Friday, September 5, 2008

Anime rentals -- Blockbuster availability

Renting anime is pretty useful for checking out series you're not sure about, or watching series you want to see but don't want to own. There's two big mail rental companies -- Netflix and Blockbuster. My friend already has Netflix, and as they're going to be charging extra for Blu-ray, I figured I'd give Blockbuster a shot.
So let's look at anime availability.
  • Mushishi vol. 1 - Available, and I received it. Rather poor condition however, it gives my DVD player problems
  • Ghost in the Shell: Solid state society - Very long wait (i.e. months)
  • Tekkon Kinkreet (blu-ray) - Available
  • Appleseed: Ex Machina (blu-ray) - Short wait (seems to mean a few days wait)
  • Utawarerumono vol. 3 - Long wait (weeks)
  • Fantastic Children vol. 1 - Very long wait
  • Rozen Maiden vol. 1 - Very long wait
  • Azumanga Daioh vol. 1 - Long wait
  • Shana vol. 1 - Available
  • Shuffle vol. 1 - Unavailable (this means they don't have ANY!)
  • Zegapain vol. 1 - Unavailable
  • Howl's Moving Castle - Available
  • Full Moon vol. 1 - Unavailable
  • Kaleido Star vol. 1 - Available
  • Outlaw Star vol. 2 - Unavailable
  • Emma - not even able to add to queue
So far it seems that Blockbuster isn't too great for anime selection. I may keep it around for blu-rays and get the cheap netflix account for the rest of the anime I want...

1 comment:

Kitty said...

I agree with you. I ordered the first of the Fortune Quest series when I was nine or eight... Waited half a year and they didn't come. [but I still got my ah! my goddess the movie XD] Seriously, no kidding, no exaggerating. No wait... It was more than half a year. Anyways, my dad ordered some dvds, waited three months for them, got angry, and closed the acccount. America really needs to stock up on some anime. [if only RedBox had more selections... ;-;]