Lately, I’ve noticed several posts and lots of talk (especially with the whole SOPA/PIRA shit going on) that make it seem as if anime is going to die forever shortly. For me, it honestly feels like a dark foreboding that foretells some kind of disaster. Is anime really going to die on me?
Here’s a few links that I felt were….less than appealing (not as posts, but the news they carried).
From SOPA/PIPA to ACTA – The G-Empire
And Everything Else Falls Down-In the Wake o Losing Megaupload – Black and Blue Socks
Brief Thoughts about the US Anime Industry and Anime Collection – Chikorita157’s Anime Blog
It’s mainly the first three that give me a sense of “oh shit wtf the world is about to end” feeling. First of all, 2DT is gone. Not going, but gone. Since I’ve started Eye Sedso, he’s been a force of the blogosphere. It’s just….it feels like the captain of a team, who’s been the captain for 50 years, has retired, and now the team is completely different. It looks different and it feels different. Still, good luck to him and everything, he’ll be missed (it’s not like he died or anything). But with his leaving the scape of the internet anime community has certainly changed. It was almost like when Theo left the Red Sox, but worse (says the die hard Red Sox fan….yeah).
The first two are worse. Dire, in fact. Direct Download sites are jumping ship like shit from an asshole. The only time….the ONLY time I download an anime video is through direct download sites like Filesonic (RIP). I’m too afraid to get caught with a torrent again (it’d be a third strike for me). Direct download isn’t neccesarily safer at all (I’d think especially now), but it’s different, so I think it is somehow, and use this as an excuse to utilize direct download, which I do from time to time. It comes in handy actually.
All I’ve got left now is streaming. Sure, Crunchyroll is pretty much a Godsend for me. Yeah I pay for it, but it’s not much, and the quality is crystal clear without ads. I love it. But they only play a select few anime from each season, and so there’s some that I have to watch streaming on other sites, site that not only may soon be disbanded (gulp) but have worse quality and dreaded ads, which always seem to appear at the worse times. Not only that, but now anime once streamed on megavideo have gone the way of the dodo. I could be fucked. Just to be safe, I’m currently downloading all of the Shakugan no Shana III episodes (I’m only up to 8, thank God filepost hasn’t left….yet). I refuse to watch shit quality Shakugan no Shana III. If I could, I’d just buy the whole season now (but that won’t arrive for 249432 years).
I feel like it’s only a matter of time before streaming sites are beaten down, and that will ruin me. I’ll be forced to all but quit anime.
And the manga! Shit! What if that goes too! I’m freaking out here guys. FREAKING OUT.
We need simulcast of all anime ever. And legal streaming of all anime ever from the past too. FUCK.