Persona 4 Anime Blu-ray Release In U.S. Will Only Have English Audio

By Ishaan . July 31, 2012 . 3:33pm

Sentai Filmworks will be releasing Persona 4: The Animation, the anime series based on the original PlayStation 2 role-playing game, starting this September in North America. The Persona 4: Collection 1 set on DVD and Blu-ray will be released on September 18th and will contain the first 12 episodes of the series.

 

The running time for the release is listed as 300 minutes. Included in the release will be a director’s cut version of episode 1. The Blu-ray version will cost $60.

 

That’s a revised price. Originally, the Persona 4 Collection 1 Blu-ray was going to cost $70. Why the change? Because, Sentai say, the Japanese licensor of the series required that they remove the Japanese language track from the North American Blu-ray release. Sentai also say that the series is only licensed in the U.S. and Canada, and that exporting their release is prohibited.

 

Note that this change only applies to the Blu-ray version. The DVD release of Persona 4: Collection 1 will contain both Japanese and English language audio tracks, along with Japanese episode commentary.


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  • Catnipcookie

    Bracing for people whining about “I want my Japanese voice actors” in 5… 4… 3… 2….

    • http://www.facebook.com/eliezer.dossantos.566 Eliézer Dos Santos

      Why it’s whining? They only wants to have the chance to choose. If you prefer the english voices, good for you, i don’t.

    • Manny Being Manny

      And those “Whining” would be completely right. Its the standard practice in anime to have the original voice track. Theres been like… 1 anime in the last 5 years I can think of that didn’t have the original Japanese track. Dub only releases these days is just unacceptable.

    • epy

      So… is it whining to want what has been an industry standard for years? Shame on us, right?

      • Shane Guidaboni

        Exactly. Any anime release has always offered Japanese language options. This shouldn’t be any different. What gives? Why is it included on the DVD, but not the blu-ray?

    • nbanon

       I guess the same could apply if they release hollywood movies without the original voice casting.

    • Luna Kazemaru

      Get that flame armor ready tho they will just flag you anyway

    • Catnipcookie

      I don’t prefer one or the other but I dislike it when people think the English voice cast will be horrible and dismiss it right away without a second thought. I remember when I watched my first subbed movie as a kid and thought I would hate it and I liked it, i was able to handle reading and watching the screen.
      It’s just any time they say “No Japanese track” you would think they took something away from you personally. PS: They didn’t. 

      • Manny Being Manny

        Its not that people hate the English track or something. Its just that many people prefer watching anime in its original language. Personally, I don’t care HOW good the English actors are, I want my Rie Kugimiya, Yui Horie, Romi Paku, etc.

        • xXDGFXx

          I just can’t get over the fact that they’re speaking only English… in Japan…

          “-chan” oh god, hearing that with a flat accent sends chills down my spine…

      • Aoshi00

        They did take something away.  All the Hollywood movies released in Jpn have Jpn dub in addition to the “original” Eng audio.  It would be hard to fathom for them to release a Jpn dubbed only Hollywood movie. 

        Plus like everyone mentioned, dual audio including the original Jpn track for US DVD/blu-ray is standard practice, so in P4′s case, it’s disappointing, especially since the DVD version has it.

        Personally I like both, I have played many Jpn games in both Jpn/Eng, watched many Hollywood movies that way as well..  but for collection’s sake, I would like to have both.

    • DS23

      Yeah why would anyone want a foreign thing in its original foreign language? 

  • Blesmi

    Oh wow that’s hilarious. Also teehee Sentai. Such awful and overpriced sets.

  • APixelatedMind

    No sale. Gonna by the DVDS.

  • nbanon

    I guess locking the English subtitles on Japanese audio to prevent reverse importation is not that bad after all. Japan should have stayed in Region B.

  • MrSirFeatherFang

    Probably involves Japanese people importing from the US?

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/EnvyMizuhashi Garyuu of Spades

    That’s one hell of a flip flop, for the Blu-ray anyway. I can dig it though, I was thinking of getting the blu-ray release with the dub intact anyway.

  • Chow

    …I CAN NEVER HAVE NICE THINGS… T_T

  • Vitor Duarte

    No exporting? Why thank you, us in Europe will love to hear about that.
    Also, P4TA has already started in english?

