Turtleheart said:It's appeal isn't limited to me (well, more so than Princess Tutu, but less than all the Elemental Gelade crap that gets released here). Surely non-generic-ness is best possible reason for licensing something? Surely people would rather rather something different than the same thing with merely different names for everything (which seems to be what most series are like)?
Turtleheart said:Now let's test your theory. Let's look at the anime DVD charts on Amazon.co.uk. And look what's at the top â€“ Tales from Earthsea and My Neighbour Totoro. Yes, there's Ghost in the Shell right beneath them, but these top two, and Totoro in particular, hardly fit your description.
Turtleheart said:The failure of Geneon, from my point of view, lies in the inability of anime specialists to market their products at anyone other than teenage boys.
I mean distributors/licensors who specialise in Japanese animation. Manga and ADV in particular.melonpan said:By anime specialists I take it you mean ANN/AoD, etc?
I mean them pulling out of distribution in the west because they released too many series which failed to be financially successful in the market. Admittedly, there are most likely more reasons than simply this, but that's the one which I've been explaining.melonpan said:By failure do you mean Geneon going under?
Turtleheart said:I can think of plenty of people who woulds be more likely to buy Kamichu! or Princess Tutu than anything "splattered in blood with flesh everywhere" â€“ primarily, the large majority people with two X chromosomes, or, alternatively, a Kinsey scale higher than 3. Possibly also anyone younger than 12 or 15 (as much else wouldn't be legal for them to purchase). My mother, for example, loves Haibane-Renmei, but dislikes anything else on region 2 other than a few of the Ghibli films.