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  • In a rare subversion, Code Geass seems to be a case where Screwed by the Network didn't end up killing the show. Reportedly, Sunrise was wary of giving too much leeway and many resources to a director like Goro Taniguchi, still relatively untested and with a reputation for absolute perfectionism. According to the staff, in the early days of the show they had to share offices (and copiers) with other productions, and were only about three episodes ahead in terms of writing, while most shows are 8-10 episodes ahead. On top of all this, Sunrise only gave Taniguchi half of the fifty episodes he wanted, but the runaway success of the show convinced them to give it an Oddly Named Sequel. After this announcement, they changed the time slot for the sequel from after Midnight to 5:00 PM Sunday, which forced the staff to alter their original plans for Season 2 and made them tone down parts of the series. For many fans the most notable casualty ended up being the second half of Code Geass R2, whose rushed pacing was a result of having to rewrite much of the first half in order to allow newcomers to understand what was going on.
  • Gundam:
    • The original Mobile Suit Gundam practically embodies this Trope. Originally meant to run for 52 episodes, low ratings caused the plug to be pulled after 39 episodes; the staff, however, managed to get a one month extension to 43 episodes in order to finish the story.
    • After War Gundam X suffered this in Japan when it got moved from 5:00 PM on Fridays to 6:00 AM on Saturdays; its 49-episode run was also cut down to 39 episodes. The only other time this happened to an entry in the franchise? The aforementioned Gundam 0079.
  • Anime such as Robotech and Dragon Ball Z were screwed over in U.S. syndication when the episodes were shown in early morning dead timeslots, mostly between 6:00 and 8:00 am.
  • Depending on what local station aired Sailor Moon, viewers could see it as early as 4:00 in the morning note  or as late as 2:30 in the afternoon note . After 65 episodes (ending on the Sailor Moon R episode "Sibling Rivalry"note ), the show was canceled.
    • When Toonami (back when it was a daytime block on Cartoon Network with anime series that were moderately-to-heavily edited for content) picked up the show two years after its cancellation from syndication, it got a better timeslot (3:30pm at first, then 4:00pm, which is when a lot of kids would already be home from schoolnote ) and aired all the episodes beyond the first 65 (read: the episodes seen in Sailor Moon S and Sailor Moon Super S, along with the movies) under a new dubbing studio.
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    • Until 2014, the final season was never licensed to be dubbed because of legal issues surrounding the franchise, the details of which are still speculated. Thankfully, Viz Media got its hands on that season, along with the rest of the series. Instead of television, Sailor Stars was streamed online and eventually released on DVD.
    • In the UK, the show had two graveyard slots: One very early in the morning before kids were up, and another in the early afternoon when the target audience was still in school, and the episodes aired in order spread across the two slots - so fans had to watch twice a day to keep up. This problem was bypassed with time as the show was repeated to death, due to the network only owning two seasons. At the end of the second season, a clip show summing up the past two seasons and advertising the arrival of season 3 was left in despite the network not having the rights to season 3.
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    • When it aired on Kids' WB, the show's two-week test run was cut off six episodes in for news coverage of the September 11th attacks, and the four unaired episodes were never rescheduled.
  • There is tell of an urban legend that Naruto's mangled corpse was found in a graveyard slot in the United Kingdom. No one attended the funeral because its parents would rather have dinner parties in Coronation Street and Albert Square.
  • The Viewtiful Joe anime didn't finish the game's complete story arc, the second season was never released on DVD, and the international release (Seen in the U.S on Kids' WB) was canceled after the first season.
  • A curious case occurred in Israel with Cowboy Bebop. The then-budding cable comedy channel "Beep" bought the show during the height of anime fever in the early 2000s. The series was aired once, in an after-Midnight slot, presumably due to adult content. Then, after many requests by fans to run it again in a more manageable slot, it was re-aired on Friday mornings — basically the worst time slot for any channel or show on Israeli television. It has not been aired since.

