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XBox (Games) Anime Media Television

Ghost in the Shell, Other Anime Coming to Xbox Live 49

Posted by Zonk
from the aeria-gloris dept.
Joystiq is reporting that a large slice of the catalog for anime distributor Starz will be coming to Xbox Live. Some of their titles are already available via the service, while others will be placed into circulation in the coming months. High profile new content includes the stellar Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (Series 1 and 2), Read or Die, Macross Plus, Tokko, Virus, and X.
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Ghost in the Shell, Other Anime Coming to Xbox Live

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  • In other words... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Applekid (993327) on Wednesday September 19, 2007 @04:22PM (#20672971)
    ... just the stuff you've already seen aired on cable.
    • I opted not to get cable or satellite in my house. All my TV shows come in from Xbox Live or Netflix. For all the time I have for TV, I save a lot of money that way.
    • by vertinox (846076)
      Pretty much.

      But one of the reasons I bother keeping comcast cable TV part is the on demand anime... Now if Xbox360 had Adult Swim episodes... I might drop the non-data part of comcast.
    • How dare those evil bastards try and offer a product! [/sarcasm]

      I'm sorry, but what the hell are you on about, so what if it's been shown, firstly, some people missed it, secondly some people would like to have a copy to watch as much as they want, thirdly, how is it a bad thing for a good series to get distributed in a new way?
  • evangelion! (Score:3, Funny)

    by everphilski (877346) on Wednesday September 19, 2007 @04:27PM (#20673035) Journal
    Angels Attack XBOX!
  • by StCredZero (169093) on Wednesday September 19, 2007 @04:37PM (#20673159)
    The ultimate XBox strategy for Microsoft domination of the world (or at least the US) is for it to take over the living room. Start with Anime. Move on to sports. (Isn't the NFL trying to launch its own network?) Comedy Central? They could put a XBox branded YouTube on there. (Just re-skin the browser for YouTube pages.) Start small, even at a loss to Microsoft, but if they play it right, they can grow into a media empire. They could be the next cable, just with shows and series, but no time-slots. They would have targeted advertising, however.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by kamapuaa (555446)
      The XBox has been out for 6 years now, and they're starting to offer downloads of anime episodes, to the 5% of American households than have an XBox. At that rate it will name them approximately 95 more years to take over the living room.

      People have been talking about "Living room domination" since the beginning, but if that was at the forefront of MS's plans, they would have adopted XBMC as their own, they would have made the XBox 360 cheaper, they'd have targeted a broader audience that really isn't int

      • The living room is clearly the target of everyone going after the US market. No one has figured out how to make themselves more convenient than cable. Until you figure that out, it doesn't matter how badly cable sucks. Americans are all about the convenience.

  • But what format... (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward
    Let the holy war begin...
    Subbed or Dubbed?
    • That's actually a very interesting question. Subbed is usually far superior, but I don't mind dubbed...however, that seems to be all they show on cable.

      Now, if the 360 started offering subbed versions of the same show at a competitive price, then I would definitely be interested.

  • Or, you know... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Yusaku Godai (546058) <hyugaNO@SPAMguardian-hyuga.net> on Wednesday September 19, 2007 @05:16PM (#20673723) Homepage
    ...you could just buy them on DVD.

    Apparently, the Ghost in the Shell episodes, for example, would cost $4 a piece.
    Hmm, let's see...I recently got the entire second season box set from rightstuf.com for like $70. $4x26 episodes = $104 to buy the series on XBL. Plus mine are on DVD, so I can play them, you know, just about anywhere (with or without breaking the encryption).

    Also, like other people said, "Same crap you can see on TV anyways."
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      "Hmm, let's see...I recently got the entire second season box set from rightstuf.com for like $70. $4x26 episodes = $104 to buy the series on XBL. Plus mine are on DVD, so I can play them, you know, just about anywhere (with or without breaking the encryption)."

