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Alex Martin’s March 4 article, “Future of ‘anime’ industry in doubt,” makes the case that animation production companies are suffering because “fans” are uploading works at illegal websites as soon as they are released and adding their own English subtitles.

Animation is the product of hard work, especially at the production company where employees must “draw in the cell.” It produces a lot of stress and cuts into sleeping time. The hard work of these employees is being wasted when so-called fans upload animation illegally.

I don’t think that people who upload animation this way are true fans. Otherwise, they would respect the work of employees and treat them better. I don’t think that translated subtitles should be called “fan-subs” when the uploading is illegal.

If fans want certain works to be on the Internet, they should vote or decide on a designated website and let animation staff from the production company upload the animation with translations to that site. Furthermore, I think fans should pay a monthly fee to watch animation from the site.

marie oka

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