UK Anime Distributor Anime Limited Discussion Thread

Luna

Stand User
They say it's bad practice to badmouth other folks and usually it's also not the point on stressing how much worse others are. But on the hand worth ultimately exists through a big part by constrast and I still feel like leaving this here, because I totally got a renewed appreciation there.
  • Your Lie in April Part 1 (2016, replaced 2017) - Issue on soft touch cover and soft touch inner making the box impossible to remove, revealing something nobody knew about printing (inc the printers!) Was replaced as soon as we knew the fix!
Most of these errors would be ignored by most distributors until general fan outrage got too much but in basically every case we've gone and pushed for it from Day 1 of a problem. Frankly speaking that's probably our biggest corporate ‘commercial hat on’ failing too but personally it's something I am proud of. Actually in terms of mistakes, I'm pretty confident we have no more than our largest competitors in the UK - the only difference is we talk about them, own them, build on them and try to do right by you. For that - we generally get what you witnessed this time.
There already were cheers, but really, I feel a need of another stress of how cool the handing pf Your Lie in April was. (And just how nice the package design is in the first place.) Part 1 was hard to remove. But even with that "damage" it wasn't actually totally impossible to remove, you could still do that with a bit of patient heavy shaking over a pillow and without damaging the whole thing. And they didn't just try to silence it over not found any excuses, but just replaced the whole thing no questions asked.

Care for a total diffrent experience?

I just received the German "High Speed Free Starting Days". It's a digipack in non-rigid sideways slipcover of 9mm thickness. It's having a similiar issue like Your Lie in April p1 as in that the outer box is slightly too small causing the inner digipack part to be very hard to remove. And in this case impossible sounds much more adequate of an description.
I had been warned before by a pal that he had to rip apart the whole thing to get to the disc, which, most importantly, wasn't even his first case, albeit by far the worst. But even when you know it and/or are mega careful anyway and even like cut off all your nails as short as you can, you will scrub off the outer print layer of the cardbox. (Just look at this unboxing video, it's painful just to watch!)
They were always very thin and fragile, very prone to deformation (like this) and bumbs, scratches and pressure marks, but this one sure shoot the bird down.
That's just the tip of the iceberg, as, among other things, peeling off rating logo stickers regularly damages the items and their absolutly obnoxious printed on movie-screening-convention-advertise disguised as a pseudo award winning batch. Just image AL stay calling their screenings on selected cinemas a festival and slamming it as a non removable badge onto all their movie releases.
The movie came out last year, so enough time for any reaction to emmerge. I checked around quickly, but found nothing, so obviously that one movie is not a case for anything remotely like a replacement scheme and from the looks of it, most issues are just totally common pratice and folks got used to it with a sigh. As suprisingly many have language issues including a lack of enough knowledge of English, they don't even stand a chance for alternatives. Many just shut up having in mind that the Anime market was virtually dead here just a couple of years ago and pump in money just "to support the industry".
(Yes I know comparisons across territories even stand less of a chance of being appropriate, but still. I see no legitimate excuse for all of these ergonomic design disasters.)
 
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Joshawott

Monsieur Monster
AUKN Staff
Regarding Your Name's audio, @thedoctor2016 posted this in the Discord and not really understanding it myself, I forwarded it to my older brother, who's a musician and general audiophile. His response was as follows:
The left and right channels aren't synced and they lag differently at different points, causing weird phasing issues that will make it sound weird, thin, and hollowed out.
When asking for his personal opinion, he was very negative. So it'd be interesting to see what verdicts are made when the audio is put under greater scrutiny. I believe this lines up with what @Mangaranga experienced?

Of course, I'll be judging by ear as a casual when my copy arrives next week too.
 

Jaysgba

Death Scythe
Regarding Your Name's audio, @thedoctor2016 posted this in the Discord and not really understanding it myself, I forwarded it to my older brother, who's a musician and general audiophile. His response was as follows:

When asking for his personal opinion, he was very negative. So it'd be interesting to see what verdicts are made when the audio is put under greater scrutiny. I believe this lines up with what @Mangaranga experienced?

