Avex request media export exclusion?

Posted by DiGiKerot in R2(J) DVDs at February 14, 2017 on 1:13 pm

This tweet of an e-mail from CDJapan has been floating around this morning, stating that they’ve been asked to stop sending Avex Pictures-related material to their foreign customers. I got this e-mail as well, for what it’s worth.

This isn’t actually entirely new a situation – Amazon JP have actually been quietly cancelling a number of Avex pre-orders for the last few weeks. I know a few who have had their copies of the surprisingly great Scorching Ping Pong Girls recently cancelled out from under them, for example. This kind of just makes the situation here rather more clear, given that Amazon used to have a habit of over-reaching some of their shipping exclusions whenever someone published game-soft out-of-character in the past. This is actually deliberate rather than an accident for once.

As a part-time WUGner, and someone who has a habit of import PriPara CDs, it’s rather a frustrating situation, with both of those properties being under the Avex umbrella. It’s also pretty weird given that they’ve been things like WUG events in Taiwan in recent months.

Avex have a lot of pokers in a lot of fires, though, which makes speculation as to what exactly is going on here somewhat fruitless. The price disparity between Japan and the rest of the world when it comes to the video media does tend to make me wonder if it’s something to do with near-neighbour territory music licensing moves, though it could just as well be about foreign market exploitation of PriPara or other children’s cartoon properties.

It’s kind of an annoying situation all around, though.

I’m not sure if this is a win or not…

Posted by DiGiKerot in R2(J) DVDs, Random Stuff at September 29, 2015 on 9:24 pm

I mean, it’s a perfectly nice image of Diana – the beginning of an effects shot even – but then some jerk goes and gets a nice frame of Akko and Lotte and I start pondering my lack of luck with these random pack-in things.

But, hey, I didn’t even realise this was coming with a genga until yesterday morning, so I probably shouldn’t complain, and at least it’s not Candle Tier.

A Quick Look at a Couple of Recent Japanese Disks…

Posted by DiGiKerot in R2(J) DVDs at February 8, 2013 on 7:27 pm

Mostly because I’ve yet to reach my two-post-a-week quotient, but also because I’m always kind of curious as to how Japanese disks with English subtitles turn out, particularly when there’s no stream or western disk for them to pull subtitles off, as is the case with the recently released first volumes of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure and Code Geass:Akito the Exiled.

AKB Extenderized!

Posted by DiGiKerot in R2(J) DVDs at July 25, 2012 on 7:31 pm

The first home-release volume of Kawamoris latest sci-fi classic, AKB0048, was unleashed upon Japan… well, it was last month at this point. I literally just got my shipping notice for volume 2 today, but my volume 1 was waiting upon the latest Precure movie and K-On! before shipping, meaning I only got ahold of it yesterday. Let me tell you, as sweet as K-On! is as a show, more than any other disk media release I own the LE would make a pretty great blunt weapon. It’s got some serious heft behind it, and you could do someone some serious damage with properly (or improperly) wielded.

Anyway, to steer back towards point, the first episode of AKB is presented on BD in it’s directors cut form!

Quick Thoughts on Macross F: The False Diva

Posted by DiGiKerot in One shots, R2(J) DVDs at November 8, 2010 on 8:38 pm

So, it’s more than a well established fact at this point that Macross: Do You Remember Love is considered by the Macross staff as an in-universe dramatisation of the “real” events – that is, to get around to inconsistencies between the original Macross TV show and it’s movie remake, they’ve classified it as something made based on historical documentation about of the actual events, complete with all the embellishments that tend to go along with real-world historical epics. Not that it was originally made that way, of course – it was just a convenient thing for Shoji Kawamori et al to do (alongside banishing Macross II to the abyss) when they decided to make Macross Plus and Macross 7, allowing them to forge a definitive timeline for them to stem-off from.

The relevance of this for the first Macross Frontier movie, The False Diva (or Songstress, as some translate it), is that it’s rendered really rather more interesting when viewed through the microscope of being an “in-universe dramatisation”.

For starters, there’s a lot of product placement in the movie. Not real product placement, mind you – these are all fake, Macross universe products that they are trying to pimp. The opening few scenes of the movie are saturated with logos for the Nyan-Nyan restaurant even beyond what you’d expect just from the fact that Ranka works there. I mean, look at the way that the characters hold the bowls in such a fashion that the logo is prominent. That’s not an accident in the animation. Aside from that, the pre-eminence of Segway-like vehicles as a preferred method of transport, the various ways which Sheryls Taiyaki-phone appears and Sheryls credit-card have a similar feeling to them.