  • ryne11

    Well Poo… Had it pre-ordered too

  • Luna Kazemaru

    Let the crying begin this will be lovely.

  • http://momentsreprieve.com/index/ Aushria

    It’s already obvious to me why.
    Same as Persona 4 Arena region lock, the Japanese BluRay discs are more expensive, and rarely come with more than two episodes; sometimes only ONE.

    So of course it would be a viable option for Japanese consumers to import the English release as an alternative. <—Hence no exporting and lack of Japanese audio.

    Japanese anime licensors/distributors could prevent this if they didn't charge an arm and a leg for ONE to TWO episodes of the same anime on BluRay. We shouldn't have to put up with this crap because of their greed.

    • Chow

       Makes sense.

    • Luna Kazemaru

      You do understand that its not just anime/games that are put at higher cost?

      • http://momentsreprieve.com/index/ Aushria

        What applies right now is anime and games.. since they are relevant to the topic. However, I am well aware that it’s not just anime and video games.

        Even knowing that, I still call this an act of trying to justify their greed.

        • Luna Kazemaru

          Not really greed if the cost if living here in the states and there aren’t the same

          • Kevadu

            Anime prices in Japan do not even remotely reflect cost of living differences.  It’s just more expensive–by a huge margin–no matter how you cut it.

      • malek86

        Well, it’s particularly bad with anime: games cost around double in Japan compared to the USA, which can be acceptable given the higher cost of living, but anime discs cost in average ten times as much per episode.

        I don’t really remember the reasons, and they were never explained in detail, but it had to do with the anime market being very small over there.

        • PoweredByHentai

          Yes, the anime market was small and could never expand.  Here’s the link:
          http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature/2012-03-07 

          I’m pretty sure I’ve explained this to you already.

          • malek86

            The one thing I don’t really understand, is why high-price sales eventually crawled down in the USA but not in Japan. Aren’t there american collectors too? Or inversely, didn’t japanese fans get tired of paying so much too?

          • PoweredByHentai

            Simple matter of market demographics.  Here in the USA, the market is big enough that the losses from price drops can be offset by volume sales.

            In Japan, that market demographic doesn’t increase and isn’t diversified, period.

            Here in the USA, due to the larger market size, different companies can pursue different sales strategies.  You have Funimation with its DVD/Blu-Ray hybrids or its Limited Edition first then Budget version later releases; Sentai/Section23 (both were spun off from ADV) with its DVD-first then Blu-Ray releases; NISA with its simultaneous Premium and Budget pack releases; and Aniplex with its LIMITED EDITION ONLY releases (because it is a subsidiary publishing company of Aniplex Japan).

            And then you have streaming-only options like what CrunchyRoll and Anime News Network provides. Funimation also provides streaming anime but that used go through Hulu (which is a pretty shitty service) before they went with their own in-house solution. Then there’s also Neon Alley.

          • Hraesvelgr

             @PoweredByHentai:disqus I’m pretty sure the Japanese anime market is bigger than any of its overseas markets, or, at the very least, more profitable. I mean, there is a reason a lot of US anime companies are going under or release sub-only box sets. That bubble burst a long time ago.

    • PoweredByHentai

      I’m pretty sure I’ve explained this before, but the anime market in Japan is very small and won’t ever expand, even with cheaper retail releases.

      Here’s the short history of it:
      The retail releases of anime shows and whatnot came about when the video rental market cratered.  Since the video rental stores were no longer operating, the otaku fanbase went into direct sale mode, as in, they bought the VHS tapes at the price it was normally set for the video rental market.  That high price tag was basically what kept the anime industry afloat in Japan and they have experimented with ways to bring the price tag down and grow the market base but nothing worked.  As a result, the high price tags and whatnot became the norm.

      Here’s the short explanation on why anime studios rely entirely on direct market sales of DVDs and Blu-Rays:
      Most anime are produced through production committees.  The committee generally represents the interests of everyone involved: investor, marketing, voice actors and actresses’ agency or agencies, original creator, writer, TV networks, publisher(s), producer/director, etc.  The sh*t thing about this sort of system is that the anime studios don’t get any cut of sales from merchandising (figures, branded snacks, etc.) and also get shafted completely from any advertising revenue during its run.  Hence why studios are entirely at the mercy of direct market sales of DVDs and Blu-Rays, which is usually the only side of the business that they can control.

