When was the last time you seen
For me it was in the late 90’s/early 2000’s. The only shows I remember seeing were:
Dragon Ball Z. Sailor Moon.
Fast forward to 2018, and
Some of the industry insiders even despise
This was highlighted when a British journalist claimed: “
It’s statements like this (from people who have influence) that ruin animes chances of getting the attention it deserves. Because of false claims and bullshit stereotypes judged from a far.
That aside, let’s get back to the BIG question:
Anime Isn’t Aired On National TV, IN GENERAL?
Aside from the point I made already, there are a couple of other points I wanna make:
1. Nobody gives a sh** about airing
Can you imagine seeing a national news headline that says: “The BBC has signed a deal to air
No major TV company would do such a thing because they don’t give a F. And that’s true whether we’re talking about US, UK, Europe,
It’s probably too risky in their eyes, despite
Sure the odd channel may air it, but let’s be honest: America, UK (and other countries) would rather show Friends, Jersey Shore or whatever TV program instead of a “childish cartoon”.
Not yet anyway.
2. Times have changed
And the classics were prominent (
But it’s 2018 now. Things have changed.
Some companies are less willing to show classic (or any
And let’s not forget about Japanese companies themselves. They haven’t innovated in decades. In fact the
Nothing has changed except online
Japanese companies and license holders haven’t made a big push like that. They’ve been too laid back and lax about the international market.
Anime is still too niche
Here’s what I mean:
Yes, millions of fans love
So it’s not like
Regardless, that bubble will pop soon enough. And things WILL change in a big way.
Expect a lot to happen within the next 10 years.
4. Too many problems
Think about it. Pirate sites, terrible service, poor distribution, overly
This is probably hurting the industry indirectly. Even in terms of whether
But can we blame piracy sites? A little. But not anymore than we can blame the industry itself.
Poor service leads to piracy. It’s as simple as that. No excuses, If’s, but’s, and’s or maybe’s about it.
And then there are problems like:
- How much animators are paid.
- Working conditions in the industry.
- DEATH (yes, workers dying from overwork).
- And how people are treated in the industry.
5. Newer shows are SEXIER
We all love NEW and shiny things. That’s what drives the entertainment industry in the first place.
Without new material, the industry wouldn’t exist. So it’s better to air newer shows than it is to air older shows that appeal to nostalgia.
While I LOVE nostalgia (
That alone makes it “sexier” and more interesting than older shows that came before it.
Are these the ONLY reasons
anime isn’t aired on national TV?
Obviously not. If only things were that simple.
Of course there are more reasons than this. Some of which are invisible. And then there are people in the entertainment industry who view
So they shun the idea of having it played on their TV channels.
But in a nutshell, these 5 reasons are some of the biggest. As well as other reasons I’ve missed that are connected to these 5 in some way.
How can we solve this problem as fans of the industry?
It comes down to this:
- If you run an
animeblog (or vlog, podcast), make it your duty to be successful. Your success will play a BIG role in promoting the industry.
- Even if you don’t pay for
Crunchyroll, Funimation, willingly SHARE content on the internet. It does make a difference.
- Start your own business if it’s an itch you want to scratch. Any
moneymade indirectly goes into the industry.
- Attend offline events or be active in the community. After all we’re the ones who drive the industry at the end of the day.
- Collaborate. I’ve noticed a surprising amount of people in the industry who DON’T want to collaborate. But this is dumb. Generally we’re all working to achieve the same goal (especially if you’re a creator), so it’s in our best interest to collaborate.
- Be a customer. People say anime merch is expensive, but compared to what? ALL your gadgets cost 2 – 5X more in comparison. Just thought I’d mention that.
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