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The Death of Anime

The drumbeat isn't quite regular yet, partially because there's been so many parts of the anime industry that's fallen off the map in the last couple of years, but there are more public comments being made over the course of time as the industry continues through its changes. The latest comes courtesy of Eric Sherman, the head of Bang Zoom which does localization and dubbing of anime series. And a lot less than they used to as well. Sherman is taking a slightly different approach in how he's framing the problem because as many will point out, the entire fansub/torrent side of things isn't going to change and it's a debate that needed to happen five to ten years ago, not today. One of the problems of today is that you can get so many shows legally, for free, through legitimate streaming, and that's cutting down on peoples purchases.

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Ngai4587d ago

Everything changes.. but do miss some good anime from few years ago. Something is different nowadays. But then again what doesn't

Archaic4587d ago

To be honest, I'm a bit dubious about some of the things in this open letter from Eric. Not the least the claim he makes that that " far, there are no successful ways to monetize online entertainment. Not so that creators can afford to produce and distribute quality content." , particularly in light of figures coming out from groups like Crunchyroll, posted on this very site yesterday -

The arguments being made by Erik and some others sound to me a lot like those of the RIAA and MPAA. From my perspective though, this isn't the death of an industry, but it is the death of a business model. What I think this demonstrates is that direct to disc English dubs are on the way out. If they want to push disc sales without going into streaming themselves, then they need to get more anime on television, and to have a much tighter release schedule both with the discs and with the broadcasts. Seriously, investigate the interest for TV Broadcasts of subtitled anime very shortly after broadcast in Japan. If people can watch for "free" on their big screen TV's instead of on their computer monitors, they're not as likely to be downloading it. If fansubbing is such a problem as it's been made out to be, then it really demonstrates the willingness of the market to accept subs over dubs. While you can't switch to sub-only for everything (ie. As much as I'd love to see a sub of Pokémon, there's no way they could continue to aim at its primary target market without a dub), a number of other series could very well be sub-only, or at least have their initial broadcast as a sub with a dub to follow when the discs start coming out.