As I'm going to assume most of you are aware, pirating is a HUGE issue in our community. With the internet at our disposal, we can view anime and manga for free to our heart's content. The question is, are you aware how much this hurts our community? When you view anime and manga for free (speaking illegally only, I'll get into legal options in a moment), no money is going back into the industry. What does that mean? It means it's far less likely for Funimation or Viz or whoever to take your favorite series, license it, and distribute it in English. If you're one of those people who thinks "whatever, my help won't save the industry", remember that there are thousands, if not millions, of other thinking the exact same thing, and it really does hurt the industry, especially if you're one of those people who has billions of dollars worth of anime/manga on your harddrive.
Negative impacts: Tokyopop shut down in 2010. Bandai stopped releasing hard copies of manga/anime and made them available only for online distribution shortly after.
Personally, I view manga and anime illegally online, as I'm sure most of you do. But I also own over 400+ manga and about 30 anime series. Almost every series that I get into online I later purchase. I haven't bought EVERYTHING I've seen online, but I own a pretty big chunk of it. Everyone's first line of defense when it comes to this is "I just don't have the money"
Free (or extremely cheap) ways to legally view anime:
Funimation.com (or their youtube page)
Hulu (or hulu+)
Library (also good for manga)
Friends/Share Circles (manga too)
There are also apps for e-readers and smart phones that sell manga volumes dirt cheap. And the biggest catch with the previous options are having to sit through a minute or two of ads.
So really, there's no excuse for "not being able to afford it" when you have all these free/cheap LEGAL options. (And no, sites like mangafox, mangareader, etc, are NOT legal) There is of course the exception of manga/anime that's never licensed in the US, but that's a different story.
Annnndddd...that's about all I have for you guys in a nutshell. Argue with me and tell me my points are wrong, or bring up your own points/thoughts on this topic. I'm interested in what anyone has to say on the matter :3
This post has been edited by Washu Takahashi: 12 March 2013 - 04:56 PM