Anime fandom and the liminal spaces between fan creativity and piracy

Rayna Denison

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Anime fan subtitling and online distribution offer rare insights into the relationship between fan creativity and industry conceptualizations of piracy. This article attempts to de-polarize this debate (wherein fans are presented as invaluable amateur producers or, alternatively, as overt pirates) in order to examine the roles played by these liminally situated fan producers in relation to the wider anime fan and industrial communities. These active fans are now represented as good or bad dependent on other groups’ investments in their practices, and unpacking these conceptualizations provides a better view of how anime fandom may be indicative of larger changes in online fan community construction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)449-466
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Cultural Studies
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2011

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