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How Do Japanese Anime Fans Decide What to Watch? has published the results of a survey in which 2,740 votes rank which elements are crucial when deciding whether to watch an anime series or not.

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D3acon4013d ago

Nice article. It varies for me bur I enjoy a good story with good animation, characters make me fall in love with the anime. Also you have to consider style; soul eater, redline etc. I do like most anime and all genres.

MidnytRain4013d ago

Man, I love a good theme song(s). Anime like Toradora and Mayo Chiki are so short, but their themes are so very memorable and make feel nostalgic! I've been meaning to get back into Hanasaku Iroha and Lovely Complex, their themes are awesome, too. Ahh...

Dark_king4012d ago

Guilty Crown's opening song I seem to like.
However for me I will try any out if they grab my attention I keep watching.I would say animation quality matters but it doesn't always .Shin Chin looks like crap but is funny as hell.
So I guess it only matters for action type anime for me.I want the fights to look good.

Megaman_nerd4013d ago (Edited 4013d ago )

it's funny that the japanese say "story" when all the latest and most popular manga/anime right now are really heavy on fan service and very light on story. XD

It's like making a poll in the US about their favorite games; everybody votes for RPG but FPS have the most sales.

Baka-akaB4013d ago (Edited 4013d ago )

Not really , they obviously choose those popular series on a type of story they happens to enjoy .

When mentioning story , it doesnt necessarily means deep and complex .

Either i can't agree with you here .What were the most popular winter 2011 anime ?

Puella Madoka
Infinite stratos
Toaru Majutsu no Index II
Star driver
Kore zombie
Yumekui merry

Hardly the most light story based animes we see .

And further along you see stuff like :

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
Kimi to Boku
Persona 4

Yet again hardly particularly dumb animes

Flavor4013d ago

I looked at every title you listed as top for winter 2011.

Each one involved a doe eyed girl ranging from preteen to teen in a sexually suggestive costume, or sailor outfit which is the same thing, save for star driver.

Star driver is about teenagers and piloting/controlling giant robots....

If this is what Japan has to offer in the year of our lord 2012, I seriously fear for the anime industry.

Baka-akaB4013d ago (Edited 4013d ago )

It's a popularity poll , nothing more nothing less .

Stop pretending it was that different at past periods and that stuff like jin Roh or ghost in the shell was ever the standard , in the past and spelling any kind of trouble :p.

I was there for the urusei yatsura , fist of the north star , yugi oh , sailor moon , Saint Seiya or Yuyu Hakusho crazes , among many things .

All of wich , no matter how fond i am of some of them , arent any less convoluted and stupid .

And pretty much every year , some of the best japan got to offer is actually about teenagers piloting robots .

Flavor4013d ago

Was going to say the exact same thing.

I see 'story' and just kinda roll my eyes; all i see coming out of Japan nowadays is 'Moe', lolicon, yaoi, and generic trash.

Simon_Brezhnev4013d ago

Have to agree i wish that yaoi crap would stop all together. You notice they never have martial arts animes anymore if they do its something like Maken-ki with a shit story and just fan service. I dont mind all the fan service but im sick of shitty stories.

kingPoS4013d ago (Edited 4013d ago )

I hate to say it but I've only been keeping up with the long running series like one piece, naruto, bleach and fairy tail. It's so hard to jump into an unknown anime right now. I blame shows like nikita, their just soo

Occasionally I'll come across some good anime on netflix.

Simon_Brezhnev4013d ago

Well i keep up with long running series too but i dropped Fairy Tail. I currently watch almost all the new shows. I notice most new shows are heavy on fan service or if its got a lot of action the main character is either dumb or a pussy.

kingPoS4012d ago (Edited 4012d ago )

I found myself hoarding ep's for a big marathon. And for a while I was interested in Kaji SE1...till the end.(what a bitter pill) Something about that ending sort of kicked me towards tv shows.

Gundam Unicorn on the other hand iS good to the last drop. It just somehow manages to feel nostalgic like Gundam W does, My only regret is that the timeline's soo F***in hard to follow.(what series leads to it?)

Simon_Brezhnev4012d ago

I saw Kaiji season 1 but i got bored with season 2. I like Akagi more.

I also like Gundam Unicorn it should had been a series not an over and they should cancel Gundam Age altogether.

If you like gambling animes you have to try out One Outs the animation is great and its about baseball. I really hate baseball with a passion but this show was so good i had to watch it.

Instigator4011d ago

I watch the first episode of the seemingly interesting shows each season, then by the 3rd episode I've decided what to stick with to the end.