Are Fans Hurting Simulcast Anime?
In many ways, simulcast anime is great. I was an anime fan before streaming sites like Crunchyroll were available and I had to wait months (or years) to see the next episode of my favorite series. However, there are some problems and I've seen today's fans bring up some concerns. And sadly, the fans themselves are the root of some of these concerns, whether they realize it or not... As someone who translates anime (for simulcast, catalog, cons, etc.), and as someone who still considers herself an otaku, I'd like to shed some light on why this is, how it might be improved, and why that might not happen. This isn't an in-depth dive or exposé, just me rambling my thoughts into a camera.
Clips from Collegehumor's Butthurt Anime Fan sketch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mQScjlXbBE
If you're new here, I'm a full-time freelance Japanese translator. I also write, choreograph, teach dance and improv, perform, and sometimes tutor on the side for pay as well. In fact, most of my adult life I have been freelancing in some way or another.
Questions are always welcome in the comments, too.