The MAG Project or Manga Anime Guardians project is an anti-piracy campaign created by the Japanese government. This project was created in order to eliminate pirated anime and manga distribution.
I have recently become aware of this project and am actually perfectly fine with this. When I went to go to Animetake.com I came upon the message that their website was closed indefinitely. With further investigation I found that this was the result of the campaign supported by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Content Overseas Distribution Association (CODA) and the Manga-Anime Anti-Piracy League. This league includes Aniplex, Kadokawa, Good Smile Company, Kodansha, Sunrise, Shueisha, Shogakukan, ShoPro, Studio Ghibli, Tezuka Productions, Toei Animation, TMS Entertainment, Bandai Namco Games, Pierrot, and Bushiroad.
Their website state Japan looses $20 billion a year from online piracy and $5.6 billion from bootleg copies. The website goes on to discuss that a popular manga piracy website is ranked online as high as other major listed stock firms in Japan. The website asks for the support of people who enjoy anime to help them with this epidemic. This is a major problem that affects this hobby that all of you who are probably reading this enjoy as well.
In the beginning of this post I stated that I found out about this problem when I went to Animetake.com, a known piracy website. I was going to download the latest episode of Yoru no Yatterman. I watch the simulcast and I wanted to get some higher quality pictures for the review I was going to do in the future. I wanted to clarify this by saying that there is no reason nowadays to pirate anime and manga. In the past when websites that distributed anime and manga were either expensive to view or did not exist it was a bit more understandable to pirate anime and manga. How were you going to enjoy you hobby if it was not available to you.
Though now there are websites like Crunchyroll and Funimation, where between the two of these websites you can find any anime you possibly need, and they are all free (All be it, on Funimation you can not watch the English dub without being a member of their website). Almost all anime and manga can be viewed LEGALLY for free, making there little reason to pirate. There is going to be the excuse that “I don’t want to watch commercials!” Well suck it up, you are supporting the people that are creating content that you have enjoyed since you were young. 30 seconds of extra footage is nothing compared to the hard work they placed into these series.
We have become lazy and have expected everything for free because we can however, that is not how life works. These people have families and kids, what they do is a labour of love, but it is also is a means to survive. How would you like it if you were working in a convenience store and someone just walked in a stole a candy bar. Sure in the long run a single candy bar is not going to mean much in loss profit, but what if hundreds and thousands of people were taking these candy bars from you store. You would be panicking and worried about your life and future. This is the same for these hard working people that try tirelessly and to produce great content for it to be stolen.
Here is the M.A.G. Project Thank You Video hosted on their website.
Let us support the great industry that has given us great content and lessons to live by. There is no reason to steal that is already free, support the anime and manga industry.