My rant over crunchyroll.
Who cares about crunchyroll anyway? I think I just learned about this site last year when my classmate(who is a animefan just like me) introduced it to me. I should be the one who knows it but since I’ve been downloading lotsa from fansubbers and all over the net, I haven’t bother to check out streaming sites XD. Yes, not until the hard disk of my computer sought salvation due to lack of free space. (Anyway, the anime introduced to me was Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei which I still haven’t watched up until now LOL.)
I considered anime streaming since I realized that it is not economical to wait for hours just to drop the series that already piled up in your disk. I’ve always been late for covering first impressions. Why? I wait for the free streaming before I click for the go. Still, I have to download it to obtain satisfactory quality of screen caps. Crunchyroll has always been my refuge ever since my brother implemented the “Do not download anime(s) below the ranks”. Meaning to say, I just can’t download random series. It must have a high rating for it to qualify in his criteria. I can’t override any of his decisions since I’m the younger one (poor soul…)
I have to say that Crunchyroll really bloated me with animes that my brother won’t allow me to download. It offers vast variety of media across the net ranging from anime series, drama series, AMVs, official trailers and several cutscenes. I’ve already finished Clannad in CR before my brother finally decided to download it. Nodame Cantabile also includes the list of the anime rejected by my brother but then, I just decided to watch it silently in Crunchyroll.
I’m not saying that Crunchyroll has been turned into a junk site because I believe there are still many series I’d like to check out in their line up for 2009. I’ve actually been expecting the wipe out of all the fansubbed videos. What I didn’t expected? Geographical restrictions. HA, guess what anime I’m ranting for? SKIP BEAT… Yes, I’ll not rant for this anime if there is a nice resource I could find. And when I meant nice, it must be fast and with fine quality sub and video (which is rather uncommon). Did I just seem very demanding back there? Well I guess yes… I don’t expect Crunchyroll or any other sources to offer all just because the audience wanted to. In exemption, Crunchyroll offered it already yet again, they took it away from me(well not just from me). Isn’t that a little bit sad?
I don’t really know who shinji is since I’m not that active in the forums but I guess he really do his best with regards to the welfare of the site and the audiences during these past 2 years since he also have lots of supporters(I believe half of them would be from USA since they are the much benefited region). I’m just sad that this decision seemed to be the best for him when for my perspective… It’s the worst.
Placing media files on a website communicates it to the public, but while sound recordings and the films are communicated, they are shown to the public, they are not published by these means. This question on the Internet is distinct from the question whether the act is an infringement or not. (Einhorn, 2004)
I don’t believe that he has to do this kind of revolution just to spread legalities or to support further more the anime series. I believe that one of his reasons why he initiated to start this plan was for much faster upload of the series and much better quality. I agree that it would be faster since it has after 1 hour simulcast for selected series BUT who cares about simulcast when you still have to wait for the subs? Then again, there is still a need for fansubs…
So what is the difference now with the old and new CR? I believe it’s the wasted time of the fervent fans that uploaded the videos only to find out that they would be deleted in the end. Also, the sucker geographical restriction which I rather find so DISCRIMINATING. If these licensing companies would like to have massive increase in buyers, shouldn’t they allow everyone to view it? Not even one-half of the population lives in the USA…yet they decided to view it only to USA. tsk.(well not all.)
P.S. P3:FES didn’t reached the time limit. I guess I’ll continue playing it during Fri and Sat from now on since I’ll be back to school starting from Jan. 7 — Lesser visits and entries again I guess.