Defining Post-Anime

Like I said, post-anime might become a thing if/when the Japanese ACG industry either ceases to exist or at least becomes really diminished due to increased competition from other non-Western countries. African animation might become a big thing in the near future as Africa’s getting rich enough to afford supporting its animation industries a lot. China might even surpass Japan as the leading Eastern animation hub.

Some anime professionals already think the anime industry’s in trouble and anothre one might confirm it. I suspect without new Japanese anime, substitutes will take its place. Some of it might even be Western but because when you think about it Western animation’s actually catching up real quickly in adult animation. There are Western productions influenced by anime and that anime itself’s Western influenced’s saying.

I think for some post-anime professionals, looking up to Western animation might be inevitable especially if it’s seen as more mature than say Chinese or Nigerian animation is. That’s how Japanese animation was regarded as for a long time. Though I also think post-anime professionals might favour Western animation more for having a much richer, uncheckered history.

That’s not to say anime doesn’t have a long, uncheckered history. But the fact that anime can’t even exist without Western influences (some anime professionals admitted this and that Japanese studios used to do subcontractor work for American productions), makes one realise why it look so long for anime to become what it is today.

Many of the earlier anime productions are practically indistinguishable from their American counterparts, so much so that when some get dubbed it’s that easy to eliminate any traces of Japaneseness in them. So it seems anime wouldn’t become anime proper until the late 20th century and especially the 2000s when fans demand such productions’ Japaneseness to remain intact.

The histories of other non-Western non-Japanese animation industries are even spottier (though it may be that I don’t know much about those at times but it seems at the time their governments can’t afford to spend more on lavish productions much especially when poor). So I think it’s inevitable that it comes to seeking a rich animation identity after anime, Western animation will inevitably be preferred.

Though there were and are still Western-influenced anime, this becomes much more prominent following anime’s demise where the next best thing’s Western animation.

What do they do after anime?

Should the Japanese animanga industries crash real badly, I have a feeling that other countries (both Asian and African) might rise to fill in a big gap. South Korea’s already got a growing domestic comics industry, so much so that some of them get adapted for telly. I even said that Africa’s beginning to step up in the ACG industry. Nigeria’s already got Bino and Fino and its government invests in its animation industry.

South Africa’s no stranger to having some homemade animated films and the Supa Strikas comics and animation franchise. Uganda and Ghana also got their own animation industries. I do recall one report of a Ugandan animator trying to turn his production into a brand and franchise. Besides Southeast Asia can claim Lam (which got animated and shown on Nickelodeon), Upin and Ipin (Disney) and Pugad Baboy.

India’s already got a formidable ACG industry. Especially when it comes to growing numbers of animated productions like Roadside Romeo, Motu Patlu (based on a comic strip) and the like. Same with China and South Korea, the latter which managed to get a lot of successful brands like Ragnarok and Pororo. Let’s not also forget that Australia can claim things like Ginger Meggs and Ocean Girl.

Again if Japanese anime dies out, both its own neighbours and Africa will step up and fill in a big gap.

The end of anime

I sometimes think if anime were to end, replacements might inevitably happen. Market wise, there’s going to be a big demand in filling in a big gap that it’s practically the best they can do about it. I even think China and India might replace Japan in here. Even Kemono Friends’s producer and Evangelion’s Hideaki Anno speculated about similar things.

I could go on saying that Ugandan, South African, Nigerian, Zambian and Kenya animation industries might be poised to also fill in a big gap. But mainly because black representation’s so lacking in both American and Japanese animation that only the entire African animation industry can step in and clear up a world full of limited representation and stereotypical portrayals.

(You could say similar things about Nollywood really.)

Another mangaka might suggest that anime’s time’s over due to other problems and that some fans might not like what they’re saying. I also think due to increased competition especially from more non-Japanese non-Western animation industries and also the West to some extent would be enough to make it harder for anime to break into even further. Crunchyroll already got an original (read Western made) production.

American animation’s already stepping up in adult content if you observe Prymal, Rick and Morty, Castlevania and countless online animations on Newgrounds, Vimeo and YouTube. Whilst other animation industries aren’t any better, anime’s infamously built on slave labour due to the need for saving costs and quantity over quality. (Some Japanese animators may’ve already left the anime industry for good.)

Lastly but not the least, anime might turn out to be its own worst enemy due to factors like poor pay rate and other vices.

