Yeah, you heard (read) me. I love re-releases. I don't just mean individual volumes collected into one complete collection either (or, soon, sets collected into collections). I mean those shows that just don't seem to go away. Those shows that are re-packaged, re-shuffled and released once again for a new lease at life. Those shows that fans groan over when they see them on the release schedule, I can't help but crack a smile. Why? Well, besides being a fan that tends to go against the grain, re-releases just strike me as a win-win.
Let's check out this week's releases: Saiyuki Seasons 1-2, UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie Season 3-4, Grenadier Collection and Full Metal Panic: The Second Raid on Blu-Ray (I count it). The week before? Mahoromatic Collection, Sakura Wars Collection, Slayers Seasons 1-3, and Samurai Deeper Kyo Collection. Week before that? The Irresponsible Captain Tylor OVA Collection. I can go on and on. Each one of these have been re-released at a great price point that make it basically impossible not to pick up if you missed it before.
Today, I nabbed that Saiyuki set for $29.99. Slayers Collection was $34.99. Sakura Wars for $19.99. Suzuka and Elfen Lied for that price as well. It goes on and on. I don't know about you, but I can see to it to try a show people think is crappy for $19.99. I've bought much worse for much more. That is for sure. On top of that, think of the potential sale prices these could be had at.
On the business end, these collections are a no-brainer for anime studios looking to squeeze more value out of their investment. We want these studios to survive don't we? If it helps them in any way to keep afloat and pick up new titles, I will gladly pick up some re-releases I missed on the first, second or even third time around (Hello, Saiyuki). I know if I'm picking these things up, there is no question that many others are doing so as well.
Moving to a more personal note, why should these titles get anyone riled up? Isn't it selfish of us to bemoan a reprint or repackage? What if someone completely missed Twelve Kingdoms on it's first or second run? Now they notice it on its third time around, realize it is a great show and finally pick it up. That is a good thing is it not? How about the recent rescues and releases of Grave of the Fireflies and Now and Then, Here and There? Great shows that disappeared are now back on the map. If you are tired of seeing re-releases, why not just smile at another week where you can save your money?
I want to see more re-releases. That's right. More. I want to see titles such as Saikano, Maison Ikkoku, Sailor Moon, Captain Harlock, PatLabor, Legend of Black Heaven, Haibane Renmei, City Hunter, Gunbuster 2, Crest/Banner of the Stars, El Hazard OVAs, Tenchi Muyo OVA 1-2, Gundam Movies 1-3, Rurouni Kenshin, Niea_7, Boys Over Flowers, Black Jack, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Cyber Formula, Urusei Yatsura, You're Under Arrest, Kimagure Orange Road, Master Keaton, Human Crossing, Miami Guns, Hare Guu, Hyper Police, Gall Force, Inu-Yasha, DNA Squared, Project A-Ko, and the wild assortment of one shot OVAs that Media Blasters has. If you don't have the licenses anymore, pick them up on the cheap and get these shows back out there!
I won't even get into releasing these titles on Blu Ray. FUNimation has my money for their upcoming Blu Ray collections. Don't the rest of you studios want my money too?
In closing, don't mock the re-release. It is a simple win-win. It enables those who missed a title the first (second...or third) time around to pick it up, it gives studios another cheap source of income and can even save you money if you already have the title. I suppose one could argue that this practice devalues the worth of the show and anime in general. In some instances, I agree with this. However, if I have to choose between a show being out of print and getting re-released many times over, I will gladly take the release. Look at the titles I listed above. Wouldn't you love to be able to pick up many of those titles once again at a lower price in a neat collection instead of breaking your back trying to track them down?
I guess there are always fan-subs right?