Eulogy for anime

Since some Japanese animation insiders and professionals have been saying that anime is dying, it should be unsurprising that something else would have to take its place. Africa is one such continent that nobody would’ve expected to churn out successful franchises but it has come close and achieved twice.
You have South Africa’s Supa Strikas which aired on the Disney Channel and Nigeria’s Bino and Fino. There are also others like Uganda catching up on that but one would have to wait for the biggest African animation franchise to date which could be a watershed moment for the entire industry over there.
The former two have some degree of international appeal but it would be amusing to have an African animation take the world by storm big time. It could even affect anime channels. Animax by then would have to diversify its offerings to include more non-Western and non-Japanese animation.
It could even rebrand itself as the channel for international animation as it can’t go on reairing old Japanese programmes anymore. Conversely speaking, even Western animation will step up and produce more adult-oriented productions that rival their Japanese counterparts in quantity and quality.
It’s probably already happening as Cartoon Network has been reported to be the fastest growing channel for young adults of all things! Should this trend continue, more anime fans would have to accept the fact and adapt to new trends or give up anime altogether.

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