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Are We Really Seeing The Death Of Anime And Manga?


Not too long ago, someone I knew remarked on Facebook, “The recent clamp down on manga scanlations will cause a drastic plummet in manga and anime product sales.” It’s a disturbing thought for a fan to be espousing, all things considered.

This dovetailed nicely with Dai Sato’s interview regarding the lack of appreciation of the animated medium to be able to tell a story, and the apparent lack of the viewers’ ability to read the stories and the meanings in shows like, in his words, “Eureka 7” and “Ergo Proxy”. (To be honest here, while I’ve heard great things about both, Ergo Proxy turned me off by how obviously pretentious it was.)

This would of course seem very, very shocking to the average fan, and even for older fans, who seem to be unable to come to terms with the changes anime has made over the years. Shows that had a great story to tell and were entertaining made way for light and fluffy slice-of-life shows that involve young, nubile, doe-eyed women doing nothing at all.

And to the older fan, it’s not just scary, it flies in their faces. This isn’t anime they came to love as a child! (Then again, most of the probably never saw “Starship Girl Yamamoto Yohko”, which involved nubile young girls… … … ride in advanced starships blasting the crap out of other people. Same difference. I don’t think there was any immediate discernable plot.)

So how did the industry dig itself into a hole they seemingly could not get out of? Why the need to clamp down on online manga sites? What’s with the “moe” phenomenon?

It’s the Economy, stupid!

One giant elephant in the room supporters and detractors have not even deigned to notice or even mention is the state of the economy in Japan.

If you haven’t noticed, “Cool Japan” is being crushed by being 20-odd years in RECESSION. That’s right, Japan’s economy has been tanking like Gonzo’s bloody stock price! Japan’s economy shat bricks, had an aneurysm, and died! And then became a rotting zombie as far as I’m concerned! It didn’t recover save for a few false starts! And it’s still rotting away, it seems! The otaku industry is THE anomaly in the whole mess! Growing at unbelievable speeds, it laughed at the recession as if it was a bad dream! Well, Lehman Brothers, Goldman Sachs, and Dick Cheney took care of THAT by almost causing the global economy to DIE from toxic assets!

But why then did the industry laugh off “The lost decade”? Well, it’s because of…

FUCKING FANSUBS, FUCKING FUNI AND YOU!

Hands up, those of you who have downloaded at least one series a year. So many hands? Wow, I never would have guessed.

The industry (and fansub/scanlation detractors) love to lampoon the Internet, high-speed broadband, powerful computers and the “entitlement generation” for causing the steady decline of anime in general (and I suspect manga), but of course, like most things, there’s ANOTHER giant elephant in the room both sides do not want to even look at, much less talk about.

Their insatiable appetite for all thing otaku and probably Japan. Back in 2000 and probably earlier, when Japan was only beginning to realize the untapped economic potential of licensing shows to the West, shows weren’t been churned out like, let’s say, canned meat. Shinbo could go out there and actually BE crazy, putting nubile girls in advanced spaceships blowing the crap out of other people in similarly-advanced spaceships (and get away with the violent equivalent of K-On, so to speak.) A time where if you had the numbers to back you up, you got a show lovingly crafted (Well, it seemed to me). A time where you had enough money to actually make 40-odd episodes and still have a bit left over. A time where Monster could have been extremely popular, so to speak. Where Tomino and Kawamori could dick around and make fun shows. Where even Hideaki Anno could get away with using anime as a wagon to scream how much he hated the world, the industry and himself. (What? It’s all true, I swear!) A time where the mangaka of HunterXHunter could get away with not drawing for months at an end.

And then technology brought anime and manga kicking and screaming to the global audience. High speed Internet connections, faster and cheaper computers, the invention of Bittorrent and a seeming lack of copyright enforcement created a movement to promote anime (albeit illegally) to the world at large. So pouplar was this movement, some of the criminals formed the companies we know today to bring in the shows the people wanted. And Japan saw the big money to be made, and responded in kind. It didn’t stop there, though. Faster connections also meant more people wanted to see this newfangled thing better than Disney, and those that had seen it wanted MORE. And this little monster called Greed grew bigger and bigger until we have our sad situation today.

While I’d love to point the loaded gun at me, blow myself away and be done with it, I’m not squarely to blame for the sad turn of events. There’s also been a…

Massive Demographic Shift

We tend to, or rather, we choose to, forget that the market for anime and manga has always been Japan-oriented. The Japanese, if they could so choose, have the ability to simply stop licensing shows to the world (but they would not get the money to prop up their flawed industry!) and simply survive on the domestic market.

