Manga and Anime: DOA?

Posted by on December 7th, 2009 at 2:45 PM

“Americans have a history of getting excited about dying Japanese art forms, without realizing they are dying.” So said my good friend and anime authority Frederik L. Schodt three years ago, when I first spoke to him for my book, Japanamerica (www.japanamericabook.com). “The structure of the industry has sucked the life out of it,” Fred continued. “Manga and anime are dead.”

Are they? At least they’re dying, or so it seems to me, sitting in my precarious perch right now here in Tokyo. The Japanese animation industry is hemorrhaging cash via Internet file-shares and ill-conceived and antiquated DVD-marketing plans. What’s more: even manga are losing ground, as I explained to Monocle Radio in my interview last month: http://www.monocle.com/The-Monocle-Weekly/edition/edition38.aspx

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