Lonelier (or just hornier) fans might be familiar with Tenga. The infamous sex toy company has become ubiquitous in the culture. No doubt their marketing is a big reason why.
Vtubers represent an interesting paradigm shift. To some extent, they can be seen as an extension of idol culture. But on another level, they’re something new entirely.
In part 1 (On Iyashikei), we discussed the social impact lockdown has had on conventions and convention culture.
In that article, I mentioned that some cons were criticized early on for cancelling “at the last minute.”
We’ve heard it before: Anime piracy hurts the creators!
But how true is that really?
Sony is about to own the US anime market.
What do you do when you hit it big in Anitube?
You get invited to live and make content in Japan on a work visa.
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.