Looking for an Anime DVD Seller
#1
I've just had to say a sad goodbye to my Anime VHS collection. I was holding on to them because I haven't been able to find replacement copies of them on English speaking region 2 DVD yet (if at all in some cases).

I grew up watching Japanese cinema and there really are some of my favourite animes in that collection, as well as some I just never got the chance to see all of.

I don't suppose that by some twisted stroke of luck anyone knows of a store in Japan that has an incredibly large stock of animes on Region free DVD by chance?

Something like that would be music to my ears right now.

Thanks anyway Smile
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#2
Updated your title just so it's less vague and people will notice your thread easier. Tongue We don't have a thread quite like this yet, so it'll now act as just a general thread for people to find either specific anime DVDs or just sellers in general.

What kinds of Anime are you trying to track down in DVD form? Any specific names? A problem with getting some of them online is that they may only exist on DVD untranslated, so that would eliminate most Japanese sellers. I haven't bought many and especially not recently, but Amazon always had a decent selection of DVDs for starters.
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#3
Rather than looking for Region Free DVDs, it would probably be easier to get a region free/multi region DVD player, so you can just play any DVD.

If we talk about blu-rays, looks like there is a requirement to have some sort of enforcement on the players, but seems a lot of the distributors don't put region coding on the blu rays themselves, and even if they do the regions are fewer and thus wider. For instance, region A is all of the Americas and most of non-China East Asia (Japan, Korea, Taiwan, etc), so I'm guessing for anime getting a region A player would be fine for most blu rays unless you are in Europe.
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#4
Good idea with the title Smile

It was quite a big box and I didn't want to bore people with the list but the titles I'm really upset about losing are -

Fist Of The Northstar (movie)
Cyber City Oedo 808
Angel Cop
Crying Freeman
Odin
and Gunhed too.

Amazon do have some of those titles on Region 2 but just not with English dub or subtitles, which is a real problem for me (I would like to try giving learning Japanese, for obvious reasons really).

Djindy makes a good point about getting a multi-region player but to be honest, it's something I've been trying to put off. My DVD collection is something that is often labelled as a 'problem' by other people and sometimes I have to agree. My collection is just about to pip the 1500 title mark so not being able to get some titles can be a good thing at times. However, when we're talking about some of the titles that have been that influential on my creative output, I think we can argue that one is becoming a more and more necessary evil for me (it'll also stop be bitching about America hogging all the best titles so...)

Moving over to Blu-Ray might be like my move over to DVD, I'll do it when players for my chosen medium are no longer easy to obtain. It is an elegant solution but one that could get horribly expensive for me.

Thanks for the feedback Smile
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#5
Oh and if there's any anime conventions near you, those are generally pretty good shots at finding what you're after too.
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#6
Conventions aren't really an option for me tbh but it was a good idea anyway Smile
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