Constant shrugging thoughts more or less like "of course I'm not utterly
opposed to paying a premium to import one of those really nice anime Blu-Ray releases from Japan--it just has to be something that impressed me enough
in the first place and
have English subtitles so I can do more than just stare at the visuals and try to remember translations I've seen before" came to a sudden head when I heard
a new box set of the Macross Frontier movies would indeed have subtitles. The thoughts that started percolating might have something to do with the special case of the whole tangle around the rights to the franchise (although there I may be readier than some to just see suffocating ambiguity than to find a single source of blame over here), but I had liked the movies when I'd taken the karmically unbalancing step of seeing them "fansubbed." My mind was further concentrated when some of the sites offering the set for export closed down their listings after mere days, their initial allocations all sold through; when I heard another site I wasn't quite as familiar with was still offering it, I took what seemed a chance and signed up to put in
an order, while back home on Christmas vacation no less.
From there, it was quite a wait. The email request to make the Paypal payment was almost a surprise, but I didn't take long to put it in. Not only the set but also the shipping seemed expensive (although not quite so pricy as one other wincing report on an order at a different site), but perhaps in my own case unfamiliarity helped, and the set was on its way in a hurry according to the online tracking... even if when the parcel made it to my local post office there was one more steep payment for the customs fee.
That might not have helped thoughts beforehand that this "once in an ultraviolet moon" occurrence wouldn't move me far down a stern yet noble path other people in online corners I pay attention to make a big deal of walking, to the point where every season they maximize their contribution to the creators of several anime series, and if the disdain they grow to show for cheaper "domestic" releases merely helps inspire some other people to pirate they're at least obeying their own
consciences. I could also suppose this hasn't done much to restore karmic balance with the thought I just might lead off watching the movies by at last getting back to the Macross Frontier television anime series the movies are a sort of alternative version of, contemplating impressions that while the movies may address certain points some seemed to find sticky they still gave a certain feeling of taking some character introductions for granted, but still having to do that
through "fansubs." In any case, I had the set.( Unusual claims require unusual proof )