As anime enters its twilight years, should it ever disappear there’ll certainly be heirs. There are already publications and productions aping anime but to varying degrees of suspicion and success. Not to mention any Western live action adaptation of anime productions are met with derision and failure.
Western live action productions could end up moving in the direction of anime rather than adapting from it in how it’s approached. Hiroki Azuma discussed about database consumption or grouping and assembling traits due to the consumer-producer’s desires and interests before. This is notably evident in fanworks as well as pornography.
This is also apparent in various fanvids of existing productions and other video clips often edited and sometimes combined to odd effect. It’d be interesting to have the YouTube generation move onto proper filmmaking and chances are their approaches will be eerily similar to what Azuma said.
There’s also a growing use of digitally recreating actors for film and live productions as well as actors portraying entirely different characters in stop motion. They could end up adhering to database traits as predetermined by animators, producers and directors whenever they play such roles.
Auteurs become an afterthought, roles are expected to be assembled to generate a response in viewers. To be fair, there were already stock stereotypes and characters in acting before but this takes it to a new direction hewing closely to pornography and moe. After all, the new filmmakers have grown up on a database model for so long that it’s showing in their stories.
Old-timers would balk at their approaches just as they did with George Lucas and Steven Spielberg when the latter two were younger. That and publishing and video game corporations start approaching films and television like informercials for their products. This was there before but anime has perfected it and could spread to other industries in the future.
A Japanese anime professional could start sounding the alarm about both the Japanese animation industry and its Western counterparts. Already the latter’s starting to catch up with the former in delivering graphic content and being aimed at adult audiences.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that but what was once the preserve of anime has now spread to Western animation outside of allusions and fanart. In my lifetime, an animated adaptation of Marquis de Sade’s stories will see the light of its day. It could be 120 Days of Sodom and would put many hentai to shame.
120 Days of Sodom is a really graphic work and should it be animated, it’ll make Legends of the Overfiend look tame and all the more astonishing as it’s a Western work adapted in a Western cartoon. There were already fears over violent productions such as Castlevania.
Japan’s ‘Midori’ animation has come close to actualising Sade’s vision in animation but 120 Days of Sodom the Cartoon would be worse than Salo is in terms of reputation and the content being shown. Because it’s animated, animators will think they can get away with it.
Even though it’s going to be just as banned as Salo was. They wanted adult animation but outside of Japanese productions and Salo nobody expected 120 Days of Sodom to be adapted, let alone twice. If a Japanese animator said that, it’ll cause controversy but will be an omen to come for Western animation.
I think if another anime professional were to warn people about anime’s downfall, it’ll still startle and anger fans for whatever reason. The possibility that other countries like Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana could sustain and support industries that rival Japan’s and make many more children’s animations on par with Naruto would startle anybody.
That’s been attempted before with Supa Strikas and Bino and Fino, the biggest one has yet to arrive. Also Western productions are beginning to rival their Japanese counterparts in graphic content aimed at an older audience if Rick and Morty and Castlevania are any indication. Japanese animation and comics could eventually disappear for good in terms of production.
Anime fans would’ve to accept anime’s demise and its substitutes following that.
Watch out anime fans, when an anime professional starts criticising the industry for being too perverted one would have to look at not only pornographic productions but also a cottage industry of amateur porn dedicated to SFW productions and fleeing moments of porny moments in those productions. One could criticise him for being an idiot.
But they’ve done similar things when Hideaki Anno sounded the alarm. Or for another matter, Yoshiyuki Tomino and Hayao Miyazaki before them. An animator could start ranting about the industry then quitting it for good when it comes to a better industry.
There were already animators doing this and one shouldn’t be surprised if an animator that worked on Yu Yu Hakusho is now doing illustration work for magazines. The working conditions for those people isn’t kind though it’s not always the case. But one shouldn’t be surprised if another professional speaks out whilst working in another industry.
I remember Animax when it was an all-anime spinoff of AXN Asia. As expected, it often airs anime but if Japan’s economy continues to decline it’s going to affect its anime and comics industries. One could say it’s already happening, what should alarm others is if they’ll disappear for good. Many professionals won’t be around forever, whether if it’s their careers or their biological lives or not.
In my lifetime, Animax Asia could go from airing mostly anime to any animation regardless of nationality. In the 2040s, Animax Asia could start airing a classics block that includes Western productions like Castlevania and Rick and Morty in addition to Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures and Stein’s Gate.
That’s going to happen especially if the Japanese animation and comics industry disappear for good, leaving America and the rest of the world to step up and replace it.
I said this many times over that given Japan’s socioeconomic woes, its own animation and comics industries could disappear for good. There were already industry professionals giving their warning before. Should anime and manga disappear in my lifetime, it’s inevitable that Japan’s neighbours could come to fill in that gap.
Countries like Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia are beginning to step up as soon as their economies grow. America is starting to have a substantial adult animation industry, helped in part by both anime and the Internet. I remember somebody at an online thread saying that the Western animation industry could go the way of anime by pandering to diehards at the expense of casual viewers.
The successes of Rick and Morty, Archer, Castlevania and Bob’s Burgers could be taken as omens of the American industry’s future. An anime professional will make statements similar to mine that other countries are going to outdo Japan. Evangelion’s Hideaki Anno already said this before and another one would reiterate his points sooner.
The anime fandom would have to deal with that Japan won’t be around to always give them everything whether if they like it or not.
I have this feeling that one of the real reasons why the anime industry is going to collapse is because it produces too much disgusting stuff. Not just with gore and porn but that a lot of anime is really boring to most people. That there’s an overproduction of anime but several studios are closing most notably with Manglobe.
It’s not sustainable for the industry, especially when it comes to the merchandise being unattainable for most fans. And people wonder why piracy’s such a thing. It gets worse when you realise that Japan and the rest of the developed world have rapidly ageing, declining populations making it harder to reach out to a younger audience.
When coupled with xenophobia, it worsens when it comes to reaching out to more people that the anime industry would have to shift elsewhere. In all likelihood, the next Naruto could be an African production. Anime as we know it is long gone and consigned to history.