Is it horrible that I was laughing while reading this thread? I know this is a fairly recent thing, but...guess what, guys? Hetalia's getting licensed by FUNimation. Anyone wanna place bets on who Vick's gonna play? I'm thinking America...
Anyway, just a few things I wanted to point out:
Which means people are fans of illegal shows. Wow... I am shocked that this many people are illegally downloading these shows - I can't tell you how many people I've met on this forum that list Hetalia as one of their favorite shows.
I know someone mentioned this on the first page, but if it's not licensed in the U.S (or whatever the home country is), it's not illegal. The problem is when people download stuff that's already been licensed. I don't know what the status of Soul Eater was when you made this thread, but Hetalia wasn't licensed yet, therefore, it wouldn't have been illegal for you to watch it.
Then why are anime distributors failing? And why can I not find decent anime on TV anymore?
In regards to the first question, maybe it's because of a little thing called recession. Now, I could be wrong, because it's hard to stay up to date on the news as a college student (I manage maybe an hour of news each week), but for a lot of people, the financial situation is definitely not good. I don't know about you, but I can't eat anime. Anime can't clothe me. Anime can't pay the bills.
As for the second, as many people in this thread have already stated, a lot of distributors actually decide what to license based on the popularity of the fansub. So if you can't find good anime on TV anymore, it's probably because a lot of anime fans these days have really taste, or something. Not to mention the fact that it's the network that decides whether to air a show or not, not the fans or distributors.
Add in all of the people who decide they would rather rent than buy (for financial or spacial reasons), and it's pretty clear why the companies are failing.
This post has been edited by Kaay-chan: 13 April 2010 - 07:27 PM