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Answerman - Brighter Days

This week, what's the deal with all of the different audio formats on Blu-ray? Can US companies access the original film masters of old shows? Where are all the OVAs these days? And why companies decide to not release controversial adult material, even if it's demonstrably legal. ― This has to be one of the worst, most depressing news weeks of the year. So rather than continuing to fixate on all the...
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Answerman - High On Life

How is it decided where an anime will play in a theater? When does an already-released anime get dubbed? What would happen if Netflix launched in Japan? And what's with shows released on DVD in the US, but not in Japan? ― It's been a pretty bland week. Once I got out of jury duty, it was pretty much business as usual. So, with nothing interesting to report, let's get right down to some questions. Pe...
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Answerman - Pain in the Neck

This week, is it unethical to get around a stream being blocked in your country? Is RWBY being judged unfairly? Why don't consumers use (HD) video tapes? Any why do older manga get new anime? ― I've been trapped in stasis this week, socially at least. You see, I've been tagged for jury duty. The way jury duty works in Los Angeles County is, you get a summons in the mail, and after you register and s...
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Answerman - I Am Not At SDCC

Since Justin isn't at SDCC, he can answer all your questions about anime studios' work on American cartoons, why short TV series don't get licensed, why voice actor commentaries are so rare, and the history of anime theme songs. ― It seems like everyone I know is at San Diego Comic Con this week. I am not at Comic Con, nor do I wish to be at Comic Con. In fact, I am overjoyed at I am not at Comic Co...
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Hey, Answerman! - In Search of Stability

Justin pulls away from the news to answer some questions: why are most older DVDs interlaced? What's with all the info-dumps in anime? Why can't you buy anime theme songs on iTunes? And why are people still buying DVDs? ― I am trying not to read the news obsessively, because it's all just terrifying and awful and we are all but uninformed, impotent civilians with neither the power nor information to...
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Answerman - Recovery

Convention burnout! Up-and-coming anime directors! Spanish dubs! Typos on DVD boxes! All this and (very little) more, in this week's Answerman! ― The theme of this week is "recovery." Recovery from a crazy 4th-of-July weekend, recovery from Anime Expo. Recovery of the files that were on a very important hard drive that I accidentally just deleted. (Luckily it looks like they're all fine.) You know h...
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Answerman - Teenage Party Weekend

With Anime Expo about to start, Justin talks about simulcast subtitles, Miyazaki joining the Oscars Academy, distributors in the UK and Australia, and censored TV series. ― It's Anime Expo weekend! But you probably got that, from the giant banner on the front page with all of ANN's coverage. I've been to at least 13 AX'es over the years, and as the show gets bigger and bigger, and more and more crow...
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Answerman - The Shape of Things

This week, how to overcome anime burnout, the mysteries of the anime musical and the DVD/BD combo pack, and an odd question about TV shapes. ― I am crabby. I've been getting up every morning at 5:45 AM so I can go to the gym, get a good workout in, and start my day with energy and vigor. It's supposed to be healthy. "Early to bed and early to rise," as they say. The problem is that "early to bed" pa...
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Answerman - The Old West

How scary is it for Japanese fans to visit American conventions? Why do American publishers keep getting stuck with TV versions of shows? How important is a producer relative to an animation production studio? And how useless is it to buy Western anime discs? ― I'm crankin' on a lot of discs over here, so let's just cut right to the chase this week. ConfigSpace asks: Given the recent news about Ben-...
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Answerman - Drug Induced Stupid

This week, how anime gets turned into manga, why some studios keep getting their stuff released by the same people, Japanese closed captions and shrink wrapped adult manga. ― I start this column with a public service announcement: herbal supplements are basically unregulated medicine. Drug interactions are really really not good. It all started last Saturday. My stomach didn't feel so good, so I too...
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Answerman - Back in the USA

Justin is back in town, and ready to answer some questions! This week, why do people get so worked up over anime boobs, but not gore? What's with Aniplex's pricey Kill La Kill discs? Is the DVD easter egg dead? And when it it OK to rewrite an anime for dubbing? ― After a week in London (and a night in the indescribably cold and rainy Edinburgh), I'm back in the good ol' US of A. I had a great time, ...
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Answerman Special - The Sad Tale of Anime Crash

