I have done a large amount of research into different distributors of music magazines in the UK. After all my research, I then went and researched into people who would distribute my anime magazine. I eventually did find a few distributors who would distribute my magazine. The distributors are all internet based the first one is called KidFenris and the other is called NeoMag and the last one is called Otakumode. These are all online distributors who focus on selling anime and manga style magazines. These are the perfect distributors as the people who are aiming at are all people who will use a lot of the internet. Also, the genre that we have made the magazine, Nightcore, matches the style of Anime/Manga.
A different kind of distributor that I have also looked at is a company called Crunchyroll. These are people who show Anime on their websites and people can watch it for free if they sit through adverts. This would be a good place to distribute our magazines, or even an advert promoting our magazine, as this matches our genre for our music magazine.
The people who I distribute my magazine will sign up my magazine with IPSO who will monitor my magazine. IPSO monitors all kinds of magazines and makes sure that they follow specific rules. Some of these rules are things where they make sure celebrities children are kept safe by blurring their faces. Also people who are in court cases are protected by hiding their names. If anyone complains a good reason to ISPO then they are allowed to take the magazine down.
As my distributor will sign my magazine up with them then I will need to make sure that I follow all of ISPO rules and conditions.
In my photo’s that I took for my music magazines I relied on mainly the outfits to make the images. So I constantly made sure that the outfits that the models were in were always made to look Anime to make sure the style was always there. In my front cover and my contents page I made sure to add props to show that it is a music magazine. To do this I used a sound equalizer and a DJ board. I chose these as these are used to make Nightcore music which is the genre I have chosen.
The finished Hypothesis
My hypothesis is that many people who read Anime music magazines are in their teenage years and maybe even just the young adults. After I made this hypothesis I then handed out a questionnaire to a multiple number of people. After they were handed out I took them back and looked at the results. It showed that my hypothesis was correct the most people who read or even watch Anime of any kind was people in their teenage years. I then got a group of people of a range of ages in a small focus group. I asked the group who reads anime or anime music magazines. The ones that answered that they did was again the teenagers or the young adults. This proves my hypothesis that Anime music magazines are more read by teenagers and young adults.
After receiving audience feedback from volunteers I looked at the comments to see what I could change the magazine.
For the front cover they said that the font at the top of the border was a bit out of place and they wanted me to change it. They also said how the barcode does not blend well with the masthead. I did change the barcode so it worked better with the masthead and didn’t stand out so much. I then changed the font the by moving it a bit so it would fit better in the border.
For the contents page, a person said that the costume choices were strange, they said they didn’t like the amount of text and that it was to bright and colourful. I kept the costumes the same as this went with the conventions of a anime music magazine. This was the same for the colours and the amount of text. As I looked at different anime music magazines I saw the same things popping up. Bright colours, a fair amount of text and specific costume choices that I decided to follow.
For the double page spread, they said that they were not liking the darker colours, the image that I had taken was over exposed and the drawing was needing to be less bright. For this I changed the exposure for the original image to make it less exposed and I added a bit of darkness for the drawing to make it more appealing. However, I kept the colours as it suited the style that I was going for as it was meant to look like a concert and the bright light was the stage light.
In conclusion, after looking at the audience feedback I did change parts of my magazine to make it more appealing for the audience. However, I refused to change other parts as it would go against the conventions of my magazine that I had been creating.
After I completed all of my research into magazines of the chosen genre I then had to look into the specific audiences that I would target the magazine at. I looked into the demographics for certain magazines and who buys them.
This is one of the examples that I looked into this magazine is called NEO and the demographic for this magazine is 16-20 years olds there is also a smaller group of readers who are in their mid 30’s. This magazine aims towards both genders as they will both enjoy certain sections of the magazine.
Another anime magazine that I found was called Otaku. This was aimed at the same age demographic. The gender is the same for this magazine as well as they have areas that male audiences will enjoy to read and there is areas that the female audiences will enjoy to read.
In conclusion, after completing my research into the genre of Anime and the target audience I have decided upon who my target audience would be. I have decided to aim my magazine for both genders as I will include areas that boys and girls will enjoy to read. I will however aim the magazine for people from the ages of 17-25 as this would most likely bring in the best amount of customers.
I have finished my contents page for the school magazine. I will use this to make my music magazine better by editing my writing better and I will learn to layout my music magazine better. I used light blue background because Titus salt school is known for using blue in their colours but I couldn’t use dark blue because Jordan was wearing dark blue. This means Jordan would fade into the background and make the image look bad.