It happens on anime’s home turf: Japan. And beyond Japanese borders.
It then takes that stolen
THEN piracy comes up with all kinds of strategies to avoid trouble.
It’s these strategies that allow piracy to keep getting away with it, even if there’s clearly blood on its hands.
One of those “abusive” relationships it’s with KissAnime.
First it was the DOT com site. But after being pursued by “authorities” they escaped like Dr Robotnik in his spaceship.
Ever since they’ve been low-key, behind the scenes, and strengthening their:
And everything else they can to continue profiting off
In the pirate’s eyes they’re doing nothing wrong and they’re getting away with it so no f*cks are given.
But that doesn’t change the relationship KissAnime (and pirates) are in with the
How did this toxic relationship start?
1. The internet made everything free
One of the GREATEST inventions of our time is the internet. The “real” internet didn’t start until the 2000’s.
It was during this time where the internet:
- Videos and films free
And of course –
It’s like holding a cake in front of a sugar addict. You can’t expect them to turn it down.
Once this “trend” was normalized by early pirate sites (
If anything it’s made pirates stronger, but it’s not the only reason for it….
2. Waiting months for a
In the beginning though –
Instead of waiting for the
The internet gives you everything instantly. And this trained us to be impatient.
That’s why piracy exists.
3. Region blocking
Region blocking started BECAUSE of the internet. Well, I should say the region blocking we know of today started when things went digital.
It’s no good watching an
It’s collateral damage. For the fault of the industry you end up being inconvenienced by it.
This is one of the major culprits of piracy and how it started.
4. Licensing issues
With licensing, the issue isn’t created by the fans or the consumer, but the industry and how it’s structured.
When companies like
- They hold that license for lets say, 5 years or so.
- The license is never permanent.
Just like with a car license or any license, it’s designed to be “renewed, as long as you’re willing to pay the price when it’s time to renew the license.
Not every company is willing to do that.
The reason is:
- Licensing costs.
animelosing their relevance.
And the list goes on.
As a result, you can’t:
- Watch ALL the
animeyou want on a single platform.
- And it’s hard to watch older shows compared to new.
And that’s where piracy jumps into the picture..
It’s the only place you can watch
And to wrap up all the other points – convenience is why piracy is dominant, even in 2020.
It’s also the reason why fans run to pirate sites in the 100’s of millions all across the world.
It’s hard to beat free, available, easy,
anime and piracy won’t break up:
anime‘s marketing machine
Companies like Funimation have pushed the
They’re one of the reasons
The legendary dub for
The same is true for Crunchyroll (a partner) who managed to accelerate their business at a much faster rate. And other
But let’s not act like piracy isn’t a legit factor
Piracy played an indirect role in making this happen.
As I said earlier, 100’s of millions of
That “free” promotion is why so many of those fans pay for:
Anime merchandise Figurines Accessories Streamingsubscriptions
And so on.
Piracy’s free promotion and insane level of organic marketing pushed the industry in ways
In May 2020 KissAnime reached 98 MILLION visitors. A number no legal site could ever claim to have reached.
It’s an unfair comparison but a relevant one. And it shows piracy’s ironic role in helping the
At least in the short term.
Another brutal example is
On KissAnime the
Think about how insane that is. Not even YouTube
Legal sites don’t hit these numbers because of the direct competition (an unfair competition), but also because of the reasons I mentioned like licensing.
That’s not the point though.
The point is THIS is why
Piracy has become a necessary evil that helps:
- Draw attention
And helps NEW fans come into the
Not to say every fan does that, but a good portion do. Because no one willingly wants to f*ck over the
Hence pirate sites and the convenience of it.
Until that relationship changes and using legal sites outweighs piracy (as far as pros vs cons), this necessary evil won’t stop.
Like a real abusive relationship time will only make it worse.