Apparently there's a movement from Japan right now to stop ANIME from being released on bluray stateside because of reverse importing.
Instead of looking at the US as the problem, maybe they should look in the mirror and think "Hmmm.... maybe we shouldn't charge so much for blurays?" Because they charge an arm and a leg. I wanted to import JoJo but after seeing the price for volume 1; $90 for six episodes; I said fuck that noise.
>So what's Japan's problem with reverse importing?
They lose money that way.
>"Hmmm.... maybe we shouldn't charge so much for blurays?"
This is how you find the newfags on /a/.
The anime community is inelastic. There's a bunch of guys who will buy the BDs even for these ridiculous prices. The rest of Japan wouldn't buy them even if you offered them for American prices.
Japan doesn't care. BDs and DVDs get released in the west long after they're released in Japan, the dedicated people buying that stuff in Japan are the ones who put up most of the money that projects make.
>I wanted to import JoJo but after seeing the price for volume 1; $90 for six episodes; I said fuck that noise.
You sound new. I'm just sad you didn't buy the BDs and blog some more about how they lacked subtitles.
>$90 for six episodes
>animators are paid less than people flipping burgers
>There's a bunch of guys who will buy the BDs even for these ridiculous prices. The rest of Japan wouldn't buy them even if you offered them for American prices.
Then why do half-priced volumes sell so much better? I agree with japan's pricing, but this argument is not sound at all.
It's their fault for getting into the anime industry in the first place.
Also, flipping burgers is a more important job than animation. If you're a yank, who the hell is going to flip your burgers? You'll die of hunger.
But then, we have too many fucking Chinese cartoons and 99% of it is crap. It doesn't matter if their job is more skilful. It's what the world needs.
People need food, not Chinese cartoons. You won't die if some faggot studio decides not to make a sequel to your favourite cartoon.
No company is going to cut off an established market like that, it's like throwing away money.
They've got a few options, but by far the smartest would be pressuring American publishers/distributors to prevent their products from being shipped to Japan. Most likely by imposing prohibitively expensive "shipping fees".
>are you implying their animators are lazy
I meant to say the studio has a very small budget and only pays for so many workers.
Their equipment is probably sub-par as well.
But they are not doing anime episodes in singular weeks.
Sure, but do you think those shows would really be improved by a higher budget and longer production times? It's a case of diminishing returns, you don't spend twice the money on a show that's going to make the same amount back either way.
Taxes would have to be imposed by government. And if you're talking about tariffs, we have trade agreements that prevent those.
Most likely by insisting on releases that are months late and/or hardsubbed, so that Amazon Japan doesn't try stocking them instead of the jp release like they did with Persona 4 before it was changed to dub only. The shit video quality helps too even though they don't even need to ask for that.
Tsuiokuhen had great animation for its action scenes. Umineko didn't really need fantastically animated magic fights, just more consistent visuals and more faithful to the source writing.
>how the fuck does anime sell in japan?
>How the fuck does the average anime manage to sell 5 000 BDs in a country with 130 000 000 people?
Just putting things into perspective.
>Hard-working salarymen love their kids
Not that either.
Well, anime aren't exactly selling exceptionally well in Japan anyway, so they have to charge ridiculous prices per episode to make the production cost back.
Extremely successful anime make an ample surplus, sure, but the majority is barely scraping by.
So, I can understand why they dislike reverse importing. It bears the risk of ruining the anime industry.
>Apparently there's a movement from Japan right now to stop ANIME from being released on bluray stateside because of reverse importing.
waaaaaaaaah. Cry me a fucking river nips.
thats not a lot
if I lived there I would probably buy a thousand copies of the black lagoon ova if it ment pushing the mangaka into high gear to start drawing again.
I'm that rich and I'm that much of a dick, I want my fucking black lagoon
I don't geddit? they're afraid of nips buying amurika!!!! dubbed animu? who buys that shite? and most nips including otaku nips suck at understanding even broken engrish.
are there jews in japan?
>I'm that rich and I'm that much of a dick, I want my fucking black lagoon
You're also that stupid.
Rather than buying BDs, it would be smarter to directly push for an S2. Join the committee, slap the unwilling guys with dollar notes and make your American presence felt.
ITT: Newfag retards bitch and moan that they're too poor to buy the actual discs and not some localized pile of bargain bin wal-mart trash
Why the fuck would you buy anime at all except to collect it and support the studio? You can't do either of those things with localized shit.
No problem, pretty much all the anime is going to be on streaming sites or netflix anyway.
Why bother buying hardcopies. All the jap companies have to do is deny rights if they intend to print a hardcopy.
But netflix doesn't have nice ass boxes
>What IS reverse importing for fuck's sake?
Importing something that originally was made in your own country.
You hear the term more regularly in the context of cars and the likes.
>animators are paid less than people flipping burgers
David Pro is not one of those studios, the GemWorld short costed more then any of the Korean studios used by Warner Bros, even Rough Draft.
Unh... do people in this thread realize they are using the term wrongly?
It is just importing. If they really care so much about reverse importing, why not sell it abroad or sell it cheapter?
It's not that hard.
Wasn't the Manga-Anime Guardians thing funded by the government? Have people forgotten the time when Nyaa suffered all those DDOS attacks coming from Japan, or is everyone just that new?
Basically everyone except KyoAni is. Things which "have budget" and look good don't pay entry-level animators more per frame, they have more animators (entry-level AND key) working on a looser schedule and turning in their work early enough for thorough correction.
>Unh... do people in this thread realize they are using the term wrongly?
Anime is made in Japan, it is licensed and distributed elsewhere, and people in Japan import the anime distributed in other countries. That is reverse importing.
>wtf does it even means? Japanese importing US-released anime to Japan?
Because Japan has hedged itself into some insane price tiering, where two episodes can run $80, because the otaku will buy it.
Except sales aren't doing so well under that model, because otaku don't actually have unlimited money. They're even saying it in their own Japanese discussions; disc sales of many good shows get crowded out by the one or two hits per season.
This isn't new; Japanese companies have gone through multiple waves of freaking out about shrinking internal markets and the cycle of imports and doubling down on the same strategy over and over again. Part of the boom/bust cycle of US anime is related to Japan occasionally trying to kill the US market by jacking up licensing fees to try to match their wild-ass guess of how many local sales they're going to lose.
I dont get why they are selling BD at such a high price I mean surely the Otaku crowd should be more than 30% of Japanese population surely there is a market for BD hence a lower price is reasonable