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​What Killed the American Anime Industry?

Rob Bricken of io9 writes: "Greetings, loyal readers of me reading other people's mail! I had a weird occurrence the other day — I finally got a letter that I couldn't deliver. I have no idea how this is the first time that this has come up, it being the post-apocalypse and all, but there it was."

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blitzburns41553d ago (Edited 1553d ago )

Yeah that sounds about right. Even now, though- we see licensors slowly being forced (Or, for all I know, simply attempting on their own) to charge more and more for the boxed sets again. We went from having a single or "complete series" boxed set that contained 600-625 minutes of anime a piece, (And, in the case of Soul Eater, over 1200 minutes.) to releases containing merely 300 minutes a piece. Recent releases for shows such as Steins Gate, Guilty Crown, Pyscho Pass, Jormungand, Eureka Seven AO, and Future Diary are all examples of this new model- even though, initially, a few years ago they would have been released similar how Black Lagoon, Soul Eater, Basilisk, Trinity Blood, Phantom:Requiem, Spice & Wolf, Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple, or Yu Yu Hakusho would have been released back when the market was still recovering from it's crash.

It's easy to see how consumers' dedication to our favorite shows (Such as mine) are being used to these companies' advantage.

We especially see the attempts to return to previous pricing models affecting smaller licensors- such as Sentai Filmworks. Obviously, this company isn't as big as Funimation or Viz Media- so we see them being forced to charge 20-40 dollars more for blu ray boxed sets than its competitors. (And also for shows that aren't as high quality.) For example, Btooom!, which admittedly is an amazing anime, is going for more than sixty dollars for just a barebones blu ray release. (No slip case, no special features, no blu-ray/dvd combo pack. Nothing.) Not only that, but most of the shows Sentai Filmworks licenses are of medium or lower quality than its competitors.

Personally, I'm at my limit myself. I -really- do try to support anime I like by buying the blu-ray boxed sets. However, even I can only do so much. If the releases get any more pricey or divided then I will be forced to stop purchasing them. I simply won't be able to afford it. This seems to be the case for many other people I talk to or know as well.