While my Clash Of The Bionoids review wasn’t taken down it has made me question if trying to do any Japanese media review again is worth the hastle, which is a problem with more Robotech related videos in the works. It’s not just me having this issue with Japan not recognizing Fair Use of other countries as this article from Galvanic’s Chris Voyage goes into. In it he discusses the problems with doing a video about anime openings up on time with YouTube’s wonky Content ID system and Japan’s unwillingness to even let their material be reviewed with actual clips, if at all. Japan really doesn’t want their media to be reviewed, even if it’s a positive one.

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  1. Hi. Japanese gamer here. I’ve seen a similar issue in arcade gaming. I play arcade Tetris and used to follow people in the industry but the consensus is emulation=bad, Mame=evil, modification=potential criminal. I speculate that they’re super protective of their IP.


    • That’s a bit different because it is using their property. A parody I believe does fall under fair use but they’d have to make the game from scratch or using a publicly-released game engine. If they’re not doing anything with the IP (say the original Ninja Gaiden arcade game) emulation is still technically illegal. I don’t know enough about the legalities to say where mods go. I’m not a legal expert.

      Reviews fall under fair use but even there you have certain rules you have to follow, which I try to do in videos. (Articles are easier since a screenshot qualifies but for example if I used someone else’s I need to at least give credit but even then I could get called out. Double the case if it’s actually someone’s fan work.) The thing is Japan doesn’t have fair use laws and refuse to acknowledge them elsewhere and YouTube is scarred of lawyers.

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      • That’s right. Japan doesn’t have fair use laws. But I was referring to the cultural aspect, not whether something is technically legal or not.

        Because judging from the emotional responses I see from people in the industry, even if fair use laws were implemented someday, I can imagine that they still may ask someone to take their work down (whether or not this makes sense from a legal viewpoint is irrelevant). Or they may choose to shun somebody from the community, even if their actions are technically legal. I’m trying to explain that there are hidden cultural norms.


        • Okay, I see what you’re saying. I guess whether or not they’re being overprotective depends on who you ask. For example Nintendo Of America keeps trying to convince the parent company that Let’s Plays are beneficial to promoting games but it’s been a hard sell to Nintendo Japan.

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        • To provide some more interesting reference points: doujinshi (books published by amateur authors). The content can be anything from a analysis of train schedules to hardcore fan art porn, but when you refer to doujinshi,you’re usually talking about the hardcore fan art porn.
          And while a Japanese publisher may get pissy about someone posting a screenshot of their website, they will turn a blind eye to doujinshi. Even if the books graphically depict their characters engaging in perverse sexual acts, using the character’s name. Even if the artists are making (sometimes a lot of) income off of them. Legally speaking, this is fine because in Japanese copyright law, the owner of the IP is the only one that can call out copyright abuse (so if they choose not to call it out, nobody will be punished.)
          People speculate that doujinshi perhaps promotes sales of the IP. But from my point of view it’s not that simple, and it’s likely that doujinshi is kind of accepted as a part of the nerd ecosphere and while this may not make sense rationally speaking, culture is not entirely based on rationale, so. Tradition plays a large role in the Japanese corporate decision making process, sometimes overriding logical consistency.

          I don’t know much about Nintendo but I’ve seen some YouTubers complaining about having their Nintendo themed music compilations taken down. My take on this is that Nintendo really, really doesn’t want to screw up (they are an oldschool Japanese company after all), and are going to play it safe af until they know for sure that nothing bad will happen from allowing foreign fans to promote their work.


        • Granted what I know of doujinshi comes from Comic Party Revolution and a few things I’ve heard online but that is such a huge contrast to the US. If I want to do a Superman comic that isn’t parody sometimes they get upset even if you give it away for free. (I’ve heard some fanartists who sell their work get in trouble whether they actually worked for DC or Marvel at some point or not.) So it’s almost a polar opposite how the doujinshi community gets away with stuff, but fan game creators have gotten notices by Nintendo and Sega. It’s like two different cultures.

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        • Meanwhile early this year I did a simple review of Clash Of The Bionoids, an edited version of the international dub for Macross: Do You Remember Love, and both Molebeat and Victor Entertainment gave me grief. I was able to make Victor happy but Molebeat wasn’t happy with the whole review, and it wasn’t even negative. I was allowed to keep it up but if YouTube ever deems me popular enough to make money from my work again I won’t be able to monetize the video. It is hard to keep track sometimes and makes me worry about reviewing anime in video form ever again.

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  2. It’s weird right? There are so many tiny little unwritten rules, so many contradictions everywhere that I kind of quit being a member of the Japanese nerd community a few years ago. It made me unhappy having to “sense” whether something is okay or not. I can relate to you😵


    • It isn’t better on this side of the ocean. Actually it’s a bit worse because politics are worming their way in and sucking all fun and creativity out that it can. Even before then you had factions developing from who the favorite character was (I don’t know if “best girl” means anything to you, that might be an American anime fan thing) to what incarnation was the best, people who want everything to cater to them (I call them the “everything for meeeeeeeee” crowd), terms like “fake geek girl” and “true fan” have littered the conversation. I still like going to cons (though I haven’t been able to go since 2015) but while I consider myself a fan of a lot of stuff I avoid taking part in fandoms. Fans are fun, fandoms are not.

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