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Noitamina Editor To Shave His Head As a Penalty For the Poor Rating

by dtshyk
May 1, 2010 2:36 AM | 78 Comments
Yamamoto Koji, the chief editor of Noitamina, announced to fulfill his promise made on April 29th that he will have his head shaved if the rating of Noitamina (Saraiya Goyou (pictured) episode 3 and Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei episode 2) is low. The rating on April 29th turned out to be 1.7%.

Yamamoto's tweet

However, his head has already been almost bald (see the picture below), so he said he is going to shave his head thoroughly.

Picture of Yamamoto in 2009

Yamamoto said he has been warned by the staff of the production studios so many times that Noitamina is going in a wrong direction. But he didn't give up his belief. He intentionally creates a small disagreement between the trend among the audience and the production staff's mindset. He believes it'll produce an unexpected outcome.

Yamamoto's tweet 2, tweet3

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DogPaw said:
but that show is great, so far one my favorites of this year, I wonder what show is beating saraiya goyou in terms of raiting?


Almost every show, actually.

Jul 6, 2010 7:25 AM by DmonHiro

but that show is great, so far one my favorites of this year, I wonder what show is beating saraiya goyou in terms of raiting?

Jul 5, 2010 2:41 PM by DogPaw

So, DID he ever shave his head?

Jun 27, 2010 12:28 AM by DmonHiro

This might actually be pretty sad glimpse to the future of anime, since these two titles are in the group of four innovative/story-driven shows this season.

I am totally aware that these shows aren't aimed for the core otaku audience, but there once was a time when fanservice was mostly much more subtle and directors couldn't even imagine a show without a plot, point or action. And I'm talking about "otaku shows" made in somewhere around first years of 21st centry and before.
Now all of a sudden it's nearly impossible to make a decent show with good plot and make it sell without mutilating it into character-driven pantsuflashing harem shitfest.

Yes, I'm sure this topic has been talked to death for several times already but goddamn, I just have to vent my rage over this occasionally. Honestly, I've seen better hentai plots than the stuff over half of this years series have.

Jun 25, 2010 1:11 PM by Orangevision

Two of the best shows of the season. I guess they're just a bit too unique and different for the masses to enjoy.

Jun 15, 2010 2:12 AM by Yumei_Noir

DmonHiro said:
DrIdiot said:

Yeah, except the people that the ratings are based understand the language and don't have subtitles...


From what I read, it seems that the Japanese are also having trouble keeping up with that show. They talk to fast for them to understand everything, so yes, the Japanese could use some closed captions for that particular anime.


I don't know what you read, but that's an absolutely silly thought. The dialog is fast for anime, but at most slightly faster and at worst slower and more clear than plenty of real-life conversation that is perfectly easy to understand.

I think you could find plenty of flaws with the show depending upon preference, but fast audio is not one of them if you understand the language.

Jun 12, 2010 8:02 PM by hikky

The things one does for attention are endless..

Jun 12, 2010 1:44 PM by Duzell

TJR said:

noitaminA is aimed at a completely different audience, so male otaku don't applied. This is the audience (women between 20 and 30 years of age) that likes watching anime like Hataraki Man, Moyashimon, Honey & Clover, or Nodame Cantabile.

They're the ones who've rejected these shows.

Anyway, Fuji's mistake was believing that they had such a loyal following that they could dictate what the audience wanted to see and not the other way around (and as the producer admits, even the production studios warned him many times). They diluted the content and ended up turning off the masses with "strange" shows they weren't interested in trying.


Well take note: The point is that the production studios have warned him many times... and lol, failed at their target audience... that's really the worst.

Btw guys, what is more important is what happens in Japan, whether their culture can take the shows, more than our own individual preferences. This, as a clear indication from the dwindling anime industry.

But IMO, both of these aren't really that interesting... I put them on hold after a few eps and now am struggling to put them back on watching list. Esp. HoFL, I do not enjoy watching a guy with dead fish eyes being a main character and leeching off a band of a kidnappers, while behaving as if nothing is wrong. Finished 2, and is on hold.

Jun 9, 2010 3:49 AM by Dunkjoe

All ongoings are 2 types for me: interesting and fun. In 'fun' all the popular titles go (K-On, for example). In 'interesting'... there was nothing in there for some seasons and then i saw Saraiya Goyou. I really do enjoy watching Saraiya Goyou and added Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei to ptw (dont like to watch many things at once). They must do more shows like that... you know, interesting. =)

Jun 1, 2010 1:56 PM by Dvvarf

TJR said:
WindFalcon said:
Yojouhan Sihwa Taikei - masterpiece, yeah I'm saying it after 2 eps
Sariya Goyou - amazingly good anime

The only two watchable animes this season (putting Rainbow aside) that are actually exceptionally good and they don't get views. Yep, the fat Japanese otaku that watch every other shitty anime this season are destroying whats good in the industry.

