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I am not entirely sure that there is much we can do. One of the largest deteriminants is likely continued interest in the series, and if japanese viewership dwindles then the show might be canceled irrespective of what the western fanbase thinks, because japanese television networks need to satisfy their sponsors. However, there are a few things we can try: ...


Most of the profit comes from merchandise. Blu-rays or DVDs by themselves even for famous titles are sold not very actively, at least this is definitely not enough to cover ~100k dollars per episode (which sum nowadays should be even higher). Other than PVC figures and dakimakura, the popular shows will sell fashion items, action figures and dolls for kids, ...


Recap episodes may or may not have an actual purpose. From this article, which I recommend reading, recap episodes may have a purpose for long running series. If the show has taken an extended detour into filler sub-plots, for example, a recap episode reminds everyone of where the main story is at. It can also catch newcomers up on the story. Most of the ...

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