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Posted 12/14/15
I had a question regarding the rights and licensing of a anime series. I am using a recent show CR has in library for an example. Aoharu X Machinegun is coming out with an episode 13 to the show who gets the rights? I realize when getting ready to release Blueray and DVD box sets they have a bonus OVA or special episode but do we have to buy the series to see one episode legally? Has CR ever had OVAs on this site? Would love facts and not theories for answer Thanks in advance
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scoobydew wrote:
I realize when getting ready to release Blueray and DVD box sets they have a bonus OVA or special episode but do we have to buy the series to see one episode legally? Has CR ever had OVAs on this site?


Most of the time, yes, you have to buy something to legally get to see an OVA, unless you have a friend who collects them and he invites you over or loans them to you.

Sometimes they come with a box set.

Sometimes just an individual extra episode on one of the individual Japanese BDs which often only have 3-4 episodes, and you have to buy multiple volumes to get the whole set of a series.

Sometimes they come with a Visual Novel or a Light Novel as an extra bonus.

Sometimes they come with a manga.

Sometimes they come with a periodic magazine like Shounen Jump.

Sometimes they are released much later as a separate individual license (Squid Girl).

Point is, it's not always a box set bonus. Most often they are promotional bonuses that are only sold in one of the above ways to boost sales of one type of media or another. There are probably others I can't think of off the top of my head...

As such, they aren't part of the streaming series that airs on Japanese TV, so when CR gets a series licence, they are almost never included. And I'm pretty sure most of the time, the Japanese companies don't want them to air or stream, because hard sales are what drive the business, whether the Anime, or the Manga, or the VN or the LN, etc.

And most of the time, they really aren't worth hunting down, unless you really are into 2D beach girls in swimsuits, or hot tubs, or baths with not much in the way of an actual story.

There are exceptions to that, of course. Three episodes at the end of Bakemonogtari. 4 episodes at the end of Kokoro Connect. One prequel to "Another". Stray episodes of Drrrr and Mushi-shi. But ones like that with significant plot extensions are in the minority; the vast bulk of them are just to pander to the Otakus wanting fanservice.

Now, having said that, yes on rare occasions CR does get some OVAs, and one case I remember, Oreimo, there were three OVAs to close the series that CR managed to get, but only temporarily, then they had to be taken down.

Here is my Rotten Sushi page with the collected ones that CR has. Some are standalones, others (Squid Girl) are listed like a separate season, others are mixed in to the episode order (Drrrr). There may be a couple I haven't found or gotten around to listing yet...

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And for good measure, here's the Movie page as well, for things like One Piece and SAO. Again, sometimes they are stand-alone shows, other times they are mixed in to the show page. You have to know what you are looking for.

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As Asharka pointed out they're rare to find on U.S. streaming sites. I can say, though, the exceptions are usually worth it (i.e. Locodol which the OVA appeared here on Crunchyroll for. It's a common rule of thumb for a family series to continue the family content for an OVA (Locodol), a fan-service/ecchi series to even get more extreme with their OVAs (Monster Musume) and a serious series to avoid the cliche Onsen/Beach episodes altogether (Steins;Gate). There's also another category for OVAs that's a major one...the "hey the fans hated the series ending so lets give them a new one" OVA (Future Diary) . You're more apt to see the 4th kind on streaming sites than any of the others.
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Posted 12/16/15

It's true, OVAs are cataloged as such because they're always direct to hardcopy to promote sales. In some cases episodes of an anime will be considered an OVA (See Wolf's Rain eps 27 - 30). You might even see them as bonuses for games, like the Liminality anime set that came with the .hack//. I think in most cases they're well worth watching, but I have zero knowledge when it comes to the licensing issues for them.
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