So apparently, the people behind the free, subtitled streaming of The Tower of Druaga (Crunchyroll I presume), decide to only upload the first 5 minutes of episode 11 on Youtube, while helpfully providing the link to the Crunchyroll streaming with the full episode. In fact, the sidebar description now reads “Watch the full episode (It’s free!): (insert CR link)” instead of “Free streaming of this episode also available at: (insert CR link)” that has been the usual of the previous 10 episodes.
I find it highly annoying, especially because I have been using Youtube much more, and I do not really like the CR site much. This blatant attempt to force the Youtube viewers to their site (meaning account registration and etc. etc.) is highly insulting and reeks of profiteering, even more so when the show is actually nearing it’s end, especially with the story turning a lot more darker and deeper in tone compared to most of the series. I had been looking forward for my usual fix of Druaga on Youtube, but this has left me in despair.
In fact, hints of this had emerged already during the upload of last week’s episode, where a sizable portion of the upper half of the Youtube upload was basically a billboard for Crunchyroll. I was quite irritated, but merely shrugged it off, but this tactic of uploading only the first 25% of the episode and forcing the rest of the viewers to their own site really takes the cake.
I sincerely hope it might be all a mistake and a botched upload, but the evidence points all to the contrary. I do hope that the people behind this realize that this is not the way to attract more viewers to their sites, and in fact causes quite the opposite, especially since there was a promise to fully stream the show on all the three sites that signed up initially.
Meanwhile, I await for my HD raw of Druaga episode 11 to finish.