Indonesia anime halted

Illegal cinema recordings and uploads of anime movies have been a constant bane to the community in recent times. Odex, the distributor for a lot of these titles in South East Asia, has warned that if the action doesn’t stop, there will be severe consequences for the fan communities in the region. Looks like this time, Indonesia has become the victim of such consequences.

Odex recently announced that they’ll be indefinitely delaying all their anime feature releases in Indonesia for the rest of the year as well as unreleased titles for 2018. This is due to an alleged illegal recording of the No Game, No Life Zero anime film in the country.

This means that the unfortunate fans in in Indonesia will not be able to watch any Odex feature films at all. This is pretty significant considering that a majority of the anime feature films that are distributed in the Indonesia and the rest of the South East Asian region come from Odex.

Affected films include Gekijōban Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya: Sekka no Chikai, Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel I. presage flower, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection, and Eureka Seven: Hi – Evolution. 

This issue has become a thorn in the fan community’s side as it has adversely affected the reputation of the countries that the illegal recordings have been shown. While there have been various warning from both Odex and the local film distributors, no serious action have been taken.

However, with what has happened in Indonesia, we hope that the whoever thinks it’s funny or great to illegally record and upload screening footages, think again. You’re not only affecting yourself but the entire fan community of your country as well. As it is, anime titles hitting the region are rather sparse, so you don’t want to dwindle what is already something that is short on supply.

Malaysia especially is in the most danger of getting a ban/delay like Indonesia considering that the last few publicised leaks came from there. So think again if you’re going to do something stupid as recording and uploading a screening footage the next time you’re at an early or fan screening of an anime movie.