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The Online Anime Revolution Has Finally Ignited In Japan

Roland Kelts: ''The first question after a panel I once chaired at an anime convention in the United States sounded innocent enough. “So, what do you guys think about Crunchyroll?”

A veteran staff member of a top U.S. anime distributor seized the microphone. “I don’t even want to hear that word,” she said, glaring at the skinny kid who’d uttered it. “If any of you get your anime fix on those so-called fan sites, you’re destroying the people who make what you love. They’re pirates, they’re illegal, and they’re ruining fandom.”

Today the despised former pirates at — a now-legal multilingual Web portal for non-Japanese anime fans — are leading an industry revolution in content delivery and distribution, and Japanese producers are following their lead''

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