      Now, take the two things that I’ve just told you and put them together.  That is basically the situation that most anime studios are in.

      Also, you can find these at Anime News Network.

      Here’s the first part:
      http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature/2012-03-05 

      Here’s the second part where I summarized what I told you:
      http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature/2012-03-07

      Here’s the third part:
      http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature/2012-03-09

      • M’iau M’iaut

        Returned from purgatory because I think there’s a place for this information in this situation.

        PbH — all that work and it was that one little sh*t that caught ya. Next time use a *, kind sir.

        • PoweredByHentai

          Yeah, I figured as much.  >_<

          Thanks for bringing it back from the grave.  XD

    • PoweredByHentai

      Greed?

      Hardly.

      I just typed up a fairly sizable post that Disqus decided to eat.  As I don’t feel like giving the summarized history and process of the anime industry again, here’s a link to Anime News Network that does just that in all its verbose detail:
      http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature/2012-03-07 

      By the way, that is Part 2 of a currently 3 part article.

  • http://twitter.com/Orange_kun Orange

    Oh the japanese and their fear of reverse importing. 

  • Rentekabond

    So no major loss for me, then. Time to mark my Calendar!!

  • http://twitter.com/ifarah12 Gren

    hurr durr reverse imports

    • Hraesvelgr

      Japan’s anime and game market in a nutshell.

  • AnimeRemix

    Looks like I’ll be sticking to the DVD version. I was planning on this to be my first anime for Blu-Ray, but I guess that won’t be happening now. :V

  • http://myfigurecollection.net/collection/ashgail Ashgail

    To the people in Europe, you don’t have to worry about this as Kaze tweeted a couple of statements after this incident went public. 

    https://twitter.com/KazeUK/status/230434040661016576
    https://twitter.com/KazeUK/status/230434125461471233

    • malek86

      I imagined as much. It wouldn’t make sense since japanese BD players can’t read european discs anyway.

      I know some BD players can be turned region free though, so I wonder if some japanese (or american) fans will try and buy the european version instead?

      • Luna Kazemaru

        I don’t really see that happening

        • malek86

          Me neither, it’s too much of a hassle. But for those few who still have a region-free player (must be very few, since only some early BD models could be modified), I assume it would be the best of both worlds: low price and complete audio.

          • Luna Kazemaru

            Maybe but yeah I can see people inporting games because well yeah you don’t know if they will ever leave japan or not but BD’s just because of this nah

      • http://myfigurecollection.net/collection/ashgail Ashgail

        Instead or reverse importing, now it’s proper importing? Nah, the possibility of that happening is really, really low. Our currency’s much stronger than theirs and I doubt they’d want to pay shipping etc etc. Too many variables in the equation.

  • Juuu

    Poor Sentai. Heaven knows they’ll get a lot of slack for what they’ve outright stated is a decision [rather an order] from the Japanese licensors.  :c We’ve seen the result of Atlus fans scorned, doubt the fire will come down with any less fury on the folks at Sentai. Hang in there, guys. D:

    • Luna Kazemaru

      Its going to be the samething where doom and gloom and people saying oh you betrayed us and i will never buy from you again ect with people pulling random numbers out their butts and they will still ironicly get it.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Fine by me. The english voice actors were leagues better anyway. Haven’t watched the anime in japanese for this very reason.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Viet-Nguyen/100000070536507 Richard Viet Nguyen

    I was planning on watching it in English anyway, so….. yeah…..

    I am highly unaffected by this.

  • Spirit Macardi

    I see no problem with this. I didn’t want to watch the version without Johnny Yong Bosch and Yuri Lowenthal anyway x3

    • cj_iwakura

      They haven’t confirmed they’re even using them.

      • Raharu95

        I think they did say in another article that the original voice actirs reprised their roles. Except maybe for the ones that are being replaced.

