The Biggest Anime Industry Facts You Should Know In 2020

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Written by Theo J Ellis

The anime industry’s been growing since the 2000’s. Where there was a small dip when the recession hit the world.

It’s been rising consistently ever since. With no major sign of slowing down.

That’s in spite of things like:

I’ll get into the industry facts, and where the anime industry stands in 2020.

Here’s what it looks like.


Anime Industry Facts 2020:


1. The anime industry is worth $19 billion dollars (2+ trillion yen)

anime industry data worth 2018

According to The Association Of Japanese Animations, their latest report said the industry’s worth ¥2.1527 trillion Yen.

Converted that’s over $19 billion dollars, or £15 million pounds.

This data is taken from 2018, the last time they analyzed the data for the anime industry.

Even still – we can see the massive growth the industry’s taken in the last decade.


2. The anime industry’s grown consistently since 2013

anime industry growth 2010 2018 1

Taken from data provided by AJA (Association of Japanese Animations), the industry’s grown non stop since 2013.

Before that there was some growth, but it’s never been as consistent or noticeable as the period from 2013.

If you think about the growth of the internet and technology, it’s not too surprising.

On top of the growth of the international anime market.


3. Anime‘s “digital” growth hasn’t stopped since 2010

google trends 2020 anime

According to Google where trillions of searches are performed every year, anime‘s digital growth started in 2010.

Before that the growth was iffy. But 2010 is the point where anime‘s digital growth has risen non stop.

2020 has taken that to another level thanks to Coronavirus and other reasons.

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4. Over 87.1% of anime studios are based in Tokyo, Japan

japanese anime studios distribution

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Taken from the AJA, over 87.1% of anime studios are based in Tokyo, Japan.

That means the remaining 12.9% is likely based in:

  • The USA.
  • UK.
  • China.
  • Europe.

And other parts of the world (including Asia).

As long as anime stays this way, the idea of the industry being ruined by the west or otherwise is low.

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5. The US has the most “anime contracts” being made outside Japan

japanese anime contracts worldwide

What this means is simple. More anime contracts are being made between the US and anime companies than any other country.

Or put another way: more anime business is happening at a higher rate in the US.

After the US it’s:

  • South Korea.
  • Taiwan.
  • France.
  • Canada.
  • China.
  • United Kingdom.
  • Australia.
  • Hong Kong.
  • New Zealand.
  • Ireland.

This is based on data from 2018.


6. 40.2% of anime contracts are being made in Asia (as a region)

anime rate of contracts worldwide

When viewed from a region point of view, Asia makes up 40.2% of anime contracts. Based on 2018 data.

After Asia it’s:

  • Europe (24.5%).
  • North America (20.9%).
  • Oceania (8.1%).
  • Africa (2.9%).
  • Latin America (2.8%).
  • Middle East (0.5%).
  • Eastern Europe (0.1%).

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7. Dragon Ball Z makes the most in music royalties overseas

top animation works music royalties overseas

This data is taken from 2015 to 2017, with no new data since then.

That being said – Dragon Ball Z has consistently been in the top 3. Or in 2017 the most successful anime with the most music royalties overseas.

Other anime that make $$$$ from music royalties overseas:

  • Pokemon.
  • Attack On Titan.
  • Naruto.
  • One Piece.
  • Fairy Tail.
  • Inazuma Eleven.

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8. Anime production costs continue to increase

anime production costs rising

In a survey done by the AJA, some people said:

  • As the number of programs produced rises, so do production costs and sponsors’ budgets.
  • Unit production costs tend to be raised thanks to newcomers from other industries.

The report also goes on to say (edited):

“One of the main reasons for the increase in production costs is the fact it’s impossible to match the required quality. In other words, there is a strong demand for higher quality anime.”

This data is slightly old (2017-2018-ish) but it’s relevant and consistent with other data. Like how it costs over $1 million dollars to produce the average anime series.

A lot of this has to do with companies chasing trends and trying to keep up with the joneses.

The more anime studios think they “need” to create an insane number of anime, the more production costs will climb.


A few more facts:

  • Anime merchandise is decreasing in sales.
  • Streaming is on the rise (not surprising).

I’ve been saying this for the past few years now. Over and over again.

Physical anime products will continue to decrease as digital takes over. DVD’S won’t die, but they WILL be outpaced by digital streaming.

They already are being outclassed by digital.

Putting money into physical products at this point is asking for trouble. And the data shows.

Merchandise is the only one that makes any sense, but will need a new strategy going forward to drive up demand.

News source: Association Of Japanese Animations.



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