This was written as a YouTube comment, but I got super carried away and it got long, so now I wanna share this wherever I can in hopes that somebody decides to read it so I don't feel extra crazy for rambling this much to absolutely no one.
I have a RESPECTFUL conspiracy theory for everyone to think about.
It's absurdly long and crazy but like, fun crazy... I hope. You've been warned.
Basically, I'm just writing my 'why DBZA is over' fanfic.
Pls don't remove this comment guys, I am not affiliated with TFS, I am just a bored weirdo who maybe has too high of a dose for her ADHD meds, just writin' my lunatic theories about an internet anime parody, like it's my diary, but in public, for everyone to see.
I think this story they're telling us is only half true. I don't mean for that to sound antagonistic.
I've got nothing but love and respect for TFS and I truly think they've made something that will be regarded as a cult classic for years to come. Just, hear me out...
Okay so... These guys LOVED doing DBZA.
They had plans for the Buu Saga already, they've talked about plenty of them already, I do think they were stumped at how to top that fantastic finale... but out of ideas?
Don't quote me on this but IIRC some of them have even "slipped up" since this announcement (I think Lani did in one of the commentaries) and excitedly talked about what they would've done for Buu, which contradicts the "burned out of ideas" narrative.
I just don't believe that they decided to end it because of writer's block and copyright. Those tears at the end are evidence of that to me. They have SO MUCH PASSION for this...
I feel like something had to have happened...
I think they finally got the cease and desist of a lifetime, or a similarly threatening notice that scared them enough to decide to call it quits.
Especially with all that talk about copyright at the end of this video, and their finale being arguably better than the original, with a more serious tone than they'd ever had before... What if that was enough that Toei(?) was finally able to take legal action.
Maybe TFS got "carried away" and made it SO good, it stepped too far out of the fair use grey area between the USA and Japan to be called a parody anymore.
That could be enough to by law, consider DBZA an illegal dub, and be issued an official C&D.
"Just gimme a reason, DBZA..."
...is what I bet the mystery company in question was saying to themselves every time TFS skated by on those fair use laws for years.
Since 2008 they've been dealing with copyright issues. That's a long time.
Why suddenly, after all that time, after being so adamantly committed to DBZA, for more than 10 years, is that a factor in their decision?
If they really did step out of a grey area like I'm thinking, and received a C&D, that could explain the seemingly random nature of this decision.
Something that could be of note, in this video, they said that until the day they recorded this, it wasn't even a sure thing that DBZA would end.
I feel like that could be a half-truth or maybe there's some lying by omission going on here.
Maybe there was a legal dispute or settlement that didn't get finalized until the day of this recording. The way it's phrased sounds like they could mean their decision, but it also sounds like it could mean it was in someone else's hands and they weren't gonna know until that day.
If I'm at all right that ending DBZA was not their idea, I respect them immensely, for the fact that they told everyone that this was 100% their own decision.
I imagine they were in a situation where they reluctantly had to stop at the request of... something...
If they had told us about an NDA, even with no further information, we know and they know, that plenty of immature fans would be able to put two and two together, or at least try to, and would send a barrage of harassment towards the various suspected companies. Harassment that not only should be inherently avoided because it's in poor taste but could directly affect TFS's relationship with companies they might be in talks with.
The takeaway here should be that real heroes don't wear capes.
TFS took the brunt of it, whatever "it" is, and told us that this was their choice, with tears in their eyes. They metaphorically stepped in front of us like Piccolo protecting Gohan and likely stopped the community from imploding on itself over Toei or whoever it could've been, killing DBZA.
If it's their decision, that minimizes damage, fewer people will be upset, everyone moves on more smoothly, no one really leaves with a tarnished reputation.
I don't believe they would end it so abruptly for the reasons they gave.
I think they got the most intimidating "STOP THIS." of their career...
had no choice but to end things and they took full responsibility for it
TFS may have made the most humble sacrifice and we've all been none the wiser, like naive children, while they smile through the pain and tell us that nothing is wrong.