When I left America seven years ago, I couldn't even imagine the idea of free streaming video on the internet—much less free streaming anime, subtitled in English, and simulcast with the episode's Japanese airing. So as I've gotten more and more back into anime, I've been surprised by hatred of some fans for sites like Crunchyroll, Viz Media, or Hulu.
This hatred sends my mind reeling. How could anyone complain about getting their anime free and translated on the same day as it airs in Japan? And when people cite having to watch commercials—like every TV show that goes on the air—as rationale for pirating instead, I am completely dumbfounded.