Via Crunchyroll: With the cooperation and support of the Japanese anime and manga industry, the Japanese government will initiate a widespread operation dubbed “Manga Anime Guardians” to take down several dozen Chinese sites which have illegally uploaded anime and manga contents on the web.
ANN also reports that hand in hand with the crackdown, a service called Manga-Anime Here will also be launched to provide a directory to legal purchase and download options, for anime and manga fans who have been solely relying on these piracy sites.
But what does this all mean for you, the Filipino anime or manga fan? If you were one of thousands of people who used these illegal sites, it just means you have to look for alternative sources for your anime or manga fix elsewhere — hopefully, through more legal means.
Personally, I think that we should all be doing our part to help the Japanese animation industry. Instead of downloading and seeding illegal copies of their shows, we should try to purchase the shows via digital download, import DVD, or local licensed versions. Let’s not wait for another studio or publisher to go under, just because we are too selfish to cough up the money for their products.
And if you were the sort of fan who tries his or her best to purchase genuine merchandise or licensed products, then you have absolutely nothing to fear from the new crackdown. On the contrary, you should be happy that finally there are concrete steps to get rid of piracy and bootlegging — virtually guaranteeing that your next purchase is 100% authentic.
Got that? Good.