The romance drama true tears has passed Zoku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei to become the most popular new-season show on 2channel, the Japanese forum site.
true tears is on its 88th thread, having passed 87,000 posts. Zetsubou Sensei is on its 85th thread (84,000+ posts).
A little over a month ago, Zetsubou Sensei was 50 threads ahead, but true tears has captivated fans both on 2channel in Japan, and also on the international English forum site AnimeSuki, where it has 2417 posts and rising fast, just behind Spice & Wolf (2559). Minami-ke O-kawari is also very popular, but since its topic is merged with the topic for the original Minami-ke, its popularity is harder to measure.
On 2channel, threads have sprung up with names like "true tears -- godly anime" and "Compared to true tears, Clannad is a Worthless Harem Anime." And there is now a special thread for spoilers and speculation, as there is on AnimeSuki.
true tears is by far my own favorite show of the new season, too, with Spice & Wolf next. The voice-acting in both is superb. Comparative newcomer Takagaki Ayahi (Feldt Grace in Gundam00) as Noe is outstanding, as is Iguchi Yuka (Sakura in Tokimeki Memorial) as Ai. That Nazuka Kaori (Eureka in Eureka Seven, Cossette in Les Miserables) is excellent as Hiromi is no surprise. One other performance that steals the show for me is Takahashi Rieko (Neviril in Simoun) as the hero's mother.
Here are the current numbers of threads for all the new shows in the top 100 most recently posted about shows on 2channel:
true tears 88
Zoku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei 85
GUNSLINGER GIRL -IL TEATRINO- 28
Spice and Wolf 27
Rosario to Vampire 17
Hakaba Kitaro 13
H2O～FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND～ 10
Hakutenko Yuugi 10
Major 5 5
Porfy no Nagai Tabi 2
Zenryoku Usagi 1
And here are figures for shows continuing from last October:
Shakugan no Shana II 167
Bamboo Blade 78
Gegege no Kitaro 37
Rental Magica 20
Nougami Neuro 18
Shion no Ou 9
Ghost Hound 7
Some shows are missing because they were not among the last 100 shows posted about.