the rise of pirated & streamed anime
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back in the day (god I feel old) there was no internet. anime wasn't uploaded to the internet, and when it launched, working class/peasant class people couldn't afford or use it. If you wanted your anime, especially in the early 90's/late 80's you had a VHS that had MANGA UK's logo stamped on screen before every episode.

eventually toonami shown stuff like DBZ which was alot better then looking for the VHS until DVD and the internet became more available. still though, every anime DVD/BluRay and manga have MANGA UK stamped on it, their pretty much the only guys I know of who handle those type of imports, but now I don't know alot about them because it's a lot easier here to stream or download anime, you could find the DVDs online but they are incredibly overpriced compared to any other type of series or movie, there is no anime on TV either.

In my experience only a couple of shops throughout the UK sell anime at a cut price, and almost none of them where I live.

I guess my question is, how hard have you found it to be a british otaku? if someone across the drink wants to answer, is it hard to get the stuff you want in your state?
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As a fellow Brit i Had my eldest brother to thank for introducing me to Manga. It left me confused but yet intrigued me at the time more than a ten year old had any right to be.

http://imgur.com/UfFwd93
Other mentions go out to Akira and Wicked city VHS that are sadly rip

My brother some how found it easy enough to get hold of, thanks HMV and occasionally Blockbuster rip as well.

Though yeah thanks to the times its now much easier and rather than support pirate streams I'm now here to fulfill my inner weeb.
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Amazon, man, Amazon. I'm in the United States, but the last time I was in my local F.Y.E. store with my friend I saw the Steins;Gate full series DVD/Blu-Ray combo pack for $55 and was really tempted to buy it. However, I didn't and instead checked Amazon for it once I had the time the next day. I found the exact same thing, officially licensed and all that, for half the price the store was asking, at $27.50, and with free shipping as well. I've been an anime fan since late high school and I feel your pain about how hard it was to obtain anime in the past because the U.S. wasn't much different for what it carried and the prices for it. I've learned now that you have to shop around and that the store prices aren't always the best for stuff. I have however gotten some really good prices on used anime in the past. Like I said though, just shop around and you should be able to find affordable stuff for anime.
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Amazon, man, Amazon. I'm in the United States, but the last time I was in my local F.Y.E. store with my friend I saw the Steins;Gate full series DVD/Blu-Ray combo pack for $55 and was really tempted to buy it. However, I didn't and instead checked Amazon for it once I had the time the next day. I found the exact same thing, officially licensed and all that, for half the price the store was asking, at $27.50, and with free shipping as well. I've been an anime fan since late high school and I feel your pain about how hard it was to obtain anime in the past because the U.S. wasn't much different for what it carried and the prices for it. I've learned now that you have to shop around and that the store prices aren't always the best for stuff. I have however gotten some really good prices on used anime in the past. Like I said though, just shop around and you should be able to find affordable stuff for anime.


Everywhere where i live a whole season of anime is $60+

i wouldn't pay anymore then $20 personally.
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I wouldn't say it's hard to get it in my state, but I do have to drive to the mall about an hour away if I wanna look at a real selection. There's a store there called "Vintage Stock" it has a somewhat decent selection of anime mostly used, but still some pretty good stuff, they have some new stuff as well, like when I bought The Future Diary there. The manga selection there however is pretty poor, so I have to go to Barnes and Noble for manga which is about 5 minutes away from the mall.

We have some where I work as well though (Walmart) but it's not a huge selection, We sometimes get in a handful of copies of some of the newer releases but then never get any more past the initial shipment so you almost have to buy it on release or miss out. We do seem to almost always have some DBZ collections and Sailor Moon on hand though.

