If you feel "shut out" or that "you have little reason to ever buy another pen from them" you could always write them a letter to tell them that they are doing things incorrectly. If I understand the comments in this thread correctly, people feel like pilot isn't making the pens you expect them to make.
I personally enjoying seeing each year the different styled vanishing point body they release (this year there are two). Some years I don't like the design choices, other years I do... it seems rather subjective, but I don't think it's ever upset me. I guess different things upset different people.
Who is the anniversary celebration for? Why do we feel entitled to participate? I guess that's how I'm looking at it - I see it as a celebration of Pilot by Pilot and for something as momentous as 100 years it makes complete sense that they would take a traditional route and produce something that honors their artisans and shows off the skill of their workshop.
With the thought that this is not for Pilot to please the masses, but rather to show off what they are capable of, I'm not upset that I can't own these pens.
It is disconcerting that you both feel the need to remove the legitimacy of people's emotions. You are free to disagree but the condescension implied in your writing is very troubling. I would suggest greater consideration of your phrasing in the future unless that is your intended tone.
To the first quote - my first FP is a Pilot 2007 Orange LE. To date, I have more than 20 Pilot pens in my collection, both vintage and modern. It's probably higher than 30 but I haven't counted in a couple years. Before I bought Pilot FPs, I used Pilot mechanical pencils, ballpoints, G2s and V5s in school. My first mechanical pencil was a Pilot. Pilot distinguishes itself from the rest of the Big 3 by its expansion into affordable and practical writing utensils in every category. It is, by far, the most prolific of the Big 3 with more models than the other companies. Point to a modern Sailor or Platinum vacuum filler. There are none. Look for a clickable FP from those companies. Once again, none. More than simply churning out new models, Pilot innovates. Look at the MYU 701 and its M90 cousin. Art and function rolled into one.
So yes, I feel like I know Pilot Pen, having been a customer of theirs since I was in Primary 1. Now, add onto the fact that the 95th Anniversary saw the release of a higher-end (the Justus 95) and a lower-end FP (the Elite 95S) to the international market. Both are still available for sale and I dare say that E95S sales were higher than predicted given how those are more common than the higher-end Justus. Given its world-wide reach and knowing how well the 95th Anniv. pens did, it is quite a blunder by Pilot to fail to provide anything to the wider international market than these deluxe pens. They abandoned their hallmark innovation, which they emphasized in their 95th pens, and went to the conservative extreme.
If they are not going to release a new pen model which is within my means of purchasing, why should I buy another pen directly from Pilot? I have a pen from every line I want and all I lack are some of the rarer vintage models. I have a nib in just about every size save the #15 so I am familiar with most of their nibs. Please explain to me why I am wrong to stop buying from Pilot now that it is clear they're not going to make anything I want.
To the second quote - a company which makes a product needs a return on its investment. In the case of the pens, they at least want to break even. Given Pilot's history of releasing moderately priced pens on significant anniversaries, they defied all expectations and released pens outside the reach of the average FP user. But let's go with the flawed assumption that this was only for Pilot Japan. What is there for the average Japanese FP user besides a Kakuno and a Vanishing Point? What has Pilot released to any of its customers to make them feel like they are special? Or did Pilot Japan simply decide to make expensive maki-e pens to show off and not get a return on the investment? This move makes little sense from a business or marketing perspective, in my opinion. I am not a businessman, economist, or marketing expert but I have a passing knowledge of it.
Why do we feel entitled? We who are upset are fairly loyal Pilot Pen customers because this does not fit with the pattern they established in the past. I believe if you go back to 2016 or 15, you will find a thread I made with my hopes and speculations. What I specifically said back then has, essentially, come to pass - nothing but high-end pens and a Vanishing Point in terms of gold nibs. I already have a Kakuno, 3 Metropolitans and a pair of 78G pens for my students. Pilot makes pens for customers. A good business finds out what customers want and caters to that. It is rarely a good business move to make whatever you want and then claim this is what customers have been waiting for but never knew it. If Pilot believes that all of their customers wanted super expensive maki-e pens and a VP as all they released for the 100th Anniversary, I beg to question their market research.