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Posted 3/6/18 , edited 3/7/18

Alright, so, I'm considering starting a collection of physical copies of anime. Because 1, I hate censorship, and 2, cause I wish to properly support the makers of said anime by buying physical copies.

Now, 10 years ago I couldn't, cause I was a little late to getting a Blu Ray or DVD player, but nowadays.... I got a VHS player, DVD player (in the form of a Playstation 2 and Xbox 360), Blu Ray Player (in the form of a PS3, Xbox One, and Playstation 4) and a Betamax player.

So.... Where are the best places to get physical copies of anime? Other than Amazon or course! Also, would getting a Blu Ray/DVD player with an alternate region encoding help make getting physical copies easier?
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Posted 3/6/18 , edited 3/6/18
https://www.rightstufanime.com

They generally sell DVD/Blu-rays for 20% cheaper than list price and sometimes they have special licensor deals like "Funimation sale" where Funimation (nowadays Funi/CR) titles have a big sale.

Plus if your purchase is more than $50 (subtotal) you get free shipping.
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Besides Right Stuf. There is also Robert's Anime Corner, Sentai Filmworks Shop, FUNimation's Shop, and of course Crunchyroll's Store above.

The best time to buy is during sales. Right Stuf has their best deals during studio sales and during Black Friday to Christmas time. Sentai and FUNi have sales periodically and it is best to follow their social media to find when they have a good sale going. CR has daily deals and occasionally has a sale with a coupon code for 15 to 25% more off the current price.

Japan's Blu-ray region is the same as the USA, so a Blu-ray player from either country will play the discs of either. Thus your PS3/4 can play BDs from either country already.

Japan has region 2 discs for DVD, though. So, you will need a region 2 player to play them in the USA, which uses region 1 coding.

Assuming you are located in the USA, of course.
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If you're not looking for specific titles but looking for titles you may like to fill your collection cheap you may want to check out Ebay (sometimes you can buy complete lots of older titles used dirt cheap or get newer titles at a discount). Other places I tend to look are oldies.com, deepdiscount, Walmart, Target or Movies Unlimited. You never know what you might find. Used book/movie/game stores and flea markets can also be a goldmine for old VHS/Beta anime.
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Posted 3/7/18 , edited 3/7/18

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Alright, so, I'm considering starting a collection of physical copies of anime. Because 1, I hate censorship, and 2, cause I wish to properly support the makers of said anime by buying physical copies.

Now, 10 years ago I couldn't, cause I was a little late to getting a Blu Ray or DVD player, but nowadays.... I got a VHS player, DVD player (in the form of a Playstation 2 and Xbox 360), Blu Ray Player (in the form of a PS3, Xbox One, and Playstation 4) and a Betamax player.

So.... Where are the best places to get physical copies of anime? Other than Amazon or course! Also, would getting a Blu Ray/DVD player with an alternate region encoding help make getting physical copies easier?


Might want to be careful with the alternate region encode systems.. some of them have limits (only 5 recodes per device, so you can't just keep flipping them weekly or anything), and be sure to look at the output on them. It's worse than useless to get a PAL device if you've got an NTSC TV (though that's likely less of an issue these days with HDMI and such, still something to be aware of). But, I do know several folks who have a spare BD player just for a second (or third) region encode, so it's not exactly abnormal.

Personally, I buy most of my anime hard copies from Amazon, RightStuf, or at local stores like WalMart or Best Buy or whatever carries them. This is a pretty good time in terms of prices, at least.. I remember when buying a single 3 episode disc would be $35, and a season boxed set could be $200+, so finding half or full seasons for $19 is wonderful.

I have been burned on eBay purchases in the past, ended up with an obviously pirated copy off of the TV a few times over the years.
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Might want to be careful with the alternate region encode systems.. some of them have limits (only 5 recodes per device, so you can't just keep flipping them weekly or anything), and be sure to look at the output on them. It's worse than useless to get a PAL device if you've got an NTSC TV (though that's likely less of an issue these days with HDMI and such, still something to be aware of).


I was considering buying a dedicated player and TV with the needed alternate region encoding. I have the money for such, just wondering if it's actually necessary in some cases....

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IkusaTakuma wrote:


Might want to be careful with the alternate region encode systems.. some of them have limits (only 5 recodes per device, so you can't just keep flipping them weekly or anything), and be sure to look at the output on them. It's worse than useless to get a PAL device if you've got an NTSC TV (though that's likely less of an issue these days with HDMI and such, still something to be aware of).


I was considering buying a dedicated player and TV with the needed alternate region encoding. I have the money for such, just wondering if it's actually necessary in some cases....



I don't know about having different region set ups for Blu-ray but something to watch for with DVDs is that there are sometimes small differences in encoding (even within a region) that prevent playback on some players.

For example, I have collected half a dozen different DVD players over the years; some region-locked and some multi-region. My DVD of Kikki's delivery service will only play properly in one player, with others just giving me sound only or not playing at all.

These glitches happen to me in about 1 in 50 DVDs but, so far, I have been able to play them in at least one of the players.

This is just something to be aware of as it may be cheaper to pick up a spare player than waste region lock changes on your alternate system in an attempt to get a DVD to work.


In terms of TV signal, most TVs sold in the UK for the last 20 years have the capability to play both PAL and NTSC (though we would only get NTSC through imported DVDs/VHS). You may want to check your TV specifications in the manual or online before buying a new one.
Posted 3/11/18 , edited 3/11/18
Right Stuf Anime, Sentai Filmworks, and Funimation are all places I buy my anime. I usually wait for sales and I get anime for steals!
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