Originally Posted by Jon S
The major issue with anime discs is that they are always limited in release. Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru (My Teen Romantic Comedy) was released a few years ago and then was unavailable for a few years when inventory sold out. This is one of the few anime releases that was re-released. Another title, Expelled From Paradise just sold out and is no longer available.
Another big issue is that anime discs are dang expensive. The Sword Art Online discs costs a few hundred dollars if you want both seasons. It is not uncommon for titles to be released in four episodes at a time selling for $50-80, which means a full season will set you back a couple of hundred dollars.
Japan's anime industry is in a slow decline. This is the first year that no anime are being broadcast in prime time on television as people tastes change. People are not buying discs because the videos are even more expensive there. They have to find a price point where they can sell more in volume at a lower price to increase revenue. The reduction in revenue is why recent anime has crappy artwork as they are paying less and good illustrators are leaving the industry and studios are outsourcing the art to the Philippines, Korea, China and Vietnam... Some anime has such terrible artwork where characters are disfigured or perspective is out of whack.
Studios are trying to release and sell more anime overseas but their ridiculous price structure is making that a lost cause. They better get their act together before they go under...
Amen to that brother. I just came back from a trip to the anime home land, and I've definitely noticed over the years, the decline in video presence. Heck, 20 years ago you could find TONs of stuff, VHS, LD, DVD was juuuust starting to come on line, but gained a presence in the subsequent years, and the used market was huge, great prices. That seems to have all but dried up completely. I mean you can still find stuff, but the focus seems to have shifted to more goods-related stuff, like figures and those damn gacha things, or at least in Akihabara it seems to me.
And that is very interesting, your mention of prime time anime on TV - I saw absolutely nothing. Not that I was planted on front of a TV the whole time, but I thought I'd catch something - and nothing! It's like how can there be so much anime out there (?) and be as popular as it is when there isn't anything to watch?
I did have a chance to catch Tenki no Ko in a 4DX theater though, and the 4DX aside, it's a good movie, so I'll be getting that one on BVD when it comes out....