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12:00 PM on 10.28.2014

Seriously, stop pirating anime and manga

There's no denying that piracy is rampant amongst anime and manga, which is deplorable given how affordable and accessible things are now. I know this makes me sound old, but you kids have no idea how good you have it. When ...

Hiroko Yamamura

4:00 PM on 12.20.2013

There are Space Pirates in this rather Bodacious trailer

I have a confession to make. I haven't actually watched Bodacious Space Pirates before.  Yes, that's right, which is kinda odd even for me as it looks like just the right kind of dumb that I'd be into. It might just be ...

Chris Walden

10:00 AM on 02.24.2011

Denno Coil app is both great and awful

With piracy so utterly rampant in the anime industry, companies are trying to find different ways to provide legal copies of their material to consumers. Sites like Crunchy Roll and publishers like FUNimation stream old and c...

Pedro Cortes

Does piracy help anime sales in Japan? Study says yes photo
Does piracy help anime sales in Japan? Study says yes
by Josh Tolentino

You've probably heard the common assertion that dirty pirates and fansubs spell ruin for the anime industry. Every time a person downloads an episode of their favorite Japanese cartoon, not only does a baby kitten die, but a revered anime studio (such as the esteemed XEBEC) is unable to feed the poor animators and their families.

However, a recent study in Japan suggests that some forms of "illegal" anime viewing may in fact help the sale and rental of anime series. The study monitored the DVD sale and rental figures for 105 episodes from various TV series, comparing them to downloads of the same episodes from popular Japanese sharing network Winny, as well as the view counts of those episodes on Youtube.

The study found that Youtube viewing did not negatively impact the sales and rentals of DVDs, and may have been increasing said sales/rentals. Winny downloads, however, DID have a negative impact on DVD RENTALS, but not DVD SALES.

Interesting stuff. The study covered only the Japanese market, which makes the information we have on the methodology and conclusions limited, but if I were to guess, the Youtube viewings encouraged viewers to rent or buy for the optimal viewing experience. Winny downloads hurt rentals, since a broadcast rip naturally feels like a permanent free rental, but didn't hurt DVD sales because most anime DVDs come with many extras such as merchandise, de-censored material, new scenes and optimized animation.

However, I'd caution against simply applying this study to the overseas market. The landscape is quite different across the pond, including fans' various means of access. I'd wager that were the study conducted on the overseas market, the results would be quite different.

What do you think? Sound off in the comments!

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7:00 PM on 01.23.2011

Fractale starts streaming again tomorrow

Well that was fast.Last Thursday, the Fractale Production Committee told FUNimation that they were stopping their simulcast of Fractale. What they wanted FUNimation to do was "eliminate all unauthorized videos ...

Bob Muir

7:00 AM on 01.20.2011

Cunning pirate charged for making crappy audio recording

Okay Japan, we get it, you've got a tough stance on piracy and people stealing content. That's why you'll throw the book at the occasional small offense while many big offenses go unpunished in the West, especially in places ...

Bob Muir

3:24 PM on 12.09.2010

Rare manga being revived as PDF by Love Hina mangaka

I know what you're thinking. PDF scanned manga certainly is a new thing. Piracy, right? We told you earlier how Love Hina creator Ken Akamatsu plans to fight the good fight by distributing PDF versions of his work f...

Dale North

6:00 PM on 11.28.2010

Book by a burglar becomes best-selling...well, book

Say you've spent your life breaking into people's houses and stealing stuff. You haven't been caught so far, so it makes sense that you'd want to continue keeping a low profile, right? So you would avoid, say, publishing a bo...

Bob Muir

1:00 PM on 11.17.2010

Love Hina creator to launch free manga site in January

Now this is how publishers should go about the icky piracy issue. Ken Akamatsu, the master pervy mangaka behind Love Hina and Mahou Sensei Negima, will be opening a website called J-Comi that will distribute out-of-print mang...

Pedro Cortes

7:20 PM on 10.14.2010

ANN apologizes for OreImo-gate, suspends its streams

Ouch. If you didn't know it yet, the incident Lauren has dubbed "OreImo-gate" happened. While simulcast leaks aren't exactly new, The Anime News Network was a relatively new entry into the field. As such, some face-...

Josh Tolentino