History KeepCirculatingTheTapes / AnimeAndManga

1st Dec '16 10:22:03 AM Frem3
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* For a long time, if you wanted any of the ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' franchise on DVD, then you may have had to fork over a chunk of change. 4Kids' (former) main home video distributor, Creator/{{FUNimation}} Entertainment, got into a dispute with 4Kids, and since then, 4Kids' shows generally didn't come to any home video format for years. Yu-Gi-Oh! was released to DVD via Creator/{{FUNimation}}, but after Season 3, no [=DVD=]s ever saw the light of day, and the [=DVD=]s that DID come out went for a lot of money since they were discontinued for years especially the box sets). GX and 5Ds were pretty much nonexistent on home video as well. As for the subtitled versions, there are official subs of season 1 and most of season 2 of ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' available [[http://toonzaki.com/yugioh-5ds here]]. There were briefly uncut [=DVD=] releases of the original series but only three volumes were ever released.

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* For a long time, if you wanted any of the ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' franchise on DVD, then you may have had to fork over a chunk of change. 4Kids' (former) main home video distributor, Creator/{{FUNimation}} Entertainment, got into a dispute with 4Kids, and since then, 4Kids' shows generally didn't come to any home video format for years. Yu-Gi-Oh! was released to DVD via Creator/{{FUNimation}}, but after Season 3, no [=DVD=]s ever saw the light of day, and the [=DVD=]s that DID come out went for a lot of money since they were discontinued for years especially the box sets). GX and 5Ds were pretty much nonexistent on home video as well. As for the subtitled versions, there are official subs of season 1 and most of season 2 of ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' available [[http://toonzaki.com/yugioh-5ds here]]. There were briefly uncut [=DVD=] releases of the original series but only three volumes were ever released.



** Fortunately, you can now also watch the entirety of the original ''Anime/YuGiOh'' for free [[http://www.hulu.com/yu-gi-oh on Hulu]].
** However, things ARE looking up. The original series' first four episodes are available in ''Japanese with English subtitles'' on Crunchyroll...at least, for the United States.

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** Fortunately, you can now also watch the entirety of the original ''Anime/YuGiOh'' for free on [[http://www.hulu.com/yu-gi-oh on Hulu]].
Hulu]] and [[http://www.yugioh.com/episodes the official Yu-Gi-Oh! website]].
** However, things ARE looking up. The original series' first four episodes Both sub and dub of GX and 5D's are now available in ''Japanese with English subtitles'' on Crunchyroll...at least, for Crunchyroll, as well as the United States.dub and 80+ episodes of the sub of the original series.
22nd Nov '16 5:13:35 PM mightystar
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* Although ''Manga/NintamaRantarou'' has Series 1, 2, and every episode since Series 16 fully released on DVD by NBC Universal Entertainment Japan [[note]] However, some episodes were not included on the Series 1 and 2 DVD box sets apparently due to NHK [[MissingEpisode losing some of the master tapes over the years.]] [[/note]], Series 3-15 have not and only random episodes from those series have been released on compilation [=DVD=]s. Various episodes of Series 3-15 can be found online (Lots of them are on Youku), but does require some digging to find certain episodes.

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* Although ''Manga/NintamaRantarou'' has Series 1, 2, and every episode since Series 16 fully released on DVD by NBC Universal Entertainment Japan [[note]] However, some episodes were not included on the Series 1 and 2 DVD box sets apparently due to NHK [[MissingEpisode losing some of the master tapes over the years.]] [[/note]], Series 3-15 have not and not. So far, the only random DVD releases of Series 3, 4, 6, 7, and 9-15 are cherry-picked episodes from under the 4 volume "The Step of Those Days" line. As for Series 5 and 8? Not a single episode to those particular series have been released are available on compilation [=DVD=]s. Various episodes of DVD whatsoever. While Series 3-15 can be found online (Lots of them are on Youku), but does require some digging not impossible to find online, trying to find certain episodes.episodes, especially Series 8, can be extremely difficult.
19th Nov '16 6:47:11 PM mightystar
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* The obscure animated Mario movie ''Anime/TheGreatMissionToSavePrincessPeach'' only saw release on VHS in Japan and was never released to DVD or released in [[NoExportForYou outside countries.]] Even the original VHS release is pretty rare and usually sells for hundreds when it hits auction sites. It's really unknown if it will ever get a proper rerelease at all.

