As we all know, anime movies just seem to be pouring into Malaysian cinemas this year and there doesn’t seem to be an end to it. Well, that was up until a few clips of Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale were illegally uploaded online. Due to this, anime movies may not be screened as often as it was meant to be here in Malaysia.
It’s just a short clip of the movie, what’s the harm, right? Wrong. While it may seem harmless, the licensors in Japan are known to take infringement cases very seriously and this can potentially cause a huge drop in the possibility of anime movies being screened in local cinemas after this incident.
GSC has recently released a statement on their Facebook page, calling out SAO fans on this issue.
Basically, it will be difficult for GSC to secure more anime screenings here in Malaysia if piracy is rampant. If you’re a fan, please understand that the franchise is supported by screenings and merchandise. The act of pirating in itself actually puts the franchise at a disadvantage, thus not having the funds to continue as it is.
If you happen to come across any sort of footage from the Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale movie, please do not hesitate to report it to GSC. We at TMR strongly encourage you to support your favourite franchises by buying original products.