It's kind of sad that AL are offering absolutely no clarification as to the release structure, dub or pricing, etc, despite the huge amount of genuine inquiries on facebook, etc. Perhaps the co-release with GKIDS or licensing stipulations with Khara means they have to keep hush on these things, but it's honestly a trend I've noticed going on for a while now, where their social media posts largely consist of the same automated advertisements & faux-engagement questions that you encounter with every faceless pr bot , while offering barely any actual communication with the people replying.
I mean it was their decision to do a public countdown: is it going to end in an immediate backlash because people weren't told until the checkout line that this was not the product or price they wanted? Who the hell knows. Maybe people will be happily surprised in the end, but it wouldn't make the process of blindly waiting any more pleasant to experience. There's a key difference between revealing what the packaging, extras etc. look like and whether it's going to include a fundamentally vital component to people's adoration with the show.
I mean I can see why anyone becoming jaded over time & start viewing it as a thankless task, but I feel there's a difference between learning to ignore all the constant minor gripes that emerge from niche corners like this one and being as remote on public social accounts designed for communication.
Maybe it's unfair to still treat AL as the oddball little start up it once was, but I still miss the days when the staff were genuinely eager to talk with commentators in a general sense rather than just occasionally clarifying their purchasing choices. At least they have their excellent write-ups between the churn.