(It's been a long time since I've had the time to post here, but I hope to back regularly now.)
Dragon Ball Z has been a best seller for Funimation ever since it started releasing the singles in 2003 and since then has re-released at least the first 34 episodes of the series 5 times through box sets of various qualities. Fan outrage over an Amazon listing and subsequent trailer sparked on twitter over yet another re-release of the first set of DBZ episodes, their second this year alone. The set seeks a second attempt at putting the series out on Blu-ray after the first set of releases were canceled in 2011 with only 2 sets released after reportedly low sales; while 2 more sets were planned and have product pages. The failure of the first set of releases can be attributed to being released around the same time as the Dragon Ball Z Kai Blu-rays and the still high selling DBZ dvd season box sets, commonly referred to as the “orange bricks”.
The trailer has since been taken down but has been captured and uploaded to YouTube. The problems with these new Blu-rays start with the aspect ratio. The show which originally was produced in 4:3 has been “remastered” to 16:9 widescreen for the orange bricks. This led to a major loss of picture with a very noticeable portion of the top and bottom of the screen being cropped out, after the failure of the first Blu-rays Funimation is going back to this style for the new releases.
The picture quality of this release is also a concern as the picture has been smoothed out so not to look as grainy. This problem may go over many casual fans as the technique puts the show close to par with the clean look of newer released anime at the loss of major detail. The reason the orange bricks sold so well comes from the misconception that widescreen is better quality no matter the circumstances, which can be seen from taking a look at the various one-star reviews on the Amazon page for the first Blu-rays. A long with this comes the lowest price point I have seen for an anime release, with 30+ episodes for around $20 a piece. You can still see today the misunderstanding of the anime home video market with recent Aniplex of America complete shows that go for hundreds of dollars, which is still less than the Japanese market price. So with prices so low casual fans are happy to buy no matter the quality as long as it is cheap, leading to this being the base quality of release for the show.
In the end though, all of this would not be as big of a problem if the hardcore fan base had a release that fits their needs, but this is not the case as of now. Arguably the best release of the show by Funimation comes from the Dragon Boxes, a premium limited edition release of the show in its original 4:3 aspect ratio taken from the Japanese release. This release was limited in Japan and so had to be similarly limited in its region one release with no repressing in site. This leaves the boxes out of print with most now sold out including box two which goes for $600+ new on Amazon.
This article was originally posted on my blog at realjpoe.com
(Well it's been awhile since I've had the time to post here, but I hope you guys enjoy a recent rumor I've been doing some research on!)
For anyone not familiar with Verical Inc. Vertical is a North American manga & light novel publisher who is known for licensing more niche & obscure tiles than many of the well know manga publishers. In their recent survey asking which titles customers would be interested in seeing Vertical publish, the Yusuke Kishi light novel From The New World (Shin Sekai Yori) seemed to be a crowd favorite. From the New World’s recent popularity can be traced to its recent anime adaptation from A-1 Pictures, currently streaming on Cruncyroll. Through their Tumblr blog, The Diagonal, Vertical has tried their best to make clear their guidelines when considering titles to pick up. One of the more interesting bits of information found here are their requirements for novels. These guidelines are as followed: No serialized novels, One-shots only, keep one-shots to less than 400pgs, & no literary fiction. In another post they loosened up some of these by stating:
“1 volume and 300pgs. Might be up to doing 2 volumes at 500pgs combined. Basically… We avoid light novel series or most light novels in general.”
Aside from page count which I couldn't get a precise number from my research & would more than likely change when localized to English, From The New World hits many of these benchmarks. Vertical in answering customer questions on their blog has been hesitant in discussion of the title. When one fan asked about the title directly vertical gave this statement.
“I am currently in the process of reading it and our Editor-in-Chief who is our novels guru has enjoyed the book. But length of that book, it is three thick thick volumes, makes it a little scary for us as we tend to avoid serialized novel releases (we prefer one-shots).
Please purchase Crimson Labyrinth (Mr Kishi’s other novel) and like this post to let him know there is an audience for the title. Ideally we’d need 4.5K to make this work. Oh and one more thing. US, UK and Canada only. We don’t sell novels to the EU.”
As stated above Vertical has previously published author Yusuke Kishi’s other work, The Crimson Labyrinth. They also recently announced the licensing acquisition of the manga adaptation of From the New World & plan on a releasing the first volume this autumn. In previous interviews Vertical’s marketing manager Ed Chavez has stated his interest in hearing more from the hardcore manga audience & 4chanel crowd, & since I first stumbled upon this story in a forum discussion on 4chan I can only assume Vertical is following this as well.
While saying that they need 4,500 to make it work is talking about sells numbers, an outcry of response on this post could persuade them if they see an interest from fans & more importantly a market for the title.
Sources: Vertical Inc, Crunchyroll, & Anime News Network.
This article was originaly posted on my blog at therealjpoe.com
While Kyoto Animation's highly anticipated new Autumn anime series Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! (Regardless of My Adolescent Delusions of Grandeur, I Want a Date! - official English name) doesn't premiere until October 3rd, KyoAni has provided a new video to tide fans over till the impending release. According to ANN, Chuuibyou demo Koi ga Shita 'Lite' is a short online only series that will tell its own mini-story aside from the television series. You can watch the raw video from KyoAni's official YouTube page while my friends over at Doremi - Fansubs have provided an English sub for the premiere episode.
English Sub DD: http://www.mediafire.com/?o82a7722619yt5b
Boku wa Tomodachi Ga Sukunai, otherwise known by the shortened title Haganai in English or by its literal translation I Have Few Friends, has quickly become a favorite of mine after finishing the first season. It doesn't look like I, or anyone else, will have to wait much longer for more as publisher Media Factory has announced its return this January with a second season. The announcement trailer for the show which was originally shown at an event in July has since found its way to YouTube giving us a sneak peak at the new season. Unfortunately it isn't subed so you will just have to go off visuals alone if you can't speak Japanese. If you want to get a good laugh though try turning on the YouTube captions. The second season is a little ways off, but if you can't wait till then there is an OVA being released in Japan on September 26th. The entire first season is available to watch for free on Funimation's YouTube channel, only subs through since it was never dubbed. The show is based off a light novel series & originally ran for 12 episodes between October & December 2011. Personally I'm hoping they cover the character's psychological problems instead of being mostly a comedy this time around. Anyways here is the promotional video along with the first episode of the first season.
That's right, Eureka Seven will be airing on Adult Swim's Toonami block starting next week. With both Deadman Wonderland & Cowboy Bebop ending this week, Toonami is sticking true to its word of avoiding reruns & bringing E7 along with the previsously anounced Samurai 7 to take their place. That's not the only thing chaning though. Fullmetal Alchamist: Brotherhood will be getting pushed back to accommodate the new shows. It is not yet confirmed if Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex will also be getting pushed back or if FMA:B will simply take Bebop's spot. Eureka Seven lasts 50 episodes & has already aired twice on Adult Swim's former anime block through 2006-2008.
Full News Story: http://therealjpoe.com/2012/08/12/eureka-seven-coming-to-toonami/