It’s been forever since I posted anything here, but now I have a TON to say. And it sounds ridiculous. Today I shall tell you a tale of desperation, betrayal, and a little online store known as AllAnimeDVD.com.
Though I’ve become quite the ebayer, I’ve generally been quite leery of ordering things from overseas. A few months ago I broke through that barrier by ordering from this online store in search of the fabled Shakugan no Shana II season, because I don’t download episodes. Well, I ended up doing so in this case but I’ll get there eventually. Anyways, I don’t have a region 2 dvd player and I don’t speak Japanese anyways, so I had to find a boxset with English subtitles because Geneon/Pioneer is run by a bunch of jerks. After scouring the internet and finding nothing but Taiwanese dvds and a sold out boxset for Shana II episodes 1-13 I eventually found said site as having Part 1 in stock. I was so excited I decided to buy the entire season from that one store.
I waited patiently for it to arrive from an overseas location and a month later I was delighted to receive my package- well, half of it. The SECOND half. So I go back and email them as to what the hay happened, and THEN they tell me that the first half of the series is on back-order and that I have to wait for it to ship separately (2 months later, and it’s still not here by the way). And since I have to watch the episodes on Part 2 now to see if they work correctly before the return time is up, I resorted to downloading the first 13 episodes, which I hungrily watched all in the same day. Next day I pop in one of the actual disks that I ordered to check it out and low and behold, as part one ended in a cliffhanger and part 2 picks up in the middle, all of the characters names are in CHINESE. The grammar looked fine, but I had no idea who was who aside from Shana (Xiana), Pheles (Feleis), and a few other people who I figured out by context clues. I never figured out who one person was, though.
Since I didn’t want to spoil the tense episode but I couldn’t stand to wait any longer, I downloaded the rest of the series to finish what I had started. A few days later I found a different boxset that was only one set for the entire series (none of this part 1 hooey), and it had great subtitles. If only I’d found it sooner. Now, part 2 sits upon my dvd shelf as a reminder never to buy from AllAnimeDVD.com ever again.
Still waiting on Part 1 to arrive, by the way.