Be Reasonable- Lower the prices of Anime DVD's sign now

It is obvious that anime's popularity has soared in the past ten years and will continue to soar. However, for those of us that do not have a lot of money, we have no way to obtain the anime that we love. Since 2002, almost all anime is found exclusively on DVD because of it's ability to hold more data than a VHS cassette, streaming digital video and audio and more or less, the extra features such as commentary and deleted scenes. However, the average retail price of anime in the United States is $29.95 for one DVD with an average of five episodes. The average 26-episode anime series can range from five, six or even eight DVD's with totals ranging from as little as $150 to as much as $240. Which is why there are boxsets, but the boxsets can still range anywhere from $100 as much as $200, depending on the amount of DVD's in the boxset. Plus, some anime series have more than the average $26 episodes. Some, in the case of "Mobile Suit Gundam Wing" can have up to 50 episodes, others can have more than one season, like "The Slayers" which has three. Or there are the classic works of Rumiko Takahashi, known as Japan's leading female manga artist who has created series such as Inuyasha, which has just finished in Japan, but is only at the 70-episode mark here, Maison Ikkoku, which will have a total of six boxsets by the time the series is released, Ranma 1/2, which has a total of seven boxsets or the long running Urusei Yatusra. The series spans a total of 218 episodes. AnimEigo, who owns the rights to release the series in North America, is only at the 100-episode mark, by releasing four episodes on one DVD, for a total of 20 DVD's. By the time the company has fully released the series on DVD, there will be a total of 55 individual DVD's! I previously mentioned that there average retail price for one anime DVD is $29.95, so the entire series could cost around $1,650! As I look at the prices of other DVD's, the prices of anime compared to the prices of movies or TV boxsets is astronomically high for the same amount of DVD's. I say that that is inexcusable and unreasonable! Anime fans are not made of money. We cannot afford to pay $300 for an entire 26-episode series. Especially since most of us are in high school and college. Which is why this petition was created. I believe that if anime is truly about the fans and not about the money, then the companies that bring anime to America should make the prices more reasonable for people who don't want to have to pay their life's savings for anime. I believe that the prices of anime DVD's should be the same other DVD's. If you lower the prices of anime, you will make millions of anime fans around North America really happy without making them pay their life's savings.

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Jacquelyn CainBy:
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A.D. Vision, AN Entertainment, AnimEigo, Bandai Entertainment, Central Park Media, FUNimation Productions, Geneon Entertainment, Manga Entertainment, Media Blasters, The Right Stuf International, Tokyopop, Viz Communications

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