      • RmanX1000

        They confirmed that any and all changes in Arena, will be the exact same changes in The Animation and Golden. So Chie and Teddie are the only different ones.

  • Alex

     Damned reverse importing trend.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Look to comment…….T_T

  • Wondering_Zero

    The anime just barely finished airing a little while ago so it’s no surprise we’re not getting the Japanese voices cause of the reverse importing thing. 

    I think we’ll see a complete series release on blu-ray with both voices in a year or so, and for the same price as this release. Probably longer since we barely got Clannad After Story from Sentai in blu-ray this month.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002475904674 Nicholas Suarez

    Well, I would love to hear Johnny say “Bank-” oh wait – “Persona!” and just hear him during the King’s game scenes (XD), but I grew fond of the Japanese voices…So I’ll get the DVD that has both! Iread the comments and I get the feeling that a fair few either didn’t read the last paragraph or prefer Blu-Ray/dislike DVDs…

  • MrKappa

    Wow, looks like the greed is passing over to the anime now too.
    Not that I would buy this anyways seeing how I’m not a collector and I’ve already seen it.

    • PoweredByHentai

      I’m not entirely sure if it is greed.  While Atlus does own the IP to the Persona 4 anime, it is hard to know who actually has the full distribution rights due to how the Production Committee system works.  I’ll just refer you to the Anime News Network link that I’ve been posting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000172099718 Dominic Hunter

    So this is another example of the Japanese reverse-import-phobia, huh? Whatever, I guess they just really don’t want me to buy it if they’re gonna take something so simple as another language track out of the release.

  • Locklear93

    Hm.  This may be a no sale for me.  It’s unfortunate, but I’m less tolerant of dub only in anime than I am in games.  My PS3′s default is set to Japanese, subs on for a reason.

  • Alphabet Soup

    It definitely sucks, but I see where they are coming from on this one.  If you compare this price (even as half the series) to the Japanese Blu-Rays (which only contain a couple of episodes a pop with some costing upwards of $60 USD for said couple of episodes), it’s understandable why they would worry over reverse-importation.  

  • OatMatadoQuatro

    Too bad Dave Wittenberg does not voice Teddie anymore

  • OatMatadoQuatro

    So the Japanese audio is 10 bucks worth? Well, if they had kept the Japanese audio, they would have to be region lock— oh wait…

  • Fitzkrieg

    I was planning to get this on DVD anyway…

  • Luna Kazemaru

    Comment full of fail

    • xXDGFXx

      Buying something with content that was originally there cut out is not something that should be supported. There are exceptions if the situation is very common, this is not one of them.

      • Spirit Macardi

        Know what else shouldn’t be supported? Piracy.

      • Luna Kazemaru

        Oh so you support that bs comment? Good to lnow you are part of the problem

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/SMXEA3KKIKST3G74OURM5KCGFI Charles

       I know right. God forbid I have standards. Which is if an anime is released without both EN/JP dubs it’s not getting my support. If you don’t like it then that’s too damn bad for you.

      • M’iau M’iaut

        Sir, and when those standards take you to the so I just pirate argument, its no wonder the industry is unhealthy. Especially when this anime is getting released with both languages, just not on BD.

      • Luna Kazemaru

        So your standards is pirate if you don’t get what you like great logic there buddy. You just proved you are part of the problem and a complete fool stay free kid.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/SMXEA3KKIKST3G74OURM5KCGFI Charles

           “You just proved you are part of the problem”

          Nope, stupid companies like Aniplex and Sentai are part of the problem. If they didn’t insist on releasing an inferior product I’d be more than happy to depart with my money. Anyway, you’re being a bit think and I get the feeling that talking to you any further will be a waste of breath so… Have a nice life.

          • Luna Kazemaru

            What ever makes you feel better

  • http://www.siliconera.com Jenni

    Kind of disappointing, but understandable. Is the quality that different for animated features when they’re on DVD/Blu-ray? Because the standard DVD is still a really good option.

    • cj_iwakura

      I never notice the difference. Heck, I have VHSes still.

      • http://www.siliconera.com Jenni

         Me either! You can with live action or CG, but animation… the difference is negligible.

