i think all sg anime fans should read DarkMirage's blog post on odex, posted 19th Aug.
not that we should agree with everything he's written and juz throw away any letter sent by odex, but at least it cleared up alot of things i've been puzzled with myself.
personally, i'm waiting to see if i get any letter since starhub had been given the court order last week.
somehow, i'm exceptionally calm about the whole matter. many thanks to non-anime friends who've been concerned with whether i've been hit by the bomb.
but as i've said,
"if i get it, i get it... there's nothing i can do now to stop them anyway..."
i mean, they're using backlogged 'evidence' gathered from a few months back (eg. downloaded code geass from mar??!), when i haven't even heard a hoot of what they were intending to do.
and that's about implies how much people know/heard of odex anyway.
if (positive thinking), or when (negative) i eventually get the letter, i intend on asking them to break down every single dollar i 'compensate' them.
why should they be making any profit out of us?
licenced or not, the fact is odex can't even produce the same good quality as fansubs, not to mention how unmeasurably SLOW they are in getting to the stores.
so what's the use of buying their products if they can't measure up to fansubs?
anime fans wants their episodes fast. like within the week after its broadcast in japan, which can be given to them by fansub groups.
and for otakus like me, who watches all sorts of anime, we also want variety, not juz popular series like bleach or naruto.
so how about those less popular anime airing now?
are, or the question should be will, they ever licence series such as Potemayo or Over Drive? or even Katekyoshi Hitman Reborn?
it doesn't help that the odex website is virtually non-existence.
1st time i went in, it was an "under construction" page, blue page with odex logo swinging around, + an email address for enquiry.
2nd time i went in, it was an empty page with the "under construction" words at top left corner.
now, it became this...
yeah rigghhtttt.... (<- all sarcasm included)
(back after blogger.com lost connection for the last 2 hrs)
anyway, i've juz read thru all the comments on DM's post, including all the links and stuff. apparently, someone managed to meet the most-hated-man-on-sg-cyberspace, odex president Stephen Sing.
quote from the last part of the post,
"Currently, Odex is holding on to all letters until a better solution can be implemented. But please be informed that these letters ARE ready as and when it is required. I have suggested to Stephen Sing that a nominal fee be implemented rather then a huge amount of S$3000~5000. Probably for students and working adults. Stephen Sing has given me a positive feedback on this as the intention is not to anger the people but to sound out a strict warning."
seems like i might have to wait a while for the letter...
well... thank goodness there's still crunchyroll and veoh videos...
P.S. rr is currently watching all anime from above 2 websites, in addition to looking into parallel imports from HK, taiwan (for the chinese subs) and/or USA.
P.P.S. she will never buy from odex ever again. but she will still keep the few she has cos she can't bear to lose her RahXephon and Kiddy Grade.