Luckily I guess I wasn't really old enough to have to endure through the troubles of being an anime fan back then, and once I did become a fan being a middle school/high school student I didn't see any issues with watching on less than legal sites, but now I'm 100% legal on watching my animes.
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Amazon, man, Amazon. I'm in the United States, but the last time I was in my local F.Y.E. store with my friend I saw the Steins;Gate full series DVD/Blu-Ray combo pack for $55 and was really tempted to buy it. However, I didn't and instead checked Amazon for it once I had the time the next day. I found the exact same thing, officially licensed and all that, for half the price the store was asking, at $27.50, and with free shipping as well. I've been an anime fan since late high school and I feel your pain about how hard it was to obtain anime in the past because the U.S. wasn't much different for what it carried and the prices for it. I've learned now that you have to shop around and that the store prices aren't always the best for stuff. I have however gotten some really good prices on used anime in the past. Like I said though, just shop around and you should be able to find affordable stuff for anime.


not on the UK storefront most of the time. looking at it now one Bluray of kill la kill is £23 for standard part 1 collectors part 3 is £40. that's nearly £100 or just over for 3 parts of one series, if you want the special edition. gurren is almost £50 but that's the whole hog. i got FLCL for like £12 and that's everything that was ever done with the anime.

prices for anime on online UK stores are all over the place, especially on Bluray and especially for demanded series

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I honestly rather prefer a more effective monopoly in this case then "competition", but that is from my narrow view of economics. Funimation and Crunchyroll do not offer the same services, because the anime they have are different. This isn't about selling different types of carbonated drinks and sodas, but damn exclusives.
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BlackRose0607 wrote:

Amazon, man, Amazon. I'm in the United States, but the last time I was in my local F.Y.E. store with my friend I saw the Steins;Gate full series DVD/Blu-Ray combo pack for $55 and was really tempted to buy it. However, I didn't and instead checked Amazon for it once I had the time the next day. I found the exact same thing, officially licensed and all that, for half the price the store was asking, at $27.50, and with free shipping as well. I've been an anime fan since late high school and I feel your pain about how hard it was to obtain anime in the past because the U.S. wasn't much different for what it carried and the prices for it. I've learned now that you have to shop around and that the store prices aren't always the best for stuff. I have however gotten some really good prices on used anime in the past. Like I said though, just shop around and you should be able to find affordable stuff for anime.


not on the UK storefront most of the time. looking at it now one Bluray of kill la kill is £23 for standard part 1 collectors part 3 is £40. that's nearly £100 or just over for 3 parts of one series, if you want the special edition. gurren is almost £50 but that's the whole hog. i got FLCL for like £12 and that's everything that was ever done with the anime.

prices for anime on online UK stores are all over the place, especially on Bluray and especially for demanded series



Amazon's OK as far as it goes, in the UK the choice is limited because of video format and region code. Try getting an older series like Ranma or Tenchi Muyo in region 2/PAL. Even newer stuff like Gugure! Kokkuri-San or Saekano is impossible to get here. Which is why I love streaming, either through official sources or - in earlier days fansubs - it has been a godsend for me.
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Meh, stopped buying anime about 8 years ago. Gave probably 300? if not closer to 400 discs to a friend that already had a huge collection,, (started about 1998-2000 buying them but anime kind of slowed for me between 2005-2008) kept about 50 discs or so of select series that where my favorites. Stream or bust, just don't have the space or money anymore.
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I honestly rather prefer a more effective monopoly in this case then "competition", but that is from my narrow view of economics. Funimation and Crunchyroll do not offer the same services, because the anime they have are different. This isn't about selling different types of carbonated drinks and sodas, but damn exclusives.


they are offering a joint service called VRV, which sort of fixes the exclusivity thing. it's a fairly recent offering though.

as for pirating in UK, didn't they recently passed a law targeting it? not that i expect piracy to decrease by a significant amount.
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PeripheralVisionary wrote:
I honestly rather prefer a more effective monopoly in this case then "competition", but that is from my narrow view of economics. Funimation and Crunchyroll do not offer the same services, because the anime they have are different. This isn't about selling different types of carbonated drinks and sodas, but damn exclusives.


they are offering a joint service called VRV, which sort of fixes the exclusivity thing. it's a fairly recent offering though.

as for pirating in UK, didn't they recently passed a law targeting it? not that i expect piracy to decrease by a significant amount.


I think I came across something like that. apparently you'd just get an email warning for downloading torrents. won't work with VPN or deter anyone though. people pirating things know what they're doing by now
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