You’ve probably heard of at least one of these
Why? Because technically speaking, these
And upload them, allowing
It’s things like this that come up in conversation when talking about “piracy” in the
So let’s dive into it, plus other things worth mentioning as to why piracy’s hurting the industry.
And in a strange way, how anime piracy is HELPING the
1. Pirates have 100X more
anime shows than legal streaming sites
While sites like Crunchyroll have made lots of progress… In reality, their catalog of
Trying to deny this would be like denying the air that you’re breathing.
And it’s not just
- Netflix (though they’re beginners in comparison).
All these companies have too little
You know, one’s like
Because well, we’ve already watched all of them.
Outside of the “obvious” list of shows, there’s not much of anything. Except some of the latest.
And so – watching
Affordability and morals have little to do with it. Convenience is what matters.
Streaming sites “block” content in many countries
You know what I’m talking about, right?
It doesn’t matter WHAT country you’re from… Or what the reason is…
Here’s a “live” example of what happens on a global scale.
You search for an
And then what do you know – this convenient message POPS UP on your screen…
This is important because of one reason: Piracy.
Is it any wonder pirate websites are so popular?
Who do you think is making these sites popular in the first place?
No it’s not the pirates. It’s
And in most cases, they don’t even know that the site their watching
When content is blocked in your country. that leaves you with few choices.
Anime DVD’S are also hard to get hold of in most countries
See the image above? Getting your hands on
Most shops who sell this stuff are one of two things:
- Out of business.
- Low supply (not many shops with a wide range).
And the reason it’s hard to get a hold of
Licensing has the
And squeezing out of that headlock has proven difficult so far. Hence why Piracy exists.
4. Japan doesn’t care about
anime in other countries
I’m obviously exaggerating a bit here. Japan DOES care, or else why bother at all?
But in some ways this is also true. Here’s why:
Animemakes the most moneyin Japan. Which is obvious, but worth mentioning. Animeis most profitable in Japan. Making “Japan” they’re key focus.
- There are more “subs” than there are “dubbed”
- There are major challenges with distributing
In some ways, Japan is lax about the issue with
Plus Japan is a different culture of its own, so there’s a barrier there too.
I can’t say whether Piracy is a problem in Japan (doubtful), but around the world it is.
And this adds to that problem, even if unintentionally.
How Piracy (Ironically) Helps The
1. Accessible to everyone
Crazy, right? Think about this. As a result of piracy:
Animeshows are likely to go viral online. Social media and blogs plays a role here.
- Fans like myself are exposed to limitless
animeshows outside of Japan.
- Exposure is a good thing over the long-term.
Is that the only reason? Of course not.
But piracy plays a big role because of “mass” exposure to millions of fans worldwide.
This is true for many other
anime fans to spend money on merchandise & figures
Others become moderate spenders of
In both scenarios, more
And then the distributor imports more
The manufacturer then creates more
It’s a virtuous cycle. And everybody (ironically) wins.
Even though it all started with piracy…
Related: Bootleg Vs Real Anime Figures
Piracy is a double-edged sword.
It’s a complex issue. Piracy is far from “killing” the
But it’s “hurting” the industry to an extent, even if it helps in other ways at the same time.
And yet – if this continues, how long will the