I have been an anime fan for a long time, long enough that CrunchyRoll would have been beyond my understanding 20+ years ago.
To illustrate this let me describe how fan subtitles made it to JAFWA then:
- Someone would tape the original off Japanese TV;
- The tape, or possibly a copy, would get mailed to the US;
- Some truly dedicated fans would translate and subtitle a copy of the tape they received;
- Copies of that tape would then start getting physically distributed.
Now, Western Australia was at the wrong end of that chain. So fansubs took at least 6 months, and usually closer to a year, to get to JAFWA. There were occasions when they didn’t arrive at all and we used synopses instead.
So being able to stream standard definition to my main TV/Sound System via the iPad within about 2 – 3 weeks of broadcast is almost unbelievable. I haven’t subscribed as I’m wary of the automatic deductions, so the SD is good enough for me.
That said however I was flicking through some random shows earlier.
Can anyone say Sturgeon’s Law? If not, repeat after me: “90% of science fiction, of anything, is crap.”
Fortunately I’m willing to drop a show like a boiling kettle if the first instance of fan service occurs before the first instance of story. I think two of the shows I watched tonight lasted maybe 30 seconds beyond the opening credits, if that long.
And even this is a small complaint: having such prompt access to quality subtitles is just wonderful.
I love living in the future.
But I still want my jetpack (so long as no one else has one, not stupid here). 🙂