  • You're Italia Uno, an Italian network whose main public is made of young people and children, so everyday you broadcast various cartoons, mostly Japanese, in the after-lunch and pre-evening timeslots, and you also have the obligatory Saturday-morning cartoon marathon. The latter two are directed to more young children, while the first is supposed to appeal to adolescents. Whenever a cartoon in the after-lunch slot manages to have a decent rating (despite the Mackering policy the channel applies to Japanese animation), what can you do to valorize it? Move it to one of the other two timeslots, what else? The ratings decrease because children don't find appealing an anime created for an older public and because on Saturday mornings adolescents are at school? How could this possibly happen?
  • Unlike other countries, Spain did show Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch thanks to Clan TVE. However, the show began airing in July and, while it was on a decent timeslot (11:30 AM), they kept shuffling it a half-hour back or forward every other week, whenever the previous/next show ended its run. Then they changed its timeslot on a Wednesday, because it was October 1, meaning the entire schedule was rearranged without prior warning. If that wasn't enough, they changed it again one week and a half later, this time being shoved to 2:00 PM right against newscasting and The Simpsons. Even with these changes, they at least managed to show the previous episode.
  • Telecinco, another Spanish channel, used to broadcast Pokémon during the height of Pokémania, with millions of viewers. The executives didn't like people watching them so they started to broadcast it sooner and sooner and repeating episodes, all so they could kill any interest in the franchise. After they managed to put the series at 6AM, it slowly died.
  • Digimon Frontier got very little exposure in the U.S. due to Disney giving it to UPN's One Too block, with practically nothing to promote it with as it was paired with The Legend of Tarzan to conclude the block. Most people who found out that the series existed in the first place did so by catching the reruns on ABC Family and later Jetix. Granted, this was the first Digimon series to air after Fox Kids Worldwide (Which controlled the block and produced the dub) was sold to Disney, and the latter only localized future Digimon entries out of a contractual obligation before they were given the opportunity to drop the license.
  • Canada's YTV so completely screwed its Bionix block, it almost makes what Cartoon Network did to Toonami look minor in comparison. The block originally ran on Friday nights and aired several anime series and Canadian shows. However, when Death Note and Gundam SEED Destiny ended, YTV failed to pick up any new shows to replace them with that had been picked up in the States (i.e Code Geass or Gundam 00). As such, the block was significantly shortened and moved to Saturday nights, isolating more of its viewing audience. After Avatar: The Last Airbender ended, they did pick up Blue Dragon, but the run was short, barely lasting 15 or 20 episodes. All they had left at that point was Naruto, Bleach, and Zatch Bell!, and they cut Zatch Bell a few months later. With only Naruto and Bleach left, they shifted what was left of the block to run from Midnight to 2:00 AM, pretty much killing off what was left of the audience. Not only that, but both series were in filler hell, meaning that nobody would really want to watch anyway. The cherry on top? Once the filler episodes ran out, they simply went back to reruns. That's right: no Shippuden, and no Arrancar. With that, YTV pretty much had the perfect excuse to cut mature anime altogether.
    • Back in Pokémon's Diamond and Pearl era, YTV gave it this treatment. Episodes were often months behind the United States' airings and when new ones would air, the network would sometimes show The Fairly OddParents, SpongeBob SquarePants, or even Pretty Cure in its' time slot. The worst case happened on Victoria Day 2009, when they were supposed to air a marathon of new episodes but a SpongeBob marathon played instead.
    • YTV used to air Diamond and Pearl on Friday nights, instead of Saturday afternoons. By the time Diamond and Pearl: Battle Dimension began airing, the channel was airing new episodes on Friday mornings, at a time when the target audience was going to school.
    • YTV's dub of Futari wa Pretty Cure got a nasty case of this, with episodes only airing on Friday mornings. To make it worse, YTV commissioned the dub.
    • Despite YTV treating previous adaptions well, Digimon Fusion appeared out of nowhere in March 2014 on a Friday morning with zero promotion and disappeared soon after. This is despite the show targeting same crowd as B-Daman Crossfire, which also received no promotion but got a lot better treatment. The best bet for Canadian fans to watch the show was through a nearby CW affiliate that carried Vortexx, which was already months ahead of YTV's broadcast anyways.
