2020’s Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!, in addition to being a smart commentary on the Japanese animation industry as a whole, provides an excellent (albeit fictional) case study of a classic business dynamic.
Western otaku are failing fundamentally at one of our core responsibilities. We have a responsibility to take ownership of our subculture. Instead, we’ve consistently relied on outsiders to serve otaku culture fairly.
Anime is a marketing tool used by businesses.
The sooner you understand and accept this, the sooner you’ll be able to answer many questions people still ask about things that have been part of the medium for decades.