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11th Apr '18 9:19:08 AM Oecchi
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* After the first season aired, ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya]]'' became one of the most popular 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. However, during those three years, [[http://ultimatemegax.wordpress.com/2013/06/20/the-reasoning-behind-a-lack-of-haruhi-s3/ the roots of 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.

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* After the first season aired, ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya]]'' became one of the most popular anime franchises.franchises of the 2000s. 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. However, during those three years, [[http://ultimatemegax.wordpress.com/2013/06/20/the-reasoning-behind-a-lack-of-haruhi-s3/ the roots of 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.
15th Mar '18 3:45:22 PM MarioAndSpongeBobFan
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* WesternAnimation/BluesClues: There were several moments that could've potentially killed the show. Steve Burns leaving was the first one. For some reason, some parents just didn't find Donovan Patton {{Adorkable}} enough. However, the show managed to pull on for another 5 years with Patton as host. The second, more clearer one, was the SpinOff into ''Blue's Room'' in 2006. The many changes made to the spinoff- specifically, [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome non-appearance of many of the cast from the main show]] and [[SuddenlyVoiced that Blue can now talk]], aside from the [[ArtShift change to puppetry]], as well as the revamp of one aspect of the main show[[note]]which got rid of the "drawing on the notebook" aspect - it was changed to so that items magically appear in the notebook, sentient, and ''sang a little ditty'' - which many fans found not only boring and dry, but also annoying[[/note]] gave the franchise one year to live before production of both shows ceased in 2007 and the franchise slowly pattering off into obscurity. That said, the show enjoys a comfortable shelf life as an offering on Amazon Prime / Instant Video and shows such as ''WesternAnimation/DanielTigersNeighborhood'' (created by ''Blue's Clues'' creator Angela Santomero) and ''WesternAnimation/WallyKazam'' (created by ''Blue's Clues'' head writer / voice of Green Puppy, Adam Peltzman) likely wouldn't be nearly as successful if this show hadn't paved the way first. It also is the only late 1990s to early 2000s show to still air on the Nick Jr channel, even nearly twenty years after it first aired, even if it's on a FridayNightDeathSlot (4AM Eastern) and repeats has practically stopped on many International feeds. A reboot was finally announced on March 6, 2018, eleven years later.

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* WesternAnimation/BluesClues: There were ''WesternAnimation/BluesClues'' suffered from several moments that could've are considered to have potentially killed the show. Steve Burns leaving in 2002 was the first one. For some reason, some parents and fans of Steve just didn't find Donovan Patton (AKA Joe) {{Adorkable}} enough. However, the show managed to pull on for another 5 years with Patton as host. The second, more much clearer one, was the SpinOff into SpinOff, ''Blue's Room'' Room'', in 2006. The many inexplicable changes made to the spinoff- specifically, [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome non-appearance of many of the cast from the main show]] and [[SuddenlyVoiced that Blue can now talk]], aside from the [[ArtShift change to puppetry]], puppetry]] as well as the revamp of one aspect of the main show[[note]]which got rid of the "drawing on the notebook" aspect - it was changed to so that items magically appear in the notebook, sentient, and ''sang a little ditty'' - which many fans found not only boring and dry, but also annoying[[/note]] annoying[[/note]], gave the franchise one year to live before production of both shows ceased in 2007 and the franchise slowly pattering disappeared off into obscurity.of Nick Jr. That said, the show enjoys a comfortable shelf life as an offering on Amazon Prime / Instant Video and shows such as ''WesternAnimation/DanielTigersNeighborhood'' (created by ''Blue's Clues'' creator Angela Santomero) and ''WesternAnimation/WallyKazam'' (created by ''Blue's Clues'' head writer / voice of Green Puppy, Adam Peltzman) likely wouldn't be nearly as successful if this show hadn't paved the way first. It also is the only late 1990s to early 2000s show to still air on the Nick Jr channel, even nearly twenty years after it first aired, even if it's on a FridayNightDeathSlot (4AM Eastern) and repeats has practically stopped on many International feeds. A reboot was finally announced on March 6, 2018, eleven years later.
14th Mar '18 6:09:00 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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** Generally most Star Trek fans blame ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' for ending the series due to uneven writing, inane plots and attempting to recreate the Kirk/Bones/Spock dynamic at the cost of the other characters of the show. Add an unlikable Captain who takes his dog on diplomatic missions and abandons said mission when his dog gets hurt. Then you get a show that not only kills the franchise but forces [[Film/StarTrek a reset of the whole universe in order to make it marketable again]]. Chuck Sonnenburg of Website/SFDebris points to the episode "[[Recap/StarTrekEnterpriseS02E05ANightInSickbay A Night in Sickbay]]" as the breaking point for both ''Enterprise'' and the franchise as a whole, referring to how the episode in question received fairly high ratings when it aired, but the show's overall ratings started plummeting afterwards and never managed to recover from this downwards spiral, despite attempts to retool the show, and the otherwise well-received fourth season would turn out to be the last.

