is SoL the cancer killing anime?
It's fear of taking risks that is killing the industry. Studio's have become more and more cautious over the years. They pick safe material that already has an existing fanbase to adapt, they mostly stick to a few of the same type of series, they don't put too much budget into anything they can avoid, etc.
nah, it's the chemo actually
By "fear of taking risks" you mean unambitious works, right? Because shows like Lucky Star and K-On were very ambitious. Tamako Market also had a lot of love put into it, as well as Tamayura.
Unambition and money grabbing is part of every industry and every genre.