Ever hear of Anime Crash? First they were a store, then they were a chain, then they were a home video company, then they were a mess. This is their story. ― I'm on vacation this week, so I'm dedicating this entire column to answering a single question. Even if you're too new to the scene to know what this is about, hopefully their story is entertaining enough that you won't care. Reed Nelson asks: ...
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Answerman - This Old Dub

So, are those old dubs of Sailor Moon and Card Captor Sakura gone for good? Will more old school anime ever get dubbed? And how DO you store your discs when your collection grows unmanageably large? All this and more in this week's Answerman! ― This column is the last thing I do before I leave for a much-needed vacation. After working myself to the point of exhaustion for the last few months, I am f...
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Answerman - Feel The Heat

Is it a good idea to buy used discs? Why isn't more anime streaming outside of the US? Will Doraemon be the next Pokémon? All this, and what to name a cute little one-eyed doggy in this week's Answerman. ― As I write this, Southern California is in the grips of a crushing heat wave. Even though I'm extremely lucky in that I now have an apartment with central AC and decent insulation, I'm still barel...
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Answerman - The Changing Tides

Justin is depressed because a video shop that was once his source for anime VHS is closing. But that doesn't stop him from answering questions about Macross dubs, fujoshi, pirate streaming sites and song subtitles! ― I got some sad news this week. Thomas Video, a small mom 'n' pop video store in Clawson, Michigan, is closing up shop after 40 years in business. While a video store closing its doors i...
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Answerman - Personal Space

Stage musicals, dubs on Hulu, production delays, and Justin spills about his own shameful past as a media pirate. ― Just sittin' here, workin'. Nothing of interest or excitement to report. Please continue towards the questions, for I have nothing to contribute in terms of polite chatter. Joe asks: I was wondering, I have noticed a trend on Hulu of releasing the first few episodes of an Anime dub alo...
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Answerman - Stress Eating

What exactly is "video post-production" in the anime world? What happened to all of those yet-unrescued Bandai titles? Is streaming anime big business yet or is it still just a drop in the bucket? All this and more, in this week's Answerman! ― The stress of the last few weeks is over, and work is slowing down to a more normal pace. I'm pretty happy about this. What I'm less happy about, however, is ...
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Hey, Answerman! - Bloody as Hell AND Burnt to a Crisp

Do screeners really sway critics to giving positive reviews? Is this the end of an era? Why can't you see the dub of Blue Dragon anywhere? And why are late night anime selling more on Blu-ray? ― Work work work work. I am boring this week. Except for that night I sort of broke and ended up driving to San Diego for a night. That was kind of fun. Anyway. Fredrik asks: I've been following anime sales fo...
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Answerman - Semi Conscious

This week, the lowdown on Neon Alley's transformation from service to website. The mysterious Blu-ray of Jin-roh. The wonder of importing Australian discs. And the majesty of upscales. ― Maybe it was the insane amount of work I did this week, maybe it's allergy season. But for whatever reason I feel like poo. I really would just give everything right now to crawl back into bed and maybe zone out to ...
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Answerman - Weary Optimism

Can Justin actually come up with a non-cynical, non-depressing analysis of the industry? Also, 4K video, fixed-up home video versions, and how to predict the hits. ― Hello! How are you guys? I am super! I just got my new Mac Pro back from repair shop. It is my baby. Baby is home. Baby is happy to be home. I am happy to have baby home. Without baby I cry a lot. I sleep next to where baby sleeps, and ...
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Answerman - Overindulgence

Are sports anime really that unpopular with American fans? What ever happened to the colorful former head of Central Park Media? And what's with Japanese food portions? ― Also, last week I asked for more questions, and once again you guys really came through and gave me enough for a few weeks' worth of columns. Thanks a ton! I guess people just forget about asking unless I bring it up, so from now o...
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Answerman - Impenetrable Markets

Why don't drama CDs get released in America? Why does Japan get American movies so late? Why don't most anime get dubs anymore? And will simul-pub manga influence what gets made into an anime? ― A couple of weeks ago, I got a question from someone about becoming a voice actor. The person who asked the question hadn't really done much research before making a pretty major career decision, so I spent ...
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Answerman - Discs of Steel

This week, a bunch of questions about Blu-rays! How's that Macross Plus blu-ray box from Japan? How's that crowdsourcing thing going? And why are the episodes divided up so strangely? ― Got slammed with work this week, so I've spent most of this week cocooned in my office making discs and stuff. Aside from eat some really amazing sushi and going to see The Wind Rises finally, I've done nothing parti...
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Answerman - Setting Fire To Your Dreams Since 2013