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** Generally most Star Trek fans blame ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' for ending the series due to uneven writing, inane plots and attempting to recreate the Kirk/Bones/Spock dynamic at the cost of the other characters of the show. Add an unlikable Captain who takes his dog on diplomatic missions and abandons said mission when his dog gets hurt. Then you get a show that not only kills the franchise but forces [[Film/StarTrek a reset of the whole universe in order to make it marketable again]]. Both Website/TheAgonyBooth and Chuck Sonnenburg of Website/SFDebris points to the episode "[[Recap/StarTrekEnterpriseS02E05ANightInSickbay A Night in Sickbay]]" as the breaking point for both ''Enterprise'' and the franchise as a whole, referring to how the episode in question received fairly high ratings when it aired, but the show's overall ratings started plummeting afterwards and never managed to recover from this downwards spiral, despite attempts to retool the show, and the otherwise well-received fourth season would turn out to be the last.
7th Mar '18 12:44:46 AM RAMChYLD
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* ''WesternAnimation/BluesClues'' has several moments that potentially killed the show. Steve Burns leaving in 2002 was the first one. For some reason, some parents and fans of Steve just didn't find Donovan Patton (AKA Joe) {{Adorkable}} enough. However, the show managed to pull on for another 5 years with Patton as host. The second, much clearer one, was the SpinOff, ''Blue's Room'', in 2006. The many inexplicable changes made to the spinoff- specifically, [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome non-appearance of many of the cast from the main show]] and [[SuddenlyVoiced that Blue can now talk]], aside from the [[ArtShift change to puppetry]], gave the franchise one year to live before production of both shows ceased in 2007 and the franchise slowly disappeared off of Nick Jr. It took until 11 years later, in 2018, until a reboot is announced.

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* ''WesternAnimation/BluesClues'' has WesternAnimation/BluesClues: There were several moments that could've potentially killed the show. Steve Burns leaving in 2002 was the first one. For some reason, some parents and fans of Steve just didn't find Donovan Patton (AKA Joe) {{Adorkable}} enough. However, the show managed to pull on for another 5 years with Patton as host. The second, much more clearer one, was the SpinOff, SpinOff into ''Blue's Room'', Room'' in 2006. The many inexplicable changes made to the spinoff- specifically, [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome non-appearance of many of the cast from the main show]] and [[SuddenlyVoiced that Blue can now talk]], aside from the [[ArtShift change to puppetry]], as well as the revamp of one aspect of the main show[[note]]which got rid of the "drawing on the notebook" aspect - it was changed to so that items magically appear in the notebook, sentient, and ''sang a little ditty'' - which many fans found not only boring and dry, but also annoying[[/note]] gave the franchise one year to live before production of both shows ceased in 2007 and the franchise slowly disappeared pattering off into obscurity. That said, the show enjoys a comfortable shelf life as an offering on Amazon Prime / Instant Video and shows such as ''WesternAnimation/DanielTigersNeighborhood'' (created by ''Blue's Clues'' creator Angela Santomero) and ''WesternAnimation/WallyKazam'' (created by ''Blue's Clues'' head writer / voice of Green Puppy, Adam Peltzman) likely wouldn't be nearly as successful if this show hadn't paved the way first. It also is the only late 1990s to early 2000s show to still air on the Nick Jr. It took until 11 Jr channel, even nearly twenty years later, in 2018, until after it first aired, even if it's on a FridayNightDeathSlot (4AM Eastern) and repeats has practically stopped on many International feeds. A reboot is announced. was finally announced on March 6, 2018, eleven years later.
6th Mar '18 7:09:51 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* As detailed [[http://tokusatsunetwork.com/2016/06/fact-checked-did-carranger-save-sentai/ here,]] the ''[[Franchise/SuperSentai Super Sentai Series]]'' had been on a gradual ratings slump from 1986's ''Series/ChoushinseiFlashman'' until its nadir in 1990's ''Series/ChikyuuSentaiFiveman'', not helped by some serious mismanagement killing [[MerchandiseDriven toy sales.]][[note]]i.e. [[CombiningMecha Max Magma]] toys became shelfwarmers because the robot only appeared in two episodes and was destroyed in the second.[[/note]] However, just when Toei was ready to pull the plug on ''Sentai'', the [[Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman next season]] became a smash hit, with high ratings due in part to a PeripheryDemographic and toy sales. However, FanDumb will incorrectly tell you that it's ''Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger'' and ''Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger'' that almost killed the franchise and saved it respectively, despite the fact that ''Ohranger'' had some of the best toy sales in the franchise[[note]]''Ohranger'' outsold both ''Dairanger'' and ''Kakuranger'' ''combined'' in toy sales, and the only shows that have come close to ''Ohranger'' in terms of toy sales are ''Gaoranger'' and ''Kyoryuger''[[/note]], and for the majority of it's run, ''Carranger'' had lower ratings than ''Ohranger''[[note]]if one had to assign the title of "the show that saved Sentai" to a post-Jetman show from the 90s, it would be more accurate to assign it to either ''Series/DenjiSentaiMegaranger'' or ''Series/SeijuuSentaiGingaman'', both of which had decent toy sales, but were able to buck the ratings decline[[/note]].

