To begin with, recently a (small)local tabloid, **Kosmo!**, had recently highlighted that *hentai* fansub DVD’s by “local entreprenuers” (read, pirates) were being sold openly in shopping complexes, *pasar malams* and wherever they open shop.I came to know of this thanks to Jeff Ooi, an influential Malaysian blogger. You can read his post here.
The highlight of this article is no doubt the labelling of anime as animated sex. As with most non-mainstream things, thanks to the ignorance of a few towards the usefulness of Wikipedia and Google, now it seems that *anime* is being thought of as animated sex with an apparent crackdown approaching shops selling it. I won’t go around explaning what is *anime* and what is *hentai*, since Jeff has done it. I really do think we don’t have to go pull another “Edmonton Times” again.
Now this would be good and all, considering that the “local entrepreuners” *are* making profit out of the hard work of fansubbers, who as I know intend to distribute for free, but due to a fact that I’m pretty sure the higher-ups *also* do not realise the existence of Wikipedia and Google, no doubt that mainstream animes will also be affected in it. I can already imagine the cops pointing to a copy of Doraemon and shouting, **”CAT SECKS!!! SEIZE!!!!”** and so on. I wonder what would they think if they saw Bible Black :P.
My position on all this though, is pretty much neutral. I don’t really care on what happens due to the fact that most *anime* sold in Malaysia are pretty much unlicensed stuff. I haven’t heard of any true Malaysian distributor of anime, ala ADV style.Besides most of the VCD’s (yes we still have this barbaric format for videos) and DVD’s sold are really low quality stuff. I’d say that the Malaysian anime community in general is in between Level 1 and 2, adjusted for localization. And I’d just realized that jason took this topic up faster than me :P.
For now, I’ll leave it at this. This kind of things really pop up once in a while in Malaysia. I guess that the **KOSMO!** people are really just taking this topic up to divert some attention to the 2-ton-falling-blocks-killing-bigshots issue now hot over here. jeff really shouldn’t have brought this up, considering that **KOSMO!** doesn’t even have a website. In fact, I’m really only writing this because I’m bored waiting for tonight’s Bleach and Jigoku Shoujo. Meh, in a week or two, mention this and no one will remember :P.