Saturday, February 4, 2012

no-one gives a shit about you pirating toku (and why you shouldn’t either).

Okay so there’s been this petition going around about people wanting to get Toku shows on Crunchyroll.

Which number one is super naive and number two is just a bad idea considering how asshattish Crunchyroll can be.

But the point is that Bandai, and Toei as a whole, really do not give a shit about you pirating their toku.
Here’s why:

Point One:
Kamen Rider and Super Sentai are prime examples of merchandise driven shows. That means their primary function, apart from being made to entertain, is to sell toys. Which means all of the ridiculous funding that goes into the series doesn’t just come from when you watch it on TV or buy the DVDs- if anything that shit is secondary revenue. The big money comes from when those Kamen Rider Fourze belts sell out during christmas. The big money comes from when a die hard fan spends over twenty bucks on a gashapon machine trying to get that one phone charm he really wants. It comes from saving money by releasing a new Climax Heroes every year. It comes from music sales. It comes from merchandise sales. Nothing more, nothing less.

Shows are created with the toy line in mind. Rider seasons, for example, are usually planned two seasons ahead - The concept for W was more or less finished when Kiva started airing. This is not uncommon for most places - I have literally been a fly on the wall in business meetings for publishers and people who run TV shows where the focus is ‘Yes this is a great show, but how many toys can we sell from it?” Hasbro does it and you can bet your ass Toei does that too.

Why was Hibiki changed halfway through to Toshiki Inoue as the head writer? Because the toys weren’t selling. They thought that by changing the head writer they could get people interested in the series again and make sure toy sales picked up. It of course, had the opposite fucking effect because the man essentially fucked the series, but that’s another thing entirely.

So yeah, even if you download the series and pirate and torrent it or whatever, but at any point ever have bought something from Bandai and Toei because you wanted Kamen Rider/Sentai merchandise, then they have done their jobs.

Point Two:
You guys know that Toei is aware of TV-Nihon’s existence, right? They have contacted TV-N once and only once about something, and that is when they requested they take down their sub of Kamen Rider The

First, because it got DVD release in the States. Hence TV-N actually having subbed it, but it being unavailable to download on the site itself. They’ve only ever acted out once before, and that was to ask another separate group to take down their V3 subs, since they had just released a V3 DVD in the states with their own subs, because it was big in Hawaii back in the day.

But more or less, the company’s attitude seems to be the same as most anime companies who do not mind their work being fansubbed - it’s free advertising for the merchandise they’re selling. If anything, the shit you buy is just a little extra bonus cash for the monstrous cash cow that is Toei.

Point Three:
Funnily enough, the west is not, and never has been Toei/Bandai’s main target in terms of making money with Sentai or Kamen Rider. That distinction of course belongs to Japan, Korea, and most of East Asian region. Hence localized content in Korea, with Kamen Rider merchandise seeing release there every other year. Latin countries such as Brazil also are big on toku, but don’t really see the actual merchandising side of it.
In conjunction to the point above, anything that you buy for them is just a bonus. Tokusatsu has already proven it’s never going to be a massive force in the west, apart from Power Rangers.
(And while we’re speaking about Power Rangers, I would much rather spend my money on Gokaiger merchandise than support the horrid, fucked up, racist train wreck that is Samurai. But that’s neither here nor there.)

You have to realize that you are not their target audience. People in Japan have been arrested for pirating that shit, sure. But in conjunction to the fact that Toei knows about TV-N, and yet has only asked them to ever take down one thing, it’s that they’re smart. They get to sell more toys without having to even bring the show over and go through the messy process of localization. 

Who bought Shinkenger toys while that show was airing? I did. And my money went straight to Bandai. It didn’t go through Bandai America when so that Bandai of Japan would lose cash, my money went soley to online distributor to Bandai of Japan. How much easier and better is that for the company?

To conclude although people’s passion for toku is admirable, and so forceful that they would try to get it on a distributor like Crunchyroll, is admirable. However, it’s also stupid, and I’m not even going to get into the problems that Crunchyroll has anyway. Toku like Sentai and Kamen Rider is, and always has been, a niche genre. It’s never going to be big in the west, and it’s never going to receive the amount of support , that say, Batman has in the US. It’s not. It’s something intrinsically and culturally important to Asia, and that’s where their focus is.

Reblog, spread this around, because it is surprising how many people don’t know how this industry works. But the bottom line is you should not feel guilty for doing something that isn’t really illegal. The US holds no rights to any of the Rider shows for example, so you having watched that footage doesn’t really hurt anyone anyway, especially if you’re buying their merchandise.
And like hell I would ever give Crunchyroll any of my money anyway.
Keep enjoying tokusatsu, folks, and enjoy it on great websites like TV-Nihon or KRDL.

--reblog, repost, recopied and repasted from this

full credit goes to the original blogger.

--some comments.
True to the point. I do hope the fansub scene continue to thrive amidst these days of anti-piracy laws and stuff like that. Everyone has their two-sides of the coin on that one..

Monday, January 16, 2012

I know...

Skull is a bit late due to a lot of commitments LOL.

