It's come to my notice that a few companies have been dieing out and others are in danger of the same fate. New Type USA is gone, Geneon Entertainment USA is gone, and others have fallen.
The Reason: People download more than buy.
Fact: More and more fans join the anime nation every year.
Fact: Most of these fans rather download illegally than go out and buy anime. So is the same for mayn fans that exist already.
The reason: DVD prices are high, and the reason for that is, hardly anyone buys them.
But think about it, the money that is spent goes to the companies and the producers, if you steal that money by downlaoding, that means less money for the prioducers and the publishers. If we bought anime, that would keep companies strong and wold purchase the license for them, and producers will be encouraged to produce more anime. For example, if you worked at a job you enjoyed and got paid a lot for it, you'd stay right? Well. what if that paycheck kept getting smaller and smaller each time due to lack of sales, you would quit doing what you were doing wouldn't you?
I admit, I've downloaded my fair share of anime, but I've also purchased the same anime when it came out in stores, so i believe that makes up for it, right? And you could do the same. It would make a huge difference for the better.
Another reason it's dieing here is, the popularity of moe and harem anime is growing in Japan, so that's all that we are recieving here, and most Americans don't find that genre of anime to be favorable. (However, I love magical girls and harem anime and anything else moe so I'm not complaining.) So as something that's popular in Japan grows, we get less of what we really want, just think of it as anime is going through a moe fad and we must wait for the other genres to grow again. it's liek a small anime ressesion(sp).
I'm not saying that anime, overall, is dieing, just slowly in America. In Japan, they rarly download anime because it's so cheep there so sales in Japan are skyrocketing, here it's a different story. Also, Expo's and Conventions here are growing rapidly each year, example: Anme Expo, the famous California Anime Convention, for the last few years haven't been able to find a Convention Center big enough to hold the amount of people pouring into their doors, and the main amount of spending on anime is during these conventions, so they are safe, for now.
The Solution: Anime is based off of the popularity of the fans, and it's sales and poduction is based off such fans. We have the power to resolve this. So, if we stop downloading, and go out and purchase these anime, we would benefit from it more then just owning the anime, it encourages more anime to be produced and much more. Even if yo can't stop your download urges, how about downloading one or two episodes to see if you like it, and then, if you do, go out and purchase the anime.
We know the problem, and we know the obvious solution, so why don't we make a difference and change our ways, buy more than download, it will all pay out in the longrun, trust me. We, the fans, have the power to solve this in a positive way. Please help me, please help all of us, and please, help anime grow.