Anyway this was an interesting and unexpected read.
Japan is the only place in the world that publishes such content and has such a vibrant ero illustration subculture, and I find it fascinating.
Will it always be that way? Even as our internet and real lives become increasingly more restricted?I believe this stuff, especially H manga and anthologies, have value but not monetary value per se.
Thank you very much :) and for your replies as a whole also. @Seb Ahaha, it strikes a good point which I failed to properly mention & kinda attributed under the 'sexual investment' part...indeed, an investment in your own pleasure/happiness (basically current & future mental well-being) is more aptly put. Survival is but a part of the big picture after all.
Though, I do have to mention that in times where many lines on chart X are going downwards, the popularity of anime & import of it from JP to the West is a rare upwards line, which no doubt plays a part in activists who are starting to use that in a manipulative / 'cancel culture' sense as a result. Some would even tell you that anime = mainstream already and that it has to go back underground (niche) to avoid such 'unwanted attention'.
So it's interesting to see what will happen in that regard, in the sense of how much more popular anime will become before it gets 'spoiled'. Because the one constant is that an idea (in thise case anime) which becomes popular was at least good/fascinating etc. at one point (stage 1 of my theory), and that a peak is reached in each discovery X.
Using Pokemon as an example again, here you could say that peak = up to Gen 3. Those physical goods made in that period have become discontinued, but if anything, they gain even more value over time because the following generations are not as good/iconic. And not only that, but because it keeps on existing, the 'pool' of interested people keeps on growing as well, even transcending generations. If that same scenario happens to the 'peak tier' goods of other anime attributed aspects that continue to be a thing (even post-collapse), then we could see a similar future occurring for those as well, along with keeping in mind what Funwari said.