My first blog post! My original plan was to create this thread in the R1 section but I decided to give blogging a try. This may get a bit lengthy, so beware. Here we go!
Lately, I've noticed a lot of complaints with FUNimation's packaging for their thinpack collections. Some of the complaints come from certain forum members (you know what I'm talking about) who immediately disapproved of FUNi's acquisition of the Sojitz titles from ADV upon the announcement and are still angry about the situation, which I just rule out, while the others who complain aren't so unjust. Video quality/disc issues aside, what's the problem with FUNimation's new packaging?
The thing about FUNimation's new packaging is... it's not new. Major players in the DVD industry, such as Warner Bros and Sony, use this same type of packaging for their thinpack collections. Titles ranging from Full House to Family Guy to The Cosby Show use this same type of packaging. Those companies were the first to start this packaging trend, right? So why should a company in the smaller anime industry be considered cheap for using "flimsy" packaging when the big guys are using the same thing? Just because one anime company decided to make their thinpack boxes "sturdier" than the bigwigs and one company decided not to, does that make them cheap, especially how everything is now in the U.S.? Due to high cost, ADV has stopped using thinpacks completely and switched to bricks. With that said, shouldn't it be the other way around: ADV's thinpack packaging is expensive, rather than FUNimation's is cheap? The reason why many people (including myself) love thinpack sets is the amount space they consume (or the amount of space they don't consume), compared to the same set if it were released with normal-sized keepcases. Shouldn't we be a little happy that FUNi's sets are taking up even a little less space? Most folks here have collections close to or in the 500's, while many have passed that landmark years ago. I'm somewhere at the halfway point of the former, and I'm worrying about where to store my collection, so I appreciate every bit of space I can save. Let's look at these space-savers from a different point of view.
Say an anime fan, let's call him John Smith, introduces his pal, good ol' average Joe into anime. Joe loves to collect DVD box sets of his favorite television shows and has a relatively nice-sized collection. After being introduced to anime by John and liking what he sees, Joe decides to tag along with John to the anime section of <insert your favorite anime B&M store here>. Joe is still a bit wary about diving into the realm of anime, but he decides to give it a shot anyway. Since he loves comedy series, he tries to find one that looks interesting to him. Now here's the question: do you think Joe would purchase A) a series packaged in a set similiar to his own DVD's, that'll fit it just perfect; or B) a series packaged in a bright, yellow, tin locker?
I'm not here to bash ADV or force everyone to have their n
th child by a FUNi rep (neither company is my favorite one), I made this post to... well, I guess play the straight man. I just wanted to give everyone a different point of view on this matter and show that it really not as bad as it seems. Companies like Geneon and VIZ have used this type of packaging, while another like Media Blasters have been using it for years, so why should one company take the blame for it all now? All the vigorous bashing, regardless of the company, except 4Kids (kidding!), should be put to rest.