Sunday, October 19, 2008

Japanese Otakus' Choices -- What 2channel Likes This Season

After three episodes of most shows, 2channel has declared itself.

The Japanese anime fans who post to that vast complex of message boards favor Clannad After Story and Gundam00 among new seasons of old shows.

And among new shows, they like Toradora and Kannagi, with To Aru Majutsu no Index only a little behind.

Threads for sequels tend to continue numbering from where the earlier series left off, so it is hard to tell how many posts a sequel really has. But in this case, Clannad and Gundam look to be far ahead, at 276 and 250 threads each (each thread holds a thousand posts), with ef - a tale of melodies at 46 and Rosario to Vampire 2 at 34.

Among new shows, it is easier to see what's what, with Toradora and Kannagi in a virtual tie, at 27 and 26 threads, respectively. I myself think Kannagi is an outstanding moe comedy, with stunning animation, voice-acting, and storyboarding.



To Aru Majutsu no Index has 21 threads and Kurogane no Linebarrels has 20, but that means that Linebarrels is sinking like a stone, since it had almost half that number before it aired. And Index is rising fast, probably due to its moe quotient, which is almost off the scale, especially for a show that involves fighting, as well.

Ga-rei Zero, Hyakko, and Tales of the Abyss come in the next rank, at 12 and ten threads.

Of course, TV ratings are quite different, as reported here, with the top-rated new shows being Nodame Cantabile Paris, Gundam 00 S2, Yozakura Quartet, Kuroshitsuji, One Outs, Mouryou no Hako, and Clannad.

Here are the figures. Some shows are missing because I only report the hundred or so most recently posted-about shows:

Sequels
Clannad After Story 276
Gundam 00 250
ef - a tale of melodies 46
Rosario to Vampire 2 34
Vampire Knight - Guilty 8
Jigoku Shoujo 3 6
Hokuto no Ken 3
Nodame Cantabile Paris Chapter 2

New Shows
Toradora 27
Kannagi 26
To Aru Majustsu no Index 21
Kurogane no Linebarrels 20
Ga-rei Zero 12
Hyakko 10
Tales of the Abyss 10
Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka 8
Shirabane Hime Aka 8
Chaos: Head 7
Kyou no Go no Ni 7
Kemeko Deluxe 6
Mouryou no Hako 6
Kuroshitsuji 4
Skip Beat 4
Tentai Senshi Sun Red 4
Yozakura Quartet 4
Casshern Sins 3
Michiko to Hatchin 3
Tytania 3
Hakushaku to Yousei 2
Inazuma Eleven 2
Kurozuka 2
Macademi Wasshoi 2
One Outs 2
Bihada Ichizoku 1

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