So why are the companies like these seemingly ignorant of the fact that people have a general preference for dubs over subtitled versions? Why are they not aware of the fact that a dub has a much higher chance of catching on with the English-speaking anime community, as opposed to the fact that it is a riskier business?
I don't know the answer to this one. I have my theories, but I can't prove them yet. These theories start with the fact that these companies keep their vast warehouses full of videos and DVDs of the sort that they would have to import for a dub, but will never release on any home media format because they're too risk-averse to do so. See, they're not going to make dubs or subbed videos, but they are going to make limited-run box sets, and those they make will be the ones that the fans will buy - as long as it's a dub and not a sub. And we all know that these companies keep their video libraries well stocked.
Let's take a look at the three companies that make these Limited boxes. Sentai is the most notorious of them all for this, because although they make a few limited-run box sets per year, they tend to release anime full of subbed versions. Hell, last year they released some super rare episodes of Oreimo as well as Triangle , which are both subtitled. This past year, they had Star Hunters (which is a show that, if anyone remembers, has been available in dub for years), as well as Ninja Girl (which is also, at least in my mind, a show that has been dubbed on DVD and VHS, as well as broadcast) in their limited-edition sets. 827ec27edc