Post Reply Threshold Pledge for Anime - Who'd be in?
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Posted 7/23/13
It's understandable that anime costs money to make, and while music doesn't cost as much (obviously - it may be part of anime), it takes time. It would be nice to see more of a meshing of support-the-artist and support the freedom of exchange movements.

In case you aren't aware, one system of selling (LEGIT selling to the public - not licensing posing as "selling") is the "threshold pledge" system, or "fund and release":
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fund_and_release

While it's unlikely that anime producers would shift to this kind of economic paradigm, I think it would be cool if popular anime were offered in such a way:
Customers would have the option of 1) paying for a licensed version and/or 2) contributing to the threshold-for-release.

Presented this way, the anime company would still be making money while at the same time seeing how persistent the global culture is in seeking free-from-restriction content.

Who's with me?

Anything you see wrong with what I've said?
Please note that I'm not suggesting in this any change in the system as it is. Every country has its own copy protective laws; fine. I'm suggesting that companies also make it open for people to free up content. Money would be made, and freedom would be obtained.
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Posted 7/24/13 , edited 7/24/13
An excellent example of this from my favourite director/animator. I think it's a great methodology presuming the support is there.
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/production-ig/masaaki-yuasas-kick-heart
Sadly I was a bit late to the party for this one.
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Posted 7/24/13
This would be similar to KickStarter, right? We're starting to see anime show up there for production funds.
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Yep, it's already being done. There are several anime OVAs that were funded via KickStarter. And there's one company, AnimeSols, that uses a similar scheme for funding their localization efforts.
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Ah, yes, I forgot about Kickstarter.
At the same rate, I'd also like to see anime that are already out there be freed up, but one can dream...

Incidentally, while it's great to see that the support for the Production I.G. film was successful, a quick search through Kickstarter shows no sign of other Japanese animation companies involved. Okay, okay, so it is a bit early - the I.G. one was done just last year. But are there any other companies in particular that might be most likely to pick up on this? Or is only Production I.G. rogue enough to dip into other waters (to coin a phrase)?
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Posted 7/24/13
I know KickStarter funds were collected for the Eve no Jikan movie. I'm not sure about anything else.

It's definitely something that's relatively new and hasn't been done too often yet.
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Posted 7/24/13 , edited 7/24/13
Theres a fatal flaw with the fund and pledge system which is it offers no actual protection for the customer, you are not treted as an investor nor a consumer so you really have zero rights and zero protection if they take the money and nothing comes of it.

Secondly, we're talking about Japan here. Give them 10 years to catch on and maybe
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Posted 7/24/13

HoshinoKaabi wrote:

Ah, yes, I forgot about Kickstarter.
At the same rate, I'd also like to see anime that are already out there be freed up, but one can dream...

Incidentally, while it's great to see that the support for the Production I.G. film was successful, a quick search through Kickstarter shows no sign of other Japanese animation companies involved. Okay, okay, so it is a bit early - the I.G. one was done just last year. But are there any other companies in particular that might be most likely to pick up on this? Or is only Production I.G. rogue enough to dip into other waters (to coin a phrase)?


That would be Kick-Heart. As Insomnist mentioned, Time of Eve has also used KickStarter as well as Little Witch Academia 2. It's a little hard to specifically find anime since they aren't identified as such on the site.



mipegg wrote:

Theres a fatal flaw with the fund and pledge system which is it offers no actual protection for the customer, you are not treted as an investor nor a consumer so you really have zero rights and zero protection if they take the money and nothing comes of it.

Secondly, we're talking about Japan here. Give them 10 years to catch on and maybe


There are some protections built into KickStarter for backers, but it is not 100% protection:
http://www.kickstarter.com/help/faq/kickstarter%20basics#Acco
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