Honestly, I don't ever recall being optimistic (or being accused of it). It was easier not to be morbid in a year like 2012, obviously, but the future of the medium always worried me even then. When the evidence is as clear as it is (probably the two worst anime seasons in a decade back to back) and so many industry insiders are breaking the taboo and crying wolf, you have to face facts and not shoot the messenger.
I would certainly say there's a synergistic relationship between the anime and music/idol (I'm not sure there's a difference any more) industry in driving the artistic train into the ditch. They're feeding off each other.
Reading your posts and tweets these days makes me really depressed . Though, I don't always remember you for making "anime is dead" type posts. What happened to your more optimistic mood!
On a related note... anime is doing a good job of destroying the "music" genre. Seriously, the amount of music (or as a subgenre, idol anime) anime or anime with a musical component to it are rolling down the conveyor belt and being churned out left and right, with mixed results. Series like Idolmaster and Love Live, while I don't think is no where near as bad or "toxic" as say K-on was to the industry is starting to have a real negative impact on the industry and doing a good job on destroying a "genre" or "theme" I love.
For example, Sound Euphorium. Kyoani "music" anime? Oh cmon... just because you're not happy idol series (Love Live) knocked off your precious K-on from your bluray pedestral means you have to give us more of your bullshit. And where the hell is a Hyouka movie. Movies of every recent Kyoani series except for the ... you know... the one that is actually good.
Hell even f**king PA Works is trying to cash in on this shit. Charlotte... more like "Angel Beats v2.0 and please buy our blurays and character music CDs". Suddenly reminded of a certain Shirobako episode (the production committee one) ...
Not even going to mention the various rubbish ones on the Upcoming list...there's an awful lot
Man, watching Rolling Girls just made realise how much I miss Gainax in thier heydays. I actually think the series is decent (it's way better than Kill La Kill which btw I did not like at all) but it's definitely lacking compared to its ancestors.