        I got this little TV with a VHS player built in at a local Goodwill for $5 so I can watch all my old tapes. When I was in grade and high school, I recorded Sailor Moon/FLCL/Cowboy Bebop.

        • PoweredByHentai

          With animation, it really depends.  The PS3 still has one of the best upscaling algorithms around.  Friend of mine has a portable Blu-Ray player that he brings around to our anime club showings and that is decent up to a certain point.

          For example, Irresponsible Captain Tylor (the older DVD release) looked more blurry and pixelated on his Blu-Ray player, then we tried it on our host’s hardware-BC PS3 and it looked pretty good.

  • http://epiclyamazing.wordpress.com/ AzureNova

    Don’t care, anime is good either way =)

    • Asura

      Ha, my response to this was “Don’t care, the anime is bad either way.” Wasn’t going to post it though, but then I saw this comment.

      • http://epiclyamazing.wordpress.com/ AzureNova

        Ha lol. I welcome your opinion either way. ^_^

      • monk_123

        Well yea, the anime is really not that great. Don’t think you’re missing out much if you have played the game already (Although, the school trip to P3 town was one episode that I really enjoyed).

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LSXK6H5DIAWZWFQ252ZC3XIUGM .

    Why were we ever put in the same bluray region code as the Japanese market…it just doesn’t make sense.  The irony is that many otaku wanted to get ‘same day’ releases as the Japanese but failed to realize they would then have to eat the pricing scale that the domestic market in Japan uses. I remember Bandai doing this to Gunbuster 2 releases and also Aniplex’s current strategy reflects this (yes, its still a better deal than what the Japanese get, yet its still expensive).

    Even if I want to support the anime industry, I can’t support this. Oh, the EU’s region lock actually works in their favor for this release, but, I guess the opposite for the game (P4A) itself, man, isn’t that just wierd? Strange times.

  • xXDGFXx

    I’m…. really disappointed… It was one thing to find out both version of P4Arena were region-locked but now we’re going to branch off to voice-over options in anime?

    I don’t hate the English VAs. Hell, Yousuke sounds pretty great in English. I just won’t tolerate cut content. My favorite VA for Yousuke will always be Japanese.

    • PoweredByHentai
      • xXDGFXx

        As insightful as that is, it doesn’t reduce the impact of my disappointment.

        • PoweredByHentai

          I’m not terribly disappointed by the news.  I’ll just buy the DVD version or failing that, get the Blu-Ray dub-only version and just show fansubs or use Crunchyroll at my anime club. We’ve been using Crunchyroll for a lot of our showings this past year and it has been a very enjoyable experience. Legal and problem-free too.

          As I have paid for the product, I can at least cut out the proof-of-purchase bar code and mail a physical letter to the publisher with a list of me and my anime club’s grievances on the product.

          Thing is, Persona 4 wasn’t high on my list of anime to pick up.  Ano Hana and Eiyuu Densetsu Sora no Kiseki animes are at the top of the list followed by Ano Natsu de Matteru, Mirai Nikki, Rinne no Lagrange and Guilty Crown.  Everything else, I’ll just pick up from RightStuf’s bargain bin or one of their fabulous sales of awesome.

    • Guest

      For those complaining;
      Easy solution: Buy the DVD version.

      Not the hard. Similar thing happened to Bandai’s Kurokami: The Animation release, what with the dub only Blu-Ray and DVD getting both sub and dub. I ended up double dipping on those.

      EDIT: Grah. Wrong spot. Didn’t mean to reply.

    • cj_iwakura

      Good thing P4A had no cut content at all. Kind of makes you wonder why that was such a big deal compared to this, don’t it?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dylan-Ng/100000854638739 Dylan Ng

    I want to support this……. Buuut the only way is to import the DVD and I don’t think I hv enough $$$ and allowed to do tht….. (We Asian want dubs too!!)

    Note to self: Buy this if I ever go to US.

  • M’iau M’iaut

    Guys, I’m going to make this a threadwide notice. Leave the pirating comments elsewhere. The reasons for this action are honestly, even clearer and far more established than region locking of a PS3 game. Many many many anime BD releases have seen extensive delays or outright abandonment for this very reason.

