On TV-Nihon, and the Idiocy of Toei
Toei going after TV-Nihon with a C&D earlier this year was a dumbfuck idiot move on their part.
Like, who do they think gave the west broader access to Sentai and Kamen Rider? Who do you think helped push their toy sales to foreign markets? Like, that’s the whole point of modern Kamen Rider and Sentai (and likely has been since the late Showa era, tbh) - to tell stories, AND SELL TOYS.
Like, it ain’t hurtin’ your fucking profit margin when some gaijin downloads and watches an episode of OOO or Build in a way they can actually fucking understand. These series have run their course, and no longer have active toys in the market, y’all made your money off them, and now they’re relegated to third parties. Even for active series, like Saber, Zero-One, and Revice - westerners having access to these series have fucking boosted your toy sales, and you can’t sit with your thumb up your ass and pretend that it hasn’t.
That aside, Toei’s idiocy falls even further into the careening depths off the cliffs of dumbfuck when you consider the following:
>Toei plans releases of episodes from every Kamen Rider series on their official Tokusatsu youtube channel, with official sub-captions.
>Only 2 Episodes per series
>Subs are often inaccurate or broken on day 1-4 of an upload
>Uploads Heisei-era Movies
>Heisei movies uploaded only stay up for about a week before being removed
>No announcement whatsoever of official, physical series/movie releases in the west
They could literally set aside a team to go over every episode of every fucking past season, subtitle them, upload them, monetize them, and fucking PROFIT from it.
They could announce physical western releases of each series and make BANK from it.
But no. No sir. Can’t do that.
But they can go out of their way to kill off one of the better fansub groups (at least, for Sentai/Rider series...they still do other shows).
Fansub groups deserve more credit.
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