I love the fact that so few people have such different points of view concerning this!
My answer is the try before you buy answer! Although to be completely honest, it's a case of I can so I will
I don't download fansubs purely to try out a series and then prays it will be released so I can buy an official copy! I download anime because I want to! It's fun
being able to watch something just a few days after the Japanese can gives me one of the biggest buzzes I have ever had! I feel no qualms at downloading anime but I do draw the line at downloading already licenced anime that some sites continue with!
If it wasn't for fansubs, half the anime that gets licenced wouldn't and the rest would take the usual 2-10 years to get released! and the quicker it's released in the US the quicker it is released here!
There is also the fact that fansubs have increased anime fandom in the UK by astounding figures and as I have said elsewhere here, I WOULD NOT want the UK anime scene to be how it was even 3 years ago, again!
I also have no qualms at buying Asian DVDs! Never have had and never will! I have been buying them for about 3 1/2 years and no one is gonna stop me now! I class these in the same light as fansubs, as I tend to buy Media Factory anime these days on Asian DVD. I have bought many different series on these DVDs in the past and have slowly bought the official releases of things like Fruits Basket, Pretear and Saiyuki. Then again there are series I've never bothered to replace, as they weren't good enough!
I think fansubs are one of the best things since sliced bread and ever since I have been able to download anime (not quite 3 months), my passion for anime has increased even more. It has also opened my eyes to all the hard work the fansub groups put into them, especially when you know Bleach is shown in Japan at 6.30pm on a Tuesday night and then sometimes less than 48 hours later it is ready for people to download. I think that's amazing
Can't get it legally, so what choice do l have?
Given that you can order official DVDs from Japan, surely this is rubbish? It's not that easy, and certainly won't be cheap, but that isn't what this answer means...
Well I know one thing, I whince at having to pay Â£20 for a region 2 DVD, so I'm certainly not going to paying 25,000-30,000 yen (about Â£25-Â£30) for a Japanese DVD with half the episodes on and no subtitles
Supirsed no one has but To get stuff the censors took out
hasn't got anything yet, especially since all the stuff we get has to come throught the states and the heavily bowdlerize
most of what they get thier hands on, or put those awful paint on bikini's.
I rarely watch anime that would have the need for painted in panties