There are no robot anime. Reading the show descriptions, I can’t determine if there are even any robots at all in these shows. This won’t do!
There’s talk of the decline of the Anime industry. Artefact writes,
There seems little doubt that the production of anime has cooled off of late: in 2000, 124 anime titles were broadcast on Japanese TV, but in 2006 this had risen precipitously to 306; in 2008 it declined to 288. The latest season sees 30 shows airing, whereas the same season in 2006 saw 60.
From Sankaku Complex (Artefact 2009/05/05)
He goes on to quote an industry insider, who mentions factors to blame:
One anime producer has no doubts about where to lay the blame; he places it squarely at the feet of the increasingly unadventurous studios themselves, who have been endlessly churning out moe and mecha anime:
“The reason this stuff isn’t selling is because people have cottoned on to the fact they’re just rehashing the same moe and mecha anime over and over. With less disposable income and the diffusion of HD, youngsters have become very careful about what they buy; as only the best products can weather this, there’s nothing for it but to make more of them.”
I’m not here do discuss this supposed decline of the anime industry. I’m taking off from this supposed insider’s take that studios have been rehashing the same moe and mecha anime. However, looking at the roster of shows, his thesis is only partly correct. While there is an abundance of shows that do have moe elements, where’s the mecha? Where’s Sunrise?
Hmpf. At least Shin Mazinger Z Hen will spill over to the upcoming season. The Macross Frontier movie is supposedly on in August, but it’ll take some time before there’ll be DVD fansubs of that one. Well, I still have quite the substantial backlog to manage (a whole lot of Gundam). But nonetheless, I’d appreciate any news of mecha anime showing in the upcoming season.
What’s the big deal about mecha anime and why am I such a nut for it? Well, the first anime I ever watched included three of them: Choudenji Machine Voltes V, Tossho Daimos, and Mazinger Z (age 3-4) The next wave of shows I watched included UFO Grendaizer and Mechander Robo (age 4), and in the third wave (when I was about age 7) I fell in love with SDF Macross. So yeah, violent robot cartoons were a big part of my early childhood at the dawn of the 1980s.
I’m all for innovation in anime, but that doesn’t mean innovation won’t/can’t/shouldn’t happen within the mecah genre. I don’t know how innovation should look like, but I’m very happy with the work done in Shin Mazinger Z Hen, where the presentation is highly theatrical and dramatic. In terms of real robot shows, I want to see more treatments similar to that in FLAG, where real ‘feels’ even more real. But even if these things are too much to ask for to happen every season, please give me one good mecha show.
Those of you in the know, is there anything in these upcoming shows you think I’m going to enjoy in a big way?
What the hell is Voltes V? [->]
A superior articulation on why mecha anime is awesome (The Animanachronism 200/06/23).
I’m not sure I understand it, but here’s an alternative view of mecha anime as genre (Omo 2008/06/23).