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* As detailed [[http://tokusatsunetwork.com/2016/06/fact-checked-did-carranger-save-sentai/ here,]] the ''[[Franchise/SuperSentai Super Sentai Series]]'' had been on a gradual ratings slump from 1986's ''Series/ChoushinseiFlashman'' until its nadir in 1990's ''Series/ChikyuuSentaiFiveman'', not helped by some serious mismanagement killing [[MerchandiseDriven toy sales.]][[note]]i.e. [[CombiningMecha Max Magma]] toys became shelfwarmers because the robot only appeared in two episodes and was destroyed in the second.[[/note]] However, just when Toei was ready to pull the plug on ''Sentai'', the [[Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman next season]] became a smash hit, with high ratings due in part to a PeripheryDemographic and toy sales. However, FanDumb will incorrectly tell you that it's ''Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger'' and ''Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger'' that almost killed the franchise and saved it respectively, despite the fact that ''Ohranger'' had some of the best toy sales in the franchise[[note]]''Ohranger'' outsold both ''Dairanger'' and ''Kakuranger'' ''combined'' in toy sales, and the only shows that have come close to ''Ohranger'' in terms of toy sales are ''Gaoranger'' and ''Kyoryuger''[[/note]], and for the majority of it's run, ''Carranger'' had lower ratings than ''Ohranger''[[note]]if one had to assign the title of "the show that saved Sentai" to a post-Jetman show from the 90s, it would be more accurate to assign it to either ''Series/DenjiSentaiMegaranger'' or ''Series/SeijuuSentaiGingaman'', both of which had decent toy sales, but were able to buck the ratings decline[[/note]].
6th Mar '18 7:04:41 PM RAMChYLD
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6th Mar '18 7:04:36 PM RAMChYLD
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* ''WesternAnimation/BluesClues'' has several moments that potentially killed the show. Steve Burns leaving in 2002 was the first one. For some reason, some parents and fans of Steve just didn't find Donovan Patton (AKA Joe) {{Adorkable}} enough. However, the show managed to pull on for another 5 years with Patton as host. The second, much clearer one, was the SpinOff, ''Blue's Room'', in 2006. The many inexplicable changes made to the spinoff- specifically, [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome non-appearance of many of the cast from the main show]] and [[SuddenlyVoiced that Blue can now talk]], aside from the [[ArtShift change to puppetry]], gave the franchise one year to live before production of both shows ceased in 2007 and the franchise slowly disappeared off of Nick Jr.

