posted on Dec, 10 2006 @ 11:20 AM
Collect The Set!
Yeah, one of the things that makes spreading the transcendental sweetness of the haibane far and wide more difficult is the cost and relative
obscurity of the series.
In the U.S., for example, potential viewers might be put off by the Japanese title and assume the show wouldn't connect with a non-Japanese
Who knows? Maybe if they did a test-marketing of the (excellent) English dub under the title of "Gray Feathers" or something like that, it might
And of course there's the cost, which can be pretty outrageous. My first boxed set of HR cost just under $120
Now, at least, Pioneer/Geneon offers a box set which lists for $80 but can be had for under $60 if you shop around. That's still a hell of a lot of
money to lay down, though, without knowing if you'll really like the show.
Indeed, some people just can't stand it, since it doesn't have any sex, violence or giant robots.
So there are definitely significant barriers to entry when it comes to the walled town of Guri.
On the bright side, I've heard that some of the more enlightened video rental franchises have anime sections, which can make HR available as a
low-cost rental for prospective viewers. Also, used sets can be had on eBay and the like.
Thus there are options for those who may not be sure the world of the little winged wonders is really for them.