Last summer, one of Japan's largest newspapers, the Yomiuri Shimbun, organized Sugoi Japan, a program to promote Japanese popular media by compiling lists of the best examples. Along with conversations with pop culture authority Kaichiro Morikawa, author Fuminori Nakamura, and feminist manga critic Yukari Fujimoto, they posted an endorsement from Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro. Now, the voting is over and the must-try Manga, Anime, Ranobe and Entame Shosetsu have been announced!
Goo recently published published the results of a survey in which they worked with advertising company iBridge to conduct a survey of 250 male and 250 female concerning the best cerebral, whether it stimulated the mind with psychological warfare, mystery, problem solving, serious ethical and metaphysical questions or all of the above. Check out the results after the jump.
Enough with contests of the cute! Charapedia's latest 10,000 reader poll brought up the subject of anime's strong female characters and asked fans to name their favorite of these cool ladies. 51% of responses came from female visitors. 74.7% were from people in their teens and 20s. See who they picked after the jump.
The children of otaku run the danger of winding up with names likes Goku, Nico or Hamyuts Meseta. Digital book seller eBookJapan asked visitors what they wouldn't name their kids, and found that the offspring of manga readers aren't liable to get saddled with names that are look bad. See what they picked after the jump.
Between the clubs, bullies and exams, school can be a fantastic or terrifying place in anime. Charapedia explores the subject in their latest 10,000 reader poll, asking anime viewers which anime (or manga) school they wish they could attend. Elementary, middle, high schools were university and vocational were eligible. So were co-ed and single gender. More after the jump.
Some classic performances and favorite roles came up in a bit of a different context in the latest Charapedia 10,000 reader poll. Here, fans were asked about the cases where things got a bit weird when voice actors were matched to anime roles. 240 pairings were suggested by a pool that was 56% male, and 82.2% from Japanese fans in their teens and 20's. See what was selected after the jump.
Tokyo-based mobile software company jig.jp has announced the result of its latest survey for the Valentine's Day season with two questions: "Who do you want to get Valentine's Day chocolates from?" and "Who do you want to give Valentine's Day chocolates to?" Check the top 10 anime/manga characters after the jump.
Goo recently worked with advertising company iBridge to conduct a survey of 250 male and 250 female about what anime voice actress' real age surprises them the most. See who they picked after the jump.
Last week, Japanese site AnimeAnime asked fans online/on social media to name the manga that they would like to see adaptated into anime. 1,800 people gave up to three suggestions, from which the site built lists of top complete and current series. The list of ongoing manga has been published, and dominating some familiar picks was Nami Sano's comedy Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto. More after the jump.
Japanese print media magazine Da Vinci has worked with NicoNico for a second annual survey asking manga readers which series is set make its big break. Criteria includes that it must have published up to its third volume within the year. From 27692 responses, the top of list looked a lot like Honya Club's book store clerk recommendations, but with more of a Shonen Jump preference as My Hero Academia took the top spot.
Put that class warfare away for a minute and consider anime's Richie Riches. Charapedia has published the results of their latest 10,000 reader poll in which they asked Japanese fans to name anime's most likable well heeled characters. 51.9% of responses came from female readers and 77.7% came from people in their teens and 20's. More after the jump.
What's anime without memorable theme songs, and what's a memorable theme songs the inspiration to sing a karaoke version? Charapedia recently ran one of their 10,000 reader polls asking fans to name their favorite anison to sing at karaoke. 241 song suggestions came in between January 15th and the 21st. 52.7% from male visitors and 77.5% from people in their teens and 20's. See what was picked after the jump.
Anime is full of colorful support casts, some of which even manage to overshadow series leads. Over the last week, Charapedia explored the subject of which of these characters is wasted in their secondary role and really should be given in their own anime series. Now, they've published the results of their 10,000 reader polls for deserving male and female protagonists.
Music was in the air on Japanese media sites as several recently orchestrated debates between readers about their favorite performance-related anime and manga. Goo asked visitors to name their favorite music-themed anime, and more specifically, their favorite anime centered on an idol or idol group. MyNavi Women got a mostly distinct list when they asked their readers to name their favorite band manga.
As is often said, you don't need to be a sports fan to enjoy sports anime/manga. In fact, some of the most popular series have been about sports that haven't traditionally had a following in Japan. Like the golden Shonen Jump motto 'Friendship, Effort, Victory,' it's the involving journey of the characters striving to compete that hook fans. In a new 10,000 reader poll, Japanese fans were asked to name the most inspiring.