Anime Bubble Bursts: Winter Anime Plummets from 24 to 16


Anime otaku are despairing over the news that the Winter 2010 anime season will see only some 16 new series airing, compared to 24 the year prior, a decrease of a third.

The list of new Winter 2010 anime runs along these lines (give or take a few depending on what is included as “TV anime”):

Baka to Test to Shōkanjū



Dance in the Vampire Bund


Gundam UC

Hanamaru Youchien

Hidamari Sketch×☆☆☆

Kaitou Reinya


Ladies versus Buttlers!

Nodame Cantabile Finale

Okami Kakushi

Omamori Himari

Seikon no Qwaser

Sora no Woto

Winter 2009 saw some 24 titles, and Winter 2008 26 or so.

The flood of low quality moe anime over the past few years seems to have proven unsustainable, if not highly damaging, just as many predicted – just whether this is the popping of an unsustainable bubble to be followed by a gradual recovery, or the symptoms of a longer term decline remains to be seen…

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