Manga and anime are two earthquakes which are here to stay. But there are some people saying that anime needs help. And that happens because of two reasons:
- Japanese haven’t done anything to adapt themselves to current technology standards. People downloads japanese tv series through the internet and forgets to buy a DVD (obsolete model). I don’t think this happens because there are so many pirates on Earth (although there are…), but because there is not a legal choice to view or download japanese series on the net. There is no control over what people see or download outside Japan and,
- They are facing a creative crisis, this is, there are fewer mainstream japanese series watched on Europe and North America. Before there were many; today there are a few: Naruto, Pokemon, Shin Chan… just a bunch of them.
The problem is nation-wide and they have started working on it. But until they don’t create a portal (perhaps made by the japanese gobernment) to stream japanese series in Europe and North America that can coexist with TV streams, I don’t think the problem is going to get solved. I don’t think either that the creative crisis is the point in this case. Other creations will come, like Hatsune Miku, which is world-wide known currently.