Post Reply Does it cost a lot more money and is very risky to make an anime series not based off a manga or light novel?
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Posted 10/3/16
I was just curious to know if studios would have to require more money to make an anime series not a manga-turned-anime series. Making an anime is pretty expensive but make an anime not based off any manga, light novel, video game or etc would cost more money and is risky, right? Since majority of anime shows come from manga and light novels, there might never be a regular anime series. I was just wondering if it would cost more money and requires more risk to make something from nothing.


Let me know what you think.

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Posted 10/4/16
its so costly to make anime in the first place that most LN and Manga's don't get an anime.

Now to put that money into an anime that has no source material and its not known if it will sell well or not compared to those with source material it's not worth it cost wise.
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Posted 10/4/16

Ryulightorb wrote:

its so costly to make anime in the first place that most LN and Manga's don't get an anime.

Now to put that money into an anime that has no source material and its not known if it will sell well or not compared to those with source material it's not worth it cost wise.


Probably not.
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I don't think it will cost more money. Probably less money, because you don't have to pay licensing fees to the manga/game/LN publisher-author.

However, you still have to hope that you get good marketing done, and good publicity, and most importantly good reviews - especially from viewers, because your original story will have no recognition. So, without recognition of the original story, if you can't get a large enough following quickly enough, you may lose out.

So, in that way, it's riskier. You might be able to get past the recognition problem, if your original anime is tied to some famous names. Famous animators, directors, and maybe even famous voice actors.
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Posted 10/4/16
Well probably more risky because if the dvd sales are a bust you can't make up revenue with other media nearly as easily.
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Posted 10/4/16 , edited 10/4/16
More risky perhaps as you don't have an inbuilt fanbase but I mean there have been some pretty awful adaptions as well as some pretty awful source material that was inexplicably adapted.

A goodly number of anime cornerstones and all time classics are original series though.

I imagine its not too much different from production over here. There's the "safe" options ( reboots, rehashes, adaptions ) and the original options. The former is more reliable but less likely to be a break out hit. The later more risky but if its a hit it can be a huge critical and financial success.
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Even with 0 risks, there is substantial cost to starting a new anime.

To begin with, you need a storyboard. Anime studios generally don't write storyboards. There are some spectacular, notable exceptions such as Sunrise & Hajime Yatate. Just think of how much you hate filler episodes and you will immediately appreciate a focused creative talent that would come from a manga/LN author. Anime studios generally focus on just that, the animation, voice talents, etc. And then throw in the risk and you have a recipe for disaster. Studios and publishers mitigate the risk by using outside creative talent, but that doesn't mean that the industry as a whole doesn't have risk. The risk is now in the hands of the author of the manga/LN/VN. If you look at just the studios then yes, they'll prefer to outsource their cost and risk to licensed authors. If you look at the industry as a whole, it really doesn't matter.

However, making an anime isn't the end goal; the goal is to make money. There are numerous instances where an anime or movie came first followed by a manga or LN adaptation.These publishers realize that they can milk the market further by releasing a follow up manga or LN or VN. Again Sunrise is a great example with the Gundam franchise. The anime is pretty much promotional material for their parent company, Bandai, to sell Gundam model kits. Bandai makes way more money selling toys than Sunrise will ever generate making anime. This is a rather extreme example but it just goes to show that making an anime can indirectly boost the sales of another revenue generating product, i.e. getting an anime out can drive up sales of the manga/LN.
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Posted 10/5/16 , edited 10/5/16
Hell, some LNs that deserve an anime don't have one coming any time soon >_>
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Posted 10/5/16 , edited 10/5/16
Thank you for the comments.
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Posted 10/5/16
It is more risk in making it. After all the money the company puts in, they will never know if they can make the money back. There are few original anime that had made money and had a 2nd or more season.
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