Evan Burkey

Would Blu-Ray Releases Make You Buy More Anime?

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The Blu-ray Disc Association, which sounds like a fancy name for some sort of media disc mafia, recently conducted an online survey of what anime titles Japanese consumers would purchase on Blu-Ray. The results are mostly unremarkable, with most modern popular anime making an appearance. However, the question itself got me thinking about what American releases I’d purchase on Blu-ray. A huge benefit of the format is its massive storage size, and one excellent use of Blu-ray would be to put entire series on just one or two discs. A standard dual-layer Blu-ray can hold 50GB of data, compared to a DVD-9’s 8.54GB. One of my pet peeves of purchasing anime on DVD is the massive amount of DVDs you need to hold all the episodes. For example, a 12 episode series like The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya takes 4 DVDs, and that’s a lot of space on my bookshelf. That’s reason enough for me to want anime on Blu-ray, not to mention full HD releases as well. Even if switching to Blu-ray would raise prices slightly, I’d be all for it. However, I don’t see a complete conversion happening anytime in the near future, as DVDs are still the media format of choice for most people.

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