Animecast: Anti-Piracy and Bad Press


There’s been a lot of legislation being passed in Japan recently that has some sort of effect on Anime and Manga. While we try to stray from controversial subjects, it’s hard to ignore the advert effects that these have with the anime world. So join us as we discuss these two topics and dive into the details.

dollsfallOur first subject is on Japan’s crackdown on piracy of Anime and Manga. What it involves, how it could affect you, what you can do in response, and of course our opinions on the matter.  If you want to learn more about the initiative, check out the official MAG site.  The Japanese version of the site even has the entire PDF documentation for the movement though it’s entirely in Japanese.

The other subject is on CNN’s recent coverage of manga in response to the recent law passed to punish the possession of child pornography. We take a listen in on the audio for the video and break down the sheer large amount of false information it provides. As well as refute the incorrect image it paints on the anime culture.

It’s important to note that the second segment of this episode includes some tough subject manner involving child pornography, child abuse, murder, and other content that may not be suitable for all audiences.  While we do not get graphic with the discussion, we of course like to let our listeners know.

The intro for this episode is Sekiranun Graffiti featuring Hatsune Miku which can be found on iTunes. The outro is See The Lights featuring IA.

We hope you all enjoy!

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Co-Founder of and Co-Host of the OtakuSpirit Animecast. A huge fan of anime since the early 1990s, consuming over 1200 shows. Outside of Otaku Spirit, he has been a judge for the Anime Awards and aided in reviewing titles for some publishers. While he's late to the collecting scene, he's found a lot of joy in filling his DVD/Blu-ray collection as well as collecting figures. Sharing this joy, he posts unboxing and feature videos on anime goods to YouTube.