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April 29th, 2009 (11:05 pm)

current mood: contemplative
current song: Arslan Senki II

reynardine mentioned that CPM has filed for Chapter 7. >.> It's always such a shame when the old companies fold like this. They had some really good titles, and heaven knows how many of those titles we bought when we were first getting into anime. (This is especially true prior to the opening up of online shopping and importing directly from Japan.) ^^;

Still, it's this sort of thing that makes me question my role in fandom. There's always the question of how much harm fan* (subbers, scanlators) do to the industry. It might've been less before than it is now with things having gone digital and with high-speed 'net access the norm. I do think certain aspects of what fan* do serves a purpose, but at the same time, there was once a definite credo to the fan* community as well. I'm not really sure how much that still holds these days. Mind you, I do (have done) fan-translations (amongst other things) for various titles, so it's not like I can fling stones or anything.

Having watched the industry over the years (since the 90's or so), I have to admit that in some ways it has changed a lot, and yet, in others, it hasn't changed nearly enough. :/ Still, it's never a good thing to see. :/

How ironic that the music I'd hunted down over the past number of days are the soundtracks for Arslan Senki (Heroic Legend of Arslan) and Utena. I have to decide if I want to re-rip Utena since they were apparently back-ported from FSU's iPod after her last desktop died the big crash.

Looks like my archive calendar's back to normal. ^_^ And I thought I saw someone say something about cuts working properly with X-posting, so here's to hoping...

[ETA: It works! ^o^]

[X-posted between DW ([info]shadow) and LJ (kagedreams)]


Posted by: monkey monkey (sakuratea)
Posted at: April 30th, 2009 01:12 am (UTC)

that's kinda what my thesis was about

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: April 30th, 2009 01:42 am (UTC)

When did you write it and what was it about exactly? (Did you mention it on your journal?) I feel like I've read a passing mention like that on my f-list, but after a few days the 'when' of things becomes extremely hazy in my mind. I will admit, I do think the reason the industry is in its current state is multi-faceted. :/

Edited at 2009-04-30 05:44 am (UTC)

Posted by: monkey monkey (sakuratea)
Posted at: April 30th, 2009 01:55 am (UTC)

I'm hoping to defend in the summer but I did most of my research in 2005-2007. I think the reasons are multi-faceted as well, but I think that there are differences between fans who started after digital media and before.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: April 30th, 2009 08:44 pm (UTC)

Ah, okay. Good luck with your defense! Hopefully, your examining committee won't do to you what mine did to me. They kept me waiting for 20-30 mins for the verdict even though they decided much sooner. (They were chatting about other things in there! >.<;; ) Will you be saying anything about what you wrote up after you defend?

Posted by: monkey monkey (sakuratea)
Posted at: May 1st, 2009 02:11 am (UTC)

I'm an anthropologist. I did participant observation in an anime club. My thesis title is "Fan Boundaries and Economic Morality." I look at how the fan group policed their boundaries around bootlegging and differences between the older, male regular participants, the younger female fans who participated briefly and the participants I surveyed at an anime convention. If you have more questions, I could answer them.

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: April 30th, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)

I have thoughts on this, but they're half-formed, and I'm a little tired and far too cranky to assemble them right now.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: April 30th, 2009 10:33 pm (UTC)

It sounds like you're a not-so-happy kitty right now. >.< If you have the time and inclination later, I'd love to hear your thoughts. ^_^

*leaves tea and cappuccino cookies, molasses cookies, choco chip cookies, and... not sure if you'd want the sort of muffinish, sort of cakish, too soft to be a biscuit choco chip "something" that I created the other day* ^^;

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: May 1st, 2009 08:34 am (UTC)

I am indeed a kitty in need of improvement. *sigh* Snacks! I'll take all snacks you're sending.

Sort of stream-of-consciousness-y:
I think the fan* projects helped the industry and hurt it at the same time. The licenser's I think didn't properly consider the difference between what people would watch/read for free and what they would pay for. (How much they would pay is another discussion.)

Interestingly, manga is one of the few formats I support in paper production. I'm strongly in favour of distributing the other media electronically (yes, including books) to save on transportation and production fees, and then disposal issues. (That said, there are other considerations involved: server equipment is not guilt-free, as a friend recently pointed out.)

The internet and digital distribution is changing everything. The model is decentralising, and the corporations are adjusting.

On the other hand, I think the fan* projects have a darker side. I can see how someone would use that as justification for not buying the release. As in so many other areas, some people will be honest, and some people will be unscrupulous wherever the opportunity is there.

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