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The Purest Form of Anime Collection PDF Print E-mail
Written by Vincent Diamante   
Monday, 08 June 2009 18:12
Back in the day, true anime collectors collected animation cels

Oh sure, you could collect LDs, soundtracks, artbooks, figures... all sorts of stuff.  But none of those things were: the show itself.  All those goods were simply things made to further push the show on the masses...  The cel, however, is an actual component of the show.  Whether broadcast over the airwaves or etched onto optical discs, those images flashing on the television screen are actually pictures of those cels, artefacts that are now in the hands of thousands of collectors around the world.

Of course, now that the world has long since embraced the computer for animation, there are no more cels to collect.  Yeah, you might be able to find cels made for specific purposes (magazine printing, limited edition paraphernalia) but for modern digitally produced anime, cels simply don't exist.  For the collector who is only interested in pure anime collection, what is left?  Even collecting motion picture prints doesn't quite cut it, as those are merely reproductions of an original (and nowadays digital) master.  How does one really collect anime?

Sure, you can continue to own DVDs and goods related to an anime... but how about truly OWNING AN ANIME?

For most people, owning an anime (or at least, rights to production and distribution of an anime outside of Japan) is simply ridiculous.  However, there are some pretty choice gems out there.  The recent bankruptcy of Central Park Media has brought to market some really nice titles.  How many of you wouldn't like to own Area 88?  Or Patlabor?  Or They Were 11Here is GreenwoodSilent ServicePing Pong Club?!

It seems CPM didn't retain permanent ownership in negotiating rights for much of their catalog, so maybe this liquidation isn't as lucrative as it could be.  Still, why not just go abroad and get rights from the source?  Surely it can't be that expensive to get something cool/unique/good from the annals of anime history?  Me, I wouldn't mind grabbing those Yokohama Shopping Log OAVs, or the TV show Kokoro Library.  Given the choice between a new Lamborghini and three sisters struggling to justify the existence of their far off library, I'll take the cute drama (complete with a soundtrack from Hogari Hisaaki that is far better than it has any right to be.)

Too bad I'm a couple hundred thousand dollars short of being able to make that choice...

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