The anime industry has completely run out of ideas of its own and is being forced to plunder manga at an ever increasing pace to make up for it, runs a recent critique.
An abridged translation of a Taiwanese editorial on the subject:
The editor-in-chief of Tong Li Comics [a major Taiwanese manga publisher which famously started out by pirating Japanese manga titles some decades ago] says “The speed at which Japan’s manga titles are being adapted into anime is increasing. Even titles which haven’t concluded are being picked up and turned into anime, if publishers consider the title to have latent potential.”
Lately even titles like “Beelzebub” and “Bakuman” are having anime adaptations announced, despite barely having 5 volumes out.
The anime industry can’t generate enough new ideas itself, but it needs to produce new titles and supply the associated markets – as a result it has had to rely increasingly on ever faster adaptations of manga.
The same thing seems to be happening with Hollywood – many novels and anime titles are being taken and adapted into Hollywood movies, and there are also a great many remakes of previous titles.
In both cases it looks as if they are running out of ideas of their own.
A recap of recent anime releases does seem to reveal an overwhelming majority are based on manga, light novels and eroge, with most of the successful original titles occupying the distinctly staid giant robot genre…