Belated Merry Xmas and Happy New Year to everyone ;))

Not much to say except for January 27...i'm gonna be away for an even longer period of time...:(

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Epic LSS

Years ago, I've first heard of this song from Depeche Mode. I know that was a classic and rocked instantly as soon as I heard of it. But lately I've been digging the new cover by Marilyn Manson. Something just screams out as fucking smexy with this you can make love while listening to it. LOL, same goes with original though. Anyway, How I found this song, was from an extensive search of wrestling entrance songs. I didn't really expect to find it there, but it is listed under Austin Aries from Ring Of Honor, and now I'm currently using it as a custom bgm for S4 Station-2 TD Stage.

I'm currently having eargasms thanks to this song. :)) This was probably like how it felt when I was addicted to Climax Jump.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Oktoberfest in S4 League.

Straight from this link:

Oktoberfest Event!
Here it is: The biggest festival in the world comes to S4!

If you play 3 games a day every day during the event period, you'll receive the Dunkel Beer Mug with Smartpack effect for 30 days, this means it comes with the forcepack stats, but limited in time.
This event takes place between September 7th and 20th.

Oktoberfest Event 2!
And just in case S4 didn't have enough Oktoberfest already, we've got another event prepared for you. Since a celebration is no fun by yourself, if you log in during the event period you'll receive a free beer mug from us on the next day. Cheers!

The accessory given is the Draft Beer accessory with PEN stats for 7 days.

S4 can be read again!
After weeks of impleasance with the font of the new GUI, it is finally done: The Comic Sans is gone. From now on, you can see all your favourite menus in Verdana.

I really can't wait for my AP and Paypal/Moneybookers LOL

Thursday, July 14, 2011


Happy Birthday To Me!!! LOL

Anyway there's not really much to I'm officially 23 years old and finally I'm entering the mid 20's. Something that 10 years ago was like a farcry of impossibility. But now I'm at this age where I'm really getting the pressures of society..meaning I should start becoming useful and productive.

I know I have a dinner date later on today, and I'm planning to just buy the original Ipod Shuffle since I couldn't go out that late. Anyway, as far as that goes I'll be preparing some funds for my dinner date and stuff I hope to also find my missing memory stick because I want to take some pictures later on. I don't know who she really was pertaining to, but I felt like it was against me..But anyway, I'm quietly moving on from that, now I don't expect the other girl to start liking me now, but I just want to be by her side...because she's special.

I seem to be in a nostalgic mood right now..because it's my birthday and I'm spending it with one of the very important and special person from my past. I know she may not really feel the same towards me but I don't care..I'm in love with her again.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Plurk Emoticons (Special Set)

*It's been awhile since I last posted here it has been quite a pretty busy week all throughout. Last time I posted here was the plurk 100 emoticons, this time around I'm gonna be posting the special ones, meaning you have to look around the internet or you have to do something in plurk to be rewarded of these emoticons.*

Recruiting 10 friends in plurk comes in many benefits especially if they become active too. Think of it as building a pyramid network(not the scam). Although there are some that do an alternative method of it by creating 10 dummy accounts, that is also acceptable if you like to "role-play" a bit.

Here are the emoticons:

 - (bigeyes)
 - (funkydance)
 - (idiot)
 - (lonely)
 - (scenic)
- (hassle)
 - (panic)
 - (okok)
 - (yahoo)
 - (cry)

These can be found on the Extra Set of your plurk emoticons.

Free Emoticons can also be found in Plurk, these are hidden emoticons since they do not appear on the set lists on the previous posts. You'd have to search on the internet or ask a friend or anyone who knows it.  

 - (Русский)
 - (fireworks)
 - (bzz)
 - (dance_bzz)
 - (goal)
 - (code) 
 - (yarr)

The (okok) emoticon seems to be popular in plurk therefore different variations of (okok) have been created.
 - (gym_okok)
 - (hungry_okok)
 - (music_okok)
 - (yarr_okok)
 - (wave_okok)
 - (dance_okok)
 - (code_okok)
 - (dance_yarr)
 - (angry_okok)
 - (taser_okok)

Every year the world celebrates special occasions like Christmas or even Valentine's day. Plurk celebrates with you as well with these emoticons that can only be used on those said days. Though the Xmas emoticons can also be used even before Xmas day.

 - (xmas1)
 - (xmas2)
 - (xmas3) 
 - (xmas4)
 - (v_shy)
 - (v_love)
 -  (v_perfume)
 - (v_tiffany)
 - (v_mail)
 - (flower)

Birthdays do not have special emoticons, instead plurk will give you a plurkcake beside your nickname. "This will be edited once I get that bday icon for plurk"

New Free Emoticons

These came with the (okok) family but not a part of the (okok) family.

 -  (no_dance)
 -  (banana_gym)
 - (droid_dance)

*Rage emoticons*

These ones aren't animated but they portray different emotions, they're quite funny too. These emoticons have boy and girl versions but either way it's the same. LOL.

 - (fuu)
 - (gfuu)
 - (yay)
 - (gyay)
 - (bah)
 - (gbah)
 - (troll)
 - (gtroll)
 - (aha)
 - (gaha)
 - (whatever)
 - (gwhatever)
 - (pokerface)
 - (gpokerface)
 - (yea)
 - (gyea)
 - (jazzhands)

Either this gets updated should there be another new set of emoticons or there will be just another article dedicated to the new stuff. Anyway, thanks for reading and enjoy plurking. ;-)