I’m not expecting the
Perfection is hard.
Just take a look at a similar industry like
Both industries aren’t suffering from Piracy like they used to.
Here’s what I’d like to see in the future, from 2018 and beyond…
6 Things The
Anime Industry Needs Within The Next Decade:
1. Global licensing without restrictions
Sounds impossible doesn’t it? And that’s why it needs to happen.
We’re a long way off from anything like that ever happening.
Right now in 2018, you’re still likely to come across one of these annoying messages on legal
I’m shocked this even happens in a place like the UK. But I shouldn’t be.
But what if we could eliminate this licensing problem within the next 10 years?
What would the
If that really became true, what would Piracy look like?
Not to mention
It’s obvious for this kind of thing to happen:
- The days of using old business practices for how
animeis licensed… Would have to come to an end.
- And businesses would need to come up with a new formula to license out their
productsin a way that’s profitable, practical, efficient and flexible.
This one thing would change the
- Businesses who own the licenses will be making
money. Streamingcompanies would be able to please their customers easier.
- And fans would be happier as well.
If everyone’s happy, the industry itself would prosper to a point most skeptics wouldn’t even believe is possible.
2. Cut back on the distribution of
Cds and dvds have been declining since 2006.
Dvds in the
But here’s the thing: even in 2018, companies still insist on spending so much on distributing
And by the way, I understand why.
Dvds matter. Some people still
But when you look at the bigger picture it’s wasteful and stupid. The internet ain’t going anywhere.
Any innovations in the future of the
There’s no hope in trying to save something that’s already on life support, with no cure to save its life from coming to a tragic end, eventually.
3. Augmented Reality
There’s actually a video related to this with some early ideas of what you would expect to see.
Except it’ll be mind blowing as it evolves over the next 10 years.
Virtual reality is still a baby. It’ll be more than 10 years before we can expect anything massive from it in the
So I won’t mention it here.
But augmented reality is a different story.
Pokemon Go is breaking barriers with AR. Even if it’s on a “minor” level.
But the truth is what you see is only a small preview of what’s to come in the future.
The kind of thing you only get to experience once in a lifetime if you choose to.
And more importantly: this will open up a potential NEW business model for the industry.
That means: more
4. A larger collection of
anime shows on demand (old and new)
And more than anything else,
Because here’s the brutal truth as it stands today:
- The only reason we use pirate sites is BECAUSE they offer a better service.
- Part of that service is an unlimited amount of
animeshows on demand.
- Right now, no legit
streamingsite for animecan make that claim. Not even close.
anime streamingsites are best for new shows, since there aren’t many older shows.
- And again, licensing restrictions is to blame here.
You can’t really blame these
Japan is the heart of
But within the next 10 years, it would be nice to see progress in this area. In a big way.
This one thing by itself would make a bigger difference than most other problems the industry’s facing.
5. A LARGER amount of
anime shows being dubbed (old and new)
This is another annoyance in the
It’s something millions of fans would love to see. Despite the so called “hate” dubbed shows seem to get.
Have you noticed how many subbed shows release every season… without a dubbed alternative?
It’s only when the
Yes there are shows that aren’t popular that also get dubbed, like Angels Of Death, Island and so on.
But in general, these are the exceptions and never the norm.
And that’s still true in October 2018.
Another thing worth mentioning is older shows should get dubbed more often too.
Most of the time we’re waiting YEARS for an
Licensing is a pain in the ass. Everything comes back to that. And dubbed shows obviously take time,
But still: pulling this off would be a pretty big deal for the
Even if it’s only on a small-scale, but enough to make a big difference at the same time.
Related: 16 Of The Best Dubbed Anime Shows
6. Newer, better business models
It’s clear to me the business models in the
Don’t get it twisted. I know
But I can’t help but feel the business models (how
- We all know of the soul crushing salaries paid out in the industry. Which is worse than almost anything you can compare it to.
- Animator shortage. This is because of the working conditions associated with the
animeindustry. Caused mostly by how profitable an animecompany is.
- And obviously other issues hiding under the surface.
I feel like there are a lot of barriers standing in the way of making the “business models” of the industry stronger, better, more efficient and successful.
But maybe within the next 10 years it’s time to take the business models we have in the industry, and give them some fine tuning.
Maybe it needs a new engine.
Or maybe a complete makeover all together.
If these things happen:
animeindustry will become more attractive for people to consider working in and building a career out of.
animeartists and Mangaka’s will have better opportunities (maybe). Animejobs will be more attractive outside of Japan. Animewill grow and expand like it never has before.
- And more people will become a part of the industry. Whether they’re fans, business owners or otherwise.
Some of the things I mentioned might be a stretch. Or they might not. It depends on what you believe is possible.
But to me, achieving half of these things within the next 10 years seems doable. AND Ideal.
Honorable Mentions that are “nice” to haves:
- Holographic technology.
- Improvement on VR (virtual reality).