I was sort of hovering on the edge of ranting, here, but I tried to remain reasonable, but.. that didn’t work either so this is sort of a semi rant.
Okay.. I’m sure I’ve covered this before, and it pains me that months later I have to touch on the same issues.
So what’s the problem? Anime comes out, fansubbers translate it and encode it and release it, they don’t get paid to do so, there’s no profit involved for them. Yet on the other hand they are releasing copyrighted products and they do not have the rights to do so. That’s also a fair point, now, here’s where the issue is. Can you enforce one countries copyrights, world wide? Assuming you can, is that fair?
So basically, FUNimation have taken it upon themselves to, well, to be honest I don’t really understand, as they haven’t actually got the liscense to dub shows in the US, however they somehow have acquired the rights from the Japanese distributors or something, and are now sending C&D’s out to fansubbers like crazy. Fine, okay, if you partially own the rights or whatever, of course you’re entitled to do so. However, this is where the problem starts, when the same fansubber/s release a text file translation of the script of the episode.. can you stop them releasing that? I would say no. That’s utter bullshit. That’s like trying to sue me for going:
A sound “soul” resides within sound mind and sound body.
Can you sue people for doing that nowdays? Good luck with that you complete cretins. That’s literally all people are doing, releasing a script like that so people can mux it into their own videos (obtained ELSEWHERE) or indeed, you can argue people just read it to see what’s happening. Honestly it’s childish and pathetic the lengths these companies go to stop people enjoying the releases. Gee, why do you think people get fansubs in the first place?
Well, I’ll tell you, BUT AT A PREMIUM PRICE OF £10 PER WORD. By reading this article you agree that you shall pay the author, myself, £10 a second for the rest of your life. Okay? Good.
Essentially, when there’s a choice between:
- DVD releases which cost £15 for 3 episodes
- Worse quality than TV encodes if you buy a boxset due to terrible compression
- Awful voice acting
- Bad translations
- Takes months, or more likely, years, to release after the original.
- Free, yet it doesn’t “support the industry”
- Quality varies from bad to essentially perfect, depending on the RAW
- Original voice acting
- Translations not done by google translator
- Takes anything from 12 hours to months, depending on who’s doing it, what they’re doing, and the motivation involved.
Gee, that’s a pretty tough fucking choice you utter fools.
Honestly, why should I pay £15, give or take, for -3- episodes of a series. Not only that, do I get any bonus features? Nope. Do I get superior quality to the TV encodes? Nope, unless I buy a blu-ray version, and I don’t fancy paying an extra £10 for that considering I don’t have a blu-ray player. Do I get a well done dub? Nope. I’ll touch on that next however, do I even get a competant translation/subtitles of the original dub? Nope. I get subtitles of the dub. For the record, dubs often change things to become alot more retarded. YOUR DRILL CREATES HEAVENS =)
Okay so onto the dubbing scene. What’s the issue? I’ll tell you what the fucking issue is, it’s AMERICANISED AND IT’S FUCKING AWFUL. No matter if it’s a game, animated movie or anime series. I CAN HEAR THE SAME FUCKING VOICE ACTORS IN EVERY SINGLE ONE. You want an example? Nero from DMC4, Ichigo from Bleach, Renton from E7, Lelouch from CG, and Yukimura from SW, TO NAME BUT A FEW. They are all voiced by the same fucking person. It pisses me off to no end, why are there so few voice actors? I struggle to believe there’s a shortage of people who want to become them, BUT WAIT, IF YOU WANT TO BECOME A VOICE ACTOR YOU HAVE TO HAVE TRIPLE DEGREES IN MATHS, SCIENCE AND SOCIAL ENGINEERING, AS WELL AS 10 YEARS EXPERIENCE AS AN ACTOR, DOHOHOHOHOHO. No wonder there’s only 10 voice actors in America. That is one of the BIGGEST ISSUES of dubs and I know it may seem like my caps lock key is FUCKING BROKEN, but that’s because, IT IS.
To drive home a point, these awful American companies aren’t doing what the consumer wants. That’s NOT HOW YOU DO BUSINESS. I’m going to say that again in big shiny letters in the chances that some dickwad from FUNImation somehow finds this.
