September 2017 Monthly Content Round-up

The month of September has been pretty crazy in the Anisphere, the industry, and the meatspace altogether. As a result of said craziness, Owningmatt93 was not able to join us in our monthly roundup post (RIP in peace), but we have persevered and found ourselves a pretty broad variety of fascinating content, so much so that we weren’t able to include all of the picks that we wanted to here!

You want an in-depth look at Mari Okada? It’s here. You want to strap back into the 2000’s and dig into a jazzy AMV? Bub, we’ve got you covered. Do you want some perspective on that Death Note movie that came out on Netflix? God help you, but we’ve got that for you, too. Do you want to get academic, or talk about love, or dig into some talk about taboo and masochism, or other neat stuff? Strap yourselves in, because boy have we got it covered. Whatever the case, you’re sure to find something that tickles your fancy here, so give it a look, and check out some of these pieces that we couldn’t get enough of this month!

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Update: We’re on iTunes and Soundcloud!

Hey everyone!  Mythos, here.  Got a little bit of exciting news.  The Backloggers finally have a purely audio format for the podcast!

I know! It's only been, like, what? Two years?

I know! It’s only been, like, what? Two years of doing this?

Outside of the full list on YouTube, we have three episodes of the Log Time podcast out now on iTunes and SoundCloud and are planning on possibly adding them to other places like the Google Play Store.  Let us know if outside of those there are any other places y’all tend to listen to podcasts.  We’ll also be going through the backlog (heh) of the other video podcasts and adding them as well.

We’ve been working on this for a bit and, if you notice, we kinda ran with a couple different intro/outros for the three episodes currently up but we think finally found a formula we like with the Engaged to the Unidentified podcast that we just put out.  Let us know what you guys think because we really want to improve this going forward.  Also, not to be one of those “smash the like button” types but the only way for people to see any of these anime podcasts out on the iTunes store is to support them.  Otherwise, they’ll be lost to obscurity.  So, if you could, rate and comment on iTunes.  It’ll really help us out.

Oh!  While you’re there, if you haven’t already, rate and comment on Anime is Lit.  They’re fantastic to listen to and each episode is really entertaining and clever.  They deserve all the love you can give them.

Thanks!  Hope you all enjoy.

My feelings on the Netflix situation.

Whoo boy, this one is gonna be opinionated.  These are just my own personal feelings on this, this isn’t representative of the whole Backloggers.  I just felt like sharing and one hundred forty characters didn’t feel like enough.

Look, first and foremost, I am not stating people should pirate anime.  Please, support the creators in any way you can and in every way available legally.  A quick look at the Animator Housing project or the median salary of people in the industry should be enough of a wake up call that the people who make anime are in deep shit and they need every ounce of help they can get.  

However, for those that are taking the high ground on this debacle with Netflix, let’s be completely realistic here:  Netflix has metaphorically taken the starter pistol on their first major foray into this and shot themselves in the leg.  The anime community in the western world has a several decades long history of piracy because it was simply the only option for a vast amount of shows.  It’s only recently that we’ve even blessedly had Crunchyroll among others popping up to give us an alternative to waiting for years for Funimation and Aniplex (or Heaven forbid 4Kids) to license something, if they ever choose to.

This is what Netflix should be fighting. This is what we are fighting who want legal alternatives that support the very industry that gives us this entertainment.  But the only way to fight piracy isn’t to say “Hey, we’re legal.  That’s what you care about, right?”  That doesn’t matter to people who just want to watch a show and it definitely doesn’t matter for the multiple people I work with that are casually watching Naruto and Attack on Titan and have me crying every day when I look over and they’re on KissAnime, watching the shittiest of quality streaming with “who knows who translated this” subs.  I mean, in the entirety of me watching Game of Thrones, I had a multitude of friends and family talking to me about the show and the only one among them I knew had an account was my dad.  I understand this is anecdotal but it’s pretty obvious that if people want content, regardless of if they’re “hardcore” or “casual”, they’ll find a way to watch it and the reaction from across Twitter, even from people who work for licensors and distributors echoes this same mentality.