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* ''WesternAnimation/BluesClues'' has several moments that potentially killed the show. Steve Burns leaving in 2002 was the first one. For some reason, some parents and fans of Steve just didn't find Donovan Patton (AKA Joe) {{Adorkable}} enough. However, the show managed to pull on for another 5 years with Patton as host. The second, much clearer one, was the SpinOff, ''Blue's Room'', in 2006. The many inexplicable changes made to the spinoff- specifically, [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome non-appearance of many of the cast from the main show]] and [[SuddenlyVoiced that Blue can now talk]], aside from the [[ArtShift change to puppetry]], gave the franchise one year to live before production of both shows ceased in 2007 and the franchise slowly disappeared off of Nick Jr. It took until 11 years later, in 2018, until a reboot is announced.
27th Feb '18 7:25:42 PM megachao24
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* In Japan, ''Anime/ZoidsGenesis'' 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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* In Japan, ''Anime/ZoidsGenesis'' 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.
before. The announcement of a new series titled ''Zoids Wild'' 12 years later surprised many to say the least.
25th Feb '18 6:43:33 PM gjjones
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* In America, it was ''Gundam SEED'' that killed the franchise. In this case, one can blame [[{{Bowdlerise}} the heavy edits Toonami made.]] Desperate to air the show in a daytime slot, Creator/CartoonNetwork's cuts turned the show into a complete mess, most notably by forcing the series to NeverSayDie, drastically changing battle scenes, and featuring the use of [[FamilyFriendlyFirearms the notorious "Disco Guns."]] In spite of the show's serious nature, the bizarre and drastic edits caused the fanbase to not take the show seriously and it showed in the ratings. By episode 26, the series could only be seen at [[FridayNightDeathSlot Friday at midnight]]. After its shaky run, ''Gundam'' would go back to being only seen on DVD until [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci Fi Channel]] revived the franchise by airing ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'', and Toonami didn't air ANY new Gundam series until 2016, when they got ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans''.[[note]]While the network did air an episode of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' as part of its April Fools broadcast in 2012, SEED was the last full TV series the network aired until IBO[[/note]].
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]'' managed to kill Sunrise's official English-language Gundam message board (the centerpiece of the English language website), despite not even airing outside of Japan until years later (and even then it only aired in Canada). Numerous American fans were watching fansubs of the ''SEED Destiny'' episodes within days of their air dates (or even sooner in the case of American fans who speak Japanese, which in the Gundam fandom turns out to be a surprisingly large number) and thus it was the biggest topic of discussion the message board (without, of course, the fansub aspect being mentioned; it was the ''official'' message board after all). The [[BrokenBase extremely divided fan opinion]] about ''SEED Destiny'' is well known, but the disagreements were kept mostly civil. And then the final episode aired, and the opinions voiced on the message board were almost universally (and often quite vehemently) negative, even among those who'd generally approved of the way the story had gone in the second half. Shortly afterward (and without advance notice), Sunrise pulled the plug on the message board entirely, leaving [=GundamOfficial.com=] little more than an empty shell that to this day no longer gets updated (when ''Gundam 00'' aired on Sci Fi, it was given its own separate English-language website).[[note]]Particularly tragic in that [[BigNameFan Mark Simmons]]' excellent fansite "Gundam Project" was shut down after he was hired by Sunrise to run [=GundamOfficial.com=].[[/note]] In fact, given that the ''SEED Destiny'' finale aired in Japan less than six months after the ''SEED'' finale aired in North America (many Gundam fans, especially those newly-introduced to the franchise, went straight from watching ''SEED'' in English to watching fansubs of ''SEED Destiny''), this incident may have even played a role in Gundam's long disappearance from American TV broadcasts, with Sunrise drawing the (ridiculously false) conclusion that negative reaction to the ''SEED Destiny'' finale meant that Americans just didn't like ''Gundam''.
** Seedís success once even started talks that the Cosmic Era timeline could become the new Universal Century in terms of production of sequels and side-stories. However, [[TroubledProduction production troubles]] involving Destiny and the subsequent release and success of non-CE series ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'' have since dashed those hopes. A movie meant to tie up the Cosmic Era timeline has been stuck in DevelopmentHell for years (due to the declining health and in 2016, [[AuthorExistenceFailure eventual death]] of head writer Chiaki Morosawa, [[CreatorCouple the wife of]] ''SEED'' and ''SEED Destiny'' director Mitsuo Fukuda), and its fate is uncertain.

