kei17 wrote:It was totally pointless for the Japanese market.
Bringing back old show before moving onto new sequel is never pointless even if merch sales didn't increase. Millions of kids from new generation watched the show and along with new movies it build solid ground for Super.
This post assumes that Super
was anywhere close to a reality when Kai
was formed in 2009. I'm not saying it's impossible for there to be a meeting where some executive goes "hey, if this does well, we create X and Y", but all known information points to that not being definitively the case. If anything, Kai
led to the creation of the new films(which led to Super
) because of its failure; the official companies involved had to take a big loss to realize they need new material to sell to consumers.
In Toei's ideal world, they would never have to extend money or effort on anything and we would buy it all blindly. If Kai
"built solid ground" for Super
, it did so retroactively. We learned of Super
three months before it aired; there's no planning or long-term thinking going on when something like that happens.