Anime is an art. But it’s also a business. And regardless of how many creative minds we have in the industry, it’s production and distribution will only be as good as how much the budget of the studio has for it. Less budget, would mean lesser production. Or worse, mediocre shows.
With the tough market competition, we are seeing a considerable number of studios who are struggling to produce high quality anime series that appeal to the public. But even the best efforts sometimes are not enough. An example would be the announced bankruptcy of Manglobe Studio, the company responsible for producing Gangsta, The World God Only Knows and Samurai Champloo.
GANGSTA received positive reviews on its opening sequence. Sadly, it fell victim to the unfortunate fate of many businesses at present – bankruptcy. And when a company declares that they’re bankrupt, we anime fans should just accept it. It’s goodbye to the promise of a next season. (NO!!!!!)
The success of an anime franchise is not solely dependent on its magnificent animation and storyline (of course it’s a big part). Investors, sponsors, buyers and all other private entities who fund the entire thing play a big a role as well. After all,, at the end of the day, money remains the bloodline of this industry.
For those who find themselves tremendously attached to the business side of this market and are willing to show financial support, being more aware of your readiness could help.
Here are 7 signs that might just be leading you to an opportunity to invest in anime.
UNQUESTIONABLE FASCINATION TO ANIME ACROSS DIFFERENT GENRES. (Fantasy, romance, slice of life, action, thriller, horror, drama….piece of cake. I can handle them all! )
INTEREST ON ‘THE FIGURES’. (Sales, statistics, surveys….You just have the knack for devouring numbers.)
UP-TO-DATE KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE INDUSTRY. (News, updates, sneak peeks…You feel good by getting informed)
HOARD OF IDEAS ON HOW TO MAKE THAT ONE ANIME BETTER. (That ‘this-shouldn’t-have-happened attitude’ after a disappointing revelation on the anime shows you’re following.)
WIDE KNOWLEDGE ON WHAT THE FANS WANT. (I’m a fan and I know what I want. Why can’t the producers see it?)
COLLECTION OF ANIME-RELATED STUFF. (Anime figurines and collectibles, all on their glory, displayed on those glass shelves for everyone to see.)
FAMILIARIZATION OF THE TECHNICALITIES ON HOW THE BUSINESS WORKS. (That ‘I’m no expert. But at least I know what’s necessary’ approach.)
There’s real money in this business if one knows who to place their support at. You can make your own contribution by buying original stuff rather than pirated goods as is what’s common in some anime DVDs. Know the risks and benefits, assess your readiness and see what’s in here for you!