Hey guys, today I want to talk about some interesting anime news that’s come into my feed in the past few days. No personal stuff in this post, but if you want updates in my life, check out my post where I talk about adopting a new cat and vacuum into my apartment!
Ok, so anime news:
First up, we have the news that Netflix is going to be massively continuing to expand its own content productions and getting into anime for the first time!
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been really impressed with Netflix’s output. Whether it’s the Marco Polo series’ or the revamped episodes of The Killing, or especially Stranger Things, they have fantastic production value and they seem to be doing really well at getting big talent to work on their projects. I’ve especially enjoyed this first series of A Series of Unfortunate Events which is one of my all-time favorite series of books. I absolutely love Daniel Handler as an author, and I’m so glad they decided to have him write the screenplay. It’s a lot more cohesive than the original movie, which was overall pretty good, but definitely a mess. Anyway it’s fantastic–check it out, if you haven’t already.
So, the news that Netflix is going to start putting that production value and quality control into anime is super cool. They’ve hired a director of anime content for the first time, which can only mean one thing: lots of new, well-made anime episodes! So far, they’ve only put out two smaller projects in anime style, Little Witch Academia and Seven Deadly Sins. This will be the first big anime series they make. They’d be the first American streaming company to commission its own anime, because all the other ones just license shows from Japan to rebroadcast here. Word has it that they’re planning to ditch revamps for the anime division, and make an all new adaptation of a manga series we’ve never seen onscreen. How exciting! I for one can’t wait.
The second piece of news that’s more of a trend than an announcement is that some anime news networks (especially Inverse) have been talking about how President Trump could even have an impact on anime. He’s been promising to cut back on aid to Japan, especially for military things, which would definitely hurt the Japanese economy. According to economists, since anime is considered a luxury or unnecessary pleasure item, people spend less money on it during harder economic times. So, each time Japan has had a recession, you can actually see a really noticeable dip in the amount of anime produced and the budgets of each show.
More than the cuts in aid, President Trump has also talked a lot about imposing trade taxes and things like that on Japanese companies like Toyota which import to the US (even though Toyota actually makes most of its American cars here, he doesn’t feel the need to do research). That would also hurt the economy, which in turn would hurt anime.
Well, Mr. Trump, you can take away our international standing and our national sense of dignity, but anime is just one step too far. Fingers crossed that this won’t actually come true, but it’s definitely interesting to think about how much these things are tied together. I definitely recommend checking out that original Inverse article if you’re interested in reading more.