In time no one will ever animate something other than fanservice crap, because nothing else will bring them money...


noitaminA is aimed at a completely different audience, so male otaku don't applied. This is the audience (women between 20 and 30 years of age) that likes watching anime like Hataraki Man, Moyashimon, Honey & Clover, or Nodame Cantabile.
.


Jesus. I know House of Five Leaves is an excellent anime and it's definitely my favourite of the season thus far [overtakes Angel Beats], but that's clearly bad decision-making. HoFL, thus far, is not aimed purely at the female audience and absolutely failed there. Surely it needed a different timeslot and a different audience to work with.

I remember a 2ch topic [by SanCom] and HoFL is one of the lowest rated anime. Not surprising that K-ON! took the lead [Jesus, I hate that anime with a passion, I want it to die]

May 24, 2010 7:58 AM by TheBritishBear

DrIdiot said:

Yeah, except the people that the ratings are based understand the language and don't have subtitles...


From what I read, it seems that the Japanese are also having trouble keeping up with that show. They talk to fast for them to understand everything, so yes, the Japanese could use some closed captions for that particular anime.

May 14, 2010 2:46 PM by DmonHiro

-Voltekka- said:

I agree both of them are very good.But i can see why Yojouhan Sihwa Taikei has a low rating. Not everyone can read fast so they don't know what's going on in the anime.


Yeah, except the people that the ratings are based understand the language and don't have subtitles...

May 14, 2010 10:19 AM by DrIdiot

BALD!

May 8, 2010 7:51 AM by Gonee

WindFalcon said:
Yojouhan Sihwa Taikei - masterpiece, yeah I'm saying it after 2 eps
Sariya Goyou - amazingly good anime


I agree both of them are very good.But i can see why Yojouhan Sihwa Taikei has a low rating. Not everyone can read fast so they don't know what's going on in the anime.

May 8, 2010 7:11 AM by V0ltekka

WindFalcon said:
Yojouhan Sihwa Taikei - masterpiece, yeah I'm saying it after 2 eps
Sariya Goyou - amazingly good anime

The only two watchable animes this season (putting Rainbow aside) that are actually exceptionally good and they don't get views. Yep, the fat Japanese otaku that watch every other shitty anime this season are destroying whats good in the industry.

In time no one will ever animate something other than fanservice crap, because nothing else will bring them money...


noitaminA is aimed at a completely different audience, so male otaku don't applied. This is the audience (women between 20 and 30 years of age) that likes watching anime like Hataraki Man, Moyashimon, Honey & Clover, or Nodame Cantabile.

They're the ones who've rejected these shows.

Anyway, Fuji's mistake was believing that they had such a loyal following that they could dictate what the audience wanted to see and not the other way around (and as the producer admits, even the production studios warned him many times). They diluted the content and ended up turning off the masses with "strange" shows they weren't interested in trying.

May 7, 2010 9:43 PM by TJR

I dropped rainbow after ep4 the whole "oh we're in such a dreadful detention centre" atmosphere pissed me off as did the episodic plots and stupid references to morals and brotherhood between the main characters.

WindFalcon said:
Yojouhan Sihwa Taikei - masterpiece, yeah I'm saying it after 2 eps
Sariya Goyou - amazingly good anime


RIGHT ON!!!! two of the best shows this season I'm honestly surprised at how a show like this could have bad ratings *shrugs*.

Forgot to mention arakwa and Working!

I'm watching K-on!! B gata H Kei and Angel Beats too, (and I'm about to drop senko no night raid since the first ep was rubbish and if the second one is similar, which it most probably will be I'm just getting rid of it).

May 7, 2010 4:46 PM by apatch3

fucking awesome shows..
must see

May 7, 2010 1:42 PM by smokes

Yojouhan Sihwa Taikei - masterpiece, yeah I'm saying it after 2 eps
Sariya Goyou - amazingly good anime

The only two watchable animes this season (putting Rainbow aside) that are actually exceptionally good and they don't get views. Yep, the fat Japanese otaku that watch every other shitty anime this season are destroying whats good in the industry.

In time no one will ever animate something other than fanservice crap, because nothing else will bring them money...

May 3, 2010 1:04 PM by Wind_Falcon

Eh...I really like both shows.

Though I can see why they weren't doing well. They were initially a turn off for me. I only checked them out because I was bored.

May 3, 2010 11:20 AM by controlmajortom

stick to ur belief son

May 3, 2010 5:10 AM by Mr_Gutts

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