Re: Aniplex of America licenses Sword Art Online
Same old story every time AoA announces something. Don't know why people bother, they won't change their strategy as long as it makes them money, and it obviously does. They know very well that the people who are willing to pay what they're asking don't care about dubs in the slightest. People are way too spoiled by $30 crap releases. With 23% off MRSP the Bakemonogatari Blu-ray box costs around $290 in Japan (MRSP is $375) and people are complaining about $150..
Is AoA's six or seven licenses really worth complaining about? Sentai for example is picking up absolutely everything these days so there should be more than enough to suit your needs, and most if not all AoA-licensed shows have been or is available for streaming.
And yes, it's also about what you think is worth what. I'd rather spend $150 on one quality show than $150 on four average to good shows. I do believe AoA are missing out a bit on their October - November run though. I know many people are very much against paying $150 for one show, but now they're releasing three LE's in one month with each costing $150. Personally I don't care, but I can see why people are reacting (but only because it's three LE's in a month).
Lastly, I do believe that there are far more people watching sub only than people who actually watch stuff dubbed. In many cases it's just not worth it adding a sub. Sentai for example is only dubbing their Blu-rays (if I'm not mistaken). Funi always adds subs but that's because they're 100% mainstream.
So happy that Sentai didn't get this. They're parasites. Their bare bone releases would make Geneon turn in it's grave. Slap subs on the discs and out to the stores they go. How often do they get stick for subs only?
Also, $150 isn't really that much at all if you just prioritize. If you want a show enough then it really shouldn't be a problem. If you want a show enough then sub only shouldn't really be a problem either.
Last edited by Nico87 : 10-14-2012 at 05:20 AM.