The anime industry has been growing for years, and believe it or not, the industry is worth tens of billions of dollars. As the medium expands overseas, fans are finding new shows to watch daily, and streaming has made it easier than ever for international audiences to follow their favorite series. And thanks to a new report, we’ve learned just how vital the global market is for animation studios.
The update comes from AJA as the organization released its 2020 report in English. This is where the group’s previous preliminary report was made official, and it provides insight into how important the global market has become for anime studios.
According to the data, the 2020 report marks the first time in history that the overseas market brought in more money than the Japanese market. Global sales now account for half of the total market and grew by a total of 3.2% in 2020. This equates to a gain of US$10.89 billion. And at the same time, the Japanese market fell by almost 10% in 2020.
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Obviously, the global market is becoming a huge investment for the anime industry, and it’s not hard to see why. The internet has become a place where fans can share their favorite series, and anime has outgrown its niche status in the West. This development follows services like Crunchyroll and Funimation expanding their offerings across the world, and those plans are about to get even bigger. After all, Funimation and Crunchyroll merged under the Sony umbrella, and Crunchyroll is now moving forward as the de facto anime distributor in the international market.
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