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18th Sep '17 12:28:46 AM gjjones
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* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'', another Anime International Company franchise, barely escaped this fate in 1997 with ''Tenchi in Tokyo''. Despite having a worse reception as opposed to ''El-Hazard: The Alternative World'' in most regards, ''Tenchi in Tokyo'' managed to last for a full 26 episodes, and only set back the franchise by 5 years instead of killing it altogether. In the same timeframe, attempts to adapt ''Tenchi Universe'' to film were financial and critical failures, and the release of numerous alternate-timeline Tenchi media created a massive ContinuitySnarl [[note]]''Tenchi in Tokyo'' was revealed halfway through its run to be a separate universe from ''Tenchi Universe''; at the same time, a third film was released based on a series of novels that diverged from the first six OVA episodes, ignoring the late ones, with the film itself taking place in the Tenchi Universe timeline.[[/note]]. Even the negative reception of ''Tenchi Muyo GXP'' and OVA 3 (both of which went back to Masaki Kajishima's original OVA timeline) consequently caused the traditional Tenchi lineup to be put on ice for thirteen years. Meanwhile, ''Anime/SasamiMagicalGirlsClub'' prompted AIC to scrap any plans for a future ''Pretty Sammy'' series. After that, AIC produced ''[[Anime/TenchiMuyoWarOnGeminar War on Geminar]]'', which didn't feature ''any'' returning characters from the franchise, and was only vaguely connected with any other part of the series. Eventually, AIC successfully revived the series when they produced shorts to promote tourism in 2014 and later produced a fourth OVA series in 2016, bringing Kajishima back to the fold as chief director.

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* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'', another Anime International Company franchise, barely escaped this fate in 1997 with ''Tenchi in Tokyo''. Despite having a worse reception as opposed to ''El-Hazard: The Alternative World'' in most regards, ''Tenchi in Tokyo'' managed to last for a full 26 episodes, and only set back the franchise by 5 years instead of killing it altogether. In the same timeframe, attempts to adapt ''Tenchi Universe'' to film were financial and critical failures, and the release of numerous alternate-timeline Tenchi media created a massive ContinuitySnarl [[note]]''Tenchi in Tokyo'' was revealed halfway through its run to be a separate universe from ''Tenchi Universe''; at the same time, a third film was released based on a series of novels that diverged from the first six OVA episodes, ignoring the late ones, with the film itself taking place in the Tenchi Universe timeline.[[/note]]. Even the negative reception of ''Tenchi Muyo GXP'' and OVA 3 (both of which went back to Masaki Kajishima's original OVA timeline) consequently caused the traditional Tenchi lineup to be put on ice for thirteen eleven years. Meanwhile, ''Anime/SasamiMagicalGirlsClub'' prompted AIC to scrap any plans for a future ''Pretty Sammy'' series. After that, AIC produced ''[[Anime/TenchiMuyoWarOnGeminar War on Geminar]]'', which didn't feature ''any'' returning characters from the franchise, and was only vaguely connected with any other part of the series. Eventually, AIC successfully revived the series when they produced shorts to promote tourism in 2014 and later produced a fourth OVA series in 2016, bringing Kajishima back to the fold as chief director.
18th Sep '17 12:01:53 AM gjjones
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* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'', another Anime International Company franchise, barely escaped this fate one year earlier with ''Tenchi in Tokyo''. Despite being in most regards worse than ''El-Hazard: The Alternative World'', ''Tenchi in Tokyo'' managed to last for a full 26 episodes, and only set back the franchise by 5 years instead of killing it altogether. In the same timeframe, attempts to adapt ''Tenchi Universe'' to the big screen were financial and critical failures, and the release of numerous alternate-timeline Tenchi media created a massive ContinuitySnarl [[note]]''Tenchi in Tokyo'' was revealed halfway through its run to be a separate universe from ''Tenchi Universe''; at the same time, a third movie was released based on a series of novels that diverged from the first six OVA episodes, ignoring the late ones, with the film itself taking place in the Tenchi Universe timeline.[[/note]]. Even the poor critical and fan reception of ''Tenchi Muyo GXP'' and OVA 3 (both of which went back to Masaki Kajishima's original OVA timeline) failed to save the ''Tenchi Muyo!'' franchise as it caused the traditional Tenchi lineup to be put on ice for thirteen years. Meanwhile, ''Anime/SasamiMagicalGirlsClub'' killed the ''Pretty Sammy'' series. After that, AIC produced ''[[Anime/TenchiMuyoWarOnGeminar War on Geminar]]'', which didn't feature ''any'' returning characters from the franchise, and was only vaguely connected with any other part of ''Tenchi''. AIC successfully revived the series when they produced shorts to promote tourism and, by late 2016, a fourth OVA series.

