INVISIBLE AMERIKAN ANIMU SCENE

January 10, 2008 at 10:54 pm 7 comments


This is unprecented serious business! Even Patrick Macias is saying so! Even Newtype Amerika is closing up shop! And Hirameki dies!

…this is what happens when self-serving people on BOTH SIDES of the “how do I paid for animu” argument fail to see the collapse of all they hold dear because they fail to realize that keeping a scene alive is a team effort. Japan laughs at your silly squabbles and does not care.

There’s also an element of business that we could go on and on about, but in this case, the Americans did all that they could and they still persist in their thinking. The only thing I can say is this: Die with your ideals.

I’ve already said my piece on the matter, and I don’t want to repeat it again.

Guess it’s time to actually find a black-market AK47 and learn how to clean it, for I fear the time to use it may be drawing closer. The entire situation is rather… … … depressing, to be honest.

Entry filed under: Anime, Bitching, WTF.

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  • 1. thescott18  |  January 11, 2008 at 1:10 am

    I wouldn’t really call the fall of Newtype and Hirameki to be all that threating to the overall market. They were both highly experimental ideas that just didn’t cut it in the US.

    Newtype USA was way too expensive and most of it’s articles were about shows that wouldn’t show up in America for years. On the other hand, other magazines like Shounen Jump and Shoujo Beat are still very successful.

    And Hirameki made crappy games. I own a couple and always regretted the 20 bucks I paid for each. Translations sucked, there were many typos and grammatical errors, and the games had very limited playability. On the other hand, you look at Capcom’s release of the Gyakuten Saiban series in the US, and it’s become one of the most successful DS franchises over here.

    Some people are doing it completely wrong, but most are doing it right, so cut them a little slack.

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  • 2. drmchsr0  |  January 11, 2008 at 2:47 am

    You may be right about the whole “lol failed business model” thing, it’s an example of how you can’t adapt Japanese business models to America.

    Still, there will be people who will paint either of these events as bad things. And I’m a crazy nutter.

    The funny thing is, a copy of Megami costs more than an issue of Maxim or FHM here… … …

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  • 3. Tyrenol  |  January 11, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    Uh… What Bandai had done was “watching out for their own rear.” Why would a company that needs to make money support something that takes away their money?

    You know though… Usually people would reach their hand out to keep from drowning. A lot of companies based on anime are either drowning or have drowned. Some of then needed to go; some didn’t.

    But hey. Amorz is still the (anime) pRon to watch out for if you don’t have problems with your eyes like Chris from “AnimeOnVHSTape.” Anybody who pays more attention to a watermark than the actual show should go blind.

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  • 4. Nephillim  |  January 13, 2008 at 3:51 am

    “Why would a company that needs to make money support something that takes away their money?”

    >>> Because the “something that takes away their money” end up being the ones who give them the money in the long run. As in the Anime Almanac article cited, people who’ve watched Haruhi or Lucky Star ended up being the major supporters of said localisations. Most people won’t watch either unless they know what’s in store, and the only way to do so is…

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  • 5. Tyrenol  |  January 13, 2008 at 8:49 am

    If you checked out Haruhi’s propaganda machine, it was berating the “illegal downloading” society at the same time. Also; Haruhi was successful in reaching out to fans… But it didn’t reach out to everyone else.

    My argument is that there’s better stuff out there. That load of hot air “2% of the Japanese viewing population” proclaimed as God; they’ve got to do better than that.

    And when something better comes around at the same time; Lucky Star will FLOP as well. We in this country have our own Viral Marketer; his name is Michael Bay.

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  • 6. drmchsr0  |  January 13, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    The problem with the scene is that they take the “one-size-fits-all” business model to sell stuff. Coupled that with the selfish attitude EVERYONE takes when it comes to EVERYTHING… … ..

    It’s amazing how these companies actually survived till this very day.

    The thing is, if we continue to think about ourselves instead of others, we WILL be getting nowhere at all. And that means the end of everything we know and love.

    Don’t believe me? I don’t blame you. No one likes the truth in their faces.

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  • 7. gia  |  January 22, 2008 at 12:43 am

    Just for the record, I’m betting Kadokawa Shoten cared a little about Newtype USA going down– since they’ll no longer get moneys from ADV to essentially use their logo.

    As a journalist, I highly value that I will no longer have to specify “Newtype (Japan)” when I talk about the magazines I buy. ❤

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