The potential of anime for destination marketing: fantasies, otaku, and the kidult segment

Vincent Wing Sun Tung, Suna Lee, Simon Hudson

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The implications of anime tourism can extend far beyond geographic boundary as the worldwide anime market is diversifying, providing novel opportunities for destination marketing organizations in other countries. To address this research gap, this paper first defines anime versus animated films to clarify the definition of anime for the tourism literature, and then draws out theoretical differences between the two types of entertainment within a cinematic perspective to highlight their conceptual boundaries across place, protagonist, and production. This paper suggests that the ways in which these three aspects are manifested in anime versus films are very different: anime settings are more fantasy-orientated than most films; viewers develop their self-identity (i.e. as an ‘otaku’) during childhood and adolescence; and anime productions can be extended with new series to create more enduring engagement to develop the kidult segment. This paper contributes to the literature by connecting the aforementioned cinematic aspects as a basis for elaboration of how differences among the three dimensions could be directly related to potential destination marketing activities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalCurrent Issues in Tourism
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 30 Aug 2017


  • anime
  • content tourism
  • fantasy
  • film tourism
  • otaku
  • tourism marketing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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