Today we'll take a look at the state of localization for anime, as far as Europe and North America goes. While there are thousands upon thousands of fans that watch anime via streaming sites and bootleg uploads, there are also fans that look to purchase legitimate versions of upcoming anime features. We'll be focusing in on officially localized content for this feature.
We all know that no amount of localization houses can secure the rights to 100% of the anime that hits Japan. We all just have to submit to the fact that we'll never see all anime series' localized for our viewing pleasure. It's sad to know that there's some anime that we'll never officially see in Europe or North America, but it doesn't mean that localization firms aren't working hard.
Each year localization groups look into what anime makes sense to bring outside of Japan. There's a lot to choose from, and there are indeed a few key anime each year that companies will fight over. While niche titles are picked up here and there, it's the bigger titles with more mass appeal that localization companies want to go after. They are indeed a business first.
Do you feel that the state of localization where you live is going well? Do these companies work hard enough to bring over the anime that we want? Do they listen to the fans to judge what series' should get picked up for localization?