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I feel like it's pretty pathetic. The way some companies basically create a story to cater to people who they know will buy it. I feel like it reflects clearly with the way anime has been these past seasons. What happened to writers and artists imagining up the most incredible stories? And what they do is pure creativity and imagination. Something that can never, ever, be manufactured.

It's just fact that you cannot manufacture amazing anime because that implies that you can force creativity which can not be done. But with the way anime has been lately I feel like it's a fucking acceptance thing where all these creators are trying to produce anime that caters to a certain audience, and not exactly create anime in the way where they express that imagination and spark.

I'm slowly losing my interest in anime because it's really disappointing the way it's been heading. My only hope is that some mangaka are able to keep their honesty in their craft because their love of the craft is what keeps us interested. If a mangaka were to stop enjoying creating his stories and art, than it would clearly reflect on the quality of the manga.

So what I'm tryna say is that the authenticity of anime lately has been reflecting on how shitty the industry has been lately. Just wanted to throw that out.
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Posted 10/9/15 , edited 10/9/15
because they dont want to be the next Manglobe.
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Posted 10/9/15

namealreadytaken wrote:

because they dont want to be the next Manglobe.


Ouch lol
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Who do you cater to if you don't cater to your biggest audience?

It only makes sense to make things that people will buy.
As previously mentioned, you don't want to be the next Manglobe and go broke.
Making a show that caters to a very specific group doesn't work.

All this is telling me is that your tastes in anime is stuck in the past.
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Posted 10/9/15 , edited 10/9/15
A big part of it is that the final say on what gets made (and how) rarely lies with the creative team. Because of how expensive anime is to produce you need to bring businesses on board to front the money for it, and they aren't going to invest with you unless they're reasonably sure it will pay off. And going off on a creative lark almost never pays.

At least nowhere near as much on average as you could expect from targeting a secure fanbase.

A counter-example is NoitaminA, a one-hour programming block on the Fuji Television Network. Fuji Television has gone out of their way to help produce shows that are in some way considered unconventional for a late-night anime, and we've got some pretty good shows out of it in the past ten years. They've been playing it a bit safe lately too though.

And even then it's not uncommon for the riskier NoitaminA titles to sell terribly.

Boosting sales of the source material is another way anime can make good on its production costs, so if you're an original series aimed at adults that doesn't fit with the normal paraphernalia that makes up a fairly significant portion of how anime can make money (like dakimakuras and figurines) you've already given up a ton of your potential value.
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If it sells why wouldn't you? Not to point out the obvious, but the anime industry is still a business, and businesses need to make money to survive.
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Simple question with a simple answer. Money.
Posted 10/9/15
You sound cynical. Is it based on the declining rate of quality of anime or your perception of it? Pray tell me, what anime have you watched?

I admit the season is a bit underwhelming.
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Anime goes through a committee before it can be made in Japan, if they want it to make it at all, they pretty much have to appeal to an audience, namely the audience that will pay for DVDs and merchandise. Doesn't help that most anime is never profitable UNTIL they start selling the DVDs and merch, a fair number actually have to pay to be aired.
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It sounds like you aren't asking "why is the anime industry catering to audiences"--after all, that's a dumb question. If you sell any product, and you don't give your customers what they want, then you won't be in business very long.

Instead, it sounds like you are asking "why isn't the anime industry catering to me, and giving me what I want?" That's not an unreasonable question, but the answer is probably one of two things:

a) You have atypical interests; that is, there aren't enough other people with your preferences to justify making shows that cater to you.
OR
b) You are part of a market segment that is currently being untapped, which can happen in any marketplace for any number of reasons.

If it's the latter, then you have a legitimate gripe, though I'm not sure how you go about proving it, or what you do about it.
Posted 10/9/15
watch more anime
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The industry has been catering to audiences for decades. Yes, there have been stand out series but in the end the industry wants to make money so whatever the audiences want and will buy that's what's produced. For every Evangelion or Ghost in the Shell there's a couple dozen anime you've never heard of and wouldn't want to see even if you had.
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Posted 10/9/15

namealreadytaken wrote:

because they dont want to be the next Manglobe.


Demmm
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Posted 10/9/15 , edited 10/9/15
Pretty much every entertainment industry out there has target audiences for their work. Because they reasonably want to be sure they make enough money to support themselves and keep producing work. Without the audience, it might as well be a private work on some image board, and those rarely get funding to amount to much.

And why does the anime industry stick to mostly "safe" stuff like harems, shounen, or popular LN franchises? Because they sell merchandise, and are less likely (presumably) to tank. Riskier works can revolutionize the industry and be wildly popular, but most of the time they tank or run into budget problems. So more art driven or otherwise unknown quality stuff is rarer.
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Posted 10/9/15
Most industries cater to their audience.

Profits > artistic freedom.
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