I’m just like any other fan. I like what I like and want other people to like it, too. I want anime and manga simulcast, subbed well and available on whatever platform I feel like using. I want to make my own choices about language, price, distribution and content.
Unfortunately, right now both the Tokyo government and the makers of hardware have begin to involve themselves in the above issues – and not in a way that facilitates freedom of choice or expression. No, the powers that be in government and in e-reader platforms have decided that the absolute most important thing they have to deal with is “protecting” people from things that they themselves don’t feel are appropriate. How’s that for ‘freedom’ folks? Apple says no to LGBT works on their shiny clean iPads, and Tokyo says no to marginal manga…are you really going to say “well, you know I think it’s okay to censor somethings I don’t like” and expect to be safe yourself?
I will stand up for the the rights of people I cannot stand to read manga I find repulsive because I stand up for the rights of everyone, everywhere to read whatever they damn well please.
This week on Otaku in Review, I get up on this soapbox and have my say. I don’t agree with the episode title – I don’t believe I am going against the world. I stand with the world. And I’ll fight to the last to protect it.
I hope you’ll fight with me – don’t let Apple, Kindle, or anyone limit your freedom to chose content, don’t let Governor Ishihara limit your freedom to buy. Let’s stand up for the world, let’s stand up for freedom of the word.
Thanks to Scott and Michael for being such gracious hosts and giving me the chance to get my rant on. ^_^