Wanna be a voice actor? Justin has a bucket of cold water with your name on it! Also, how anime TV ratings work, and the reasons for simulcast delays. ― A few years ago I bought this LG Blu-ray player, the BD670, because it was the most full-featured player out there. It had wi-fi, it did Netflix and Amazon and Hulu Plus, it played video files over my home network. For the first month, all was well....
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Answerman - Un-happy Endings

Why can't anime ever seem to get a proper ending, even when one already exists? ― Greetings! I come to you this week on steroids! Literally! I'm not kidding. I was having such horrible allergies this week that the doctors put me on a 6-day tour of steroids. I do not feel strong. I do not feel capable. I only feel a little drowsy and full of snot. Anyway, let's get to some questions. Corey asks: Sent...
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Answerman - Nature Always Wears the Colors of the Spirit

This week, all about manga turning yellow with age (with special guest, Ed Chavez)! Also, how long do streaming contracts last? And is there any way to authenticate anime autographs? ― I finally took the plunge this week and bought a long-desired upgrade to my home theater system... a projector. Projectors have gotten surprisingly cheap. The model I got, the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030, which i...
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Answerman - Hearts On Fire

For your Valentine's Day reading pleasure, we present the history of anime bondage, the mystery of all those pirate streaming sites, and the frustration of encrypted Blu-rays. ― It's Valentine's Day, and for the perpetually single like me, Valentine's Day usually means a chance sit down with yourself, stare into space, and contemplate what the hell is wrong with you and why nobody will ever love you...
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Answerman - Back To It

This week, what is the ultimate setup to watch anime on a home theater system? Is licensing an anime for paid download viable? And why don't American limited edition discs stack up to the Japanese ones? ― To you, dear reader, I never left. However this week I moved apartments, which is the single most unpleasant way one can spend a week. I also ran out of time packing, and so rather than have the mo...
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Answerman - Under-Caffeinated

This week: voice actor credits, "limited edition" print runs, animators starting their own studios and more! ― You know that really good Japanese bottled green tea, Oi Ocha? I've been addicted to the dark-brew variety for a long time. I discovered a Chinese supermarket that carries 2 liter bottles of the stuff, and would go through 4 of 'em a week. This week I finally wondered to myself, "gee, I'll ...
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Answerman - Suspicious Behavior

What's this about Funimation's very pious new sister company? Why do American publishers get stuck with crappy master tapes? And does The Wind Rises REALLY have a chance for Oscar gold? Justin answers 'em all this week. ― It's been a couple of years since I've moved, and I can't say I've missed the stress, the piles of change-of-address forms, or the packing up of everything I own. But one thing has...
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Hey, Answerman! - Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

Justin answers more questions! Does asking anime companies to license a show actually do anything? What does Series Composition person do? Why isn't most TV anime in 5.1? And how do I get away with lending out mature anime at a college? ― Before I moved to California, I always thought, "sure the weather is really nice there all the time, but there's earthquakes and everything is always on fire! That...
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Answerman - A Whiter Shade of Pale

It's Friday, so it's time for more questions! This week, will some Shonen Jump sports anime see a new life on Neon Alley? Why do Blu-rays look so different from DVDs? And just how hard is it to make a simul-dub? ― I have nothing witty to say this week, so let's just get right to the questions. Brandon asks: Since Neon alley brought back shows like Ranma 1/2 and Revolutionary Girl Utena.Do you think ...
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Answerman - Back to the Grind

It's back to business in this week's Answerman. What will Netflix do with Knights of Sidonia? Why is Nadia out on Blu-ray when Evangelion is still in limbo? And are upscales worth the upgrade? ― It's a new year, the holidays are over, everyone is a good 10-15 pounds heavier, and it's freaking cold out in most of the country. For most of us, it's back to work. Frankly, I'm pretty excited to get back ...
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Answerman - Hung Over

That magical time between holidays prompts Justin to take on the health of the anime industry, importing Blurays and more. ― It's that sleepy week between Christmas and New Years', where most people have the week off and nothing gets done. Except for me. I have a ton of deadlines in the next few weeks, so while most people will be spending the next few weeks milling aimlessly around shopping malls a...
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Answerman - Holiday Madness Edition