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* The obscure animated Mario movie ''Anime/TheGreatMissionToSavePrincessPeach'' only saw a release on VHS in Japan and was never released to DVD or released in [[NoExportForYou countries outside countries.of Japan.]] Even the original VHS release is pretty rare and usually sells for hundreds when it hits auction sites. It's really unknown if it will ever get a proper rerelease re-release at all.



** The English dubs by Vitello Productions and Unbound Creative Inc. (formally known as Phuuz Entertainment) suffer through this trope. The Vitello dub had a some episodes released on a five DVDs in Australia and on three Fox Kids promo DVDs in the UK, but they are now out of print. Fortunately, most episodes can be found online. The Phuuz dub, however, is literally impossible to find nowadays. Doesn't help that it never received a single home media release at all and none of its episodes can be found online other than a few voice clips on Behind the Voice Actors.
** The fourth dub was produced in 2015 in Hong Kong and was commissioned by LUK Internacional. The dub was shelved after the production of approximately 20 episode was complete, presumably because no UK networks were interested in it, and therefore nothing of the dub has ever been showed publicly.

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** The English dubs by Vitello Productions and Unbound Creative Inc. (formally known as Phuuz Entertainment) suffer through this trope. The Vitello dub had a some episodes released on a five DVDs in Australia and on three Fox Kids promo DVDs in the UK, but they are now out of print. Fortunately, most episodes can be found online. The Phuuz dub, however, is literally impossible to find nowadays. Doesn't help that it never received a single home media release at all and none of its episodes can be found online other than a few voice clips on Behind the Voice Actors.
** The fourth dub was produced in 2015 in Hong Kong and was commissioned by LUK Internacional. The dub was shelved after the production of approximately 20 episode was complete, presumably because no UK networks were interested in it, and therefore nothing of the dub has ever been showed shown publicly.



* ''Anime/{{Ojarumaru}}'' has only 160 out of the 1,418+ episodes released on DVD. This is very baffling since every episode of Series 1-5 (specifically the first 450 episodes) was released on VHS. Worse, all the Series 1-5 [=DVD=]s by Nippon Crown have been long out of print and are quite rare. Used copies are going for no less than $50 on auction websites. Even worse, most of the episodes, especially the older ones, are very hard to find online. The Tagalog and the [[DuelingDubs two Cantonese dubs]] are the easiest ways to watch the older episodes online (specifically Series 5 since all three dubs started from there). Thankfully, reruns air on NHK (the network that airs the series) during the series' hiatuses. The only problem though is that nowadays the episodes produced in high definition [[note]] Starting from Series 10. [[/note]] are the only ones rerunning! The standard definition episodes haven't reran in ''quite a while''.

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* ''Anime/{{Ojarumaru}}'' has only 160 out of the 1,418+ episodes released on DVD. This is very baffling since every episode of Series 1-5 (specifically the first 450 episodes) was released on VHS. Worse, all the Series 1-5 [=DVD=]s by Nippon Crown have been long out of print and are quite rare. Used copies are going for no less than $50 on auction websites. Even worse, most of the episodes, especially the older ones, are very hard to find online. The Tagalog and the [[DuelingDubs two Cantonese dubs]] are the easiest ways to watch the older episodes online (specifically Series 5 since all three dubs started from there). Thankfully, NHK E-Tele airs reruns air on NHK (the network that airs the series) during the series' hiatuses. hiatuses during the summer and winter. The only problem though is that nowadays the episodes produced in high definition [[note]] Starting from Since Series 10. [[/note]] are the only ones rerunning! The standard definition episodes haven't reran in ''quite a while''.



* Although ''Manga/NintamaRantarou'' has Series 1, 2, and every episode since Series 16 fully released on DVD by NBC Universal Entertainment Japan, Series 3-15 have not and only random episodes from those series have been released on compilation [=DVD=]s. Thankfully, most of the episodes to Series 3-7, and 9-15 can be found online.

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* Although ''Manga/NintamaRantarou'' has Series 1, 2, and every episode since Series 16 fully released on DVD by NBC Universal Entertainment Japan, Japan [[note]] However, some episodes were not included on the Series 1 and 2 DVD box sets apparently due to NHK [[MissingEpisode losing some of the master tapes over the years.]] [[/note]], Series 3-15 have not and only random episodes from those series have been released on compilation [=DVD=]s. Thankfully, most of the Various episodes to of Series 3-7, and 9-15 3-15 can be found online.online (Lots of them are on Youku), but does require some digging to find certain episodes.
15th Nov '16 3:03:01 AM C2
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** The series remains unlicensed in the UK and isn't available for streaming in Canada (where Hulu doesn't, and likely never will, have a presence), though it can be downloaded on iTunes in the latter. MVM used to have the UK license to the DiC dub of the first two seasons, but it was an infamously poor seller (almost leading the company into bankruptcy), and there's a rumor that licensors there are scared to touch it. Jerome Mazandarari, the one formerly in charge of Manga UK, once said he would rather slam his testicles in the Manga office door than license ''Sailor Moon''.

