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Maybe, im actually pretty sure, people already asked and answered this question but I'll ask it again.

Why is there so many "school" anime out there, and why, more like how, did it became a trend in the

industry. Im just curious, because sometimes it feels like theres only

teenage/kids/little boys/little girls/young men students/youg women students/WTF

in anime. It not NECESSARILY a bad thing, it just feel REALLY wierd.

So guys, any thoughs or answers lmao, I don't even know anymore :()
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Because it targets that age group? Also if they made a thread about it already, you can find the answer there.

http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-839413/anime-with-annoying-teenagers-as-main-cast-needs-to-stop
Posted 3/30/15
Anime is adapted from manga, manga is made for teens and younger...

Believe it or not... In japan, they will look at you funny if ure an adult and still reading manga.

It's why the characters are mainly teens and the setting in high school..
Posted 3/30/15
It doesn't matter, all demographics tend to watch or read across 'schools' anyway.
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I've asked myself the question: Why do animes usually focus on schools?

Besides the obvious fact that animes target a certain demographic, I also think its because of budget limitations..

The more episodes you can draw a character =the same way= the easier it is to do the work.
The more episodes you can use backgrounds that you've probably practiced many times, the easier it is to do the work.
The more film time that you can use with still images, the less money you need to spend actually animating.

So, its all about money.


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Posted 3/30/15 , edited 3/31/15
I think it's a simple matter of math and monetary gain...

Otaku + Schoolgirl (merchandise) = $$$

Action figures, pillows, model kits, manga, the list goes on and on.
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It's the age of school these days. Protags gotta be young and hip. And what beeter way to be young and hip than be in school.
isn't that right kids.
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Posted 3/30/15

valleyboy3 wrote:

Maybe, im actually pretty sure, people already asked and answered this question but I'll ask it again.

Why is there so many "school" anime out there, and why, more like how, did it became a trend in the

industry. Im just curious, because sometimes it feels like theres only

teenage/kids/little boys/little girls/young men students/youg women students/WTF

in anime. It not NECESSARILY a bad thing, it just feel REALLY wierd.

So guys, any thoughs or answers lmao, I don't even know anymore :()



FlyinDumpling wrote:

Because it targets that age group? Also if they made a thread about it already, you can find the answer there.

http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-839413/anime-with-annoying-teenagers-as-main-cast-needs-to-stop


Thanks for tracking that down. I agree it's worth reading through. However since it's been inactive for almost a year I've now closed it (it's still available for reading), and am keeping this new one open (but moved it to the Anime forum).
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Posted 3/30/15 , edited 3/30/15
Because bloomers sell.
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This is just speculation on my part, but I also don't wonder if the first two years in high school don't hold a similar place in Japanese culture that the first two years in College held for a long time in the United States: The last time you were able to cut loose, be immature, not worry about the future, and just have fun with your friends.

The university exam system puts so much pressure on kids, and after that the focus is on preparing yourself for your future job--even from the start of college. Really since the early 1990s, finding a good job after college is by no means guaranteed in Japan, and I can't help but wonder if that pressure doesn't trickle all the way down to college freshmen (whereas American college freshmen are pretty insulated from the demands of the job market, and we let college kids stay undecided about their futures for really quite a long time, even in college).

In Japan, however, 2nd year in high school is the time when they are most involved in club activities, it's the time when they have to start making decisions about what they want to be with their lives, and it's the last time many of them will have any significant time to hang out with their friends in a relatively guilt free sort of way. (Again, note similarities with American college freshmen...) Those things will give it quite a bit of nostalgia in the minds of even older Japanese anime audiences--and also allow for a broader array of interesting stories than when most of their time and thoughts are focused on cram school, exams, and job concerns.
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wow. people never stops to amaze me with this stupid questions lol...
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Because every Japanese guy wants to bang a highschool girl.

Even this fellow. He won't touch middle schoolers though, so he has standards.
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because obviously life ends after high school.

mike3391 wrote:
wow. people never stops to amaze me with this stupid questions lol...

there's no such thing as stupid questions. just stupid people.

xxJing wrote:
Because every Japanese guy wants to bang a highschool girl.

Even this fellow. He won't touch middle schoolers though, so he has standards.

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mnmike wrote:
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There are several good answers in this thread (e.g. it is easy to draw classrooms over and over again), but I feel like this one captures the cultural background. There is almost always that sense, in anime, that adult life is a black hole from which you will not emerge.
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Santera wrote:



I've asked myself the question: Why do animes usually focus on schools?

Besides the obvious fact that animes target a certain demographic, I also think its because of budget limitations..

The more episodes you can draw a character =the same way= the easier it is to do the work.
The more episodes you can use backgrounds that you've probably practiced many times, the easier it is to do the work.
The more film time that you can use with still images, the less money you need to spend actually animating.

So, its all about money.


Santera



You missed a major point, "the more episodes you can reuse the same backgrounds, the faster, and cheaper it is to make"

Actually you missed two points "such a basic setting, limits story complexabilty a great deal, which makes it a hell of a lot easier to tell what story there is, without needing to put all that much effort into it"

Otherwise yea I agree..

You can get away with things when making a school based anime, that would never be acceptable in other settings(especially in this day & age).

Ofcourse while this allows companies to cut down the costs drastically, yet still be able to produce a enjoyable anime, there is a big downside to that line of thinking as well. Vets to anime will know off the bat, before even watching a single episode, that there is only so much you can expect from such anime, and nomatter how much effort is put into them trying to tell the story, such anime are rather limited to how good they can possibly be. In short: There's only so much you can expect from such anime.

This also leads nearly every school based anime to fade from people's memory rather quickly at that. Companies also should understand, to make a truly successful anime, that will leave a lasting impression, you can't be afraid to spend money, rather it be in development or marketing, you need to spend money, and especially in Japan(where although everyone ultimately watches anime, the fanbase in Japan is pathetic to say the least), you need to spend omoney on both development as well as "marketing".

Disc sales don't make money for the development or marketing of the anime, at best they pay enough to cover the costs of producing the DvD/RDs them selves(It amazes me Japanese publishers still stock shelves, due to how few discs sell, unless It's a movie, they really should go the mail order route. They don't even need to create individual sites, by using a site such as Amazon, it would increase profits/while decreasing wasteful spending, since at very least, people will be getting all their anime from a single source).

Merchandising makes money, which is something that you can't do with a anime that has nothing but generic characters, so in the case of anime, quality is good for all parties, It's not something that only benefits the viewer, and I wish there were more Publishers/directors out there that understood such sigh.

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