There’s a lot of news and shizz going on around town, all associated with the name ‘Odex’.
If you’ve been living in a hole and don’t know who the Haruhi they are, Odex is a small, insignificant company doing business in a small, insignificant Red Dot. They distribute Anime, basically. And they absolutely suck at it. Product quality is lower than lulz level. I won’t elaborate, but My Love Hina Christmas Special VCD, the first and only product from them I have, is somewhere in the landfills right now.
Now, Odex is seeing sales drop to below 50%, and desperate, they start finding reasons (or rather, excuses), and decide to target the (seemingly innocent) anime downloading committee. They’re resorting to court stuff, even. Downloaders are beginning to receive the ‘Lulz you to Court’ letter from them, demanding thousands of bucks for DL-ing Lucky Star Episode 14 (which is by far the best Lucky Star ep I’ve seen. Absolute win).
The Straits Times newspaper is following the story’s progress, I’ve been visiting anime bloggers, talking to friends in school, and 1 thing can be concluded.
This world is teh suck.
Not in the sense that you’d hang yourself, but that you look all around you, people acting out of greed, impulsiveness, stupidity, doing the kinds of things that really help nothing. The anime community here has decided to start rallying and rebelling (I heard they’re conducting a mass Odex-products-burning session at the Youthpark sometime end of this month. I have nothing to say). Experts say they stand no chance, but, for the love of Haruhi, they’d want to get themselves into trouble and do it for the lulz (actually, I’d support that).
Andy Ho, a Straits Time journalist (and a person I really admire as a writer) did an article on the situation, expressing his point of view from the neutral side. Standing on the same ground myself, I think his speech talks sense. He even quotes:”Oddly, this may not necessarily be illegal“, which I wholeheartedly agree. Read on to learn more.
Stuff from Tsubaki, in case you don’t use my Feed links.
This guy‘s not bad himself.
Darkmirage, of course, shows to potential of a political analyst. Check his post too.
The bottomline is, all (or, most, especially the uneducated) Singaporeans, smart as they attempt to be, in doing all these ‘whoah, big deal, big deal’ things, always turn out stupid.
There, that’s my viewpoint. Meanwhile I’ll patiently wait for everything to blow over, including my O levels, and continue downloading where it is safe. Either that or I’ll try other methods of getting my anime, like initiating campaigns to put them up on TV, getting Starhub to include Anime Channels from Japan, even talking to Animax to see what they can come up with. Then I’ll be thinking like a professional, not your average Spore-rean.