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Feb 9, 2011 5:56 AM

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Japan's national broadcasting organization NHK featured the popularity of manga One Piece in its news program "Today's Close-up". According to the report, 88% of the readers are adults and 13% are older than fifty years old.

Chart: Demographics of One Piece Readers


The program concluded that the relationship of mutual trust among the characters attracts the grown-ups, who have been exhausted with the economic recession.

Source: Screenshot of the program
 
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Feb 9, 2011 6:08 AM

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that's not new to me cause i'm an adult and all my friends r too
 
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Wow, that's really surprising. I always thought One Piece attracted more kids than adults...
 
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It's not just a shounen anime no more xD
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woah! no doubt! i don't doubt it xD

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wow xD
well im 18 XD, but i didnt expect that only 12% are youngsters XDDDD
looooooooooool
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So, anyone still willing to say that One Piece is a child's stuff? Yeah, that's what I thought.
 
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Feb 9, 2011 6:17 AM

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Not suprising given it's sales in Japan. That's part f the appeal of OP I think, that you can enjoy it with your whole family.
 
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Can't be helped. I have been a follower for around 10 years, since Vol9 was published in my country. It does a good job for managing to sustain my interest throughout the years.
 
Feb 9, 2011 6:21 AM

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By chapter 10034 they'll all be adults

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Feb 9, 2011 6:25 AM

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Not surprising, every person who've kept reading one piece from the start in his teenage days, is now 12 years older...
 
Feb 9, 2011 6:30 AM

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Tomah said:
So, anyone still willing to say that One Piece is a child's stuff?


definitely yes, the nonstop rambling about friendship and comrades proves it, with characters overpowering anyone by spouting "because he/she is my friend"
the fact that more adults like doesn't mean it's not child stuff
we have kids who love more seinen and gore ^^


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By chapter 10034 they'll all be adults


some are already on their deathbed and it will grieve them to death because they won't be able to finish the series ^^
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Feb 9, 2011 6:50 AM

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I'm not surprised by this. After all, it's only the adults who can afford to buy all the One Piece merchandise when they release. You know how much the damn things cost?
 
Feb 9, 2011 6:55 AM

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well , one piece is very populer in japan. so that's explain's too :/
 
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InfiniteRhapsody said:
wow xD
well im 18 XD, but i didnt expect that only 13% are youngsters XDDDD
looooooooooool


Lulz, fail. Back to the topic: I wonder how the percentage would change if this chart would include readers from all over the world.
 
Feb 9, 2011 7:18 AM

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I just thought 'Wow 88% that's a lot. Wait a second I read it too, I'm an adult too'
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Feb 9, 2011 7:19 AM

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Now this is really something...I've always thought One Piece is very childish but it seems that reading the first 3 chapters didn't help with this...
 
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adults now a days are always young at heart
 
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Lol, there's even more >50 poeple than 1-18.
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88% of One Piece readers ought to have better taste then. (In b4 someone points out I have K-ON in my list)
 
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most of those 19-29 years old were under15 years when they started reading/watching OP, so I'm not really surprised by that.
 
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actualy i think alot of it is for a different reason alot of the readers now probably started when it was new, and to younger people they watch it when their young and then they grow out of it becuase they only saw it in the middle and never realy cared much for it while its dedicated crowd are people old enough to remember its start.... or something like that :D



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Feb 9, 2011 7:49 AM

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dont think so. since this was done on a today show or something i doubt they would of prep'd a month or something to get a marginally diverse selection of results, more like
lol omg all our reporters are stoned find something to air for 2 minutes AKA went to the local manga convention surveyed 200 people aired it LOLd, got stoned
 
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I figured this be true. Not that surprised. :|


 
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Not surprising if one takes into consideration that OP has been around for about 13 years. After all, manga readers grow older too.
Most probably the same can be said about Naruto and Bleach readers.
 
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So, since One Piece started over 10 years ago, most of these adults would have been children when it started. someone who started reading it when they were 13 would be about 26-27 now.

That doesn't explain why more elderly people read it than children, though.

