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Old 2009-03-11, 07:17   Link #133
Slice of Life
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Originally Posted by TinyRedLeaf View Post
I highly doubt Toradora! was "cheap" to make. According to industry representatives, a single episode of a typical anime series costs around US$120,000 to produce.
Compared to a Ghibli movie, TV productions are obviously cheap and not far away from what 5cm costs per minute, probably without calling in favors. And I'm sure Toradora is still cheaper than a Gundam or anything that relies on animation-heavy action scenes.

Originally Posted by TinyRedLeaf View Post
Regardless of Shinkai's relative merits as a creator, the point remains that a production of comparable quality to those churned out by full-fledged studios can be be carried out on a very small budget.
I simply don't get you budget fixation. An anime should have a big budget or at least look like it has one. Why do you compare to big budget productions at all? Animation is what eats the budget. And animation is what Shinkai stands for(*) A well-written script is dead cheap in comparison.

And when I point out that (real or seemingly) big budget isn't everything, all you think of is "porn". Actually, porn could benefit more from a big budget than a dialogue heavy show.

(*) Or rather the visual component in general than animation in particular. Which is one reason he can keep his budget tight. In any case: he delivers eye candy.

Originally Posted by dahoosafeth View Post
I certainly hope that isnt the case. Its one thing to recognize the fact that the market may be a niche market, but catering it to that market rather than having wider appeal isnt something that will work forever.
Wrong. Trying to maximize your profits by optimizing your "appeal" is what doesn't work forever, just look at the music market. At some point everybody produces the same shit that appeals to the same 5 percent of the population (but without really exiting them at least) instead of doing something different that might appeal to only 4 percent!

Oh, and Sazae-san has the widest appeal IIRC.
- Any ideas how to fill this space?

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