Why's anime becoming more and more kid friendly nowadays? It's almost taboo now to show nudity and massive violence on television, and fanservice is getting edited out of the TV broadcasts and layered into the DVDs (but it's almost always shitty cocktease fanservice, never any good stuff).
To top it off even references to sex are edited out. Like a mother telling her daughter not to sleep with a certain boy.
Why's Japan becoming less awesome now?
I suppose it's because of international pressure. Religious cowboy in the White House, remember?
Terrorists that hate our freedoms.
Western ideals corrupting Japan?
So if the R1 industry failed, we'd go back to the 80's and 90's?
Every thread is dump on america thread!
>Why's anime becoming more and more kid friendly nowadays?
Same reason US cartoons are shit now compared to the old days.
They had to edit an entire episode of Gurren-Lagann partly because a 5-year old boy happened to be naked.
In the past, that would not have mattered.
If you can't even show unsexualised child nudity anymore, there is something wrong.
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Didn't some episodes of Digimon get censored in america for similar reasons?
Hah, you should see what they did to Sailor Moon.
Seconding this. George Bush is to blame for ruining anime.
But seriously, it was always taboo to show nudity and massive violence on tv. Back in 1998, half the episodes of Cowboy Bebop weren't permitted to air on television due to violence. Some episodes of Eva caused a shitstorm among the populace. Kodomo no Jikan was edited mostly because of the reactionary news surrounding a pedophile school administrator that was arrested literally weeks before the first episode aired.
Also, anime sales have been in decline for the past decade, so producers now have to either make their shows appropriate for wider audiences (aka everything that airs in the morning and afternoons), or drive them deeper into the otaku niche (aka everything that airs after midnight).
Because we live in the US
ONLY KIDS WACH THAT SHIT
>>Also, anime sales have been in decline for the past decade
This is the kind of shit I don't believe. You know someone in Japan is lying out their ass by claiming shit like this when we hear stories of Japanese corporations screwing over their workers. It's always been the case that corporations screw over other corporations, but they're supposed to take over their own workers - embezzlement, fraud, and a whole lot of other shit going down there makes me suspect this is bullshit.
What makes it worse is the whole DVD shit. Geass sold more DVDs than any other anime in history, even compared with VHS or Beta's back in the day. At inflated prices, no less! There's also more otaku now who are upfront with their hobbies and a lot more diverse taste. And the Elevens claim anime is selling less? Certainly not for the top companies; hell, there's more anime companies nowadays than I can count. We used to have just Sunrise, Mushi Productions and Toei; now we've got DEEN, BONES, JC Staff, SHAFT - too many to count.
Seconding this. The only people who watch anime are children and man-children.
>/a/ = manchildern
>>But seriously, it was always taboo to show nudity and massive violence on tv.
Mahoromatic was when nudity stopped. Violence is still permitted. US law forbids violence like in Higurashi (complete bashing of a body to bits) to be shown anywhere. It's too close to a snuff video for the tastes of a US cenor.
>>>US law forbids violence like in Higurashi (complete bashing of a body to bits) to be shown anywhere.
Well, japanese animators are getting paid less, and as a result the anime job market in japan isn't as lucrative as it once was. As a result they outsource to the Koreans, who can't seem to draw for shit.
And half the studios you listed have yet to produce anything even watchable.
Irregardless, did anime companies always depend on merchandise sales as much as they do now?
Yeah, it's all just a giant conspiracy. All those companies, in Japan and in foreign countries, are lying about the statistics. Downloads are at an all time high and copyright holders are now so paranoid about the market collapsing that they're actually cracking down on stupid shit like cosplay videos. But they're probably worried for nothing, right?
It's just a conspiracy to guilt fans into buying more DVDs. I bet Geneon even got payed off to shut down.
No, Japan still edits violence. You see this all the time whenever comparing anime series to their respective manga.
>>US law forbids violence like in Higurashi (complete bashing of a body to bits) to be shown anywhere.
Hah. What? That's completely wrong.
You don't watch American horror/thriller movies, do you?
The only shit that Higurashi would get if they were broadcast it uncut because it has kids killing other kids somewhat graphically.
>>Irregardless, did anime companies always depend on merchandise sales as much as they do now?
No. In the 1970's there might have been some toys made for Sunday Morning kids shows, but they were never things adults would collect. Merchandise exploded in the 1980's, and it's only gotten bigger since then. How the merchandising started was people grew up and became nostalgic about shows they saw when they were younger, buying trinkets to remind them of such things when they couldn't watch the shows at home. Related anime then got the attention of older viewers and that got them into more anime, and eventually they became otaku.
Anime was primarily funded in the past traditionally, from advertising revenue brought from a popular show at a prestigious timeslot. Movies were what OVA's are today - the only way for companies to make direct money from fans.
It might recive criticism, but that hardly makes it illegal. Broadcast television can show anything they was as long as it's in the "public interest" which basically means no tits no bad words. Cable/Satellite Television can show whatever the fuck they want but they self censor because they know controversey is bad for buisness. If a cable TV company wanted to they could show higarushi uncut. Weather comcast cable carriers etc would carry it is another story, but its not illegal. There are no Censors working for the government. The FCC enforces wholly by making the networks pay fines AFTER something bad happens.
>>How the merchandising started was people grew up and became nostalgic about shows they saw when they were younger, buying trinkets to remind them of such things when they couldn't watch the shows at home.
That may be true but you're completely discounting the fact that many anime were made specifically to sell toys to kids. I suppose it started with mecha shows and from there went on to card games and other stuff.
Nowadays, though, I don't think you can really make an anime specifically to sell toys anymore. It seems to be targeted towards the smaller otaku market more.
R1 DVD sales.
Yeah. What now?
Dear lord I've never seen so many half-truths, unsupported speculation and opinions stated as facts in one topic in a while.
Go read this one.
>Irregardless, did anime companies always depend on merchandise sales as much as they do now?
That's all I have to see. The flood gates are open and this thread was already bested.