Originally Posted by experiMental
This is slightly serious, cos me and my mate (who is a moderator of popular art website Deviant Art) had a heated discussion about this.
So this is basically the story: someone, who says he has a college degree (definitely older than 18), draws semi-naked underage anime/animu girls, and uploads his stuff to Deviant Art. Some of the stuff is really borderline, yet he manages to get 6 million views, and a strong community of followers. My mate was thinking of warning him, but he changed his mind.
Is that kind of stuff acceptable as art or is he some kind of sick f*ck that's going to be the next Garry Glitter?
without seeing the "art" its difficult to judge but how do you know the anime/animu girls are underage - or is it that the bodies he draws are undeveloped.
A LOT of Manga/Anime fans enjoy the subservient nature of the characters - ie the young school girl fantasy that is allegedy every mans dream (does nothing for me) ..... anyway - its possible that the followers he has are just admirers of his work.
I know a woman in her mid/late 30's who draws anime characters similar to what you have described - I dont know if she has a following or not but I dont view the images as porn - some of the drawings are fairly erotic.
in short I understand your viewpoint - you are concerned about your friend - its possible that there are Paedo's amongst his followers although they usually go for actual images rather than cartoon drawings so highly unlikely.
your friend more than likely has a fanbase of kids who identify with the characters and/or hardcore anime fans.
I believe that if your friend has potential to be successful for his work - look at it this way - if he charged every viewer €1 subscription fee (or even €5-€10 a month/year) for access to his work - he'd be a multi millionaire.