The problem being Angel Beats snaffles 25k sales in a flash and justifies its existence from a pragmatic/financial point of view. Which is what ultimately keeps those studios afloat. So no surprise Madhouse threw sense of quality and aspriations aside to take Highschool of the Dead as a 'Hail Mary' last second play to keep their series-side of their studio alive. Madhouse has been doing good series for years, but they're not selling. So when KyoAni can troll the audience but crank out 40k+ with K-ON!, SHAFT can break all rules with braodcast quality and deadlines with Bakemonogatari then force people to buy the product to see the good version but still get 50k+, J.C. Staff find a balance between churning out moe filler for money and make other series for artistic merit in between. Sunrise always has Gundam to keep it afloat, along with inevitable sequels/spinoffs of Code Geass. Gainax has 'The War'.
A-1 has been reasonable of late but their titles don't have the financial moxy. They need to have a title crack 20k+. Sora no Woto's sales did crack 10k but they need something bigger. Senko no Night Raid had the potential but was a disaster in the end.
*shrug* I am seeing nothing to look forward to in October. January 2011 is slowly forming...so far A-1 will be doing Fractale as a last resort to get A-1 back on track but sounds interesting. Madhouse are doing....SUPERNATURAL?!
What in the hell?! Oh god....those pictures of animated Sam and Dean...
Bones have my interest most so far with Gosick. Although, when the director's resume is rather....I'm not holding my breath.
This summer season is quite a fizzle. Were you continuing with any series, Mappy?