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Heaven, Hell, Reality: Three Looks at the Business of Animation Production: Part 3. An Examination of the Production Costs of “Bamboo Blade”

(this is the final segment of a three-part article reposted from ADTRW for posterity)

Data: Leaked due to “Kintama” virus, mid-2007.
Analysis: Original; Study of Modern Visual Culture Vol. 2 (Buy: 現代視覚文化研究 2 (三才ムック VOL. 185) (三才ムック VOL. 185))

In the past few years, a relatively unusual type of virus has become widespread in Japanese P2P; called “Kintama”, “Kintama the Unjust”, similar, its malicious action is not a destructive payload, or a remote-control software, but rather the sharing of the user’s Desktop or My Documents back onto the networks it spreads through. This is usually only good for voyeuristic thrills, but it’s occasionally done far more—there have been several high-profile scandals involving leaks it’s caused in both business and the SDF.

In this case, the planning-stage top-level budget for Bamboo Blade was leaked shortly before its broadcast, as well as a top-level staff list for the entire production. Access to this level of budget information for an animation production is exceedingly rare, with typically only approximate sums for theatrical releases known, and provides a good look at the costs of the “average” late-night, core-market show in the modern era.
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Heaven, Hell, Reality: Three Looks at the Business of Animation Production: Part 2. Gundam 00 DVD Sales

(this is the second segment of a three-part article reposted from ADTRW for posterity)

Gundam 00 DVD sales are out; *22,847 of vol. 1 in week 1, at retail price of \3,990. This isn’t particularly good. Read the rest of this entry »

Heaven, Hell, Reality: Three Looks at the Business of Animation Production: Part 1. The Animation Industry’s Circumstances and Challenges

(this is the first segment of a three-part article reposted from ADTRW for posterity)

THE ANIMATION INDUSTRY’S CIRCUMSTANCES AND FUTURE

June, Heisei 15
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