I theorized that the Japanese were not, themselves taking as major a hit as were the American resellers like ADV and Funimation.
I have recently read 2 parts of a 3 part expose on the costs of creating an anime on Anime News Network.
I have to say that they have been nothing short of interesting, so far, and confirmed a lot of what I thought was the case through logical understanding of business practices.
I usually don't repost articles on this blog but since they are oriented toward the crowd we speak to anyway, her ya go.
UPDATE!!!!! Part 3 Just added!!!