Anime for thieves

!Warning! It’s ranting time.

bandit in a window
This guy looks a little suspicious. Nah, I’m sure it’s just a mistake.

Hey, I was going to write a post about anime you could watch during the days of the dead, but then a little something happened to me, and I decided that this subject might be more appropriate. See, it went a little like this. I was looking though my Favorites feed on WordPress. Ya know, reading posts, passing out Liked Stars, like you do.

Lucky star cast cheering
Other bloggers are awesome!

And then I noticed a post that used the exact same image that I had used on a post. And my first thought was “Hey! we like the same image, that’s awesome”. And then I read the name of the post and I thought, “Hey, I wrote a post with that name too! I must have picked a good name, if someone else thought of it too”. And then I read the excerpt, and it was exactly like the one from my post. Wait, no, no, it WAS my post! Someone had just cut and pasted my post.

Emilyko and shadow kate
One is not the same!

I clicked on the post to figure out what was going on. At this point I was still confused (I don’t naturally think that people would do bad things, and I’m usually shocked when they do). So, I looked through this stranger’s post and I didn’t see anything about how I had actually written the content, in fact they kind of indicated that they had written it. Still thinking that this was just all a big mistake, I left a comment on their post with the idea that maybe they were just a super fan of my post and they just wanted to bring more attention to my post, they just didn’t do it very well. I was all like, “Hey, let’s be friends. Do you want to collaborate?” . . .

angelic layer main characters reaching out their hands
I don’t think you’re a bad person, let’s be friends

And my comment was deleted. This is when I finally started understanding that something was not right. Still not wanting to think of someone badly, I gave them one last chance to do the right thing, and I left them another friendly comment . . . And that was also deleted. Okay, at this point it was a little too hard for me to rationalize away that it was all a mistake. Needless to say, I was a little rattled.

purse snatcher!
Give me back my content you thief!

So my next step was research. When in doubt, research, research research! So first I looked up if there was anyway to block this person from using my content and then I looked up how I can stop it from happening in the future. I spent hours looking this stuff up, and the short answer to all of it was: Because all they did was cut and paste the content, there is basically nothing I can do about it. What many articles said was, if the content thief’s website isn’t making your website look bad, then don’t worry about it.

detective conan looking through a magnifying glass
Researching, researching, researching

And I really tried not to worry about it, but it just urked me. I mean, I spend anywhere from 2 hours to 8 hours on a single post. I do research, I edit images, I do all that SEO stuff, I write and re-write and re-write, just to get the post exactly the way I want it. And then some person comes along and spends like 5 minutes cutting and pasting my hard work and they act like they did it all. WTF dude!

That night, I was being grumpy to my brother about the situation, and he just shrugged and said something like “You like blogging, why don’t you blog about it?” I have a funny feeling he just wanted me to stop complaining, but anyway here is my blog about it.

But no post of mine would be complete without some anime to go with it. So for all the content thieves on the blog-o-sphere, even if you’re too lazy to post on your own blog and just want to steal the hard work of someone else, there’s some great anime series for people like you too!

Lupin the Third

lupin the third and cast looking shocked
They stole what!?!

Lupin the Third is from the classic era of anime of the 1960’s and 70’s and at one point was actually directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Like so many thief anime, it features a sneaky yet charming main character (Lupin the third) that leaves a calling card before stealing the seemingly unstealable treasure. Of course, being the greatest thief in the world, he usually succeeds, but not without the help of his friends.

lupin smirking
Not even Lupin would steal content

Diasuke Jigen is Lupin’s best friend and right-hand-man, not to mention an amazing sharp shooter. He’s always watching Lupin’s back, even if the great thief is not completely interested in the help (Like with warnings about Fujiko). Goemon Ishikawa is a master swordsman and sometimes backup for the thieving duo. Goemon might not be the most talkative guy, he’s someone Lupin has relied on time and time again to get the thief out of tight spots. Femme fatale and sometimes ally, Fujiko has helped Lupin about as much has she has stolen the treasure from him. Though Lupin has been warned about her many times, he just can’t seem to resist.

DNAngel

phantom dark smiling
Phantom Dark is too classy to steal content from a lady

Much like in Lupin the third, Diasuke Niwa is a thief that leaves a calling card and then steals treasure that should be completely secured. Or at least his alter ego Phantom Dark does. Unfortunately, the Niwa family has a certain curse that causes the males of the family to become a winged phantom thief (Phantom Dark) after the first time they fall in love. Diasuke seems to be unlucky in genetics and in love, because his middle school crush just stole his heart, which means he will have to keep turning into the phantom thief and keep stealing until his feelings are returned.

daisuke and dark
Even if Dark was tempted, Diasuke would talk him out of stealing content

Jing: King of Bandits

jing and kir
Jing knows where content thieves should go

It’s not a curse that causes Jing to steal priceless treasures, though he does have a wise cracking, lecherous little birdy (Kir) on his shoulder that certainly talks him into different schemes and other trouble. Jing is driven to a life of crime, more for the thrill of it than for any need of money or an uncontrollable impulse. Though, Jing commits his crimes of his own free will, he’s not actually a bad guy. With each of his thefts, he unlocks a puzzle, frees a trapped maiden, and even re-unites a mother and daughter.

jing
He’s watching you!

This weeks anime exclamation is: Yamate! meaning Stop!

I’m currently watching:

  • Zombie Loan
  • Over Lord
  • Case Closed
  • Super Lovers
  • Night Beyond the Tricornered Window
  • Visual Prison
  • Fena: Pirate Princess
  • Backflip
  • Mars Red
  • Takt Op. Destiny
  • The Great Jahy will Not Be Defeated!
  • Sakugan
  • Hells
  • Cardfight Vanguard Overdress
  • Drug Store in Another World
  • Bungo Stray Dogs
  • Tokyo Revengers
  • The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
  • Inari Kon Kon
  • Mieruko-chan
  • Obey Me!
  • Taisho Otome Fairy Tale

3 Comments

  1. I’m really sorry to hear that someone stole your work. That’s gotta be beyond frustrating to see. But I’m glad that you were able to channel your energy elsewhere and create a post out of it! This title certainly got my attention!

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  2. Man, that stinks. I’ve seen people talking about this a lot on Twitter, mostly in regard to stealing and reposting art while covering the signature from it for some reason. I really don’t like people who can a following from simply compiling and reposting other people’s work. This is the first time I’ve heard of it happening on here though.

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