Thursday, August 16, 2007

Current Anime Series Popularity -- Japan vs. Abroad

I'm taking the simplest possible method of judging how otaku in Japan and outside it grade the current shows: current number of threads on 2channel vs. number of posts on AnimeSuki. This is more an index of interest than approval, but it at least gives us some comparisons. Actual Japanese TV ratings are, as usual, considerably different, with shows for kids and girls rating far higher than on 2channel.

Among otaku in Japan and abroad, the top show of the spring season is Nanoha StrikerS, by far. On 2channel, the next two shows are Lucky Star and Gurren Laggan, whereas on AnimeSuki they are Claymore and Lucky Star. Dennou Coil and Idolmaster Xenoglossia (two very different shows) are much higher on the 2channel list than on AnimeSuki, whereas Kaze no Stigma, Darker than Black and Lovely Complex are much higher on AnimeSuki. My guess is that the percentage of female posters on AnimeSuki is higher than on 2channel, which tends to ignore shoujo shows, such as Lovely Complex.

For the summer, the top show on 2channel is School Days, by a large margin, followed by Higurashi2, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, and Zero no Tsukaima2. On AS, the top show is School Days, ahead of Higurashi2 and the last two episodes of Code Geass, followed by Zero no Tsukaima and then Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei. The linguistic complexity -- and maybe the style of humor -- of Zetsubou Sensei may explain why it is more a favorite in Japan. And School Days may have higher mind-share in Japan because people are more familiar with the original game.

Here are fullish listings, first for spring and then for summer, listed first by 2channel popularity, then by AnimeSuki popularity:

1. spring 2007 anime

2channel -- # of threads (1000 posts per full thread)
Nanoha StrikerS 289
Lucky Star 256
Tengen Toppa Guren Lagan 192
Hayate no Gotoku 69
Dennou Coil 67
Idolmaster Xenoglossia 66
Seto no Hanayome 58
Bokurano 48
Claymore 47
Ookiku Furikabutte 46
Darker than Black 45
Kaibutsu Oujo 27
Toward Terra 25
Nagasarete Airantou 25
Gegege no Kitarou 24
Gigantic Formula 22
KissDum Engage Planet 21
Heroic Age 20
RomeoxJuliet 18
Seirei no Moribito 17
El Cazador 16
Kaze no Stigma 11
Touka Gettan 11
Oh! Edo Rocket 10
Shinkyoku Soukai Polyphonica 9
Kamichama Karin 6
Kotetsu Sangokushi 5
OverDrive 5
Blue Dragon 5
Lovely Complex 4
Emily of New Moon 3

AnimeSuki forums -- # of posts
Nanoha StrikerS 40709
Claymore 12649
Lucky Star 11317
Tengen Toppa Guren Lagan 4021
Kaze no Stigma 2304
Hayate no Gotoku 2150
Darker than Black 1657
Lovely Complex 1512
Seto no Hanayome 1401
Nagasarete Airantou 1205
Heroic Age 1112
RomeoxJuliet 942
Seirei no Moribito 891
Bokurano 719
Touka Gettan 617
El Cazador 562
Idolmaster Xenoglossia 550
Dennou Coil 472
Kaibutsu Oujo 457
Toward Terra 391
KissDum Engage Planet 254
Kamichama Karin 217
OverDrive 170
Shinkyoku Soukai Polyphonica 149
Gigantic Formula 131
Ookiku Furikabutte 114
Oh! Edo Rocket 95
Gegege no Kitarou 73
Blue Dragon 57
Kotetsu Sangokushi 44
Emily of New Moon 37


2. summer 2007 anime

2channel -- # of threads (1000 posts per full thread)
School Days 45
Higurashi2 35
Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei 31
Zero no Tsukaima 2 28
Code Geass 24-25 18
Skygirls 15
Moetan 13
Nanatsuiro Drops 9
Potemayo 9
Mononoke 8
Mushiuta 5
Umishou 5
Doujin Work 5
Shigurui 3
Baccano 3
Code-E 3
Buzzer Beater 3
Zombie-Loan 2
Tetsuko no Tabi 2
Tokyo Majin Gakuen2 1
Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan2 1

AnimeSuki forums -- # of posts
School Days 2200
Higurashi2 1100
Code Geass 24-25 832
Zero no Tsukaima 2 625
Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei 549
Moetan 359
Zombie-Loan 281
Nanatsuiro Drops 280
Mushiuta 240
Skygirls 229
Mononoke 169
Potemayo 139
Doujin Work 125
Umishou 118
Code-E 98
Baccano 88
Tokyo Majin Gakuen2 51
Shigurui 47
Tetsuko no Tabi 44
Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan2 19
Buzzer Beater 5

If any show is missing, it's because it hasn't been posted about in the last 200 shows posted about on 2channel.

86 comments:

rooboy said...

Is Umishou on the list twice on purpose?

rooboy said...

Should have pointed out that I meant twice on the 2ch list.

hashihime said...

@rooboy -- Thanks. Missed it. That "4" is the previous thread.

wao said...

You might find this post has a bit of coverage on teh differences between popularity of Dennou Coil in Japan and overseas (the guy translated a few posts from Animesuki, Veoh, etc.)

http://sacredplacejapan.blog.shinobi.jp/Entry/80/

In Japanese though.

41nano said...

I'm pretty surprised, I didn't know Nanoha was that popular.
And both Darker Than Black and Seirei No Moribito are very good, but not really popular, that's surprising.

RJ said...

True about School Days, I think the one thing in everyone's minds at the moment would be if the series will end with one of the Bad endings from the original game.

Darklord said...

I think these numbers are a little misleading. The number of posts on Nanoha Strikers, Higurashi2 and ZnT2 on animesuki include their predecessor series.

If you consider just the posts for the new series(the one that's being shown in the current season), those are far less. Nanoha Strikers is nowhere nearly as popular and I'll say School Days is more popular than both Higurashi 2 and ZnT 2.

hashihime said...

@darklord - Ouch. You're right about ZnT and Higurashi. I thought I had corrected for that, but I only corrected for StrikerS. I counted only posts in AS threads specific to StrikerS. Now I have done the same for the other two shows, which alters things slightly. I don't like any of the three shows, so it wasn't intentional.

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