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February 13, 2009

Otaku extraordinaire Danny Choo often mentions getting SAFs (Suddenly Acquired Figures) but today I got a shipment from Archonia with FAPs (Finally Arrived Pre-orders)….
Mhhh, somehow I’m not sure that abbreviation term will know success, for obvious reasons of easily misinterpreted meaning… orz

Had quite a bit of things pre-ordered at Archonia so decided to have the batch of goods that were already in stock shipped out to me, a mix of manga volumes, DVD’s and a figure.


Box included the gorgeous Shiki Ryogi from “Kara No Kyoukai” kimino version 1/7 figure by Good Smile Company, the english translated manga “Negima” volume 20 and “Aria” volume 4, as well as lots of DVD’s, “Code Geass” season 1 sets part 2 and 3, “Aria The Natural” part 1 and “Lucky Star” volume 5.

Comrade Optic recently posted in his blog about a large batch of anime DVD sets he had bought, with the remark by purchasing officially released anime DVD’s, he feels he contributes to the anime industry.
Do agree with that view, the anime industry makes most of its money from a series from the sales of the DVD’s and other goods and it can not survive if no one buys the products. Broadcast and advertising returns don’t seem to suffice.

While I’m not keen on the elevated price of many anime DVD volumes and releases, I do try and purchase the official DVD’s of those series I adore. To my delight we are seeing an evolution recently by many companies where they release more competitively priced box sets, the “Aria” DVD sets from Right Stuf and “Code Geass” DVD sets from Bandai.

So when I can afford it and the product warrants it, I’ll get the DVD, manga or figure, not only to support and show appreciation for a series I love but they’re all things I’ll enjoy watching, reading,…

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 16, 2009 2:12 pm

    I like the way how the industry is taking a different approach in releasing complete series rather than single volume. If they continued that way it was before then most of them would’ve ended up like Geneon while in Geneon case, it was a different story.
    I reckon this approach is worked well as many ppl don’t wanna spend a ridiculous amount of money just on anime.

  2. Smithy permalink*
    February 17, 2009 5:45 pm

    Indeed, though one must always keep in mind that anime is a more niche market with a smaller customer base (which leads to higher prices) it’s always been obvious and en eyesore to many that regular television series season box sets were quite rapidly available at competitive prices whereas anime is most often released in single volumes at higher prices per volume.
    (Though in Japan it’s even worse, DVD versus episode count and price-wise.)

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