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Is the anime industry in japan declining?
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Posted 4/30/13
I cant help but notice that mainstream animes such as Bleach, Fairy Tail and Katekyo Hitman Reborn are getting premature ending and also, most of the newly released anime titles are what they call "shorts" (Short anime that usually only last about 25-60 episodes)

Anime industries running low on budget, maybe?

I have also heard news regarding negative stigmas towards the anime/manga industry there, for instance otakus and animes even being linked to violent behaviour on people. - so this might add to that..

Posted 4/30/13
I always ask myself the same thing, but I'm too lazy to research.
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Well lets be honest here, shows like Bleach, Fairy Tale and Hitman Reborn having be going for a long time. And even though I have no statistics to back this up, there may be a decline in the popularity of Shonen anime in Japan? Plus, your average anime series nowadays 12 - 24. In my opinion is alot better than longer series, as not only are they easier to get into due to their not being a daunting amount of episodes but there is far less filler.

The last point you make in my opinion is completely invalid. I mean, according to the west, violent video games should be banned because they believe we are going to go around shooting people. Everything is targeted negatively. And the press are just there to emphasize this negativity.

Personally, even though the world is in a hell of alot of debt. I don't think it is declining much, if any. But instead the viewing habits from the people living in Japan has changed.
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In some ways it is, there a several reason why and it not just due to low on budget.
The first reason is probably the lack of licensing oversea, as the United States anime industry is also declining as well. This causes a lack of funding for some anime to be release or the incentives to even be sit on air.
In addition the anime industry doesn't look to promising for a career only because of it long hours, and low wages.
Another reason is the lack of ideas, some idea are being re-use over and over again. Some people and fans feel like they are watching the same thing over and over again.
Hopefully this was helpful and answer your question.
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Posted 4/30/13 , edited 4/30/13
How can a country that produces over a hundred anime shows a year, and over a thousand episodes a year be considered to in in decline?

Most anime series are there to sell either the light novel or the manga. Bleach and friends were a rarity in that they were commercially successful in their own right. But personally, I'd rather watch a well-edited shorter series than one padded with lots of filler.
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Posted 4/30/13
I hope no.t ill go insane if that happens! Not insane but just freak out lol
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Posted 4/30/13 , edited 4/30/13

gek00 wrote:

I cant help but notice that mainstream animes such as Bleach, Fairy Tail and Katekyo Hitman Reborn are getting premature ending and also, most of the newly released anime titles are what they call "shorts" (Short anime that usually only last about 25-60 episodes)

Anime industries running low on budget, maybe?

I have also heard news regarding negative stigmas towards the anime/manga industry there, for instance otakus and animes even being linked to violent behaviour on people. - so this might add to that..



In such animes as bleach, naruto, and fairy tail. They could enhance the graphics of the anime but why would they? They've had the same style for the longest time. Bleach isn't a factor right now because I see them, once they start the last arc (anime), enhancing it to a much better quality. But naruto is ending soon, yeah, they could make it better, but then that'd cost more money and I doubt he cares.

But your question is the anime industry... and no they aren't. Have you not seen SAO or bakemonogatari? those series are amazingly animated.
Anime is such a part of Japan that logically and physically there is NO way the industry is declining.
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Posted 4/30/13
I agree that short animes with a deep content and story is better than those with huge amounts of episodes due to them being padded by fillers

But I find myself longing for those long ones as well since If I really wanna go on a marathon (Otaku mode - 7 days no outside world), its quite good to know that there are animes out there that I can feed on for that straight 7 days
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Posted 4/30/13 , edited 4/30/13
Honestly, this recent season of shows has been the best run that I've seen in a few years now. It just seems that since around 2009-2010, the quality of shows hasn't been quite as high? Or maybe I'm just somehow missing a LOT of good shows that I just don't know about.

I don't think the industry is declining, I think it's western exposure to anime that's been on the decline.
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Posted 4/30/13
There are cycles in any industry, People are not investing as much in replacements and keeping up to the absolute latest without regard to price. Use to be 6 months to a year for a new PC of whatever brand you like. Now it is smaller in number and the amount invested is less. In anime the shorter series doesn't adversely effect cost as much if it is a bad series and a good one can have more episodes done later.

The overall economy is slower so things besides food, shelter, and electricity are going to get paid for first. Less money for things like anime, games, and trips mean that people will spend their money with more caution. Not going to take one big trip that turns out lousy, but maybe get away for a few long weekends. Then maybe go back to a really fun place that you went last weekend. Don't want to spend money on unproven scripts and trips.
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no. it is not in decline. there have been posts asking the same thing before, and people have provided statistics, graphs, god knows what else.. and no. it's not in decline. too bad for you I'm way too lazy to go look all this stuff up.
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Posted 4/30/13 , edited 4/30/13
Maybe they are moving towards more risky, adventurous ideas as far as stories go? They might be using seasonal episode quantities to minimize risk. This in contrast to the cautious reliance on long running series the OP mentioned. Maybe it is just my imagination or a change in my viewing habits/preferences but shows like Attack on Titan, the -monogatari series, and others make me feel like new/uncommon art styles and story telling techniques are showing up.

Edit: Though I still think we get plenty of ecchi and moe shows that don't try to break the mold.
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I can answer your question with annother question,
How many people are active on this site?
(Story if this offends you Crunchyroll)
Crunchyroll is a little known website with millions uppon millions of active members. With a fan base for anime on such an obscure site to be so large, the industry must be doing well.
Don't worry everyone,
Anime is here to stay.
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Posted 4/30/13

buleleader wrote:

I can answer your question with annother question,
How many people are active on this site?
(Story if this offends you Crunchyroll)
Crunchyroll is a little known website with millions uppon millions of active members. With a fan base for anime on such an obscure site to be so large, the industry must be doing well.
Don't worry everyone,
Anime is here to stay.


Story? :P
You mean "sorry" right?
Hehe.

It's the sales in Japan that counts. If the sales there does poorly, it doesn't matter if it does great in the Western world.
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Posted 4/30/13 , edited 4/30/13

aidenraine wrote:

no. it is not in decline. there have been posts asking the same thing before, and people have provided statistics, graphs, god knows what else.. and no. it's not in decline. too bad for you I'm way too lazy to go look all this stuff up.


^ I agree and I'm also to lazy to research all that stuff up too.
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