First  Prev  1  2  Next  Last
How to fix the anime industry
9747 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
27 / M
Offline
Posted 3/20/08
Justin Sevakis over at Anime News Network a couple days ago posted an open letter to the anime industry. It’s really good and worth a read. For those who haven’t been paying attention to the anime scene, his letter does a really good job of explaining the current state of the industry and why anime distribution of questionable legality happens the way it does.

Personally, I’m one of those people who will buy the DVDs of a show that I’ve watched when it finally becomes available in the US, because I believe in supporting the artists who create this stuff, and that’s the easiest way to do so. But as Justin points out in his letter, 90% of the good stuff never makes it to the US, ever. You can look back a few posts in my blog to see a list of some of the series I’ve watched. There’s a lot. Hardly any of them have DVDs or other merchandise available in the US yet. I haven’t shelled out very much money, just because there’s no one to give it to. Some of them actually did get licensed (Pretty Cure) and then the licensee never did anything with them. Some actually made it to market (Ojamajo Doremi/Magical DoReMi) but didn’t survive halfway through the first season in the US (even though there were 4 seasons of it in Japan) because of poor marketing, or (by some accounts) poor execution on dubbing/editing of the English version. My kids love Magical DoReMi, and we’ve managed to accumulate a fair bit of merchandise (doll sets, accessories, DVDs) recently for them to play with, found on clearance at local stores and on eBay. And it wasn’t because of the US marketing (because they took it off the air years ago), but because we saw the fansubbed Japanese versions.

There are shows that do make it and do well. Digimon, Pokémon, and Mega Man are good examples, from which we own a good few dozen DVDs. And one mustn’t forget Naruto (although nobody in my household is a fan of that one). But from the total size of the market, that’s a very small number of shows.

I really hope the industry takes Justin’s letter to heart. It’d make my day to be able to get this stuff from official sources, even if it cost money, although I’d personally prefer ad-supported websites . It’s a global economy now, and thanks to the Internet, it’s a world market. It’s time to give up on the region-locked licensing and just distribute globally from the get-go.



7801 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
35 / M / Pinsnotch2
Offline
Posted 3/20/08
YOUR KIDS?!?!?!!?wtf? dang props to you you knocked someone up at the age of 10
9747 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
27 / M
Offline
Posted 3/20/08

wolzen wrote:

YOUR KIDS?!?!?!!?wtf? dang props to you you knocked someone up at the age of 10


whats with ur BAGLE!
7801 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
35 / M / Pinsnotch2
Offline
Posted 3/20/08

DarthVantos wrote:


wolzen wrote:

YOUR KIDS?!?!?!!?wtf? dang props to you you knocked someone up at the age of 10


whats with ur BAGLE!



i feel uncomfortable unless i have something big stuck in my mouth

don't know why though...

2139 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
31 / M / New World
Offline
Posted 3/20/08

wolzen wrote:


DarthVantos wrote:


wolzen wrote:

YOUR KIDS?!?!?!!?wtf? dang props to you you knocked someone up at the age of 10


whats with ur BAGLE!



i feel uncomfortable unless i have something big stuck in my mouth

don't know why though...



YO! just to let you know, that didn't sound right.
7801 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
35 / M / Pinsnotch2
Offline
Posted 3/20/08

blu3g wrote:


wolzen wrote:


DarthVantos wrote:


wolzen wrote:

YOUR KIDS?!?!?!!?wtf? dang props to you you knocked someone up at the age of 10


whats with ur BAGLE!



i feel uncomfortable unless i have something big stuck in my mouth

don't know why though...



YO! just to let you know, that didn't sound right.


what do you mean?care to explain?

it seems perfectly normal to me

1759 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
29 / M
Offline
Posted 3/20/08
hahah
9747 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
27 / M
Offline
Posted 3/20/08

wolzen wrote:


DarthVantos wrote:


wolzen wrote:

YOUR KIDS?!?!?!!?wtf? dang props to you you knocked someone up at the age of 10


whats with ur BAGLE!



i feel uncomfortable unless i have something big stuck in my mouth

don't know why though...



Rofl that was so gay....
2139 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
31 / M / New World
Offline
Posted 3/20/08

wolzen wrote:


blu3g wrote:


wolzen wrote:


DarthVantos wrote:


wolzen wrote:

YOUR KIDS?!?!?!!?wtf? dang props to you you knocked someone up at the age of 10


whats with ur BAGLE!



i feel uncomfortable unless i have something big stuck in my mouth

don't know why though...



YO! just to let you know, that didn't sound right.


what do you mean?care to explain?

it seems perfectly normal to me



ummmmm ....... nevermind you question's already answered.
19084 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
27 / M / Canada
Offline
Posted 3/20/08
wat hell is this, nothing to do with the topic anymore i guess
2156 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
25 / M
Offline
Posted 3/20/08

DarthVantos wrote:

Personally, I’m one of those people who will buy the DVDs of a show that I’ve watched when it finally becomes available in the US, because I believe in supporting the artists who create this stuff


ya, i realized that when my favs were cancelled
1783 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
35 / M / California
Offline
Posted 3/20/08
Even though i detest the word "torn", but thats how i feel on the subject. Mainly, for the simple fact that I'm what my friends call; an Indie Kid. I smile knowing that the stuff i enjoy is limited to a few number of people. Maybe it's because if they know what i know then they had to go through the same paths of info to gain the right of liking a show, game, book etc. I have a small qualm with people falling into something without knowing anything about it and stating that they are the biggest fan of whatever it is. It's a quark of mine, it's stupid i know, but it's there.

But as a working man i feel something for people creating something then not getting the money for it. All that hard work not being payed back could possibly stop him for making his masterpiece.

Plus, marketing of anime in the USA is a tricky thing. Just obtaining the copyrights for a show not based in the same country is a huge hassle. I'll give some credit to some American companies for keeping tract of the anime industry, but for the most part they are looking for a show that they know will be a huge hit and earn them some money. Which i can't blame them for.

Then cames the english voice actors, which some anime fans are dead set against. And so one and so forth.

All in all it comes down to money. If they predict a show has no money in it, then well, it's not coming here.
14950 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
Offline
Posted 2/4/09
Sadly, I feel that it's a losing battle...
3090 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
32 / M / The Kingdom
Offline
Posted 2/4/09 , edited 2/4/09
Sod making Anime with actual "Plot lines" or "decent characters" cancel that shit, This is the way to go... Create an utter load of bollocks that white kids would like.

You could call it something like Naruto: Extreme, DragonballZ: F*ck the dragon or Pokemon super turbo edition.

Then put in some random Mechs/Gundams that blow stuff up for a reason thats not really ever disclosed with a few "epic" Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggggggghhhhhhhhhh fireball moments (HADOUKEN) then overprice it or stream it on Crunchyroll to mugs.

Watch the $ roll in!
First  Prev  1  2  Next  Last
You must be logged in to post.