The Anime Bubble Bursts

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The Anime Bubble Bursts

Post by Kei » Mon May 04, 2009 10:37 pm

This story on Sankau Complex only confirms what I've been observing these last few years. Since the turn of the century, the anime industry has been stuck in a 'quantity over quality' rut, producing endless quantities of substandard moe and slice-of-life shows. One anime producer said:
The reason this stuff isn’t selling is because people have cottoned on to the fact they’re just rehashing the same moe and mecha anime over and over. With less disposable income and the diffusion of HD, youngsters have become very careful about what they buy; as only the best products can weather this, there’s nothing for it but to make more of them.
Because of the recession, and it's effects on the anime industry, it seems a major restructuring is taking place. Already, several major studios have changed hands, staff have been laid off and the quantity of anime titles being produced has been drastically cut. Is this a bad thing? Not in the least.
We have to change fast. China already outstrips us in quantity of titles produced, so from now on it must be quality over quantity, with anime production taught properly at universities in order to create human resources of great quality; this can become a national forte.
In other words, the anime industry is going to have to return to producing titles of outstanding quality, created by individuals of great talent. Hopefully, the prevalence of quality titles will help foster another anime golden age, and bring us more anime classics of the same caliber as Mobile Suit Gundam, Evangelion, Cowboy Bebop and Outlaw Star. Maybe we'll even get more shows like Dragonball Z and Sailor Moon!

This is not a disaster, it is an opportunity. I, for one, will be watching the anime industry with great interest in these upcoming months. As Dr. Phlox once said, "Optimism!"

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Re: The Anime Bubble Bursts

Post by Kagami » Tue May 05, 2009 12:23 am

Indeed, I am highly optimistic that this could mean more series like samurai champloo to appear. 2009 has not been a good year for me in terms of 'reach out and grab you by the head' series where you cant wait for the next episode, last year for me was wrapped around code geass R2, nodame, baccano and macross frontier. this year...i dunno.
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Re: The Anime Bubble Bursts

Post by Taiga » Tue May 05, 2009 6:45 am

Sounds... GOOD!

I can't wait to see what new legends-in-the-making will appear!

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Re: The Anime Bubble Bursts

Post by Stilts » Thu May 14, 2009 3:05 am

If the industry actually follows that advice, I'll be cautiously optimistic. The unfortunate thing about quality anime is that there tends to be a 50/50 chance that it actually makes a decent amount of money. For every Cowboy Bebop that makes it big, there's a Big O that goes tragically under-appreciated. For example, I'm glad to see that Eden of the East is getting a lot of attention this season, but I'm still irritated that Casshern SINS seemed to be largely ignored.

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Re: The Anime Bubble Bursts

Post by gertruda » Wed Sep 30, 2009 4:10 am

What are you attracted to Japanese Anime and Manga? I see many questions about Japanese Anime and Manga in Yahoo Answers. This is is good for Japanese people because many people have interest about Japanese culture. By the way, these are originally made for Japanese not foreigners. What are you attracted to Japanese Anime and Manga?
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Re: The Anime Bubble Bursts

Post by Kei » Wed Sep 30, 2009 9:04 pm

Good storytelling, music and art can be appreciated across cultural boundaries. For example, things like India's Bollywood films, Britain's comedy, America's jazz music and East Asia's Buddhism can be enjoyed by all people, regardless of their birthplace. They have universal appeal. Japanese anime and manga is very much the same.

Why am I personally attracted to anime and manga? Well, aesthetic appeal aside, I believe animation is an effective medium for telling stories of a fantastic nature which could not be effectively conveyed in live-action television or movies. Roger Ebert summarized this concept well in his review for Titan AE.
Roger Ebert wrote:There is a sense of wonder here. I argue for animation because I believe it provides an additional dimension for film art; it frees filmmakers from the anchor of realism that's built into every live-action film, and allows them to visualize their imaginations. Animation need not be limited to family films and cheerful fantasies. The Japanese have known that for years, and Titan AE owes as large a debt to Japanese anime as to Star Wars. This may be the instrument by which anime breaks loose at last from its imprisonment in the video stores, and finds a home on the big screen.
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