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Crunchyroll, if you were somehow not aware, is a site that became well-known for having a huge library of user-uploaded anime and drama, all subtitled by fan groups. This continued for a few years until the person in charge of the site decided it was time to go legit, and removed all of the user-uploaded series this past January. In their place are a couple handful of current (and also really old) shows, subtitled by companies and uploaded with the permission of the copyright holders.
CR was filled with negative comments for while, users who had been there from the beginning and were furious CR was "selling out." They wanted their free anime/drama source to stay free.
While CR does maintain a membership system for premium features (being able to see episodes the day they're released rather than a week or more later, for example), a large portion of the site is still free. There's a catch, though. Some, if not many, of the series are able only to be viewed in the US, where CR is based. Copyright issues strike again. I wonder when we'll really have ubiquitous streaming media... but that's not really the point of this post.

How do you feel about Crunchyroll? Are you mad that it switched focus? Are you glad there's a place to legally stream recently released series? Would you pay for a membership there?

I'm glad the focus shifted, and I like that it's actually legal for me to watch the things I do on CR. I do have a membership, and that's primarily a sign of my support more than anything else. It's not required to support them to watch the shows and in reality, there are not a whole lot of shows there I want to watch, but I want to support the idea, the potential it represents.

Date: 2009-05-06 08:59 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dblume
It's hard when a site like that changes so drastically. But I didn't use it enough to really feel affected, and I try not to complain when somebody goes legit.

My biggest heartbreak? I never got to watch One Litre of Tears before they went legit. I don't know if it'll come back, and I really really wanted to see it.

Date: 2009-05-07 09:42 am (UTC)
animeshon: (_determined (lee))
From: [personal profile] animeshon
I really like what crunchyroll is doing, and I'm excited that this seems to be generating more and more sites to offer streaming of new series legally.

I live in NZ and I can watch a heck of a lot of the CR content (I actually pre-purchased a paid account as soon as they offered them), and I get to watch Naruto as soon as it comes out while supporting the actual people making the show.

I hope that eventually all TV follows suit and is streamed so that everyone can enjoy it even if it never plays in their country, if making that happen requires me to pay $12 a month, then so be it. I would even pay the same price that we pay here for pay TV (I think it's like $50 a month) if I got to watch the shows I love as they come out rather than 2 and a half years later (or not at all)

Date: 2009-05-09 11:31 pm (UTC)
animeshon: (Naruto - Naruto (au))
From: [personal profile] animeshon
I think it depends on whether they have gotten the license to stream in each area, which really depends on the licensing boards in various countries. I know I get to watch most of what I'd want to watch

Date: 2009-05-08 05:53 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lanaswift
I personally think Crunchyroll is the first step in the right direction-- I'm all for people supporting the damn creators who get paid dick-all for their hard work and have no sympathy for people who refuse to do that. They'll spend hours on fanfictions, costumes, fanart, talking about how great the series, but they won't spend twenty bucks on a DVD? Meh to them.

(I'm not a total hard-ass, mind-- I'll download a fansub. But then I'll buy the DVDs or pay for streaming or whatever I need to when it gets released legitimately. But most people won't do that. And no, buying tons of merch usually doesn't make up for not buying the DVDs.)

As for the US-only videos, that's probably more the Japanese companies than Crunchyroll. Don't you think they'd love to be the source for the entire world? But JP companies want to keep the possibility of licensing elsewhere open, so they limit what Crunchyroll can get.

So yeah. I don't like CR's beginnings, but I think it's become a positive force for change, as cliche as that sounds, in the North American industry. I mean, look: FUNimation is near simul-streaming Fullmetal Alchemist now. That's f@#%ing awesome, and probably wouldn't have happened if CR wasn't seeing some success.
Edited Date: 2009-05-08 05:54 pm (UTC)



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