No, what I hate is entitlement. What I hate is hypocrisy. What I hate is this bizarre realm that fansubbers and fansub devotees have constructed, where fansubs are this Pure And Holy Art And The Purest Way Of Enjoying Japanese Animation There Is, Even When Legal Means Can Be Had. I hate the strange hoops of justification and rationalization that people seem to have about what is, essentially, a somewhat accepted form of piracy. It's like if I were to download an mp3 of a song I want to hear, even though I could just as easily load it up on Spotify, because somehow I've fooled myself into thinking the mp3 is Superior. Even if I'm going to be listening to it through my netbook's crappy speaker.
If I had to pick one "non-mainstream" title that I have come to love through fansubs, it would have to be "Legend of Galactic Heroes". For those who have not had the pleasure of watching the show, the show was originally released as an 110-episode OVA over the period of ten years, and would best be described as a military space opera. The show is populated with deeply intelligent characters of various moralities, an extremely well-planned and complex plot arc that extends over 110 episodes, complex moral situations, and epic space battles, all of which is set against classical music pieces from some of the best classical music composers of all time.
I know how heated the fansub argument can get, but I confess that from a consumer point of view I've never understood it. On one extreme of the flame wars we have super-pious moralists and on the other we have people who boast about being thieves. I probably stand near the apathy line. I give the same amount of attention to the "immorality" of downloading a fansub as I give to the "immorality" of purchasing stuff though iTunes or the "immorality" of supporting Wal-Mart, which is to say none whatsoever. Nevertheless the overall impact of fansubs in my life has been that in the 11 years since I first rediscovered my love for anime beyond Robotech via Love Hina I've discovered hundreds of series I otherwise wouldn't have and spent more money on the hobby than I care to admit.
The point of this answer is that from the perspective of someone who's primary method of consumption has always been fansubs, the terms "non-mainstream" or "overlooked", which are subjective anyway, have become mostly irrelevant as those labels would have applied until recently to most things as they aired in Japan or almost everything that wasn't a shonen fight show. Since the time I downloaded that Love Hina fansub, the way anime is covered, discussed, treated and consumed has changed so much that I am not sure what would be considered "overlooked" or "non-mainstream" anime anymore.
Oh boy, this is basically like picking the the anime the got screwed over by the licensors the most. There have been plenty of shows that I've discovered through fansubs, but most of those had a readily available legal version that I did not know about at the time. I try to avoid fansubs most of the time due to the legal implications and, quite frankly, fansubbers are sort of obnoxious sometimes (come on, "uchujin" does not mean "immigrant" guys). Back in the day, before Crunchyroll's glory was exposed to me, I watched fansubs quite often. I was introduced to some fabulous titles that I will always have fond memories of (and of the crappy picture quality). During that time period, I met and fell in love with the Macross franchise. As far as I'm concerned, space operas don't get much better than Macross, unless you count Gurren Lagann as a space opera.
I believe that there are many titles that I would have overlooked or never would have discovered if it was not for fansubs. The one title that was hugely overshadowed that fansubs got me into was the anime Mushi-Uta or Mushi-Uta which aired back in 2007. I just started watching anime that year in high school and got hooked on it so everyday I would go to the library to watch as much anime as I could. At the time I was watching Code Geass and I noticed on YouTube "Mushi-Uta.." I decided to check it out expecting it to be filled with action, instead I saw a dark world with a protagonist who played an antagonist role. I came to want to know how the relationship he had with his two love interests would end since his true identity would eventually lead to him killing them both. Each week I waited for another release to see more, but due to the popularity of other shows such as "Code Geass" there was only one group consistently subbing it. Finally, a month after the show finished airing in Japanese the fansub group released the last episodes. I did not expect the show to end on such a sad note however it made me appreciate the uniqueness of the show. It never got licensed in North America and no other fansub group finished subbing it either. I really appreciate how a random group of people with no obligation to sub a less popular series decided to finish it because it gave me a new perspective of checking out lesser known titles.
Now you've got this week's question, and it's time to get answerin'.For those of you new to Hey, Answerfans!, I'll explain the concept.Believe it or not, I'm genuinely curious what you think.That's right; as much as I love the sound of my own voice, I do love to listen to what other people have to say on a subject. I'm finding that over the last few years, the attitudes, reasoning and logic that today's anime fans use eludes, confuses or astounds me; I have so many questions for you, and I'm dying to hear what you have to say in response. Welcome to Hey, Answerfans!Basically, we're turning the tables. Each week I'm going to ask you a question, and I want you to email me your answer. Be as honest as you can. I'm looking for good answers; not answers I agree with or approve of, but good, thoughtful answers. People feel passionately about these subjects and I'd like to see that in the responses I get. I'll post the best answers I get, and maybe some of the crappy ones. Sometimes there may only be one or two good ones; sometimes five or more. It all depends on what I get in my inbox! Got it? Pretty simple, right? Start writing those answers and email them to answerman [at] animenewsnetwork dot com. We do have a few simple ground rules to start with.Things To Do:* Be coherent.* Be thoughtful.* Be passionate.* Write as much or as little as you feel you need to to get your point across in the best possible way.Things Not To Do:* Respond when the question doesn't apply to you. For instance, if your email response starts with "Well, I don't do whatever you're asking about in the question... " then I'm going to stop reading right there and hit delete.* Be unnecessarily rude or use a lot of foul language.* Go off-topic.
Jeremy Carter-Gordon (Concord, MA) grew up singing and dancing around Boston and has woven the threads of that upbringing through the rest of his life. Upon graduating college, Jeremy spent a year on a Watson Fellowship studying sword dancing, which led to an MA in Dance Knowledge, Practice, and Heritage from Choreomundus, a multi-university EU initiative. Jeremy currently tours and teaches most of the year with Windborne, an acclaimed vocal ensemble, singing music from the US and countries and cultures around the world, with a focus on songs of social struggle. Jeremy works for Village Harmony as the Strategic Planning Officer and teaches singing camps for teens. The rest of the time, he can be found teaching rapper and longsword, traditional dance from France (Bal Folk) and Sweden, juggling, dancing ECD, waltzing, and dabbling in tango.
David is a retired inclusive early childhood and childhood educator who has also taught for years at the college level in a teacher preparation program. He has frequently used dance and song in his teaching, both with children and adults, sometimes to the great surprise of his students. A teacher through and through, David believes that people can always learn and grow. While welcoming change and evolution, David has enormous respect for the value of folk traditions and is the author (with David Millstone) of Cracking Chestnuts: The Living Tradition of Classic American Contra Dances, published in 2008 by CDSS.
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Sarah plays viola and violin for English country dances, where she has found her music and dance home. She loves her garden, native bee and bird visitors, and the bike path along Lake Champlain, where she also enjoys cross-country skiing and rollerblading. She appreciates a good word game or jigsaw puzzle and wishes she had more time for weaving and pottery.
During most of her time off from CDSS, she is busy driving her two kids to their activities and taking care of her mother both remotely and in Canada. She loves traveling and learning about different cultures from the places she visits. She was fortunate enough to be able to give her children their first overseas trip to Asia last summer. She hopes she will be able to continue her travels after the kids are all grown up.
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