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Just When You Think You’ve Caught Up…

November 30, 2007

Just when you think you’ve caught up with anime and manga, there’s news that the industry is dying a not so slow painful death.  We’ve read it in the papers that the manga industry in Japan is on a steady decline, now read this article from one of the US anime industry’s insiders about how anime may go the way of the dinosaur. 

So just when you think you’ve caught up with what’s cutting edge and somewhat new and cool with the YA/teen crowd, start looking again, because it’s a matter of time before this little niche market disappears.

What’s next?  Your guess is as good as mine. 

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jolene permalink*
    December 5, 2007 3:17 pm

    The whole fan-subbing issue is a completely messed up! The people who are making the money are the one’s selling fan-subbed anime on e-bay. It’s interesting that the Japanese are afraid of the internet when traditionally the culture welcomes technological invention. (ex: Bento Box, The Japanese Book of Useless Inventions.) In my opinion, I don’t think the Manga will die out. I think it’s just going through a slump like the American Graphic novel, which has been somewhat revitilized by novel to movie adaptations. (ex: 300, 30 days of Night, Sin City.) The Japan entertainment industry just needs to get their act together by dubbing and packing new releases faster. Their is definately a market in America. I mean look at Pokemon it’s like the cockaroach of anime. It never dies!

  2. December 9, 2007 5:33 pm

    lol. pokemon is sooo the cockroach. i don’t know, i think the fan-sub thing is mostly bragging rights, maybe because it was done this way for so long with manga? ppl do it more out of love than money. i don’t really see it going anywhere. speaking of manga publishers, my dream would be for tokyopop, viz, etc. to sell manga in pdf or kindle filetype for less than $5/ea.

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