Production Capacity Set To Limit The Anime Business Boom?
Entertainment industry journal The Hollywood Reporter has presented their coverage on the Association of Japanese Animations (AJA) annual report, headlined with the news that the anime industry pulled in a record $17.7 billion (2.01 trillion yen) last year, boosted by Your Name, growing exports and revenue from mobile game licensing (Fate/Grand Order – Sony says “thanks”). Revenue was up just under 10 percent to take the total past the 2 trillion yen mark for the first time.
Analysis on the other hand wasn’t entirely rosy. Namely, the industry is producing just about as much anime as it can possibly make.
The anime industry is currently operating at full capacity, with many studios fully booked until 2020. A general shortage of young workers in Japan caused by its aging demographics is exacerbated by the low wages paid to junior animators, leaving limited room for further growth.