Starting an anime
It’s no different to how people wanna start:
- Social media companies.
- Search engines.
- Real estate..
And all other kinds of things with a high barrier to entry. That barrier being a BIG financial one, more than anything else.
Starting an anime
streaming business is different
With an anime
- Buy licenses.
- Spend tons of money.
- High upfront costs.
- Design the website.
- Attract the customers.
And all that good stuff, the same way Crunchyroll, Funimation, and whoever else does.
But actually that’s not the entire truth. The reality is starting an anime
You’re not forced to go through the front door, there’s a backdoor as well.
It’s really the only way to start a legal anime
Some will take what I’m about to say as me promoting it, but it’s really pointing out the facts and reality of the situation. And to show how broken the anime business is, fundamentally.
How to start a legal anime
1. Create an anime pirate site
That’s right. The only way to start an anime
Not politically correct, is it? But it’s the brutal truth. And no amount of preaching the so called greater good can change it.
Not all anime
Bilibili, the Chinese
Founded by Xu Yiin 2009, the name comes from a play on Mikoto Misaka’s nickname in Railgun.
Fans could upload stolen anime content and all that jazz, which is ultimately what grown the site. To the point of Sony getting a stake in the company worth 100’s of millions of dollars.
2 years prior (2018) they went public, which lead to them going legal and putting the days of piracy behind them.
They have over 31 million registered users.
The site was so massive during the time it was a pirate, that even pirate bay was small in comparison. And even Hollywood
It wasn’t until 2019 that they decided to be “good Samaritans” and go the legal route instead of, as they say, hurt the industry.
“The massively popular
mangacomic scanlation platform MangaRock is shutting down. Its Google Play store app has been removed and according to a published timeline the iOS version and site will follow. The site’s operators say that they now realize how much damage piracy does. They are committed to relaunching as an authorized service, MR Comics, in the near future.” – Torrent Freak
Crunchyroll started out this way, too. The founders started the site as a deliberate pirate.
This was even before KissAnime came into the picture. It probably inspired KissAnime.
Fans could upload anime content, videos, and that’s how they gained a relatively big library and became a popular site.
In 2005-2007 you can only imagine how necessary the site was, even if it rubbed people like Anime News Network the wrong way.
No legal anime
Crunchyroll started out as a necessary evil, and received over $2M+ in investment in a relatively short amount of time.
That encouraged them to go legal after so much criticism and pressure. And that’s partly why they’re #1 in anime
It’s why they got a foothold in the business at all, given the high upfront costs. Funimation was legitimately legal only because they started out in the 1980’s and built up overtime.
It’s a history I can’t imagine the CR founders were proud of because they’ve never confronted it out loud in the open.
2. Write the cheque
“Everybody wants to be a boss, but nobody wants to write the cheque.” – Unknown
If you’re not putting up your own money, you can forget it. The anime industry is black and white when it comes to starting a
You either put up the money, and have the money to spare in large amounts to pay for:
Or you start an anime pirate site and take the shortcut to success, like many seem to be doing.
You can also call it the “necessary evil” option.
Even if you can do the money part, the piracy solution is cheaper anyway. And it guarantees traffic within the week, never mind a month.
So many anime fans are on the hunt for anime pirate sites because of the problems the industry has.
The demand is always high, even for new pirate sites that may or may not go legal.
How much the average anime license costs
“anime is decidedly more complicated than just being able to pay for it.” – Anime News Network
The barrier to entry for a legal
It’s not a poor man’s business let’s put it that way, meaning you can’t start a legal
This only proves the point even more, and is ironically responsible for piracy since so many anime shows aren’t available, legally.
No company will buy a boat load of anime unless it’s more commercial like a
That’s true for NEW shows airing each season as well.
For these reasons, anime piracy may just be around forever. No one’s interested in coming up with a solution just yet.
Don’t hold your breath waiting.