2010 is a year that brought a number of major changes to the anime landscape. The impact of many of these won’t be felt immediately, but they are certain to have an impact on things going into next year and beyond.

The year began with a bang, when Radical Publishing pulled the plug on Nick Simmons’s Incarnate, due to plagiarism allegations. The decision came about after readers noticed similarities between the series and Tite Kubo’s Bleach, which spread between fan communities and culminated by condemnation by Kubo-san himself.

Yawara fans were left in the cold, when AnimEigo announced that due to unforeseen reasons, they would be unable to license the rest of the Judo-centric series. On the word of licenses, Anime News Network’s streaming career met an unfortunate start when the second episode of Oreimo was leaked early, prompting several titles to be pulled from the service.

In the industry, legendary anime studio AIC was purchased by pachislot company.Oizumi. While the future of the company is unclear, we will likely find out starting next year. In the west, Media Blasters began rolling out a RedBox-ish service under their Rareflix brand. The company’s betting big, with 100 titles rolling out over the first 18 months.

Aniplex announced their break into the western market, with their upcoming pricey releases of R.O.D the TV, Durarara!, and Kara no Kyoukai. While I wish them well, I (and many others) hope that they begin catering to fans that aren’t strictly the import market.

On the financials, the entire anime market posted $200 million for fiscal 2009. That’s million, with an “M”. And, frankly, that ain’t much. Here’s hoping for better fortunes with the next report!

This year, we lost a trio of prominent figures in the industry. Both Streamline co-founder Carl Macek and Peter Fernandez passed away this year. Both have contributed much to the industry,with Macek’s co-founding of Streamline, and Fernandez’s involvement with Speed Racer. They will both be missed While I’m on this somber note, influential director Satoshi Kon passed away in August at age 47. While his works were few, they were all quite amazing. From the eerie Perfect Blue, to the simply breathtaking Millennium Actress, Kon was a man who could make fantasies become reality, and turn even the mundane into an amazing experience.

This year, I also began this humble blog. While I had a rocky start, it appears that things are now finally moving swimmingly. I thank those who have been reading so far, and hope to keep things going well in the next year!