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Submitted by: DiRF
Comments: 210  (Read/Post)     Favorites: 3  (View)
Submitted on: 04-24-2006
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Yay Anime! ^_^ I think I'm addicted.

Not pictured: My 8-disc Trigun set, my Neon Genesis Evangelion 6-disc boxset, and End of Evangelion DVD.


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1-10-2010 @ 02:24:00 AM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
...the US Anime industry in the last 10 years...

A.D.Vision, which had been around for a long time, were strong early in the decade, then had their Japanese investor, Sojitz, become a huge pain in their ass... ADV remedied that situation by doing a strategic, planned death of the company, splitting the smoldering assets into 5 different new companies that have nothing to do with Sojitz, but essentially all still work together... ADV name gone but company is still essentially the same, sans Sojitz. All Sojitz titles now licensed by FUNimation.

Pioneer Entertainment USA, created to produce and distribute laserdisc media to promote sales of Pioneer laserdisc players, took off when they licensed and released Pokemon on VHS. They made tons of money and jumped into the DVD market. Pioneer split and sold them off, rebranding them as Geneon, then made tons of errors in judgment for the next few years... they're now dead, and their remnants are distributed by FUNimation.

1-10-2010 @ 02:24:43 AM
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Bandai Entertainment, after early-on experimenting with many different (supposedly) cutting-edge ways to distribute Anime DVDs, had success early on with some big titles, but never overextended themselves... they're still about as big as they always were, licensing various semi-popular to hugely-popular titles at a steady pace.

Media Blasters, known for releasing about as much anime-porn (hentai) DVDs as they do normal anime DVDs, started the decade by overcharging for underwhelming series they had licensed. They never had enough success to grow huge, so they're still a relatively medium-sized company. Have pioneered extremely-compact packaging and cheaper, subtitled-only releases in recent years.

1-10-2010 @ 02:25:43 AM
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Manga Entertainment, originally a British company, now owned by Starz. Shanghai'd many anime licenses from smaller companies back in the '90s to enter the American market... many of their DVD releases are considered to be of extremely poor quality. The only reason they survive is that they're willing to put up the big bucks to license popular titles.

VIZ Media... a manga-focused company that also licenses extremely long-running anime series (normally series of which they already release the original manga-versions.) Are good at getting anime to air on American TV. They don't license much anime, but what they do, usually turns a profit.

Central Park Media, started by an Anime fan. He licensed and released what he liked, sometimes wouldn't be popular or turn a profit. But they did manage to release some fantastic anime here and there. Company went bankrupt, and ADV swooped in to rescue some of its licences, shortly before ADV itself had its own issues. Whoops.

1-10-2010 @ 02:26:21 AM
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AnimEigo... well, their unofficial motto is "Real anime, for real anime fans, made real slowly." They focus more on older anime series, and don't release much... but what they do release, they usually do a DAMN GOOD job on the presentation. Still licensing one or two series ever so often, releasing them at a snail's pace.

RightStuf, basically a side-business of the Anime retail website of the same name... they tend to license the smaller, obscure series that the large companies ignore. Due to the popularity of their retail website, and good relationships with several Anime websites, they get good press for their smaller licenses. Same with Media Blasters, they've moved more towards subtitle-only releases to save money. They tend to smother their releases in tons of liner-notes (booklets explaining translations and tidbits on Japanese culture in relation to the anime.) Rebranded recently as Nozomi Entertainment.

1-10-2010 @ 02:26:44 AM
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Bandai Visual USA. Technically under the umbrella of the same company that owns Bandai Entertainment, but they decided to do their own thing in America. That being, trying to sell anime DVDs for about $50-80/apiece. That, uh, didn't work. They recently decided to finally work with Bandai Entertainment, who have convinced BVUSA to lower their damn prices on future releases.

Tokyopop... heavy manga-licensor, decided to follow VIZ's lead and license anime related to their manga licenses... they thought they'd be smart and "Americanize" some of their series for release in America. Anime-fans revolted in dramatic fashion. Tokyopop is no longer in the American anime licensing/releasing business. Thankfully, their horribly mangled Initial D anime license has been snatched-up by FUNimation, who promise a new translation/release of the series soon.

Synch-Point... they, uh, released FLCL in America, along with some other smaller series not worth noting. That's about it. Same problem with Bandai Visual USA, they tried charging through the nose for their DVDs. They dead. FUNimation has relicensed FLCL, with a release planned for later this year.

1-10-2010 @ 02:28:45 AM
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Sentai Filmworks, a relatively new anime licensor in America. They work heavily with the remnants of ADV (before AND after ADV's death and reorganization.) Another studio that is leaning heavily towards cheaper, subtitled-only releases. Have scored big right out of the gate by licensing/releasing fan-favorites like Clannad and You're Under Arrest.

