And another one rides the short bus.

May 21, 2006 at 2:41 am Leave a comment


So some anime site interviews the PR bitch at VIZ…

And she completely lambasts anime piracy, Bram Cohen, Adobe Photoshop, Tim-Berners Lee, and Japan. Wow. She's got some nerve dissing CERN. SOME FUCKING NERVE. Oi Switzerland! You heard that! Some American bitch is dissing your work!

Anyway, CERN aside, I am very troubled by the thinking of American businessmen. In order to reap huge profits, they resrot to doing some of the most vile things you can do to anyone: Sullying reputations, throwing lawsuits like nobody's business, monopolizing the industry, bribery, sweatshops, churning out shit for the stupid masses to buy, etc, etc, etc. Well, Japan's guilty of it too, but they have one hell of a doujin industry, which absolves them of part of the blame(the entire doujin industry is, after all, violating the Berne Convention at the speed of fap.)

American business standards and ethics have never evolved to meet the demands of smarter and therefore, more wary consumers. In the past, where computer programs and other stuff were only available in the stores, people bought them, for the other methods of obtaining the good stuff was either extremely dangerous or took too long. The Internet was something to look at, and no one thought you could do piracy there(I mean, when most of the cheapass population has 56K connections, you'd never want to nab 100+ MBs of stuff, it'll take too long.) Then hi-speed connections, P2P applications and Bram Cohen's Bittorrent protocol came along. Now people everywhere can get their stuff fast, and for free. Did American businesses take notice? NOT ONE FUCKING IOTA. They stubbornly stuck to their outmoded business practices, and suffered. Instead of attacking the root of the problem(money-hungry CEOs), they attacked the consumers, sullied otherwise-spotless reputations with baseless charges, basically destroying their source of income. Is this the correct, let alone ethical, way to run any form of business?

HELL FUCKING NO.

You do not attack your source of income. This is basic common sense. And basic business sense. Deviating from the rule of Ma'at will lead to misfortune. Unfortunately, American businesses, blinded by the lure of huge profits, have failed to see that, and will eventually run their asses into the fucking earth.Bitching about American businesses aside, I don't think America can actually get their asses involved into Japan's business. For in fact, even though much of the developed world can be charged in an UN Court of Law for violating the BErne Convention, Japanese Animation comes mostly FROM JAPAN. That's right, you purplepissing American cuntwaffles, WE'D HAVE TO FACE THE WRATH OF JAPAN FIRST. For should Japan wise up, they'd have sufficient evidence to CUT OFF THE FLOW. YES, YOU HEARD ME RIGHT. JAPAN CAN AND WILL CUT OFF THE FLOW OF ANIME. We're lucky Japan will take a very long time to realize this, and they'd have to reveal to the world that they themselves have violated the Berne Convention. Lucky us.

Enough with the jibba-jabba, let's see what she has to say, eh?

ACTIVE ANIME:
How do you think "Bittorrent" and other forms of downloading are affecting the anime and manga industry in the United States?

EVELYN DUBOCQ: If anime piracy continues to grow in North America, at the expense of legitimate product, then studios will be forced to increase prices and/or slow down the number of anime releases, to compensate for lost sales. For some of the less popular, but critically acclaimed anime series, this could mean that new seasons would never be officially released here. Similar, new anime properties may never even make the leap from Japan to North America.

Wait, wait, so anime piracy blocks stuf like Haruhi, Fate and Nanoha from coming to the States, and not fan popularity? HOLY SHIT REVELATION OF THE CENTURY.

Ultimately, if piracy continues to extend to a greater scale and sales of legitimate anime DVDs in the US fall as a result, there could be less anime produced in Japan. Part of what makes the anime genre so unique and attractive to fans is the diversity. Unfortunately, piracy could undermine this, leading to fewer anime series being created and even fewer being released in North America.

What? Anime piracy contributes to the downfall of anime in Japan? Is she even fucking serious? I mean, comapanies like ADV are paying potentially MILLIONS to the JAPANESE to 'mangle' the stuff, but the animation houses are moving FULL STEAM AHEAD to churn out new series. Now, while I do realize some of the money does go back to Japan(I know a little about economics, buddy, and companies have to pay royalties to the copyright holders, see.), and some of the money goes to running the company and all, where does most of that moolah go to? THE FUCKING CEO. YES, THE FUCKING CEO. And of course, it's in Japan that the real money is being made. HAH!

ACTIVE ANIME:
The Naruto and Bleach anime and manga have been licensed for release in America. What action, if any, has VIZ taken in regards to discouraging or stopping the downloading of this material?

EVELYN DUBOCQ: While as a general rule we appreciate fan enthusiasm, we cannot condone the use of screenings of illegally downloaded episodes. The creators have spent much time and effort to have their creations shown with the best quality and through legitimate channels. On their behalf, we request cooperation from fans not to promote piracy but to join us in supporting the creators' efforts.
This is the only correct statement in the entire interview. Unfortunately, someone has not informed her about THE ANIME  SITUATION IN JAPAN. 

ACTIVE ANIME:
The Naruto and Bleach anime and manga have been licensed for release in America. What action, if any, has VIZ taken in regards to discouraging or stopping the downloading of this material?

EVELYN DUBOCQ: While as a general rule we appreciate fan enthusiasm, we cannot condone the use of screenings of illegally downloaded episodes. The creators have spent much time and effort to have their creations shown with the best quality and through legitimate channels. On their behalf, we request cooperation from fans not to promote piracy but to join us in supporting the creators' efforts.

No facts, no figures, assume it's baseless speculation. Plus, since the company has stupidly paid the Japanese companies involved the crazy cash, I think they'll churn out more in Japan. And since Japan itself has one hell of a booming otaku population, the companies make mad cash from official stuff, advertising, and royalties. Trust me. Japan can infinitely produce anime and we'd never see more than a miniscule fraction of it because we leave our choices to a bunch of money-hungry businessmen. 

ACTIVE ANIME:
Translators who do translate mangas, how are they affected by scantillations?

EVELYN DUBOCQ: Most of our translators are outsourced, but I am sure it affects the amount of work they get.

That would explain why most American manga is so spotty in quality.

ACTIVE ANIME:
Do you feel downloads will affect its sales?

EVELYN DUBOCQ: Piracy is never good for anyone – again, it it continues and grows – it will affect the properties coming in from Japan, as well as ultimately affect the consumer at the retailers.

I'm tired of repeating myself. Scroll up if you want to know my thoughts. Or tl;dr: JAPAN MAKES ENOUGH MONEY FROM IT'S CONSUMER BASE, PLUS THE MOOLAH FROM THE AMERICAN COMPANIES, IT IS EXTREMELY PROFITABLE. HAHAHA USA COMPANIES, YOU GOT SERVED.
 

Once again, American business has shown us it's utter stupidity. Geez, lady, take a lesson from Steve Ballmer, and roll with the punches. (For those not in the know, Steve Ballmer is the PR dude from Microsoft, and he's really good at his job.) 

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