Odex-ed Anime in Malaysia

30 12 2007

If you think Odex doesn’t have its feelers in Malaysia, think again.

TECHNOGRAM SDN. BHD only releases Odex’s VCDs and DVDs.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but since Technogram is registered as a Malaysian company, it could do what Odex has done in Singapore, except with Malaysian downloaders.

Additionally, Malaysia has also announced that it will enforce a law legislated more than ten years ago, which will have downloaders(if caught) paying fines of at least RM$250,000.

Some examples of the products here.

It’s the exact same boxset, but at a much lower price, less than half the retail price in local stores.
(USD$7.10 = RM$23.55 = SGD$10.20)

Odex splits all its anime into 2 boxsets when they are longer running with around 26 episodes, with Box 1 containing Episodes 1-12 and Box 2 containing Episodes 13-26.

Each boxset is SGD$29.90, and two of them would make (almost) SGD$60 compared to the Malaysia price of $SGD 20.40.

So it’s definitely much cheaper over the Causeway when you want Odex products, but why would you want them?
Animedia Entertainment, Lambaian Film, Vscape Entertainment and Video Star(all Malaysian companies) all license tons of anime, niche or mainstream.

They might not do a better job(butt ugly yellow font with black outline for animedia), but it’s way cheaper to buy their releases.

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Plus, they even release stuff like Lucky Star(Full), Doujin Work(Full), Simoune(Full) and Yuri to Boushi to Hon no Tabibito(Full) in complete box sets and don’t split them up to milk more money off consumers.

Hell if I’m ever going to support Odex again. 😡

But, BOOYEAH for being able to marathon Lucky Star!

EDIT: Nothing is sacred.

All the firms listed above, especially Lambaian Film, should be bootleg sellers. The subtitles are obviously from fansubs, evidence here. That’s to say nothing of the amazing speed the “DVDs” are released with. From Philo’s comment and link on this post, Tower of Druaga has already been released on Sensasian.com since 2 Jul 2008 at a dirt cheap price of USD$8.99. From the price, not to mention the full release in one disc, it’s probably safe to say that it’s a bootleg, ripped directly either from TV or downloads.

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