Doctrine of Lapse

Behind the link, James Hidahl in Texas interviews me about regional lockout on DVD and Blu-ray players, and what it all means. Includes a comparison of fan entitlement issues to the behaviour of the East India Company, and allusions to several import/export scandals from the anime business in recent years. Also an entire article by Ben Carter from Manga Max in January 1999, one of the first ever pieces to address lockout in print.

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7 thoughts on “Doctrine of Lapse

  1. > Also an entire article by Ben Carter from Manga Max in January 1999, one of the first ever pieces to address lockout in print.

    Speaking of Manga Max…

    Since last August I’ve been trying to find out whether there was ever an interview with Hideaki Anno in #14 or a later issue.

    An old catalogue ( http://web.archive.org/web/20081119141958/http://www.heroesanddragons.com/Subscriptions/DownloadPreviewsFiles/Archive/1999-10/previews.txt ) says of #14

    > We interview Hideaki Anno about the end of life, the universe and everything, and blast off for a run-down of essential anime sci-fi

    I got someone to check the issue for me and it did not seem to be in their copy, and the description was otherwise flawed, suggesting that the whole issue was revamped or changed before publication, and possibly the interview got bumped to a later issue. (Photos on eBay of #14’s cover did not mention Anno either.)

    Oddly, #16 apparently had an interview with Eva seiyuu Kotono Mitsuishi – which makes me wonder if an Anno interview had been promised and publicized, but then he flaked out and Kotono was offered as a consolation prize.

    But what’s the point of me speculating? If anyone knows, it’s probably you.

  2. Well, I wrote the Next Issue page in issue #13 myself, and it said: “We punch and kick our way through a history of anime martial arts. A spotlight on the new Godzilla film. A look back at ten years of dedicated anime distributors. Keeping it in the family in Metal Angel Marie. The rise and rise of A Chinese Ghost Story. Martial arts in anime. Boy-racers and the wacky world of Initital D. A critical look at Princess Mononoke, and Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire manga!”

    So why was Previews promising an Anno interview…? I honestly don’t know. When I get a chance I will look through my old emails and see if something was on the cards and then suspended. But I certainly don’t remember one.

    Kotono Mitsuishi in issue #16 was not a consolation prize. She was a great interviewee, and said some quite controversial things that caused a bit of a stir back in Japan. Then we had Yoshiaki Kawajiri in #17, Hiroki Hayashi in #18, Shinji Mikami and Tatsuo Sato in #19, and Kenji Kawai in #20, before the magazine was cancelled… I mean, “put on hiatus”. What a run!

  3. Looking back on my hard-drive, I discover that I have a relatively full record of the often sarcastic emails between myself and the marketing department at Titan Magazines, but only from the time of issue 16 onwards. Before that point, I didn’t have a home email address so it was harder to archive correspondence.

  4. > So why was Previews promising an Anno interview…? I honestly don’t know. When I get a chance I will look through my old emails and see if something was on the cards and then suspended. But I certainly don’t remember one.

    Thanks for the info. If you don’t remember anything at all, then there probably was nothing at all to it and my long quest comes to an end. 🙂

    (Can’t decide whether I’m happy that there’s no lost interview I’ll spend even more time getting a hold of or unhappy that my previous time on this has been wasted; but that’s researching stuff for you.)

    > Kotono Mitsuishi in issue #16 was not a consolation prize. She was a great interviewee, and said some quite controversial things that caused a bit of a stir back in Japan.

    Really? Maybe I should go grab that copy off eBay then. Most voice actor interviews, IMO, are extremely dull, but controversy is always good.

  5. She was quite candid about her life and work, and said a number of things that apparently could never be printed in Japan. I thought it was all perfectly normal and above-board, but there were some people in Tokyo having conniptions.

  6. I’m reeeally late with this, but we read “Have you had trouble getting foreign DVDs or games to play?” in completely different ways – you obviously read it as “Have you had trouble obtaining foreign DVDs or games in order to play them?” whereas I assumed it was “Have you had trouble getting foreign DVDs or games to play on your hardware?”

    I now have two ways to play region-locked BDs – AnyDVD HD software on the PC and the Toshiba BDX-1200 player which cost just £50 in Richer Sounds and the BD region can be changed manually simply by flashing the Australian firmware. I don’t actually have any non- Region B discs thus far though.

  7. I just stumbled across this thread again while Googling “doctrine of lapse” amidst yet another argument with fans over why it’s so haaaaaaard to have to wait for a new show. And I remember a bit more about the Hideaki Anno business. A TV show called Dope Sheet interviewed a number of Japanese animators, and offered me their unused footage. I turned one of them into a Last Word article by Hayao Miyazaki “as told to” Dope Sheet, and another one formed part of the Satoshi Kon materials that I would use in the press pack for Manga Entertainment’s release of Perfect Blue.

    They had also interviewed Hideaki Anno, but I never got the tape. Probably I had mentioned at Titan that we might have an Anno interview forthcoming, and someone had decided to turn that into an unreliable promise for Previews.

    Maybe it wasn’t Dope Sheet. Maybe it was the South Bank Show, who did a whole interview with him around the same time, and then threw it away because it didn’t fit their pseudomanga agenda (they chucked me out, too, for the same reason).

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