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WEKS



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2007 10:32 am Reply with quote
How great of an export is anime/manga for Japan anyway? Anyone got any figures?
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Jedi General



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2007 11:13 am Reply with quote
Nice, this is a very cool project. Not knowing Japanese, I currently have to rely on those terrible free web translators. This database should make things so much easier, so I'm sure I'll be using it once it goes live.
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minakichan



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2007 12:00 pm Reply with quote
Excellent! What an invaluable resource.

I wonder if this could possibly make any impact on the industry. Bootleggers will have one less excuse-- that they can't import legitimately because they can't navigate Japanese sites (of course, this depends on the product or languages that the product comes in).

(Too bad nothing can be done to alleviate some of the terrible markup and shipping fees for imports...)
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thenightsshadow



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2007 1:08 pm Reply with quote
Hopefully, the English (if any) will be proper...<ugh>
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crescendoll



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2007 2:40 pm Reply with quote
How stellar! I'm looking forward to seeing how this will turn out, and what impact--indeed, if any--it might have on the exportation of Japanese shows, both by consumers and by companies. Well, at the very least, it'll be interesting to peruse the database for fun. =)
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Josh7289



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2007 3:25 pm Reply with quote
Will we be able to use it, or is it only for companies?
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rabble



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2007 4:16 pm Reply with quote
They ought to set up an auction site for all the unlicensed series. Set a reserve for the lowest acceptable bid and see if anyone is willing to bite for a license. If a show is really popular you could see some nice bidding wars. And if a show doesn't spark any interest, the license holders could reduce their reserve to a more reasonable level.
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Proman



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2007 4:34 pm Reply with quote
Oh noes! Japan is selling out to foreigners:lol: !
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infoman99



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2007 5:54 pm Reply with quote
OH HAPPY DAYS HAVE COME AT LASTlol
ShockedShockedSurprisedSurprisedVery HappyVery HappyVery HappyVery HappyVery HappyVery Happy
fianally i can a get few games without having to understand japanese
text on games and music no more
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subaru



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2007 9:34 pm Reply with quote
Josh7289 wrote:
Will we be able to use it, or is it only for companies?

I would say its for the companies............ its just a facility for the japanese to earn more from the overseas market... more unknown titles will be licenced in the future I assumed....
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fujiwara



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2007 12:39 am Reply with quote
Awsemo! It's great to have a central database with infallible figures and statistics. This will probably lead to an increase in exports I imagine
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Iritscen



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2007 8:18 am Reply with quote
Don't they know about the ANN Encyclopedia? They could just add their phone numbers to each entry and they're all set, for crying out loud.
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Gauss



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2007 6:46 pm Reply with quote
Iritscen wrote:
Don't they know about the ANN Encyclopedia?

Or they could just use the IMDB. From the description it sounds like the Japanese database is going to contain much beyond what's in the ANN encyclopedia.

WEKS wrote:
How great of an export is anime/manga for Japan anyway? Anyone got any figures?

Last I heard Japan is the world's second largest producer and exporter of entertainment. By value the Asian market is larger than the Western market, but they're clearly seeing considerable potential for growth in the west. As some people like to point out, the only thing wrong with geeks and nerds is that they spot trends unfashionably early.
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