I'm a big fan of the Naruto series, I started to see it in Cartoon Networks (CN) in Mexico, but they just showed like 30 chapters and they start it all over again. Given that I wanted to see more I went to a friend how has the complete series "buerned". When Shippuden appears the Web becomes my source for more Naruto.
My kid loves Naruto, he had already got 3 PS2 Naruto (originals) video games, two toys and some themed cloth (which I hope is original since I bought them in a legitimate store in Chile). It is very likely that I'm going to buy more Naruto's stuff and videogames in the future, probably even the DVD's from the series (If they sell it in Mexico in the future).
My point is that CN Latin America is still airing chapters from 2005, if it haven't been for fansubs who provide the anime in Spanish subtitles, we wouldn't had bought some many merchandise.
Conclusion to producers: Media is not "local" anymore since the Internet arrived, when you produce any form of content it had the potential to reach every person in the World, who could become a potential buyer of your merchandise. If you don't plan to deliver your content to everybody, then please don't try to stop your fans (potential clients) from getting your product by themselves.
Finally congratulations to Viz Media, I will be waiting to see the same happening for the Latin America market (which is probably bigger than the American one)
(Sorry about my English since it isn't my native language)
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