And to be honest, there’s been a big change in what the Japanese want for, let’s say, at least a decade. Barring a few big names, people don’t want to see giant robots battling for courage, hope and peace anymore. The world has become a much scarier place, especially for Japan and the otaku, and most of them  are probably in their late 20s or early 30s by now. At this point, they don’t want to see any more shows that feature men screaming attack names out in their steel golem rides and overcome overwhelming odds, REALITY DOESN’T FUCKING WORK LIKE THAT. Remember that not even the combined efforts of Guy Shishioh, Domon Kasshu and Nekki Basara could ever hope to set the Japanese economy right again.

What does Japan do when faced with overwhelming odds she can’t even handle? That’s right, she WITHDRAWS. And the otaku are sterling examples of that. And what’s the tool for enticing them to stay in their shells, never to come out again? (And make a lot of money at the same time?) That’s right, the girls of K-On. (And Nayuki. And Mai. And Misuzu. And Tomoyo. And Kudo, And pretty much every “moe” girl out there.)

It may not be apparent to the entitlement generation, the older fans, and pretty much everyone I know in general, but the prevalent attitude in Japan has changed, and it’s not a very nice change.

While we’re all wailing on one another, determined to see one side die a most horrible death (probably fueled with atomics, I presume), we refuse to see the sad reality in Japan. Japan is in RECESSION. It’s people are DESPONDENT. Getting a JOB is almost downright IMPOSSIBLE. They don’t TRUST their GOVERNMENT to FIX THINGS, and most of them probably believe that THEY were the ones who CAUSED the PROBLEMS in the first place. And Western sentiments are not exactly positive, considering Rapelay, Kodomo no Jikan and Chris Handley are how Japan perceives the reaction of their exported goods.

If you ask me, the rise of maid cafes, rent-a-cat places, the apparent popularity of visual novels in Japan, and the ever-growing shut-in problem are not just mere coincidences. They are symptoms of a much larger problem. One that, unless we actually put aside our differences and actually SEE how serious the whole thing is, would actually lead to a real death of anime, manga, and even otaku culture worldwide, and I don’t mean MOGRA shutting down it’s live stream!

So What Can We Do?

First of all, industry and community has got to stop fighting! Fucking hell, we’re on the same team! Why are we tearing ourselves to pieces when we can actually HELP. Read up on Japan’s woes, listen to Patrick Macias talk about otaku culture, heck, let’s get Chris Handley off the fucking child sex offenders list (HE’S NOT EVEN SUPPOSED TO BE CHARGED, LET ALONE BE THERE) and shut down Sankaku Complex FOR GOOD. Information and action are our two best weapons against the threat of anime and manga dying a slow, horrible death, and there’s no thick steel body armor protecting it from the acids of the Sarlacc it’s in!

Secondly, campaign for a change of the Berne Convention! It’s more than just anime and manga at stake here! It’s the entire creative industry, and that includes what we love! Promote Steam, OpenManga and positive initiatives that serve the interests of the creator, not the companies exploiting the creators! [citation necessary] Campaign for a change in working conditions for animators as well, while we’re at it!

Thirdly, when all else fails, actually try to buy at least 10% of what you downloaded! As much as this is alien and probably loathsome to the entitlement generation, this is still your basic means to say something. Your wallet determines the next license they want to get. Don’t waste your economic power. Unless you happen to like K-On and it’s ilk, then… … … I don’t know what to say.

So what happens after this?

I dunno, man. The industry has been hurtling to it’s eventual doom for quite a while already. I’ll admit it’s going to be a tough fight to get the train to switch gears, but if we don’t do something, we might as well plead guilty and hope not to drop the soap. Or find something new to do.

Otherwise, we gotta do something, or risk seeing our favorite form of entertainment die that slow, horrible death it probably deserved. No one ever said this was easy, mind.

July 28, 2010 at 12:00 pm 2 comments

A Hamster Public Service Announcement – Yes, Japanese Women might feel a bit overwhelmed by 2D Females, most of them avoid the creeps who like them


Yes, everyone has probably heard about HOW JAPANESE WOMEN MIGHT FEEL INADEQUATE TO THEIR 2-DIMENSIONAL COUNTERPARTS. It’s a bit too bloody obvious since 2D females were made by males (mostly), for males. And by males, I mean the otaku.

You can’t exactly beat the likes of Kyou and Kudo, especially when they’re tailor-made to appeal to… … … whatever the heck they’re supposed to appeal. (Other than you-know-where)

But yeah, fact is, GUESS WHERE THE GROUNDBREAKING NEWS CAME FROM?

