The battle against anime piracy was started when the Japanese government banned kissanime and announced that more piracy sites will be banned in the future. The decision came out of nowhere and all the anime watchers were taken aback and were shocked, this really was the right step and it was long due. No matter how important Kissanime was to the anime watchers who can't afford a subscription of various streaming sites like Crunchyroll, Funimation, or more, we can't deny that it was really bad for the community as a whole. Many sequels were canceled because of Kissanime, as people really didn't take subscription of the partnered streaming sites and watched the anime from Kissanime, which resulted in no money for the creators. Very few anime production houses have a big budget to produce an anime and they totally depend on the watchers as a source of income. So, kissanime ban will not only encourage the creators but it will also help the creators now.
On July 27, 2020, Delhi High Court issued a dynamic John Doe that banned or blocked the illegal sites that were distributing the content illegally. The petition was filed by Disney and Reliance Jio to implement the ban really soon after the order was issued.
Animelog: The new place to watch anime
After this ban fans were really wondering where to watch anime from now on. As no matter, what other sites like 9anime, Gogoanime, and many more will be banned sooner or later and the major fanbase who were affected by it were those who can't pay the subscription fees. Here comes AnimeLog. Animelog is a youtube channel launched by Analyzelog where 30 Japanese anime studios came together to provide their content for free so that everyone can watch it and enjoy it. These 30 studios include some of the big names like:-
- Toei Animation (One piece and Digimon)
- Tezuka Productions (Kimba The White Lion, Black Jack)
- Kodansha (Noragami, Akira, Cardcaptor Sakura)
- Nippon Animation (Hunter X Hunter)
- Shogakukan-Shueisha Prod (Inuyasha, Ranma 1⁄2, Hamtaro)
- Shin-Ei Animation (Doraemon, Crayon Shin-Chan)
— AnimeLog アニメログ (@AnimeLogTokyo) August 7, 2020
Animelog right now is only available in Japan but it will soon be available in other countries. According to animation magazine, the channel's target is to have 3000 anime up to 2022 and they expect the number of views per month to be at least 300 million at least. The animelog channel is going to launch the anime with English, Chinese, French, and other language subtitles really soon and it was revealed by a teaser released a week ago.
The first few anime that will be released on the channel are Black-Jack, Hayao Miyazaki, Future Boy Conan, Astro Boy, Lucy of the Southern Rainbow, and Aesop's Fables, The story of Pollyanna, Girl of Love, Princess Knight, World's masterpiece Theatre and some more. The channel will obviously start from anime with less episode but we can surely hope that in future it will also stream anime like One Piece, Hunter X Hunter, and many more.
Some big companies like Kadokawa and Toei Animation have their own youtube channel, but by coming together the audience and revenue both will increase and it will discourage the audience to watch anime illegally. The official twitter account of Animelog regularly updates you about new anime that will be included and other details, so be sure to check up there also.