It’s Monday, I got a throat infection and it’s time for this! Welcome to Don’t @ Me! The place where like the Nintendo Switch OLED, I do the bare minimum to give you my thoughts and views on everything anime and manga. This week we talk about anime-tube and some other shit. Let’s get into it after the cut.
- If you aren’t aware, this week had the entire anime community join together to mock and lambast a kickstarter called Anime-tube, an attempt to create a brand new streaming service away from the ‘corruption’ of Crunchyroll and Funimation. Many thought it was a scam, and the moment anyone did research, the entire thing fell apart. The kickstarter was dropped, the twitter was deleted and everyone had a good laugh.
2. Personally, I think that the entire thing was a scam, but if it wasn’t, then it was completely fucking naïve. If I believe that these people were genuine, then they were probably the stupidest people on the planet, with absolutely no knowledge of how the anime industry works, especially now that streaming anime is the new hot thing.
3. And I get it. While I don’t have the hatred for Crunchyroll and Funimation that some people have, I do understand that there is a feeling that anime might becoming too corporate. With Netflix now making anime a focus, and the ever present fear of Disney getting involved, we are now far removed from the fan-sub era, where fan ownership of series kept the entire western anime fandom alive.
4. Which we owe so much to. Whatever your feelings of anime piracy, the fan-sub era is a monumentally important time for the fandom. It held the western anime world together while the companies tried to catch up. It propelled so many famous series to beloved status. There would be no anime the way we see it today, without the fan-sub era. It deserves our respect and praise.
5. But again, those days are over. We can view anime legally and 98% of the time, with minimal censorship or translation issues. It is not perfect, it never has been, and I share some people’s views of some translators taking work into their own hands (See the recent stuff about Jobless and other light novels), but we are in an objectively better place than we were even five years ago.
6. So while I think this whole incident was a scam, and a laughable one at that. I do think it shows a bit of a window into the increasing conflict between anime fans. I’ve banged this drum a hundred times, but when anime fully enters the mainstream (I.E, Hollywood or Disney decides they want a piece of the market), then it will become a battlefield. Who wins is up to history to decide.
7. The Rising of the Shield Hero (which, my god, do some people just fucking hate for no reason) has been delayed until 2022. A bummer, but if this extra time prevents it from going down the same bad-CGI route like So I am a Spider? Then I’ll wait.