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* In America, it was ''Gundam SEED'' that killed the franchise. In this case, one can blame [[{{Bowdlerise}} the heavy edits Toonami made.]] Desperate to air the show in a daytime slot, Creator/CartoonNetwork's cuts turned the show into a complete mess, most notably by forcing the series to NeverSayDie, drastically changing battle scenes, and featuring the use of [[FamilyFriendlyFirearms the notorious "Disco Guns."]] In spite of the show's serious nature, the bizarre and drastic edits caused the fanbase to not take the show seriously and it showed in the ratings. By episode 26, the series could only be seen at [[FridayNightDeathSlot Friday at midnight]]. After its shaky run, ''Gundam'' would go back to being only seen on DVD until [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci Fi Channel]] revived the franchise by airing ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'', and Toonami didn't air ANY ''any'' new Gundam ''Gundam'' series until 2016, when they got ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans''.[[note]]While the network did air an episode of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' as part of its April Fools broadcast in 2012, SEED ''SEED'' was the last full TV series the network aired until IBO[[/note]].
''IBO''[[/note]].
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]'' managed to kill Sunrise's official English-language Gundam message board (the centerpiece of the English language website), despite not even airing outside of Japan until years later (and even then it only aired in Canada). Numerous American fans were watching fansubs of the ''SEED Destiny'' episodes within days of their air dates (or even sooner in the case of American fans who speak Japanese, which in the Gundam fandom turns out to be a surprisingly large number) and thus it was the biggest topic of discussion the message board (without, of course, the fansub aspect being mentioned; it was the ''official'' message board after all). The [[BrokenBase extremely divided fan opinion]] about ''SEED Destiny'' is well known, but the disagreements were kept mostly civil. And then the final episode aired, and the opinions voiced on the message board were almost universally (and often quite vehemently) negative, even among those who'd generally approved of the way the story had gone in the second half. Shortly afterward (and without advance notice), Sunrise pulled the plug on the message board entirely, leaving [=GundamOfficial.com=] little more than an empty shell that to this day no longer gets updated (when ''Gundam 00'' aired on Sci Fi, it was given its own separate English-language website).[[note]]Particularly tragic in that [[BigNameFan Mark Simmons]]' excellent fansite "Gundam Project" was shut down after he was hired by Sunrise to run [=GundamOfficial.com=].[[/note]] In fact, given that the ''SEED Destiny'' finale aired in Japan less than six months after the ''SEED'' finale aired in North America (many Gundam fans, especially those newly-introduced to the franchise, went straight from watching ''SEED'' in English to watching fansubs of ''SEED Destiny''), this incident may have even played a role in Gundam's long disappearance from American TV broadcasts, with Sunrise drawing the (ridiculously false) ridiculously false conclusion that negative reaction to the ''SEED Destiny'' finale meant that Americans just didn't like ''Gundam''.
** Seedís Seed's success once even started talks that the Cosmic Era timeline could become the new Universal Century in terms of production of sequels and side-stories. However, [[TroubledProduction production troubles]] involving Destiny and the subsequent release and success of non-CE series ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'' have since dashed those hopes. A movie meant to tie up the Cosmic Era timeline has been stuck in DevelopmentHell for years (due to the declining health and in 2016, [[AuthorExistenceFailure eventual death]] of head writer Chiaki Morosawa, [[CreatorCouple the wife of]] ''SEED'' and ''SEED Destiny'' director Mitsuo Fukuda), and its fate is uncertain.



* The AnimatedAdaptation of CLAMP's ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' by Creator/BeeTrain came to a screeching halt after a lackluster second season that had almost nothing but {{Filler}} episodes when there was so much more material left to adapt. Creator/ProductionIG tried to {{Retcon}} it in the ''Tokyo Revelations'' OVA (the adaptation of the Acid Tokyo arc in the manga), but the damage had already been done. It doesn't help that Bee Train went dormant since 2012 and its founder and director Creator/KoichiMashimo retired from the anime industry which any future adaptation of the series uncertain.
* While the ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' series has largely avoided this fate, there have been ''aspects'' that have been killed off during its 11+ year run:

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* The AnimatedAdaptation of CLAMP's Creator/{{CLAMP}}'s ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' by Creator/BeeTrain came to a screeching halt an abrupt end after a lackluster second season that had almost nothing but {{Filler}} episodes when there was so much more material left to adapt. Bee Train pulled the plug on the series and Creator/ProductionIG tried to {{Retcon}} {{retcon}}ned it in the ''Tokyo Revelations'' OVA (the adaptation of the Acid Tokyo arc in the manga), but the damage had already been done. It doesn't help that manga). Bee Train went going dormant since 2012 and its founder and director Creator/KoichiMashimo retired retiring from the anime industry which made any future adaptation of the series uncertain.
* While the ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' series has largely avoided this fate, there have been ''aspects'' that have been killed off during its 11+ year run:



