Hello and greetings fellow otaku,
As promised here is part 2 of our trip through a decade of anime.
2007:The Fall Of The Anime Industry
The year 2007 saw the beginning of the end for the anime industry, or so we thought. This year brought much turmoil for anime for the industry and the fans that support it. Many of the major companies such as Geneon, ADV Films, and Central Park Media among others either delayed titles or decided not to release them at all. However, while some of the companies were able to transfer their libraries to other companies, others were not so lucky.
Some of these companies like ADV Films ended up closing their doors for good, but others were able to make a comeback and continue providing quality series for the viewing public. Therefore in my honest opinion, I feel that 2007 was the most challenging for the anime industry, but things are turning around and I feel that things will be getting better in the near future.
Hulu And YouTube Providing Quality Anime Series For Free
The year 2008 was a big hit for the anime industry as a whole. This year saw anime companies providing streaming content of popular anime series on video sites such as YouTube and Hulu in which users can watch their favorite anime series anytime absolutely free and legally as well. This I feel was a major win for the anime industry, they no longer had to worry about losing money from DVD sales because people would place their material for viewing illegally on Youtube and other video sharing sites.
But recently the anime industry caught on to this idea in which they started to post their content on their own websites in both English dub and Japanese Subtitles. One such example can be found with Viz Media in which they recently launched their own video site in which they posted some of their most popular series such as Nana, Hikaru No Go, The Prince Of Tennis among others. The site is known as Viz Anime and you can check it out by clicking on the following link.
Adult Swim: The Holy Grail Of Anime For Adults
The final stop in our journey through a decade of anime is a block of programming that Cartoon Network used to showcase the best anime series in the world known as adult swim. Now for those of you who do not know what adult swim is all about, here is a little bit of history. Adult Swim premiered on the Cartoon Network on September 2,2001 and it showcased some of the best anime series such as Cowboy Bebop, Inuyasha, Ghost In The Shell, and Full Metal Alchemist among others. Adult Swim still shows anime series to this day but they only air on Saturday nights. Overall, the block had some of the best programming on the network. Now I wish that they would go back to the good old days. Ah memories.
And with that, this concludes our journey through a decade of anime. Now while their were some more things that I wanted to cover, but it was way too difficult to decide what I wanted to cover. But in closing, the anime industry has changed and evolved over the past ten years and it has been interesting to see how the industry has grown as a whole.
So until next time, I would like to wish you guys a very happy new year and remember that their is a ton of great anime and manga out there. All you have to do is find it. Ltrs.