UK Anime Distributor Anime Limited Discussion Thread

EmanonMidori

Completely Average High School Student
Thanks for the pictures/unboxing video. I don't actually have a huge issue with the texture of the box as a concept, but your picture does make it look like it's suffering from banding :)

More worrying is that inlet tray, which based on the video is giving me a flashbacks to AL's disastrous Gurren Lagann UE box from years past. Obviously, the tray itself isn't actually falling apart, but those untreated surfaces look likely to tear and scuff easily, in addition to the potential loose disk situation. The bright orange also doesn't help, given that it reminds me of Funimation's case for Eva 2.22, which easily peeled off like paint, although in this situation that's probably an unfair comparison. Still, I hope the UK release uses better materials.

I agree, but my Box even has the AL and Madman logos printed on it, so I assume you will receive the same quality. It's also visible in the first unboxing. (min 3:22)

Edit: Sorry I read that wrong. The German in me took your banding comment a little too seriously :D
 
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fathomlessblue

Student Council President
Banding? That's not a picture from the TV but from the back of the box that features a Rei Artwork xD

Oh yes I know, I was just joking that the texture in your picture looks like its forming patterns across the box. :)

The other part does worry me a bit. I guess I'll have to see on the day it arrives, but those trays are hardly of the standard I would hope from in a £200 box set.
 

EmanonMidori

Completely Average High School Student
Yeah, those videos do have me a bit worried, especially since the first one looks like one of the discs has been scuffed by the rubber.

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They pulled the Bluray and DVD boxes from their store. Many people on Facebook commented on the terrible mediaholder and their discs flying around or being scratched by the rubber. I'm sending mine back on Monday as well. 200€ for a box with these issues is just not justifiable.

Btw: Episode 25' "Air" jerked every time the camera panned. Just like the Ghost in the Shell SAC Blu-rays, if any of you know what I mean? The other disc with EoE didn't have this issue though. I'm done with this box.
 

Scrambled Valkyrie

Student Council President
I'm guessing AL weren't expecting these to be put together this shoddily by the manufacturers. After all it's a premium collector's set and I think @anime_andrew is going to be as dissappointed as we are about it. Will be interesting to see what happens with this though as I'd wager there's going to be a hell of a lot of people asking for refunds. I'm already considering it myself. Let's hope this is addressed shortly so we can make an informed decision. Thinking of getting another edition like the Zavvi one.
 

NormanicGrav

Grav's End Harem
AUKN Staff
I'm guessing AL weren't expecting these to be put together this shoddily by the manufacturers. After all it's a premium collector's set and I think @anime_andrew is going to be as dissappointed as we are about it. Will be interesting to see what happens with this though as I'd wager there's going to be a hell of a lot of people asking for refunds. I'm already considering it myself. Let's hope this is addressed shortly so we can make an informed decision. Thinking of getting another edition like the Zavvi one.
After watching a German unboxing of the Ultimate Edition, I'm also feeling a buyer's remorse as well.

As much as I love Evangelion, I don't want to see an £180-200 box set turn out to be a cheap package. Sure the artbook looks really interesting, but I personally feel they really should have gone for the Eureka Seven / Wolf's Rain approach on this one so that we have a nice box for the shelf and a nice large artbook/illustration box for another display.

The point is, there's a lot of really nice artwork on paper but if the execution turns out to be worse than expected, then it's not worth the price we paid. I'm sure the UK version will have extra care to protect the discs, but we shall see. I'll have to see it in person to fully judge it myself.
 

NiteFly

Hikikomori
It is sad reading these comments about the Ultimate Edition. I am someone with rather crippling OCD over discs and I have to say that the condition of the discs I received in the Zavvi CE a month ago was frustrating.

2 out of 11 discs had scratches, but all discs had copious amounts of fingerprints. Now I have bought countless AL products over the years and this makes me nervous about future releases; especially expensive sets like CCS which has 10 discs. I would hope that AL can look into who is handling their discs during the assembly process and ensure they are being done in a way that prevents damage / fingerprints from now on if possible.

With regards to the chipboard box for the Zavvi CE, this was also the most frustrating of all the AL CEs I have owned. It is a major fingerprint magnet due to the felt / suede coating it has.

I ultimately had to return this to Zavvi, who kindly offered me a full refund.

I’m just going for the HMV standard edition as I am not precious over the classic dub. Please know though that I am a big supporter of AL and have loved pretty much all of the products of theirs I have bought.
 

unknownfate

Pokémon Master
Anyone else thinking the first 1000 units AL ship are going to be testing the UK quality waters?

Methinks potential delays on the "early 2022 units" to address the potential issues and alot of UEs turning up on eBay and the like for less discerning collectors.
 

NiteFly

Hikikomori
Anyone else thinking the first 1000 units AL ship are going to be testing the UK quality waters?

Methinks potential delays on the "early 2022 units" to address the potential issues and alot of UEs turning up on eBay and the like for less discerning collectors.
That would be ****** practice if that was the intention and a potential PR nightmare.
 

unknownfate

Pokémon Master
Obviously not AL intention to put out a sub par product but if they're getting batch #1 on the 10th then there's no opportunity to address production issues now assuming the same company is half-assing all the UK/EU versions.

Can't see it being accepted by those who've bought the UE sets so either a hold is going to be placed while the quality issues are addressed or substantial losses are going to happen when everyone cancels/returns their orders.
 

Aion

Time-Traveller
Here is an Unboxing of the German Edition. The issues with the disc mounts become immediately apparent.


Edit: Here is another one, which is much worse. Do we have nsfl tags here?



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Anyone else thinking the first 1000 units AL ship are going to be testing the UK quality waters?

Methinks potential delays on the "early 2022 units" to address the potential issues and alot of UEs turning up on eBay and the like for less discerning collectors.

I ain't signed up for no wannabe red photobook, posing badly as a disc holder that don't hold my dics. This sh*t ain't on, man.

Can Andrew put me on batch #2 if the first 1000 gonna be guinea pigs? 'cause I ain't no pig.
For once, it might be better if AL did their thing and delayed until 2022. Whatever is done right, is somehow also wrong, like Zavvi getting the CE stock too sodding early.
 

WMD

Railgun
The first 1000 aren't testers. No way they could sort out and manufacture any sort of replacement in a month. We will find out soon enough what condition our version is in. If there are issues hopefully they can be fixed. For the moment all we can do is wait (even if that is frustrating)
 

Wicker

Dandy Guy, in Space
I'm actually surprised it seems that discs are put in cases by hand. I had always assumed that it was done mechanically in the factory they are made. At least I think that CD's are done that way.

I haven't checked the discs for my Zavvi set yet, but I have to agree with the point about the box as well. Major disappointment the material they used as it literally picks up every mark and finger print possible. - Did absolutely no one order prototype versions before having everything made? baffling.
 
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