–An anime professional predicts that the Japanese ACG industry will decline a lot to the point where international publishers like Viz Media end up publishing and translating comics from India, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand as a last resort. Tokyopop and the like did distribute and publish Asian non-Japanese comics before but if the Japanese ACG industry were to decline, then publishers would seek Asian non-Japanese comics as the last resort.
–On the other hand, the Western, Middle Eastern and African ACG markets grow significantly as to fill in a void left by Japanese ACG. One may even expect that Ghana could provide its equivalent to the Naruto franchise or at least spawn a lot more internationally popular comics and cartoon franchises. However inevitably out of necessity and one that might even have a big advantage, especially when it comes to seeking better black or African representation.
–Given the severe lack of Japanese ACG, other than a few franchises (including Pokemon), Animax and the like would have to import a lot of non-Japanese productions. Though Animax did do it before with its in-house production LAMB, it’s going to become the norm or at least nearly so. In 2021, they could even air productions like Robin and Stressed Eric (at least in the interim). As well as buying productions from non-Japanese non-Western studios. All is possible in the future.
–DC and Marvel would be heavily affected by this and diversify a lot of their content. Especially in that it can’t always be superheroes though I think characters like Tigra might have a new life in young adult magic realism stories. Marvel even makes people make their own comics somewhere online I think though the next logical step’s to quit print comics for good and dedicate themselves to webcomics (DC’s got DC Universe and Zuda Comics).
–Not to mention that where there’s a dearth of Japanese ACG, DC and Marvel would finally dedicate themselves to appealing to international markets largely on their own. However to get to it, Marvel would have to localise a lot whilst DC gets partly bought by a Sino-Indian corporation. (In fact, DC might end up being the more Asia-focused of the two with the Western part being largely focused in Russia.)
If that’s the case, expect DC Comics to be bought by Russian and Sino-Indian corporations whereas Marvel expands to Asia and Africa without needing to be bought. (Thanks Disney.)
–Russia, in this situation, thanks to Mr Putin, would become one of the largest ACG hubs and serve as the best meeting point between East and West. Russian companies would buy like 30% stake in DC Comics (the others go to China and India with America retaining like 10%) as an attempt to expand internationally. Though not as influential in Asia proper as China and India are, it’s now one of the largest ACG industries in the world right after Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya.
–Not all Japanese franchises will fade out completely. Pokemon’s international enough to persist and at this point, even has a game inspired by Great Britain. (Pokemon’s own parent company, Nintendo, might set up shop in India and China and probably already did.) Japanese publishers would be kept alive by having Chinese and Indian companies buy stake in them. A Chinese company actually started out with chickens and bought the King of Fighters franchise. (If it sounds odd, Samsung started out in the grocery business and did noodles before.)
–Though Russia, Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria (as well as Morocco, Turkey and South Africa) now constitute as one of the largest ACG hubs in the world, the ones with the largest influence within Asia goes to China and India where their influences are greatly felt among their immediate neighbours. Given the growing cooperation between China, Russia and the Philippines there’ll be heavy push to learn Mandarin and Russian as well as more exposure to media so there’s inevitably going to be a strong Chinese influence in the Philippines (as well as Russian) in the future.
–It’s not that Japan stopped producing ACG content, it’s just not the main producer of it at least in the non-Western world anymore. In fact, because of heavy competition the Japanese ACG industry (save for some franchises) have become practically nonexistent and glorified museum pieces if you will. The only people who’ll remember Naruto a lot are going to be in retirement homes (Lensman used to be one of the biggest franchises that even got its own animated adaptation).
–Quite strangely enough and almost unexpectedly, even prose fiction changes to fit the demands now that anime’s gone. I even half-expect young adult and crime novels to be written more like anime episodes or at least heavily acknowledge anime influences. To the point where even crime novels are expected to have characters intended to appeal to certain people a lot (especially with the endlessly categorised features aimed at arousing them) and more increased sexualisation. Crime novels are now also expected to have multimedia franchises if they’re to get successful.
–All is possible in the near future so half expect the next Naruto to be Ghanaian and the like.