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07 August 2010 @ 07:50 am
Crunchyroll Interview with Morita-kun  

Crunchyroll has a subtitled video up of an exclusive interview with Masakazu Morita from his recent visit to LA for AX


He speaks about how the Grand Fisher fight is responsible for the essential character of Ichigo and how he feels sad that Ichigo lost the fight. He also comes down hard on illegal scans and videos. <.<

oh and HQ of Bleach Movie 4 teaser (yep, all gleaned from IR FC at BA XD)
eris4: YuukoFumoRosaeris4 on August 7th, 2010 01:02 pm (UTC)
Maybe it's me, but the link isn't working.
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_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on August 7th, 2010 01:05 pm (UTC)

Got it.


gruskek: ichirukigruskek on August 7th, 2010 03:59 pm (UTC)
The sketchiness of the teaser was lovely. I'd love too see and entire Bleach movie like that (not that it's happening).

Morita-san was adorable <3 I giggled at the part where he said he'd like to play Aizen for a while :D What's more he seems so sincere and dedicated :)
yulieana on August 7th, 2010 06:37 pm (UTC)
Ok, the first part was fun, but after they asked him about the legal streaming, that was complete wtfuckary. Yes, piracy is illegal, it's wrong, it isn't something new either. We know this. He could've summed it up in just a few sentences and went back to talking about Bleach. But instead he spent over 5 minutes ranting about morality until the interview was over.
_debbiechan_: Chizuru_debbiechan_ on August 7th, 2010 11:45 pm (UTC)

I get the feeling that the anti-piracy spiel was the whole reason for the interview--it WAS on Crunchyroll after all. Can't help but remember what Sensei tweeted earlier this year about how the dirtiest thing is to impose one's morals, lol, and excessive preaching does seem to have the opposite effect on a young audience I would think. (Best to be subtle and speak with metaphors like moo-cows like Sensei when it comes to morality!)
yulieana on August 8th, 2010 12:17 am (UTC)
I don't think that age has anything to do with this. Most people don't like to be preached to.

They blow the whole thing out of proportion turning the people who read scantilation and watch streaming into filthy criminals. I understand they are resentful and want their work to be appreciated by everyone paying money for the legal merchandise, but shouldn't it make more sense to appeal to the fan's love for their favorite series and encourage them to collect the manga and anime instead of preaching and bitching and making eyes roll instead of money.

Edited at 2010-08-08 12:19 am (UTC)
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on August 8th, 2010 01:02 am (UTC)

Meh, when I'm preached to, I take it as as commercial--sort of like lowgrade noise and tune it out. I prefer my moral messages to be full of human ambiguity like the ones in stories--like the story Sensei told on the dome.

When Morita-kun said something about searching your heart, my brain went "click off" because I heard a commercial. One can't guilt fans into accomodating corporate desires--in fact, the inverse is true, the reason Crunchyroll is running subbed anime now is because the fans made their desires known to the corporations.
oh gallant piglet,: ouchaizome on August 8th, 2010 01:58 am (UTC)
I'm glad I read this comment before watching the interview. As soon as that question came up, I clicked the back button. Saved my evening from being mucked up by getting irritated with him.
Merceatsyourface on August 8th, 2010 03:16 am (UTC)
I sat through the entire interview (and lolled. The parts about Sho Hayami? TOTALLY TRUE).

As to the whole morality rant ... I wasn't yay about it, but I wasn't wroth with Morita over it, either. I guess it helped that the way he said it was less abrasive than it could've been. I did want to ask him what his thoughts about fans who watch/read illegal subs/scans, then buy it when it officially comes out, were.

But while I don't agree with scanlators/subs/anything related to them being the scum of the earth, as such, I sympathize with the "D=" view that the industry seems to be taking. Part of the problem is that fans have proved time and time again that they can provide faster and better translations than the company. Another thing is that books in Australia, where I am, have really exhorbitant prices. We'd be paying about double what Americans fork out. So yeah.

(Thank god for bookdepository.com. It's made buying Bleach much more affordable for me.)
oh gallant piglet,: smileaizome on August 8th, 2010 04:36 am (UTC)
"Thank god for bookdepository.com."

Seconded! I've heard wonderful things about the site from overseas friends. If I wasn't fortunate enough to have discount cards at local bookstores here, I'd be all over that site. :) We Americans often don't know how good we have it.
Merceatsyourface on August 8th, 2010 03:08 pm (UTC)
I'm so jealous of Americans; books are so cheap T_T my friend went to America once and came back with a stack of books for me. It was... ace.
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Merceatsyourface on August 8th, 2010 03:08 pm (UTC)
Yeah. To be honest, I'm wondering if they could come up with some sort of cheap electronic alternative for fans, that'd let us stay ahead, so that we wouldn't have to wait years to catch up?
idnh_azureskyidnh_azuresky on August 8th, 2010 01:33 pm (UTC)
(Just randomly adding here)

Yeah, I agree...I feel like the spin was really put on there because it WAS an interview put on by Crunchyroll and everything.

And I could feel his...sincerity? in the way that he talked. I mean, he started talking about morality and got so cheesy, because he was trying to reach out, I think. And he was making jokes, like I'm gonna have to turn into Ichigo and go after you~ or something like that, so it didn't feel too......stuffy.

I don't know. I feel like illegal scans/subs are just such an icky area for me. I understand why they'd want to crack down hard on us, but I also know they'd lose a LOT of fans - including me - if not for the illegal actions. =(
Merceatsyourface on August 8th, 2010 03:09 pm (UTC)
I kinda wish a compromise could be met. I turn to scans etc because official translations are just so damn far behind.
(Anonymous) on August 8th, 2010 08:22 pm (UTC)
Meeeh. They're in the right, but it takes them way too long to things to get translated.

Do manga corporations really think that people will be willing to crank out hundreds of dollars a year on comic book merchandise without knowing if what they're buying is good or not?

Sorry Kubo, Bleach isn't THAT good. I only buy the volumes I like. Without the "previews", I wouldn't be buying any of it at all :(

If they cracked down on illegal scans now, what will happen to newer/future manga series? How will those get popular?