Ani-lytics

Keenan McCall’s blog on all things animi

Beyond the boy’s club

Beyond the boy’s club

Properly representing your audience is vital to grow as a medium, but anime has been failing at it for years. It’s no secret that women have been underrepresented in popular culture. They play just as many video games, watch just as many movies and read just as many comics. Despite this, female characters are rarely […]

The cost of cost free

The cost of cost free

  Anime can be a costly hobby, but pirating or torrenting shows only hurts the industry as a whole. For any anime fan, there is always a key realization that shapes the rest of their time enjoying the medium: Anime is expensive. From the Big Three to Ghibli films to the more niche shows like […]

Looking East to expand the West

Looking East to expand the West

Past kids cartoons and raunchy satire lies a wealth of untapped potential for animation, and anime could be the perfect reference for finding that balance point. When it comes to animation from North America, animated shows or movies have developed along two trains of thought: Either they’re like Disney or Nickelodeon, designed for kids and […]

Beyond the Big Three

Beyond the Big Three

  This week marks a crucial turning point for the anime industry, one with dire consequences or fantastic opportunities. In anime, it’s uncommon for a series to last more than a few years. Most only have a run of 12, 25 or 50 episodes, enjoying mass popularity for a few years and then fading away […]

Slow and Steady

Slow and Steady

  The changing landscape of animation has provided anime with a great opportunity to evolve, but also one they should take their time accepting. In recent years, animation has moved from traditional two dimensional art into three dimensional computer generated designs thanks to improved graphic design technology. This has opened up a whole new world […]

Embracing the boom

Embracing the boom

Some fans have been hesitant about anime’s rising popularity and losing what makes them unique. Personally though, I embrace being part of a larger crowd. Thanks to online factors like social media and Youtube, anime has seen one of its largest booms in popularity since the 1990s and early 2000s. Fan interactions through Twitter and […]