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Scheduled Power Outage in Tokyo Area To Affect Anime and Manga Production

by dtshyk
Mar 13, 2011 8:26 AM | 78 Comments
Tokyo Electric Power Company has announced to conduct a scheduled power outage in the capital region of Japan from March 14th to cope with the power plant failures by the earthquake. The power supply will be cut off for three hours a day and the outage will be carried out everyday by the end of April. According to the tweet of anime writer Morita Shigeru, anime production studios located in the region will be severely affected. Mangaka Akamatsu Ken said it will be difficult to maintain the weekly serialization of manga.

List of the studios which are likely to be affected by the power outage
SUNRISE
SHAFT
Diomedea
Toei Animation
Studio DEEN
Studio Pierrot
Brains Base
GAINAX
Zexcs
Silver Link
Production I.G
J.C. Staff
Studio Ghibli
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XEBEC
Asread
Studio Gallop

Sources: TEPCO (PDF file), Morita's tweet, Akamatsu's tweet

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Ovindel said:
Is there already some information about what hours the power outages will be? It makes a huge difference in power usage and the affection on the studios if they will be at day or night.


I request a blackout schedule as well.

Mar 14, 2011 9:29 AM by Hoppy

Is there already some information about what hours the power outages will be? It makes a huge difference in power usage and the affection on the studios if they will be at day or night.

Mar 14, 2011 7:24 AM by Ovindel

man i bet they r loosing a big amount of money this sucks

Mar 14, 2011 6:00 AM by Mr_Gutts

B-chan911 said:
Zhao_Yun said:
There are more important things than Anime right now, anyway. I pray for everyone's safety in Japan
Neverarine said:
whoa those power outages are gonna suck for alot of people, but realy compared to japanes needs right now, who cares about animes? good luck japan, do you you must
SalumoN said:
Damn, missing some animes which I usually watch on Sundays, however, anime ain't so important! Saving lives and rebuilding Japan comes first! R.I.P. to those who have lost their lives, and even though I ain't christian, I give you Japanese my blessings!

Do I smell an anime about the tsunami?
Leonard93 said:
someting like this couldnt be avoided, ah well, i dont really mind that much, i have enough other animes that i can watch.

lets just hope they can rebuild everyting etc.
orikas said:
crazyspinz said:
Anime can wait! Fixing the damage caused is first priority.
Soundtrack said:
Yeah I think everyone's on the same page here. I don't care if anime is delayed, all that matters is their safety.
SatoriTokku said:
I hope they'll remain safe, I won't mind any delays in manga/anime, so long as they stay alive. ;A;
H3ctor said:
As long as recovery is the top priority, that's all that matters.


I agree with all these

Mar 14, 2011 2:54 AM by AnimeCrazyFan1

theunfettered said:
lets pray they recover soon from this disaster and life become normal soon .

Sure I too hope everything in Japan can recover as soon as possible.

Mar 14, 2011 1:39 AM by ForsakenArcher

Veracity said:
Hope Japan can recover as quickly as possible, they should be able to. Nature is really causing a big problem, but then again, might it be antropogenic factors that's causing all of this?


Japan is located straight on the Pacific Ring of Fire, something like this was bound to happen eventually and there's nothing they could've done to prevent it, nor will there ever be.

The issues with the nuclear plants is somewhat of a human factor, but this is a worst-case scenario they thought would never happen – they didn't expect that a tsunami could knock out all the backup systems.

Mar 14, 2011 1:03 AM by Firelord76

Hope Japan can recover as quickly as possible, they should be able to. Nature is really causing a big problem, but then again, might it be antropogenic factors that's causing all of this?

Mar 13, 2011 11:56 PM by Veracity

First thing I want to say is that I hope all this gets fixed and obviously we all want people to recover and get back on their feets
SalumoN said:
Do I smell an anime about the tsunami?
There already is one:
http://www.sankakucomplex.com/2011/03/13/ochinko-tsunami-anime/
Slash_3-D said:
Support Japan! Buy more Mangas and DVDs!!!!
Why bother, should not donations be better.

