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31 January 2011 @ 11:05 pm
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Chopsticks, Torrent Anime, and Bootlegged Copies

So…. Irrelevant post about nothing really. I tried using chopsticks for the first time today for an entire meal. Conclusion: Chopsticks are hard for people not used to them. I suppose there are some people who can just pick up a pair and use them perfectly on the first try, but I doubt that’s the norm. I’m so dorky… I had to watch a youtube video that explained how to hold them and pick up food. Haha. But by gosh, I was determined, and I only accidentally flung my food across the table once. I consider myself success. I also found that using chopsticks for the first time felt similar to learning to use a pencil for the first time. It’s as if you have to train the muscles in your hand to cooperate, and the key seems to be practice, practice, practice, which is true for just about anything. I’d like to be comfortable using them in private before trying them in public. Who knows what might happen if I do? Images of that sushi scene from “Failure to Launch” comes to mind.

I’m not sure if it’s even news worthy, but I decided to dabble in the art of using torrents or bit torrents to download high quality anime. I’ve grown annoyed with Megavideo’s time limit while watching anime. I’ve tried several suggestions from others about how to remove the time limit, but it simply won’t work or the steps are too long for me to even want to try. Some websites like Veoh don’t have time limits and, unlike youtube, don’t make users break the videos up into millions of parts to fit within a particular time. Unfortunately, not all anime can be found there or on Divx, etc.  Also, the quality of the subtitles are sometimes hard to read on certain sites.  Solution?  Download torrents. 

I’m not going to download EVERY anime I want to watch, but I’ve got some like “Strawberry Marshmallow” (Ichigo Mashimaro), “Candy Boy”, and currently downloading “Kannazuki no Miko”. The speed of downloading the last one is atrociously slow. I think I started it along with the others the same time yesterday around 2 or 3 p.m. Then I left my lappy on ALL night and this morning at 9 a.m., the other two had successfully downloaded but “Kannazuki no Miko” was only at 50 percent. Geeze…

It’s kind of scary for me to start downloading things from the internet all willy nilly too. Viruses lurk… everywhere. I thoroughly checked out the sites before using them. If anyone wants a couple of reliable torrent downloading sites: I’ve used: Shin-gx’s (http://shingx.wordpress.com/) and Lime’s (http://www.lime-anime.net/torrent.php), and I haven’t experienced any issues at all. Plus these sites have people who commented on the torrents, so you know that others have used them too. I’m sure they’re other reliable ones out there with a lot more anime, but I just started my torrent fun.

If you don’t know anything about torrents (like I did… and I’m still newbie-like) and would like some helpful advice, all you have to do is download first a torrent. I used Utorrent (http://www.utorrent.com/). Install that. Then go to one of those sites listed above and pick out an anime that you want to download. A good thing about those sites is that they group the shows in whole seasons, so you can download the whole season and possibly any extra ONAs at once. Save the file on your computer. Open it in Utorrent by either clicking that anime file or opening Utorrent on your desktop and selecting it. And then be prepared to wait… and wait.

The speed in which it takes to download depends on how many people are currently using that program. Which is kind of weird, in my opinion. Important terms to know about torrents, seeds and peers. I’m currently downloading “Kannazuki no Miko” and it has Seeds: 5 (7), Peers 3 (12), and a Speed of about 15 kB/s. Seeds are people who have the file available to share. Peers are people trying to get that file. The total number of people in each section are in parenthesis, but you won’t connect to everyone at the same time. The number next to the number in parenthesis are the people you’re actually connecting to. Basically, a torrent with higher seeds to peers will be faster in downloading. Which is one of the reasons why “Kannazuki” has such an immensely slow downloading speed at the moment. There are different reasons why a torrent can be slow, and they’re different ways you can attempt to help move it along, but I’m not getting it all that.

