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Online Survey Reveals Half of Japanese Watch TV Anime

by dtshyk
Mar 26, 2010 10:02 PM | 52 Comments
Research company DoHouse conducted an online survey about the rating of TV anime series. 23,388 respondents answered the number of TV anime programs they watch in March 2010. (The respondents were selected from 2.6 million registered users in order to avoid bias and maneuvering.)

Bar Graph of the result (y axis: age, x axis: percentage)


About half of the respondents watch one or more TV anime programs regardless of sex. There is a clear boundary in the age between 40's and 50's. The following titles were frequently mentioned in the comments of the respondents in wide range of generations:
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Durarara!!
Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu
Pokemon Diamond & Pearl
Gintama

Long running titles such as Sazae-san and Chibi Maruko-chan were less frequently mentioned.

Along with the survey above, they also surveyed the rate of the name recognition of 28 popular seiyu. Here is the result:

The name recognition of female seiyu was significantly higher than male seiyu. The highest recognition of Mizuki Nana can be attributed to her appearance in the popular music show Kohaku Uta Gassen last year.

Source: My Enquete

Note: This is for the first time that this company conducted an anime (otaku-culture) related survey. Being an online research is the only possible bias. example of the topics in the past: eating habits, traditional events, hay fever etc.

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Apr 6, 2010 12:34 PM by bentonjerry

Wow, this just shows how much animes touch us universally--that is even males and females. :) XD I wonder what will happen to those animals who watch animes. =))
Probably learn Japanese? :P

Apr 1, 2010 7:40 AM by kentanaka00

i dont believe internet polls but it doesnt mean it doesnt have some true in it

Mar 28, 2010 4:09 PM by cut3

I'm actually surprised to see viewers in their 70's watching anime. But the 15-19 seems pretty high. Unless I'm reading the chart wrong. But the female demographics in their 30-40 range seems higher than the male demographic.

I hope that I'll still be watching shows when I'm that old. There's always something interesting to watch. Not necessarily on TV but feature-wise.

Mar 28, 2010 12:48 PM by yasako2isako

YAY!!! BAKA TO TEST is really famouS!!!

season 2 is really possible!!!

Mar 28, 2010 12:37 PM by Cashdax

I hate to bring this up again, but WHY WOULD THEY CANCEL GINTAMA?!?! if it ranked among the most popular anime, I see no reason to end it!

Mar 27, 2010 9:41 PM by yarvenclog

not surprising for me though, even 70+ watch animu
/surprise on bakatesu guess i should try watching it.

doeman said:
MisterSaito said:
online surveys are pointless.
NO THEY'RE NOT.

+this

Mar 27, 2010 7:12 PM by villains

Them Japs are weaboos.

Mar 27, 2010 6:14 PM by BadLuckTuck

darkdragon53191 said:
and the sky is blue.

but seriously this is nice to know that anime is not a small niche in japan and the whole country is as crazy as i imagine.

my thoughts exactly

Mar 27, 2010 6:11 PM by rreggiebryant1

Gunther_ said:
Blayze said:
The only bias in the survey would be that it's a percentage of people who are signed up for the site, which would mean they frequently use the internet, which *could* be related to the amount of anime they watch. But regardless, it has as much credibility as any other statistic- door-to-door surveys have a slight bias towards people who are at home more often (So people who frequently leave their house for extended periods, such as traveling or are involved in activities during the normal times the surveyors come by, would be left out. Depending on the type of survey, this could skew things one way or another). Unless it's a survey with a lie detector across 100% of a population, there will always be room for bias (And even then it'll still have some)- it doesn't make them inaccurate though. It simply means the statistic will have to have a qualifier about it- in this case, that it's referring to a section of the population that use the internet often, which may or may not have an affect on the outcome of the poll.

Simple Random Surveys aren't biased, unless it's a loaded question, of course.


They are the most fair usually, but there are still factors that could cause bias- such as if it's over the phone, the people who don't answer calls from people they don't know would be left out, or if they feel uncomfortable answering certain questions (Such as a sex survey), they wouldn't want to participate in it. Again, this doesn't make them invalid, it simply has to be taken into account when dealing with statistics derived from surveys and such.

Mar 27, 2010 3:44 PM by Blayze

*1, 34% Mizuki Nana
*2, 23% Hirano Aya


Regardless of accuracy, I still die of joy at the ever overrated Hirano Aya being pushed off of her throne.

d('-'d)

Mar 27, 2010 3:42 PM by SoneAnna

Blayze said:
The only bias in the survey would be that it's a percentage of people who are signed up for the site, which would mean they frequently use the internet, which *could* be related to the amount of anime they watch. But regardless, it has as much credibility as any other statistic- door-to-door surveys have a slight bias towards people who are at home more often (So people who frequently leave their house for extended periods, such as traveling or are involved in activities during the normal times the surveyors come by, would be left out. Depending on the type of survey, this could skew things one way or another). Unless it's a survey with a lie detector across 100% of a population, there will always be room for bias (And even then it'll still have some)- it doesn't make them inaccurate though. It simply means the statistic will have to have a qualifier about it- in this case, that it's referring to a section of the population that use the internet often, which may or may not have an affect on the outcome of the poll.

Simple Random Surveys aren't biased, unless it's a loaded question, of course.

Mar 27, 2010 2:38 PM by Gunther_

considering anime is a big market in japan it is of no surprise.

Mar 27, 2010 2:11 PM by kisami

Online surveys are about as useful as salt in your eye.

Mar 27, 2010 1:26 PM by Jigero

The only bias in the survey would be that it's a percentage of people who are signed up for the site, which would mean they frequently use the internet, which *could* be related to the amount of anime they watch. But regardless, it has as much credibility as any other statistic- door-to-door surveys have a slight bias towards people who are at home more often (So people who frequently leave their house for extended periods, such as traveling or are involved in activities during the normal times the surveyors come by, would be left out. Depending on the type of survey, this could skew things one way or another). Unless it's a survey with a lie detector across 100% of a population, there will always be room for bias (And even then it'll still have some)- it doesn't make them inaccurate though. It simply means the statistic will have to have a qualifier about it- in this case, that it's referring to a section of the population that use the internet often, which may or may not have an affect on the outcome of the poll.

Mar 27, 2010 1:18 PM by Blayze

the way the poller conducted the survey, along with the large sample size from which they drew from, makes me believe that this survey has more credibility than some here are giving it.

Mar 27, 2010 12:59 PM by orangerevenge

* SUMUZURA KENICHI FIRST?? yeahh my fav male voice actor! <3<3

*oh, there are actually more females watching anime than males?

* what? 20% of old people watch anime? (70 years old +)

Mar 27, 2010 12:45 PM by Kurini

BlackWings said:
doeman said:
MisterSaito said:
online surveys are pointless.
NO THEY'RE NOT.
Anyone can fake the results. It's not hard.
Saito is right. Online surveys are the worst kind, and they cannot be applied to anything really. They have just as much legitimacy as If I arbitrarily made up some statistics on the spot.

Mar 27, 2010 10:29 AM by Gunther_

The real question is whether or not these shows are during primetime or not.

A lot of anime airs late night, and a lot of families won't stay up that late, and will watch dorama, news, or variety shows before/during/after dinner.

I know my host sibling loved anime so she would watch it, but still she would watch pokemon, sazae, conan, and chibi maruko chan. none of the late-night shows.

I'm a little surprised by these results, but at the same time not so much.

Mar 27, 2010 10:17 AM by katsup

I bet a survey on this site would show roughly the same thing.

Mar 27, 2010 10:10 AM by Romanticism