Anime Report Reveals How Industry Is Recovering From Pandemic

More than two years after its arrival, COVID-19 continues to cause headaches as its pandemic persists around the world. Needless to say, the ordeal has heightened unprecedented stress on industries around the world, and the anime industry is no different. But in a new report, new data improved that the anime industry is already beginning to recover from its stumbling block in 2020.

The update comes from Anime Japan courtesy of Hiromichi Masuda, the editorial supervisor of the anime industry report which is released annually overseas. This is where Masuda a comment explained the industry has changed after the arrival of the pandemic in 2020, and although the numbers that the specifics for 2021 will not be public yet, he can say that the sector is bouncing back in the right senses.

“The 2021 numbers are coming in right now, and it’s clear that they’re better than 2020. I think they’ll keep going up in 2022. To conclude, I think Japanese anime will match its wings Please keep an eye out for future developments in Japanese anime,” Masuda told attendees and industry experts during his panel.

As the publisher went through his presentation, Masuda mentioned how industry revenue in 2020 was saved by Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – Mugen Train. The film debuted in late 2020 and grossed nearly US$315 million to become the highest-charting anime film of all time. The sector fell significantly again in 2020, but this rally at the box office prevented a worst-case scenario.

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As 2021 approaches, the year has handed out a variety of popular shows that have made money. The saturated market is partly due to the fact that several titles scheduled for 2020 premieres have been pushed back to 2021. Masuda says the reduction in the number of show delays has helped the industry rebound from 2020 the year last, and he expects 2022 to see that recovery period come to an end.

However, there is one element of the industry that is suffering from something fierce, and that is live events. Masuda says the category has dropped almost 66% in 2020, and these live events are quite popular in Japan. Virtual offerings have helped reduce the penalty, but the anime industry is suffering without its live events. But now that social distancing guidelines are easing, these events are becoming easier to organize two years after the pandemic hit.

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