It's been just under a year since FUNimation made the move to season sets and since Nozomi began putting all their new shows out in the chipboard season set format. Are you finding yourself buying more shows now, less shows or the same? Do you find yourself sampling new series less because of the high cost of entry, or are you sampling through legitimate and non-legitimate sources before tackling a show? How have your buying habits changed because of the shift to season sets?Tags: anime, funimation, nozomi
Years ago when Viz Media stopped releasing Corrector Yui, it seemed like everyone noticed, even if they weren't interested in the series. When Viz later on started dropping shows like Prince of Tennis, Mar, Hikaru no Go and Full Moon, it caused quite a bit more discussion but no real surprise. Ages ago, Media Blasters released the first volume of a series that most people can't even remember the name of and they never went back to it. While not every company drops a series, series do get nixed part way through for one reason or another, usually stemming from bad sales.
But they almost always get some sort of discussion on it.
Which is why it's strange that Bandai Entertainment hasn't really gotten any grief for stopping their release of Di Gi Charat Nyo back in September. That's when the ninth volume of this twelve volume series came out. November should have seen volume ten, January volume eleven and March would see volume twelve. And then we'd be done with it. Di Gi Charat doesn't have a huge following in the US but it's managed to get a lot of releases over the years. This particular incarnation, in my eyes, was the worst of the bunch as it changed what made it such a fun and quirky show. It was weird for the sake of being weird.
Bandai Entertainment didn't do itself any favors with this release either. It's a long show with each volume featuring four full length episodes. But when you have a bi-monthly release schedule, its going to be hard to maintain interest in a series that's very episodic - even within the half length episodse that make up each full length piece. Two years to finish? It may not have seemed like a bad idea at the start, but things have changed badly since then. And the show wasn't cheap - if you go by the supposed industry average of $10,000 per episode to dub, Di Gi Charat Nyo is an expensive proposition. So it's not a surprise that the various combinations came together to end the release of the show.
But nobody noticed.
Well, to be honest, no title is really bad. Someone out there somewhere likely loves it beyond all things.
But with ADV Films launching into Blu-ray by using the standalone title Lady Death, well, it's easy to ask why they're using such a title. ADV Films did this back in 1999 when they got into DVD, reluctantly at first, by releasing the standalone video game title Tekken: The Motion Picture. It was flawed because it was a dubtitled release and they hadn't figured out the optimal way of putting something on DVD yet. The tools weren't in place and it was a title that would sell even if it was done badly. Lady Death falls into a similar place in that it has a certain dedicated audience that reaches outside of anime fandom and it ADV Films pretty much owns it completely because it was one of their few original productions. So with no need to really go back to Japan for the rights, they can figure it all out in this title and probably get some decent sales off of it as a trial run.
Of course, it's not a title that's going to appeal to anime fans and anime fans are going to roll their eyes as they want something better. But FUNimation essentially did it the same way, practicing with Dragon Ball Z titles before delving into Vexille, Samurai 7 and others that are in the queue for this year. Sometimes a title needs to be sacrificed in order to get an understanding of how to use a new format. And honestly, I'd rather see Lady Death go under the Blu-blade before a high profile anime title that's more deserving of being released in high definitionTags: anime, blu-ray, lady death, vexille, adv films, funimation
Happiness is having Blassreiter skip a week. That they put up a recap episode of the first 11 episodes is intriguing, but I don't think it'll get me to watch it.