  • There used to be several other outlets in Canada that aired anime, such as Razer'snote  Kamikaze block and G4techTV's Anime Current - a direct counterpart to the Anime Unleashed block in the States. Nowadays, excluding Merchandise-Driven shows aimed at kids, it seems the entire Canadian broadcast industry wants nothing to do with anime. This means your only options are streaming services and DVD/Blu-Ray releases.
    • That would change in 2019, when the French-language Frissons TV debuted their "L'heure du manga" block.
  • Animax Latin America —beginning with its Network Decay— did this:
    • Fate/stay night and Black Cat, originally getting decent time slots on Friday night were moved to Saturday mornings at 8:00 AM for the second half of each series' run.
    • SoltyRei was moved in a pretty bad time slot, airing after two live-action shows (The Middle Man and Distraction).
    • It also killed any chances that they'll air more new Bleach episodes.
    • To add shows that were supposed to air were Hell Girl's second season, Gallery Fake, Monkey Typhoon, Requiem for the Phantom, and Dancougar Nova.
    • By the time the channel relauched as Sony Spin, anime as a whole was only aired at early morning hours. This changed in March 2012, when the remaining lineup was replaced by live action shows.
  • Kids' WB! in the U.S., and TF1 in France screwed around with Pokémon, airing as many new episodes they could, and then airing reruns for several months (often airing episodes Out of Order or certain ones to death) when they exhausted them. They did this for a few years until fans started to get annoyed and move on to other shows, while the anime itself declined in popularity.
  • Meanwhile, back in Japan... After the 2011 Sendai earthquake, MBS, the station with first airing rights for Puella Magi Madoka Magica refused to air the final two episodes for over a month, far in excess of what happened to any other series, some of which could well be argued to be less sensitive about the tragedy than the events of Madoka. Though, this ultimately failed to screw the series, as it continued to be mind-bendingly popular, and the day it did air ended up causing retroactive symbolism: It aired on Good Friday, and the titular character became the embodiment of hope.
  • Syfy's anime block was horribly in this funk. Starting off as a Monday anime block entitled "Ani-Monday" for famous anime movies and such, it later became "Ani-Tuesday" around the time their hit Monster ended. They then decided to play "motion comics," which almost makes "ani" look like it means nothing. Around the end of Ani-Tuesday, they changed their schedule to play Chrono Crusade and Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Tuesday nights at 11 PM. Then, Thursday nights at 11 PM. Then..., Friday mornings at 2 AM? Finally, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann was replaced with Star Blazers and, two weeks later, the block went on a "hiatus" that was later confirmed to be an outright cancellation.
  • MegaMan NT Warrior deserves a mention. On Kids' WB!, its time slot was constantly being shifted, and new episodes tended to be delayed. Sometimes it was cycling between new episodes and reruns without warning, delaying it for weeks before going back to new episodes, and then taking it off the air completely before deciding to air Axess (The second series). Then the show was moved to weekday afternoons, but at a time when most kids were still in school, and then moved back to Saturday mornings before it was taken off the air. Not only did they not air the rest of the season, but the later seasons weren't even dubbed thanks to the cancellation.
  • Tokyo Mew Mew (AKA Mew Mew Power) was pretty much screwed over by 4Kids TV in close to a dozen foreign languages that were based off of their version. It was the highest rated show on their Saturday morning kids block at one time, but only 26 of the 52 episodes were dubbed into English, and only 23 were actually broadcast in the U.S. Apparently, 4Kids cared a lot more about merchandise sales than ratings. The show wasn't able to get a merchandise deal at all in the U.S. because its modest 52 episode run was too short compared to the giant franchises that dominated the toy shelves, and no licensor was interested in it. Despite the show's ratings success, 4Kids pretty much stopped caring about it since then. Episode 26 ended on a sharp cliffhanger, which 4Kids spared U.S viewers from by not showing the last 3 dubbed episodes. However, all 26 episodes of Mew Mew Power were broadcast in some parts of the world, namely the Anglophone countries, Latin America and in certain European countries.
