Oppai anime Sora no Otoshimono has not only somehow managed a second season, it is now to receive a movie adaptation.
Unlike the recently announced Strike Witches movie, the fan reaction appears very sceptical indeed, with many noting that lately the threshold for theatrical anime adaptation seems to have dropped rather sharply.
The reason is summed up in a recent interview with director Koji Masunari (Welcome to the Space Show, R.O.D) and author/script writer/mangaka Hideyuki Kurata (who wrote R.O.D):
Kurata: “The makers realised something. The cost of making a movie is not really different from that of making it for TV. But the DVD of a movie tends to sell better than that of a TV series. Everyone realised this about 4 years ago.”
Masunari: “Back when we started making movies a year ago there was an increase in the number of folks starting to make for cinema and not TV. Those are projects are starting to be completed so you’re seeing a constant increase in the number of movies coming out now. That’s why we’re seeing all these anime movies.
Kurata: “For example with Trigun the makers had just the right demographics lined up. And the customers are more willing to come to the cinemas. With One Piece, Gintama, Haruhi, Nanoha, etc, they’ve set the style of going to the cinema. Compared to movies, TV anime is discarded much more quickly.”