** ''Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure'' forced a ''massive'' revamp of the series starting with ''Anime/GoPrincessPrettyCure'' as well as [[CreatorKiller shaking up Toei Animation's franchise management]] because of it. This was due to the fact that both ''Anime/DokiDokiPrettyCure'' and ''[=HaCha=]'' had each suffered from a very weak second half, turning public opinion against those series[[note]]Both entries had moments that turned people off, including ''Doki-Doki'''s StrangerBehindTheMask moment and ''[=HaCha=]'' getting caught in a RomanticPlotTumor[[/note]]

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** ''Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure'' forced a ''massive'' revamp of the series starting with ''Anime/GoPrincessPrettyCure'' as well as [[CreatorKiller shaking up Toei Animation's the franchise management]] management at Toei Animation]] because of it. This was due to the fact that both ''Anime/DokiDokiPrettyCure'' and ''[=HaCha=]'' had each suffered from a very weak second half, turning public opinion against those series[[note]]Both which didn't go well with viewers.[[note]]Both entries had moments that turned people viewers off, including ''Doki-Doki'''s StrangerBehindTheMask moment and ''[=HaCha=]'' getting caught in a RomanticPlotTumor[[/note]]



* As detailed [[http://tokusatsunetwork.com/2016/06/fact-checked-did-carranger-save-sentai/ here,]] the ''[[Franchise/SuperSentai Super Sentai Series]]'' had been on a gradual TV rating slump from 1986's ''Series/{{Choushinsei Flashman}}'' until its nadir in 1990's ''Series/{{Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman}}'', not helped by some serious mismanagement killing [[MerchandiseDriven toy sales.]][[note]]i.e. [[CombiningMecha Max Magma]] toys became shelfwarmers because the robot only appeared in two episodes and was destroyed in the second.[[/note]] However, just when Toei was ready to pull the plug on ''Sentai'', the [[Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman next season]] became a smash hit, with high ratings due in part to a PeripheryDemographic and Bandai's toy sales. However, FanDumb will incorrectly tell you that it's ''Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger'' and ''Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger'' that almost killed the franchise and saved it respectively, despite the fact that ''Ohranger'' had some of the best toy sales in the franchise[[note]]''Ohranger'' outsold both ''Dairanger'' and ''Kakuranger'' ''combined'' in toy sales, and the only shows that have come close to ''Ohranger'' in terms of toy sales are ''Gaoranger'' and ''Kyoryuger''[[/note]], and for the majority of it's run, ''Carranger'' had lower ratings than ''Ohranger''[[note]]if one had to assign the title of "the show that saved Sentai" to a post-Jetman show from the 90s, it would be more accurate to assign it to either ''Series/DenjiSentaiMegaranger'' or ''Series/SeijuuSentaiGingaman'', both of which had decent toy sales, but were able to buck the ratings decline[[/note]].

