The important bit: this was a great video! I really liked it! Thanks for putting it up!
The not important bit:
I think I read something about Hayao Miyazaki saying the inability of the anime industry to appeal to a wide audience (not just in Japan but world-wide) is what's killing it. From what he said, it sounded like a lot anime is focused exclusively on the otaku (in the bad sense) niche. Besides scaring regular people away from anime by having stories that are creepy or extreme in some way or other, it also gives anime a bad name. Normal (majority of) Japanese people don't like otaku-NEET types and look down on them. A whole industry pandering to that sub-set of people is a rather poorly thought out business decision, you know? (Especially considering how being so niche focused makes it harder to export any of this stuff, since Western audiences wouldn't understand any of it.)
I do wish anime companies would focus on a wider appeal. More accurately: I wish they'd loosen their vice-grip on their tropes and trends. A lot of series depend heavily on character types and tropes, and are not very well thought out story-wise. If one trope or character type becomes popular (usually because it's well written), they make a million others poorly thought out versions of them. (Example: Moe (style wise) is fine in moderation, but it's extremely annoying when it's used in the place of character development and an interesting story.) It seems to me that rather than making interesting stories and characters, the majority of the anime industry has resorts to tropes and trends to make money. (Obviously not working well for them..)
Lastly, if I hear one more person complain how places like Hulu, Crunchyroll, and Funi delay episodes by a week with commercials for non-paying customers I'm gonna smack someone. I was a teen in the 90s and you were damn lucky if you got an anime series aired on TV locally (commercials and all) within a YEAR of it's actual Japan-side release. Usually it was years after it'd been aired and released on VHS/DVD in Japan. And even though it was the Anime Boom in the West, collecting series was still kinda pricey (especially if you were a job less teen) and turning to the internet wasn't an option either because dialup was still a thing and even when dsl/cable came along, it was all low-res quality stuff. Renting anime was only a thing if you lived in an area where there was enough interest for it (I did not). The fans from the last 10 years or so are so damn SPOILED. Their excuses for pirating sound like a little kid throwing a tantrum at the store to get candy RIGHT NOW even though their parents said they can have some when they get home. Just so impatient, childish, and annoying.
And I'm not even out-right apposed to pirating, ya know? I think there's a time and place for it. But if you have cheap or free access to a show or series in your region and you don't use it because "you have to wait" you aren't a fan, you're just a mindless immature moocher and you're part of the problem. Those kinds of people make me ashamed to be a fan Japanese animation and comics. >:(
But I won't buy Japanese DVD/Bluray releases of an anime series simply because they're over priced and often don't have English subtitles. (I won't buy Aniplex releases because their obscenely over priced too.) Their business model is just bad and I'm not gonna support it. (This is my personal opinion as a consumer, not an anime fan.) I buy from Sentai, Funi, VIZ, etc, and other US anime distributors because their price points are better. If the Japanese companies are so dumb as to ignore their over-seas market when considering whether a series is "profitable" that's not my fault as a consumer. That's, once again, their narrow minded and short sighted business strategy at work. That is ultimately their loss.
When feasible I buy new and I buy collector's editions. But I only buy series that I really like and that's becoming the issue: there aren't a lot of anime that inspire that kind of buying power from me. They either insult my intelligence or they're so bland and generic I'd only ever watch them online (like on Crunchyroll).