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* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'', another Anime International Company franchise, barely escaped this fate one year earlier in 1997 with ''Tenchi in Tokyo''. Despite being in most regards having a worse than reception as opposed to ''El-Hazard: The Alternative World'', World'' in most regards, ''Tenchi in Tokyo'' managed to last for a full 26 episodes, and only set back the franchise by 5 years instead of killing it altogether. In the same timeframe, attempts to adapt ''Tenchi Universe'' to the big screen film were financial and critical failures, and the release of numerous alternate-timeline Tenchi media created a massive ContinuitySnarl [[note]]''Tenchi in Tokyo'' was revealed halfway through its run to be a separate universe from ''Tenchi Universe''; at the same time, a third movie film was released based on a series of novels that diverged from the first six OVA episodes, ignoring the late ones, with the film itself taking place in the Tenchi Universe timeline.[[/note]]. Even the poor critical and fan negative reception of ''Tenchi Muyo GXP'' and OVA 3 (both of which went back to Masaki Kajishima's original OVA timeline) failed to save the ''Tenchi Muyo!'' franchise as it consequently caused the traditional Tenchi lineup to be put on ice for thirteen years. Meanwhile, ''Anime/SasamiMagicalGirlsClub'' killed the prompted AIC to scrap any plans for a future ''Pretty Sammy'' series. After that, AIC produced ''[[Anime/TenchiMuyoWarOnGeminar War on Geminar]]'', which didn't feature ''any'' returning characters from the franchise, and was only vaguely connected with any other part of ''Tenchi''. the series. Eventually, AIC successfully revived the series when they produced shorts to promote tourism and, by late 2016, in 2014 and later produced a fourth OVA series.series in 2016, bringing Kajishima back to the fold as chief director.
16th Sep '17 4:30:28 AM Doug86
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* An odd case concerning ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} - the BoxOfficeBomb that was [[Film/{{Supergirl}} her movie]] ended up souring DC so badly that they allowed Marv Wolfman to kill her during ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''. This also had the effect of DC declaring a "Superman is the sole survivor of Krypton" mandate that also exiled characters like KryptoTheSuperdog and popular villain General Zod. While ''a'' Supergirl would show up a few years later, the concept of Supergirl being Kara Zor-El, Clark's Kryptonian cousin, would not happen for 18 years afterwards.

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* An odd case concerning ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} - the BoxOfficeBomb that was [[Film/{{Supergirl}} her movie]] ended up souring DC so badly that they allowed Marv Wolfman to kill her during ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''. This also had the effect of DC declaring a "Superman is the sole survivor of Krypton" mandate that also exiled characters like KryptoTheSuperdog ComicBook/KryptoTheSuperdog and popular villain General Zod. While ''a'' Supergirl would show up a few years later, the concept of Supergirl being Kara Zor-El, Clark's Kryptonian cousin, would not happen for 18 years afterwards.
12th Sep '17 7:36:19 AM gjjones
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* While the ''Gundam'' franchise itself is still strong, ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'''s mixed reviews stemming from DarknessInducedAudienceApathy as well as the equally lackluster response for ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' has led to the [[Creator/TokyoBroadCastingSystem Sunday 5PM slot by TBS/MBS]] dying off, with the latter being forced to ChannelHop to Creator/NipponTelevision, which is really rare in Japan given the fact that TV channels often take part in the production through fundings.

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* While the ''Gundam'' franchise itself is still strong, ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'''s mixed reviews stemming from DarknessInducedAudienceApathy as well as the equally lackluster response for ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' has led to the cancellation of the [[Creator/TokyoBroadCastingSystem Sunday 5PM slot by TBS/MBS]] dying off, TBS/MBS]], with the latter being forced to ChannelHop to Creator/NipponTelevision, which is really rare in Japan given the fact that TV channels often take part in the production through fundings.



