As a follow up...
I received a prompt response from CDjapan to my question about the price, however it didn’t clear much up.
their reply was...
Thank you for contacting us.
I looked into it.
This item Furin Kazan Box 1 contained 1st to 27th episode, which has total 50 episode. Each episode takes 45mins so it’s quite a lot in box 1.
Therefore it cost almost US$400.
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Well... Stargate is known all over the world, its a huge series with such a strong following it has its own worldwide conventions, and I can get over 10 seasons, over 200 episodes, 52 minutes per episode for $275.
and it comes with subtitle options, and a special on each DVD.
So the explination that half a show with each episode just being barely over half an hour long, only made for region 2 dvds and no subtitle options, made it worth $400 just didn’t sit with me.
So I sent an open letter to NHK hoping they will have better answers.
I will let you know what they have to say if they reply. I’m hoping to convince them that if Japan entertainment wants to begin dominating the world, they have to start by being accessable to normal pay check to paycheck joes.
personally, as much as I love Gackt - I’ll wait for his live concert before I pull any money from my trip to Japan savings.
I can’t in good conscience recommend paying that much for half of a show.
I’ll keep you posted.