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So I'm going to start off by confessing something, I have on occasion streamed anime in an illegal way, this was and is my fault entirely, while I do stream legally here (and am proud to do so) and am also looking to get a Funimation account when I get a job, I have and probably will continue to stream illegally for shows that I cannot get easily legally.

My streaming habit doesn't stop there I'm afraid, it is a broader problem that has also extended to my downloading of music which I have cut down on after a long hard look at myself.

I have also noticed this in some of my anime friends at school, one in particular who we shall just call 'Bryan'. Bryan is one of my friends that streams ALL of his anime illegally. Which is a shame, he doesn't really care about supporting the industry at all and focuses on his own enjoyment, which I used to be guilty of as well.

I know that morally this is wrong, but I have the habit of streaming illegally. I have somewhat repented for this by creating a list of anime that I will buy in order to support the industry and in some way make up for not doing so via this streaming.

So my question to you people today is simple, is the streaming of anime illegally morally corrupt? Why or why not? Also, do you personally stream illegally at all?

It should be noted that I do not condone this at all, but I am curious to see your responses, please note that honesty is the best policy. Thank you very much and have a nice day.
Posted 11/10/14 , edited 11/10/14
u can't join funi if ure from AU.

but u can join animelab.com if ure from Au/nz regions; it's free at the moment because they are still on beta period.
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I only will turn to the darkside if a show is not picked up at all for a season. Like Amagi Brilliant Park, Atelier Escha and Logy, and Seven Deadly Sins for a few examples.

Otherwise I will watch it here on CR or over on FUNi even if I know they are streaming a day or few days later than the Japanese airing.

Sometimes I will even go to Hulu but I hate dealing with the ads personally.
Posted 11/10/14
I think it's only morally wrong if you're doing it knowingly and with the purpose of hurting the industry financially. Otherwise, people who are broke or don't know any better are just that. I mean, if they choose low quality streams with ads over the stuff here, then that's their problem.

As for me, I used to watch anime on different streaming sites until I came across Crunchyroll. Since then, I've been getting the annual membership and streaming from here. I honestly can't stand ads or crap quality streams anymore thanks to CR. I've been too spoiled here.. Lol.. As for anime that I can't get (in Japanese) here or on Netflix, I just torrent them. I have enough clutter at my apartment with all my books lying around. I'm not interested in adding DVDs to that.
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Posted 11/10/14 , edited 1/18/15

xDeadlyDollx wrote:

I think it's only morally wrong if you're doing it knowingly and with the purpose of hurting the industry financially. Otherwise, people who are broke or don't know any better are just that. I mean, if they choose low quality streams with ads over the stuff here, then that's their problem.

As for me, I used to watch anime on different streaming sites until I came across Crunchyroll. Since then, I've been getting the annual membership and streaming from here. I honestly can't stand ads or crap quality streams anymore thanks to CR. I've been too spoiled here.. Lol.. As for anime that I can't get (in Japanese) here or on Netflix, I just torrent them. I have enough clutter at my apartment with all my books lying around. I'm not interested in adding DVDs to that.


You're aware there are illegal streams without ads available in 1080p, right?
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You're aware there are illegal streams without ads available in 1080p, right?


Is this an invitation to visit them? I mean there probably are, I just never had a reason to take the time and search for them. Maybe when I'm broke and can't afford stuff anymore, I will. Now if you or other people prefer to use that, then by all means, please do so.
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Posted 11/10/14 , edited 11/10/14

xDeadlyDollx wrote:


BLACKOUTMK2 wrote:

You're aware there are illegal streams without ads available in 1080p, right?


Is this an invitation to visit them? I mean there probably are, I just never had a reason to take the time and search for them. Maybe when I'm broke and can't afford stuff anymore, I will. Now if you or other people prefer to use that, then by all means, please do so.


Oh no, it wasn't an advert, I'm just saying while there are low quality streams, illegal streamers do have high quality alternatives :p Just saying since I thought they were all crap quality at one point, but if you know there are some in good quality it at least provides a bit more insight into why people choose the illegal route over the legal one, and stops you bringing up what's technically an invalid point in future discussions, and I don't say that in a mean-spirited way.
Posted 11/10/14

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Oh no, it wasn't an advert, I'm just saying while there are low quality streams, illegal streamers do have high quality alternatives :p Just saying since I thought they were all crap quality at one point, but if you know there are some in good quality it at least provides a bit more insight into why people choose the illegal route over the legal one, and stops you bringing up what's technically an invalid point in future discussions, and I don't say that in a mean-spirited way.


Oh, I do know someone who keeps bringing up the fact that I pay for CR over their free great quality streaming from another site. And free is indeed always a great thing, though I'm really not that frugal. I, personally, don't mind dishing out the money for stuff and services I enjoy. Especially when I have the means to do it. But as I've said before, that's just me.. What other people choose to do is on them.
Posted 11/10/14
......Another thread about streaming anime illegally?
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Posted 11/10/14 , edited 11/10/14

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......Another thread about streaming anime illegally?


I did not start this trend by posting another thread like this one or anything....
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I subscribe to a VPN and torrent everything, including series that I don't even watch. I'm gonna become the Pirate King.


Good luck buying 300 HDD to store anime on.... But you are a pirate so you probably want SSD, now give SSD manufacturers 300k US $
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I watch some of those 'streams' on occasion, mostly on my phone since CR don't work on it, but then, I'm a paying member and not a freeloader...
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applestash wrote:

I subscribe to a VPN and torrent everything, including series that I don't even watch. I'm gonna become the Pirate King.


Good luck buying 300 HDD to store anime on.... But you are a pirate so you probably want SSD, now give SSD manufacturers 300k US $


Not really. You can always boot your system with SSD then have a separate 1TB-3TB HDD just for storage. 1TB HDD is preety cheap and you can store around 50+ anime in full series depending which ones you choose so. You can also delete them when you're done.
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ShikamaruShogi wrote:

So I'm going to start off by confessing something, I have on occasion streamed anime in an illegal way, this was and is my fault entirely, while I do stream legally here (and am proud to do so) and am also looking to get a Funimation account when I get a job, I have and probably will continue to stream illegally for shows that I cannot get easily legally.

My streaming habit doesn't stop there I'm afraid, it is a broader problem that has also extended to my downloading of music which I have cut down on after a long hard look at myself.

I have also noticed this in some of my anime friends at school, one in particular who we shall just call 'Bryan'. Bryan is one of my friends that streams ALL of his anime illegally. Which is a shame, he doesn't really care about supporting the industry at all and focuses on his own enjoyment, which I used to be guilty of as well.

I know that morally this is wrong, but I have the habit of streaming illegally. I have somewhat repented for this by creating a list of anime that I will buy in order to support the industry and in some way make up for not doing so via this streaming.

So my question to you people today is simple, is the streaming of anime illegally morally corrupt? Why or why not? Also, do you personally stream illegally at all?

It should be noted that I do not condone this at all, but I am curious to see your responses, please note that honesty is the best policy. Thank you very much and have a nice day.


IMO, no. it doesn't really matter. If anything, you can help a particular anime become popular by sharing how great it is after you watched it. If you're a celebrity youtuber or just a famous social network 'person', you can help promote people to watch the anime. If it's not free, it's harder to promote it to younger ages or people who don't have jobs. If they end up liking it, they might by toys, souvenirs, etc. that relate to it. It's just like how I got a lot of gundam 00, evangelion, yu yu hakusho, and hxh collection.
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