* ''Franchise/{{Zoids}}: Fuzors'' is often accused of being one of these by the English-speaking ''Zoids'' fanbase, but it was in fact the fan-favourite ''Anime/ZoidsChaoticCentury'' that killed the franchise, having gotten such low ratings during its run on Creator/CartoonNetwork that it was cancelled, with the final four episodes only being shown after complaints from the fanbase. ''Fuzors'' was more of a last-ditch effort to salvage what was already a doomed franchise.
* In Japan, ''Anime/ZoidsGenesis'' was a franchise killer; the anime got a [[SoOkayItsAverage so-so reception]], but TheMerch failed to sell, effectively dooming the chances of another ''Zoids'' anime being made any time soon, and causing Tomy to change its marketing strategy by pandering exclusively to Otaku rather than general audiences as they did before.

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* ''Franchise/{{Zoids}}: Fuzors'' is often accused of being one of these by the English-speaking ''Zoids'' fanbase, fanbase in North America, but it was in fact the fan-favourite ''Anime/ZoidsChaoticCentury'' that killed the franchise, having gotten such low ratings during its run on Creator/CartoonNetwork that it was cancelled, with the final four episodes only being shown after complaints from the fanbase. ''Fuzors'' was more of a last-ditch effort to salvage what was already a doomed franchise.
* In Japan, ''Anime/ZoidsGenesis'' was a franchise killer; the anime got a [[SoOkayItsAverage so-so reception]], but TheMerch failed to sell, effectively dooming the chances of another ''Zoids'' anime being made any time soon, and causing Tomy to change its marketing strategy by pandering exclusively to Otaku rather than general audiences as they did before.



* [[Creator/{{AIC}} Anime International Company]]'s ''[[Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld El-Hazard: The Alternative World]]'' performed poorly to the point that it was CutShort with the show's [[KudzuPlot way too many plots]] being wrapped up (very poorly) in only a single episode. It also killed the ''El Hazard'' franchise, with no further work of any kind being done in the decade since. And we never get to see the StableTimeLoop established in the original ''The Magnificent World'' through to its completion.
* After the first season aired, ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya]]'' became one of the most popular animated franchises. Fans clamored for a sequel for years. Then the sequels finally happened... three years later, in 2009/2010 with a second season[[note]]which included "Endless Eight": ''eight episodes'' of the same events happening over and over again, wasting over half the series' content on the non-events of a short, one-chapter story from the light novels. This really didn't help the franchise's reputation.[[/note]] and the well-received ''Disappearance'' movie. What little did anyone know at the time is that [[http://ultimatemegax.wordpress.com/2013/06/20/the-reasoning-behind-a-lack-of-haruhi-s3/ during those three years and counting were planted the roots of death]]: A ScheduleSlip of the light novels since 2007 and still going, Creator/KyotoAnimation realizing that self-owned [=IPs=] would be economically more profitable for them in the long run than animating Kadokawa's [=IPs=] (of which ''Haruhi'' is one) and the demotion of Atsushi Ito, the Kadokawa executive who primarily pushed for ''Haruhi'' in anime form, all coalesced into no person being left around to champion for ''Haruhi'', bringing the series to an abrupt halt. Creator/{{Funimation}} secured the North American rights to ''Haruhi'', which was one of the last licenses that Creator/BandaiEntertainment had around the time of its shutdown. [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2013-12-17/the-disappearance-of-nagato-yuki-chan-anime-listed Even the first anime adaptation to be greenlit in years]] is an adaptation of one of its ''[[Manga/TheVanishingOfNagatoYukiChan spinoffs]]'' and failed to save the ''Haruhi'' series.

