YouTube content creation is changing all the time, and anime reaction channels have carved out a special
niche. As anime fandom grows, enthusiasts are flocking to YouTube to create fantastic anime-centric
channels. From The Anime Man to Gigguk, these channels share thoughts and reactions to series like One
Piece and Attack on Titan while analyzing plots or covering topics like anime intro music.
Drawing inspiration from these renowned YouTubers, we’ll guide you through the basics of setting up
your own anime reaction channel. Whether you’re an experienced content creator or just starting out,
these essential steps will help you embark on your journey.
Planning your content
Before you hit record, it’s crucial to plan your content. Decide what type of anime you want to react to.
Are you into shounen epics like Naruto, or do you prefer the emotional depth of series like Clannad?
Your niche will attract a specific audience and allow you to better keep tabs on upcoming anime releases.
You can easily pick out Tokyo Revengers Season 2 or NieR:Automata Ver1.1a from the extensive list of
anime to be released in the 2023 winter season, for instance, if your content centers around shounen or
Knowing what’s trending in advance can help you capitalize on the hype and attract viewers who are
excited about the latest episodes. From there, you can add more diversity to your content. Alongside
reactions, consider creating reviews, discussions, or theory videos to keep your channel engaging and
determine your release schedule.
Video recording equipment can be costly, which is why planning your budget and deciding where you
can splurge or save is essential. A surprising tip for content creators is that a secondhand camera is an
excellent alternative to a brand-new one. As long as it’s bought from a reputable dealer, a used mirrorless
camera can offer the same autofocus system or image quality as a new camera and could help kickstart
your YouTube channel. When buying a used camera like the Sony Alpha a7II, look at the shutter lifespan
first, then test out its 60, 30, and 24p recording options alongside its 5-axis SteadyShot INSIDE image
stabilization system. If these features run smoothly, then you’re good to go.
Now, you can pair your camera with a microphone. However, in this case, it’s advisable to splurge a little
to ensure sound quality. That’s because testing the consistency of the frequency switch of secondhand
mics can be a struggle. Thankfully, the global market for wireless microphones currently projects a
market size of $4.3 billion by 2032, led by major players such as Shure Incorporated or Sennheiser
Electronic. This ensures variety in the market to fit all sorts of budgets, with affordable options like
Sennheiser’s $130 Profile USB microphone released in March 2023.
Creating your reaction space
Your recording environment plays a significant role in the quality of your videos. You can set up your
recording space near a window to achieve well-lit, professional-looking videos. Alternatively, as
YouTuber Elena Taber has done, you can purchase a spherical lamp to add warmth and emulate sunlight
if your living space lacks natural light sources.
Otherwise, you can minimize background noise using acoustic foam on the walls and windows. This can
be made yourself for $5 per sound absorption panel, as shown in the video by DIY Perks. You can
additionally decorate your environment with posters, figurines, or artwork related to the anime you’re
reacting to and add a personal touch.
Engaging your audience
Now that you’ve set up your logistics, you need to work on building a dedicated audience. This is crucial
for the success of your channel.
You can interact with your audience by responding to comments on your videos. Otherwise, you can host
live streams to connect with viewers directly, like how TheAnimeMan and Akidearest do. This creates a
sense of community.
You can also partner with other anime YouTubers for collaborations, introducing your channel to their
audience and vice versa. In your spare time, remember to promote your channel on social media platforms
like Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok to expand your reach.
Keep refining your content and adapt to changes in the anime world. With dedication and a passion for
anime, your channel can contribute to the vibrant anime community on YouTube.