When I heard Last Exile was getting an R1 release, I rushed out to the store to buy it. Then over the next couple of months I finished the series, at $20-30 a disc for 7 discs. Then a few weeks ago I was at Media Play again and saw another thin box set of the whole series for like $90. Less than half of what I put into the series, and it only takes up about a 3rd of the shelf space (I don't have a lot of shelf space).
I downloaded Abenobashi and really enjoyed it, so on a whim bought the first two discs (on sale for $20 each). Then it looked like they were going out of print (as Media Play and Best Buy stopped restocking them), so I spent $60 and bought the last two discs. The other day I was again at Media Play and saw a thin box set for $45. Half the price and takes up half the space.
Noir and Abenobashi are released by ADV, but Last Exile is Geneon, so it seems that multiple companies are doing this.
I'm starting to get conflicted now though. My fiancee really likes the Super Gals series, and so I've bought her the first two discs of that (along with the box to hold them in) but now I see on ADVs website that they're releasing the whole thing in a nice little case for $50. Which is probably about half of what I'd spend on the rest of the series. Of course, that means I've bought some of the discs twice, but what are you going to do?
Does anyone know what is going on with these re-releases? Are there only certain shows that will be recased? Can I expect most series to be re-released after the initial release run is finished? Does anyone know where I can find out what series are being released this way (I'm not so good at keeping up on R1 releases)?
I'm trying to decide now if I should continue buying the series that I've started (I have 2 discs of Madlax, and the first disc of the new Eva release), or if I should wait until the thin set comes out and just buy that (since it would be cheaper than finishing the series). Also for stuff that I mean to buy but haven't started yet (like Kodocha and Elfen Lied), should I wait until I can get the whole thing for cheap and where I won't be fighting to find space on the shelf for it? Of course, how long will I have to wait then? Are they even going to be released this way? And of course, then what do I do with these series for which I have the first disc? And what about the series that I kinda liked, but not necessarily enough to buy (say, the first season of Gantz)?
Just fishing for information on how to spend my money And I do want to buy the stuff, because I like watching it in full quality on the TV and I want to support the industry and all that.
PS: Please excuse my taste in anime.