    • 4KidsTV also screwed Kirby: Right Back at Ya! and Shaman King by airing them at the same time that Kids WB ran Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh!. The latter two were 4Kids' biggest cash cows, which means they basiclly sacrificed Kirby and Shaman King to the competing timeslots. They also initially skipped two episodes of Kirby (which, thankfully, weren't plot relevant); One of said episodes was likely skipped because they didn't want to show the title character getting possessed by a demon frog and attacking the residents of Dream Land. The other one was pre-empted by sports and may have specifically been sacrificed (4Kids having not particularly cared about episode order) due to, once again, the episode's plot being questionablenote 
  • The UK treatment of Inazuma Eleven is, frankly, a Shakespearean tale of woe. In short, the game was released in English in Europe at the start of 2011; however, Nintendo of Europe decided the UK needed to air the dub of the anime first (in a country that is notorious for not giving anything more intellectual than Pokémon a look-in anime wise) and then the anime only aired for a month in the summer.
    • Inazuma Eleven suffered from this in Latin America. For no apparent reason, the show was put in graveyard slots in different countries, sometimes at 5:00 AM, eventually pulling it out of the schedule. It seemed they were screwing the show on purpose. The show is very popular in Chile and Brazil, due to networks there giving it a decent schedule (i.e, it's aired in Chile around 7 AM, at 3 episodes a day rate). Some fans think it's because they're afraid of the "superpowered soccer" and the Nostalgia Filter about Captain Tsubasa, which is very strong down the South, have something to do with the Executive Meddling and Screwed by the Network.
  • Superbook (The original series) was screwed by TBN's Smile of a Child, while it's CGI/2009 remake has been adored by other religious networks.
  • Love Hina's Latin American Spanish dub was screwed by both the voice actors and the network at the same time. While Love Hina is infamous for being extremely hard to dub, the Latin American Spanish dub suffered from being dubbed almost entirely by amateur voice actors (due of a voice actors' strike in Mexico after The Simpsons' original voice actors were replaced with non-unionized actors). Due of the subpar performance of almost all the voice cast, and because it aired overnight, Cartoon Network pulled out the series after its first run.
  • CITV has been somewhat awful at showing action cartoons without losing control of its bowels (ReBoot was infamously cancelled in mid-series for being "too violent"). Pokémon is the only action cartoon they didn't up and out cancel before the strand "evolved" into its channel incarnation. Cardcaptor Sakura got to the second half of the Sakura Card arc before being yanked and Digimon only got three episodes of Tamers out of the gate before it suffered the same fate. Cardcaptors, at the very least, got to finish its run as filler for Formula One races and on GMTV.
    • Digimon was probably one of the most poorly handled programmes at CITV. The series was treated with little regard as episodes were repeated to hell, shown once and never again, or just missed altogether. With Digimon Adventure, CITV actually skipped most of the third arc and went straight into the fourth, meaning Kari and Gatomon appeared seemingly out of nowhere and Myotismon's fate went unknown (the arc was broadcast a couple of years later, albeit at a time when it wasn't really relevant anymore). Digimon Adventure 02 got even worse treatment, with the second half of the series being broadcast at a painfully slow, on-and-off rate until, three episodes from the end, CITV dropped the series and aired the first three episodes of Digimon Tamers in its place! To add insult to injury, CITV never broadcast any more Tamers episodes (or even repeated the three they'd shown already), and never broadcast the concluding episodes of Adventure 02, which they could've shown anyway had they not decided to replace them with Tamers episodes.
  • G4TV seemed to screw over Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi by airing it late at night over a course of eight days, not rerunning the whole series, then completely washing their hands of it. It's rumored they were uneasy about some of the content, as some things couldn't be edited out due to them being plot-important. No other show on Anime Unleashed got such cruel treatment.
  • RCTV in Venezuela was legendary on the mistreatment of every anime series they had their paws on it. They either stuck them on the 4-5 am Saturday slot, or began to air it and then stopped without reason after a week or so worth of episodes, just to be replaced by whatever Disney or Nickelodeon cartoon they were overmilking at the time. Ranma ½ managed to get six episodes aired in a acceptable weekday afternoon slot, before being interrupted by an news extra on the middle of the seventh episode. They heavily promoted Sorcerer Stabber Orphen but never bothered to actually air it, leading to the meme "When RCTV premieres Orphen" as a synonym of "When Pigs Fly" within the local fandom. The only series they treated remotely well was Candy Candy on its first run, when they promoted the final episode the same way they promoted their normal soap operas endings, and actually aired it on the announced day... after repeating the early cours of the series at least thrice before that.