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* [[Creator/{{AIC}} Anime International Company]]'s ''[[Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld El-Hazard: The Alternative World]]'' performed poorly to the point that it was CutShort with the show's [[KudzuPlot way too many plots]] being wrapped up (very poorly) in only a single episode. It also killed off the ''El Hazard'' franchise, with no further work of any kind being done in the decade since. And we never get to see the StableTimeLoop established in the original ''The Magnificent World'' through to its completion.
* After the first season aired, ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya]]'' became one of the most popular animated anime franchises. Fans clamored for a sequel for years. Then the sequels finally happened... three years later, in 2009/2010 with a second season[[note]]which included "Endless Eight": ''eight episodes'' of the same events happening over and over again, wasting over half the series' content on the non-events of a short, one-chapter story from the light novels. This really didn't help the franchise's reputation.[[/note]] and the well-received ''Disappearance'' movie. What little did anyone know at the time is that However, during those three years, [[http://ultimatemegax.wordpress.com/2013/06/20/the-reasoning-behind-a-lack-of-haruhi-s3/ during those three years and counting were planted the roots of death]]: death were planted]]: A ScheduleSlip of the light novels since 2007 and still going, Creator/KyotoAnimation realizing that self-owned [=IPs=] would be economically more profitable for them in the long run than animating Kadokawa's [=IPs=] (of which ''Haruhi'' is one) and the demotion of Atsushi Ito, the Kadokawa executive who primarily pushed for ''Haruhi'' in anime form, all coalesced into no person being left around to champion for ''Haruhi'', bringing the series to an abrupt halt. Creator/{{Funimation}} secured the North American rights to ''Haruhi'', which was one of the last licenses that Creator/BandaiEntertainment had around the time of its shutdown. [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2013-12-17/the-disappearance-of-nagato-yuki-chan-anime-listed Even the first anime adaptation to be greenlit in years]] is an adaptation of one of its ''[[Manga/TheVanishingOfNagatoYukiChan spinoffs]]'' and failed to save the ''Haruhi'' series.
12th Sep '17 7:26:58 AM gjjones
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* After the first season aired, ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya]]'' was the hottest otaku property around. Fans clamored for a sequel for years. Then the sequels finally happened... three years later, in 2009/2010 with a second season[[note]]which included "Endless Eight": ''eight episodes'' of the same events happening over and over again, wasting over half the series' content on the non-events of a short, one-chapter story from the light novels. This really didn't help the franchise's reputation.[[/note]] and the well-received ''Disappearance'' movie. What little did anyone know at the time is that [[http://ultimatemegax.wordpress.com/2013/06/20/the-reasoning-behind-a-lack-of-haruhi-s3/ during those three years and counting were planted the roots of death]]: A ScheduleSlip of the light novels since 2007 and still going, Creator/KyotoAnimation realizing that self-owned [=IPs=] would be economically more profitable for them in the long run than animating Kadokawa's [=IPs=] (of which ''Haruhi'' is one) and the demotion of Atsushi Ito, the Kadokawa executive who primarily pushed for ''Haruhi'' in anime form, all coalesced into no person being left around to champion for ''Haruhi'', and so the series died a slow and painful death out of inactivity; nowadays, it's only the hardcore fans left wanting a third season. It's also telling that out of all the major properties for which Creator/BandaiEntertainment still had licenses at the time it left the North American anime market, ''Haruhi'' is the last to have its license picked up by another company, in this case Creator/{{Funimation}}. [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2013-12-17/the-disappearance-of-nagato-yuki-chan-anime-listed Even the first anime adaptation to be greenlit in years]] is an adaptation of one of its ''[[Manga/TheVanishingOfNagatoYukiChan spinoffs]]'', and that too could not rekindle interest in the ''Haruhi'' series.

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* After the first season aired, ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya]]'' was became one of the hottest otaku property around.most popular animated franchises. Fans clamored for a sequel for years. Then the sequels finally happened... three years later, in 2009/2010 with a second season[[note]]which included "Endless Eight": ''eight episodes'' of the same events happening over and over again, wasting over half the series' content on the non-events of a short, one-chapter story from the light novels. This really didn't help the franchise's reputation.[[/note]] and the well-received ''Disappearance'' movie. What little did anyone know at the time is that [[http://ultimatemegax.wordpress.com/2013/06/20/the-reasoning-behind-a-lack-of-haruhi-s3/ during those three years and counting were planted the roots of death]]: A ScheduleSlip of the light novels since 2007 and still going, Creator/KyotoAnimation realizing that self-owned [=IPs=] would be economically more profitable for them in the long run than animating Kadokawa's [=IPs=] (of which ''Haruhi'' is one) and the demotion of Atsushi Ito, the Kadokawa executive who primarily pushed for ''Haruhi'' in anime form, all coalesced into no person being left around to champion for ''Haruhi'', and so bringing the series died a slow and painful death out of inactivity; nowadays, it's only to an abrupt halt. Creator/{{Funimation}} secured the hardcore fans left wanting a third season. It's also telling that out of all the major properties for North American rights to ''Haruhi'', which was one of the last licenses that Creator/BandaiEntertainment still had licenses at around the time it left the North American anime market, ''Haruhi'' is the last to have of its license picked up by another company, in this case Creator/{{Funimation}}.shutdown. [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2013-12-17/the-disappearance-of-nagato-yuki-chan-anime-listed Even the first anime adaptation to be greenlit in years]] is an adaptation of one of its ''[[Manga/TheVanishingOfNagatoYukiChan spinoffs]]'', spinoffs]]'' and that too could not rekindle interest in failed to save the ''Haruhi'' series.



* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'', another Anime International Company franchise, barely escaped this fate one year earlier with ''Tenchi in Tokyo''. Despite being in most regards worse than ''El-Hazard: The Alternative World'', ''Tenchi in Tokyo'' managed to last for a full 26 episodes, and only set back the franchise by 5 years instead of killing it altogether. In the same timeframe, attempts to adapt ''Tenchi Universe'' to the big screen were financial and critical failures, and the release of numerous alternate-timeline Tenchi media created a massive ContinuitySnarl [[note]]''Tenchi in Tokyo'' was revealed halfway through its run to be a separate universe from ''Tenchi Universe''; at the same time, a third movie was released based on a series of novels that diverged from the first six OVA episodes, ignoring the late ones, with the film itself taking place in the Tenchi Universe timeline.[[/note]]. Even the poor critical and fan reception of ''Tenchi Muyo GXP'' and OVA 3 (both of which went back to Masaki Kajishima's original OVA timeline) failed to save the ''Tenchi Muyo!'' franchise as it caused the traditional Tenchi lineup to be put on ice for thirteen years. Meanwhile, ''Anime/SasamiMagicalGirlsClub'' killed the ''Pretty Sammy'' series. After that, AIC produced ''[[Anime/TenchiMuyoWarOnGeminar War on Geminar]]'', which didn't feature ''any'' returning characters from the franchise, and was only vaguely connected with any other part of ''Tenchi''. AIC successfully revived the series when they produced shorts to promote tourism and eventually, a fourth OVA series by late 2016.

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* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'', another Anime International Company franchise, barely escaped this fate one year earlier with ''Tenchi in Tokyo''. Despite being in most regards worse than ''El-Hazard: The Alternative World'', ''Tenchi in Tokyo'' managed to last for a full 26 episodes, and only set back the franchise by 5 years instead of killing it altogether. In the same timeframe, attempts to adapt ''Tenchi Universe'' to the big screen were financial and critical failures, and the release of numerous alternate-timeline Tenchi media created a massive ContinuitySnarl [[note]]''Tenchi in Tokyo'' was revealed halfway through its run to be a separate universe from ''Tenchi Universe''; at the same time, a third movie was released based on a series of novels that diverged from the first six OVA episodes, ignoring the late ones, with the film itself taking place in the Tenchi Universe timeline.[[/note]]. Even the poor critical and fan reception of ''Tenchi Muyo GXP'' and OVA 3 (both of which went back to Masaki Kajishima's original OVA timeline) failed to save the ''Tenchi Muyo!'' franchise as it caused the traditional Tenchi lineup to be put on ice for thirteen years. Meanwhile, ''Anime/SasamiMagicalGirlsClub'' killed the ''Pretty Sammy'' series. After that, AIC produced ''[[Anime/TenchiMuyoWarOnGeminar War on Geminar]]'', which didn't feature ''any'' returning characters from the franchise, and was only vaguely connected with any other part of ''Tenchi''. AIC successfully revived the series when they produced shorts to promote tourism and eventually, and, by late 2016, a fourth OVA series by late 2016.series.



