Entropic State of the Industry: North American Anime Distributors

You want us but you can’t have us…

As mentioned previously, I will be rolling out a few new regular segments on this blog, and Entropic State of the Industry will be one of them. Essentially this will be a feature designed for me to rant and rave or express some form of displeasure with the sorry state of the media industry, primarily in relation to anime, video games and film/television, but I reserve the right to bitch about whatever my little heart desires (my heart may be small, but there is no correlation between heart size and the size of other love organs, just so you know).

This past week I heard the great news that my favorite anime, Bakemonogatari, was finally licensed and would (most probably at this point in time) be released for future purchase in North America. I was ecstatic – for all of one second, because then I saw who would be distributing it: Aniplex of America. In my not so humble opinion, of all the possible choices out there, this is the worst possible company that could hold the rights to this great show.

So with that information in mind, now seemed like the ideal opportunity to start off this new segment with a few of my issues with the state of the North American anime licensors and distributors.

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