Rant: Streaming Druaga Online

While searching through Google results for Tower of Druaga, I came across a web site where you could stream anime. However…

The site included anime such as Naruto, Azumanga Daioh, Lucky Star, and even Avatar: The Last Avatar. It was set up through a domain name for the site, BlogSpot blog posts for each episode, and a site called Megavideo for hosting the episodes.

What stood out to me was that The Tower of Druaga is included.

Seriously.

Episodes are, what, only a dollar only two dollars each at BOST TV?.

Really. Seriously. Who can’t be bothered to spend the equivalent of twelve 24 US dollars on a series?

I’m guessing the main viewers are older kids and younger teenagers. The ones without a job. Sure, they may have an allowance, but they have no way to spend it online. And why would then? After all, $12 $24 is a lot of money to waste on only four hours of entertainment. That money doesn’t even score you pop corn and a soda.

What does it say when studios such as Gonzo invest a lot of money into a series, then a Google search such as “watch Tower of Druaga” puts a “free streaming site” on the first page results (after YouTube and BOST TV, thankfully), and searching for “download Tower of Druaga” brings up torrent sites for downloading the whole series (with BOST TV pushed near the bottom of the first page of ten results)?

5 Responses to “Rant: Streaming Druaga Online”

  1. Author Says:

    Since $10 buys 500 points, one 100-point episode is about $2.

  2. Chris Says:

    Thanks for the info on pricing, Author. I’ve only purchased points from Bost twice, I believe, and the first time was back when the service first came online. My memory isn’t always the best around, and who can be bothered to look anything up when writing up a rant? (That, and I was heading out the door to go to work, and rants just aren’t as fun if you delay posting them by 14 hours.)

  3. Author Says:

    What’s worse, Strike Witches were $3 per episode. I only bought 6.

    But still, I’m sick of the excuse of being “poor”.

  4. Chris Says:

    I was fortunate enough to see some blog posts about Strike Witches after the first episode came out, saving myself some cash =D (Not my kind of series.)

    I do wonder how much I would pay per-episode for a series where the quality doesn’t at least match DVD quality. I don’t use CruncyRoll for personal ethical reasons, so for Druaga, my download options were PSP or iPod size.

  5. Author Says:

    Obviously the price has to vary depending on the content as well as resolution. I’d pay $4 for the original Strike Witches OVA in PSP resolution. But for something like Code Geass they’d have to pay me to watch it.