* Anime no Chikara, Creator/A1Pictures and TV Tokyo's joint original anime project in 2010 (inspired by Fuji TV's Creator/{{Noitamina}} timeslot), was scrapped after the mediocre ratings and BD/DVD sales of its three original anime (''Anime/SoundOfTheSky'', ''Anime/NightRaid1931'', and ''Anime/OccultAcademy''). Regardless of the project and the timeslot's failure, it did inspire creators to release more original anime in 2011 where some of them (''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', ''Anime/AnoHana'', ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'', ''Anime/HanasakuIroha'', etc.) became very successful. Aniplex president, Koichi Natsume, mentioned in [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interview/2012-12-19/aniplex-koichiro-natsume/ his ANN interview]] that a lot of lessons were learned from the project and they were able to make more successful original anime.

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* Anime no Chikara, Creator/A1Pictures and TV Tokyo's joint original anime project in 2010 (inspired by Fuji TV's Creator/{{Noitamina}} timeslot), was scrapped after the mediocre ratings and BD/DVD sales of its three original anime (''Anime/SoundOfTheSky'', ''Anime/NightRaid1931'', and ''Anime/OccultAcademy''). Regardless of the project and the timeslot's failure, it did inspire creators to release more original anime in 2011 where some of them (''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', ''Anime/AnoHana'', ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'', ''Anime/HanasakuIroha'', etc.) became very successful. Aniplex president, Koichi Koichiro Natsume, mentioned in [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interview/2012-12-19/aniplex-koichiro-natsume/ his ANN interview]] that a lot of lessons were learned from the project and they were able to make more successful original anime.



* Fans are probably never going to see an adaption of the final arc of ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' all thanks to the ''Reflections'' OVA which got a lot of backlash from fans including [[CreatorBacklash Nobuhiro Watsuki who declared it non-canon]]. Of course, the TV series ended 3 years before ''Reflections'' and by then, the last episodes were purely filler which wasn't received well by fans leading the show to be axed. Though years later, the success of the [[Film/RurouniKenshin live-action movies]] made fans hoping that the final arc will be adapted and movie producers are keen enough that they would probably show it in the future.

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* Fans are probably never going to see an adaption of the final arc of ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' all thanks to the ''Reflections'' OVA which got a lot of backlash from fans including [[CreatorBacklash Nobuhiro Watsuki Watsuki]] who declared it [[CanonDiscontinuity non-canon]]. Of course, the TV series ended 3 years before ''Reflections'' and by then, the last episodes were purely filler which wasn't received well by fans leading the show to be axed. Though years later, the success of the [[Film/RurouniKenshin live-action movies]] made fans hoping that the final arc will be adapted and movie producers are keen enough that they would probably show it in the future.
12th Sep '17 7:15:26 AM gjjones
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* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'', another Anime International Company franchise, barely escaped this fate one year earlier with ''Tenchi in Tokyo''. Despite being in most regards worse than ''El-Hazard: The Alternative World'', ''Tenchi in Tokyo'' managed to last for a full 26 episodes, and only set back the franchise by 5 years instead of killing it altogether. In the same timeframe, attempts to adapt ''Tenchi Universe'' to the big screen were financial and critical failures, and the release of numerous alternate-timeline Tenchi media created a massive ContinuitySnarl [[note]]''Tenchi in Tokyo'' was revealed halfway through its run to be a separate universe from ''Tenchi Universe''; at the same time, a third movie was released based on a series of novels that diverged from the first six OVA episodes, ignoring the late ones, with the film itself taking place in the Tenchi Universe timeline.[[/note]]. Even the poor critical and fan reception of ''Tenchi Muyo GXP'' and OVA 3 (both of which went back to Kajishima's original OVA timeline) failed to save the ''Tenchi Muyo!'' franchise as it caused the traditional Tenchi lineup to be put on ice for thirteen years. Meanwhile, ''Anime/SasamiMagicalGirlsClub'' killed the ''Pretty Sammy'' series. After that, AIC produced ''[[Anime/TenchiMuyoWarOnGeminar War on Geminar]]'', which didn't feature ''any'' returning characters from the franchise, and was only vaguely connected with any other part of ''Tenchi''. After AIC produced shorts to promote tourism, they announced a fourth ''Tenchi Muyo'' OVA series on October 16, 2015.

