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Posted 2/14/17

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I try and buy what I can to support the industry, but living in England makes purchasing anime related stuff hard.
To this day I'm still trying to purchase the original Fullmetal Alchemist series, but can't seem to find it anyyyywhereee
If not, I just stream on either Crunchyroll or some other form of anime streaming.


Yeah even I think companies like Manga UK what they are doing?? Why is this release DVD only why does it stop after X volumes? That's why I was so interested in Anime Limited even though I don't actually live in the UK but have friends there.

Out of interest RE original Fullmetal Alchemist series. Are you after a DVD or Blu ray release of it?
As Anime Limited have recently re-released the original Fullmetal Alchemist series on Blu ray in October last year. Each of the 2 volumes sells for £36.99 to £39.99 each. Depending on the sites I looked at anyway.
Maybe ask them if they have any DVD release plans in the future if that's the format you are after.
There will likely be a complete collection in a year or so if the current ~£80 is too high for you.
Posted 2/14/17
Rarely do I buy anything anymore. Fuck moeshit.
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Posted 2/14/17
No, I've never pirated anything in my life. If I can't buy something now, I wait to get money for it. If I can't find a particular anime on Crunchyroll/Hulu then I'll find a legit DVD on Amazon.
Posted 2/15/17
No, I don't pirate. I try to watch everything legally, and if I can't find it...then oh well. I can live without it.

I'm also starting to buy a few series that I've enjoyed or think I will enjoy.
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I should elaborate more on this piracy issue. It is impractical to emphasize individual choice; both the Marxists and the Capitalists (in their criticism toward their fake Marxism that they create by white-collar hacking) talk about how individual morality can be overcome either by the economic condition and the invisible hand, respectively. This is not like the kid`s cartoons nor anime: people do not have overpowered morality to keep doing something even when they are constantly been punished for it; people also will not be rewarded in a magical way for their good deeds.

The Capitalist ideology, unlike the Marxist ideology, support this criminal activity especially when it can stop the government from enforcing the law. Ironically, the Capitalists, themselves, has been contradicting their ideology by stopping piracy on Hollywood movies. The Capitalists even set up protectionist policies against anime import to protect the oligopoly of the large noncompetitive Western cartoon industries. The Capitalists can justify this contradiction by claiming that this secret backdoor dealing between corrupt government officers and Hollywood managers is a win-win situation which encourage economic investment.
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Posted 2/15/17
If I were to do it, it would only be to go to free sites for anime that has no way to buy or watch legally.
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Posted 2/15/17
I generally buy anime after watching it online, but some anime isn't available in DVD format... so
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I'm in America and don't watch dubs. Before Crunchyroll and the like came along, I did buy more DVDs; but I'm not going to pretend that's where the bulk of my anime came from, because it wasn't, not by a long shot. There's just no way I'm waiting months/years after airing for a DVD release, and then spending thousands of dollars to get a whole series, without being sure between volumes that I want to keep watching. Watching something like One Piece or Detective Conan (before they came to Crunchyroll) would have been impossible. When I do buy a DVD it's either a series of about 100 eps or less, that I have watched all of and loved; or it's a special or movie of a series I already love. I buy merchandise of longer stuff (like One Piece and Detective Conan) but my house only has so much room and there's little resale market in America for a random Japanese volume of such a series.

Nowadays I do check if there is a legal streaming option first, and if there is, I pay for it. But if there isn't, I pirate. The company is not losing money in that instance due to my piracy, because if I didn't pirate, I just wouldn't watch it; they are losing money by not having a legal streaming option available to me. I look forward to a day where I don't *need* to pirate anime, because it's all available to me legally. But, I don't think we would be here today if not for piracy (fansubbing in particular) making the anime market what it is in the west.
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Posted 2/15/17 , edited 2/15/17
I don't download any videos from the internet period, since I am paranoid of viruses.

I don't consider "off-site" streaming pirating though since you aren't downloading anything, besides if a show isn't licensed in a region they can't exactly be losing money since there exists no official place you can watch those shows anyway. luckily with CR (and sites like Hulu) this is a problem that is becoming rarer and mostly restricted to older and/or lesser known titles.

In terms of buying it, as long as it is a show I really like and its not an Aniplex title (I'm not rich after all), then of course I'll buy the DVD and have quite a few already.
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Posted 2/16/17
I do what I can to support the industry, but when it comes to a show that is not licensed or being streamed/sold legally then I will look it up on one of those free sites. Example being anything from the macross series. DAMN YOU HARMONY GOLD!
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Paying Crunchyroll is enough for me, according to PayPal I have paid 184$ on anime stream for all these years, which is fair enough for me. maybe someday I will buy Anime movies or series on Blu-ray , (mainly to get the monogatari series on blu ray(
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No. I'll pay for my subscription for anime that's worth supposedly 600$ for 24 episodes. Ya I can pay over $70 a year and watch with unlimited Internet.

Get ur shit together on the pricing LMAO

$80 - $90 CAD max for 12 episode series.

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Posted 2/16/17 , edited 2/16/17
I have pirated anime in the past but as I am ancient and secure financially I buy most of what I watch in some form. The only thing that I still pirate are the OVA's included in the manga, these OVA's are never on legal streaming sites and are rarely subbed for purchase. Simply put if he manufacturer will not provide me with the product I wish to buy I will find it somewhere else.

It is also worth noting that Crunchyroll was an illegal streaming service for years.
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Posted 2/16/17 , edited 2/16/17
I subscribe to CR, and I used to buy a lot of anime . . . but honestly, publishers have pissed me off.

My experience a little over a year back:

I get a bunch of blu-rays as gifts, hold off to buy a blu-ray player for my PC (provides audio calibration, motion interpolation, etc). I find out that the "best" way to play them is with official software according to various sources. Try the licensed software products and realize they don't support directshow filters. "WTF is this shit" I say - any anime fan should know SVP makes a major difference. So I turn around and get some software to decrypt them and use on software that does allow directshow filters. Great, it take a couple minutes to boot a disc now - fine, I'll put up with it. Oh wait, surprise, back to the five minutes of unskippable ads. Thanks Funimation you heaping pile of burning trash. Finally after suffering watching trailers for things I have no interest in, I'm now greeted by the show I want to watch . . . without menus? Oh, that's right. You don't get working menus on BD-J without a licensed player! This means if the chapter lengths are adjusted or arranged to prevent piracy, you will have playback hopping all over the disc.

Once again, the pirates literally get a better product. Don't even get me started on releases where they bomb the BD doing stupid things like screwing up the audio (Ghost in the Shell). Pirates have gone so far as to rip the audio from the DVD, and time sync them with the BD video to actually create a "definitive" version themselves.
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Posted 2/16/17 , edited 2/16/17
Yes. I used to torrent a ton of anime. Most of wich I bought later. (Not supporting shows that ended up being completely garbage)

But now I have Crunchyroll for the last 2 years or so, hardly torrent/stream anything. Recnetly the only things I streamed was Kuromukuro and right now Little Witch Acadamia. My intention is buy both on release (might wait for a compilation for Kuromukuro).

I know this doesnt justify it. But im not getting a full subscription for just 1 show a season on those stations. At least on CR im watching usually 4 shows a season and random backlogs of stuff.

Not trying to sell this place, but CR has been great value for the dollar for me.


EDIT: Oh! As someone mention above, I stream OVA's also as you usually cannot buy them individually, they do not get translated offically, or they do not come with the source material.
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