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Quantity of Anime Productions over the years..
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50 / M / Near Detroit,MI
Posted 6/27/13
So I'm a bit older I guess... started watching more in 90s. Was on hiatus from it all for awhile...recently got back.
In a way I'm a bit taken aback how many shows are developed and made across all the "seasons"....
Technically this "spring" season was my first full season back into anime.
Then seeing how many is coming in summer, and having a on etc.. just seems like a whole lot more shows are produced than when I was watching back then. And not certain it was considered the same or not (season-section wise).
Seemed to me I could see or hear about maybe 6-8 well-known anime and that was the focus. (along with a few old mainstays that had ep's running in the several hundreds to thousands e.g. Doraemon. )
Nowadays, it seems incredible how many shows come out at a time.

So what changed? cheaper production capabilities? More distribution outlets making it that they can at least get some $ back if it doesn't do well? Is it such a thing as quantity over quality? Expanded audience (more show styles being liked by other people not originally considered back then)

At the same time the sources for the anime seems to have shifted more too.. I had remembered primarily more of standard manga getting to anime (e.g. Takahashi's stuff-UY,MI,Ranma,Toriyama's stuff ) and then some as far as I knew straight-anime productions. Nowadays, there's more taken from games, visual novels,light novels (although doing more digging I may have been more unaware of some of the old anime's sources... Loddos War was I guess from a light novel) and even from those 4-koma comedy manga.

Seems so much of this anime output/seasoning also is "briefer" nowadays too.. sticking to 12-14 eps, + shorter episodes even (Aiura).

Eh... kinda drifted in thought (and keyboard followed) but was wondering what the driving factor was.
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24 / M / This Dying World
Posted 6/27/13 , edited 6/27/13
animation has been better

anime comes en mass now

anime has more plot now

anime has more moe

and a small shift in fujoshi direction
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Posted 6/27/13
Actually, the number of anime produced has gone down from the 90s, it's just that with Crunchyroll we're able to see more of the stuff that never makes it to home video. There is a lot of older stuff that American audiences have never seen because in the old days, the stuff that was brought over was considered the best or more able to be Americanized for the audience.
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26 / M / USA
Posted 6/27/13 , edited 6/28/13
I did a search for anime series (ignoring movies) produced year-by-year on ANN and got this:

(This is assuming their search function didn't lie to me).

So it seems anime production has definitely increased (average of 102 per year from 1990 to 2000, as opposed to 213 per year from 2006 to 2012; with a very significant rate of growth during the years between 2000 and 2007).

Although in our case internationally I think pistolsaf is nearer the mark, and we're simply seeing more anime reach audiences outside Japan than it used to. Although this might be because more anime is being produced, as well.

Edit: I'm also sure the internet helped quite a bit. I forget that hasn't always existed sometimes.

Edit: There's also the transition from cel animation to computer-assisted animation in the early 2000's.

Edit: I think they might also be outsourcing a lot of the secondary animation these days.
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50 / M / Near Detroit,MI
Posted 6/27/13
To a certain extent I wasn't even thinking on the literal "americanized" side...I entered anime watching on the tail of VHS fansubbing times really (Video Girl Ai,Early Crayon Shinchan), and yeah the US Renditions,Animeigo,etc were just taking off. I may have to give a re-examination on the old Animage/Animedias I have from back then to maybe compare. Heck...the literal earliest I was getting info from Usenet (heh...pre WWW rec.arts.anime.info ) so it overall may have just been kind of a tight focus + limited info availability I guess. Ah well. thanks for responding.
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50 / M / Near Detroit,MI
Posted 6/27/13
Oo. great find Insomnist. Thanks for that search.
Well that does then kind of show what I was seeing.. Basically during my 'hiatus' the # of shows doubled....
In general it can be a good thing...while there's always stinkers of shows, having more numbers of them might improve the chances of having a great show be in the mix. Downside is time... takes time to watch all these shows In the end it's all good for all...except for my wallet...makes it rougher to decide where to spend $ at anymore..(other than the Crunchy subscriptions, of course
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Posted 6/27/13
A lot more Light Novel Adaptions.
A shift from 25/26 episodes to 13.
Japan outsourcing (more than before) animation works.
Shift to moe
Japan acknowledging (if just a bit) that anime is popular outside of Japan.

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Posted 6/27/13
yeah there was a thread similar to this ...and I agree.

There are more anime produced but it did dip and at the same time the internet helped spread the anime all over from all the funsubbers , and then the pirated stuff ie on ebay etc etc and then the illegal streamers vs legal streamers.

I also restarted watching anime around 2003 starting form the dubbed ones and then moving to the japanese , so i remembered the trend.
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Posted 6/27/13
The amount of late night anime exploded during the early years of this century, and the audience for late night anime (and thus the anime produced for it) tends to be different from the mainly children and family oriented shows that air during the daytime.
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30 / M / Bellingham WA, USA
Posted 6/27/13 , edited 6/27/13
I would assume that they're cheaper and faster to produce these days since not everything has to be quite as hand drawn with the advent of good animation software. Don't quote me on that though since I have zero experience in animation.