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* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'', another Anime International Company franchise, barely escaped this fate one year earlier with ''Tenchi in Tokyo''. Despite being in most regards worse than ''El-Hazard: The Alternative World'', ''Tenchi in Tokyo'' managed to last for a full 26 episodes, and only set back the franchise by 5 years instead of killing it altogether. In the same timeframe, attempts to adapt ''Tenchi Universe'' to the big screen were financial and critical failures, and the release of numerous alternate-timeline Tenchi media created a massive ContinuitySnarl [[note]]''Tenchi in Tokyo'' was revealed halfway through its run to be a separate universe from ''Tenchi Universe''; at the same time, a third movie was released based on a series of novels that diverged from the first six OVA episodes, ignoring the late ones, with the film itself taking place in the Tenchi Universe timeline.[[/note]]. Even the poor critical and fan reception of ''Tenchi Muyo GXP'' and OVA 3 (both of which went back to Masaki Kajishima's original OVA timeline) failed to save the ''Tenchi Muyo!'' franchise as it caused the traditional Tenchi lineup to be put on ice for thirteen years. Meanwhile, ''Anime/SasamiMagicalGirlsClub'' killed the ''Pretty Sammy'' series. After that, AIC produced ''[[Anime/TenchiMuyoWarOnGeminar War on Geminar]]'', which didn't feature ''any'' returning characters from the franchise, and was only vaguely connected with any other part of ''Tenchi''. After AIC successfully revived the series when they produced shorts to promote tourism, they announced tourism and eventually, a fourth ''Tenchi Muyo'' OVA series on October 16, 2015.by late 2016.
11th Sep '17 5:08:10 AM jormis29
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* The failure of ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersUnitedTheyStand'' was the final nail in the coffin of the (loosely defined, but still there) [[Creator/MarvelAnimation Marvel animated universe]] that aired on Creator/FoxKids throughout the '90s. All subsequent Marvel cartoons have taken place in other continuities and aired on other networks. It wouldn't be until ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'' that Marvel would nurture the idea of a shared animated universe again[[note]]Although ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' is said to take place in the same universe as ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'' due to Christopher Yost's involvement in both series[[/note]].

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* The failure of ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersUnitedTheyStand'' was the final nail in the coffin of the (loosely defined, but still there) [[Creator/MarvelAnimation Marvel animated universe]] that aired on Creator/FoxKids throughout the '90s. All subsequent Marvel cartoons have taken place in other continuities and aired on other networks. It wouldn't be until ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'' that Marvel would nurture the idea of a shared animated universe again[[note]]Although ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' is said to take place in the same universe as ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'' due to Christopher Yost's Creator/ChristopherYost's involvement in both series[[/note]].
1st Sep '17 4:10:58 AM HalcyonDayz
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** WebVideo/RedLetterMedia's Mr. Plinkett argues that the true FranchiseKiller was ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'''s Dominion War arc - though successful in itself, it showed the Federation in a state of warfare that had never been displayed by the franchise, when previously, ''averting'' such a conflict without firing a shot was usually the main plot. Everything afterward had the choice of either trying to duplicate the success of the Dominion War's high-stakes epic battles with worse writing and lower tension, or trying to go back to the old practice of teasing a conflict before resolving it peacefully, which just looked quaint now. Essentially, the Dominion War burned the series out by being a ToughActToFollow for an entire franchise. It also did not help that the Dominion War arc was very divisive. No one's going to argue that it wasn't great television, but many old-school Trekkers saw it as a ''major'' violation of Roddenberry's ideals (bombing entire planets to get one criminal? Killing an innocent man to ''trick'' a government into joining your war? Being morally okay with both?), a higher-rent rip-off of ''Series/BabylonFive's'' Shadow War arc (the accusation that DS9 was essentially stolen from B5 did not help), a test-run for Ron Moore's gritty and bleak ''Series/BattlestarGalactica'' or all the above.

