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Posted 7/2/16 , edited 7/2/16
may I expect titles to be region free, or for EU ? or rather u focus entirely on the US ? pls tell me I will be able to both enjoy my Berserk on DVD and~ support my beloved CR...







Also: Gintama. Gintama. Gintama. Gintama. Gintama. Gin--... ~
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agila61 wrote:

There isn't a "pile of money" somewhere that is being used to obtain the streaming rights. The streaming is self-funding. Member subscriptions and advertising views pays for the streaming.

But streaming does not pay very much per view, and so a few thousand disc sales can trump many, many more online views in the marketplace.

So as far as Crunchyroll's direct licensing, it's rather the reverse: the ability to offer physical disc distribution is likely to lead to more series being licensed for streaming by Crunchyroll.


That sounds logical, and you probably understand this better than me, but my reason for believing it may have a negative impact was based on Funimation's business model. Funimation owns the rights to some huge franchises and series (Dragonball, One Piece, Yu Yu Hakusho in particular are the main ones I'm referring to), and produce a huge amount of dubs and (overpriced) physical releases, yet they rarely seem to obtain half the number of streaming titles as Crunchyroll does. I guess this led me to believe that all their money was going towards obtaining dub and physical release licenses, which is why they have less to put towards lineups in general.

But thanks for making me feel a little more hopeful about this.
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Yay! Kabaneri is getting dubbed! PS, can RE:Zero (and maybe Luluco) get the dub treatment next? I've been waiting for a dub of that show for a long time
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Posted 7/2/16 , edited 7/2/16
I'm crossing my fingers that, chruncyroll can get some home video releases of shows such as The Testament of Sister New Devil.

To my albeit limited knowledge, noone has picked up the US rights to this show for DVD/BD yet? and i would love to watch it without going blind from lightbars, same with Triage X!

other then that, good news for us all, i'll keep my eyes out for some good purchases in the store now :)

Edit: on a side note, i would have loved if the store here on crunchyroll could be sorted into categories for the anime dvd/bd section, much like the streaming part of the site, makes browsing a bit......tidier ^^
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Posted 7/2/16 , edited 7/3/16
we know dubs are not as great as subs XD
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Posted 7/2/16 , edited 7/2/16

Goukenslay wrote:

we know dubs are not as great as subs XD


Let's not go there...
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I don't know if Gintama would do well dubbed cause I doubt the western audience would get the references unless you throw notes into the episodes.

Going to buy Yamada, Free!, and Gintama for sure
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I expect the regions to remain A and 1 only and the focus to be just US & Canada.

On the topic of Berserk, Universal Pictures UK have already acquired the rights to UK & Germany so far and given how they handled Arslan and Seraph I expect another solid treatment for that title.

Though I'm curious about how Crunchyroll will be packaging their titles though. Whether it will be collector's editions or just simple sets. For shows like Gintama it would be wise to give it a standard treatment due to the show's length.
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JubJub87 wrote:

Holy crap. Do Yowamushi pedal blu rays for the love of god please. I know you have that license hidden.


Discotek is releasing it subbed on DVD only

@OP: Ya'll need to release Reborn! and Bungou Stray Dogs on Bluray I don't care if it isn't dubbed I want it. xD
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Awesome! What kinda bonus features and what not we gonna get? I love my bonus features. Especially when they're japanese behind the scene things, OVAs specials, etc.

And these are subbed AND dubbed DVDs right? Not just dubbed.
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Posted 7/2/16
Will the dubs also air on Crunchyroll?
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Posted 7/2/16 , edited 7/2/16
My fears confirmed.

http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-957005/clarification-on-catalog-availability

Why was this kept quietly in the help forum. That's a huge list of (Sentai) titles that disappeared without any warning.
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Posted 7/2/16 , edited 7/4/16
As mentioned by some people already, the most important question for many of us is if the blu-rays and DVDs are solely locked to region A/1 or region free.
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Gintama is being given a second chance in the U.S. This time on Blu-ray. That literally is the one and only thing I care about from this announcement. Crunchyroll, thank you!

Crunchyroll, I do have several concerns about Gintama that should be taken into consideration. One concern is that there are some fans who supported Gintama and purchased the DVD's the first time around (not enough of us apparently) from Section23/Sentai Filmworks. Those of us who already took this journey once before may own upwards of the first 49 episodes. Then from there probably purchased Gintama the Motion Picture which is a retelling of the Benizakura arc that covers episodes 58-61 of the TV show.

While still addressing my first concern I want to also encompass a second concern. Which is that some of us appreciate Gintama for it's Japanese humor, parodies, and satire. It will be challenging to remain appealing to new and old fans during the dubbing process while including and/or excluding any and/or all context. Dubbing is a concern in and of itself, but let me go back and tie this challenge to my first and foremost concern in regards to profitability and successfully scaling your business.

To be blunt, some of us will likely just settle with remaining content with our old Sentai DVD's and not purchase the re-releases from Crunchyroll; at least not until new episodes start to become available. Mainly because the dubbing of this anime will never be equal to the Japanese interpretation; hypothetically it could totally surpass the original (see possible solution 1 below), but no matter what happens it will always be somewhat different from the original. Even if the dialog is kept 100% intact, it will still be differentiated by context alone. Every joke being explained, or going unexplained, simply will not make for good entertainment.

Optimistically the collectors and new fans will help propel Crunchyroll beyond the first 61 episodes. Honestly though, with Gintama I don't see it having the same kind of viability some other re-releases have had in the past. Re-releasing shows like Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z make business sense because they are perpetual cash cows, but Gintama on the other hand is going to need a strategic battle plan and perhaps some maneuverability.

Possible Solutions:

1. Please do not bother trying to carbon copy every single thing for the dub. Embrace the overall tone of Gintama and remain true to the stories and characters while paying homage to its original intent. Get some great voice actors and clever writers and do comedy.

Here's a far-fetched idea, This will be taken as sacrilege by some I'm sure, but would amuse me nonetheless. Take what Cartoon Network did with the Hanna-Barbera cartoons Birdman (Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law) and Space Ghost (Space Ghost Coast to Coast) as an incomplete concept worth replicating to a small degree... only instead, keep the source material and maintain the same premise of what makes Gintoki tick. Who at his primitive state is just a guy who likes sweets and for whatever reason decides to do Odd Jobs for money then random high jinks ensue. Then for kicks pitch the show to Adult Swim and/or Toonami.

2. Skip episodes 1-61. Gintama is a random show that is not always consistent. There is an underlying story and many arcs within the long running series, but they are not always pertinent to the show. Besides that, many viewers have criticized the anime for starting off slow. Often people start watching it and loose interest after the first few episodes only to fail to realize how much better it eventually gets later on. Continue where Sentai left off. When all goes well and Gintama is a critical success in the U.S. we can revisit the notion of re-releasing those earlier videos.

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TL/DR, Gintama is great as-is. Add physical media to the mix and things get complicated.

These are my own thoughts that I give to Crunchyroll for free of my own volition. Unless of course that Adult Swim thing happens, then I want some monies. Now go and make magic happen!
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I'm ready for free!
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