§ Are fansubs destroying the American anime industry? This article at ComiPress says yes.

In 2006, rumors spread about anime distributor Central Park Media’s bankruptcy (which did not happen). Also, a friend of mine was fired by a major anime distributor he worked for; he was involved with many well-known titles, so I was shocked. The fact that even major distributors need to dismiss its capable staffs proves that the anime industry is getting worse. The cause is simple: the reduction of DVD sales is affecting the revenue of anime-related companies. My friend who was fired by the major anime distributor told me about the effect of fansubs on the anime industry in North America and the reason behind the decline of the anime companies.

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HumorousMaximus.com is bringing “Steve Canyon” to the Web to celebrate the 100th birthday of cartoonist Milton Caniff.

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§ Recently deceased Welsh cartoonist Gren had quite the send-off:

Stars from the rugby and entertainment world were among hundreds of mourners at the funeral of the cartoonist Gren at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff.

Rugby stars Barry John, Mervyn Davies and Gerald Davies paid tribute to the man whose work featured in the South Wales Echo for more than 30 years.

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§ Will Gwyneth Paltrow play Pepper Potts?:

Pepper Potts is not one of the all-time great Marvel Comics characters, and she’s pretty much limited, to the best of my knowledge, to Tony Stark’s life as a Business Man and not an Iron Man – but if the rumor is true, it’s a nice indication that the film continues to be a serious and high end piece. It would be easy to end the decent casting with Robert Downey Jr and Terrence Howard, but hiring a real thespian like Gwyneth for a smaller role (where she’d have red hair… I bet she looks good as a redhead) shows commitment to something better than Daredevil. And it probably indicates that there’s a good script floating around for these actors to get interested in.

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Academy Award winner Gwyneth Paltrow has joined the cast of “Iron Man,” a Marvel Comics superhero movie starring Robert Downey Jr. Downey plays the armor-clad title character and his alter ego, billionaire industrialist Tony Stark. Terrence Howard who will play Stark’s best friend Rhodey. Paltrow will play Stark’s personal assistant Virginia “Pepper” Potts, one of the few people in Stark’s life who can go toe-to-toe with him and who occasionally serves as his conscience. The pair also share a secret attraction to each other.


  1. on: Are fansubs destroying the American anime industry?

    no the price of a dvd with 3 episode is.
    the how many do you have to get sorry that was when (even when a series looks great) i said good bye. I am not alone on this, I know about 10 people that would buy but the price is factor. 4 dvd at $25= $100.
    Look at when Neon Genesis Evangelion came out how many dvd in the set 8, only to be repackaged again and again with move episodes on less dvd.
    Its not fansubs its the free market and your price does not work.
    Give more bang for the buck. Look at adult swim its doing well
    and if i am not mistaken those are on the web to see too.

    Sorry i vote in elections and in the store to with my money.

  2. Price probably does play a factor, as do fansubs, but I think it’s fair to assume market correction. Anime isn’t a dying fad, but it’s not growing at the rate that it was in the early part of the decade. In fact, the slowing growth correlates pretty well with the similar trend in DVD sales. So yeah, any company who spent last year spending like it was 2002 was gonna get reamed, but blaming fansubs isn’t the entire answer.

  3. I have to comment on this.

    Fans will stop making fansubs if the official dubs and subs were done better…or better yet, done by the fans.