This week: opening and ending themes, the "decline" of moe, and watchin' stuff on Youtube. ― It's the peak of the holiday season. I finished my shopping and baking early this year, and so I've spent the last week pinging all of my friends, trying to get some face time before everyone jets off home to their families. Or, at least, I'm trying to. For some reason EVERYBODY is now rushing to get project...
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Answerman - The Hard Life of an Anime Director

This week, the health and job security of being an anime director. Also: what other countries have tried to sell their cartoons in America? ― Holy crap, I asked for questions and you guys responded! After last week I got inundated with questions, and almost all of them were really fantastic ones! Right now I have enough to get me through the holiday season and then some... Keep 'em coming, guys! Cam...
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Answerman - Mmm, Crunchy!

What's up with Crunchyroll's new owner? Why does Sony get so weird when it comes to their anime DVD releases? And what's with those Canadian ratings? ― It has come to my attention that a few readers are a little intimidated sending in questions. I can understand not wanting to put yourself out there, but it's really not that scary. You send an e-mail (and ONLY an e-mail -- no tweets, no forum PMs) t...
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Answerman - Theatrical Shenanegans

This week, new ways for anime to get released theatrically in the US, Ghibli on Blu-ray, and why all those gosh darned boob shows keep choking the airwaves. ― I still have not yet seen Catching Fire because I refuse to be "That Guy" in the theater with a bad cough. I realize that most theaters this time of year will just be a sea of coughing and flu germs, but I remain steadfast in my self-absorbed ...
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Answerman - Poop on a Platter

This week, it's tales of bad things happening to anime... like remakes, un-subtitled Japanese Blu-rays, and worst of all, 4Kids! ― I've been so busy this week (and possibly getting sick) that I've just had no time to do anything fun that's worth talking about, so let's just get this party started. Michael asks: The Japanese approved the 4kids One Piece cast, script, and edits. So, what went wrong wi...
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Answerman - The Big Ones

This week, why was Lupin never a big deal in America? Why wasn't Heroman even released in America? And when shows bomb in Japan, is there some amazing Big Lots somewhere where the merchandise goes to die? ― This week I paid a visit to a new donut shop in town, called Donut Friend. I quickly discovered that the place is dangerous, featuring fillings ranging from Nutella to key lime pie filling to bac...
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Answerman - Oscar Schmoscar

This week: What's it take for anime to win an Oscar? What's with those new cropped Dragonball Z Blu-rays? And is Media Blasters on life-support, or what? ― It's been a busy week, so let's just get right to it. Ryan asks: Quite a few years ago Funimation released the complete Dragonball Z series with the infamous orange box's that every "FAN" supposedly hated but sold like Hot Cakes. Now the same deb...
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Answerman - Halloween Hangover

A guy who checked out of anime for a decade comes back to find that movies aren't what they once were! Then, what's up with Gundam, and does it even make sense to dub anime anymore? ― I'm typing this on Halloween, a holiday that always makes me feel like a bit of a stick in the mud. I've never cared for dressing up, I'm not much of a party guy, and trying to eat healthy makes the prospect of all tha...
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Hey, Answerman! - Licenses-a-Go-Go

Does anime on VHS have any nostalgia value? Are licenses still mega-expensive? What shows are still "unlicensable?" Answers within in this week's column! ― I just got back from a much needed vacation in New York City. I ate a lot, walked a lot, caught up with a lot of old friends, and had a great time. Very little of that time was spent on anime. I did, however, manage to participate in "Sesame Chic...
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Answerman FAQ: "How do I get my idea made into an anime?"

Justin is on vacation this week, so he submits another question he gets asked way too much... Fair warning: this one is harsh. ― The last Answerman FAQ went over pretty well, so it's time for another one. This is a question that pretty much never stops being asked to us at ANN, and the answer is pretty much always the same. Other Answerman writers before me have tackled this topic, but I can never f...
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Answerman - Some People Can't Carry iTunes

Lots of questions about iTunes and the world of legal anime on the internet this week! ― It's finally cooling down outside, and just last night I was able to fire up the furnace. I love this time of year, and the cozy feeling that you get from curling up in bed under the covers and hearing the heat kick on. That said, firing up my furnace for the first time always gives me pause. The reason is that ...
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Answerman - Red Meat

