Popular anime torrent and streaming sites have implemented new features earlier this week which require all users to type at least one paragraph explaining why they are morally justified in pirating anime. According to an FAQ posted on Nyaa, users are encouraged to make up statistics about the anime licensing industry, accuse Crunchyroll of up-scaling videos, and make empty claims to support animators.
Administrators at the various sites in question admit the feature was added as a response to overwhelming public demand.
“All these years I’ve been pirating anime and no one asked or cared why,” an emotional user by the name of AmendmentZeroTwo told Anime Maru. “Now I can finally tell the world how morally superior I am for not paying money to watch Japanese cartoons.”
Notices on the websites have made it clear that excuses such as “I can’t afford a streaming service” or “this anime isn’t available in my country” are not acceptable; only dubious, unsubstantiated claims that defy reason will be considered.
“I was surprised when I logged onto KissAnime and saw the prompt for the first time,” anime fan AhegaoReviewer told Anime Maru. “At first, I said I didn’t want to wait for Netflix but it didn’t let me into to site — I got very confused.”
“Then I accused Funimation of pushing their social justice agenda via translations. I topped it off by saying that all the Blu-rays that I totally buy help animators far more, and Crunchyroll uses its new office to put chemtrails in drinking water and it let me in.”
“I’m the one actually saving the industry,” said AhegaoReviewer.
According to insiders, manga piracy sites are expected to follow suit later this month, requiring manga readers to perform similar feats of mental gymnastics to explain how not paying for content actually helps creators more.
For now, sites are also encouraging users to share their hitherto unnecessary rationalizations of piracy on Twitter, along with stolen art and support of Vic Mignogna.
I only torrent Doki, Nii-sama, Doremi, and Mori releases to trigger Herkz :^)
My Great-Uncle didn’t)t get shot at Iwo-Jima just to have me pay for Japanese animation.
Because it’s based. Simple as.
You are morally superior by not paying companies like Funimation to localize (alter for political gain) anime. Do you really think a Japanese studio gives a shit about their western market losing a few customers to piracy? Localization is objectively bad. Why would you ever want to have dialogue changed to fit someone else’s beliefs?
ey bro do you smoke weed?
Dude, localisation always needs to be done, unless it’s machine translated… what’s politics got to do with it? What a strange comment.
who would win, people that actually work in the industry and knows what happens behind the scenes, or some random twitter user who hasn’t left his house in 3 days
Am I allowed simply to say that I don’t stream anything at all, legally or illegally, and pirating is usually the only way to actually have my own copy of anime nowadays (before I buy the BDs, anyway)?
If that sounds too weak, I can append the obvious fact that streaming companies are ABUSING and EXPLOITING their customers by making them pay for something THEY CAN’T EVEN OWN and are furthermore contributing to the DEVALUATION of anime as a medium because if everything is spewn at you from an endless DIARRHEAL fire hose of video that takes no effort to seek out anime ceases to be a valued form of artistic expression or even a commodity and instead becomes mere FUNGIBLE CONTENT no more important to you than the CHILD SLAVE who picked your coffee beans or the DAILY KITTEN SACRIFICES that occur in the Crunchyroll offices (and Crunchyroll was originally a pirate site anyway so subscribing to them is literally PAYING FOR PIRACY). PAYING FOR STREAMING DESTROYS YOUR SOUL AND THE SOUL OF THE INDUSTRY! STAND UP FOR CONSUMERS’ RIGHTS!
…Oh good, that got me in even though I didn’t pretend to care about animators.
That’s still only a single argument that you over exaggerated and made into a full paragraph.
That’s perfect ! Here’s your access token to piracy websites for the next 12 months.
Meh, even if you can’t bullshit enough it’s easy to just go and copy-paste some comment on Reddit and boom, you’re in.
Sarcasm aside I think I actually agree with some parts of this article. Should I be worried ?
“Their video streams are literally a single pixel upscaled to 1080p”
That got me
That would mean The Subbed Anime is Speaking up from being Censored and Coming more on DVDs in all over the world. More with the English Dub. More Subbed is coming on DVDs. And on Streaming Apps Made by Crunchyroll and TV Tokyo themselves.