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Is Anime Just An Advertisement For Its Source Material?
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Posted 3/23/14 , edited 7/31/14
Thinking about isn't it true? This goes mainly for manga since some end basically as 'read the manga for more' or 'don't like what girl we picked? Buy the visual novel bitch!" Also most anime boost the sells for the source material. I don't know I was just thinking about today. I assume most people see this.


Also this doesn't imply to anime original series.
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Posted 3/23/14 , edited 3/23/14
pretty much, yes. and it sucks, because there are some series that really need sequels (problem children, spice & wolf) which will most likely not have them because source material is either selling well enough, or has already ended.
Posted 3/23/14
i never thought of it that way...
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Posted 3/23/14
Sometimes I get that impression. But most of the time I get the impression that the amount of source material is just impractically great, and they're stuck doing the best they can by everyone before moving on to the next project.
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Posted 3/23/14

aidenraine wrote:

pretty much, yes. and it sucks, because there are some series that really need sequels (problem children, spice & wolf) which will most likely not have them because source material is either selling well enough, or has already ended.


Add Attack on Titan (Just enough Source Material for a new 13 eps season) and Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha to this list.

The only Anime adaptation that I know of that isn't caught up yet is Freezing (2nd season ended at Chapter 92 ish in the manga, Currently on Ch. 161, If they do a season 3 that will take it up to Ch 140 in the Manga)



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Posted 3/23/14

Series5Ranger wrote:


aidenraine wrote:

pretty much, yes. and it sucks, because there are some series that really need sequels (problem children, spice & wolf) which will most likely not have them because source material is either selling well enough, or has already ended.


Add Attack on Titan (Just enough Source Material for a new 13 eps season) and Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha to this list.

The only Anime adaptation that I know of that isn't caught up yet is Freezing (2nd season ended at Chapter 92 ish in the manga, Currently on Ch. 161, If they do a season 3 that will take it up to Ch 140 in the Manga)





I don't know. I'll suspect when there is enough manga, they will make a full 25 ep season two. Attack on Titan is just that popular.
Posted 3/23/14
Probable amount of viewers/w.e at start of possible new series > Probable amount of viewers/w.e of second season of old series = new series.

They are there for the money, after all.
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Posted 3/23/14
In some ways I guess, it really depends on what series in a way.
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Posted 3/23/14 , edited 3/23/14
Of course it can help other things sell, but it is a source of entertainment that stands on its own. I know a lot of people who would rather watch the anime rather than read the manga, and it is their choice. The producers are trying to sell and generate revenue from the anime itself, not from the manga. The producer is usually not the same person as the author of the manga, so the producer does not make any more money when viewers of the anime decide to read the manga as well. In fact, they may even have to pay the manga authors to obtain permission to make an anime of the author's work. If it were advertising, then the manga author would be paying the anime producer. Also, a lot of anime are produced without a manga or a visual novel (there are so many of them - Kill La Kill, Gurren Lagann, Chuunibyo, Anohana, etc.). I think you get the point.
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Posted 3/23/14

Colo4444 wrote:

Of course it can help other things sell, but it is still a source of entertainment that stands on its own. Also, most anime is written before the visual novel or the manga (like Gurren Lagann). If you really think its just advertisement, then you haven't watched enough anime yet.


Most anime isn't original content. Granted, some very popular animes are (Bebop, TTGL, etc), but saying most are is just silly.

OT: It's perfectly fine for anime to be "used" to bring more attention to the source material. I doubt anime studios have a mentality of "read the manga for more", it's probably just a side effect of them not being able to make flesh out 100+ episodes for every anime.

I really do hate when production companies take the anime in a different direction than the source material, though. (See: Magi)
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Posted 3/23/14 , edited 3/23/14
^ Yeah that's pretty much it (what colo said). Plus, a lot of people on the teams for animes are fans themselves too. They want to see their favorite mangas "come to life"
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Posted 3/23/14
I remember reading interview with one of the big directors in anime, in Japan.... The names fail to pop into my head because it has been a while...

He stated that a lot of what gets produced is researched to see if people will buy the character goods and odd whatnots.... DVD/Blu-ray sales aren't even much of a factor. I think I was reading someplace that character goods; cups, cellphone-straps, dakimakura, shirts, jackets, shopping bags and etc. outsell discs by around 50-fold.... that's a bunch of money.

Anime being an ad for product? HELL YES!

Posted 3/23/14
In a way, but I mostly don't think so. Many anime are self-contained stories and finish the story it set out to tell, even if it was based open on another format; they are intended for a different audience. The problem I have is when a show has a "read the manga" ending where if you want to see how the story ends/continues, you have no choice, but to read the manga because the show ends, but doesn't have a satisfying ending (The World God Only Knows, Spice and Wolf, etc.). I don't mind this most of the time, unless the manga is not even out in english yet, then we have a problem.
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Posted 3/23/14

GrateSaiyaman wrote:

I remember reading interview with one of the big directors in anime, in Japan.... The names fail to pop into my head because it has been a while...

He stated that a lot of what gets produced is researched to see if people will buy the character goods and odd whatnots.... DVD/Blu-ray sales aren't even much of a factor. I think I was reading someplace that character goods; cups, cellphone-straps, dakimakura, shirts, jackets, shopping bags and etc. outsell discs by around 50-fold.... that's a bunch of money.

Anime being an ad for product? HELL YES!



This reminds me of today.

On the CR main page I see an ad for Mikasa figure. OMG did I want it. But....so pricey.
Posted 3/23/14 , edited 3/23/14

Series5Ranger wrote:


aidenraine wrote:

pretty much, yes. and it sucks, because there are some series that really need sequels (problem children, spice & wolf) which will most likely not have them because source material is either selling well enough, or has already ended.


Add Attack on Titan (Just enough Source Material for a new 13 eps season) and Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha to this list.

The only Anime adaptation that I know of that isn't caught up yet is Freezing (2nd season ended at Chapter 92 ish in the manga, Currently on Ch. 161, If they do a season 3 that will take it up to Ch 140 in the Manga)


Difference between AOT and Spice and Wolf is that we all know that AOT is getting a second season, it is the most popular thing since porn, there just isn't enough source material to make another season yet. There is no way to know if Spice and Wolf will ever get a third season because it is nowhere near as popular as AOT and for a show like this to get two seasons, let alone one, is pretty good, and we are left in the dark.

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