A quick 'n' dirty Answerman while the new season gets underway... This week, questions about all-anime cable channels, the disappearing joys of Engrish in anime, and dub credits. ― Was gonna take this week off, but managed to cram in a few quick questions under the wire. We'll be back at full speed next week. Thanks for hanging in there with me! jamil asks: Do you think there is a possibility of an ...
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Answerman - Evil Answerman

This week: is it legal to start a YouTube channel where you talk over whole anime episodes? (Spoiler: no.) Also, why do there seem to be two schools of thought when it comes to selling to TV networks? And does importing Japanese media make a big difference? ― Last week I asked if you guys were interested in hearing about more technical matters, and the answer was a more or less unreserved "yes!" Tha...
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Answerman - Credit Hogs

This week, why won't American DVDs include the Japanese credits? Why don't voice actors work for other companies more often? And what happens when a publisher can't get the good materials from Japan? ― I've been so overloaded with work lately that I haven't had time to watch ANYTHING. It's really frustrating. I'd love to have time to watch anime, but I'm too busy writing about anime, making anime Bl...
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Answerman - Going Corporate

This week, what does it take to start a new anime company in this day and age? What happened to all the hentai? And why are TV shows so darn short these days? ― Holy cow, did you guys step up. I asked for some new questions and you guys delivered so many great ones that I had a hard time picking which ones to answer this week. Keep 'em coming! Jonathan asks: I liked your recent article about working...
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Answerman FAQ - I Want To Work In The Anime Industry!

Justin's light on questions this week, so he tackles a big one that he gets pretty much all the time... ― I guess everyone was too busy having picnics and going to the beach last weekend to write in obsessive questions about the anime business, because I only got a handful -- not enough to cherry pick the best ones for a regular column. I'm still new to this gig, but I'm told that happens from time ...
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Answerman - Talk Like A Man

This week, Justin explores why so few dubbed anime boys get voiced by women, what goes into a license rescue, and how much anime directors get paid. ― Hope your week is going better than mine. I made the horrible mistake of running a mountain trail, going a little too fast on the downhill, and rolling my ankle. After a fairly spectacular wipe-out, I now sit at home, an injured, scabbed up, fairly us...
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Answerman - Macross One, Fans Zero

Justin tries to shed some light on the whole Macross mess, but fails. Also, why do we never see Southeast Asian English dubs? And why wasn't Eureka Seven license rescued? ― I wish I had all the answers, but sometimes I just don't. There are things in this business that are so messed up, so complex and entangled, that nobody will give me a straight answer, and all I can do is piece together what I ha...
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Answerman - Tech Specs

Reverse importation -- is that really a big problem? How do you make DVD and Blu-ray subtitles? And why can't you get a bilingual anime over iTunes? All will be answered in this week's Answerman! ― Thanks to everyone that came out to see us at Otakon last weekend! We had a great time, and while an unfortunate technical issue ate our recording of the live ANNCast we did, I had a great time meeting al...
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Answerman - Extras Don't Get Any Respect

Who owns the rights to DVD extras when a company goes bust? Why aren't we getting all the Japanese extras? How much are anime TV broadcast rights worth? The answers lie within! ― It's a busy, short week. By the time you read this, I'll be in Baltimore, enjoying the scent of freshly baked otaku wafting through the overtaxed air conditioning systems of Baltimore Convention Center! I really enjoy Otako...
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Answerman - Digital Deficits

It's time for more of your questions! This week, why do dubs get redone? Are digital downloads really as good for companies as a DVD sale? And why don't the professional companies just use the fansubs? ― It's time once again to answer your questions! After last week's reboot, I got a ton of great questions from you guys. Keep 'em coming! Joe asks: Has the rise of digital distribution over recent yea...
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Answerman - All of Your Streams

It's a new column with a new Answerman, Justin Sevakis! This week, why are the anime on Netflix and Hulu are so different? Why are Japanese DVDs so expensive? And what IS an Original Event Anime, exactly? ― It's an honor to be here. Answerman, in its various incarnations under different writers, is by far the most popular and longest-running thing on Anime News Network. I'm really excited to be answ...
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Hey, Answerman! - The Death And Rebirth Of Answerman

Brian Hanson strides proudly into the Answerman Hall of Heroes, hanging up his Answertorch and retiring to live eternal among the stars with the great Answerpeople of yore. ― "Hello is there a way to contact the creaters of the Rosario + vampire anime series by email?" "When is rosario+vampire season 3 coming Sent from my iPod" "Hello, I just finished watching the second season of Rosario + Vampire,...