I never expected it to happen considering they’ve avoided it for so many years. That’s why it was trending on Twitter since
So where do we go from here?
What’s the solution to fixing
From where I’m sitting there’s a few ways to solve this problem. Some solutions I’ve mentioned in the past.
Let’s get to it.
Anime Piracy NEEDS To Be Fixed:
We’re all too familiar with the typical “region blocking” in the
When you’re outside the USA or Japan, region blocking is one of the MAIN issues that causes piracy.
Even here in the UK you can’t watch a massive catalog of
And other platforms because of region blocking.
I can’t watch all the
That’s a fact and only idiots or people who profit exclusively from legal
Outside the UK is even worse
One of the biggest issue I’ve had to reckon with as a writer and creative person is piracy. Most of my life, I’ve relied on piracy websites because I couldn’t access certain western shows in India. I wasn’t into
animethen. Illegal streams and torrenst was the only way to go
— Rach (@SocialNomadRach) August 17, 2020
Also Region locking
animeis a f*cking atrocious practice that needs to END. The amount of weebs in France rivals America 10fold and they get shafted when CR leaves shows off for no reason guess what piracy will be there. And big companys can deal.
— Rince 💧 Dystopia: LOSE MYSELF NOW! (@RinceofDreams) August 17, 2020
If we want to avoid piracy, something has to be done about region locks on places like
Crunchyroll. For example, there are tons of animeI can’t watch in the Philippines BUT I can if I went to Singapore.
I get my
animedose from Netflix, Muse Asia etc but more has to be done.
— Gab 👨🏼🎓 #JunkTerrorLaw (@gabhoshi) August 16, 2020
oh i absolutely agree that piracy hurts studios but MANY
anime streamingcompanies don’t reach places like the middle east, africa or india. so they must turn somewhere that they can get that content. when people don’t wanna pay for something they won’t, that’s just a fact.
— ًval is semi ia (@bkgluver) August 17, 2020
I think these companies have to make a better effort as well.. How do they not expect piracy when their
animeis drastically limited by region.. I live in africa right where out animedistrubution is poo, funimationcruncyroll hulu all not here. Can only get animeon Netflix.
— Droups Coup (@Droups_Coup) August 15, 2020
As you can see from the Tweets, in countries. continents and places like:
- Africa in general
- Parts of Europe
- Middle East
And so on,
That means using anime pirates to keep up to date with their favorite
To ignore the BIG issue with region blocking with all that “self righteous” BS is to be ignorant to the reality of
The world doesn’t shine out of the USA”s or Japan’s ass,
If it’s not? Then the war of anime piracy will continue forever, and legal companies will forever play the game of whack-a-mole.
That’s a fact.
Let’s go back to 2019 for a second.
- Descandance Of A Bookworm.
- If It’s or My Daughter.
- Magical Sempai.
- Demon King Academy.
Crunchyroll obviously has a license for these shows. As does
When it comes to “new”
But as for
- 3 years
- 5 years
- 10+ years old
Or more, this is where it becomes an issue to legally watch those
They have a business to run, people to pay, and profits to gain. So it makes no sense to do that
But at the same time – that’s why people turn to
The only time
- They can afford to.
animeis a BIG franchise.
animehas a BIG audience.
- Or it’s a long running
In these scenarios it makes a lot of sense because these
- Draw attention to their platform.
moneyin the bank.
- Promote and market their services.
- Become an asset.
But there are at least 10,000-12,000+
Not everyone wants to watch the most popular
And others like myself want some of the more old school
And no one in their right mind (especially Millennials or younger) will
- Add clutter.
- Are less convenient than digital.
- And are harder to get your hands on.
So it’s not a good excuse or option to suggest fans to
That’s not how it works and never has worked.
Solve the issue of licensing, or at least make it good enough and piracy will DROP.
Simple as that.
3. Central website for
Think of it like a “Netflix” but for
This is something I’ve always recommended. If
It’s not rocket science, but Japanese companies act like it is.
By having a “one stop shop” for
- You can watch as many
animeas you want.
- Without restrictions.
- Without delay.
- Without limiting the selection.
- Without worrying about region blocks.
- And without needing to subscribe to different services.
At least that’s the idea anyway.
This would give the
What matters here is the execution. Meaning “how” they go about it and the mechanics of making it happen.
4. “YouTube style”
Now imagine a YouTube style
Animecompanies have channels.
- You can subscribe to those channels.
animestudios and companies on those channels. Buypossible merchandise.
- And have direct conversations with those studios.
This is an idea I can see working. But it will obviously take some REAL work to bring it together.
With this method, you can support the
You can even have direct conversations with them about upcoming
From a business point of view this can be supported through:
- Affiliates and partnerships.
And so on.
Even if the
- Region blocking
These are the biggest issues that need solving as soon as possible.
These 2 problems are the reason
- Contributing to piracy
And everything else to watch the
After all – this is a SERVICE problem, not a piracy problem.
“We think there is a fundamental misconception about piracy. Piracy is almost always a service problem and not a pricing problem.
If a pirate offers a product anywhere in the world, 24 x 7, purchasable from the convenience of your personal computer, and the legal provider says the product is region-locked, will come to your country 3 months after the US release, and can only be purchased at a brick and mortar store, then the pirate’s service is more valuable.” – Gabe Newell