If you just download your favorite anime from the fansub, this really doesn’t matter to you, but it does to (Japanese) anime fans who watch anime on TV. Well, if nothing else this kind of way has become remarkable and really irritating in Japan. For example, in a TV show in which some showfolks are doing something, and just before they show the result, a message gets in to keep the audience staying tuned, saying like この後、信じられない結末が！[you will see an unbelievable outcome soon!]. But mostly the result turns out to be very boring. I detest this way, so that is why I do not watch TV a lot lately.
I don’t want to believe this way has even got into anime, but I should after I learned this term, あのね商法[anone shouhou] or You-Know business method. あのね[anone] means you know, and 商法[shouhou] means a business method. To get to the point, this means not to deliberately broadcast the last (or last few) episode of the series on TV, and to sell it as DVD edition. It boils down that you have to buy the DVD in order to watch the final episode.
This phoenomenon is based on the anime, かしまし～ガールミーツガール～[kashimashi-girl meets girl-] which was aired from Jan 11th to Mar 29th in 2006. In the episode 12, on the verge of the last scene a girl named Hazumu says あのね…[you know...] and ends. Yes, actually this anime has 13 episodes total, but only 12 of it were aired. So they promoted the DVD edition which recorded the last episode. This provoked the fans and they named it あのね商法[anone shouhou]. However, it didn’t seem that this anime didn’t conclude perfectly. In fact, the aired episode 12 had a so-so conclusion, not that terrible ending. But as I have said, this irritating way is hated as a matter of fact, and also it took 7 months to the DVD came out.
For example, if the anime has to stop because of the poor rating, it would be very nice of the DVD edition that has the rest of the episodes coming out. Or else, such an OVA which has some more additional episodes would be good if only the basic story concludes. At this point, School Days is a perfect example. The last episode was not aired because of the incident which closely resembled in Kotonoha’s slaying. Because of this, most school days fans got disappointed so that the DVD edition came out. And this is not anime, but my favorite American TV drama, Tru Calling released the DVD edition which has the unaired episodes. Too bad, this drama stopped because of the poor rating although I liked it.
If something like this had happened just this once, it would not have been such a big deal. However, IGPX[Immortal Grand Prix] which was aired from Oct 11th in 2005 to Mar 29th in 2006, almost simultaneoulsy ended in this way. Yes, the 24 of it were aired although it had 26 episodes. Unlike kashimashi, the ending of this anime was not satisfying.
These things not only provoked anime fans, but made them distrust the anime industry. Having said that, I know we should not blame the anime studios because they are seriously lack of money. That is why they have to be shrewed. By using あのね商法 or selling any other profitable goods(like a soundtrack), they have to exploit money from the fans. I think the main reason why they are lack of money is the TV stations. Because nowadays the anime studios have to pay for the timeslot. It seems like the dirty deal is happening around here…