Should Anime Become More Mainstream?
This question was asked on a youtube channel I subscribed to, Giguk, a great anime reviewer and a lot of his opinions match my own so I do take a lot of what he says to heart. If you would like to see the video just search his name on youtube and I think that particular video was posted in August or September.
I’ve asked myself a long time ago if it would be a good thing if anime were to become more mainstream and grow even more popular but I do like the fact that it is a niche hobby, I guess a lot of enthusiasts who remember the anime of the 80’s and how difficult it was to get on vhs and accurate English dubs, or dubs period were a dream. I believe some feel like it was something to keep to themselves and I guess I would be one of them.
I’m not sure exactly what it is, maybe I like that anime is kind of obscure and a little weird at times, maybe I like the fact that some of my friends who I’ve peaked some of their interest into the genre ask my opinion on certain things, or maybe I just don’t want to see one of my favorite hobbies destroyed, so keeping it that niche hobby is a good thing.
It may not be all bad, some big studios might actually back some of the favorites and there might be more Transformers or Pacific Rims out there, but as a whole I think corporate America would see this as a chance to merchandise and ultimately ruin it. That may mean that if it were more mainstream it would be more exploitable which means you would see more of this shounen style anime to move product as well as watering down the genre, that is anime, as a whole. However, I guess if it were more mainstream people would stop thinking of them as just cartoons like Scooby doo, or Ben 10 or something. Perhaps, also stop referring to themselves as anime enthusiasts because they watch pokemon or Yugi oh or some other card or toy based game.
So should anime become more mainstream or is it mainstream enough?