NOT HOW YOU DO BUSINESS.
NOT HOW YOU DO BUSINESS.
NOT HOW YOU DO BUSINESS.
You’re meant to cater for the consumer, supply, and demand. If they want episodes of Soul Eater, ready to stream/download/rent, 24 hours after the TV show airs, that’s what you fucking give them. You don’t give them a shitty quality dub 2-5 years after it aired. IF I HEAR THAT FUCKING POWER RANGER ONE MORE TIME…SONUVABITCHSONUVABITCHSONUVABITCH.
I mean come on, it’s not like it’s an EXTREME and unheard of situation in the business world. It’s very simple. S u p p l y a n d d e m a n d. Perhaps the company manager of FUNimation should look that up on wikipedia or something.
Okay so idiots aside, what should they do?
Well, here’s an example.
You offer the American consumer a subscription. Of varying tiers, of say.. I dunno, $10 a month. What do you get for this $10 a month? You can stream (in high quality, I must add) up to 3 shows of your choice. So then maybe $20 for 6 shows and so on, you get the idea. These episodes would ideally come up within 24 hours of the initial air-date. So you’re paying about $10 a month for 4 episodes a month of 3 seperate shows. That seems fair to me. Or heck, maybe just make it pay-per-view. Whatever! There’s tons of possibilities. Yet that is what you have to do to taken seriously, and not just regarded as a huge faceless company that doesn’t give a shit about the consumer.
‘Cos, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, that is what companies like FUNimation are. You then have to consider that your average anime-fan is 13-16 and watches Naruto. To them you are the reincarnation of the devil. Yet if they can spend mummy or daddy’s money every week/month to get their episodes of Naruto, they’ll suddenly be fine with it.
At times I struggle to comprehend how dubbing companies have not done this before, but considering they are Americans, and called their company “FUNimation”.. yeah, that reminds me.
However as it stands, you can be sure that I, at least, won’t be buying your releases of Soul Eater. I’ll just figure out a way to learn nip and translate it myself.
Now of course, you might think I’m getting abit over dramatic here, and maybe I am, but to be frank, I don’t really care. Watching anime (and reading manga) is a form of past time entertainment that I enjoy. Alot. Indeed, I would say I spent almost equal time watching anime/reading manga as I do playing games or reading books. The thing is, video games as a form of entertainment, whilst they still have a long way to go, and casuals to beat down, have come a long way, and do not suffer the retarded problems anime does. Okay.. maybe KOEI games do. Yet hey, at least they don’t charge me £50 for Empires/XL. Even KOEI are slowly slowly learning. Books.. yeah books are kind of fine.
I can only hope that way in the future, entertainment will have reached a better place than it is today. People will be able to head home from work in their teleport-o-trons, and heartily power up their 120,000,000″ display, and sit down to watch the new episode of Dragonbleapiece, before turning on their X-station 9 million and playing some Metal Gears of Halo 2050 Super Delux Edition.
In short, American anime companies can go ram dicks into their eyes, I’m not giving them my money.
Also, for the record, I -did- buy Akira, E7 and Cowboy Bebop. You know why? Because they were well priced, had the original audio, and in Cowboy Bebop’s case, had a DECENT dub. Ontop of that they were all amazing shows/films, and I felt like SUPPORTING THE INDUSTRY YEAH.
PS, I’m fairly sure that at least 50% of profit that the eleven’s get from their anime franchises, are from merchandise. Then again, 90% of all anime is shit.
And 10% of all my stats are made up.
Well, in other news, nothing is happening really. I felt like the blog needed a good rant to fufill my quota. Although, sadly I’m not as lucky as some people are and I don’t get paid to blog..yet.
I assure you I am working upon finding a sponsor. Hey, if talentless assholes like Yahtzee can get paid to speak fast and whine about how he sucks at every game in existence, maybe I can get paid to rant fast about how everything in existence generally sucks.
My ego is transcending history, and the world.
Goodbye for now.
Oh yeah, Gears 2 review soon probably.