The year’s winding down to an end, and it’s time we assess our otaku economy. At first glance, 2017 was a year for gold-star anime releases, tech advancements, and frankly… an otaku culture that’s plunging deeper and deeper into mainstream acceptance.
Here are the latest trends regarding all things fandom:
We all need love.
Dating Sims grew 3.3% this year. Romance game developers are churning out titles as quickly as they can think of them, from horse princes to pretty pigeons. We can thank women for the industry’s growth, so there’s no hope for Japan’s population reproduction any time soon.
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