Mike interviews Tatsuo Sato

August 8th, 2012 by Author

Transcript is up, at last.

Q: Where do you see the anime industry going in the next 5 to 10 years? Do you see any upcoming trends? What do you see for the future?

A: In the press conference, I said I wanted to focus on TV. I think there will be more movies. The 13 episode cour is so weak as a series, so hard to sell and market [as a whole]. If so, then it’s better to make films to keep the TV series longer, and approach to sales or marketing is what a lot of people are thinking is the better way.

Oh noes. I happen to like the cour format. Statistically[1], the 1-cour series are better than 2-cour, and 2-cour class wins over the longer formats. It’s his choice, of course, but I would not like it.

[1] The phenomena was blogged at Ani-nouto rigorously, but is kind of difficult ot find now. When ordering by factual R-factor, the 1-courers bubble right to the top. Predicted R>1 is marked in ending brackets, BTW.