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Anime Industry Up 10%, Says New Report

The anime industry increased profits about 10% in 2014 over the previous year, according to a new report published by the Association of Japanese Animations due out Sept 18.

The industry as a whole pulled in 1.63 trillion yen (about $13.5 billion).

To what does the AJA attribute this increase? Sadly, American sales don’t seem to play much of a role. Credit goes instead to the increased sale of distribution rights to China, as well as increased merchandise sales.

Increased profits from China come despite the country’s ban on several popular titles, including Attack on Titan and Death Note.

“It can be said that 2014 was a bullish year for the anime market,” states the report.

More profit equals more anime, so let’s hope for more of the same in 2015.

Source: Anime Anime, ANN

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Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.