Rantapocalypse: Savior of anime? I think not.


The actual saviour of anime.

Over the past few years but mostly this year, there;s been quite a bit of chatter over the notion that anime is need of being “saved”. What this usually entails is a something that will  become super huge in the west ala Cowboy Bebop. Remember how the anti-moe western fanbase were all gearing up for REDLINE to be the next Akira and look at how THAT turned out. The new anime that’s supposedly suppose to revitalize the western zeal of anime fans in the U.S. is Space Dandy, an anime that looks like a modern-day version of that laserdisc game Space Ace. and so obviously trying to pander (yes, I’m allowed to use that word here) to the western fanbase.

In all seriousness, is Space Dandy will NOT do anything of the sort. Even though it’s on Toonami, the era of watching anime on TV is more or less dead. Most SMART anime fans know what’s coming out in Japan and just DL crunchyroll rips (and in my ideal world, purchase the shows if and when they come out in here or if they have the $$$, get the Japanese releases).

Anime is doing just fine in Japan right now. No, I don’t want to hear about the panic of the declining population there. Even IF anime production is doomed, guess what, there are HUNDREDS of shows to look around for. You’re not obligated to watch the latest shows. The west will ALWAYS be an afterthought to the industry.

Also the notion that anime HAS to be for normal  er I mean casual people is absurd because I doubt they’ll be buying DVD/BD’s, books and figures. Otaku are obsessive for a reason.


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5 responses to “Rantapocalypse: Savior of anime? I think not.

  1. drawingirl94

    Bravo for an excellent post. I agree with everything you said here. However, I have to say that I actually am kind of curious about Space Dandy, and I do plan on watching it (but not on TV, since I want to see the Japanese version first). I don’t think anime even needs to be saved in terms of the shows they make, since there are a lot of titles coming out recently that I think are worth watching. And I definitely agree that casual anime fans probably wouldn’t support the industry as much as hardcore ones do. I think all anime fans should buy physical copies of the shows they love the most if they have the money, whether they are casual or hardcore.

  2. OtakuAnthony

    While anime doesn’t need to be saved (IMO it is a buzzword anymore) since it is doing just fine. I do however look forward to watching Space Dandy. Might not be show of the season or show of the year material but it should be a fun right ride all the way to the end.

    The casual anime fans in Japan are not going to buy physical releases since they are just that casual fans. If anime was priced like it was in the West that might be different and they might buy, but even then they wouldn’t buy like the hardcore fans do.

    People get upset that anime keeps getting made for the hardcore fans but they are ones that are buying so why not make it for them. Of course there is nothing wrong with trying to not aim for the hardcore fans and making something aimed more at the West it is just a risky move. I don’t know how Space Dandy will do in Japan. Will it flop? I don’t know, will it be like AoT and sell like hotcakes? Could do that.

  3. An example of making something for casual fans that works is Gundam Build Fighters. the show is being put on Youtube with English subs but it’s obviously designed to sell Gunpla so it’ll still generate revenue.

  4. Isn’t it interesting how all of these things that are supposed to “save” anime are things that the Western fanbase are way into? REDLINE was supposed to “save” anime. Kids on the Slope was supposed to “save” anime, and now Space Dandy is supposed to “save” anime.

    It’s almost as though they don’t give a damn about the Japanese anime market. I mean, to me, something “saving” anime means that it’s a smash hit in its own market, not a one-off production made to appeal to an overseas market that’s not only undoubtedly more expensive to market to, but has proven in the past to be extremely fickle and almost committed to being an impotent market force.

    The fact that production companies have the funds to make something like Space Dandy, Flowers of Evil, or REDLINE proves that the anime industry isn’t dead. They have the expendable resources to make things that are, less than even not being guaranteed slam dunks, almost doomed to fail in current Japanese anime market right out of the gate.

    Besides, it’s not the shows that “save anime.” It’s the market. If people want Space Dandy to save anime, they’re going to have to save Space Dandy by supporting the hell out of it and continuing that support up to, during, and long after the US disc release.

  5. Space Dandy might have a lot of hype behind it over here, but talk is cheap. If they’re so confident in the show being so big, then they should put their money where their mouths are.

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