The financial research firm Teikoku Databank published a survey of the anime production industry on Wednesday, and reported that 30.4% of anime production companies were in the red in their final profit and loss for 2018 — the first increase in three years and the highest percentage in the past 10 years.
The survey also revealed that 23.2% of the companies saw decreases in their revenues. 34.1% of the companies increased their revenues, the first drop in this percentage in two years. Among studios that are primary contractors or major subcontractors, 35.6% reported an increase in revenues. These studios had an average revenue of 1.663 billion yen (about US$15 million). Among specialty studios, 54.7% reported a decrease in revenues.
The total revenues of anime production companies in 2018 was a record 213.173 billion yen (about US$1.96 billion). This was the eighth consecutive year since 2011 that the companies collectively set a new record in total revenues. Teikoku Databank attributed the increased total revenues to major production companies securing an appropriate amount of production and continuing to improve the production volume, despite a shortage of human resources and high outsourcing costs in the industry as a whole.
Teikoku Databank gathered data from 256 anime production companies. About 90% of the companies are located in Tokyo. 32.4% have five or fewer employees in 2019, and 34.0% have 6-20 employees. (In 2018, the percentages were 33.7% and 32.5%, respectively.) 60.1% of the companies are small businesses with revenues of less than 300 million yen (about US$2.8 million) in 2019, which is not a significant change from last year.
The per-studio average revenue in 2018 was 843 million yen (about US$7.8 million), an increase of 8.1% from the previous year. It was the first time since 2006-07 (11 years ago) that the average company's revenue increased for two years in a row. The average peaked in 2007 with 992 million yen (about US$9.2 million). The average had been on the decline since then due to an increase in start-up companies and the outsourcing of anime production to other parts of Asia.
Teikoku Databank noted that six of the companies it studied filed for bankruptcy in 2018, and five more ceased operations or were dissolved. Teikoku Databank attributed the bankruptcies to lower contract unit prices, and labor costs due to a shortage of human resources, increased payment costs to subcontractors, and common instances of limited cash flow.
Dream: Last anime I will be covering is Gankutsuou: Count of Monte Cristo. Will start watching it tomorrow. Not sure how much longer I can keep myself up at this point.
Feb 7, 2020 5:19:21 GMT
Taka: Depending on my energy, I can watched up to 2 AM. Usually with work, I fall asleep on anime series that don't have a lot of action.
Feb 9, 2020 3:24:18 GMT
Master Menos: Finally got out of the fast food job. It was a graceful exit, but to be honest, I'll miss some of those guys. Got a sprained ankle from it since September, so I'll finally focus on healing that back at the family home.
Feb 10, 2020 3:53:27 GMT
HungryWorld: Well if anyone remembers what happened to Pingu in the City, with it being joke 10/10 scored on MAL just to get it into the top 10 anime... well now is Ishuzoku Reviewers' turn. Seems that in response to Funimation's cancel people boosted the score hard.
Feb 11, 2020 2:11:38 GMT
Taka: What? That sounds so weird.
Feb 11, 2020 5:36:23 GMT
Master Menos: It's damn awesome to be honest. It shot to 1st Place!
Feb 11, 2020 6:31:08 GMT
Dream: On the subject of MAL, it looks like the admin are planning to tweak their scoring system for titles to reduce the likelihood of voters artificially inflating the ranking of certain titles.
Feb 13, 2020 22:47:26 GMT
Master Menos: My V-Day present will be belated this year because I "Had some trouble with ol' Johnny." (That's your hint.)
Feb 15, 2020 4:17:13 GMT
Dream: The joys of adulthood. Joking aside, plan to at least attempt to wrap up Gankutsuou sometime early to mid next week so I can get done with my Funi voted titles. Afterward, not doing any more voting for a while considering how long this had been taking.
Feb 15, 2020 16:50:30 GMT
Dream: Done with Gankutsuou. Will be working to get a review up for it by sometime tonight.
Feb 16, 2020 20:57:26 GMT
Taka: Great job, Dream! I should do some reviews, too.
Feb 17, 2020 5:24:39 GMT
Dream: Looks like MAL's currently down due to the site getting hit by a major denial-of-service attack, just as a heads up.
Feb 18, 2020 17:55:23 GMT
Taka: I added 2 polls tonight. Also, I wonder why MAL was down. Crunchyroll also had it, too.
Feb 20, 2020 4:05:24 GMT
Dream: Not sure about Crunchyroll. For MAL, the DoS attacks may have been retaliation by those who dabbled into manipulating the site's scoring system for certain anime titles. The admin on MAL announced they would be overhauling the system to prevent said...
Feb 20, 2020 13:42:15 GMT
Dream: ...manipulation last week.
Feb 20, 2020 13:42:45 GMT