I’m probably going to use torrents the most for anime that hasn’t/won’t come out on dvd or hard to obtain copies of... or ones I simply can't afford to officially buy right now.  “Candy Boy” hasn’t been officially released onto dvd, and it doesn't look like it will.  I have no idea what’s up with “Strawberry Marshmallow”. I looked for the dvd online, and it’s currently unreasonably expensive… Did it get discontinued or something? I hadn’t seen prices so high since I started looking for the first couple of seasons of “Sailor Moon” on Amazon or Ebay and got smacked in the face by $100 prices for official non-bootlegged copies. Who can afford that?! I completely understand why “bootleg” anime is so frowned upon by the anime community. It hurts the profits of the organization and decreases the chances of getting more seasons from a particular show, if everyone is off buying cheaper copies. However, I do understand why people buy anime that isn’t going to be released onto dvd, if they don’t have the opportunity to download it to their computer or make dvd copies themselves of the show.

I was reading in different anime forums, and some of the anti-bootleg anime lovers are two steps away from stoning people who buy bootlegged copies.

What about the shows which will never be released onto dvd? Someone stated that supporting bootleggers were damaging to the anime company and no respectful anime fan would buy them. Then they ALSO went on to say, “Don’t buy from bootleggers, just download the shows onto your computer and watch them instead.” Uh… is that somehow less harmful to the anime company than getting a copy elsewhere? You aren't supporting the organization either way… I’m not going to lie. I bought a bootlegged copy (and might I add very high quality) of  “Kanamemo”. Who knows if that show will ever be released?

Of course, I’ve bought my fair share of official anime shows, but who I am to say that buying bootleg anime is wrong? Yes, I mentioned that it can be harmful to the official releases company, and you never know if you’re going to get a decent copy of the show when ordering from random companies in Malaysia. However, what of the shows that will never released onto dvd? What about the people who don’t have the means to download it to their computer? Or the people who want to watch it on their television? What’s the difference among anime fans who only watch anime from anime websites and don’t buy the actual dvds to those who download torrent copies of the show to those who buy the bootlegged copies? I just don’t think anime fans who sometimes want to buy more affordably priced anime, when official copies aren’t an option, should be so shunned as they are.  Of course, people who think they are buying official copies but are actually buying bootlegged copies can be an incrediably frustrating and inconvenient process.  You should definitely do some research before buying a particular show.  Like first making sure it was released onto dvd by checking wikipedia or something.  If it wasn't... and you randomly find "Kanamemo" on ioffer.com then... well you know.

Back to my previous comments though... I especially think this of the people who attack others who buy bootlegged copies if the first-said people only watch anime on free anime websites instead of actually purchasing the official copies. I’m probably alone with those thoughts, but this is simply my opinion. I certainly didn’t mean to get off on a tangent, but I’ve just been thinking about these things for a while. I don’t claim to be an expert on this subject, but these are just some small opinions and questions that I’ve formed on the matter. Obviously, officially buying anime from reliable websites is the ideal choice, but sometimes not everything is as simple as that. Why are things always considered so black & white in our Technicolor anime world?


 
 
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野生キス Ain't no party like a permanent party.: Anime - Readywyldkyss on February 2nd, 2011 03:30 am (UTC)
I can say, hands down, that I only torrent things I can't buy. And some things I've torrented in the past, I've bought when they became available.

THAT SAID. Torrenting versus direct link downloads will highly decrease your likely-hood of picking up stray virii. The hivemind don't like viruses and tend to shut down stricken torrent files when they see 'em.
Aniekins: ariaaniekins on February 2nd, 2011 05:06 pm (UTC)
Oh I see. Thank you. That makes me feel better. I really haven't read any information about how safe torrents are for your computer.
野生キス Ain't no party like a permanent party.wyldkyss on February 2nd, 2011 05:58 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. :) Napster was highly virusy back in the day. I'm very glad to see that torrents didn't follow suit. Many torrent sites have a comment section for each file too - I look at high seed/leach counts + comments to see what's likely the best file to grab.