So I see it all the time “Anime is dying” in forum threads, comments on Crunchyroll, in YouTube videos… (you get the point) I would just like to say not to worry it isn’t kind of….
The thing is Anime in the sense we know it is dying. Where you go into a store, or shop online and find the DVD/BR you want then shell out insane amount of money to get like 6 episodes of Dragon Ball Z. This will be a thing of the past with all media forms soon.
I have also seen a lot of well people are pirating the show instead of buying so the industry is losing tons of money ahhhhhhhh. Maybe they are right, but I looked into studies that were done on people who pirate things online. The overwhelming result was that if they couldn’t pirate it online they just wouldn’t buy it. (in some cases they said they would steal an actual copy from a store) So the people pirating it really weren’t contributing in the first place.
The real reason its “dying” is because of things like Crunchyroll, Hulu, Netflix (insert streaming service here) that have a small fee and you can watch as much as you want. I personally pay $60 a year to watch all the Anime I want on Crunchyroll. When I was younger I spent $60 a year just buying Season 1 of an Anime that I liked.
This is a bit of a tangent, but an American release of an Anime helps almost none to getting that sequel you want. American studios pay the Japanese Animation studio for distributing rights. If thats a $200,000 dollar deal and the American studio sell $5 billon to the American markets thats, that they don’t have to give the Japanese studio anything.
If you really honestly want to support it outside a subscription to a streaming service, buy figurines! I am being completely serious with this, they can cost almost $200 and cost the studio near nothing to make. This is the ultimate form of showing your appreciation.
Overall the Anime Industry isn’t dying like everyone says, its simply just not evolving fast enough. Do I think it will ever reach the amazing sales that it saw in the early 2000’s no. I do think that it can easily be “saved” by just redirecting sales efforts.
Let me know your opinions in the comments below 🙂