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Anime/DVD musings...

Groovy my anime TV series collection now includes (or will include shortly) the following:

Escaflowne (about half the series)
Hellsing (not sure, maybe 1/4 - 1/3)
Kenshin (full)
Neon Genesis Evangelion (full)
Cowboy Bebop (full)
Trigun (full)
Robotech (full)

I got some pretty good deals on eBay on most of the full series. It turns out that it's convenient that I prefer subtitled stuff as opposed to dubbed versions. Across the board the subtitled stuff is much cheaper than the official US releases (assuming they have been released in the US in the first place).

I also did some research on DVDs recently and I figured out why I kept seeing so many regionless (i.e. Region 0) DVDs on eBay. Apparently those are probably legitimate Chinese copies. Apparently until recently most Chinese DVDs were produced without using regional encoding so it's possible to buy those for use in the U.S. Unfortunately this trend is diminishing lately, but a lot of DVDs produced in China and other asian countries are still made regionless. Nifty.

I'm also seeing that you can get a lot of hard to find stuff on DVD if you don't mind buying a foreign release. Recently I picked up a (cheap) Chinese copy of "Desk Set". It's in English with optional Chinese subtitles. Considering that it was about as expensive as the VHS copy available at amazon.com (and that there is currently no US DVD release) that's a pretty good deal.

Hmmm just to keep things together, here's the list of things I want to track down in the near future. I haven't seen much of some of them, but I've read about them and they look good.

Escaflowne (2nd half)
Hellsing (whatever is left)
Naruto
Rahxephon
Gundam (how many series are there?)
Utena
Lain

Comments

Gundam (how many series are there?)

near infinite. it one of, if not the first giant mecha series. it's been around since the late 70s, in near constant production

off the top of my head, i know of

mobile suit gundam
0083: stardust memories
08th ms team
gundam wing

i know there are a LOT more, those are just the ones i have.

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That explains a lot. I was really starting to wonder just how old this franchise was. I almost bought mobile suit gundam recently, but I decided to hold of until I've watched some of my other aquisitions. Currently I'm in that "ooooo, new & interesting, must watch now!" phase for most of the stuff that's caught my eye.

So far every one of the series that folks have suggested look really really good (and for the most part are obtainable from ye olde eBay).

I'm particularly curious to see gundam though since I've heard comments about the different series being set in alternate dimensions and that's one of my pet sci-fi obsessions.

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yeah, they all take place in the same general environment, but the series have no real continuity.

i suggest 08th MS team for real world military style (mobile suits getting sand stuck in gears and locking up) or Gundam Wing, since it was the one that sort of broke Gundam to the mainstream US markets.

mobile suit gundam is visually similar to starblazers - very 70s.