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With the summer simuldub season coming to a close, it played out like I predicted more or less. I'll wait a bit longer before I post my review. Pretty lackluster overall. But for me, the Fall Lineup is pretty stacked. Fairy Tail, SAO Season 3, and Black Clover continues which has become a lot more promising after this last arc I just watched... by far its strongest and most compelling. I watched the first episode of Double Decker! Doug & Kirill which was entertaining, and SSSS.GRIDMAN seems to be a Pacific Rim clone. Overall a return to more action adventure series, and lighter on the fan service heavy series.
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The movie is already on sale (https://www.rightstufanime.com/Sword-Art-Online-the-Movie-Ordinal-Scale-Blu-ray). Aniplex still retains the rights to sell all DVD/BD and other merchandise, Funi just got the english stream rights when Sony acquired the company.
The only thing that sucks about Aniplex is they're extremely overpriced for anything you want to buy (fuck the BD's for SAO are still $60 a pop) through them, it's the reason I haven't bought Kill la Kill yet (I paid out my ass for the Gurren Lagann BD boxset, well worth it since it's GL but damn was it expensive (for comparison I just ordered a new mouse and keyboard for $198, $10 more then I paid for GL)).
This is why I stream. I don't miss the old days of swapping out discs every few eps. I still buy movies, but screw buying series anymore. I remember buying Fullmetal Alchemist for $100 from Moviestop the days when internet retail was in its infancy. I still remember the 20ft shelf at Suncoast Video that held the entire DBZ series on VHS. I haven't bought a series in over 16-17 years, but I remember thinking what a load of crap that 4 eps a disc was. Especially after a friend bought me a bootleg rip of Samurai Champloo from Half.com and it was all on a single DVD. Man those were the days when half.com was not regulated and you could get all kinds of burned DVDs for a fraction of the cost. DVD RW was a new technology, and anyone that could afford to upgrade was making a serious profit for minimal effort. The only series I'd consider buying is Violet Evergarden if it ever gets a US physical release. Every now and then I feel like dropping netflix, one day I might.
God I'd buy Violet Evergarden in a heartbeat if it got a stateside release (I've actually considered importing it but sadly the Japanese don't include English subtitles in their releases and while I understand enough Japanese to get buy it'd be a hard sell for me). Sadly it's very rare for an anime that Netflix has the rights to to get a stateside release (I'd hate to think how much a company would have to pay to get the physical distribution rights because I'm sure Netflix would put up a fight).
Honestly swapping out discs has never annoyed me. Then again I've been doing it for over 20 years that it's just second nature now. I also like supporting the industry where I can, be it paying to stream content or buying the physical release. I do find myself streaming more than I used to, to the point that I rarely download fansubs anymore (only for shows that CR doesn't get the stream rights/simulcasts for) but nothing ever beats the satisfaction of owning the shows for me, knowing that I can watch them anytime I wish without the worry of CR losing the rights to stream them (hell half of my collection isn't even available to stream). I don't just buy anything though, I only buy shows I've seen and have an attachment to (like Aria, Gurren Lagann, Gundam, etc). It's not like 16 years ago where I bought anything I could get my hands on (a lot of my collection is shows I bought on impulse like Generator Gawl and Martian Successor Nadesico (two shows I'd never heard of and two shows I actually really enjoyed)). Plus I don't spend money on much anymore. I buy maybe 2 games a year now, rarely buy movies, with my Spotify subscription I rarely buy CD's anymore, rarely buy books anymore (which I hate, reading is my favorite past time but I just don't have time to do it anymore), and I rarely eat our/go to movies/or go out drinking. True, I should probably reign my anime spending in a little (I average $500 a year and that's low balling it) but meh.
Well that and I actually re-watch anime all the time. There isn't an anime that I own that I haven't re-watched at least twice (or, in the case of Aria, once a year since I first watched it (so roughly 10 times)). Yea, I really need to get out more x_X