    The DVD option is cheaper and still gives dual audio, with an upscaling DVD player — which is basically any DVD player today — you are still getting 1080. Import the JP BD or watch the 1080 streams still available legally. This announcement in no way precludes you from a high-def Japanese language P4 anime experience.

  • eliel

    good to know english dub ftw ;D

  • Zonic505

    Well, kind of sucks, but it’s understandable (same reason as P4 Arena). Maybe we’ll get lucky & once they release a boxed set of the entire series, they’ll put it back in.

  • Covnam

    While I understand that some (many?) in the larger anime community prefer dubs, as someone who prefers subs, when I first read the title of the article my first thought was, ‘Then why even bother?’. I’m sure it will still sell, but I can’t imagine it will do near as well.
    At least it’s nice to read that the dvd release will have dual audio for those who don’t mind that, but since I opt for blu-ray now, this is a no-sale for me. Too bad too, because I just started playing Persona 4 and I’m really enjoying it. Hopefully in the future once some time passes from the release in Japan it will come out here with dual audio on blu-ray and I can get it then, otherwise I’ll vote with my wallet and skip this release.

    • LynxAmali

       They did the same thing with Guin Saga too.

      They ended up releasing a complete collection with dual audio down the line prior to when Japan got a Blu-Ray.

      • PoweredByHentai

        Ah… Guin Saga.  I picked up the DVD collection from RightStuf’s Xmas Sales, then saw the Blu-Ray version at Anime Expo last month and debated for a long time whether I should pick up the Blu-Ray version or not.

        Damn you Sentai/Section23 for gaming me like this. My Clannad and Clannad After Story collections also weep. >_<

      • Covnam

        Yeah, hopefully they’ll follow suit.

  • SetzerGabbiani

    I bet a “Complete Collection Special Edition” blu-ray will reverse this decision.

  • kool_cid414

    Don’t have a blu ray player anyway (other than ps3) an I don’t have an hd tv so I shall be fine with this. Still kinda sucks though

  • DS23

    Total balls, but a term required by the licensee most likely. Lots of Funimation licensed stuff now has to wait a year after DVD release in the US to put out the Blu Rays due to reverse importation fears.

  • Godmars

    “The DVD release of Persona 4: Collection 1 will contain both Japanese and English language audio tracks, along with Japanese episode commentary.”

    !!!

    Oh FFS – talk about poorly thought out actions. This is just outright paranoia versus reverse-importing that’s only going to hurt target market sales.   

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      Except in this case, the paranoia is actually justified. Japanese anime consumers could very well import the American Blu-ray versions at a far cheaper price. The anime industry in Japan manages to survive because of its exorbitant prices. Once they lose that, they have nothing left.

      • Godmars

        But yet at the same time they’re putting out an even cheaper DVD that’s not only bilingual – but has a Japanese commentary track!

        A Japanese commentary track on an American DVD release but jack-all English-only for BR!

        I understand that BD and hi-def are more popular in Japan, that its less likely they’ll reverse import DVDs at this point, but it just sounds ass backward to be restricting the higher quality version like this. Is only insult to injury to be showing that they could do better.

        • malek86

          DVDs have a different region than BDs though. American DVDs are Region 1, japanese DVDs are Region 2 (incidentally, the same region as Europe).

          While american and japanese BDs are both Region A (while Europe is Region B), so a japanese player can read an american BD without any problem.

          So the problem is that, until Blu-ray got off, anime companies didn’t have much to worry about because japanese players couldn’t read american DVDs anyway (aside from some region free players, but they are rare). Now however, with Bluray, it’s become effectively a problem.

          That’s also why the DVD release still has dual audio. It’s a different region.

          • cj_iwakura

            Did not know that. Doesn’t explain why Japan is so tolerant of those ridiculous prices though. Maybe they’re used to it?

          • http://www.facebook.com/carlos.haha.7 Carlos Haha

            It’s not ridiculous prices to them. There currency is stronger the the Dollar. SO to us it seems more expensive but to them it’s same old same old. It’s like the opposite of before.

          • malek86

            I’m not sure myself. I mean, the reasons why it became like this have been explained. But I just don’t understand why people haven’t got fed up eventually. Are collectors/otaku really that dedicated? Are they afraid that new anime will stop being made unless they buy a lot of it? I don’t know.

