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Posted 1/16/16
This is why I sub to streaming sights. Much more cost effective.
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Le_Dom wrote:
You do realize those are just for fun right? To give fans an idea of what an audition feels like.


No, they actually hold open auditions and the winners do get real, actual auditions for parts. Some of the cast of Magi were picked up from a con. They did the same with Aldnoah. Aniplex contracts its voice actors through a talent agency, who in turn talent scouts at cons for some parts. The guy that plays Slaine in the english dub of Aldnoah for example. He was picked up during the open auditions for Magi ( and got a role in Magi ) when he was 16. You can even hire him yourself if you want ( He takes paypal too ).

Aniplex is not paying top dollar for voice talent.



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This question is the same as equating the price of a porsche to encouraging car theft. Other than big name series that rely on merch, series must recoup their cost through disc sales. It is also not nearly the same as prime time us television. Its a niche market and therefore in order to actually make back the 2-4 million a 13 ep series can coet disc prices are high. For those interested in more detail on the subject, Justin Sevakis from ANN did an interesting series of articles on this topic http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature/2012-03-07 I think the most ive paid for a set was the Kara no Kyoukai L.E. import set that was around $600 for 8 movies. Definitely worth it to me.
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No matter how much they charge if there is a way to get it for free on the internet people will exploit it.
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It's the reason I don't buy Aniplex products... yet. I'll buy their stuff after I get the rest of my Sentai Filmworks, VIZ Media, Funimation, and NIS American anime.
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batou01 wrote:
This question is the same as equating the price of a porsche to encouraging car theft.


lol

Comparing piracy to auto theft has been so overused already. It's been proven to be a really shitty comparison.

You can't compare digital information to a tangible vehicle. One can be duplicated at minimal to no cost while the other cannot.

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The price of anime is easily promoting piracy. You can't watch streams offline, so if you want to watch a show where the internet isn't as reliable its either buying a disc or downloading a file. When a series is $120 for the disc, the choice is easy.
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bobland wrote:

lol

Comparing piracy to auto theft has been so overused already. It's been proven to be a really shitty comparison.

You can't compare digital information to a tangible vehicle. One can be duplicated at minimal to no cost while the other cannot.

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The price of anime is easily promoting piracy. You can't watch streams offline, so if you want to watch a show where the internet isn't as reliable its either buying a disc or downloading a file. When a series is $120 for the disc, the choice is easy.


I just don't get why this comparison is drawn.

By their very nature vehicles and anime are different sorts of goods. Cars are rivalrous (using one means someone else can't use it) and excludable (you can keep people from using a car). Anime is neither. You can enjoy anime without depriving others of simultaneous, equivalent enjoyment, and you can't really prevent anime from being reproduced and distributed infinitely anymore since the technology for doing these things is so pervasive, inexpensive, and user-friendly.
Posted 1/20/16
Unless is Crispin Freeman doing one the voices, you are not going to ever succeed in making me pay that.
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@bobland
I didn't make that comparison to state that they were the same thing, but rather that neither one is factual. As for "the choice being easy" I agree that it is, but probably differ in the actual choice made. I didnt create the show, and have no inherent ownership over it so i feel that if i do want to own it I will pay for that privilege. I feel that way about anything. Anime, music, cars, or cheeseburgers. Tangible vs intangible doesn't even enter into the equation as far as im concerned. Whomever made or created it has a right to expect payment from me for utilizing their product. Would I rather always pay $10 for it? Of course (although if paying such a low price would have a negative impact that causes that series to not continue with a follow up season, I'd rather pay whatever price it takes to support the artist.)
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Posted 1/20/16

bobland wrote:

The price of anime is easily promoting piracy. You can't watch streams offline, so if you want to watch a show where the internet isn't as reliable its either buying a disc or downloading a file. When a series is $120 for the disc, the choice is easy.


I can't stand this reasoning for one simple reason:

Anime is a hobby. It's not something we're entitled to and we won't suffer if we can't watch it because we're in a place without wi-fi. Waiting until you find reliable internet won't kill you.

Piracy is simply selfishness. There's no valid excuse for it.
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Posted 1/20/16

Le_Dom wrote:


bobland wrote:

The price of anime is easily promoting piracy. You can't watch streams offline, so if you want to watch a show where the internet isn't as reliable its either buying a disc or downloading a file. When a series is $120 for the disc, the choice is easy.


I can't stand this reasoning for one simple reason:

Anime is a hobby. It's not something we're entitled to and we won't suffer if we can't watch it because we're in a place without wi-fi. Waiting until you find reliable internet won't kill you.

Piracy is simply selfishness. There's no valid excuse for it.


Roadtrip?
On a plane?
On vacation?
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bobland wrote:

Comparing piracy to auto theft has been so overused already. It's been proven to be a really shitty comparison.

Piracy is more akin to taking a joyride in your neighbor's car while they are asleep at night (and putting a little gas back in the tank to restore it to the level it was at).

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and that is why i dont buy aniplex or ponycan dvd/ bluray
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I bought a Crunchyroll subscription to support anime and hope that the industry understands that we love anime as much as, if not more than Japan.

But 40 freaking dollars for a regular DVD?!! For 1 season or 22-26 episodes!!! Jesus Christ! My favorite animes that I want to buy are over 30-40 dollars and the blu-rays are nearly 90! Does Japan not understand the exchange rate or how poor we are!? I was able to buy the entire 3 Stooges DVD collection for $20 that contained their entire career!

I really hope Crunchyroll figures out a way to lower it to affordable prices. I would buy an entire season for $30 at most.
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It's pricing can't help... your paying double rate of popular western shows. Game of Thrones has always been £25 for a new season on RELEASE. Some anime ask that just for a quarter of a seasons episodes.

It's why I stopped buying DVDs for most anime, I don't take the piracy route when I can stream on sites like CR instead but I've an understanding to why people would choose too. Worst of all bad DVD sales often kill a shows chances of further seasons through no fault of the anime or studio which did all the work creating it.
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