Weeb-onomics: What is “Success” For Anime?

How can we tell if an anime is doing well? It’s a more complex question that it sounds. Anime usually has multiple revenue streams, and none of those revenue streams are accurately reported. A given anime might make money from the TV broadcast, DVD/BD sales, and merchandise, not to mention international licensing.

The Secret Guide to Running an Anime Club

I ran my college’s anime club for the better part of 4 years. During my administration, the anime club grew into the biggest club on campus, and one of the most successful and well-liked by the faculty, staff, and administration.

Is Aggressive Localization Sustainable for Anime? – Part 2

In part 1, we learned about how the idealism of early tape-traders caused the business aspect of the Western anime market to diverge from the fanbase, and how that paradigm seeks to usher in an era of aggressive localization in an attempt to grow the Western anime market.

Is Aggressive Localization Sustainable for Anime? – Part 1

Localization and its cousin, censorship, are contentious issues within the anime community. In many ways, the subculture is still smarting from the hackjob localizations of the past, which were often poorly translated, poorly dubbed, had content cut for the Western release, or some combination of the three.

5 Inspirational Anime Characters

(Cross-post from Iyashikei) Characters in fiction tend to represent ideas. Writers use their characters as a manifestation of different concepts. For example, the typical “hero” in fiction is often a combination of several different traits that people tend to see as “heroic.”