Honestly I'm loving anime more every year. Since so many series are based on popular manga and novels, the quality of the writing is pretty top notch for a ton of new shows. 90's were a good era for anime, but I think over-all the appeal was pretty niche whereas the 2000's have seemed to be a lot broader.

I often forget I'm even watching 'anime' sometimes these days with certain shows, and instead just think of it as generally quality entertainment comparable to whatever other mainstream western tv show I may be watching. For series of 20 years ago, for the most part I never really had that feeling.
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34 / M / Planet Sanno
Posted 6/28/13
IIRC, after Fujifilm stopped making the glass cels used in traditional hand-drawn animation (circa 2000), animators in Japan had to switch to using computers, and, as computers have advanced, I imagine that this process has gradually become easier. In addition, individual seasons of a show have become streamlined and smaller (e.g. 13 episodes instead of the traditional 26+), allowed more titles to be brought to bear at one time.
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34 / M / ICQ / Skype (ask)
Posted 6/28/13
We definitly need more anime.
Even Japan has acknoledged that the market outside of Japan could be... relevant.
The number of light novels is increasing and the connections to the gaming industry got stronger... not neccessary something bad.

Especially the shift from 26 to mostly 1 or 2 times 13 episodes can be pretty annoying if it takes years for the show to continue. But it maybe is better than adding endless filler fusillades or hallucinating an ending for animes just because the manga has not progressed enough.
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Posted 6/28/13
I think because of international breakthroughs like Sailormoon/DBZ/Pokemon that allowed the anime industry to expand so dramatically.

Of course there were breakthroughs in the past, but it's not on the same scale as the recent ones. And I also think that's why most animes have main characters in high school age, because that's where the majority of the audience is at (in Japan, not international).

In my opinion, there's way too many shoujo animes, once in a while there's one that I can enjoy (Ouran, My Little Monster), but the majority of shoujo animes are just "urgh".
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34 / M
Posted 6/28/13
Since I have some time, I'll list anime had premiered in 1993:(I'll list the MAL listings, but I am using this: http://www.anime-planet.com/anime/years/1993 to find them)

http://myanimelist.net/anime/2467/3_Choume_no_Tama:_Uchi_no_Tama_Shirimasenka [Tama & Friends]
http://myanimelist.net/anime/49/Aa!_Megami-sama! (the original OVAs)
http://myanimelist.net/anime/740/Bishoujo_Senshi_Sailor_Moon_R (the 2nd Sailor Moon series)
http://myanimelist.net/anime/1520/Black_Jack (the original OVAs)
http://myanimelist.net/anime/2659/Doraemon:_Nobitas_Tin-Plate_Labyrinth (Movie)
http://myanimelist.net/anime/3016/Ginga_Eiyuu_Densetsu:_Arata_Naru_Tatakai_no_Overture [Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Overture to a New War] (Movie)
http://myanimelist.net/anime/569/Musekinin_Kanchou_Tylor [Irresponsible Captain Tylor]
http://myanimelist.net/anime/2558/Wakakusa_Monogatari:_Nan_to_Jo-sensei [Little Women II: Jo's Boys]
http://myanimelist.net/anime/617/Juubee_Ninpuuchou [Ninja Scroll]
http://myanimelist.net/anime/743/Umi_ga_Kikoeru [Ocean Waves]
http://myanimelist.net/anime/882/Yu_Yu_Hakusho:_The_Golden_Seal (the first YYH movie).

Yeah, the list has a lot of OVAs and Movies.
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17 / M / Coventry, UK
Posted 6/28/13 , edited 6/28/13

GayAsianBoy wrote:

I think because of international breakthroughs like Sailormoon/DBZ/Pokemon that allowed the anime industry to expand so dramatically.

That's true; Pokémon pretty much single-handedly popularised anime in the West.

In terms of visual quality, they generally look better, simply in terms of colour and definition in the same way that video in general has improved.

CGI has become somewhat commonplace, though anime's nowhere near as dependent on it as Western animation (thank God!). CGI can look good in anime in done really, perfectly right, but unfortunately more often than not it's quite jarring. As much as I really, REALLY like Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood...
That's certainly not the worst example I've seen - in fact, it was one of the least jarring - but it still goes to show that even the most blockbuster anime can end up relying on this time-saver. Heck, even Haruhi ended up dabbing a little bit of CGI into the Disappearance movie; namely...

To someone who got into anime relatively recently, though, it was still a nice surprise to find a modern series with some more classical art styles, like Mysterious Girlfriend X. But for the most part, I generally like the look of modern anime and greatly respect the animators for sticking with hand-drawn animation (computer-assisted, yes, but still largely manual).

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya are two relatively recent anime series, and yet they're regarded as amongst the best of all time
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