Probably one of the few things keeping the fortunes of anime from suffering from outright collapse - not as much as many people think, anyway. While we haven't seen any real changes in distribution, as of late there has been a marked tendency on the part of anime studios to promote the works via something called "english dubbing" - which is, on the one hand, a very good thing, if you can get your hands on the proper subtitles - and on the other, an appalling concept, if you have no idea what that means, or for whom it did (anyone?) service. The scenario in which two groups of people (two groups of people?) are watching two different versions of the same thing, with one group says that it was the one they loved all along.
I've said it elsewhere - to my knowledge there are no low-quality anime anymore. You can still find very adorable, lovely, and admittedly, very cheesy anime that you can watch for free with no pants on, and even the most explicit (or to those who don't quite know Japanese well, may as well be) shows and movies on YouTube, but the quality of anime production has simply skyrocketed to an entirely new level.
While I'll be the first to agree that part of the reason our hobby has survived is because of the speed at which it grew - to be fair there's also been a large portion due to our overwhelming inability to let go of the past - there is also no escaping the realization that any of us could be working for the Funimation/Asylum/Crunchyroll development branch of the anime industry - and not old-timers working on anything remotely resembling the kind of stuff we watch on a daily basis. Don't get me wrong, there are surely people working on great new series currently (hi, folks!) - and part of the reason I watch my favorite series on Crunchyroll is that it has always seemed to me that the people who produce it (or put out the series) are honest and true to their roots, and that that is something I greatly appreciate. d2c66b5586