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Japan to have new anime channel
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Posted 12/30/13 , edited 12/30/13
Since the reference in the ANN article about "foreign broadcasting offices" implies this will be a TV channel rather than an online only effort, the budget seems rather meager, especially considering the listed ambitions (dubs, co-producing programs). Perhaps things are different the parts of asia they are initially entering, but in the US, I doubt you could even get a cable/satellite channel off the ground for that type of money.

I would also think they would be in competition with Animax Asia in all three countries listed (Cambodia, Thailand, and Indonesia), as one of the regions listed on the Animax Asia homepage is "southeast asia", which is considered to include those countries.

I have my doubts about this making it to the US, and even more doubts about it finding any success if it does. Both The Anime Network and Funimation, who are far more familiar with the US market, both tried linear channels here, and TAN retreated to on demand TV, while Funimation's linear channel is a rare find on a TV provider these days.
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Posted 12/30/13

TheAncientOne wrote:Funimation's linear channel is a rare find on a TV provider these days.
It was on AT&T Uverse back when I still had that, but even then the channel wasn't all that linear (at the time, anyway).

Some titles only had one new episode per week, others (catalogs) might have had two. I don't remember seeing more than about 10 series that I followed then, most of which weren't even simulcasts.

It was only worth it to use the DVR to capture the "new" airings once per week, and if you need to do that, you don't want to bother paying the extra premium ($5/month for a few extra channels, and another $10 if you didn't have the high-def tier) for something you can just stream on demand online. Tempered, of course, by how bad Funi was at streaming online back then; that wasn't worth it, either. It's like they really don't want to be in the streaming business at all.

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Posted 12/30/13

Well_Spoken_Man wrote:


marvell2k wrote:

Its like you guys want to not make Japan look bad in all this by pointing out other bad government policies which I already acknowledged that I don't deny or approve of.


Just pointing out that all democracies have this kind of thing. The good countries tend to be the ones where we hear about it. Nobody is going to report what some two bit dictator is wasting money on, 'cause they'll die.

I might also point out that Japan needs all the goodwill they can get in their corner of the world, where they are still remembered as the bad guys from WW2. If they can spread their culture in places like Cambodia, Thailand, and Indonesia, they might be viewed in those countries in a more positive light. I'm fairly certain that China spends a lot more than $15 million to make Japan look bad to their neighbors.

Did this make anyone else think of Outbreak Company?


That'a a good anime and kinda on topic.Kinda cool the anime could have foresight whether by accident or by the writers having some knowledge!
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Posted 12/30/13 , edited 12/30/13
It was pointed out in the forum at ANN that the article's mention of "allocating 15.5 billion yen (about US$14.7 million)" is off by about a factor of 10. A current check via Google shows that 15.5 billion yen would be $147 million.

Hopefully the article will be edited to correct the mistake.
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Posted 12/30/13
They couldn't have just thrown money at Cartoon Network to make Toonami air on weekdays?
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TrueGoober wrote:

They couldn't have just thrown money at Cartoon Network to make Toonami air on weekdays?


I don't think the CN is as smart as it used to be.

"Oh, look! A pile of money. Let's make Regular Show Seasons 6, 7, and 8!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
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I can't ever imagine an anime channel doing particularly well in the west ever we just don't have the audience to sustain it. They don't even do well when they have them in Japan. Even if it started up it wouldn't change anything for CR or Funi releasing DVD's etc etc the licenses cover all sorts of things. Just questions really about what content they intend to use. If it's current anime then is there really enough to fill a channel and keep it interesting? Most anime isn't even very good we just have companies that can cherry pick the decent stuff but even then you get stuff like CR that has to settle for some crap ones to fill slots.
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Ahhh, I see what they're doing. They plan to invade us culturally, by hooking us on Anime and Japanese culture, then making supply scarce, forcing us to bend to their will and way of doing things in order to be supplied with more. But the joke's on them! Because their ambassador will convince our queen to start up our own anime studios, thus undercutting their wicked schemes!!!

But in all seriousness, I don't particularly care, because I barely watch TV. I suppose its a good thing if it can expose anime to a larger audience. More fans means more people are inspired, which means more people get into the industry and contribute new talent, as well as pump money into studios to keep them going.. But, other than that, I really see no benefits or negatives to this.

They would've been smarter to invest that money in a streaming on-demand website than a TV channel. That's the future of entertainment and would be much cheaper.
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Posted 12/30/13
Quality anime series only deserves to be streamed at the best site which is CR
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To be honest, since the US and Europe look to be future markets, it will probably be a couple of years. I think we'll see co-produced series similar to "Lilyhammer." Its an ongoing US/Norwegian production. I do hope it will mean more media exported and we can get more series.

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Renji_Tamaki wrote:

I read that earlier. My thoughts on it is that it doesn't really change anything for me in terms as a new Satellite package. I believe it just another outlet to pump some culture out there in to other countries. I don't think at this time it will affect Crunchyroll/FUNimation as that really wasn't the case with the announcement of Daisuki. If possible, I want to see AKBingo! and music from AKB48 airing from that channel

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But what about the people in Australia...

We have literally no source of anime on TV... Except the odd kids channel putting up kids anime...
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Posted 12/31/13 , edited 12/31/13

supasoggyrolle wrote:

Ahhh, I see what they're doing. They plan to invade us culturally, by hooking us on Anime and Japanese culture, then making supply scarce, forcing us to bend to their will and way of doing things in order to be supplied with more. But the joke's on them! Because their ambassador will convince our queen to start up our own anime studios, thus undercutting their wicked schemes!!!



Outbreak Company is real!
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Posted 12/31/13
Don't we (the US) already have one? Cool for Japan though
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