Let’s begin with a hypothetical: Would you buy Guilty Crown on bluray or DVD. Most of you would likely say no, as the series was widely panned, given its lack of plot. Of course, it was pretty. Still, even if it was pretty, it only had a rating of 7.89 on MAL. Now, let’s assume for a second that there was a series that had the exact same rating as Guilty Crown, but wasn’t anywhere near as pretty. One would assume it has a somewhat better plot, but, on average, people thought of it the same.
Well ladies and gentleman, I present Michiko to Hatchin, circa 2008-2009, with a 7.90 rating on MAL. It was a magical time in anime land with Toradora! capturing everyone’s hearts, and had After Story and Kannagi making waves, among many other series. Beyond the rating, it wasn’t even that popular of a show. Using Random Curiosity’s year end voting for 2009, it fell behind the Haruhi’s Endless Eight debacle and Kampfer. Nothing against Kampfer, but that is as niche as it gets.
Thus, it was interesting to see this past holiday season as this rather obscure, 5 year old anime got a bluray/DVD release. Interesting in that it just didn’t make any sense. It seemed like this anime was marketed as a rarity in that it didn’t occur in Japan. I mean, I guess, but that doesn’t make it good. It only makes it different. Still, this thing was everywhere (See pop-up ads). When I went to Best Buy during the holiday season, this series was one of the few recent releases out there. Why? I mean, think about it, people who saw the series through in 2009, didn’t think that highly of it, and yet, those of us who skipped it for the plethora of stuff that was better, are now supposed to go back to it, just because. Nobody has time for that. Even more to the point, what about people who weren’t watching anime in 2008-2009. Are they supposed to move this series to the top of their list because its a more recent release. Clearly, that defies logic. I mean look at all the series people thought were better in 2009. To all the kids out there, if you watch this series before you at least try watching some of the Top 10 from 2009, you’re doing it wrong.
Of course, I’m not in charge of anime distribution at Funimation, so maybe I’m just talking out of my ass. And maybe Funimation made a profit on this series. If they did, or eventually will, all power to them. The person in charge deserves a promotion and 72 virgins. That said, those of you who did buy it, I can’t help but wonder why. If you liked the series back in 2008-9 and bought it because of that, all power to you. But I doubt many did. Instead, I think it is highly likely that some people bought this series because we were told it was what we wanted to buy. So if you did buy this series, I wonder if you’ve tore up that plastic wrap, or is it still sitting on your shelf or in the back corner of a drawer? Because, at the end of the day, there is a lot of sucky anime out there and all I know is that if I’m going to watch sucky anime, I’ll do it for free. For those who did buy it – both parts – I wonder, was that really the best way to spend 70 dollars?