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** The series remains unlicensed in the UK and isn't available for streaming in Canada (where Hulu doesn't, and likely never will, have a presence), though it can be downloaded on iTunes in the latter.UK. MVM used to have the UK license to the DiC dub of the first two seasons, but it was an infamously poor seller (almost leading the company into bankruptcy), and there's a rumor that licensors there are scared to touch it. Jerome Mazandarari, the one formerly in charge of Manga UK, once said he would rather slam his testicles in the Manga office door than license ''Sailor Moon''.
15th Nov '16 12:06:17 AM C2
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** In fact, ''Anime/MacrossPlus'' and the original ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' are the only two to have proper Western releases. ''SDF'' has been released in English a few times (notably in the form of ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'', plus separate translations by Creator/AnimEigo and Creator/ADVFilms as well a 2014 Creator/LionsGate issue of the first 18 episodes subbed alongside their ''Robotech'' versions, followed up by posting of the subtitled version on Amazon Video in 2016), and ''Anime/MacrossPlus'' was localized by Creator/MangaEntertainment. That's about it.

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** In fact, ''Anime/MacrossPlus'' and the original ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' are the only two to have proper Western releases. ''SDF'' has been released in English a few times (notably in the form of ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'', plus separate translations by Creator/AnimEigo and Creator/ADVFilms as well a 2014 Creator/LionsGate issue of the first 18 episodes subbed alongside their ''Robotech'' versions, followed up by the posting of the subtitled version on Amazon Video in 2016), and ''Anime/MacrossPlus'' was localized by Creator/MangaEntertainment. That's about it.
15th Nov '16 12:05:47 AM C2
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** In fact, ''Anime/MacrossPlus'' and the original ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' are the only two to have proper Western releases. ''SDF'' has been released in English a few times (notably in the form of ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'', plus separate translations by Creator/AnimEigo and Creator/ADVFilms as well a 2014 Creator/LionsGate issue of the first 18 episodes subbed alongside their ''Robotech'' versions), and ''Anime/MacrossPlus'' was localized by Creator/MangaEntertainment. That's about it.

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** In fact, ''Anime/MacrossPlus'' and the original ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' are the only two to have proper Western releases. ''SDF'' has been released in English a few times (notably in the form of ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'', plus separate translations by Creator/AnimEigo and Creator/ADVFilms as well a 2014 Creator/LionsGate issue of the first 18 episodes subbed alongside their ''Robotech'' versions), versions, followed up by posting of the subtitled version on Amazon Video in 2016), and ''Anime/MacrossPlus'' was localized by Creator/MangaEntertainment. That's about it.
3rd Nov '16 2:29:36 AM OnoderaTearer
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* The rights to ''Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise'' were sold to Creator/{{Disney}} as part of the package acquisition of {{Saban|Entertainment}}'s assets bundled with the Fox Family (now Creator/{{ABC}} Family) company. Since Disney couldn't care less about Transformers (...give or take [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Transformers_Disney_Label some]] [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Transformers:_Crossovers toys]]), it has only been released in the United Kingdom. With the Shout! Factory releases of ''Anime/TransformersHeadmasters'', ''Anime/TransformersSuperGodMasterforce'' and ''Anime/TransformersVictory'' this remains one of the only ''Transformers'' series (besides the Japanese ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' cartoons and the currently-running ''Anime/TransformersGo'') yet to see a stateside DVD set. There is also a good chance that the rights to the series may have lapsed.

