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Posted 9/30/14

ivanchoFAA wrote:

I think anime will become more and more popular eventually, In recent years the anime industry has made better anime with stories that reflect our realities in this part of the world, but for now censorship doesn't help to promote how anime really is...hopefully in the years coming It will become popular so that we will be to watch it on tv


That depends on how you look at it.

Anime have and will always have gripping stories. Akira and Ghost in the shell have had some of the most amazing stories of the 80's and 90's. Also, if anime get's more mainstream then I don't think it'll be because of the production value, but rather hollywood. Let me explain, there's a LOT of hollywood blockbusters released in recent years that's heavily inspired by anime and Japan (i.e pacific rim and Godzilla). Then we also have a few hollywood anime adaptations forthcoming i.e ghost in the shell and akira.
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if anime becomes mainstream in america, i really hope it doesn't get to the point where it gets completely westernized. i would love it if more people around me liked it, but i don't want it to be taken over.

i kind of hope it gets a little mainstream, then i'd have a few more people to talk to about it with, which i've always wanted
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Anime is not quite mainstream, however, that being said, it is certainly not a little known niche thing anymore. Mainstream shops (such as HMV) or online websites (such as Amazon) seem to quite happily sell anime in increasingly numbers and formats. However, one good show is not going to make anime mainstream, you need a selection of good and accessible shows that come out either at the same time or within close proximity of each other to keep the momentum going. Whether, anime becoming mainstream good is another issue.
Anime becoming more popular should (in theory) lead to the studios getting more money and in turn raising their production values as they are able to have larger budgets, which tends to lead to larger profits. For example, HBO's insanely popular Game of Thrones has a budget of $6 million an episode and Square Enix's game Tomb Raider (2013) cost $100 million to make, sold over one million copies within 48 hours and by June 2014 had sold 6.5 million copies. Additionally as the result of the larger audience the price of DVDs, Blu-rays digital downloads, subscriptions would (in the same way that white goods and consumer goods have dropped since the 1950s) drop.
However, the downside of something becoming popular is that it has to cater to a larger audience and as a result certain things can either be removed or toned down, EG most summer blockbusters are 12A (PG13 in the US) in order to reach the biggest possible audience. It is possible that this would have to happen to anime in order for it to gain mainstream acceptance. (We all know that anime has quite a lot of "interesting" features). There is also the issue of language, love them or hate them if anime became mainstream and was aired on "mainstream" TV it would all be dubbed. Additionally there would be the potential problem of some anime fans that might (loudly) either denounce or label the newer fans as casuals or "not true fans" which would give anime a bad name and undermine the whole genre.
That being all said and done I would like to think and be optimistic that anime becoming mainstream would overall be a good thing for the industry and lead to exciting shows. If it all goes down in flames, enjoy the fireball.
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Posted 9/30/14

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cianbratherton wrote:

It's not mainstream but I think you will find it is much more popular than you think it is. I was surprised at how many people like anime (and Pokemon) when I started college last year.Nobody really lets people know so you never really think that other people like it.


If it's going to be mainstream then it MUST be accepted by everyone. Plus, do we as a fanbase really want to make anime mainstream?


It doesn't need to be accepted by everybody just more than it is now. I was only saying that more people like it than you think. As to you second question I am still undecided personally. It would be nice to see anime on TV and see more people in general like it but I am not a hardcore anime fan myself and I don't give a f*** if people judge me for that so overall I am quite undecided as to whether I want it to be mainstream. What about you friend?
Posted 10/1/14
The only types of Anime that I see are mainstream in the West are the ones that are shounen types.
Posted 10/1/14
Oh god no.
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Yeah, it would be cool if Crunchyroll was a TV channel or something like that.
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Posted 10/1/14 , edited 10/1/14

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AiYumega wrote:

It already is.


If it's mainstream then why don't we see anime in TV. Why don't we hear about it in radio.

Anime isn't mainstream.


When I first started watching anime as a child anime was everywhere although we didn't know that is was actually anime. Astroboy, Tobor the 8th Man, Prince Planet, Kimba the White Lion, Speed Racer, Battle of the Planets, Starblazers, Force Five all were in syndication. Over the years we've seen Dragonball, sailor moon, Yugioh and Pokemon among others take over the U.S. through children and teens alike. Now we have Disney with Studio Ghibli, we have full anime cable networks, Toonami plays anime every weekend and announcements have Doraemon and Youkai Watch poised for the next anime invasion of the world. In the 80s you were lucky to find a store that carried anime on vhs now these days if a store carries dvds your're sure to find anime there whether a Walmart or Target or even in cases around here a supermarket. Anime IS in fact mainstream. You try asking an adult or child if they ever heard of Pokemon and about 8 out of 10 times you'll get a yes.
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In Hamilton it's not mainstream enough for people to properly know what it is. That makes people think that it's hentai - which causes people to hide their enjoyment of it.

In Dundee it seems to be common to enjoy anime so I think that it certain cases it's mainstream enough. If it makes the companies look at the piracy that's bringing people into anime and think "we could make money off that" then it's going too far - like it's starting to now. That would lead to our culture and community being dissolved. When internet culture became mainstream we've started to split and hate certain parts of it. The same would happen to anime.
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Its not main stream. I say I like anime and people always say, "oh you like that porn stuff" Like no, what I watch is not Hentai and people dont understand that.

What my cousin said once, you know something is main stream when middle school kids are watching/talking about it. And the majority of them dont. So no, its not mainstream. Wouldnt mind it though, I would like to have more people to talk about it.
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I would like it to be much more mainstream, considering the limits of actors in TV shows compared to anime limitations(the mind). Support for some of the smaller series would grow, and maybe the support for some of the smaller hidden gems could be found across national boundaries. It really isn't mainstream, I have people to talk to about anime and manga, and then there are some people that have no idea what I am talking about, or those that refer to anime as Naruto or One Piece(not realizing anime is a broad multi-genre form of entertainment). I would welcome the idea of anime being mainstream, but with that would come bureaucracy and trouble, adding limitations here, and genre restrictions there. Some animes have become known in outside of Japan, mainly because they were dubbed into other languages. So overall, I would like anime to become somewhat mainstream, but avoid the technicalities that come with the idea of mainstream. I really haven't been able to sit down and watch a TV series or (many) movies since I really got into anime, because I feel the stories are generally very cliched and overused to high hell and, as a result, dull and sleep-inducing. I wish it was mainstream enough that I had a place to buy anime and manga in Japanese, along with maybe some JPOP(ever tried looking at a music store for JPOP, once in an eternity am I able to find a CD, and I don't even know the artist). Other than my general wishes and complaints, I feel that anime isn't entirely inaccessible, so I don't mind the point we are at now, but I hope for future improvement.
Posted 10/1/14

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Its not main stream. I say I like anime and people always say, "oh you like that porn stuff" Like no, what I watch is not Hentai and people dont understand that.


The few times that I've tried talking about anime IRL, the conversation always goes this way.
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I remember the days when I'd talk about anime to someone and they'd respond "what's anime?" But these days most people seem at least know what it is, and there's a steady rise of people watching the more westernised series such as Attack on Titan and such. If you flick through the cartoon channels on T.V. you'll find that some of them air anime occasionally. It's not exactly mainstream yet and viewers are frowned upon by some people, but it's popular, alright. I sort of miss those days where some people were totally unaware that anime existed.
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