the situation seems nasty, like a nettle (bear with me on this one), but with things that are nasty, something good can be made out of the situation (like nettle soup, which is quite earthy in taste and watery in textue, incase your wondering). With the gobal mainstreaming of anime, more and more talented writers, directors and producers, namely James cameron, are becoming exposed to the art (the cameron reference concerns his supposed interest in remaking battle angel alita as a live action hollywood movie). Now I know the previous statement somewhat supports out sourcing, but as long as there is talent involved in the art and said talent is kept in check, then while it mightn't save anime and manga, it will sustain it. Also (back to the annalogies), if TVR are any thing to go by, then as long as there is a market, no matter how small, then decent anime and manga will survive. As regards pirates and bootlegs, some of the copies are exceptionally good (yes I own copies). This will make the problem of erradicating piracy very hard, The best method, in my opinion, is to weed out the garbage and manage or 'buy out' the good ones. Finally for the internet to become viable (which ould be hard to do), the the security and reliability of the network (If ever there was a need for a rival against microsoft, this is it) must be sorted. These were my views and opinion, but I would like to know what you think.
Another question for you. Over the years, how much has anime and manga been influenced by western designs and ideas. Also how much has anime and mang influenced the western world within the same period?