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* As detailed [[http://tokusatsunetwork.com/2016/06/fact-checked-did-carranger-save-sentai/ here,]] the ''[[Franchise/SuperSentai Super Sentai Series]]'' had been on a gradual TV rating ratings slump from 1986's ''Series/{{Choushinsei Flashman}}'' ''Series/ChoushinseiFlashman'' until its nadir in 1990's ''Series/{{Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman}}'', ''Series/ChikyuuSentaiFiveman'', not helped by some serious mismanagement killing [[MerchandiseDriven toy sales.]][[note]]i.e. [[CombiningMecha Max Magma]] toys became shelfwarmers because the robot only appeared in two episodes and was destroyed in the second.[[/note]] However, just when Toei was ready to pull the plug on ''Sentai'', the [[Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman next season]] became a smash hit, with high ratings due in part to a PeripheryDemographic and Bandai's toy sales. However, FanDumb will incorrectly tell you that it's ''Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger'' and ''Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger'' that almost killed the franchise and saved it respectively, despite the fact that ''Ohranger'' had some of the best toy sales in the franchise[[note]]''Ohranger'' outsold both ''Dairanger'' and ''Kakuranger'' ''combined'' in toy sales, and the only shows that have come close to ''Ohranger'' in terms of toy sales are ''Gaoranger'' and ''Kyoryuger''[[/note]], and for the majority of it's run, ''Carranger'' had lower ratings than ''Ohranger''[[note]]if one had to assign the title of "the show that saved Sentai" to a post-Jetman show from the 90s, it would be more accurate to assign it to either ''Series/DenjiSentaiMegaranger'' or ''Series/SeijuuSentaiGingaman'', both of which had decent toy sales, but were able to buck the ratings decline[[/note]].
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* As detailed [[http://tokusatsunetwork.com/2016/06/fact-checked-did-carranger-save-sentai/ here,]] the ''[[Franchise/SuperSentai Super Sentai Series]]'' had been on a gradual ratings slump from 1986's ''Series/{{Choushinsei Flashman}}'' until its nadir in 1990's ''Series/{{Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman}}'', not helped by some serious mismanagement killing [[MerchandiseDriven toy sales.]][[note]]i.e. [[CombiningMecha Max Magma]] toys became shelfwarmers because the robot only appeared in two episodes and was destroyed in the second.[[/note]] However, just when Toei was ready to pull the plug on ''Sentai'', the [[Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman next season]] became a smash hit, with high ratings due in part to a PeripheryDemographic and toy sales. However, FanDumb will incorrectly tell you that it's ''Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger'' and ''Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger'' that almost killed the franchise and saved it respectively, despite the fact that ''Ohranger'' had some of the best toy sales in the franchise[[note]]''Ohranger'' outsold both ''Dairanger'' and ''Kakuranger'' ''combined'' in toy sales, and the only shows that have come close to ''Ohranger'' in terms of toy sales are ''Gaoranger'' and ''Kyoryuger''[[/note]], and for the majority of it's run, ''Carranger'' had lower ratings than ''Ohranger''[[note]]if one had to assign the title of "the show that saved Sentai" to a post-Jetman show from the 90s, it would be more accurate to assign it to either ''Series/DenjiSentaiMegaranger'' or ''Series/SeijuuSentaiGingaman'', both of which had decent toy sales, but were able to buck the ratings decline[[/note]].
** Years later, ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGobusters'' did so poorly sales- ''and'' ratings-wise that it's rumored that Bandai actually approached Toei and Creator/SabanBrands and ''asked'' them to skip it in favor of ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'', leading to the creation of ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge''.[[note]]It was later revealed that this was only ''part'' of the reason. The other reason was Saban knew that kids would be more enticed with dinosaurs than spies.[[/note]] Not only that, but the annual crossover essentially derailed it from being a crossover between Go-Busters and Kyoryuger to basically "hey, let's get the [[Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger other two]] [[Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger Dinosaur Sentai]] together!", with the Go-Busters getting little-to-no additional closure. This is additionally telling with that crossover's post-credits scene where an upgraded version of ''Go-Busters''' BigBad shows up, completely late for the movie and ends up getting defeated [[Series/ResshaSentaiTokkyuger by the passing-by Sentai cameo]]. However, the announcement of ''Series/PowerRangersBeastMorphers'' suggests that while ratings and toy sales might've caused Saban to pass over it initially, ultimately Bandai themselves were the ones who stopped ''Gobusters'' from being adapted, mainly due to the fact that the series was ''so'' different from traditional Sentai, and more akin to a Marvel/DC superhero movie (the toys for the former comic company being published by Hasbro, who replaced Bandai as the toy maker for Power Rangers after ''Super Ninja Steel''), that Bandai feared that kids wouldn't buy into the spy theme, and opted for the much safer bet of dinosaurs instead.

