Persistent downward spiral
According to the report, 309 different anime studios were surveyed about their fiscal year 2021 balance sheets. It turned out that a total of 39.8% (123) of the studios were in the red, which would also mean an increase of 0.9% compared to the previous year and the highest value ever recorded by the TDB.
Of these anime studios, a total of 70 studios would outsource parts of the production to foreign companies. Of these, 33 studios would cooperate with Chinese companies, 25 with American companies, 15 with South Korean companies, seven with Taiwanese companies and 19 with other companies. Even with this approach, 42.6% (30) of these studios reported losses.
There are many reasons for this record high, and in this context the TDB cited, among other things, the declining number of anime productions, the COVID-19 pandemic, the general shortage of workers in the studios and the sometimes very large number of postponements and delays.
Overall, the anime industry reported total revenues of 249.58 billion yen in fiscal 2021, also down 5% year-on-year. This was the second year in a row that the anime industry was in the red, which was last seen in 2000.
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Via Teikoku Database
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