January 17, 2011

So Much Stuff to Watch

I’ve collected a lot of DVDs over the years. Right now, most of my collection resides inside some large plastic storage containers, packed away about 2 years ago for various reasons. But I’ve acquired more since then, and they piled up here and there until I recently put them in a cardboard box. Most of these titles I have not watched yet, or have not watched all the way through. A few of them still have the plastic wrapping. This might seem strange, but coincidentally  I’ve just read a great article by Mike Toole on Anime News Network about this very subject. It appears that I am not alone.

So let’s take a look at what I’ve got in here. Perhaps this will uncover hidden insight into my personality?

Gunbuster 2 I’ve only seen 2 episodes from, at a Fan Expo back when it first came out. The original Gunbuster is one of my all time favorites, and I bought the Gunbuster Movie box set on Blu Ray, so I guess I bought Gunbuster 2 on eBay last year so I could watch it before I watched the movies. Alas, I have still not watched either.

Then we have Samurai Jack: Season 4. I had purchased the first 3 seasons back when they were first released, but never got around to buying the 4th. One day I just figured that I really aught to fix that, so I searched eBay and there it was for about $10. Awesome show, one of the best cartoons ever made.

Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad is an anime all about Rock and Roll! I was collecting the single DVD volumes but only got half way through. In trying to buy the volumes I was missing I discovered that it was a lot cheaper to just buy a box set. So now I have them all, plus the extra copies of the first 3 disks I already had, and yet I still have to sit and watch the whole thing.

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2002) was purchased at Best Buy for about $14 or so. I like this show and I’m pretty sure I saw all of the episodes on TV when they first aired. The packaging is on this set is terrible.

Iron King and Red Barron are live action super hero series from Japan. I don’t know anything about them but I love this kind of thing and they were cheap on eBay so here they are. So little of this kind of material gets an official release in North America.

Cowboy Bebop is one of those shows that everyone has seen and everyone loves. But I still haven’t seen it all yet! One day I’ll get through it all.

Cyborg 009 is an awesome series based on the classic manga, but this DVD of release containing only 8 episodes is all there is of the entire show in English. I bought it for $5, and that’s a great deal, but I’d spend 10 or 20 times that to get all the episodes.

Birth” is some kind of sci-fi anime. I don’t really know what it’s about and the plastic is still on it. I saw a glowing recommendation for it, so I downloaded a copy. I watched it for a few minutes and then, to my surprise, people started speaking English! So that must mean that a real DVD is out there somewhere. Some eBay research uncovered a number of new copies available for $2. I ditched the download and ordered the real thing.

Otaku no Video is just something I thought I should have based on its reputation, but have not watched yet. It’s something about anime fans in Japan and the guys who founded the studio Gainax, I think.

King Kong vs Godzilla and King Kong Escapes were recently purchased for less than $3 each. I was hesitant to buy them back when they were first released due to lack of extras and no Japanese audio, but for that price I’ll bite. Next to them are a couple of Asian movies I bought at the HMV booth at Fan Expo last year. They are Sukiyaki Western Django, the new version of Zatoichi, and a Thai movie called Chocolate.They were $6 each. I don’t really want to buy DVDs in case there there is a better Blu Ray out there, but in this case I figured why not. All of this stuff still has the plastic wrapper on it.

Then we have Odin: Starlight Mutiny and Garaga. Odin is about a spaceship/boat and was created by the recently deceased Space Battleship Yamato creator Yoshinobu Nishizaki. It’s also, from what I understand, incredibly long and boring. I was really looking forward to seeing just how long and boring it is, but the version I got is actually the edited version with 40 minutes removed (and it’s still 90 minutes long). Oh well. Garaga has apes or something. I like apes so I bought it. Odin was $3 and Garaga was 99 cents on eBay. Big spender, I know.

Lastly we have Beast King Go Lion, the original Japanese show that was edited, re-written dumbed down, and sanitized to become the show we know as Voltron. I bought this at Anime North last year and still haven’t really watched it. It amuses me how the pictures on the back of the box make the show look like a complete bloodbath.

Now that I think about it, I still have a number of other DVDs packed away that I haven’t finished or watched at all yet. It seems like a waste, but what can I say? I’m a collector and I like having a good variety of things to choose from and look back at for future reference. I love this stuff, even if I haven’t seen it all yet. So I’ll put it this way. These are not things I haven’t seen yet. They’re things I look forward to watching some day.



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