...and if you've noticed a trend in some of the histories... we come to, FUNimation. They started the decade extremely small... they only had one big license... Dragon Ball Z. Or as FUNimation would probably like to call it, BIG FUCKING CASH COW... with the profits from that, they grew... and grew... and grew. Always at a steady rate, never overextending themselves. They also struck big with Fullmetal Alchemist. They were the first company to convince the Japanese anime license-holders that American fans won't pay for anime DVDs as much as Japanese fans do. (cont'd)

1-10-2010 @ 02:29:05 AM
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(cont'd) ...Was able to start the trend of cheaper anime licenses and releases in America. Also helped pioneer the trend of legal anime-streaming in America, so fans can watch series that aren't aired on American TV, before deciding to purchase any DVDs. They are THE juggernaut in the industry now... estimates put their current share of the American anime market at ~60-75%. Fans sometimes refer to them as "wearing the cape", as they've swooped in and rescued many, many popular titles from other companies that have gone bust or simply left the American market.

1-10-2010 @ 05:52:35 AM
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8-24-2010 @ 08:17:40 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
Acclaimed anime director Satoshi Kon passed away earlier today. I have all four of his movies and his one TV series on DVD... I absolutely adored some of his work, especially Millennium Actress... aged 47, the story going around is that he died of cancer. :(

8-24-2010 @ 09:30:45 PM
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#189, I notice he wrote the "Magnetic Rose" segment of Memories....which was fucking brilliant.

8-24-2010 @ 09:44:42 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
#190, I still need to watch Memories... it's been sitting in my backlog for too long.

9-15-2010 @ 06:27:54 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
So I've gotten addicted lately to buying Anime soundtrack CDs... it's kinda low-tech, but the CDs are kinda neat to have in their own right, and most of mine were acquired for extremely low prices, and others came with the DVDs themselves... let's see, I have soundtracks of...

Ai Yori Aoshi & Enishi
Azumanga Daioh & Character songs collection
Bottle Fairy
Chobits 1, 2, & Character songs collection
Cowboy Bebop 1 & 3 (Blue) (genuine Japanese Victor releases, too. Hard to find, most are Miya bootlegs)
Escaflowne movie
Eureka seven 1 & 2
Excel Saga 1 & 2
Fullmetal Alchemist 1,2, & 3
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Gungrave 1 & 2
Haibane Renmei
Hand Maid May
His & Her Circumstances 1 & 2
Irresponsible Captain Tylor TV & OVA
Last Exile 1 & 2
Lucky Star OP
Mahoromatic & Something More Beautiful
Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya OP, ED, God Knows, character albums 1-9, Season 2 OP/ED
Neon Genesis Evangelion 1, 2, 3, End of Eva, and two "best of"
Noir 1 & 2
Paranoia Agent
Project A-ko
R.O.D. 1, 2, & OVA
Trigun 1 & 2
Voices of a Distant Star
Wolf's Rain

9-29-2010 @ 12:12:28 AM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
#192, I kinda lost track of the "low prices" bit and went insane on one order... just ordered, straight from Japan, Azumanga Daioh OST 2, Wolf's Rain OST 2, and the Cowboy Bebop movie soundtrack... none of those were ever released in America...

10-02-2010 @ 09:14:39 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
Well, don't really update what anime I watch in this thread as much as I used to, but I absolutely have to mention this...

...watched The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya... my God... that movie was incredible. I cried at some parts, my jaw was on the fucking floor at others... it's also the longest anime movie I've ever seen, clocking in at over 2 1/2 hours... unfortunately, the only available way to view it is a fansubbed theater camrip... a lousy camrip at that... but even in that wretched format, it was amazing. When the DVD becomes available for pre-order, I'm jumping on it.

7-29-2011 @ 03:59:48 AM
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7-29-2011 @ 06:07:35 AM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
#194, DVD/Blu-Ray combo just went live on a few retailers' websites for pre-order in the past day or so. I immediately put my pre-order in.

2-25-2013 @ 05:32:35 AM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
I've been rather lax in catching up on my backlog of unwatched discs... sometimes I wonder, "Do I actually still enjoy anime? I haven't watched any lately..."

...and then I watch Gurren Lagann and Tenchi Universe each for the first time, and I realize, "Yes, I absolutely still adore anime..."

10-30-2014 @ 08:05:42 PM
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10-30-2014 @ 08:13:22 PM
Posted By : Low-Tech Redneck Reply | Edit | Del
Lesse... the last anime I saw was FMA: Brotherhood re-run on CN's Adult Swim..... and that was a good 5 years ago I think....

*edit* NO, that's a filthy lie, I did watch it when they ran GITS:2NDG

[Edited by Low-Tech Redneck on 10-30-2014 @ 08:14:09 PM]

10-30-2014 @ 08:25:31 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
#199, Holy crap... was FMA: Brotherhood really five years ago?! Jesus...

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