Or at least not in too many countries like China or South Korea (a hot bed for censorship).
The USA these days is getting sh*tty for censorship as well.
But the reality of the situation is – it’s not that simple. Because the anime industry is struggling to turn over a healthy profit. And pay their employees and artists a fair amount.
Plus all the
Though It doesn’t help that artists are in poor working conditions either, depending on which studio we’re talking about. And that “sort of” puts Japan in a desperate position going forward.
With the internet and technology the obvious answer is go global. But that comes at a price as I’ll get into.
Here’s what we can expect going forward.
The Problem With
1. Art should be genuine, NOT watered down
Let’s focus on the most important part of this problem: art should NEVER be sugar-coated.
Imagine listening to NWA’S “f*ck the police” song with censorship plastered over it. Or watching Higurashi: When They Cry WITHOUT blood and the violent scenes that come with it.
Or how about the insanity of shows like Gintama and the “fan service” that comes with it in certain scenes?
The whole point of creativity is to express how an artist FEELS without restraint.
That’s what makes art so pure in the first place. Whether it’s a painting,
Art is the purest form of authenticity. It’s how an animator (in this case) feels about the
Censoring this because of politically correctness gone mad, or because of peer pressure and SJW behaviour is wrong.
At that point it’s no longer art, it’s “just” a product with a bullsh*t agenda.
Surprisingly – even
So they say.
Anime censorship ignores the opinions of the community
And when it is someone within the community, it’s usually greedy companies outside Japan trying to flip the agenda by changing the dialogue.
Or simply political correctness taken too far.
It’s pretty f*cked up when you really think about it.
Consumers and fans are the ones who HELP the industry survive and thrive. We’re the ones who support the industry and pay for services, after all.
But when these
And yet they expect us to “support” them in spite of the sh*t they wanna force on us.
This is the definition of exploitation and depending on the company, culture vultures profiting off something while dictating what should and shouldn’t be allowed.
That’s even if the original product says otherwise.
3. It’s disrespectful to the creators and the effort they’ve put in
I can’t imagine watering down my message for anyone. Or avoiding certain words just because someone claims I’m offended them.
How I write and how I create is true to who I am. That’s a fact that every creator shares regardless of the industry they’re in.
So why should it be any different for
If a designer creates something in the way they want it to be created, I don’t wanna see a mediocre version of that drawing. Otherwise what’s the point?
It defeats the purpose of what the creators intended if it’s only gonna be censored. Especially if no real harm is being done.
Here’s what could happen in the future with
anime will change depending on the country it’s licensed to
Picture this scenario – you’re in India, and a new version of
Sadly for you the
But somewhere across the world – In the UK for example, this “imaginary” version of
And the action scenes, plot, and dialogue is so much better it makes you envious. Yet you can’t do ANYTHING about it because India’s your home country.
And to make things even more insulting, as a UK fan you discover that the USA has the “non censored” version of the
Yet you can’t do sh*t about it because you’re native to the UK. And “moving country” is a ridiculous notion just to watch an
This is a real possibility for the
anime industry in future
It has been since the 1990’s, but these days it’s started to become more “mainstream” and countries are paying attention.
2. Japanese companies will take the “Google” approach
Funimation merged with Aniplex, and now they’ll have a footprint in over 40+ countries for worldwide distribution.
The problem with
Not to mention “region blocks” and so on.
Now depending on how serious Japan takes it, they’ll end up creating their own
Think of it like a “Google” version of
If that ends up being the case, then like Google, certain countries will end up blocking this “imaginary” Japanese
In this scenario,
There are more benefits to this approach if Japan takes it, but it’ll be at the detriment of fans NOT being able to watch
One benefit is Japan won’t have to rely on international companies anymore. Unless they’re willing to bend over backwards and “sugar coat” their product.
What are your thoughts on