Note: This was originally included in my Nana review. But I noticed that it got really long and deep, so I’ve decided to make it a separate entity.
As I’ve continued to review retro anime, the same question kept on hitting my brain: Why do anime as of late do not hit me as hard as the ones in 80s, 90s, and early 2000s do?
Have I changed? No, I don’t think so. All I seek from manga and anime is simple. I want passion from its author. When its author has passion for its works, it shows. When an author pours his/her heart and soul into their works, it shows. It really does.
Then what is wrong with anime nowadays? Simple, it has been overly commercialized. New and young authors are taught to do things in certain ways to maximize profit.
As simple entertainment, it may work. But I do not view manga/anime as simple entertainment. This is what happens when “educated” elites in suits dictate creative freedom of artists. An issue with being educated is that general education set one’s mind to certain paths. It acts as a chain to bind people not to think certain ways.
In other words, being educated means you are less creative. Artists should be left alone to do whatever they want to do.
Sadly, manga artists in Japan don’t really have a choice but to go with demands of those in suits. After all, they get to decide which one gets chosen.
For manga artists, they never make any decent amount of money by selling just books. They make some decent money only when their works get chosen to be animated by a studio. However, as of 2021, they don’t even make that much by having their works animated because of season thingy.
You really don’t get paid much by having just 12 episodes animated. 12 anime episodes cover only about 4 volumes of manga. A deep story can never blossom over just 4 comic books. Once a season is over, its profit is evaluated by its studio. If it’s good enough, it gets a second season. If not, it’s dumped into a bin.
What a horrible way to decide fate of a story. Basically, a story is judged in its infant stage. You’d be judged for your future at an age of around 10. That’s not right but it is what it is at the moment (2021).
Stories like Ii Hito can never survive in such short-sighted evaluation system. And I consider Ii Hito a masterpiece.