Friday, November 06, 2009

Fall Anime Popularity: 2channel vs. AnimeSuki

Darker than Black II Comparing numbers of posts on 2channel with numbers of posts on AnimeSuki, we see some differences in the reactions of Japanese and foreign animanes to the new fall shows.

But there is no difference at the top: in Japan, Darker than Black and Railgun are far ahead of the pack. In the West, it's Railgun and Darker than Black.

Some differences appear after that, though. On 2channel, Seitokai no Ichizon is the third most posted-about show, followed by Kampfer. On AnimeSuki, it's Kampfer followed by Sacred Blacksmith. In Japan, Blacksmith is ninth. In the West, SeiZon is sixth.

Fairy Tail is ranked very differently on the two forums, too: in Japan, it is way down around 18th place. In the West, it is seventh.

is pretty popular on 2channel, in tenth place. On AS, it has only three posts.

Sora no Otoshimono is high in Japan, in fifth place, whereas it is down in tenth place on AS.

There are other slight differences, but in general, the rankings are similar. Kimi ni Todoke ranks fairly high on both: sixth in Japan, fifth in the West. Very high for a shoujo title, it seems to me.

I don't know if one can draw any general conclusions. Maybe "otaku shows," with fanservice and/or animanga references, do a bit better on 2channel (SeiZon, SoraOto), while straight shounen-ish shows like Blacksmith and Fairy Tail, are doing better on AS. Those latter two both have female protagonists, it seems to me, too. And kiddy-oriented shows like Kiruminzu tend to do better on 2channel.

Anyway, here are the lists. Make of them what you will:

1. 2channel (~1000s of posts)
NOTE: Some shows are missing. The same series of threads often includes both the first and second seasons of a show. I have left those shows out. And I only went down to about the 100th most recently posted-about show.
Darker than Black II 70
Railgun 64
Seitokai no Ichizon 19
Kampfer 17
Sora no Otoshimono 15
Kimi ni Todoke 14
Nyankoi 13
Kiddy Girl and 12
Seiken no Blacksmith 12
Kiruminzu 11
11eyes 7
Bantorra 5
Sasameki Koto 5
Kobato 4
Letter Bee 4
Miracle Train 4
Trapeze 4
Aoi Bungaku 3
Fairy Tail 3
Kaidan Restaurant 3
Yumeiro Patissiere 3
Winter Sonata 2

2. AnimeSuki (number of posts)
NOTE: Approximate numbers for the top two shows.
Railgun 1900
Darker than Black II 1800
Kampfer 1127
Seiken no Blacksmith 826
Kimi ni Todoke 637
Seitokai no Ichizon 563
Fairy Tail 530
Kobato 500
Nyankoi 452
Sora no Otoshimono 345
Kiddy Girl and 341
11eyes 288
Letter Bee 246
NogizakaHaruka II 246
Shin Koihime Musou 223
Bantorra 212
Sasameki Koto 176
Trapeze 129
Natsu no Arashi II 111
Asura Cryin' II 110
Aoi Bungaku 84
Winter Sonata 81
Yumeiro Patissiere 44
Miracle Train 19
Kiruminzu 3
Kaidan Restaurant ? (no thread)

NOTES: I should just add here that we can't really regard these numbers as pure ratings of popularity. Sometimes people post about shows because they hate them, or because there are a lot of questions they need to ask.

And, of course, TV ratings in Japan present a very different picture, with shows for kids consistently at the top of the ratings. But I think 2channel and AnimeSuki are both used by a broadly similar slice of the anime-viewing public, in Japan or abroad.


omo said...

Kiruminzu is a loli show that didn't get fansub love the first few weeks, so it has a poor rating on asuki simply because nobody watched it, and people who wanted to probably couldn't.

I think your observation might still hold true though.

Serakah said...

Ha not many people like Trapeze I see, I thought I was in the minority but I'm relieved to see otherwise.

Do you remember off the top of your head how many posts To Aru Majutsu no Index had? I'm wondering how popular that show was compared to Railgun.

hashi said...

@omo -- Good points. I watched the first ep of Kiruminzu and thought it was a kids' show, but now I remember the cat-ears, lol.

@Serakah -- Old threads disappear on 2channel, but there is a most recent thread for Index, and it's #132 (at a thousand posts per full thread). If Railgun kept up at this pace, it would approximately double that. But I don't know how it will advance, or where Index was at episode 6. That would be a great total -- but Suzumiya Haruhi is on thread #1548: a million and a half posts.

TopAnimes.Net said...

Great list of anime. I should add this to my list to watch.

FaS said...

Yeah, kimi ni todoke definitely seemed very unique (and still is). There's just something sooo charming about it