  • Inuyasha had this treatment in Hungary. RTL Klub, the country's leading commercial TV network, possessed exclusive rights to airing the series, while Animax, a former anime station, had rights to airing those episodes that have already been shown on RTL. However RTL has abruptly canceled the series after episode 113. RTL received complaints from people shocked that such content was handled as a Sunday morning cartoon, and though RTL began crassly censoring the episodes and giving them the appropriate rating, more viewer letters and the media authorities forced them to cancel the series. It has also been suggested that they canceled it due to a conflict with their distributors. For a while, they did rerun unedited episodes, but no one watched them due to the impossible airtimes (3-4 AM) that constantly kept changing. Animax, to make up for not being able to air these episodes, tried acquiring rights for the The Final Act, the finishing part of the series, but their distributor denied them the rights, with the alleged explanation that episodes 114-167 have to be shown first.

    More than half a decade later, fans are still pestering RTL to do something, but they refuse to continue airing the remainder episodes, even on their several sister-channels. Animax, meanwhile, was terminated after a heavy dose of Network Decay, since its daddy-network AXN no longer considers importing anime to be gainful, which in itself is a major screw-over for all potential anime releases in the country.
  • The Swedish dub of Sailor Moon got this treatment from TV 4.
    • During its first run (1996-1997) it aired most Sunday mornings as part of the program Junior, except for the third Sunday in the month when they showed a movie instead. Episodes 15 and 18 were skipped because of damaged tapes. When Junior was canceled Sailor Moon was supposed to be part of its successor Lattjo Lajban... except one of the executives decided it was too violent, leaving us with only 21 out of 88 episodes aired. After this followed two years of producers being dead-set on letting the license run out and fans fighting and pleading.
    • In 1999 this payed off as the second run started from the beginning, airing once a week and finally showing episodes 15 and 18. Episode 4 was skipped because of Moral Guardians, but things seemed good until 2000... when episodes 34, 40, and 46 aired without the songs, episode 62's song got replaced with a few seconds of Heart Moving, episodes 49, 54 and 68 got skipped over, and the series suddenly stopped after episode 78.
    • During its third run (2001) it ended up in time slots when the kids were in school. It didn't help that TV 4 kept shifting the time 5-10 minutes without telling, so anyone trying to record the episodes - especially the new ones - wound up missing chunks. Once again 34, 40 and 46 missed their songs, and once again 49, 54 and 68 were skipped because of "damaged tapes". Two weeks before TV 4's license ran out they finally aired episode 88... sans song.
    • The kicker? Fans managed find out the reason most of the songs were missing: TV 4 were worried people wouldn't understand the Japanese words. 49, 54 and 68 didn't get dubbed because the songs couldn't be removed.
      In contrast, after Kanal 5 picked up the license they aired the dub 6 times in 2,5-3 years. They were even looking into buying the rest of the series before the license pull happened.
  • The Tamagotchi anime had this treatment on GO!, thanks to their network pet Animaniacs. They also kept pushing the schedule around and showing the same 26 episodes for a whopping 4 years.
    • Tamagotchi Friends, the dub of Tamagotchi! Yume Kira Dream, takes it Up to Eleven by replacing the theme song and insert songs and splitting the episodes in three-minute parts. It doesn't even dub all the episodes (there are 49 episodes of Yume Kira Dream; seven of these episodes were dubbed for Tamagotchi Friends).
  • The 4Kids Entertainment dub of Sonic X had this treatment in Australia, having been aired on Channel 7 at 6:30 AM on Saturdays — just before the "Saturday Disney" programming block started. It was blatantly Out of Order, thus rendering the entire third season utterly incomprehensible (due to its ongoing plot with few filler episodes). There was next to no sign it was even on, and when its time slot was suddenly replaced with W.I.T.C.H. instead, nobody could tell if it was because the series had ended or not due to the random episode ordernote . Kids who got up early were very confused.
