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As anime lovers we spend a considerable amount of money on DVD's, merchandise and everything else in between. It's because of that, that we have expectations for all those who want to get their hands on our money. Many distributors do their best to win us over while others make several mistakes. For me the one distributor I hate and will never buy from ever again is Funimation. From the disastrous release of Evangelion 3.33 to the subtitle screw up of the AOT movie and finally the lack of a subbed version of the Psycho-Pass movie in theaters this year. For a company that likes to think of itself as one of the biggest names of Anime in North America, they seem to make several mistakes quite often.

That said, Do you think distributors do enough to earn your money? Should they offer more? Is there a distributor you hate as well?
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Aniplex of America puts out the most expensive BD library in the American anime market.

Ex: SAO BD sets limited edition
Improrts from Japan (Fate/Zero, F/SN UBW, The Garden of Sinners.)
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Sentai's dubs have been horrible from what I've seen, Aniplex overcharges like mad and invites pirates, Harmony Gold just sits and shits, Funimation is just being stupid right now and coasting like a motherfucker from website to quality of dubs/subs.



It's a good time to be a anime fan, but trying to support the companies feels like a waste of time.
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Easy Aniplex, those guys are thieves. Say what you want about Funimation, but at least they sell their products at a reasonable price point.
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ponycan USA worse than AoA when it comes to prices.

Lately ive been less harsh on AoA because of the quality of the discs they release when it came to picture and audio. However it would be nice if they could do a domestic bluray release of Oreimo and a number of their other titles that they hold the licenses for.
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Aniplex. Those prices.
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VZ68 wrote:It's a good time to be a anime fan, but trying to support the companies feels like a waste of time.


I actually tend to agree with you on this. I mean, you have all these Anime production companies who know how large their overseas markets are. Yet, they make no effort to allow for easier access of their work or hold providers to standards.

I feel like anime is a big fish in a creek, and all they have to do is swim downstream to reach a larger body of water....but they refuse to do so.

It is impossible for most people to find one legal provider for all/most of your anime needs, but most of us don't have the money to support multiple subs.
Posted 5/30/16 , edited 5/30/16
Pony Can, they charge a fortune for very little. Their "collectors editions" (could be wrong but I haven't anything but collectors editions from them) sell for ~$72 which get's you 4 episodes and some low quality extras to try and justify the price.
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Dammit NIS America re release the Anohana premium edition please!
Over $230 for 11 episodes is just too much.
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I just looked at something I'd like to buy and its outragous. Look at the studio: Aniplex

$56.98 for 4 episodes -_-;;

Yeah screw aniplex.
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Rujikin wrote:

I just looked at something I'd like to buy and its outragous. Look at the studio: Aniplex

$56.98 for 4 episodes -_-;;

Yeah screw aniplex.


what series is that price for?
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^
Kind of curious about that too, I know that some OVA like Ghost in the Shell Arise go for similar prices here in Europe. (Heck, I paid ~$45 per disk of one episode each for the Japanese release. They come with English subs anyway.)
If it's just for a regular TV series however... They'll learn pretty fast that charging Japanese prices on the US market isn't going to make them survive for long with all the competition.

As for any anime distributers I hate, none, really. That said, I do have some quarrel with a few of the non-British anime distributers.
Most of them are as lenient as a concrete wall laced with steel and as in touch with the anime fanbase as a CEO of a billion dollar company is with the guy from the mail room.
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Nobody specific for anime but Yen Press does piss me off when they take down fan translations for LN's & then proceed to take months or years to catch up.
Posted 5/31/16
Fuck Pony canyon. Just no. Screw normal DVD/BLUE RAY. Only special edition assholes.
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It's not just Aniplex's prices that I hate, but how they treat their fans at conventions. Every "live drawing" I've attended at Anime Expo is really a live tracing event, with Aniplex keeping the artwork so that they can later make merchandise off of it. In most cases, Aniplex refuses to let their guest do anything more than sign an item. If you ask for a sketch, Aniplex gets mad. They also threaten to sue those that collect artwork produced by their studios. I know of a fellow collector who brought some Magi production artwork to SakuraCon in 2015 to have signed, and Aniplex accused her of the theft and a possible lawsuit. She had to document where and how she bought the artwork (it was for sale on an auction site called Mandarake). And yet, I've seen more artwork over the course of a year from that series on that same site as well.

The Aniplex president was at Animazement this year and I was about this close to flashing the sketch I just won of Archer at Yahoo Japan earlier that morning in his face. I can't buy Aniplex stuff because of how they treat their fans.
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