View Full Version : Discontinued/OOP R2 CDs/DVDs
10-18-2007, 05:33 PM
I wasn't sure whether to put this here or in the Retail forum... if I'm wrong, I'm sure a mod will move it accordingly.
Anyway, my question is, is there any website which keeps track of what anime CDs/DVDs that are only released in R2 are discontinued and/or out of print?
And a side question: Does CD Japan only list items which are still being authored by the studio? Because I've searched for specific items on that site which don't appear, but DO appear at Amazon.jp- stuff like Wedding Peach: Wedding Bouquet OST and Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture OST.
10-18-2007, 05:57 PM
I don't know about your first question. But for your second question, CD Japan will claim that things are OOP when they're just out of stock and not intending to order anymore. So don't use CD Japan to figure out if something is OOP. Otherwise a lot more will seem OOP than really is.
10-18-2007, 09:18 PM
Actually, I've found that CD Japan's listings are usually fairly accurate. If they list something as being "out of print," it means they can no longer obtain it from the manufacturer, even if other retail stores still have it. When something is simply "out of stock" with them, it'll show a "usually ships in xx weeks" instead of the usual 2-6 days. Stuff which has been out-of-print by the manufacturer for a prlonged period of time will no longer show up on their website; when I asked one of their representatives some time back, they told me that OOP items were periodically removed as they became too old in order to conserve site space (which would be why some of the Wedding Peach things wouldn't show up at all, even if you put in the catalog number).
As far as the out-of-print list, there is not a comprehensive one, to my knowledge. There are, however, a few really good sites which keep track of everything related to one particular thing (i.e. all video game music CDs, all CDs released by Victor, all releases (CD, LD, DVD, whatever) by xx artist, etc.). It would be nice if there were a full list out there, but it would be so massive at this point, I don't know if anyone would be able to do it. Maybe someone should start a thread and have everyone contribute what information they have to try to make one?
10-18-2007, 09:29 PM
This could be a completely false assumption, but I get the feeling that anime CDs in Japan are akin to movie soundtracks from ten years ago here in America- unless it's something REALLY popular and well-selling like Back to the Future, Star Wars, or the like, odds are the original CD manufacturer isn't going to keep it in print once it reaches a certain age, and that the only way to then obtain such things is either to track down a used copy from a used shop or a person (like what Amazon sometimes has) or download OST rips on the internet. True?
10-18-2007, 10:44 PM
Actually, you're very close on that assumption. A lot of discs, especially older ones, will only get a single pressing (or they'll do multiple presses at once, and have one of them be the "first press" with goods), then go OOP. Some of them are even done as "limited pressings" or "pre-order only," in which case there's a very finite number of them available (e.g. the Evangelion 3 DVD boxed sets that were released prior to the remastered version; only 5,000 of each, if I remember correctly). I suppose it just isn't economical for them to keep the discs in print. Even discs that get a repress are often low-pressed at that (e.g. Fushigi Yugi TV OST 1, digitally remastered and repressed, limited to 5,000; that one was part of a series, which also included the first Tennimon! OST). I personally consider it very unfortunate that things are like that, since it makes some very good CDs and DVDs virtually impossible to find (Nurse Angel Ririka, Bubblegum Crash!, etc.).
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