We already noted a while back that Dragon Ball Z Kai
would be airing on Nicktoons, giving the '90s anime a chance to create another batch of new anime fans. More recently, Cartoon Network announced
that it would be airing an anime called Beyblade, a franchise based on a line of spinning top toys.
And then, of course, there's a new Pokemon series in the works
, and to top it off, a new Digimon as well
. Setting aside that DBZ+Pokemon+Digimon feels like a weird reunion of my middle school and early high school days, it feels like we're going to have more "gateway" anime for younger folk on TV than we've had in some time-- so we may start to see a slow influx of new anime fans.
I'm sure even now some of you are groaning at the idea of having to deal with a bunch of anime newbies coming in and getting young!Goku and young!Gohan confused, or bragging about being able to list every Pokemon from the latest game (but not the original). I understand. It's a hassle. But I'm going to argue in favor of treating these young newbies well! No, I'm not preaching niceness: there are some very good greedy reasons for you to take care of the younger generation. First:
our "fan generation" is shitty at actually buying things. R1 anime companies and Japanese companies alike are still having trouble figuring out how to (or WHETHER to) work things out for fans abroad. It's probably too late to change our generation's habits in their entirety, but if we can get the next generation buying instead of downloading
, the Japanese companies will be more interested in releasing more here. And that would mean more simulcasts, more merch, more cons, and all that other stuff that you DO partake in. Second:
eventually we will all grow out of the all-powerful 13-30 age demographic. But many of these newer, younger fans will be in it longer than we will, which means that eventually, it's their tastes that will be catered to
. So you want these noobs to be into the kind of stuff YOU'RE into. So consider mentoring a newbie anime fan-- maybe take one of the DBZ Kai kiddies and move them on to One Piece to Gurren Lagann to Black Lagoon, for example.
So there you go: now you have two perfectly greedy, non-altruistic reasons to be a liiiiiittle nice to any bright-eyed bushy-tailed new anime fans who come through our door. Because god forbid anyone actually just want to be nice for nice reasons!