How can we tell if an anime is doing well? It’s a more complex question that it sounds. Anime usually has multiple revenue streams, and none of those revenue streams are accurately reported. A given anime might make money from the TV broadcast, DVD/BD sales, and merchandise, not to mention international licensing.
Much has been said about the poor working conditions and low pay for animators at some of the major studios in the industry, and many conscientious anime fans want to do what they can to help remedy that situation. As a result, when people talk about “supporting the anime industry,” they’re usually taking about financially …
I ran my college’s anime club for the better part of 4 years. During my administration, the anime club grew into the biggest club on campus, and one of the most successful and well-liked by the faculty, staff, and administration.
Localization and its cousin, censorship, are contentious issues within the anime community. In many ways, the subculture is still smarting from the hackjob localizations of the past, which were often poorly translated, poorly dubbed, had content cut for the Western release, or some combination of the three.