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Is the anime industry in japan declining?
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It's revenue has been declining slowly, this is due to the lack of people actually paying for anime, manga, and merchandise. Fansubs are everywhere, and a lot of people will actually will actually look down on people, or call them stupid for paying for anime. That last point may be referencing the otaku killer, if you're curious go look it up yourself, not sure how appropriate it would be to talk about it on the CR forums.
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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.


I'm too lazy to write another post, so I quote this...........

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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..




That's wrong. There's still huge amounts of money going into this, and I'd say even MORE than before. Just look at the release line-up. Even though there aren't too many GOOD ones, the quantity is bigger than ever.
And the reason why Bleach, Fairy Tale etc, are getting premature endings is cause they're losing popularity. That's all. Instead of waiting much longer until every single fan stops watching, the authors rather move on and keep their fans who're still following.
Or in terms of animes, it just isn't worth the money and investment. They'd rather find some other anime series that they could release movies and stuff for.

One awkward thing is that One Piece is still popular as hell.. I guess it does atleast something right to keep a high amount of people commited to it.


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I haven't noticed much. As far as I'm concerned, as long as at least one or two good 12/24-episode series come every season or so, I'm content. I'm not really a fan of the longer drawn-out series, although there are a few exceptions.

But yea. If there's been a decline, it's been negligible on my part.
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As long as there's horny otakus in Japan, the industry will be fine.
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Posted 5/2/13

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Just look at the release line-up. Even though there aren't too many GOOD ones, the quantity is bigger than ever.
And the reason why Bleach, Fairy Tale etc, are getting premature endings is cause they're losing popularity.


The major factor with Bleach has been Tite Kubo's hiatus due to illness. That series literally prints money.

Define GOOD. Personally I think the quality of anime is better than ever.
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Posted 5/3/13

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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..




That's wrong. There's still huge amounts of money going into this, and I'd say even MORE than before. Just look at the release line-up. Even though there aren't too many GOOD ones, the quantity is bigger than ever.
And the reason why Bleach, Fairy Tale etc, are getting premature endings is cause they're losing popularity. That's all. Instead of waiting much longer until every single fan stops watching, the authors rather move on and keep their fans who're still following.
Or in terms of animes, it just isn't worth the money and investment. They'd rather find some other anime series that they could release movies and stuff for.

One awkward thing is that One Piece is still popular as hell.. I guess it does atleast something right to keep a high amount of people commited to it.




Oda knows how to plot his story, at least in my opinion, compared to its competition such as Naruto, Bleach etc..

Naruto became more like a yaoi to me when it became Shippuden - no offense to its fans.

Also you missed out Detective Conan, I was 5 when I started watching that and Im now on my late teens and its still ongoing
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Posted 5/3/13 , edited 5/3/13

gek00 wrote:


Oda knows how to plot his story, at least in my opinion, compared to its competition such as Naruto, Bleach etc..

Naruto became more like a yaoi to me when it became Shippuden - no offense to its fans.

Also you missed out Detective Conan, I was 5 when I started watching that and Im now on my late teens and its still ongoing


Well I think Oda is just good at thinking up side stories, and that's why people like it. The reason for people watching One Piece isn't the main story (Because the main story is bad.), but it's the side stories with colorful characters.
Detective conan, is a pretty good mystery anime with decent characters. The story is so-so, but again.. It has mystery elements, so if it's done well the whole time I guess there's a reason for it being popular.

Naruto and Bleach just don't do anything well. There's a few good characters in both animes, but that's all.
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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?



Those animes that go on for over a few hundred episodes aren't original stories that simply started out from scratch. The original content for their stories and backrounds have mainly come from manga.
I'm sure you know when an anime catches up to a manga they do fillers. Any anime could do endless fillers just so they don't catch up with the content from the manga. Though they don't make money from simply airing the show on television. The money comes in from the BD/DVD sales, so guess what doesn't sell very well? The filler arcs! and it is still very expensive and time consuming to animate those filler arcs. Sure the main arcs sell very well usually but it doesn't compensate the animation studios from those very tedious and expensive filler arcs. So to prevent bankruptcy or simply keep the profit margins from staggering, they cancel the anime and perhaps if the manga is still very popular, they might pick it up again.

As for how the anime industry is fairing, I really have no clue, though all fingers point to it living well and flourishing. Though everything I have said should clear up the confusion as to why those long running animes; Bleach, Hitman Reborn, and Fairy Tail have been canceled.
Remember animes do not go on hiatus, they get canceled. No guarantees, just hope it starts running again in the future.
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I dont think so, If it was declining then Akiba wouldnt have as many people as it does now. As for Western anime, yeah I think theres a huge decline.
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Posted 5/5/13 , edited 5/5/13

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I dont think so, If it was declining then Akiba wouldnt have as many people as it does now. As for Western anime, yeah I think theres a huge decline.


There is no such thing as Western anime. Also, I think someone else said it already, but yes, anime is slowly declining. It has been for years.
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I do not think the anime industry is declining but from what I understand it was hit fairly hard by the recession and has been slowly recovering.

Also with greater interest in Japan about appealing to a international audience not just on Japan. I think we may see in the coming years a greater effort to appeal less to otakus and more to casual international viewers and there could easily be another anime boom.
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kaptainkooleio wrote:

I dont think so, If it was declining then Akiba wouldnt have as many people as it does now. As for Western anime, yeah I think theres a huge decline.


There is no such thing as Western anime. Also, I think someone else said it already, but yes, anime is slowly declining. It has been for years.


What I meant by western anime was the people in the west that watch it. Sorry for not clarifying
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Posted 5/5/13 , edited 5/5/13

kaptainkooleio wrote:


Shrapnel893 wrote:


kaptainkooleio wrote:

I dont think so, If it was declining then Akiba wouldnt have as many people as it does now. As for Western anime, yeah I think theres a huge decline.


There is no such thing as Western anime. Also, I think someone else said it already, but yes, anime is slowly declining. It has been for years.


What I meant by western anime was the people in the west that watch it. Sorry for not clarifying


That makes no sense. Thanks for clarifying though, I get now what you're trying to say. Outside of Japan, Anime isn't as widely accepted and it's still having a hard time branching out (albeit, a lot better than the 1970's, 80's, and 90's, even the early 2000's).
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Decline ?, maybe during the recession .

But there was a thread like this not too long ago and someone did a statistical research and it shows its not.The production did not budge that much.Marketing is actually is very strong now as ever and finally the production companies are starting to reach a wider market outside Japan via the internet.

Maybe on sales here in the US is getting hit the most becuase of the recession and lead to loss and a lof of the Japanese companies that was here has left. ONly a few stayed and some are changing their sale model... to cut cost .





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