20bmg  asked:

Idk if you have been asked this before but now that shout factory is about to release megaranger how do you think they have so far and is there a series they haven't released that you hope they do

So far, I am still in awe of the @theshoutfactory Super Sentai DVDs even existing. I never thought that I would ever be able to buy full seasons of the shows I love with English subtitles at reasonable prices.  Seriously, the raw Japanese DVD’s cost most for the 10 episode 2-disc single releases than the entire series with subs does in the US.

Shout Factory have also done an amazing job at marketing and promoting their releases having done three streaming marathons of Super Sentai shows with hosts and even live interaction with the fans.  During these, they even announced their next big releases in the series, which was a real treat.

Even better than that though, they have listened to criticism from the fans. When their initial release of Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger came out, they had yellow subtitles on the screen,

However, the fans expressed their dislike for the yellow subs and by the time of their third release, Ninja Sentai Kakuranger, the subs had been changed to a more pleasing white with black outlines.

They release these are fairly niche releases appealing to a smaller than average part of the market (a market they aim for in a lot of other releases as well) so they take the desires of their consumers into account.  It’s a good strategy to keep fans coming back time and time again for the next release.  I know it’s worked for me as I have pre-ordered each and every one of them.

It’s not just their Super Sentai releases either.  They have also put out two of Tsuburaya’s older shows; Ultra Q and Ultraseven in deluxe boxed sets.

These were well put together with amazing liner notes, the best source materials they could find and reasonable prices.  There were some fan complaints though as the Ultra Q box contained the original Black & White broadcast versions of the episodes as opposed to the loving re-colored versions recently released in Japan.  The Ultraseven box set said it was The Complete Series but had one missing episode, which was removed for reasons of the original creator listening to concerns from the audience. I didn’t find these to be egregious problems or even dampen my enjoyment of the shows but they were concerns one of which was addressed in the liner notes.

As for what I would like to see them release that they have not well, they seem to be working their way forward from Zyuranger to cover all of the Power Rangers era series.  So, I fully expect fan favorites like Mirai Sentai Timeranger and Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger to eventually see release.  What I would love to see is for them to go back.  I firmly believe a full DVD box of Choujin Sentai Jetman would be a hit in the US.

I would also love to see them dip back into Tsuburaya’s back catalog and release some of the Showa Ultraman series never seen in the US, especially The Return of Ultraman and Ultraman Ace.

I know these are tied up in the ongoing legal struggles between Tsuburaya Productions and Thailand’s Tsuburaya Chaiyo mess but I can still dream, can’t I?

Now, I don’t want to sound like a total shill for Shout Factory but I am frankly astonished and immensely grateful that they have released these shows in the US.  It’s been a literal dream come true for me to be able to own physical copies of these on DVD.  I may be a bit old fashioned but there is something thrilling to me about physically owning things as opposed to having them digitally.  It’s less convenient but it’s the same reason I prefer owning a physical book to an ebook version of the same thing. Maybe it’s just that I’m old and that’s the way things were when I was younger.  Maybe it’s a fear of things going away in digital space or not truly owning things that can be deleted.

Anyway, thank you for your question!