Sounds like the sellers on eBay/Amazon who will price a product sky-high and refuse to lower their price over the literal years because “I know wut ah got!” Sometimes Japanese anime business practices make me
According to ANN, FWIW, we are at a weird place where the implication is that licensing anime costs megabux but paying a studio to make an anime series for you costs peanuts, explaining how Netflix can afford to churn out “Netflix Original” anime series…and making the quip in their trailer for their Househusband series about having “Netflix money” a tad ironic.
The article also mentions that top-tier shows license for upwards of a whopping $250k per episode, normal shows go for 70k to 150k per ep, and scuzz shows clock in at a bit under $10k per ep. Which pretty much means that even the most painfully meh-diocre modern light novel isekai adaptation would cost over $100,000.
While ANN’s bigwig disagrees, that sure sounds to me like we’re headed for another Sojitz with prices like that, and while I dunno if these sky-high prices (that make the infamous Kurau seem like a decent deal) are just a drop in the bucket for Sentai, it seems like there could be much better places to park that money than on whatever modern shows fall off of SonyAniFuniRoll’s table.
Such as retro gold:
But when it comes to older titles (say pre-2007) and for markets where the big guys aren’t active, it is possible to get older, non-exclusive licenses directly from Japan, and for relatively cheap with little or no MG required… if you’re a well-established company with a history of paying on time.
Or “rolling your own” nu show:
Keep in mind, many “Netflix Originals,” and similar titles on other platforms aren’t licensed at all; the US studio merely contracts an anime studio to produce the anime for them.
Y’know, if I recall correctly, Matt Greenfield mentioned way back something about a sort of sequel planned to Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040. Time search the corporate couch cushions for change, throw up a crowdfunding, and make it happen? I’d back that, it would have to be better than Cannon Busters