Final curtain for Suncoast & Sam Goody

December 17th, 2011
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I had heard rumblings about the subject of today’s post, but it wasn’t until a visit to Windward Mall this morning (and a subsequent mad drive to Ala Moana Center) to confirm it was true.

So while I’m usually happy to pass along news of anime DVDs being marked down for whatever reason locally, this news comes with a bittersweet taste attached: Both the Suncoast Video store at Windward Mall, as well as the Sam Goody store at Ala Moana Center, are currently discounting all new DVDs by 30 percent and toys, used DVDs, and new and used Blu-rays by 20 percent.

The reason: Both stores are shutting down.

A Suncoast clerk told me the store will probably close sometime in February; I’d imagine a similar time frame is in place for Sam Goody. As is normal for these kinds of sales, for the best selection (and great last-minute Christmas gift ideas), it’s probably best to brave the crowds and go now. The best discounts, of course, will probably arrive around mid-January, but that’s also around when you can get your best look at what the store fixtures look like, what with all the empty racks and shelves that’ll be everywhere. So it’s your call.

Quick analysis time: If you’re a fan of traditional, physical media, and enjoy discovering anime that may not necessarily be in the mainstream consciousness, this will hurt. If you’re a fan of any anime put out by studios other than Funimation, Viz and (to a limited extent) Bandai, it’s just gotten a lot harder, if not virtually impossible, to get what you want locally.  While the trend for a while now has been moving toward local anime fans having to get their fix online, via retailers who ship to Hawaii or through streaming services like Hulu, Netflix, Crunchyroll and The Anime Network, this move makes it practically necessary to have an Internet connection to be a fan. Unless you’re willing to wait every year for Kawaii Kon or HEXXP to roll out some vendors selling anime in the dealers’ room, of course.

Suncoast was also a vital part of nurturing the local anime community locally through its Ani-mania events, where anime and related merchandise were discounted and there were cosplay and trivia contests. And lest we forget, Sam Goody was the site a few years ago where singer Utada Hikaru held an autograph session. It’s those kinds of opportunities that will be missed as well.

4 Responses to “Final curtain for Suncoast & Sam Goody”

  1. AniMatsuri:

    Did you ask the clerk how sales for the store locally were?


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