I read Neo’s big fansub article in the new issue, 61, and felt compelled to write something, cos I do download fansubs, yes its illegal, but I, unlike alot of people, buy the series when they’re out. And I only watch anime I know I like, I don’t go downloading everything under the sun, that would be a complete waste of time.
In the past year, less actually, I’ve bought more anime than I ever have before. Online, at conventions, in stores. I like to think I do my part for the anime market. And this is mainly thanks to being able to watch and test out anime using fansubs. Anime like Clannad, Ouran High Host Club, Onegai Twins, Kanon, all anime I bought because of the fansubs I watched. Some series I buy just cos I know I’ll like them, To Heart, Midori Days, I hadn’t seen them before, maybe one episode of Midori Days on a anime preview disc from Newtype or something. Other stuff I bought when I saw it cheap, like Bleach, and, god forbid Naruto…(just tried the first part of the first season, didn’t get through the first disc… Bleach was better, have the first season of that. There are also occasions when I rented anime from the library. Did that with Elfin Lied and few others. Tsukihime I got because I had the first volume in a big-multipack of anime and loved it, mostly volume 1’s in the set.
I do what I do with fansubs with american shows which have never made an impact on british tv, How I met your mother specifically. I bought seasons 1&2, downloading 3, the bought 3, and then downloaded 4 and am waiting for the dvd release this september. I rarely dl american tv without the intention of buying it at some point. (LOST!!! :WOOOP: There also Castle and Dollhouse, will be importing Castle when they’re released, since its questionable whether or not it’ll get a UK release… It so should…)
I will say this now, I very rarely buy single disc volumes. I did when I was younger, bought Haibane Renmei and .hack//Legend of the Twilight and a fair few others that way, would have saved so much money if I waited for the boxset. Also got Haruhi in the single discs, but there were super-enticing freebies to consider, so I just had to. I LOVE boxsets. LOVE them. Best thing ever. I know that its a much-much better deal than anime is in Japan. The pricesthey charge are… phenominal… And its just for 2 episodes, 3 if your lucky. I remember thinking that £20 for 3/4 episodes was such a ripoff, still do a bit, but alot of anime has decreased their price to around £15. Still… more than I’d like to pay for that many episodes. Freebies is a BIG incentive. I paid around £25 for each volume of Haruhi. Most I’ve ever paid for a 14 episode series, will probably remain that way, unless they release like, Sky Girls, Lovely Complex and Nogizaka Haruka at the same kinda price. (Those are 3 series I WANT so much, but will probably never getreleased in the US or the UK. So fansub is what I put up with.) I might add, I don’t care if a dub is included in the release or not. I only ever use the dub if I’ve got an anime on in the background, and usually I switch to the original Japanese cos the english is too hard to listen too… awful… compared to the original, with all the super cute voices.
I’d be more than happy if anime companies or distributers just streamed them online for a limited time so I can watch them and not fill a hard drive with anime. Or did something like 4oD, and make them available to download and watch for a 24 hour period and then they expire. I just wanna keep up with the releases in Japan, and not be limited to the very limited release in the west. I just hope and wait with baited breath that the series I’ve come to love via fansubs are released in the west, in the UK would be preferred, but I’ve had a multiregion DVD player since 2003, so a US release is fine.
Stuff I NEED to buy if/when its released + Stuff to buy thats already been released –
Higurashi(the tv, the movie, the ova’s, all of it!!)
Kannagi(GAWD I hope thats getting a release, it should, considering the fandom in Japan, and its got its english fanpage now, its either advertising a DVD release OR a 2nd season, both of which I’d be happy to see.)
Kara no Kyoukai movies(love Type Moon, Canaan is awesome.)
Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu
All the To Heart related anime. I have the first season, but theres a series for ToHeart2 and ova’s and stuff.
Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha (been meaning to watch the the other series too, but got disctracted by Bamboo Blade and Witchblade. Lots of blades it seems lol.)
And theres anime that I saw on tv and want very much.
Pokemon, seasons 1,2+3
The rest of Moomins
Flint the Time Detective
If more fansub watchers were inclined to buy the dvds when they get released, fansubs might not be as widely frowned upon… but cos they dont… they are… Its the squealy pocky-prostitutes of the world that are the main problem I say!! lol. Actually Neo said that, “the fans who squeal over actors and prostitute themselves for pocky don’t actually spend money on dvds”. Which I’m fairly sure is true… since they’re spending all their money on pocky when they’re not getting it for free. Don’t get me wrong, I will squeal for certain actors(Tennant, Pine, Cusack etc) and certain JAPANESE voice actors(Sugita, Noto, Nonoka etc) well, theres a few dub voice actors, like Crispin Freeman, voice of Hideki Motosuwa AND Kyon. And he was in Howls Moving Castle as the prince at the end. Soft spot for him, and a few others, but otherwise… bleh. I would never however, prostiture myself for pocky.
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