What Netflix needs to be is competitive against this.  The only way to stop piracy is to make things easy, affordable, and more competitive than the alternative.  However, when you hold shows for over a year, it isn’t easy on the consumer, it isn’t affordable if we have nothing to pay for, and it’s the complete opposite of competitive when the pirates already have it up and ready to go day one.  Going back to the runner analogy above, it’s like Netflix finally got into the sprint at the Olympics and then intentionally broke their leg on the starting line.  Why did they even show up?  They stole that spot from some other runner (CR, Amazon, etc.) who would actually try to race.  Instead, we got them.

And that’s another issue here.  We finally have competitive answers against piracy that are doing great work out there.  CR is doing a great job of grabbing licenses and Amazon is definitely fumbling their way through this, but their actual content is amazing and readily available if you have the bank for it.  If Netflix never grabbed these shows in the first place, you can bet your ass CR, Amazon, or any of the newcomers would have snatched these and we’d be watching weekly.  Instead, Netflix sniped the shows and expects people to wait.

Yes, piracy is wrong and yes, with 100% certainty we need to support the industry because they’re barely supporting their own creators.  But the bottom line is that regardless of morality, people will absolutely be pirating these shows because Netflix refuses to work with the community and is putting their own policies over their consumer’s needs.  That is unacceptable.

It just sucks.  It sucks because the pirates are given validation, it sucks because CR and all the others are screwed out of a great licensing deal, it sucks for us because we now have to wait for possibly over a year to even watch shows like Kakegurui, and to top it all off, it sucks for the anime creators because all their hard work is put on the back-burner internationally.  They potentially won’t see a cent from us until a year after their show originally aired unless we decide to buy up merch for a show we’ve never seen.

So thanks, Netflix.

Apologies for the Lack of Updates

Hey all!

I feel bad that this site hasn’t updated a lot recently and I wanted to explain the situation to people.  Recently, my life was weighted down with a lot of difficult problems and changing scenarios.  I’ll be moving soon and along with that, I’m dealing with a landlord who’s flown the coop, a new job situation, and a lot of pretty bad days.  And that’s just me.  OwningMatt has been dealing with his own things as well.  Mostly for him, it’s been a lack of electricity that hampers his work and stops feeding power into his fence to keep out his adoring fans (namely me) but he managed to get a wonderful discussion out recently that everyone should check out.  Luckily for you all, we’re probably mostly figured out now and will update soon!  For anyone that’s interested, my next discussion will be on Trigun, one of my favorite shows from my youth and a wonderful story wrapped up in an interesting twist on both scifi and western genres.  Along with that, we’ll also be releasing a few podcasts if anyone’s interested that I haven’t had time to edit until now.

So they’ll be plenty of more content soon from us goons so stay tune!

Sorry

Prepare Yourself… For Backlogs of Fun

Welcome to The Backloggers.  We’re a group of anime lovers with a mountain of anime we still need to watch.  So, as we venture into our backlog of shows and movies, we’ve decided to discuss each one with you and talk about the merits of individual anime and the anime industry as well as discuss fansubs and our thoughts on the shows of this current season.

With varying views and ideas, The Backloggers strive to create intellectual discussion and thoughts about different mediums within anime (and sometimes other mediums).  This group originally started from three guys that met up by simply saying “Hey, you wanna watch some anime?”.

Though we’re good friends and watch similar shows, since there’s three of us, we all see things a bit differently from one another which causes us to have differing viewpoints on many ideas and shows.  Because of this, each blog you see on here will be different and go over different ideas.  That said, we still all strive to bring you intelligent discussion on multiple mediums and the different ideas and philosophies of each genre or show.

So now that we have our introduction out of the way, let’s skip the foreplay and go right to the sweet, sweet lovely content, shall we?