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Do you think that the anime industry is dying?
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Posted 1/24/13 , edited 1/24/13
it WAS dying. . . .and even then, only in the USA was that happening.

I look at the situation with the anime import industry in the US the same way I look at the music industry.

It got hung up on an outdated model and a couple of companies capsized.

Now, with the legal streams it's getting back on it's feet (much like with Spotify . . .although, FUNimation and the like will make out far better than the record labels are going to)

(do FUNimation still have a cable network?)
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Posted 2/3/13 , edited 2/3/13
The increase of the moe genre in Japan post-2007 (which led to the creation of K-On's and Kyoto Animation's string of moe creations), and most anime is aired at late-night, which means they rely on DVD/ hard copy sales in order to make money.

Verizon dropped Funimation from their channels, dubs are becoming increasingly slower and questionable whether certain shows (Fate/Zero) will get dubbed or not, companies like Aniplex has to resort to ridiculously high prices/imports to generate and guarantee a profit, Bang/Zoom saying that they won't dub any anime because they're not making money from it, the closing of ADV and other numerous companies, and many more.

Those reasons alone should be enough to say that the anime industry's struggling but especially in the west.

But it seems that the Japanese are adapting to the American model more and more and hopefully, they can take action much quicker than they did previously before it's too late.
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Posted 10/1/13 , edited 10/1/13
It's literally been over a half a year, plus 2 months since this was last posted in. Feel free to recreate if you so desire. Closed due to inactivity.
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