In response to a troll.

January 3, 2007 at 7:15 pm 1 comment

No, it’s not to an actual troll, but to a commenter who goes by the name of The_Ultimate_Forum_Troll.

Mr. Forum_Troll: Actually, that’s how I started out too. Watching anime broadcast on TV, not knowing such things existed. Heh, I remember AXN when it used to broadcast Japanese Animation.

Not all of us started with fansubs. I remember the good old days. Sitting in front of the TV, waitiing for Kenshin, then Fushigi Yuugi, then getting all fanboyish over Ayashi no Ceres, staying up late to watch Ah! My Goddess.

Yes, downloading does hurt, but we can use it as a positive force.

I’m not asking for much, just for some sensibility to everyoone involved. It doesn’t matter if it’s free or not. Fansubs and commercial DVDs can co-exist together.If it can happen in America, what’s not stopping from this to happen here as well?

The Dark Age I am talking about is far worse than anything you can imagine. Imagine a time when you get ostracized for visiting KKnM. You get beaten up for saying you love cartoons. Your friends shun you because you watch anime. No anime on TV. A giant firewall blockade blocking all anime-related sites. Hell, Youtube will be banned too, because it contains anime. Think the Great Firewall of China, only this time, it’s used to block off all info related to anime. And why? All because a few idiots did not think twice before opening their big fat mouths.

And yes, I know it’s real easy to catch downloaders. I mean, if you can accuse babies and dead people of downloading, I suppose it’s even easier to catch actual downloaders. IP tracking, logs, pingbacks, heck, I haven’t touched the tip of the tracking iceberg.

I’m trying to save a hobby here, dammit. Laws can be amended, stances relaxed. But only if people change their mindsets and attitudes. The Americans have realized it’s impossible to win against fansubs (yes, it’s free, I know, impossible to win against something free) and have, instead, tried to work around the problem. It can, and will happen here too. But only if people stop being fucking assholes about this situation.

Greed knows no bounds. Once they successfully charge downloaders, they’ll go after Youtube viewers. Then parallel importers and people who own R1s and R2s. Justice may be blind, but so is greed, and greed does more damage than justice.

All I ask for is a little common sense and thought for the people. And to give the industry another chance. All we have to do is ask. And for the company to start hiring competent people who actually care.That’s all it takes. It won’t be easy, because your harshest critics are ungrateful whelps who care more about themselves than for others, but if you believe your cause is just, and you do it with a bit of sensibility, it’ll all work out in the end.

…Isn’t that what we all want?

Entry filed under: Bitching.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Ronin  |  January 7, 2007 at 2:34 am

    Good call. Another one of these self-righteous bastards. Or maybe the were just misunderstanding something, I doubt…


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