OH EMM GEE, source tracking lists SANKAKU COMPLEX [all sankaku links are nsfw, people] for the SOURCE.

FUCKING SANKAKU COMPLEX. 

FUCKING SANKAKU COMPLEX.

FUCKING SANKAKU COMPLEX.

FUCKING SANKAKU COMPLEX.

FUCKING SANKAKU COMPLEX.

FUCKING SANKAKU COMPLEX.

FUCKING SANKAKU COMPLEX.

FUCKING SANKAKU COMPLEX.

FUCKING SANKAKU COMPLEX.

FUCKING SANKAKU COMPLEX.

IT’S A FUCKING SANKAKU ARTICLE, PEOPLE. YOU FUCKING KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS.

You all had better read Matt Alt and get your facts straight.

HuffPo Article

…Via Geekomatic

…Via Kotaku

…Via Sankaku…

from the original article at Livedoor.

Of course, that means most Japanese females are actively repulsed (if not outright hate, and would scourge Japan with high-powered weaponry and flamethrowers if given the chance) by the mere notion of guys falling in love with 2D females. Yes, they know that they might be unable to tear guys away from their computers, fake women and dakis, but they also hate that idea, and most of them actively avoid (and would beat up, again, if allowed) any guy who professes their love for 2D females.

But where was I? Oh yeah.

Stop reading Sankaku Complex, people. The porn’s not worth the yellow journalism, and for fuck’s sake, you can get porn ANYWHERE ON THE INTERNET..

July 22, 2010 at 8:00 am 3 comments

minori gets bullied, and a bit more.


I’m not too sure what I’m doing anymore, to be honest.

The community’s gone to shit (not all that surprising, to be honest) even though there are cool dudes in it,.

And then I get the news that minori (blocks websites to foreign fans because they ARE xenophobic douchebags) is practically begging NNL (BREAK THE SUPPORT DISC, etc) to stop distributing their works.

Apparently it would appear that NNL’s previous experience with such incidents (more like Gipface et al giving minori the finger due to LOL DIFFERENT COUNTRIES) has forced minori into doing this so-called face-saving gesture.

…There’s also an announcement happening on the 21st of July. I can’t say that this fills me with a lot of positive emotions. It’s either NNL getting to work on and distribute minori’s products overseas (a prospect that fills me with dread) or it’s going to be the finger again.

There’s no good that can come out of this deal, to be honest, and well, what can I say or do to change the situation? Most I can do is to tell people about it and hope they make the right decision and boycott the unholy union if it ever happens.

Oh well, it could be worse. It could have been Moogy.

July 18, 2010 at 12:00 pm 1 comment

There’s only one way to beat manga piracy…


And that would be to license these few GLORIOUS titles for the greater weeaboo.

  • THE LEGEND OF KOIZUMI
  • Vinland Saga
  • Fate/Kaleid Liner ~PRISMA ILYA~
  • Fate/Kaleid Liner ~PRISMA ILYA~ 2wei!!!
  • MGLN ViViD

Partly because I don’t give a shit about how OneManga has more hits than ANN or how the self-righteous the fucks at ANN are  clearly deluded for thinking that pulling a Bang-Zoom (that is, revealing trade secrets) is going to help their cause or anything, but clearly the licensors should, at least for good PR’s sake, listen to their cash cows once in a while. AND LICENSE THESE TITLES, FOR A START. BECAUSE FUCK, I WANT TO READ MANGA, NOT QUARREL OVER STUPID THINGS. I’LL PAY GOOD MONEY TO GET A HARDCOPY OF ANY OF THESE TITLES. OR ALL OF THEM.

So, will someone license at least Vinland Saga for me? Or even THE LEGEND OF KOIZUMI?

June 30, 2010 at 12:00 pm 1 comment

For the last time Singapore, your cosplay scene is utter crap.


From the underground politics of cosplay to the shitstorms to even trying to stake a copyright on the term, we all know that if you like cosplay and you live in Singapore, the only good thing to do is to NOT participate in it. Ever.

And then you have things like THIS.

For the last time Singapore, do us all a favour and just forcibly kill off your cosplay scene unless someone shows up as Mazinger Z or GaoGaiGar. Or any mecha. It’s the only safe way to prolong an already crappy scene. And unless you want to bone GaoGaiGar (Protip: NO YOU DO NOT WANT TO), there’s no good reason to touch butts.

(Yes, apparently it’s also an issue in JAPAN as well. So sue me.)

February 1, 2010 at 10:00 am 1 comment

The Fail and Freefalling of Anime Blogging


Gee, how do I put this in a way that makes sense and get everyone to suck on my shiny metal dong. I mean, there are people1 doing it, why shouldn’t I?

