Greetings fellow Otaku, I actually meant to have this post ready last week but I ended up getting a cold which unfortunately side lined my blogging time but I am feeling better now so it time for me to get back to blogging. First off, I hope you all had a great holiday and got all that you were wishing for. And second, I would like of wish all of you readers a happy 2009 and I hope that you succeed in keeping all your new years resolutions. Now with that said let’s get down to business, I would like to share with you my 5 predictions for the anime industry for the coming year. Please keep in mind that these predictions are of by me and do not reflect those of anime and manga studios.
1) Anime studios will regain their strength
As I mentioned in a previous post, adv films has recently turned itself around from it’s slump back in 2007. But many other companies such as geneon entertainment discontinue releasing series and gave some of their popular titles to funimation for re-release. My prediction is that companies such as adv and funimation will become stronger in which I see them releasing new series which all anime will enjoy.
2) Box sets will become more affordable
Lately, I seen anime companies release newer series and classic as full series box sets. But for some, many people cannot afford them because of the high costs and that the current state of the economy is limiting peoples spending. However I predict that costs of box sets will drop. This will mean that many people can complete their collections of their favorite series without having to pay the high costs of individual DVD’s.
3) Legit anime will become more mainstream on the net
Recently, anime companies have been releasing episodes of popular series on youtube and hulu. I predict that more episodes from these companies will be released on these sites. These sites would allow users to view episodes legally and not illegally on such sites such as crunchyroll.
4) Manga will become digital
With the popularity of e-books becoming common everywhere, I predict that manga companies will follow the same suit. I fell that by switching to digital, this would save manga companies a ton of money by reducing the amount of paper being used to print manga’s. This in turn would bring in a new era for the manga industry.
5) The future of anime and manga as a whole
My final prediction will be for the anime and manga industry as a whole. I predict that this industry will turn itself around. Granted that the industry has taken some turns for the worse over the past few years but I have a strong feeling that it will not go away anytime soon. People will still watch anime and read manga. So don’t count it out just yet.
Those are my predictions for the anime industry for the year 2009. Now we will wait and see what happens. Take care everyone and remember, their is a ton of great anime and manga out there, all you have to do is find it.