Get ready folks: if the last couple installments of this series made your wallet want to cry, then you’ll need a few tissues. The prices for the DVD’s just get even worse from this point on.
4. Sailor Moon Super S
Remember how three of the four Sailor Moon sets were on this list earlier in this series? Well, there’s a reason I only listed three of the four, because one of the seasons sells for so much more money than the other sets, it warrants its own spot. The set that will hurt the most is “Sailor Moon Super S,” which can easily sell for up to $800 on some sites (almost as much as the other three seasons COMBINED).
The irony here is that this is the worst season of the show, and many fans watch it once and then prefer to pretend that the series never existed in the first place. Combined though, this series (and the movies) are going to cost over $1,000 easily. Better tell your daughter to start saving her lunch money (as well as some of her college fund).
3. When They Cry
Well folks this part is going to be short because I honestly don’t know what “When They Cry” is actually about. I know I’ve seen it in stores over the years, but I never bought it nor took the time to find out if it’s any good. Hopefully it is though, because the average box set of this show can get up to $700. Again, I hope it’s good.
2. Ronin Warriors
Chances are if you’re a nineties kid, you might remember watching “Ronin Warriors” on either USA Network, Cartoon Network, or the Sci-Fi Channel. This was a cute (if not unspectacular) series about samurai warriors that aired on various different cable channels throughout the years. It was never considered a big hit (or even that good), but somehow Bandai was able to get it on TV multiple times throughout the years. When the series came to DVD it was a rarity because the DVD contained both the (slightly) edited English dub AND the original subtitled version of the series (called “Legendary Armor Samurai Troopers” in Japan) on the same disk!
This fact alone made the DVD’s special because not only did we rarely get uncut versions of dubbed kids shows on DVD, but we never got BOTH versions on the same disk! The reason for this was obvious: if the uncut version of the show had material not suitable for kids, there was a good chance parents would sue. That’s why so many shows that aired on TV got separate DVD releases. The TV versions would pop up in Wal-Mart and Target, while the uncut disks would be sold on Amazon.com and at Suncoast (hey, does anyone here remember Suncoast). I guess the fact that “Ronin Warriors” was never a big hit with kids meant that Bandai wasn’t too concerned about upsetting parents, so they just put both versions on the same disk.
As with most of their releases this series got a discount box set after the individual DVD’s had finished their run. That “discounted box set” now costs up to $999! Why? Um…rarity, I suppose. I mean, “Ronin Warriors” was never a huge hit. The fact that it kept getting releases meant that it must have churned in a small, consistent profit, but chances are this set was the last attempt to milk money from the license and then Bandai let it go. So the few fans that DID like it (but never got around to buying it) now have the problem that they have to decide if this set is worth the amount of money you’d normally use as a down payment for a car.
Stay tuned for the finale installment.