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88% of One Piece readers ought to have better taste then. (In b4 someone points out I have K-ON in my list)
100% of critics ought to read what they are criticizing before they complain about it.

Just saying. I haven't watched or read One Piece myself, so I'm neutral about it, but i might start if I feel like reading an action shounen series at some point for a change of pace.
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MadDogV2 said:
88% of One Piece readers ought to have better taste then. (In b4 someone points out I have K-ON in my list)

You have K-ON on your list.

I guess I fall under the 1-18 demographic (that is if I lived in Japan)...at least until July. Fairly surprising statistics, but the manga's been out for nearly 14 years...its pretty understandable.
 
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SuperSaiyen said:
most of those 19-29 years old were under15 years when they started reading/watching OP, so I'm not really surprised by that.


This, basically. One Piece started coming out when I was 8. Now I'm 21, and I still keep reading and watching it every week.
 
Feb 9, 2011 8:11 AM

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weekly Jamp mangas are originally drawn for teenager boys, but it also attracts adults to.
one piece are ongoing series from when present adults were teenagers. that's one of the reason i suppose.
i dunno about 50+ readers.
 
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I imagine most of its audience grew up/older with it and fewer kids would choose to start up on something so long and seemingly neverending.... well, at least that's my sentiment. I want to watch & read it but the length intimidates me >_>
 
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They should make a statistics about moeblob animes such as K-On and not be surprised with so many males watchin' xDD
 
Feb 9, 2011 8:32 AM

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well i turned 19 6 months ago so most of them started when one piece was beggining

 
Feb 9, 2011 8:46 AM

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Even as I age, I don't think I'll ever stop reading a series such as One Piece. But for me that goes for most other anime / manga as well.
 
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Yes, that's because those adults were teenagers when One Piece started puplishing.


 
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You know that explains why all OP fans feel their smart when they praise this but diss the other shounen.
 
Feb 9, 2011 9:04 AM
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next news might be - one piece moved to ultra jump !
 
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I wonder what the corresponding demographics for Bleach and Naruto would look like?
 
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long live those >50
 
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Of course most of it's readers/viewers are adult. The show itself has many adult themes/arcs/ideas/story etc. I wouldn't let my children read/watch it until they were old enough to appreciate the psychology behind the series. It's too good for children anyways imo.
 
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Duh. People who are in their twenties now probably started reading this series when they were teenagers. Now that there is 500 or I dunno how many chapters of this, not much current teenagers feel like starting reading it, probably.
 
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Okay let's say you start One Piece at age 12 in 1997, it is now 2011,you are 25-26 years old, okay the news doesn't shock me that much that way.

A lot of over 50 year olds though, that is surprising.
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Feb 9, 2011 10:24 AM

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... Does this mean One Piece won't be canceled any time soon..?




 
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^

you do know One Piece is the most selling manga in the history of manga right? why the hell would they cancel it LOL
 
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This is... unexpected o.o Considering that already the title 'Shounen Jump!' refers to boys, I wonder how many of the 1-18 year old readers are actually male XD
 
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Older than 50? O_O I didn't think anyone that old would still be watching, but then I remembered Japan has a high population of old people so it makes sense. xD
 
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Lol, adults reading kid's stuff
 
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Eeeehh... If I begin to read a manga when I'm 8 years old, and the manga last for 14 years, that means that in that moment I'll have 22 years old. So maybe it's not just that adults are attracted to the series, it's just that they have grown with it, and just keep following it.
 
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I always knew it was this way but didn't have the stats to back it up
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Somehow I'm not surprised at all :D But as a few people already said, the adults have, most probably, been young teenagers when One Piece started, and have been loyal followers ever since : 3
 
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Tomah said:
So, anyone still willing to say that One Piece is a child's stuff? Yeah, that's what I thought.
holy shit you are so dumb.

It's a shonen manga directed towards a shonen demographic which are young BOYS. Themes aren't deep or complex and the world of One Piece is moreso black-white GOVERNMENT IS EVIL kind of stuff and most if not all characters are 2 dimensional.
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