In the past, getting anime movies to get shown in Southeast Asian cinemas would be quite rare. Sure, we would get anime movies from mainstream series like Dragon Ball, Pokemon, and Naruto shown in cinemas, along with a few Ghibli movies, but that’s about it.

Lately, we’ve experienced a huge boom in anime movies from Japan hitting movie theaters all over the Southeast Asian region. This is all thanks to several Southeast Asian movie distributors like ODEX Private Ltd., Purple Plan, and Encore Films striking deals with Japanese companies to give us more and more Japanese movies. In fact, thanks to them, we’re not just getting anime movies, but also live-action films from Japan, as well as Japanese concerts getting streamed inside cinemas.

However, this period of anime movie distribution for the region is under threat, and sadly, it may be the Southeast Asian anime fans themselves causing this threat. As the number of anime movies getting shown in cinemas grow, so do people recording movies with their cellphones. Of course, Video recording or taking a photo of a movie in the cinema is a CRIMINAL OFFENCE in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam, so the threat of jail time for those recording movies will always be there. However, such acts also threaten the distributors of these movies.

Several incidences of recordings have threatened the relationship between local distributors such as ODEX Private ltd., and their Japanese partners. Every time an audience member whips out his/her camera and starts recording, the trust between the distributors and the Japanese companies making these films are breached. Incidences such as what happened during a screening of No Game No Life Zero may make Japanese film companies to reconsider their deals with the Southeast Asian distributors. This means that we won’t be getting anime movies in the region anymore as the Japanese companies might pull out of their planned deals.

STOP ILLEGAL RECORDING IN CINEMA!A CALL TO ANIME FANS TO HELP!Again recently, some certain individual used his…

Posted by ODEX Private Limited on Tuesday, 19 September 2017

While piracy may be the main reason for some people recording the movie inside cinemas, others just like showing off. Several incidences of anime fans going live on Facebook and streaming an anime movie (like No Game, No Life Zero) have been reported across the ASEAN region. While one could argue that they were just showing off that they are watching the movie and just streaming it live on social media, such behavior could lead to dire consequences. Not only would the one recording land in jail or get fined, but the rest of us would suffer as well. And yes, Japanese companies might reconsider handing distribution rights for anime movies for the entire region just because some idiot couldn’t resist showing off on social media.

Odex Private Ltd., the distributor of No Game No Life Zero, made an appeal online via Facebook. In their post, they said:

MORE RECORDING INCIDENTS IN MALAYSIA CINEMAWe found a few more incidents of mobile phone recording in cinema during…

Posted by ODEX Private Limited on Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Remember folks, never record inside cinemas. Or you might end up like this guy from a viral (yet somehow effective) ad campaign from the Philippines (which became a meme of sorts).

And finally, we end this in the words of the staff from Odex:

We need anime fans in the cinema to help stop such inconsiderate acts.

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