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Funimation.
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Hulu is listed as a distributor and I hate Hulu with a passion that grows stronger each year. Eventually my hatred for them will consume all of humanity if it's not stopped! Okay, it might just consume a paper plate that I tore up because I was so mad at them but we all have to start somewhere right?

Funimation has definitely been getting on my bad side lately. You'd think with all the experience they have that they would be a little bit better at it by now. Plus they just cancelled my Funimation subscription for some odd reason even though I had funds in the bank so their site keeps directing me to freaking Hulu. I'm not even sure if I'll resub or not now. Their website is just shoddy and I can't get it to work half of the time and when I can it will only run in Chrome. I can't even get it to show their videos in anything else. Just cheap cheap cheap!

Aniplex's prices are outrageous most of the time.

Other than that I don't really hate any of them except for Hulu although Funimation is starting to get there for me.

On a side note my favorites so far are:

Distributor:
For some reason I sort of like Sentai Filmworks. I know their products are sometimes bare bones and leave a lot to be desired at times, especially their subs but I rarely hate anything I get from them.
Animation Studios:
A-1 Pictures - I LOVE their shows. The Sound of the Sky and Your Lie in April are two of my all time favorites. Any time I see A-1 Pictures pop up on an animation I get excited. They haven't let me down yet.
Producers:
Kadokawa - They've been putting out some of my favorite shows lately. The deal CR made with them is really awesome and this has been one of their biggest seasons for the sheer amount of animation they have.
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I have to go with Aniplex as well.

I would say Harmony Gold but they don't actually distribute anything. Which is the entire problem.

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Never hated any of them. If not for them, I wouldn't have had a way to see the shows I did years ago.
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In Sweden we have a distributer called ordbilder media who just so happens to be the biggest one in Sweden as well, either way their business practice is the definition of cancer in it's purest form...

The way they sell their DVD's and Blu-ray is a bloody mess to say the least, they make sure to make everything as hard as possible to find by overpricing everything to stores so pretty much no stores that aren't massively big into anime wants to buy on their stuff, so pretty much only sfbok who already is overpriced as fuck sell their stuff in stores... And on top of that they don't have any anime on their website, but rather a bloody PDF file you can download with a full list of everything they own the rights to in Sweden, they do however have a online store for merchandise... So I'll give them a point for that.

They do also handle stuff at conventions pretty well since that's pretty much the only way to find more then what's provided in stores and their joke of a online store at a ok price, so I'll give them another point for that
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Funi have [email protected] in 720p on youtube (one of the better platforms for watching videos) so i can't complain about them.
most of their series is only watchable on their website in 480p, but oh well.

Saban Brands is probably one of the worst, they remove/modify the series. the fact such series and then branded as "original" irks me as well.
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I don't hate any of them.
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goku8399 wrote:


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?





George_z wrote:

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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.


Kill LA kill. The odd thing is the series was made on a tight budget so it should be cheaper -_-
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Does Harmony Gold still count as an "anime distributor" for continuing to flog the living crap out of US Robotech?

(Cause, otherwise, y'know, I'd have to say AnimEigo, for still trying to be a '92 garage-anime company in the '16 Funimation streaming days because the owner thinks he can fan grass-roots Kickstarter everything he can't afford anymore, and we'd just rather wish someone ELSE would just put VHS-fan nostalgia behind and give Riding Bean, BGC and Yawara a decent shot in the 21st century...
And my old Urusei Yatsura loyalties would pain me to do that, even though I'm secretly hoping Viz would make good on the hints that they'd get the license after Ranma 1/2.)
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Harmony Gold because they're behaving like patent trolls
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Rujikin wrote:


goku8399 wrote:


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?





George_z wrote:

^
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.


Kill LA kill. The odd thing is the series was made on a tight budget so it should be cheaper -_-

That was limited edition I got the regular edition for $40/disc at rightstuf
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ANIPLEX $$$$$$$$$$$$$$!
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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.


Yeah, that is definitely not legal unless somebody was bootlegging or copy/pasting an existing poster. If they were right people like Andy Warhol would have spent their life in jail
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goku8399 wrote:


Rujikin wrote:


goku8399 wrote:


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?





George_z wrote:

^
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.


Kill LA kill. The odd thing is the series was made on a tight budget so it should be cheaper -_-

That was limited edition I got the regular edition for $40/disc at rightstuf





Besides that is still $10/episode. Absurd!
Posted 5/31/16
I don't hate any of them to be honest.
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