Post-anime in Asia

I have a feeling that of all the places on the globe, it’s Asia where they produce a lot of productions closest to what people expect of anime (maybe with a twist). That’s probably already happening today. Though I have a feeling that with Japanese anime gone, both China and India might serve as the main Asian animation hubs.

(Interestingly enough, both China and India influenced much of East and Southeast Asia to varying degrees so it seems sensible and natural for them to regain power.)

The fact that even the Philippines embarked on its own anime production makes me think this is forthcoming. Same with South Korea and China. I have a feeling that Hideaki Anno’s right to say that Japanese animation might be usurped by its neighbours. Another may say similar.

Whatever that means, the true heirs to Japan are its most immediate neighbours.

Fixations on whiteness

Though this isn’t always nor consistently the case (since there were Western women marrying Asian men before and still is to some extent when it comes to Indonesian men), I highly suspect that the tall, dark and handsome man meme doesn’t resonate much in Asia and possibly Africa. It’s like how in Asia and Africa you have adverts for skin bleaching but coupled with straight black hair. Though there could be a colonial component to it, it’s not as big as others make it out to be.

(Some Asian and African women may bleach their hair, not so much to adhere to Western beauty standards, but to do it on their own volition as to brighten up dull black hair or appear more stylish and in some cases, actually to deter male attention.)

Likewise Western beauty standards can be pretty baffling in Asia and Africa. The obsession over tan skin happened very recently and even then it’s not that universal. In fact, both dark skin and/or blond/lighter hair (especially when on albinos, students and delinquents) may even be loathsome there. Or at least just not that desirable.

If I’m not mistaken, some Japanese schools used to be in the habit of excluding naturally lighter-haired students for thinking they bleached it (some Philippine, Nigerian, Kenyan and Cambodian schools also do similar things). Though having albinism might make it worse. It’s not that blond hair’s unattractive in Africa and Asia as much as it doesn’t really have the same connotations of youthfulness as it does in the West.

For old people

I still think that in almost 40 years time, the only people who’d personally know anime well by then are pensioners. As strange as it sounds, things like Lensman used to be a bigger deal back then too. (Green Lantern’s heavily influenced by Lensman just as Star Wars owes a lot to Dune.) There’s even a possible precedent for it. Anime professional Hideaki Anno had a feeling anime might not be around forever, the next one will confirm what he said but saying that anime’s own demise’s partly due to sexualising minors a lot.

(That’s something not too many anime fans would like to hear or realise, since almost all anime characters are sexualised teenagers but ones targetted to old hardcore fans.)

Anno also said that Taiwan and other countries might even overshadow Japan in the forseeable future. This is already happening now as they’re already making their own animations a lot. I could go on saying that even Africa’s catching up a lot with things like Bino ands Fino, Supa Strikas, Katoto and Aya de Yopougon. Rao help if the next Naruto’s an African production. (It’s actually somewhat unsurprising as Nollywood’s already increasingly this well-known.)

I have a feeling that some Japanese mangaka might move to neighbouring countries for good (well one already did, however to France) soon as Japanese anime declines. The decline might’ve more to do with growing sexualisation than with financial ones. If true, then I still think the only people who’d fondly remember anime as it was are old people. Maybe not always the case but Rao help if the next Gundam anime’s actually mostly headed by Filipinos that’s when Anno’s own predictions come true in a way.

Hideaki Anno and the start of post-anime

Since the director Hideaki Anno said that Japanese anime might decline between five to 20 years from now, should another anime professional say similar things they might as well be confirming what he said earlier. Whether if anime fans like it or not, Anno even said that Taiwan might replace Japan as the centre of Asian animation though I think it’s much likelier for China and India to overtake it.

Rao help if that anime professional also says that Southeast Asia might replace Japan in general when it comes to Eastern comics and animation. I think that’s already happening to some extent with Malaysia’s Upin and Ipin airing on the Disney Channel, The Philippines can claim Barangay 143 and Trese. I could go on saying similar things about Africa. South Africa’s got Supa Strikas, Nigeria has Bino and Fino, Uganda claims Katoto and Cote d’Ivoire has Aya de Yopougon.

As for post-anime, I still maintain the opinion that the real difference’s that post-anime looks up to Western comics and animation for inspiration, especially as a viable alternative now that Japanese anime and comics are gone. If Japan is the hub for anime, could China be the hub for Oriental post-anime? (One wonders if Nigeria and Kenya might be the new African hubs for animation.)

It seems if Anno and his ilk were to be believed, Japanese anime might not be around forever and sometimes anime’s best replacements are from Japan’s immediate neighbours.

The Substitutes

I think if a mangaka were to say anime’s real decline’s partly due to sexualising youngsters a lot, there’s also somethings like children being highly impressionable and the love map where one’s paraphilia or preference begins. If believed to be true, let’s not also forget that almost any adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’s partly responsible for causing somebody’s inflation paraphilia. Among other things for better or worse.

The problem with a lot of anime at this point’s that they’re increasingly not at all aimed at younger children. It’s not necessarily wrong to have younger characters but when youth’s so often sexualised it can be dubious. (Especially once we get to things like wanting to be powerful and legal laws.) Said mangaka might move elsewhere to the Philippines and influence another lad to do the same.

Perhaps alarmingly enough, since third world countries are already beginning to make their own animations en masse I have a feeling the next Naruto might be Ghanaian. This is a logical possibility as even some African countries are already putting effort in it. Cameroon can claim Aurion, Ghana and Kenya both have Leti Arts, South Africa’s got Supa Strikas, Nigeria has Bino and Fino, Cote d’Ivoire has Aya de Youpougon and Uganda’s got Katoto.

Even the Philippines has its own animations lately. If anime declines, its legacy will live on elsewhere.

The future is post-anime

I still think if anime were to die soon and some will say this, some fans will not like it. But a more damning possibility’s that Japanese anime might be replaced by the very countries’ industries aping it to death. There might even be a generation of Southeast Asian cartoonists whose styles closely mimic their Japanese counterparts.

They might even take over said Japanese IPs. This was already been done to King of Fighters now that it’s owned by a Chinese company. Conversely speaking, some Japanese anime studios do have Southeast Asian branches so there’s a frighteningly good chance that their influence is continued and sustained elsewhere.

But a stranger one’s that Western science fiction stories might become possibly post-anime IP franchises. Whilst Lensman did get an anime adaptation before, it’s another if Dune got an anime adaptation. It’s not that Dune hasn’t been adapted to film before. But that it or any other science fiction property might inspire a post-anime adaptation now that anime’s gone.

It’s not that there won’t be any more anime and manga but in the future a lot of it will be produced and continued outside of Japan. KOF’s already being produced by a Chinese company, this should give an idea of where post-anime’s heading. That and even the Philippines are making their own anime so there’s that.

The three powers

Whilst I think Western influences may’ve been a part of anime since its early days, I think post-anime might be marked by looking up to Western animation as a viable alternative now that anime’s gone. I think even a mangaka might say this and get flack for it. Others have said similar things before too.

I even said that American animation might become the new hub of adult animation just as China and India are the new Asian animation hubs. It’s not that anime franchises will be entirely gone but I have a feeling they’d be handed to non-Japanese countries for survival. Rao help if Gundam flourishes in China.

Or if Philippine cartoonists can convincingly mimic the Japanese counterparts they’re influenced by. As for America, given there’s a growing adult animation industry I think it’s the best replacement for anime when it comes to appealing to adult viewers. China and India would the best replacements for Japan overall.

Though that would mean anime’s legacy, if the anime industry were to die at all, would have to survive elsewhere.