This isn’t always the case

I actually suspect the idea that cat ownership’s correlated with less green space’s only true for the developed world. As in when it comes to cultures and countries where dog walking’s rare if people did own dogs it’s usually for a few things like hunting, shepherding and guarding the former two being the only times where most adults would walk their dogs. This would make dog walking for pleasure a very recent thing.

It might not even be consistent among non-Western countries and even some Western countries to an extent (Russia for instance). Both Cameroon and Nigeria are highly agricultural but the latter doesn’t tolerate cats that much whereas the former does even if some degree of distrust occurs. If I’m not mistaken, at least in two studies (one in Yaounde and the other in Bamileke villages) cats outnumbered dogs by a margin.

Mostly for pest control. Conversely speaking, some African communities, locales and churches (like their European counterparts before them) associate dogs with witchcraft even if that doesn’t stop people from owning dogs. Though it does hurt their popularity. Ireland may’ve had a higher cat ownership rate before in the Middle Ages due to Catslechta in which cats are assigned jobs.

Same with dogs in Rwanda prior to the genocide. So pet ownership rates aren’t always due to the amount of available green space (that’s if/when dog walking for pleasure’s not fashionable yet) but also social and cultural beliefs. It’s like why some people don’t walk their dogs often and don’t let them in for long’s that they (secretly) associate dogs with filth even if they own them themselves.

If they think dogs are dirty, if they did own dogs at all the dogs would be expected to stay outside in time (as to literally not deal with their poop often) and wouldn’t walk their dogs often in public too. If dogs are expected to be distrusting towards outsiders, it makes sense that if the dog’s inside owners are expected to distract them to keep them from repelling visitors.

And also partly why some people don’t walk their dogs is because they expect them to guard premises. Ad infinitum, ad nauseum with other animals to whatever degree.

Tumblr with or without it

There are still Tumblrs that have sleazy blogs still up and running. Either that the Tumblr algorithms aren’t doing well or that the moderators aren’t really as careful. Though I think further changes may come. Who knows for sure. But if Livejournal’s any indication, it did go through a porn purge before and is now much more popular in Russia than it ever was outside of it. Though Anglophone blogs and most especially Oh No They Didn’t still exist.

(I guess ONTD gets away but by being practically the most well-known ‘normie’ community blog, based around celebrities.)

Logically, I even half expect Tumblr to be picked up by an African media company sometime in the mid-2020s. Basically Livejournal all over again especially whenever an American brand gets handed to a rising superpower. LJ got picked up by Russia. Tumblr could get picked up by a newly rich Ghana or Nigeria or even Kenya. Much stricter restrictions from then on. And perhaps a sense of Russian LJ in it too.

Those who idealise Germany

It’s actually not wrong to like Germany and I did realise countries before, sometimes with the bitter aftertaste from surprise and anger. The other problem, the biggest one, maybe the inability to eventually accept that certain countries (no matter how perfect) have flaws. The last one, as mentioned in the Local.De website (however when referring to American expatriates), is the tendency to nearly idealise Germany as a refuge from anything American.

Not all people who like Germany necessarily idealise it completely. But that even if they are aware of problems, they still romanticise it (or any other country really). It would be like being into hunting and Germany but not realising that in Germany, stray dogs get shot if they kill wildlife (that’s a thing though similar to its neighbours really). As is dog poisoning. Again it’s not wrong to like Germany.

The real problem lies in romanticising it as well as being unable to eventually get over the fact that Germany or any other country’s so flawed as to be disappointing (as that’s my personal experience to some extent however with another country).

Shady Sides

Keep in mind that very country (and region) has a shady side and some vices are unique. Whether if it’s the Anglophone crisis in Cameroon, the ignorance towards Palestinian Christians’ plight in Israel, the near-tolerance of paedophilia in Japan or that Nazism is resurging in Europe and America. Some vices are shared whether if it’s the mistrust of certain ethnicities or species (keep in mind that dog poisoning’s a big deal in German-speaking Europe as is suspected canine predation though that’s also found in Russia, Japan, France and anywhere else really), misogyny, ableism and lookism.

People with albinism are either distrusted to whatever degree or abused to whatever degree especially in Africa and Asia where they stand out more though they’re also hurt in Europe and America. But I suspect the real issue’s that the more idealised a country is, the harder it is to comprehend its dark side and it can be heartbreaking (I know this from experience however when it comes to Nigeria). In the case with Germany and Japan, they’re not entirely idealised. But still harder to go beyond expectations.

Or at least the inability to realise they have a dark side. The same can be said of any country but the more idealised it is, the harder it gets to comprehend its dark side and once known, it’s devastating.