I got this from a friend who was reading majority of the Elsword forums.
BEWARE ANIME AND MANGA FANS. JAPAN IS PLANNING TO SHUT DOWN MAJOR ANIME/MANGA WEBSITES THAT YOU EITHER WATCH OR DOWNLOAD~!
Japanese Government Enforcing Anti-Piracy Law on Anime and Manga
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People do not pirate manga/anime because it’s free. They pirate because it’s easier to pirate to get that material than it is to do it legally. It’s the same issue with video games. Piracy is easier. You don’t stop piracy by shutting down websites, the scanlators will still get their content out SOMEHOW. You stop piracy by making the legal alternative easier and more accessible. It turns out people will pay money for things they like if it’s easy to get them. This is why Steam is so popular. This is why Crunchyroll is so popular. This is why Netflix killed Blockbuster forever.
This. I was looking in to getting the soundtrack a while back for Kill la Kill because I absolutely LOVE Hiroyuki Sawano’s work on Kill la Kill, Guilty Crown, and many other shows, and yet when looking for a physical copy of the soundtrack that comes with the little booklet and what not, it was either out of stock, not available for shipping to North America, or cost $300. Three hundred fucking dollars. For a two-disc, twenty-something track anime soundtrack. I’m sorry but fuck that noise. It wasn’t the special edition or anything like that. It was just the standard default soundtrack. I pirated it. I’m not even sorry. That’s fucking crazy nonsense.