Of course, I'll be judging by ear as a casual when my copy arrives next week too.
At some point, I should actually watch AL's Your Name BD, instead of just making plans to buy additional copies.
 

Zin5ki

Railgun
The joke's on me for rushing to buy a copy! The last laugh has been had by that security guard who instructed me to stay behind the barrier as MCM opened...
 

HellCat

Thousand Master
The joke's on me for rushing to buy a copy! The last laugh has been had by that security guard who instructed me to stay behind the barrier as MCM opened...
I remember in May someone ducked under the barrier first chance he got.

4 security guards furiously demanding one of their colleagues do something.
 

Hanners

Anime Limited Representative
Industry Representative
Regarding Your Name's audio, @thedoctor2016 posted this in the Discord and not really understanding it myself, I forwarded it to my older brother, who's a musician and general audiophile.
Just to chime in on this, we are listening and cataloguing reports of audio issues and feeding them back accordingly - we're very much aware of the analysis some individuals have done (which is very valuable, to be honest!) to ensure that they're also looked into during the creation of the new master.
 

D1tchd1gger

Railgun
Just to chime in on this, we are listening and cataloguing reports of audio issues and feeding them back accordingly - we're very much aware of the analysis some individuals have done (which is very valuable, to be honest!) to ensure that they're also looked into during the creation of the new master.
Are you doing this yourselves and getting some sort of compensation from Madman for costs or are you going to ask them to give it another go and do it properly this time?
 

Demelza

Adventuring Alchemist
AUKN Staff
If that ever happens:



No seriously I wouldn't give Madman a second chance after this mess-up.
If Madman can fix it and its proven to be fixed then I'm not going to boycott the whole thing just because they authored it. Everyone deserves second chances and let's be honest, after this I'm sure AL will be making sure it's fixed properly even if Madman are on the job.
 

NormanicGrav

Yume no Shima Shinen Kōen
AUKN Staff
If Madman can fix it and its proven to be fixed then I'm not going to boycott the whole thing just because they authored it. Everyone deserves second chances and let's be honest, after this I'm sure AL will be making sure it's fixed properly even if Madman are on the job.
The thing is Madman can do well on certain stuff, like getting Sailor Moon in the right condition for the DVD releases. But when it comes to Blu-rays, it needs a lot of improvement.
 

PilibO

School Idol
I was just wondering if we can still expect Gundam ZZ part 2, Assassination Classroom S2 P2, and Durarara Ten in Q4? Cheers :)
 

Fendergopher

Completely Average High School Student
If Madman can fix it and its proven to be fixed then I'm not going to boycott the whole thing just because they authored it. Everyone deserves second chances and let's be honest, after this I'm sure AL will be making sure it's fixed properly even if Madman are on the job.
Second chances are fine and all, but it's not like Madman have a spotless history to begin with (just like most anime publishers frankly), not to mention how unprofessional they appear when issues like these are either overlooked or just given the green light. Though I give AL kudos for being willing to respond to feedback and provide replacements and fix later batches, they also should've been more on top of things to begin with. Madman did a bad encode, AL did a bad job of making sure what they got was as it should. Whatever gets a better encoded disc out to consumers is of course the most important, regardless of who's involved.

I don't appreciate AL's sentiment that the bad encode is "good enough" either, but I of course didn't expect them to recall their first batch as that would probably just cause more issues in the long run, if only because ignorant consumers would get annoyed by the delay, and the costs that would come with delays.
 

DJ-samurai7

Completely Average High School Student
I can’t Wait for anime ltd to release sword of the stranger. Hopefully it isn’t delayed. Do any of you have any information about it?
 

Seronas

School Idol
Release Schedule

Again with the bloody delays, so many titles just got pushed to 2018. Not even Q1, just "TBC"...

I knew that I should have just imported AssClass from the US instead of waiting for AL. I'll remember this for the next time.
 

crashmatt

Death Scythe
Dissapointed about the delay to Grimgar I was hoping we would see this before Xmas. I kinda guessed Dimension W would be next year.

Apart from Hyouka that's pretty much it from Anime Limited for me this year.
 
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