It is no secret that more and more Americans are starting to like anime, which means there is a market here for this kind of special animation. If Gainax were to bring their company over to America, they in theory should be able to capitalize on this untapped oil well. I’m not talking about only making television shows, but movies, commercials, museum kiosk animation, and other sellable properties an animation studio does on a weekly basis. Can you imagine how cool it would be to turn on your television and see a Gainax Mountain Dew commercial? If they were to make another amazing hit like Gurren Lagann or Eva, they would be able to pimp it out with commercials, air it on American and Japanese televisions a lot easier, and maybe even give it a prime time spot on popular American television stations as well.
For one, the whole foreign company working on US soil, employee visas, tax, and the like is sure to be a major speed bump to this plan. Perhaps this would work better if they combined forces with a company that was already established in the US, a small animation studio or something. Either way Japanese fans would get angry, and the animators themselves would be forced to move away from their homeland, which no one wants to do.
The current trend is just to export their labor to countries like Korea and the Philippines, where they can get away with paying their animators less money than Japanese animators. But if Japanese people want to continue animating, then this just might work. Now to be honest, I’m far from being a business man, and am vastly uneducated in the subject, but sometimes it takes an outsider thinking out loud to come up with a solution, or at least get people thinking outside the box.
What do you think?