So there are
some things I want to go over about sharing, reposting, and general
distribution of content. And while I’m
going to talk specifically about Engeki Haikyuu, some of the more general stuff
can be applied to most Japanese stage
plays, musicals, and general theater.
I wanted to
make this post because I’m seeing a lot of frustration in fandom from both
content providers and fans and followers butting heads on this issue. First off, we have to acknowledge that there is an undeniable precedent that’s
existed in fandom that makes fans feel entitled to all the content all the
time, for free. And there is knowledge of the industry that content providers
have that I think we’re not communicating frequently enough to help fans
understand our positions on these issues.
It’s lengthy, but please take some time to look under the Read More and read about this issue.
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I don't know if anyone's asked this, but can you talk a little bit about traveling to japan for 2.5d plays? like the general process. if haikyuu gets another play i'd like to plan a trip for it but i have no idea what to expect or where to start...
This is another question to which I have a very lengthy answer so I will answer it separately from the compilation posts. And under a read more.
I read your post about sharing the 2.5D stage shows and other media. I can imagine it can be hard to be on both the Western and Japanese line with the fandoms, but thank you for all your hard work and dedication to doing what you do. It's a shame that Japan is one of the worst countries when it comes to exporting their media so by people like you who share the merch and experiences from he shows means a lot.
Mm, I would call it a very unfair assessment to say that Japan is one of the worst when it comes to exporting their ‘media.’
As I said a few times, live theater is a niche market in any country. Broadway shows don’t make DVDs to share and export their performances. There is no way we’re getting a stage Hamilton DVD at any point in the near future; you simply have no choice but to go see it live. And I can’t imagine that demand is all that high around the world to see an American musical focused on one of its founding fathers for them to bother with making it available worldwide.
Licensing and distribution laws are always going to be a barrier. Cost of distribution is always going to be a barrier. Language, cultural themes, DVD region-locking, advertising for it, etc… there’s a lot that goes into sharing anything you make, and there are a lot of barriers to try and overcome, and it’s not always going to be financially worth it in the end. Japan in recent years has actually gotten quite good about exporting the media that’s going to SELL. They’ve finally embraced international streaming, even figure companies like Good Smile Company have embraced shipping internationally, marketing overseas for their products, etc… Several sites that sell merchandise ship overseas or provide an English version of their websites (amiami, Hobby Japan, Amazon Japan, CD Japan)… The DVDs may never be subtitled or not-region-locked, but they’re at least available somehow. I can’t say that for Broadway or for every performance done at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. The only immediate example I can think of that comes close is Cirque du Soleil, since there are DVDs for some of those shows, but not all as some shows are meant to be permanent installations in Vegas or toured and then retired.
You’re also never going to do away with Japan’s fascination for limited edition goods or special event items. And only the things that they KNOW are going to sell well are the things that they work hard to try and export. The same is true of any country with its media. It’s not like we have access to alllll the Chinese and Korean dramas, movies, and music. Just the ones that they know will probably do well in overseas sales. Not everything has the potential to be a global smash hit, not everything is supposed to be this huge industry. Hollywood is the exception to the rule, not the standard. There have been many Japanese musical artists who have done their best to try and cater their music to a Western audience in the hopes of having a more international career (Utada Hikaru, for one, a name in the music industry most people recognize), but just because you try and go for that international distribution doesn’t mean it pays off. Utada’s English albums have never done well as not enough English-speaking listeners bother with it, and the drastic change in style alienates the Japanese fanbase on top of it.
I would say Japan has come a long way and again I have to reiterate that live theater is ALWAYS going to be niche. The medium demands a live audience with live performers. There’s no way it’ll ever have the reach as any show or movie that can be streamed anywhere at any time without the need for the performers to always be present.
I understand that limited access can be frustrating, but please try and consider it from the industry’s perspective as well.
(Also a ps this blog won’t be as active as before because of life and such so don’t expect many posts regularly. My message box is always open and I always actively check my messages so if you need me don’t hesitate to chat to me as I’m always more than happy to talk)
Engekihaikyuu's post about was correct. I used to leech off of free uploads, but the content is too wonderful that it would be a waste not to own copies myself so now I make sure to support by buying dvds, thanks to that blog. Your admin has been too egotistic and quick to judge. Not all overseas fans are parasites
Thank you for reading the post I wrote (Hi, it’s the engekihaikyuu admin; yes, I am an admin on this blog too).
While I’m glad to hear that my post on another blog has encouraged you to contribute financially to 2.5D productions, I’m going to ask you to refrain from calling my fellow admin on this blog “egotistic” and “quick to judge.” She and I share exactly the same view points at the end of the day: we always want to encourage fans to support the shows in legal ways while we ourselves tiip-toe a very fine line with regards to distribution.
If you’re referencing the post on THIS blog in which we were all accused of being ‘hypocritical,’ she gave a very cordial response, I thought. The post you’re referencing, however, is one that she made on her personal blog (not this blog), on which she has anonymous asks disabled. So sticking this particular ask onto this particular blog to address her specifically (when she is not the only admin here) is getting close to harassment, wouldn’t you say?
And while we’re on the subject of the post she made on her personal blog (again, personal, so really she has the right to say whatever her feelings are), she only called ‘parasites’ the fans who believe they are entitled to all of this content for free, no matter what, without ever contributing financially to the productions they claim to love. I’m not talking about those that wait patiently for a download while wistfully hoping someone puts it up online. I’m talking about the people who harass us day in and day out for download links, online streaming links, subtitles done within DAYS of a DVD release… end of the day, we’re not even talking about you, since you buy your own copies. But those who demand us to provide for free what we have because they believe it’s the internet and therefore everything should be on it, those who accuse us of being elitist for not sharing the content, that is harassment. And Viv is absolutely right, none of us owe anything to people like that.
Honestly, it sounds like you and Viv see eye-to-eye in terms of supporting the show whenever possible, and she herself is an overseas fan doing the same as you. The difference is, she has generously offered her services online as a content/news provider and has had to therefore endure years of entitled fans flooding her inbox with ridiculous requests and demands, so her patience has worn a bit thin.