Recap of recent shit:
- Funimation gets rights to stream Fractale
- Nerd rage at fansubs who’d dare sub Fractale
- Funimation loses rights to stream Fractale because fansubbing exists
- Nerd rage at fansubs
- Funimation regains rights for Fractale
- Funimation sues anime fans in Texas
- Nerd rage at fansubs
For whatever reason, I find this whole hubbub over all of this to be extremely funny. I’m pretty sure Funi is just trolling, anyway. If there’s any company that knows it owes fansubbing for its existence, it’s Funi. So, I thought I’d share with you the craziest of the crazy from ANN in response to all this. Let’s see what kind of quality the guys over at ANN with their ANNcast can pull up. To note, in the mp3 sample below, I only kept the “Fractale” part. I tried listening to all of their shit, but after a couple minutes of two old dudes raging over anime, I decided to skip to the part where they start bitching about Fractale.
I would like you to keep in mind that this is going to be even more hilarious considering ANN’s staff watch fansubs anyway.
For the lazy among you who don’t want to listen to 7 minutes of some creepy fucks ranting about anime, I kinda liveblogged this shit:
- Around 50 seconds in, the dude starts tearing up. Like, you can literally hear him start to cry over Funimation getting Fractale pulled.
- Speedsubbers now do anime in 1 hour.
- They somehow equate doing a fansub in 1 hour as being “so much work”
- Fansubbers are bored losers (note: these gentlemen made a 1.5 hour podcast in which they talk super-seriously about anime and Japan)
- Nobody makes money through streams (so I guess that makes fansubbing the best choice?)
- “I kinda hope they use this as an exuse to punish someone. Punish a pirate in public… Please?” (oh great)
- Fansubbers have been caught and threatened for their evil deeds! (And yet Eclipse went out after 32 million downloads and never received a C&D?)
- Fansubbers are all Americans who live in Texas
- Fansubbers are all kids or of prosecutable age (what variance!)
- Fansubbers sub because they think they’re sticking it to the man
Oh, and later on in this podcast, they talk to Shawne of Rightstuf (an online anime retailer. They actually have pretty decent prices) who reveals that Rightstuf isn’t dying, that the anime industry hasn’t died because of fansubs, and that his company is making changes to its product line, rather than clinging to failed ideas of the past. (Oh what, people still want to consume? They just don’t want to spend $25 on 3 episodes? PERISH THE THOUGHT.)
Of course, two creepy old guys don’t quite give a wide-enough range of the trash in the anime community. Let me bring up what the sycophants on ANN’s board think of fansubs (I’m sure I’m missing a whole lot of QUALITY by only looking at this one thread, but I don’t have enough patience to shift through more than one thread of this shit).
The following quotes are all from the “Funimation sues 1337 bittorrent users over one piece” thread (heads up: ton of text incoming).
Its really best to go after the distributors, not the leechers/pirates as there is a chance that some of those people who are pirates do actually buy the products, but “wants them early” as I hear some fans do. Why not just cut the chicken by the head? Get rid of the distributors, then no one can do this deed. They are the real ones harming the industry. Like illegal drugs. Go after the dealers, not the drug users. No drug dealers=no drug users.
Fansubbers are like drug dealers? What the… I have never once received money or sex for this shit. I’m getting gypped.
If you are bitching about the quality or the lack of fun subtitles then you are a fing weeaboo and you need to get over yourself. The anime industry doesnt need you.
Quality is for fags: confirmed.
One thing that has gotten me is having the same series on both your computer and on your shelf. Why have it on your computer wasting space when there’s a great copy of it on your shelf?
Sure. umm, have you seen the quality of this shit? I tossed Funi’s Speed Grapher DVD release on my PS3 and everything was artifacted to hell. It’s like every frame was made of honeycombs. Fucking ridiculous. Perhaps the real question is why I’m so hardcore as to waste shelf space on an inferior product.
Why go to court when you say “Fine funi, here’s my computer. Have fun trying to prove my guilt.” There is such things as settling out of court that don’t require absurd amount of dollars. Just giving them your computer and any/all hard drives with any decent data recovery company will quickly prove it or not.
I’m liking this guy. Who else thinks I should accuse him of violating a copyright of my own just so I get a free computer for a month or two?
For this next post, someone said
That a single fansub group would have over a thousand distro members is unlikely. Not impossible, but definitely beyond the means of any fansub group I’ve ever heard of.
Hate to break it to you, but it’s quite common. With large shows I’ve seen well over 2600 intial seeds, and most of the larger sub groups regularly have 600-1500 intial seeders. With the number of people downloading that particular torrent 2000 intial seeds would be about right.“
Whine-Subs actually has 3,000 initial seeds per episode. This is how we ensure you get your anime as fast as possible. It’s our commitment to you, as people who take this shit super seriously.
If I could (and I probably can), i’d report all the sites I know where to get fansubs and torrents from. I have no problem doing it even though I wouldn’t be able to get out-of-print anime anymore.
Better get started on that, buddy. You’ve got 1.6 million results for “fansub” on google and 319 million for “torrent”.
I’m pretty darn positive that most simulcast deals that get written between US companies and Japanese companies specify that the anime is only to be made available within certain regions. If your country isn’t able to view an American stream, it’s because Japan didn’t want you to have it that way.
Yes, you dirty non-Americans and non-Japanese don’t deserve anime.
And here’s the best post in the fucking thread:
A reminder to preachy anime viewers:
If you’ve EVER watched a fansub you are just as guilty.
To which the logical reply was, of course…
There is a degree of separation between people who watch almost exclusively pirated content and those who watch only with little alternative. What your suggesting is more along the lines of accusing anyone who eats a doughnut of being a fatass. You may have your binary definitions, but most people wouldn’t start calling a doctor guilty of a minor malpractice infraction Josef Mengele.
… to compare people who download anime often with Nazis and those who only do it sometimes as people simply eating donuts. Classy job, ANN forumgoers. You have proven once again why you’re the cream of the crop.
tl;dr ANN and its fans are