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 Post subject: Re: Very, very late Anime Boxset releases in Japan
PostPosted: 02 Aug 2020, 20:36 
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You're forgetting about the rentals. That's where most of the money was.
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 Post subject: Re: Very, very late Anime Boxset releases in Japan
PostPosted: 03 Aug 2020, 01:50 
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takeshi666 wrote:
You're forgetting about the rentals. That's where most of the money was.


If it’s legal to rent it’s rental priced, which usually meant a 15,000 yen VHS. The LDs were usually rental prohibited and “only” 9800. The reason VHS prices on JP VHS are even crazier than LD prices is the rental tax added on.

Meanwhile rental tapes in the US were nearly the same price. They were over $110 per copy for things like The Pelican Brief or Showgirls. The LD would be same day for $40, the retail VHS would be months later, often the next calendar year, only $20-40 or so.
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 Post subject: Re: Very, very late Anime Boxset releases in Japan
PostPosted: 03 Aug 2020, 21:51 
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That rationale for high OVA pricing makes a lot of sense. Funny though that TV series that already made back all their production costs plus a nice profit, through TV broadcasts and licensed merchandise, were still very expensive as well. Maybe it's the whole deal about how Japanese expect to pay a fortune for everything as long as it's nicely wrapped like infamous square watermelon and horribly expensive fruit in nice gift boxes.
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 Post subject: Re: Very, very late Anime Boxset releases in Japan
PostPosted: 03 Aug 2020, 23:16 
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There are numerous reasons why Japanese won’t haggle on a price. That’s separate from why the final episode of Giant Robo cost $100. With OVAs in their original run YOU the fan pay for EVERYTHING. And it won’t be Spotify cheap unless you want Aqua Teen Hunger Force quality art.

TV series were usually put on LD at four per disc and that disc being somewhere between $50 and $100 depending on the show. TV series are by no means guaranteed to already be profitable by the time they hit video. Gundam, for example, was cancelled. It was losing money. It was also off the air for almost two decades before it even hit video which was newly remastered with all new art on the discs by top tier talent. It cost $800 for the set, even though it’s a little short.

Some sets earlier on like Gatchaman I and Holmes Detective had prices sorta crazy, IIRC. It took until about 1991 before the way of doing TV anime on LD was standardized.
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