Let's face it- piracy is a way of life for a lot of anime and manga fans. It's easy, it's fast, and you can get want you want from your home without waiting too long, losing money, or waiting in traffic. It's the only way that I've managed to do some things, like watching my Naruto marathon. (See my profile page; the rest of the apartment complex left for college break, so I had the FULL BANDWIDTH to myself. Super fast streaming plus horrible filler plus horrible classwork = passing grades, not much sleep, and the chance to move on to shippuden. Not really recommended.)
Now, I don't have access to that internet any more. It's rough, but doable. Reading manga online is possible, or at least much more feasible than streaming episodes, but I've grown disenchanted with that as well. It's kind of cumbersome to find a piracy site that is 100% virus and popup free.
As a result, I've gone legit. Now, I'm not making millions of dollars that I can use to single-handedly support the manga and anime industry, but I have found a solution. Lending libraries. I love them so much. Yeah, it's old-school to actually drive to a building to pick up the books and dvds, and you get the privelege of waiting for them to come in, but it's free and legal. (Plus, I don't need to scrub my harddrive with soap every five minutes.)
As an added bonus, I've discovered some series that I wouldn't have otherwise. If it's available and I haven't read it, I'll generally give it a try. ^_^
Here's some of my favorite discoveries:
So don't write of the legit path entirely; you may be surprised what you find! ^_^
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