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Is my Premium Membership helping the anime industry?
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Posted 6/12/14 , edited 11/14/14
This is has been on my mind recently and I would like the the perspective from others on this issue:

Is my premium membership actually helping the anime industry by any significant margin?

I'm really curious because I for one do not like to buy DVDs/Blu-rays of anime, or any TV shows or movies for that matter. I usually just watch an anime once and maybe watch a few episodes of it again some time down the line and stock piling all these anime discs just isn't appealing to me at all, so I'm not a big fan of buying DVDs/Blu-rays. Plus, some of them are pretty damn expensive. If I could, I think I would rather just buy and download anime than actually buy the disc.

Anyways with that said, I don't buy the DVDs so that means my only other option to support the industry is by having a Crunchyroll subscription. I just want to know, is my subscription actually helping the guys over in Japan? Is my money actually worthwhile to these guys? I like to think it is, but I just don't know.

I pay the 3-month plan for my premium membership (since that works better with my budget ATM) so that means I'm giving over $100 to Crunchyroll each year. Crunchyroll streams many animes, so to put this into perspective, that means that my $100 is getting dwindled down to like $5 if Crunchyroll is giving money to each studio. I just feel like my membership might not even by worth anything to them and it's a really unsatisfying feeling for me.

Could someone please explain to me if my membership is actually worth something to the industry as a whole. I would highly appreciate it.
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Posted 6/12/14 , edited 10/22/16
Yours alone? Probably not.

All the anime memberships purchased by this sites community? Probably.

CR buys rights to shows, you pay to view them in HD/ w/o ads. CR uses your money and others to do it again. The companies use the money to continue to produce anime.

But I mean, if you feel the difference your amount makes is negligible, feel free to send it my way where 100 bucks a year would be highly noticeable.
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Posted 6/12/14 , edited 6/3/15
Yes your subscription is helping the industry in an indirect way. Basically, CrunchyRoll has to get anime by legal means and your subscription helps with paying for legal rights of streaming it. The more people that have subscriptions the more interest you're showing in the industry itself and in turn CR tries to offer more selection of anime by buying more legal rights to shows using subscription money. Since, CR is buying more anime, it's giving money for more studios and companies to make money.

In all, yours alone may be little help, but collectively everyone with a CR subscription adds money to the industry and helping produce more.

Subscriptions -> CR money -> CR Buying more titles -> More CR customers or interest -> More CR money -> Buying more titles = investing in the anime industry -> leads to better anime -> higher anime fanbase -> more money

Then piracy kicks into this system and messes up the system

Piracy -> No need for subscriptions -> less CR money -> CR buying less titles -> less CR interest -> less CR money -> less titles bought = less money invested into the industry -> lesser quality anime -> lower anime fanbase = less money

So, by buying a subscription and watching anime legally, you are helping the system and if you're watching through piracy you are hindering the system and preventing it from growing.
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Posted 6/12/14
You are helping support Crunchyroll which in turn, pays licensing fees to the original publishers/creators of the anime. Meanwhile If you bought the Region 1 release of the DVDs/Blurays, you are only paying the western distributors of the anime. They already paid a licensing fee to bring it over here. So in essence, your Crunchyroll membership helps fund more anime, but buying the DVD/Blurays fund more anime being released Stateside(or your region's release if you don't live in U.S.A). Take that as you will.
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Posted 6/12/14
I would say it is. Alone maybe not but i do remember reading somewhere i think crunchyroll has over 200k paying member, now i don't know if that went up or down but combined with everyone i would say it definitely is helping out the industry.
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Posted 6/12/14
Your membership fees would be used in anime licensing, the money used in licensing obviously would go back to the companies in Japan so CR can put them up on the site and translate and what not, then the companies make more anime. Then it just turns into a cycle from there.

Same with the store, our money for orders and preorders go to the companies that make the goods in the store.

In a very broad and loose sense, think of CR as the Middle Man. We give them money, they give us goods they bought with that money from another source.
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Posted 6/12/14
If you think about it... $100/year x 200,000 premium members = $20,000,000/year... Converted to yen is ¥2,000,000,000... I'd say we're helping A LOT
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Posted 6/12/14

Stonewolfe wrote:

think of CR as the Middle Man.


Awwwwww ok, now it makes sense! I just didn't really understand how the system worked. Thanks for explaining everyone!

I do want to start buying DVD sets moving forward, I actually have never used the CR store here before. So let's say I bought a DVD set from Amazon, would that money just go directly to Amazon or would it find it's way back to the anime studio?
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Posted 6/12/14 , edited 6/12/14
$100 per user each year* ? Oo

CR has to buy his animes, but there's a lot of others fees you know...
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Posted 6/12/14
Amazon get all the money but they still have to originally buy the DVD's on bulk from the suppliers like funimation. Its a very similar situation as to what crunchyroll is, the middle man.
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Posted 6/12/14
I certainly like to think so!
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Posted 6/12/14

LoomyTheBrew wrote:

Awwwwww ok, now it makes sense! I just didn't really understand how the system worked. Thanks for explaining everyone!

I do want to start buying DVD sets moving forward, I actually have never used the CR store here before. So let's say I bought a DVD set from Amazon, would that money just go directly to Amazon or would it find it's way back to the anime studio?


DVD purchases also work their way back to the industry! Not as much as through streaming sites like CR, because it costs more for manufacturing the DVD (or BDs), boxes, etc, but it's still how they get money to pay studios to make more anime for us to enjoy
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Posted 6/12/14
Think of it as the halfway man. The in-between guy. The midway dude. The intermediate male.
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Posted 6/12/14
im sure it helps. if it didnt then we probably wouldnt be watching new animes that just came out
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Posted 6/12/14
Short answer: Yes.
Long answer: Yes it does, thank you for your contribution.
Simple.
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