A project called AnimeLog recently made the news. A joint venture between several major anime studios and production companies, AnimeLog is a YouTube channel for full episodes of anime. Companies like Toei Animation, Tezuka Productions, and Kodansha are on-board.
We say we should support the industry, but what does that mean?
The anime industry has a complex business model. Through it, we get anime, and we know there’s a studio involved somewhere, but there’s more that that.
If you ask certain anime thought leaders throughout the last decade and a half or so, moe has been “killing anime.” Indeed, according to some, plague of cute girls descended upon the medium in the mid-2000s, leaving the anime industry a barren wasteland.
Is moe killing anime? What’s the damage? How do we measure that?
It’s my belief that Crunchyroll and Funimation are heading for eventual disaster if they continue on the path they’ve been on.