Sentai). AOA has some great titles but everyone knows you are getting overcharged for what you get.
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Posted 8/3/15 , edited 8/3/15
Sentai is hella good. i really like them. i really am surprised at how much dvd and blu-ray i own that are Sentai. if u complain about subs then shut the hell up or hurry up and learn Japanese so u can understand. Cause its hella annoying. thats what they do so deal with it people
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Posted 8/3/15

animegirl2222 wrote:

Ugh. I must be thinking of another series. I swear there was another series from KyoAni they licensed, but I didn't think they released.

Actually maybe, I'm wrong?
I might've mistaken it for something else?
Ugh, confusing. I'm confused. I'm flagrantly saying crap when I really have no idea. Ughhhh!

Amagi Brilliant Park is the only thing that comes to mind, although it wasn't licensed too long ago (at least in home video terms), and they are streaming it on CR (at least 12 of the 13 episodes, that is).

If that is the show you are thinking of, the final BD/DVD volume was released in Japan a bit over a month ago (on June 26), so that would explain why Sentai doesn't have anything out on home video here. If Sentai isn't being permitted to stream the 13th episode yet, they clearly couldn't go forward with a home video release.

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