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Old 2012-04-17, 18:08   Link #41
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Originally Posted by Soul Strike View Post
That completely ass-backwards. Do you mean to tell me that tv rating are so low for anime that they can't get advertisers to to air the shows. Thats kinda hard to believe. I guess you really do learn something new everyday.
Seiji speaks truth -- it isn't really the ratings are so low but that anime is basically an *infomercial* for the products (DVDs, CDs, manga, LN, figures, etc). So, just like 30 minute/1hr informercials in the US - the producers pay for the air time and then await the tidal wave of purchasing from japanese fans.

edit: d'oh, I didn't see his follow up post making exactly the same analogy.
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