Call me an oldfag, but I do remember the past. When the biggest target there was, was (pun not exactly intended) Jason Miao2, and the rest of them people didn’t jump in until this stuff EXPLODED. Man, that was fun, parodying Jason Miao, NERD RAGING at stupid things (for entertainment purposes), writing whatever the heck I felt, witty faux newsposts about people NERD RAGING over stupid things (with unintended victims actually finding their NERD RAGING hilarious sometimes3)…

Man, those were the days. Good times, good times.

Unfortunately, the good times are over. Where parody and silly good fun once reigned, bigotry, churlishness, and monkeys flinging poop at one another have come up in it’s place4. Also the massive sucking of dongs5 of people who exhibit said qualities.

I mean, it’s mildly amusing when trolls do it once, or maybe a few times, just to draw attention6 to something, but when it becomes a defining trait of a blog (or author, it may seem), and people AGREE with him blindly7 without checking on the intention of the author…

I mean, you just gotta take a few braincells and think. Really, really hard.

Is this what we really want in the end? A bunch of ego-satisfying writers with zero regard for promotion? People who can’t watch, review, and criticize animated Japtoons (so to speak) and only use said Japtoons to troll, fling poop and advance selfish agendas? (Okay, I’m guilty of advancing the Christian agenda at some point of time, but it’s not like people actually read the offending articles now, does it?)

It’s one thing to talk about banalities8, it’s a completely different matter to act like a colonial power and deem it your divine mission to ram your mode of thinking down people’s throats. Or forcing people to suck on your shiny metal dong, in this case. Even if you are right about many, many things.9

In short, anime blogging has become devoid of fun10, and has become a hive of scum and villainy. And Mos Eisely probably had cleaner floors11.

notes

1 At least one person, and it’s not Colony Drop (that’s at least 5 people, and no one likes them.). I’m talking about wildarmsheero and Owen S. And DarkMirage, if you so hail from sunny-ish Singapore.

2 I blame the good doctor lolikitsune. God bless his trod stomach.

3 Specifically, Hinano and Kaioshin. The former actually laughed.

4 And have become “respected” members of the community. Respect being “you totally agree with my close-minded notions, therefore, you are BFF FOREVER” See: wildarmsheero and Owen S. Also, DarkMirage.

5 I swear on my mother’s beef bacon stew, This dong-sucking is going to be the death of us, if nothing gets done.

6 And Colony Drop does it with such embarrassing consistency and rate, it embarrasses SOME lower-class trolls.

7 On many, many occasions, latest one being here.

8 Like whether twintails or the hime-cut is better on your 2D female, for instance.

9 Sadly, wah is right about so many things, it actually disappoints me to know that he has NOT adopted the right attitude in doing so.

10 Or at least, something new and interesting, but not another troll. Fun is still an important thing, though.

11 Also, Han Solo. Greedo never had a chance.

October 6, 2009 at 9:41 pm 8 comments

You know the crap has hit the fan when…


There’s a video of a rare parrot humping someone’s head1 and THAT is more interesting than…

the retread, overwhipped, rotting, stinking dead horse coming your way2 and…

when another animeblogging shitstorm3 is decidedly less interesting AFTER thinking about it for a little bit and realizing that any response would fail to entertain or inflame, since the issue is so PANTS ON HEAD RETARDED.

That, my friends, is how bad anime blogging has become. Where we’re reduced to flinging poop over stuff that doesn’t even matter anymore. AND IT’S NOT ENTERTAINING. I MEAN, IT’S NOT A KAKAPO HUMPING YOUR HEAD1.

The situation has gotten so bad I’m actually considering episodic blogging OLD SHOWS4 Momotato-style. (And suddenly, I magically created a massive backlog!)

And for all of you playing the home version, yes, I do have a kakapo humping my head1, and yes, your arguments are invalid. All of them. I have a kakapo humping my head. You only have hamsters. Math says you lose.

1 Yes, there is a rare parrot called the kakapo. And yes he does hump a guy’s head.

2 I am talking about ANOTHER fansub debate, this time involving botnets and cyber warfare. I didn’t even know we used botnets for this.

3 Yes, this one’s decidedly LESS interesting after asking the whole “Shinbo did THIS?” question. And I pulled out unintentional irony, even.

4 The leaders are currently Iriya no Sora and G Gundam. Next up is CANAAN, Bakemonotagari, Overman King Gainer, and GAOGAIGAR.

October 3, 2009 at 11:26 pm 2 comments

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