skyrune83, on Jun 5 2009, 04:50 PM, said:
I guess the issue is while Hetalia would not be a problem, people would be tempted to use that same means to access other shows which might be licensed. And I would assume that is why there is the security. Does this sound about right?
That sounds about right; after all, licensed shows generally either have or will have a way to view them legally, and supporting the industry by using these legal channels is a good thing to do. If they're making it available like that, then what better way to support the series?
As far as Hetalia goes, most of the Hetalia fandom (and by that I mean the vast majority of it) centres around the web manga, which is completely legal to view for free (it's posted on a Geocities site and on his blog, both of which are freely accessible worldwide), and the author even gave permission to the fans to re-post it and make derivative works, as long as they're free to view. Even if you've never seen an episode of the anime, you can still be just as much into the fandom because the legally viewable web manga with legal translations is ultimately what built the fanbase. Its popularity took off before a single episode of the anime even aired, and even then, the series is highly unlikely to ever be licensed, but if, by some fluke of nature, it is, there will probably be lots and lots of people ready to buy the DVDs. (My guess is that it won't be super expensive, either, given that the episodes are short, so that means that chances are even more people would buy the DVDs.)
Of course, one thing that I really have a problem with is when a show is going to be released for free anyway pretty close to the airing in Japan, and people STILL can't wait the couple of days until the show is supposed to stream and instead upload the official subs to their favourite download sites ahead of the intended airdate. (Yes, I am referring to the incidents with One Piece and Phantom.) That's seriously biting the hand that feeds you, as they are giving fans the opportunity to watch for free very close to the airdate, and there are people who still say that it isn't good enough. In fact, if it's viewable worldwide for free in a legal setting (e.g. the official sites and anywhere else the company chooses to post their series), why post it illegally when you can merely link to where viewers can watch it in a legal manner that still costs them absolutely nothing?
I also don't care for the people who speak out against buying DVDs, stating that supporting the "evil R1 industry" is a waste of money, saying that people should just download fansubs or DVD rips of licensed shows instead, often citing 4Kids as the reason why (their assumption being that all companies act just like 4Kids), despite the fact that DVDs these days almost always have the option to watch in Japanese. Their argument makes no sense, anyway, because the R1 industry that they vilify is possibly one of the largest sources of income the anime creators have, and without the royalties from licenses, the best case scenario would be a sharp decline in the amount of anime produced, and the worst case would be that there would be no more anime produced.
This post has been edited by Shintarou Inuzuka: 05 June 2009 - 05:38 PM