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^Right there is a little follow up to what Len posted. Right from the ADV horse's mouth the deal is dead.
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^If you follow that link at the bottom of the news section for "Friday, September 21st, 2007". There is a pdf file you can download, which contains a press release from Dentsu about the issue.
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I wanted to touch on the cosplayer thing. Um, out of all the people I know or talked with online through other forums, I haven't met one who has flown to Japan, went to an anime convention and snapped pictures of cosplayers. So I'm not seeing this whole thing you mentioned about cosplayers and pictures and not getting credited for. Having attended a lot of US conventions, cosplayers here, that's what they live for, getting their picture taken.
Though lately, there are more and more non-Japanese fans actually travelling to Japan and taking photos without any of the etiquette they would employ in their own country (using the language barrier as an excuse).
Recently, Comiket has disallowed taking photos anywhere in the halls except in cosplay square and has printed huge signs in English and Japanese saying you must ask cosplayers for photographs before taking them.
Normally at the cons I've attended people always ask to take photos of the cosplayers. Getting them in a pose is much more fun. But now I see what you're talking about.
bleh alright don't know much about what is going on with the whole cosplay thing cause i never follow it and what not but lets talk about US destroying anime. I'm going with no. Anime was around before we ever got into it and did it help it's industry, more then likely. However, the companies took it way to serious. They dub each and everyone of them and try to sell them for a crap load. If they really wanted to stick around they should of just been like oh snap that series is complete lets get the licensing(so spelt that wrong) and sub it and sell it. Almost all the american movies in japan are subbed last time i checked. They only DUB popular ones or major sellers, sometimes those stay subbed too. But in all it was US messing up that caused us to start losing anime companies. Will it do dmg to japan. A little probably but the anime will always stay strong here. It's in their culture. Go to rent a movie at a local GEO store in Okinawa and there are a good amount of shelves just to rent animes and so forth. So i'm going to stick with US isn't destroying anime for japan just for the US itself. Keep in mind i dont really know figures and have only spent 3 years in Okinawa which some say isn't really japan. so neh. this is just my two cents on the whole thing.