One of the most talked about situations among anime fans is the mysterious Anime Tube platform.
Making waves in various media by promising the transmission of many high profile series in the industry to Western audiences, it was announced as a new way that would allow fans a greater range of series than the competition.
To carry out its project, the platform requested the support of the people, through a Kickstarter campaign that achieved great support from the fans. This came in large part thanks to the endorsement of the Association of Japanese Animators (AJA), a representative group of anime professionals.
With the goal of $ 50,000, Anime Tube doubled the figure to a total of $ 110,000 at the peak of the campaign, after its cancellation was made official on Friday, July 9. Citing complaints and suspicions of violations of the terms of the platform, Kickstarter removed the campaign, offering the company the opportunity to contest the opinion, as presented in their conditions of service.
What is Anime Tube?
Anime Tube seems like one of those ambitious ideas that we can find on the internet, where one or more people, with financial backing, seek to become the new standards of an industry.
With the intention of creating an anime platform that breaks the control of the current status quo and that reaches its users for free. Here we begin to see certain alarms go off in our minds, but the situation worsens.
Using phrases such as “anime under discussion for transmission” they used publicity material for works such as Sword Art Online or Shingeki no Kyojin. According to reports from Anime News Network, when asked who were asked these questions, the AJA was mentioned.
Whether the reference is true or not is irrelevant, given that the AJA is not representative of anime licenses, which is the key factor that allows or not a series to be broadcast on a platform. These suspicions caused great questions to his campaign, which ended up leading to its closure.
In social networks, Anime Tube continues to manifest itself in different ways. His Facebook account seems to be his only communication window, given that his Twitter account is closed by its owners, after having reported harassment.
As a final note, the company recently stated that although they confess to having used inappropriate material, they claim that the cancellation of the Kickstarter campaign was carried out by themselves, in a statement compiled by the Twitter account of NerdworkYT.