As viewed from Abao’s perspective
About 1 year ago, a small group of 4 friends with 1 common interest decided to start blogging about their interests, Anime. Establishing websites such as animedesho, riuva, darkmirage and lolicontrol, they were widely popular and helped foster the tremendous growth of the Singapore Anime blogging scene.
However, with the recent actions by AVPAS, using high-handing methods of sending warning letters, the quad has since stopped their Anime blogging and online Anime viewing, even urging other people to do so for their safety. Why has the Singapore Anime blogging scene come down to this tragic end?
My aim is to give my take on this whole affair and archive it for future reference. Do note that this is never meant to be a credible source to be quoted.
It was the year 1998, and the telecommunications company Starhub was formed in Singapore to grab a piece of the pie from Singapore's then telecom's monopoly, SingTel (Singapore Telecommunications) Originally into the mobile phones sector, Starhub rapidly expanded to include leased-lines and broadband internet plans, where it was dominated by Singnet also. As Singnet based plans were costly for the speed the provided, people warmed up to Starhub's broadband plans. With the addition of freebies thrown in, Starhub’s broadband sales improved and Singnet was forced to counter to maintain their share in the broadband sector.
With affordable broadband plans that even the lower-middle class can afford,
A PC for Every Household
The Blogging Phenomenon
Blogs has started to become popular back in 2001, evolving from personal homepages and chat boards. In my opinion, this is can only happen after the above 2 points are realized.
With the Blogosphere maturing in 2004 and becoming mainstream, different types of blogs has begun to surface, such as political blogs, video blogs, photo blogs. Blogs took on a different meaning and became the expression of one’s ideas and ideals, other than just a personal diary.
The rise of Singapore’s Own Anime Blogs
Now the anime blogs such as Jason, and Garten or Kurogane has been around for sometime but there were literately no Singaporean based anime blogs. In order to create awareness on
With this and other help from the World’s anime community such as setting up animenano podcast, the first for anime; establishing Sganimebloggers on IRC, a popular internet chat messenger, and organizing meets at
For a more concise explanation, you can refer to this blog http://that.animeblogger.net/2007/07/21/a-chronological-history-of-the-anime-blogging-community-where-do-i-belong/#more-3302
The rise of anime blogs is dramatic, but without Bittorrent, it would have never become as rich as it had been.
Anime fansubs has been around in the World for sometime. It used to be a tedious process, needing to be imported from
As more of the Generation Y grew up, aided with the PC and broadband, begin to source for other methods of getting their anime. And this is where Bittorrent comes in handy.
Bittorrent, a file-sharing technology developed by Bram Cohen back in 2001 allows files to be shared easily without the troubles of a owning and maintaining servers. It allows each user to share what they are holding on to and allows users to act as a server (in this case a seed) once they have finished downloading. Thus Bittorrent allows data to be transferred easily around the World.
Share and Winny
Mirroring the rise of Bittorrent is the popularity of Share and Winny. These 2 programs are used near exclusively by the Japanese people, particularly the otaku community, for sharing files (anime included).
Being designed with security and privacy as the main concern, Share and Winny operated effectively for years until recent crackdowns by the Japanese police, leading to the arrest of the creator of Winny. However, they are still in frequent usage as of today.
With all technologies made available to people, followed the rapid adoption of online fansubbing.
Alas, all good things must come to an end. AVPAS (Anti Video Piracy Association of Singapore), allegedly acting on behalf of its members, has started issuing threatening letters demanding compensation or fight a court battle. Its actions has seriously dented
From that I’ve gathered thus far, people who had not met ODEX (the main arm of AVPAS in
For the few how has actually spoken to their CEO (aka Mr. Sing), however had a totally different opinion of ODEX and is extremely optimistic about the future of the anime industry in
Epilogue for now
As for now, the community is dormant and many people have quit Anime altogether or reduced their share of illegal downloads. As for the richer ones, they import the DVDs from
I await tjhan’s post on his interview with the CEO of ODEX, to present his 5 part story on the entire story behind.
Abao.(This was written on July 27 2007, early afternoon. Events occuring after the piece was written are not reflected in these thoughts. The article serves as the author's thought channel and information written may not be accurate. This article is not meant to be cited as a source or reproduced in anyform unless doubly verified and only after seeking my permission.)