In this post, I’ll be ranking common ways to “support the anime industry” from least helpful to most helpful, from the perspective of a Western anime fan.
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 …