      Yeah, if you already know you like it and want to get it, the season DVD approach is preferred. Somebody like me, though, hasn't seen a lot of anime and would enjoy sampling it. I dig the idea of spending $4 and getting an episode to watch right aw
      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by Yusaku Godai (546058)
        That's reasonable for the first few episodes, but by then if you think you'll like it, it become uneconomical.

        BTW, assuming you aren't just saying you haven't seen it for the sake of arguing, it's a really damn good show whether you like anime or not. I'd highly recommend sampling it whether through this medium, or whatever else is available!
      • by Barny (103770)

        I dig the idea of spending $4 and getting an episode to watch right away.


        Why? Is IRC.RIZON.COM so hard to type into an irc client?

        Even the anime producers are happy fan-subbers get so many people hooked on a series.

        Another advantage you get with the DVD versions, most of them still have the real audio track ^_^
    • by MMaestro (585010)
      You bought online from a non-name brand company though. A quick look at Walmart.com shows no DVD box set for the second season set, an average of ~$20 USD for each volume and at 7 volumes for the whole series, its $140. And this is from Walmart, the supposed ultra-cheap megastore of the USA. The XBL version is cheaper and more convenient for the casual XBL buyer. Even the Ghost in the Shell fans could even skip over the filler episode and go straight for the storyline episodes.
      • by MBraynard (653724)
        That makes so much sense but the odds are that if you are an anime fan and have a 360 with a broadband, you also have bit torrent. And then you can take it and transcode it and watch it on your 360.

        That's been the big hole I've seen in the downloadable media from XBL. I watched and LOVED Clark and Michael - but it was free. I'd like to see Afterworld on there too (for free). But there is no way I'm going to pay money for something that is going to get stuck on the 360 on the limited 20g harddrive.

      • Eh, wouldn't it still be preferrable to have it on a more portable format? Sure DVD has CSS, but practically speaking that's easily broken anyways. Then you could play it on your XBox, your computer, your portable DVD player, your PSP...whatever. And the DVDs are probably better quality too (can't say for sure, but it seems a reasonable guess).

        I do see what someone above was saying about sampling--that makes sense. But for purchasing an entire TV series it seems a ripoff.

        Also, as far as Ghost in the She
  • Two Words: (Score:2, Insightful)

    by drwav (577314) *
    Subscription Model

    Until TV shows are offered in this way instead of pay-per-view bullshit I will continue not to buy any TV shows. A good DVR and cable is the best way to watch TV and it looks like no one out there has the guts to provide a cheaper AND better model.

    Around $70/yr for on-demand content to their library of COMPLETE seasons of TV shows from ALL the major networks and you will have your revolution.
  • You know what is interesting? The real winner in the "console" wars, although many may not realize it, is the PC:

    1. Vast library of titles available and also has titles available on multiple consoles (vs. PS3's dearth of a game library)

    2. Option to have non-faulty hardware (vs. XBOX 360 "red ring of death"; btw, I'm not saying all have it--mine is in an extremely well ventilated area and I have no problems)

    3. Superior graphics capabilities. Being able to play Oblivion at resolutions 1280x1024 and up--g
    • by ggabyt (1149009)
      "2. Option to have non-faulty hardware (vs. XBOX 360 "red ring of death"; btw, I'm not saying all have it--mine is in an extremely well ventilated area and I have no problems)"

      How about the PC's faulty software? I bought Bioshock for the PC since I just upgraded my PC with a Quad Core and an 8800 GTS (640MB) - a $400 card - only to find out that 2K games has a sound issue with RealTek drivers. So the sound never worked. Then they told me to run the game in XP compatibility mode when Vista compatibility i
    • by xtieburn (906792)
      1. Vast amount of games that are either old enough that they require constant fidling, too new to run smoothly and otherwise require installation and usually some kind of graphics setup others and myself really can not be bothered with.

      2. Option to have endlessly faulty hardware with one thing breaking another and serious difficulty ever tracking down or even knowing if something somewhere is going to go down.

      3. Superior but minimal increase in graphics most of the time even when you spend more than a PS3s

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