  • The first Japanese TV run of Cowboy Bebop on TV Tokyo was botched due to overly violent content. Over three months in the spring and summer of 1998, only 11 episodes aired, not including episode 1. Pay TV service WOWOW picked up the series that fall, successfully airing the entire series.
  • When it first aired in Hungary, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX was canceled after one season, along with a number of other kid-oriented anime series. Following the downfall of Animax Central Europe, owned by Sony, a station called Viasat 6 began showing interest in anime, and in 2014 they redubbed GX, airing its first two seasons. After some downtime, it was placed back into their midday animation block, leading viewers to think its third season would follow. Instead, in 2015, it was taken out of the block again, its reruns relegated to an early morning timeslot, with the station confirming that they won't be dubbing anime anymore. This raised suspicion among certain fans as this happened shortly after Sony had taken ownership of the channel. In reality, the decision came earlier — the station wants to reach out to an older audience, whereas GX and their only other anime series, Dragon Ball Z, was mostly watched by people in their late teens and late twenties.
  • In the summer of 2015, Chiller, having already aired anime from sister network Syfy (see above), decided to air a two-hour block of anime from Funimation. However, the Invisible Advertising, a time-slot of Wednesdays at midnight (a work night for most people within the target demographic, meaning they're usually asleep), a lineup mostly consisting of lower-tier series released during the collapse of the U.S. anime market (the most recent series in the lineup was 2011's Is This a Zombie?), and the fact that Chiller itself is a niche, non-HD channel with a very small subscriber base, all lead to the block being axed after only three weeks.
  • The Italian run of Pretty Star was treated fairly for 35 episodes...until it was replaced by Mia and Me without warning.
  • Magical Doremi was treated well in Australia for it's first two seasons...until the show was suddenly taken off the air before the beginning of the Forte note  season. Why? The later episodes of the show were too sexual in nature, so the show was banned.
  • At first, the plan was for Teletoon to debut Yo Kai Watch on October 3, but the premiere was pushed back a week for an episode of Hot Wheels Battle Force 5. Also, episodes are often delayed to show marathons of other shows. Yo-Kai Watch has since gotten better treatment; they even aired a few episodes before Disney XD got to them.
    • In the United States, the show was beloved by Disney XD at first. By its third season, the series was dropped and was replaced with Inazuma Eleven: Ares in its weekend and weekday time slots alongside Beyblade Burst Turbo and Pokémon.
    • In the United Kingdom, the show only aired on Saturdays at 7:30AM and 7PM. To add insult to injury, the episodes with "The Sleepover" and "Yo-Kai Fidgephant" were skipped in this run due to their subject matter note  The show was dropped after episode 26 and was replaced with re-runs of Adventure Time.
  • In Canada, Digimon Data Squad aired on Family Channel's Jetix block, which aired from 6:03AM through 7:45AM Eastern on weekend mornings. Not a good slot for the kids the show was aimed at, nor older fans. It should be no surprise to expect this by now, but neither the show nor the block itself received any promotion.
    • In fact, as pointed out above with YTV's treatment of Digimon Fusion, Canada has NOT treated Digimon very well in recent years. This could be due to the franchise as a whole not being as popular with kids in North America as it used to be, as well as recent attempts to target the Periphery Demographic who grew up watching Digimon Adventure who, as again noted above, Canadian networks seemingly want nothing to do with.
  • As previously documented, 4Kids Entertainment's adaption of One Piece, which first aired on the FoxBox, is infamous for its many content edits in their attempts to make the show kid friendly, as well as skipping the entire Little Garden and Laboon arcs. Despite their dub still being insanely popular at the time, it was removed from the block, right before the start of the Alabasta arc, and later moved to Cartoon Network.
  • Pokémon has been treated like this by Malaysian network NTV7 after Pokémania in the country died in the mid 2000s, when NTV7 opted to stop bringing in the show after the anime had transitioned to the Advance Generation. The Black & White and X & Y series mark the return of the series to Malaysian TV, but by then they've switched to being a Malay dub, switched network to TV9, and skipped some episodes. Not only that, their main MO appears to be to only air Pokemon during the school breaks... And then preempting the series once the holidays are over, regardless of whether the season has ended proper. Thankfully, you can catch the show in English on Disney XD Asia if you have the Astro pay TV service and Disney XD doesn't drop episodes either.
