Posted 25 November 2021 - 10:24 PM
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Posted 27 November 2021 - 04:07 PM
The problem with NS wasn't that it was less profitable, it was the it was perceived to be that way. What happened was, the companies that made profit from it wanted to maximize those profits with ending in hopes that the sequel would be able to keep up the momentum and remain as profitable. Naruto's big appeal to these companies was its success internationally. So, they wanted what would keep the international fans. The SP's Naruto team anime staff said nH was the most popular in the West especially in the US; the key target audience they were aiming for. So, they went with nH, and SS as a back up pairing.
Turns out nH had a very vocal group of pirates, who were great at vocally supporting the pairing online, but were not willing to pay for much in support of their ending. So, they didn't get much profits as they hope from them. Also, in Japan, NS was the assumed end game and was very popular. So, the realization of the kitten going on from they were ignored for the West to just the bad writing led to a backlash. So, they lost most of their Japanese fans and the international fans weren't giving him the profits they were promised.
Not helped is that the sequel Boruto is just awful and at best painfully generic with very little of what made Naruto successful. Also, part of the reason they didn't want Naruto-Boruto to end in 2014 was there was nothing to replace it with in sales internationally, at the time. But, quickly after Naruto ended, manga/anime like My Hero Academy, Black Clover, and Demon Salyer started replacing it internationally. Removing a lot of the need for Boruto that they originally had.
As for the fandom. Most left with the ending realizing it was garbage. The ones that didn't were either chased away by either the low quality of Boruto or nH/SS fans. Even nH and SS are broken up and feuding because while they used to be allies but it was only of convenience. Since, if NS happened neither of theirs could, but now that has passed they fight each other. One, because they can't agree which pairing is better; not helped by the fact Kishi made both pairings bad. Two, the anime has decided to create a Hinata clone with the goal to replace SS's kid as Boruto's love interest. Three, and ultimately nH hates Sakura for various reasons, while SS uses Sakura as a self-insert.
Now a days, Boruto is an average anime/manga that main appeal in sales is its being a part of Naruto's legacy means that they get a decent amount of money from distributing it to other countries; who pay them for localizations rights. It can't even beat Naruto in current sales even though it been over for years now.
Edited by Bail o' Lies, 02 December 2021 - 11:39 PM.
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