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* As detailed [[http://tokusatsunetwork.com/2016/06/fact-checked-did-carranger-save-sentai/ here,]] the ''[[Franchise/SuperSentai Super Sentai Series]]'' had been on a gradual ratings TV rating slump from 1986's ''Series/{{Choushinsei Flashman}}'' until its nadir in 1990's ''Series/{{Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman}}'', not helped by some serious mismanagement killing [[MerchandiseDriven toy sales.]][[note]]i.e. [[CombiningMecha Max Magma]] toys became shelfwarmers because the robot only appeared in two episodes and was destroyed in the second.[[/note]] However, just when Toei was ready to pull the plug on ''Sentai'', the [[Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman next season]] became a smash hit, with high ratings due in part to a PeripheryDemographic and Bandai's toy sales. However, FanDumb will incorrectly tell you that it's ''Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger'' and ''Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger'' that almost killed the franchise and saved it respectively, despite the fact that ''Ohranger'' had some of the best toy sales in the franchise[[note]]''Ohranger'' outsold both ''Dairanger'' and ''Kakuranger'' ''combined'' in toy sales, and the only shows that have come close to ''Ohranger'' in terms of toy sales are ''Gaoranger'' and ''Kyoryuger''[[/note]], and for the majority of it's run, ''Carranger'' had lower ratings than ''Ohranger''[[note]]if one had to assign the title of "the show that saved Sentai" to a post-Jetman show from the 90s, it would be more accurate to assign it to either ''Series/DenjiSentaiMegaranger'' or ''Series/SeijuuSentaiGingaman'', both of which had decent toy sales, but were able to buck the ratings decline[[/note]].
** Years later, ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGobusters'' did so poorly sales- ''and'' ratings-wise that it's it was rumored that Bandai actually approached Toei and Creator/SabanBrands and ''asked'' them to skip it in favor of ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'', leading to the creation of ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge''.[[note]]It was later revealed that this was only ''part'' of the reason. The other reason was Saban knew that kids would be more enticed with dinosaurs than spies.[[/note]] Not only that, but the annual crossover essentially derailed it from being a crossover between Go-Busters and Kyoryuger to basically "hey, let's get the [[Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger other two]] [[Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger Dinosaur Sentai]] together!", with the Go-Busters getting little-to-no additional closure. This is additionally telling with that crossover's post-credits scene where an upgraded version of ''Go-Busters''' BigBad shows up, completely late for the movie and ends up getting defeated [[Series/ResshaSentaiTokkyuger by the passing-by Sentai cameo]]. However, the announcement of ''Series/PowerRangersBeastMorphers'' suggests that while ratings and toy sales might've caused Saban to pass over it initially, ultimately Bandai themselves were the ones who stopped ''Gobusters'' from being adapted, mainly due to the fact that the series was ''so'' different from traditional Sentai, and more akin to a Marvel/DC superhero movie (the toys for the former comic company being published by Hasbro, who replaced Bandai as the toy maker for Power Rangers after ''Super Ninja Steel''), that Bandai feared that kids wouldn't buy into the spy theme, and opted for the much safer bet of dinosaurs instead.



* Although ''Franchise/KamenRider'' has avoided this fate[[note]]while there was a hiatus for the franchise on TV during the 90s, there were movies released during that time period, and the franchise was on hiatus because Shotaro Ishimori did not have any plans for a new TV series at the time; since he never left the production of ''Kamen Rider'', unlike with Super Sentai, he was in charge of it's production, and it wouldn't be until after his death that it aired yearly[[/note]], the same cannot be said for the show that used to hold the position of airing alongside ''Sentai'' series, ''Franchise/MetalHeroes''[[note]]The audience demographics for ''Metal Heroes'' resembled that of the one for ''Kamen Rider'' today, with many teen and young adult viewers[[/note]]. ''Series/TetsuwanTanteiRobotack'', which increased the LighterAndSofter elements that had been introduced with ''Series/BRoboKabutack'' and was aimed more towards kids, had such low ratings that Toei ultimately decided to pull the plug. While the series has seen new movies as of late, said movies are revivals of already existing shows, and no new TV series have been made since.

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* Although ''Franchise/KamenRider'' has avoided this fate[[note]]while there was a hiatus for the franchise on TV during the 90s, there were movies released during that time period, and the franchise was on hiatus because Shotaro Ishimori did not have any plans for a new TV series at the time; since he never left the production of ''Kamen Rider'', unlike with Super Sentai, he was in charge of it's production, and it wouldn't be until after his death that it aired yearly[[/note]], yearly on TV Asahi[[/note]], the same cannot be said for the show that used to hold the position of airing alongside the ''Sentai'' series, series on TV Asahi, ''Franchise/MetalHeroes''[[note]]The audience demographics for ''Metal Heroes'' resembled that of the one for ''Kamen Rider'' today, with many teen and young adult viewers[[/note]]. ''Series/TetsuwanTanteiRobotack'', which increased the LighterAndSofter elements that had been introduced with ''Series/BRoboKabutack'' and was aimed more towards kids, had such low ratings that Toei ultimately decided to pull the plug. While the series has seen new movies as of late, said movies are revivals of already existing shows, and no new TV series have been made since.
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