  • In the United States, Love Live!'s two seasons were seen on Mnet America, a very obscure South Korean music channel. NIS America's English dub premiered on Friday, February 5th, 2016 at 6PM. Throughout its run, the show has been aired on Saturdays at 4PM, Sundays at 10 PM, and finally, weekdays at 11AM. Even the show's content rating was constantly in flux, going from TV-G to TV-PG and back again.
  • While Idol Time PriPara was successful and well-recieved among the target audience and fans, it fell victim to this trope due to Takara Tomy's four-year rule, where their anime series and their respective arcade games will usually not get renewed after four seasons.
  • Aniplex was originally going to release D.Gray-Man Hallow on Blu-ray and DVD in Japan starting in September 2016. Unfortunately, issues with the production quality caused the release to be delayed indefinitely at the beginning of that month. By March 2017, Aniplex canceled the release.
  • When Hideaki Anno left as director of the anime adaptation of His and Her Circumstances due to Creative Differences with Masami Tsuda, it was unable to be renewed for a second season, so flashback episodes had to be made.
  • NHK made the anime adaptation of Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE- more appealing to younger audiences as with Cardcaptor Sakura; for the second season, Bee Train produced filler episodes. The lukewarm reception of the series, combined with CLAMP's discontent with the anime adaptation, resulted in the series being axed altogether.
  • Kemono Friends is an example of this that ended up being costly to the network in question. Completely out of the blue Kadokawa, one member of the group of companies that owns the rights of Kemono Friends franchise, fired Director Tatsuki and Studio Yaoyorozu, following this up with easily disproven claims that Tatsuki had "pirated" Kemono Friends to make commercials without permission and that Yaoyorozu had already resigned weeks beforehand. They then had the voice actresses apologize... to Kadokawa, for inconveniencing the corporation. Given that the anime was a hit primarily because of Director Tatsuki (who rewrote the entire script, redid all the 3D CGI models in his spare time for free, and did so after Kadokawa had written the entire series off as a loss and thus gave them no budget) fans were somewhat less than pleased. After several hundred million tweets and Nico-Nico posts complaining, a rather significant letter writing campaign, as well as several huge names in the anime industry (including Kadokawa's parent company's CEO and the CEO of the largest TV network in Japan) speaking out about it publicly, Kadokawa's CEO made a public apology and has returned to the negotiating table with Yaoyorozu. In the end, Yaoyorozu and Tatsuki will not return for the second season.
  • Channel One (then known as ORT) was responsible for the biggest wave of Pokémania Russia had ever witnessed. The success was cut short when Moral Guardians interfered with crazy stories, shaming the government channel for brainwashing their kids. It was taken off the air, effectively killing the franchise in Russia forever. None of the subsequent attempts to relaunch broadcast on cable and OTA networks ever gained the same amount of success as ORT's first run attempt. The last network which attempted to schedule Pokémon was 2x2, which promotes itself as an adults-only network. This definitely takes away a big part of potential fandom, leaving only established grown-up fans who, for the most part, remember the ORT's original run - and they never wanted or cared about new episodes in the first place. Virtually all discussion on channel-affiliated social media pages on Pokemon is about asking the network to either show ORT's old episodes or bring back the original voice actors. Eventually they gave up after season 20.
  • Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion, which pulled in good ratings and beat its' contemporaries in Kamen Rider and Super Sentai in toy sales, was cancelled in July of 2019 to make room for a program counting down to the 2020 Olympics, of all things; a move rendered moot after the games were postponed by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic .
  • When Tetsuya Yanagisawa, Ichiei Ishibumi and Takao Yoshikawa were coming up with a plot for High School D×D BorN, Yanagisawa did an about face and changed the storylines from Volumes 5 through 7 substantially to fit the twelve episode timeframe. This eventually led to Ishibumi and Yanagisawa mutually going their separate ways.


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