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A Breakdown of Japan’s Piracy Crackdown That’s Equal Parts Funny And Informative

Last month, Japanese government’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry revealed that they would launch a major anti-piracy campaign. The campaign would be the first of its type, as the government banded with publishers and anime producers in an attempt to crack down on piracy of popular anime and manga.

In addition to a five-month engagement, which includes the monitoring of traffic and sending of takedown notices, the group started the Manga Anime Guardians project. Through the project, the group’s website would ideally serve as a hub for anime fans. Searches for shows would direct users to places where users can legally view or buy the show. The site itself is slickly designed and quite functional, and the campaign in general is a fairly benign attempt to switch users to official channels.

While it’s a good start, there’s a lot of work to be done.

That said, there are bound to be questions about the campaign and its potential impact on the anime world at large.

Enter Tofugu.

YouTuber Tofugu uploaded a video that does a great job of explaining the drive in general terms, as well as various shortfalls and areas for general improvement. It’s funny, well-produced, and surprisingly informative about a generally dry topic.

Also, bonus points for name-dropping What’s Michael? That series really needs more love.

Anyway, we’ve posted the video above, so definitely check it out!

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Samantha Ferreira

Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

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