The Weebs Won, Demand For Anime Soars

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The upward trend in the popularity of cartoons over the past few years shows no signs of slowing down.

According to data from Parrot Analytics, over the past two years, demand for anime has increased by 118%.

Obviously, the pandemic has played a big part in the current uptake of various media, but even so, it’s a downright insane number to contend with.

It’s also part of a longer trend that has occurred over the past decade. In addition, much of this increased demand stems from the advent of streaming services like Netflix which publishes anime on their platform.

Historically, anime has often been excluded from the US market because Hollywood studios have been too protectionist in their approach to foreign animation.

Companies like Netflix are outside of this bubble, however, and have simply followed the numbers. The result being this increase in worldwide popularity for almost anything anime related.

While Netflix has also spawned various ghastly live-action anime remakes, they definitely got the ball rolling by making anime more accessible. So they deserve a little slack considering that they’ve finally helped the anime find its international audience.

More recently, we’ve also seen the increase in anime on other streaming platforms, including anime-specific streaming companies (with my favorite being RetroCrush, as they have a lot of classic anime available and I follow everything. very old at this point).

Either way, I highly doubt the demand for anime will drop anytime soon, as it looks like a lot of big anime franchises are just getting started when it comes to their global reach.

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