For all you anime-infected lovers out that—that are outside of Japan—there’s a bit of bad news that needs to be announced.
Just two days ago, Avex Pictures, which is a subsidy group that holds ownership of several anime projects/music/shows under the Avex Group Inc., have enforced an international ban on exporting CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray releases outside of Japan. Yup, you heard me. This means a large amount of Avex Pictures catalogue, such as One Piece, YURI!!! on Ice, and many more, will no longer be approved of international shipping and will only be available within Japan. Every retail store there, both physically and online, have confirmed the announcement, and the controversial regulation has begun within their services, with many immediate emails being sent to consumers regarding the latest news. Fortunately for some, purchases bought before February 15 will still go ahead in advance, but for the rest, all other items are now locked within Japan. This includes stores like CDJapan, Amazon.co.jp, HMV, amongst numerous other places.
But if your a common music lover like myself, and enjoy acts from Avex Trax, Rhythm Zone, etc…. FEAR NOT! The news has generated some controversy and uncertainty regarding favourite Avex artists, and if their material too was banned from being shipped overseas, but according to CDJapan, they confirmed that ONLY material from Avex Pictures were barred from exiting Japan. This means singers and bands from Avex Trax, Rhythm Zone, and other labels (You know? Ayumi Hamsaki, E-girls, Exile, Koda Kumi, Namie Amuro?) will still be available on their website as normal for international audiences. There website will feature a [Shipped within Japan Only] logo on the product title, so you’ll know if its available to you. Plus, I just pre-ordered the standard CD+DVD package of Kumi Koda’s W Face ~Outside~ (yes, I’m dying for this to be released already), and the service was just fine, so you have nothing to worry about within that field. As mentioned though, this has only currently applied to CDJapan, so other services are in an unknown state, or some do not allow such actions.
Although there has been no comment regarding Avex Pictures actions of this ban, I have to say, from a fan’s perspective, this f’ing sucks. I don’t watch a lot of Anime, but cancelling these types of services—where us international fans are interested in this stuff—is pretty stupid. But I ain’t even gon’ get into details with this, other than hopefully someone positive comes out of it… or an explanation!
Source: Arama Japan