It’s no secret that illegal streaming and reading are common behaviors in the anime community. Especially in the 2000s, when the demand for anime in Western countries outpaced its availability… It seemed like the only way to watch less popular anime or read obscure manga was through illegal streaming or scanlation sites that depended on the work of unpaid translators. Barnes & Noble’s and Borders only carried so many different series; Toonami only aired so many shows.
Today, legitimate anime licensing companies are mainstream behemoths that directly target the very Western audiences that were illegally streaming just a decade ago. Some (cough cough, Viewster) are totally free, some require a small monthly membership fee, all offering up access to titles that were unavailable just a few years ago. Media giants like Netflix and Amazon Strike all boast a decent range of anime content and, increasingly prioritize in-house production of original anime, such as Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress. The demand for anime is changing into a significant market force, and with it changes the availability of legal ways to watch it.
Despite this newfound abundance of legal anime streaming avenues, many still prefer to continue using illegal streaming sites.
I’m genuinely curious… WHY?! Especially when you hear about animators living on less that $200/week…
Save your conscience by checking out Viewster’s very own free AND legal content.