Mar 13, 2011 11:54 PM by Yumekichi11

lets pray they recover soon from this disaster and life become normal soon .

Mar 13, 2011 10:47 PM by badlander_vtg

Too bad.. but it's unavoidable.

Mar 13, 2011 10:45 PM by AlexSadist-sama

anime should be the last thing on their mind. I really don't mind if anime is delayed Japan and its people come first. i offer my deepest condolescence to the people that were affected by this disaster.

Mar 13, 2011 10:27 PM by excalibur977436

I just hope they find more people that have survived the chaos and that people are able to rebuild their lives quickly. We should raise funds as a community for this cause! I'm surprised there has been no initiative on the part of the administrators of this site!

Fansub groups such as Doki have links to the Red Cross Donation site.

Also, please report distasteful individuals making snide or inappropriate comments.
People are dying. This is not a laughing matter.

Mar 13, 2011 10:08 PM by Omniknight

Roloko said:
Although my question is do they have a schedule for when they will shut off the power or will they just shut it off at a random time everyday for 3 hours for the next month or so??


Theres 5 different "Zoned Areas" that will have their power cut off at the same time every day, so you can plan around it. Its between 6 am and 10 PM that it'll be turned off. So for anyone interested in late night anime, it won't interfere with the airing of it.

Mar 13, 2011 10:06 PM by RyanSaotome

Some people are ignorant...
Who the hell cares about bloody anime where there is so much more important things going on...

Not to mention people getting pissy about those saying this is the best thing to happen to Japans economy. Japans economy has been in the shit. Rebuilding is not only going to cause create movement in the Japanese economy but all across their trading partners like Canada and the U.S.

Always look for the positives in the deepest negatives.

Mar 13, 2011 9:46 PM by Sabinlerose

This keeps reminding me of Tokyo Magnitude 8.0
Again and again.
I'm glad they're absolutely stable in handling this mentally:

https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1oR7mRBNCog-FeVrtl0dD4Suoi2hL0XE4YOoAPdCyZ3w&pli=1

And I hope Japan get well soon.

Mar 13, 2011 9:23 PM by fiane

Though I'm sad about the delays, saving some power is important.

Mar 13, 2011 9:19 PM by tsubasalover

I can wait I have a whole backlog of series I want to watch that finished years ago so first things first helping out the people and cleaning up entertainment can come last.

Although my question is do they have a schedule for when they will shut off the power or will they just shut it off at a random time everyday for 3 hours for the next month or so??

Mar 13, 2011 9:16 PM by Roloko

I can wait I have a whole backlog of series I want to watch that finished years ago so first things first helping out the people and cleaning up entertainment can come last.

Although my question is do they have a schedule for when they will shut off the power or will they just shut it off at a random time everyday for 3 hours for the next month or so??

Mar 13, 2011 9:16 PM by Roloko

And to expand on what I was saying about the economy (not even gonna try editing it, it may take a half an hour till I can even see my post)

"Economic analysts posit that, ultimately, the catastrophe will improve Japan's economy, with increased job availability during restoration efforts. An analyst at JPMorgan Chase, citing the 1989 San Francisco earthquake and the 1994 Northridge earthquake, noted that natural disasters "do eventually boost output." An analyst at Société Générale anticipated that Japan's economy will decline in March but will revive powerfully in subsequent months."

From wikipedia

Mar 13, 2011 9:03 PM by RyanSaotome

ShadowAlex said:
I do think this is pretty sad, not because I won't be able to see the shows I was wanting to see but to think of the economic impact this will have on their employees and their families trying to recover from this. Seems thing keep getting worse.


According to economic analysts, this'll actually improve Japans economy in the long run. It'll add a lot of jobs (for reconstruction) and lower the total unemployment of the country.

Mar 13, 2011 8:59 PM by RyanSaotome