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Re: News: Voyager goes it alone: Star Blazers 2199 on home v

PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 4:53 pm
by GWOtaku


Aside from the vexing headline about Star Blazers 2199 being "on sale now" when preorders are in fact 2+ weeks away, the wording on the page is of interest to me. First, the Kinokuniya exclusivity is just for between the "end of December" and the 2/27/14 release date. More significantly, I'd note the language about this release as "the first step" and the references to the "Japanese version". They sure make it sound like this isn't meant to be the only version of the program that they want to put out there on home video.

Re: News: Voyager goes it alone: Star Blazers 2199 on home v

PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 5:29 pm
by macloud
Any word as to whether they will ship this outside of the US?

Re: News: Voyager goes it alone: Star Blazers 2199 on home v

PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 6:27 pm
by Steve H
MikeToole wrote:We've got pricing:
http://starblazers.com/article/star-bla ... -12192013/

$34.99 for DVD, $44.99 for BLUE-RAY!!, with the final volume containing 6 episodes and costing more.

These are SRPs, but I don't know if street price will play a factor since they're only selling direct and via Kinokuniya stores.

I've got mixed emotions. At least they're trying, and it'll be a bit cheaper than importing the discs from Japan. But I can't confess to being very interested in paying $300ish for a single TV series in bluray, when I can get so many other great shows for less than a third of that. I also don't like the single-disc model, which has been abandoned by the rest of the business. Aniplex USA have shown some small success with priced-up premium releases, but they're slowly adopting affordable standard editions and bilingual discs.

It's crucial that they get this series on some of the streaming services. Not dubbing it is going to cut them out of some of them (Xbox and PSN don't like subtitled-only stuff). I hope it's part of their strategy.


If this is site-only and Kinokuniya, then I must correct my earlier speculation about Tapeworm's involvement and suggest that Bandai Visual may indeed be doing replication. This follows the pattern of the Bandai Visual/Honneamise release of Aim for the Top! Gunbuster!, where Image handled the 'mainstream' (altered to prevent reverse imporation) release and Kinokuniya handled a Region 0 reprinting of the Bandai Visual Japanese (raw Japanese language, no subs but otherwise unaltered) release. Boy, I kind of wish I had jumped on that. Anyway.

Not that there will be two separate releases, I'm discussing the fact there is an existing relationship and pattern in place.

Loading up that last disc with 6 episodes, at least on the DVD version, troubles me. Two discs with 5 episodes would be less compressed and if anything needs as little compression as possible I would vote episodes 23-26 deserve as much 'room' as possible.

And I know a goodly number here are Blu-Ray snobs. Go ahead, laugh. I don't care.

Re: News: Voyager goes it alone: Star Blazers 2199 on home v

PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 6:33 pm
by Steve H
macloud wrote:Any word as to whether they will ship this outside of the US?


I would guess not. They SHOULD be able to as it's not a case of licensing restriction (as would be the case if, say Funimation was producing the discs) but who knows. There will probably be a statement about where they can ship after they think about it for a couple of weeks.

Re: News: Voyager goes it alone: Star Blazers 2199 on home v

PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 7:08 pm
by Ithekro
Oddly, I would think the first disc would be better served having six episodes just for the story structure to be preserved. Otherwise we will have resolutions in the middle of a disc for all discs. The show is presently set up into seven arcs I suppose, with the first one being the first two episodes, then next being the the next four and so on.

If they keep this structure the episodes will look like this:

1-4 (end over Saturn)
5-8 (end of Schultz)
9-12 (cliffhanger on submarine)
13-16 (end over Beeland)
17-20 (Battle of the Rainbow Star Cluster)
21-26 (End of series)

It might work like that, but I'd have to revisit it again to be sure.

Re: News: Voyager goes it alone: Star Blazers 2199 on home v

PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 3:07 am
by macloud
Its probably nothing [ :? ]but i just went over to the Starblazers.com site, only to find a white screen and the following:

データベース接続確立エラー


Again Is this something to worry about? or is it just a "closed for maintenance" sign?

Re: News: Voyager goes it alone: Star Blazers 2199 on home v

PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 6:16 am
by Steve H
macloud wrote:Its probably nothing [ :? ]but i just went over to the Starblazers.com site, only to find a white screen and the following:

データベース接続確立エラー


Again Is this something to worry about? or is it just a "closed for maintenance" sign?


Seems more like a server went bork. Database Error of some manner.

Going on all over. My email was dead for almost two days. Bad scene.

Re: News: Voyager goes it alone: Star Blazers 2199 on home v

PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 9:52 pm
by Tim Eldred
Database connection establishment error. Hope someone on the other side is paying attention.

Re: News: Voyager goes it alone: Star Blazers 2199 on home v

PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 11:34 pm
by DanGeorge
Funnily enough, if you use http://starblazers.com/en/ it loads normally. Looks like it's something wrong with whatever database that contains the redirection URL.

Re: News: Voyager goes it alone: Star Blazers 2199 on home v

PostPosted: Sat Dec 14, 2013 5:09 am
by DevinCx
My uncle did a lot of the marketing and research before Viz launched Shonen Jump in North America.

I showed him what's been said about "Star Blazers 2199" and his immediate reaction was "Voyager DOES know it's not 1988, right?"

Which also perfectly sums up my response to the DVD/BluRay news. Long gone are the days people will pay between $30 and $50 US for four episodes on a disc and maybe some translated liner notes. This isn't going to expand their fanbase, if anything, it's going to shrink it.

Speaking of catastrophic mistakes...

I'm sorry, but as a fan of the show, and someone who's spent the last two years trying to get every anime fan I know to watch this series... I demand an apology from Voyager for reducing the marketing of the series to horrifically bad vid-blogs from someone most Americans will take for a softcore porn actress.