N-No Money…?

There’s some blame placed on anime fans for driving the industry down with our bittorrent and illegal downloads and scanlations and all that.

There’s one thing I think that is being ignored, and that is that some of the people, including myself, may want to buy certain series, but we simply do not have the financial means to do so immediately after a new book or DVD comes out.

I understand that some people will use any excuse not to pay for their anime, but what I’m talking about is people such as myself who are willing to buy a series, but because they tend to be a rather hefty financial hit, we have to make sure that everything is okay. This is what I use fansubs for, to gauge if a series is worth buying, and though I may not have the money to pay for it immediately, I keep it in the back of my mind that yes, this is worthwhile and if everything aligns correctly I will be willing to buy it.

I just bought Sexy Voice and Robo, which arrived today. I’d been planning on getting it for about two years now, and it’s not like I didn’t want it, but the circumstances happened to be just right for me to purchase it now. In the case of the Zeta Gundam DVD Box, the lack of the proper openings and ending was a huge hit for me, because I love those themes. I did not go out of my way to find an excuse not to buy it. Rather, I did not want to shell out the $200 on a substantially less than perfect release. Further than that, I did not want to spend $200 on a flawed DVD set in order to maybe hope that they’ll some day release it with the proper openings. I really can’t afford to buy the same series multiple times, and I can’t help it.

We as fans are not bottomless money pits. Not all of us anyway.

(And yes, the title is an Ogiue reference).

3 thoughts on “N-No Money…?

  1. I just picked up the Solty Rei box-set (quasi-thinpak) for $39.50 (entire series, R1 DVD). That’s pretty dang cheap for an entire series, and if you couple it with coupons found over at AnimeOnDVD.com, it’s even more affordable.

    IMO, the best way to approach buying R1 anime on DVD is to wait until the entire series is available in a cheap box-set or thinpak. Yes, it doesn’t have all the Extras that the original single DVD releases had, but really, your anime buying should be about the show (the content) and supporting the creative people that produced it.

    I enjoy a fansub now-and-then (as a way to finding out what I want to buy on DVD), but honestly, more people need to buy anime DVDs and support the scene or it’ll die. The anime industry isn’t a bottomless business. It needs fans to buy their product, but in turn, the industry needs to sell or distribute their product on media that their customers want (and at a price point that people are willing to step into).

    Fansubs have become a market, and the legit anime industry isn’t selling to those people, or hasn’t figured out how to. There is a way to get people to buy something that they can get for free. I’m sure of it.

    If you enjoy something, support it and the awesome creative talent behind it’s creation. It’s that simple.

    Ja neh. =^.^=

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  2. I remember getting into a discussion about this a few months ago.

    I certainly have no objections if you can’t pay for it. I only object to those who can pay for DVDs and refuse to buy them.
    I understand why DVDs are sold at “higher” prices compared to Hollywood releases. These guys are just barely making a profit selling them at these prices. They really can’t reduce the prices much more.

    If anime conventions show who the average fan here is, then the average fan is a teenager, likely dependent on their parents for finances. So, you’re probably not alone in your situation.
    On the other hand, I’m inclined to believe that a larger number, if not a majority, of fans in Japan are old enough to hold a job.

    As a response to the financial difficulties of a number of anime fans, I think there are some series that are just being released all at once as boxsets, although the names of which are not coming to mind at the moment.

    I watch fansubs regularly, and I buy the thinpaks when I have saved up enough for them. It’s hard trying to figure out how to sell to those who watch only fansubs. Fansubs bring anime over faster than any company here can (due to lengthy licensing negotiations), and of course, they’re free.

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