Anime Industry Report 2021: Preliminary Results

Preliminary results for the Anime Industry Report for the year 2021 are finally out and available through The Association of Japanese Animations site right here. Note that, data is still limited, and the association is expected to publish the full report in Japanese this month, however at a price of roughly 10,000 yen (~90 USD).

TV Animation Production Minutes Crash Further

There are a couple of things to note about before diving into the charts for TV Production Minutes. In its published English report, the association noted Production Minutes for 2019 at 107,006 minutes, but it would seem that the number has been revised to 105,294 minutes. There has been no clarification to why that is the case, except for the fact that the document acknowledges that some data may differ to the ones published in 2020.

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Given the latest data, TV Production Minutes were lower in 2019 than the 107,006 minutes reported in the 2020 report. Numbers went down again for 2020 to 98,448 minutes, by 6.50%, its lowest since 2012. The document hinted that the pandemic may have influenced the reduction in TV Production Minutes as producers and studios could have potentially delayed works as suggested in the 2020 report, where the slow down of demand from China amid new regulations have caused the postponement of new works. While it has not been confirmed in the report, we can safely assume that the impact of the pandemic has bared its fangs unto the Anime industry.

For instance, in 2021 alone, a number of titles were reportedly delayed as a result of the pandemic, some of them were: Tsukipro the Animation 2, Gundam: Hathaway and Shika no Ou: Yuna to Yakusoku no Tabi. The state of emergency declared in nine prefectures somewhere around April to May were cited as the main reason for the delay for Gundam: Hathaway.

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As for type of Animation Programs, new shows are up to 63,156 minutes from 2019’s 61,877, at the same time, existing shows have decline to an all-time-low since 2012.

Theatrical Animations Box Office Revenue Falls Amid Fewer Works

Box Office sales for Theatrical Animations have also decreased from a record high in 2019, which brought in 69.20 billion yen (~624 million USD) to 61.70 billion yen (~553 million USD).

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Despite Kimetsu no Yaiba‘s apparent success, of which it alone brought in 40 billion yen (~358 million USD), accounting to 35.17% of the entire Box Office sales for 2020, it could not push sales pass 2019. This is attributable to fewer works produced in 2020, the lowest the industry has seen since 2015. Number of Theatrical Animation works have fallen to just 66 from 90 it had in 2019, and it is understandable given the situation at the time where the pandemic was hitting the country hard, and cinemas nationwide had to reciprocate with government demands such as limited sitting in addition to restricted operation hours, and worse of all complete closures of businesses (Source: The Japan Times). As such, distributors have chosen to delay the screening of a number of films.

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Top 20 Anime Films Box Office Leaders (2020)

Rank Title Box Office Revenue (YEN) (in Current USD) Distributor
1 Kimetsu no Yaiba Movie: Mugen Ressha-hen 40,000,000,000 360,434,000 Toho / ANX
2 Doraemon Movie 40: Nobita no Shin Kyouryuu 3,350,000,000 30,186,347 Toho
3 Stand By Me Doraemon 2 3,000,000,000 27,032,550 Toho
4 Entotsu Machi no Poupelle 2,300,000,000 20,724,955 Toho
5 Violet Evergarden Movie 2,140,000,000 19,283,219 Shochiku
6 Fate/stay night Movie: Heaven’s Feel – III. Spring Song 2,000,000,000 18,021,700 ANX
7 Pokemon Movie 23: Koko 1,700,000,000 15,313,685 Toho
8 Crayon Shin-chan Movie 28: Gekitotsu! Rakuga Kingdom to Hobo Yonin no Yuusha 1,200,000,000 10,809,660 Toho
9 Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi 880,000,000 7,927,084 Toho
10 Mononoke Hime 880,000,000 7,927,084 Toho
11 Kaze no Tani no Nausicaä 730,000,000 6,575,876 Toho
12 Made in Abyss Movie 3: Fukaki Tamashii no Reimei 650,000,000 5,855,232 KADOKAWA
13 Fate/Grand Order: Shinsei Entaku Ryouiki Camelot 1 – Wandering; Agateram 440,000,000 3,963,542 ANX
14 Shirobako Movie 404,000,000 3,639,252 SG
15 Precure Miracle Leap Movie: Minna to no Fushigi na Ichinichi 400,000,000 3,603,220 Toei
16 Majo Minarai wo Sagashite 300,000,000 2,702,415 Toei
17 Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna 300,000,000 2,702,415 Toei
18 King of Prism All Stars: Prism Show☆Best Ten 180,000,000 1,621,449 avex
19 Ged Senki 150,000,000 1,351,207 Toho
20 Monster Strike the Movie: Lucifer – Zetsubou no Yoake 140,000,000 1,261,127 AEON

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