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Seirei Gensouki Episode 8 !NEW!

I've seen this brought up a couple of times on the ANN forums, and it does have me thinking, so I decided to ask your opinion on about it. As time goes on, the OVA (& movie, to an extent) market for anime is definitely dwindling in terms of licensing, partially because you just don't get the same mass value you get by buying a 12/13-episode box set now. Also, since older anime is such a hard sell, many short productions from the past just aren't as viable on their own now like they were back in the 90s & early 00s, though there are some exceptions (mainly whatever Discotek licenses). But one interesting thing Sentai did somewhat recently was a pair of double-packs, which each featured two short OVAs together on one DVD. Continuing off of that idea, could there be any feasibility in licensing & releasing a bunch of these OVAs & movies in bulk, similar to how there are companies who release those ridiculous 50 movie DVD sets?

Seirei Gensouki Episode 8


Which brings me to my query: do you ever see Light Novels getting their "fair share" in the US anime/manga market? I know they're a tough sell, but it can be frustrating seeing these anime/manga adaptions of LNs being licensed but never getting to read the source material (especially when the anime pretty much is a 12-episode "Buy the LNs to learn more!" ad). Maybe it's because I just bought two anime from Right Stuf that are adaptions of LNs (Baka and Test, and Cat Planet Cuties) that got me thinking of this--I'd love to read the original books legally (I don't totally trust fan translations and I don't like reading books on a computer screen) but I'll almost certainly won't ever be able to.

But! The nice thing about the publishing industry is that - by and large - avid book readers tend to be much more sophisticated and adventurous than other avid consumers of entertainment. Readers are more likely to pick up a book they've never heard of and give it a few hundred pages than most folks are to sample one episode of a TV show they don't know about, a film that isn't based on a franchise, and so on and so forth. It's also an industry that relies a lot more heavily on word-of-mouth. 50 Shades of Grey is proof of this.

E3 was a bit disappointing with the lack of new announcements, but there was plenty to enjoy E3 2012. Ubisoft announced Assassins Creed 3 Liberation with a Female assassin for the Vita, a tweet from Reggie about Fire Emblem Awakening for the 3DS coming abroad, and we saw some demos of beloved franchises. Dead Space 3 had it's official showing of the game explaining the new customization of weapons and cooperative play was exciting. The best thing about Dead Space 3 is that the cooperative play is separate from the solo campaign so you are able to still enjoy the scary atmosphere of playing alone without babysitting an AI partner. News of Resident Evil 6 having each of the 3 campaigns 70% the length of Resident Evil 5's campaign makes me believe that they might have enough time to show a decent story without it being rushed. I'm a Sony fanboy, but Halo 4 had the best presentation as no one knew what to expect and now we have details of new enemies as well as some huge push for cooperative play through weekly episodes. 041b061a72


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