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** WebVideo/RedLetterMedia's Mr. Plinkett argues that the true FranchiseKiller was ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'''s Dominion War arc - though successful in itself, it showed the Federation in a state of warfare that had never been displayed by the franchise, when previously, ''averting'' such a conflict without firing a shot was usually the main plot. Everything afterward had the choice of either trying to duplicate the success of the Dominion War's high-stakes epic battles with worse writing and lower tension, or trying to go back to the old practice of teasing a conflict before resolving it peacefully, which just looked quaint now. Essentially, the Dominion War burned the series out by being a ToughActToFollow for an entire franchise. It also did not help that the Dominion War arc was very divisive. No one's going to argue that it wasn't great television, but many old-school Trekkers saw it as a ''major'' violation of Roddenberry's ideals (bombing entire planets to get one criminal? Killing an innocent man to ''trick'' a government into joining your war? Being morally okay with both?), a higher-rent rip-off of ''Series/BabylonFive's'' Shadow War arc (the accusation that DS9 ''[=DS9=]'' was essentially stolen from B5 did not help), a test-run for Ron Moore's gritty and bleak ''Series/BattlestarGalactica'' or all the above.
31st Aug '17 2:27:56 AM Silverblade2
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* There was Creator/{{Toonami}}'s broadcast of the original ''Mobile Suit Gundam'', a series that was made in 1979 and had yet to receive any sort of modernization. It didn't help that ''Mobile Suit Gundam'' was following on from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'', a series that (at the time) was one of the most modern ''Gundam'' series (made in the 90s and all). The result? ''Mobile Suit Gundam'' never finished its initial run, with Cartoon Network using 9/11 as an excuse to pull the show a good chunk of episodes from the end. That being said however, it was briefly revisited during a New Year's Eve special, in which series belonging to favorite Toonami block villains (as voted upon by fans) were broadcast on the Midnight Run. Surprisingly, [[RedBaron Char Aznable]] was voted near the top slot (beating out SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker as he appeared in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', no less), and as a result Toonami ran the final episode of the series in his honor.

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* There was Creator/{{Toonami}}'s broadcast of the original ''Mobile Suit Gundam'', a series that was made in 1979 and had yet to receive any sort of modernization. It didn't help that ''Mobile Suit Gundam'' was following on from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'', a series that (at the time) was one of the most modern ''Gundam'' series (made in the 90s and all). The result? ''Mobile Suit Gundam'' never finished its initial run, with Cartoon Network using 9/11 as an excuse to pull the show a good chunk of episodes from the end. That being said however, it was briefly revisited during a New Year's Eve special, in which series belonging to favorite Toonami block villains (as voted upon by fans) were broadcast on the Midnight Run. Surprisingly, [[RedBaron Char Aznable]] was voted near the top slot (beating out SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker as he appeared in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', no less), and as a result Toonami ran the final episode of the series in his honor.
22nd Aug '17 3:54:52 AM WillyFourEyes
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* Music/LinkinPark 's 2017 record ''One More Light'' was initially this due to its change to a poppy, emotional sound alienating old fans in droves and failing to attract new fans due to the group being long ignored by radio programmers. Since the suicide of Chester two months later, it been viewed in a more sympathetic manner.

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* Music/LinkinPark 's Music/LinkinPark's 2017 record ''One More Light'' was initially this due to its change to a poppy, emotional sound alienating old fans in droves and failing to attract new fans due to the group being long ignored by radio programmers. Since the suicide of Chester Bennington two months later, it it's been viewed in a more sympathetic manner.



* With ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'', when series creator Aaron [=McGruder=] left after Season 3 due to a contract dispute with Creator/SonyPictures and Creator/AdultSwim, Season 4 was developed without him. Due to heavy fan backlash against the fourth and final season, along with aborted plans for a live-action feature film based around supporting character Uncle Ruckus, it's unlikely that the franchise will continue.

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* With ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'', when series creator Aaron [=McGruder=] left after Season 3 due to a contract dispute with Creator/SonyPictures and Creator/AdultSwim, Season 4 was developed without him. Due to heavy fan backlash against [[PostScriptSeason what would be the fourth and show's final season, season]], along with aborted plans for a live-action feature film based around supporting character Uncle Ruckus, it's unlikely that the franchise will continue.



* The [[ScrewedByTheNetwork poor scheduling by networks]] of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTeddyRuxpin'' led to the death of any new stories being produced for the Teddy Ruxpin franchise, and also had a hand in making Worlds of Wonder bankrupt.

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* The [[ScrewedByTheNetwork poor scheduling by networks]] of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTeddyRuxpin'' led to the death of any new stories being produced for the Teddy Ruxpin franchise, and also had a hand in making bankrupting Worlds of Wonder bankrupt.Wonder.
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