Funimation ... always cheap out on the number of discs, cram as many episodes on each one as they can and the video quality suffers.
Funimation will put 8-9 episodes per 50gb blu-ray disc. This is an amount the media can handle. It is not inappropriate for them to do this. Video quality does not necessarily suffer from this as long as the encoding is done properly. Could you cite some specific examples of how their 8-9 episodes per disc has yielded subpar products?
Their Cowboy Bebop BD release has only half the bitrate of the Japanese discs.
You can't comment on Funi's Cowboy Bebop release. It isn't even out yet. Just because it's half the bitrate doesn't mean it will look like shit. Funi's release will be progressive while the Japanese release was interlaced. The Japanese release may not be better just because they had less episodes on each disc.
The one and only hope for a good quality release of Eva is straight from Japan. Noone in the west, especially Funi can be trusted not to fuck it up even if Japan gives them good masters.
Now you are saying that Japanese releases are the best just because they come from Japan. There are companies that put out excellent work in the West. Nozomi is a prime example. Sure, they do not do blu-ray releases, but if they did, they would probably put out something excellent.
The only reason why I stated that Funi should probably get the show is simply because they have a better chance at keeping the release rights to the show for the longest.
Funi has the most cashflow, so it is most likely they would get it. Another licensor could surprise us, though.
Now, I would absolutely love for NGE to be picked up by one of ADV’s other companies, because they at at least spend their time making a better product. And if they can prove that they’re better at keeping an honest business running and therefore maintaining the rights to whatever show they pick up, then they should also get NGE.
At its height, ADV did certainly put out some detailed, quality releases. Their Excel Saga release was one of the industry's finest. Sentai, however, is not ADV in its heyday. Sentai typically rushes releases out the door as quickly as possible. I have read that several of their releases contained typos or mistranslations. They are also experimenting with putting 12 episodes on a blu-ray disc, which is considered more than the media can handle while maintaining good quality. Now, Sentai did finally put out a premium edition of Highschool of the Dead, their all-time best seller on blu-ray. If they got Evangelion, they would most likely do a premium edition, and one would hope they would spend more time into doing it well. However, given their release history, there is no indication they would do so.
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-On EMF, as a thread becomes longer, the likelihood that fem-Kaworu will be mentioned increases exponentially.
-the only English language novel actually being developed in parallel to its Japanese version involving a pan-human Soviet in a galactic struggle to survive and to export the communist utopia/revolution to all the down trodden alien class and race- one of the premise being that Khrushchev remains and has abandoned Lysenko stupidity