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
Ladies versus Buttlers!
Nodame Cantabile Finale
Seikon no Qwaser
Sora no Woto
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…