It is a rather simple and somewhat obvious reason. But here, let Beat Takeshi tell it. Beat Takeshi, of course, is a famed comedian, actor, and filmmaker—among many other things. He’s a man of multiple talents! His movies, such as Sonatine, Hana-bi, and Beyond Outrage, are fantastic.
As noted recently on Yahoo! News Japan, during the Tokyo Film Festival, Takeshi was asked why there are now so many movies based on manga and anime.
They have a built-in audience, and comparatively, they’re low risk—or rather, lower risk. Even if that risk can be alienating fans. The odds of making your money back are greater than finding the next big thing. This dynamic explains the glut of live-action anime and manga movies.
This isn’t true only in Japan, but in Hollywood, too, as seen with the numerous comic book movies or the endless reboots.
Good movies are good movies, whether they are based on anime, comics, video games, or whatever. But it’s in those unknown scripts that you find some truly memorable films.
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