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So, the American anime industry. If you bother to read their various mouthpieces (ANN, AOD) -- not that I'd recommend it -- you can see an industry in a clear death spiral. Falling revenues, falling quality, rising prices - it doesn't take an ESPer to see that these guys are going to take a bath on this.

This raises some important business questions.Are they any more than middlemen? Do we need a company with low amounts of capital to decide whats fit for American consumption? Video games are a more mature market with a similar issue -- the anime companies are more or less following that lead.

Do the Japanese even respect the Western audience at all? Clearly not, Western fans are mocked in anime series left and right. Licensing rights are left to the highest bidders, and Japanese companies (with one exception) leave the foreign markets to licensors.

R1 companies tell 'fans' what they want rather than cater to their needs. Animes are dubbed with the same set of 40+ year old voice actors doing the same terrible work year after year after year. Fansubs have shown that most anime fans are happier with subtitles and original Japanese voice tracks, yet almost all R1 companies insist on wasting fan's money on terrible dubs. Even shows specifically targeted at 'otaku' (such as NHK ni Youkoso!) are the victims of horrific dubs which the clearly intended audience could not care less about.

Do we really need Wendee Lee (age 53) standing in for Aya Hirano (age 20) in all her roles? Or have at this point fansubs proven that subtitles are more than sufficient for all but the most mass-market shounen?

TFuckingL;DR - Western anime companies are obsolete the second JP companies decide to take us seriously and ditch shitty, overpaid voice actors who ruin anime with phoned-in 'performances'.