      • cj_iwakura

        Technically the Japanese consumer industry is none of my business, but maybe they shouldn’t tolerate being price-gouged and LET the anime industry fold rather than get nickle and dimed.
        (This is subjective, but IMO, it’s not like there’s much worth watching like there used to be.)

  • Xerain

    Guess they decided against region locking it.

  • Chippel

    It would be nice for some creative thinking to be exercised before people are locked out of stuff. I do not envy Sentai right now, though. Hopefully their DVD sales/people who don’t care will keep this from being a loss.

  • Istillduno

    Those paranoid asses at Atlus really need their overseas sales to drop off the freaking charts before they start giving a toss and letting distributers act like the rest of the freaking industry (ie. dual audio in anime, region free in ps3 games), sadly gamers and anime fans are the weakest type of customer who will post angrily against something online and then vote yes to this treatments with their wallets anyway.

    Seriously.

    • LynxAmali

       Not really ATLUS. It’s probably Aniplex.

      And hey, the same thing happened to Kurokami and I ended up double dipping on that for both the DVD and Blu-Ray versions.

  • http://Gematsu.com/ Bruno Silva

    Wait, what? The whole no japanese audio did bother me a little bit, but I can live with it (whereas I don’t mind playing japanese games with english VO, I do prefer my animu with the original VO), but what baffles me the most is…this:

     “Sentai also say that the series is only licensed in the U.S. and Canada, and that exporting their release is prohibited”

    So, since this is most likely never being released in Europe, I can never purchase this and keep it on my collection? I’m sorry but that makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. How many products don’t get licensed worldwide, and still it’s okay to import them? Not licensing something in other regions means those regions can’t sell and distribute the DVD/Blu Ray, but I’m not buying to sell them, I’m just importing to keep it and watch it at my own leisure.

    • malek86

      Actually the series has already been licensed to the UK, and the publisher also said that the japanese audio restriction won’t apply to them (since we are in a different region than USA and Japan).

      • Dyne

         thx for the info

      • http://Gematsu.com/ Bruno Silva

        Had no idea, thanks for the info. That makes sense, if they are indeed releasing it in all regions.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WPGDGULMOAZSIEIA5Y4BEHL6JU wtfhappenedtoallthenames

    EN VO on BR ver. of P4? No thanks -_-

    I’ll find the JP ver. with subs somewhere.

    • cj_iwakura

      It’s on Hulu for free, FYI.

  • cj_iwakura

    Honestly think the best step here is to just get the DVDs. P4A is a GREAT show and deserves the attention, I’ll happily get it after experiencing it via Hulu. Let the BRs sell exactly 0 copies and have them wonder why.

  • RmanX1000

    Didnt plan to get the blu-ray anyway. DVDs are better personally. 

  • isfuturebright

    This makes no sense…. why the DVD version has both and the blu-ray doesn’t? I wonder for how long this will keep up.. Stop fuckin’ with your fans. We love the show we wanna buy it so add japanese languange that we ask everytime you release something. No wonder we pirate games/movies/tvSeries it’s really hard to be provided with the version you want it.

  • Pokahontas McGuigan

    im just gonna pirate it like a normal person. i mean i already have but u know, if i ever wanna rewatch it.

  • Spirit Macardi

    … So because a certain vocal option wasn’t in a certain format of the home video release you’re resorting to piracy.

    If you want the Japanese voices in hi-def, why not just buy the Japanese Blu-Ray release? Sure you don’t get the subtitles with it, but clearly it’s just the audio you care about x3

  • M’iau M’iaut

    Not going to stop you from ‘torrenting without guilt’. Will ask that you refrain from bragging about it or announcing it here on Siliconera in the future.

  • M’iau M’iaut

    Single language releases are far from new with this release, even after things moved from VHS. What Sentai is ‘doing’ is dealing the same contractual requirements Funi, Media Blasters, Geneon, ADV and whomever else, have had to work within. 

    Our hobby is a business and sometimes business comes before fun. But again, no one is being denied a legitimate, same as Japan release on this one. It just isn’t on BD.

    Again, I will note that pirate comments need to be left off the site.

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