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The annual Get In The Mecha Mid-Year Review is back! In this episode, just like last year, I take the time to reflect on what I’ve learnt about anime this year. Unfortunately, if you’re looking for a review of actual anime from this year, this isn’t the episode for you – this will be looking at some more anime news-related topics and industry-centred ideas! This time around I discuss the state of the anime industry, why paying attention to credits is important and a bit more.

Timestamps can now be found not just on this post but in the descriptions of the podcast episodes (both on various podcatchers and YouTube).

This Episode Does Not Contain Spoilers:


0:00 – Previously & Intro

2:07 – What is The GITM Mid-Year Review?

4:01 – State of the Anime Industry

7:19 – Kadokawa, Overproduction & Limitations

12:17 – SB/ED/AD Credits

17:43 – Animation Direction’s Impact

22:11 – Anthology Series, Studios & ‘Aesthetics’

26:57 – Closing Thoughts

29:55 – Outro & Music Credits

Relevant Links:

Producer Umehara Tweet Example

Kadokawa Article – Animation Business

Animator Dormitory Channel’s Video on The low wage problem

‘Japan’s anime goes global: Sony’s new weapon to take on Netflix’- Financial Times

‘Former MAPPA Animator Describes Working Conditions as Like a ‘Factory” – ANN

‘Anime Is Booming. So Why Are Animators Living in Poverty?’ – The New York Times

Music In This Production:

Mandatory Overtime by Joth

Synth Wave by Alex by Alex McCulloch

Difference by chasersgaming


Eric Matyas (Edited for length)

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