No more Kodocha. Ever. Same as Detective Conan series.
That is a real shame and rather short sighted imho. Kodocha was immensely popular in Japan, and has a loyal following here. The reason it did not do well is because of a combination of misfortunes.
1] LACK OF ACCESSIBILITY: I stumbled upon Kodocha completely by accident when channel surfing. It was being carried on Colours tv, which was a developing channel (only carried by one provider at the time, so far as I am aware), and aimed at an Indian-American audience. Not very mainstream. The ONLY other way you could see it, is if you had Time Warner cable and a subscription that included the Funimation channel, which itself was still developing, and had no other carriers (that I was able to identify). This created an extremely narrow slice of the public which was able to watch it.
2] LACK OF PROMOTION: I have no idea how it was marketed, or IF it was. But I can tell you that I never saw a single advertisement for it anywhere other then on Funi when the show was already being run. If you want people to buy it, try advertising it.
3] UNDERESTIMATION OF TARGET AUDIENCE: I was speaking to a Funi production staff member about the show, and they mentioned that they didn't see any market for it beyond teenage girls. This seemed ironic since she was saying this to a middle aged man who professed to be a fan. This was discussed at some length on the old Funi forums, and as it turns out, many of the people interested enough to discuss it on those forums were NOT teenage girls!
4] FAILURE TO MAKE USE OF AVAILABLE RESOURCES: There were many avid fans on the old Funi forums, who loved the show, and had ideas for everything from proper marketing to fan-funding the remainder of the series. This following continues to grow well after the series was cancelled. The problem here? Those in the company who could have made use of this wonderful FREE resource offered by the fan base, did not interact on the forums, or were altogether unaware of them. One of the people involved in the production of Kodocha looked at me dumbfounded when I mentioned the forums and had to get me to email him a link. Again, imho, this is NOT a sign of good management when you neglect the interests and input of your market audience, and fail to keep the staff informed of their existence.
5] FAILURE TO ACQUIRE PR-EXISTING AUDIENCE: Those who had followed the show in Japan, and were interested in seeing it rebroadcast here, were greatly disappointed that Funi was unable to obtain the rights to the theme song. Admittedly, this was not Funi's fault, but those who had identified the show with its theme for decades, now felt let down and detached from the American version.
If Funimation was interested in making some money off of Kodocha, then they should try and PROPERLY re-market the portion of the series that they currently have rights to. Now that they have a broader following on the web and elsewhere, the show dearly deserves a second chance to produce more sales dollars. It wouldn't hurt to broaden the selection of collectibles associated with it either. I have to order all my stuff from overseas. There was quite a lot of good quality stuff merchandised in Japan when the series was originally aired. I even have a functioning reproduction of the camera Sana used for her blackmail photo. I spent $300 for it plus shipping and insurance. That money could have been Funimations if they were smart about it. I wonder how much more the rest of you guys would spend on the show given the chance.