So I’m gonna be honest, I haven’t kept some of the promises that I made back in 2019. I was gonna blog as much as I could. I wanted to do this, I plan on doing that. Then things happen. Stress, I can’t do this. No one reads it anyway. Why bother. Demons, sometimes our own personal demons can get to us. We lose our love, our dreams, and our passion.
Let’s be honest.
I messed up. But it’s not the end. Because we’re now in a new decade, we can start over so to speak. Back a few years ago, around 2008 when I took a sort of left Majin Planet. I still ran and kept it up but I focused my efforts elsewhere. Hunter Mastery and it was amazing and from 2008 to 2012, I ran a very popular World of Warcraft blog, focused on the Hunter class and Gold making.
People enjoy it, it was when I first really step into making podcasts, I started doing YouTube more than just uploading trailers and music videos.
What running Hunter Mastery did for me, was proof that if I had a goal, didn’t worry about what if no one does this, and just focused. I made friends with other bloggers, worked to show the community that I was here and that I had a voice. People read people listened. So why can’t that happen with Majin Planet?
Hunter Mastery was a niche website. Focused on really just one thing, Gold Making from a hunter side in an MMO. In the biz, we call that a ‘niche’. It clearly worked. The problem with Majin Planet’s focus is while it’s Dragon Ball Z at the core, the fandom that Majin Mebs did with it as a simple fansite. It was never met to be anything more than a fansite.
Back in the early 2000s when a teenager made a website (now people make blogs or YouTube Channels) it was never met to be more than a place to share your passion, your love for a fandom. No one cared if they made money, no one cared if there was a fanbase. People would make a website, make some fan art, make a music video and tell their friends at school about it. Sometimes other fans from across the world would find you and enjoy your fandom too.
This is how we made online friends. Some time, somewhere around 2005 that changed. It became about, how much money can I make? Can I make this a side hustle? The Anime Episode sites were born and people started to charge fans to watch something that before they could get for free.
The Anime Monthly Subs
Fansubs have been around forever. They are never going away. A lot of anime, a lot of Japanese content not just anime is loved by people around the world. Here in the United States, some of it’s very hard to find or doesn’t exist. People want to watch and people will translate it for others to enjoy it. They do this for free. Sure they will take donations from fans, but never did a fansub group forcing people to pay for their work.
Because at the end of the day, Fansubs are illegal. Period, there is no grey area there. When you watch something online you did not pay for in some way (being the disc or a service like Cable, Netflix, Hulu, etc) it’s illegal. We all do it, everyone has at some point.
However a group of ‘fans’ saw a way to make money off it, because not everyone knew how to find these subs. Because fansubs groups didn’t have a website. They use IIRC to seed the links of the episodes out. Why? Because it was safe and harder to track them down if say someone wanted to sue them.
The normal anime watcher didn’t have the time or didn’t know how to use it. So a business was born. Why not download them on release then put them on your own website so anyone can download them super easy while putting ads on it and making some cash? It went even deeper to offer some behind a paywall.
NarutoFan The Death of a Community
Not to go into too much detail, because I could write and write about this site and how toxic it was for the anime online community. How it killed the idea of having a fansite.
How it created an online community that was rude and wanted it now. While after years of this website stealing money from fans and the company alike I was happy when it finally got shut down by Viz, given at the time Naruto was the biggest show since Dragon Ball Z.
However it did one thing, it killed the community that was and we are now in the age, the future of Patreon, YouTube money, and Live Streaming. No one does anything for FREE anymore.
There has to be a cost. I get that. Trust me, over 20 years of paying domain fees, server costs and other little things to bring life to this website alone, has cost me a lot of money and time.
Majin Planet GO
So all this talk about the past and how it’s changed the fandom. But wait, there are ads here, there is a Majin Planet Patreon, there is a YouTube channel. You Live stream! What does this mean? I’ll tell you. Forever, as I’ve always said. Majin Planet content will be free, I will never hold anything back. If you wanna watch or read Majin Planet content. You can. I will never force people to donate, to sub to a streaming service. Nothing ever like that.
Going into 2020 we have some new things we’re gonna try. The first is the new show, Let’s Watch it. While it will still have my full reaction to trailers and stuff I wanna watch and share with you guys. That will not change. We are gonna start doing full episode watches of shows, films, etc. You, as a watcher will get a free 100% cut down edit version of them on YouTube. If you wanna watch the full thing, well that is what Patreon is for. It’s only gonna be $1 a month. I think it’s fair trade-off. Over time, more paid content will be created. This content will be stuff made to sell, such as ebooks or web films.
I have a horror short film I’m working on, which will be a Patreon thing. I think that is fair because I’m creating a product to sell beyond just sharing my thoughts.
This is what Majin Planet GO will be all about. Bring back that fandom. Talking about things that are fun. I would love to make Majin Planet 100% Dragon Ball again. Nothing but DBZ4Life. But I love other things too. Something I did try, making a website for every niche fandom I was into, Marvel, DC, Star Wars, Magic, Board Games, World of Warcraft. You have those days. I don’t wanna talk about Marvel.
So what do you do? I find having Majin Planet being, the True Fans Planet, a place to totally nerd out about anything and whatever you love to bring back the feeling of those old days when you did something online about your fandom and you shared it with friends and family.
No one cared if you made money or if you got a lot of traffic. It was fun and awesome when it happened. But it wasn’t the reason. It was because you LOVED something.
That is Majin Planet GO, it’s about love, it’s about being a fan again.
Happy New Year Majin Nation!
Until Next Time.