Piracy’s been happening since the 2000’s in a meaningful way. To the point where
This was especially true in
Technology has gotten more sophisticated, intelligent, and more accessible to people who are less technical since then.
You could say that’s why anybody can literally start an
The demand is there, and after a little “learning” of how to use certain technologies, you can mask your identity and get away with murder. Even if blood is on your hands.
Anime streaming services are losing the fight
And I don’t mean that literally.
They’ve got over 5 million paying monthly subscribers. And 40-50+ million estimated visitors.
They’ve even started dubbing anime shows like Tower Of God. And have other things in the pipeline.
But because of the state of piracy, it makes you wonder how much
And how much the industry is losing out on as a whole. Hence “losing the fight”.
Kiss Anime in the month of April 2020 had almost 110 MILLION visitors.
That’s more than double
The sheer amount of
It doesn’t stop there
9Anime, though not as much, had 30 million visitors in the month of April 2020.
They haven’t been around as long but they’ve got more traffic than most legal
And Gogoanime takes it even further. They had almost 80M+ visitors in the month of April 2020.
When you combine these 3 pirate sites out of 1000’s on the internet, you get over 200M+ fans who chose pirate sites over legal sites in the month of April.
Think about how insane that is.
That’s only 100M+ less than Twitter’s monthly visitors, a site no one on the planet hasn’t heard of.
And beyond that – 200M+
That’s not a number to take as a joke, and it tells an important story about why
I’ll get into the reasons why that is.
1. Region blocking, and the rules that follow
I just checked VRV, a
“Not available in your region”.
There are even MEMES about it because it so common outside Japan and the US.
This is one of the reasons
The beauty of the internet is we can all access the same information, websites and more no matter where we are in the world. Ignoring countries like China, obviously.
But what good is that beauty if you, a dedicated
The cost of that problem is piracy.
One person on MyAnimeList admits to using a VPN to access
Another person on MAL says they do pirate
That’s the state of region blocking, and how it affects
It’s not even the fault of sites like
Because of the way licensing and region blocking works (thanks to the license owners), they’re unwilling to change, innovate or make the restrictions looser to compensate.
No one has bothered to think about how licensing and region blocking can be redone for decades. And once the internet came around, it pointed out the weaknesses of this model.
That’s why anime piracy is so necessary. Even paying customers will pirate
2. Having to jump through unnecessary hoops
There are even videos on how to remove region blocks for
Of course the usual method is using a VPN, but that comes with its own problems.
When you use an average VPN (a free version) it can slow down your connection…. a LOT.
Sometimes the connection might drop all of a sudden, or you might be in a country where VPN’S aren’t fast.
Only premium VPN’S (paid) are worthwhile for something like this. But that creates another problem: paying for another service JUST to watch a region blocked
That’s a lot of unnecessary hoops to jump through to watch anime and support it.
Some fans aren’t willing to go that far, seeing as the issue has nothing to do with them at all.
It’s an issue of the
The logical thing to do in this case is to pirate
That’s how severe it is, and how much of a pain in the you know what piracy has become.
And so that’s why you have so many MORE people using pirate sites compared to legal
Convenience always wins in the face of headaches and problems.
3. Pirates technically offer a better service
One image is KissAnime, the other is
It’s clear to see
As of now –
In reality though there aren’t over 1000
- Middle East
- West and East Europe
And other parts of the world,
Some countries might have 500 if they’re lucky.
I’m not picking on
Now compare that to
When you look at 9Anime’s A-Z list, there are 368 pages of
Each page has about 30
When you do the math they have over 11,000+
KissAnime doesn’t list their number of pages but I can only imagine how much higher it is (they’re the biggest after all).
And the difference between a pirate like KissAnime and legal sites is everybody, in EVERY country can watch these
It’s available 24/7, 365 days of the year. With no inconveniences that sit in between to prevent you from watching any
This is true even if it’s an old series like
The only issue is dealing with malicious ads and viruses. And fans are willing to at all costs.
So what’s the solution?
Japan is the solution. They control
We can do something about it on the outside, but how much we can do is minimal. “Influence” is about as far as it gets.
Or maybe Japan isn’t fussed about fixing the issue, depending on how much
It’s not like the anime industry isn’t thriving anyway. Even if that’s only true if we ignore certain things like working conditions with animators and artists.
What happens next, especially after the #coronavirus pandemic is anyone’s guess.