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GITM 91: What I've Learnt About Anime | The 2021 Mid-Year Review

Get In The Mecha
This episode may contain explicit content.

The annual Get In The Mecha Mid-Year Review is back! In this episode, just like last year, I take the time to reflect on what I've learnt about anime this year. Unfortunately, if you're looking for a review of actual anime from this year, this isn't the episode for you - this will be looking at some more anime news-related topics and industry-centred ideas! This time around I discuss the state of the anime industry, why paying attention to credits is important and a bit more.

Timestamps (Yes, these are a thing now.):

0:00 - Previously & Intro 2:07 - What is The GITM Mid-Year Review? 4:01 - State of the Anime Industry 7:19 - Kadokawa, Overproduction & Limitations 12:17 - SB/ED/AD Credits 17:43 - Animation Direction's Impact 22:11 - Anthology Series, Studios & 'Aesthetics' 26:57 - Closing Thoughts 29:55 - Outro & Music Credits

Relevant Links:

Producer Umehara Tweet example:

Kadokawa Article - Animation Business (written by Tadashi Sudo)

Animator Dormitory Channel's Video on The low wage problem:

'Japan’s anime goes global: Sony’s new weapon to take on Netflix'- Financial Times (written by Leo Lewis and Kana Inagaki):

Other related links:

'Former MAPPA Animator Describes Working Conditions as Like a 'Factory'' - ANN (writen by Lynzee Loveridge):

'Anime Is Booming. So Why Are Animators Living in Poverty?' - The New York Times (written by Ben Dooley and Hikari Hida):

SEND ME A VOICE SUB! (it can be a question, opinion, etc):


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Questions, corrections, complaints:


Syth Wave by Alex by Alex McCulloch

Difference by chasersgaming

Mandatory Overtime by Joth

“Anomaly” Eric Matyas (Edited for length)

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