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* The rights to ''Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise'' (2001) were sold to Creator/{{Disney}} as part of the package acquisition of {{Saban|Entertainment}}'s assets bundled with the Fox Family (now Creator/{{ABC}} Family) company. Since Disney couldn't care less about Transformers (...give or take [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Transformers_Disney_Label some]] [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Transformers:_Crossovers toys]]), it has only been released in the United Kingdom. With the Shout! Factory releases of ''Anime/TransformersHeadmasters'', ''Anime/TransformersSuperGodMasterforce'' and ''Anime/TransformersVictory'' this remains one of the only few ''Transformers'' series (besides (others being the Japanese ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' cartoons cartoons, ''Anime/TransformersGo'' and the currently-running ''Anime/TransformersGo'') ''WebAnimation/TheTransformersCombinerWars'') yet to see a stateside DVD set. There is also a good chance that the rights to the series may have lapsed.
2nd Nov '16 11:45:30 AM Mario1995
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** Subverted with ''Anime/SonicX'', as 4Kids released the "uncut" subbed version of the entire series online, [[NoExportForYou but it's only available in the United States]], and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking 4Kids' infamous digital paint removing Japanese text is still there]].

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** Subverted with ''Anime/SonicX'', as 4Kids released the "uncut" subbed version of the entire series online, [[NoExportForYou but it's only available in the United States]], and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking 4Kids' infamous digital paint removing Japanese text is still there]]. The third season never aired in Japan, however, because the series had been canceled by TV Tokyo after production had wrapped up.
23rd Oct '16 3:27:53 PM bwburke94
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** The Japanese version for the original series in general is very difficult to find due to there being no official home video release for it[[note]]It is available on Creator/{{Hulu}} and Creator/{{Amazon}}, but only in Japan and RegionCoding is in effect for the rest of the world.[[/note]], and no complete fansub. Though it's not impossible to track down recent episodes, only the hardest of hardcore fans have seen much of the first several seasons in Japanese. The only exceptions are the banned episodes.
** The infamous "Beauty and the Beach" wasn't initially broadcast in the West due to its inherently lewd premise... and James's fake breasts. It was dubbed with some inevitable edits and broadcast OutOfOrder during Season 3, after which it was never seen again. It isn't even on the DVD sets.
** After singer Noriko Sakai, who narrated the short '' Pichu and Pikachu'' was arrested for a drug abuse scandal in 2009, OLM, the production company behind the Anime, went so far out of their way to ban the short from ANY future appearance on Home Video.

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** The Japanese version for the original series in general is very difficult to find due to there being no official home video release for it[[note]]It is available on Creator/{{Hulu}} and Creator/{{Amazon}}, Amazon Prime in Japan, but only in Japan and RegionCoding is in effect for the rest of the world.[[/note]], and no complete fansub. Though it's not impossible to track down recent episodes, only the hardest of hardcore fans have seen much of the first several seasons in Japanese. The only exceptions are the banned episodes.
** The infamous "Beauty and the Beach" wasn't initially broadcast in the West due to its inherently lewd premise... and James's fake breasts. It was dubbed with some inevitable edits and broadcast OutOfOrder during Season 3, OutOfOrder, after which it was never seen again. It isn't even on the DVD sets.
** After singer Noriko Sakai, who narrated the short '' Pichu ''Pichu and Pikachu'' Pikachu'', was arrested for a drug abuse scandal in 2009, OLM, the production company behind the Anime, went so far out of their way to ban the short from ANY future appearance on Home Video.



* If you missed out on seeing ''Anme/GrimmsFairyTaleClassics'' when they were on television, you might be completely out of luck at this point, considering these shows are almost impossible to find. A few episodes have wound up on video-sharing sites such as Website/YouTube.

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* If you missed out on seeing ''Anme/GrimmsFairyTaleClassics'' ''Anime/GrimmsFairyTaleClassics'' when they were on television, you might be completely out of luck at this point, considering these shows are almost impossible to find. A few episodes have wound up on video-sharing sites such as Website/YouTube.
23rd Oct '16 3:14:10 PM bwburke94
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* ''Dororonpa!'' doesn't have a home media release either. Like ''Oyako Club'', episodes are difficult to find, especially if you're living outside of Japan. Thankfully, the series is available on Yahoo! [=GyaO=] and Creator/{{Amazon}} Video Japan (though the last episode isn't included for some reason). Tele-Asa Channel 1 reran the series for a brief period in 2014 and early 2015, but it was eventually removed from their schedule.

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* ''Dororonpa!'' doesn't have a home media release either. Like ''Oyako Club'', episodes are difficult to find, especially if you're living outside of Japan. Thankfully, the series is available on Yahoo! [=GyaO=] and Creator/{{Amazon}} Amazon Video Japan (though the last episode isn't included for some reason). Tele-Asa Channel 1 reran the series for a brief period in 2014 and early 2015, but it was eventually removed from their schedule.
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