Over 700K Illegal Files Destroyed!

That’s some really nice pirated Anime and Manga you got there.

It would be a shame if something were to happen to it…

So something happened to it. In fact, something happened to a lot of pirated material of the anime and manga variety. It’s been reported that by MAG (Manga-Anime Guardians,) in five months, they have managed to delete a hefty number of files. A little over 700,000 files from a number of titles have since been deleted.

For those unaware, MAG is a coalition of Manga publishers, animation studios, brought together by Japan’s METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry) to not only help “end” piracy of Manga and Anime, but to offer and encourage the use of official avenues to access your favorite material, and as of the time of this writing, has gotten over a million people to pledge to

So, there’s a couple of different ways to look at this. One the one hand, stealing is bad and given the recent amount of exposure shed on the harsh reality of the Japanese Animation industry for it’s artists, I think we can all agree that stealing from these people is especially bad. Plus, there’s no harm in supporting the official brand if you love something enough. It’s a time-tested method of supporting something. Throwing cash at it!

On the other hand, piracy happens for a reason and in today’s digital age, it’s a reality of the industry that will probably never go away. As one wise man once said to another, “you can’t stop crime,” and especially today, this could be seen as merely a minor setback to the much larger pirate’s haven known as the internet. With that said, there is something to this movement in that it seems to be playing more to the emotions of people.


You get to download a full version of this (incomplete, apparently) image for pledging to get your Manga/Anime fix from official sources.

Time will be the only way to tell how much good MAG does, but it’s fighting an uphill battle. It’s easy to think that, because it’s so easy to get something for free with an app or by visiting a website, or by torrenting something, why shouldn’t you do it?

Surely, these companies are well off enough that your dollars/yen don’t make much of a difference, right? Right?