What puts the Daicon animations on the map is the story behind them and what they started.
It’s a balancing act, where some companies are okay with having a smaller audience if it means that audience will be happier with their product, while other companies try to expand their markets.
In many ways, the subculture is still smarting from the hackjob localizations of the past, which were often poorly translated, poorly dubbed, had content cut for the Western release, or some combination of the three.
If you ask certain anime thought leaders throughout the last decade and a half or so, moe has been “killing anime.”
Is moe killing anime? What’s the damage? How do we measure that?
Nowadays, getting anime is easier and cheaper than ever.
But things weren’t like that back when I was growing up.
On a community level, the most dangerous mentality to internalize is one that wholeheartedly vilifies “gatekeeping.”