MaxRebo320 wrote:Also, I love when people go on anti-bootleg crusades, but then recommend the Mill Creek/Shout! releases for being "officially licensed".
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MaxRebo320 wrote:I''m confused. So even if you want to see a show where the only legal option in the US is streaming, you refuse to support the platform, while also not wanting to illegally download them/buy bootlegs because you still want to support official releases (Therefore never seeing the show)? Don't get me wrong, I too prefer physical releases (I think we all do here), but boycotting streaming isn't exactly going to encourage Tsuburaya or whoever to invest in home video. Quite the opposite, in fact. Maybe your misguided protest is what led Tsuburaya to abandon Crunchyroll and put US distribution in the limbo its in now. And really, would stuff like Mirrorman or The ☆ Ultraman ever stand a serious chance of getting DVD releases here? I didn't think so.
Granted, Toku (The "streaming service" that currents holds the most Tsuburaya content) *IS* poor (Bad customer service, faulty videos, cringe-inducing social media posts, etc.), and I'd rather not give them my money...but again, boycotting it isn't really going to help matters at all, and might just convince Tsuburaya (Though then again, they don't seem to be paying any attention to US fans and just seem to let Toku run their shows like a bunch of donkeys) there's no interest in the US at all, bringing us back to the dark times before Crunchyroll.
Okay, I think I've gotten everyone confused.
What I'm saying is I don't pay for any streaming service outside of Netflix. One of my friends pays for Crunchyroll, another pays for Funimation. I think paying for streaming services is a waste of money because you get nothing of physical value out them and they add up when you have too many of them. $10-15 might not seem like much a month, but then multiply that by 8 different services. I just can't justify that when I get nothing of true value out of it.
I get value out of DVDs and BDs. Stuff I can actually own. They're mine to do with as I please because I paid for them. I can sell them if I want, I can let friends borrow them, I can put them on my shelf, I can do whatever the hell I want with them because, as I said, they are mine.
The other aspect comes with doing reviews of these shows. I don't have too much time to watch a lot of Toku series right now outside of those I'm reviewing for my channel. I can't rip streams, so I have no way I can rip clips for my reviews. As such, I can't review any of the Ultraman series that are on TOKU/were on Crunchyroll. Furthermore, this means I would rather just watch the shows that are not licensed in America that have fansubs available I can rip footage from since those are quite plentiful. Or, as I've been doing, reviewing the shows that have official releases like all of the Sentai shows Shout! has released so far, Garo from Kraken, and the upcoming Juspion release from Discotek.
I would love to support Ultraman legally, but I need to do it through a means that would make it seem like it is worth my hard earned money. Streaming is just not for me. Oh, and clearly my watching the Ultra shows through my friend's account didn't keep them on Crunchyroll.Added in 3 minutes 4 seconds:
MM Raids Again wrote:Well, I guess you just won't be able to watch Ultraman while the rest of us can. Sucks to be you.
Considering I also watch Garo, Sentai, Kamen Rider, and Metal Heroes, I don't see how that is an issue. I've got plenty of Toku series to get through before I need to do Ultraman in the worst case scenario.