Manga Sales in Japan – Does One Piece Rule them All?

Besides watching anime, one of my other hobbies I spend quite an extensive time on is reading manga. I started doing that since primary school (with the likes of Conan and Jojo) and still keep up with quite a few series down the years. I still prefer the paperback version over reading any scanlation online personally. Recently, I came across oricon’s annual list of manga sales in Japan by series and volumes, so I just can’t help but try to put together some analysis on this to see what I might find. Maybe it will be some other cools series that I did not know before for me to get addicted on! Unfortunately, I can only find raw data that goes back to 2008 so I can’t analyze anything older. Anyway, 6 years of data is still relatively decent and I can still draw some substantial conclusion from it.

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Best Anime Series of 2013 – Meta-ranking from around the Web

Best of 2013

After some data collection, here is my top 10 list for the best anime series in 2013. Similar to the previous list, I have excluded series that have not finished in 2013 (hence the likes of Kill la Kill and Log Horizon are not in the list). See Appendix for the sources I use and the methodology to give rise to this list.

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Iiwake Maybe and Amina – The Beginning of the Under-Appreciation

Amina 4-45_iiwakeIn the world of Japanese idols, members in a group are not necessarily a permanent members. They join and graduate, either forcefully by management or to pursue other career outside the group. A few weeks back, my favourite member of AKB48, Satou Amina, announced her graduation to pursue a voice acting career. She became my favourite member (or “oshimen” in otaku speak) because of her underdog status, how she managed to make people notice her despite barely any support from the managers.

In tribute to her graduation announcement, I want to look at one aspect of the management’s neglect that has become a sticking point for Amina followers, her supposed lack of screentime in the PV of Iiwake Maybe (言い訳Maybe), the promotional video to the single in which, with her 8th position (out of 21) in the member’s election  (senbatsu sousenkyo, an event voted by fans to determine the composition of the single), she was expected to make some substantial appearance. This actually makes me curious whether she was really screwed off her screentime despite ranking so high or not.

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Battle Royale Across Media – A Statistical Look

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Battle Royale the movie is one of my all-time favourite movies. I have watched that film a decade ago and probably rewatched it more time than any other. I don’t normally like ultra-violent film but I am drawn in more by the concept and the relationship between the characters. I have recently finished reading the novel, of which the movie is based on,. It is very interesting to get more backstories of the characters and to notice the differences in how the stories happened. There is also a manga version which also have discrepancy from these two other media. That got be intrigued to see all the little comparison between the media and all the different statistics I can think of to do with the story. This post is simply just for my curiosity and for those who enjoy Battle Royale and may want to read something more and a little different on it.

[This post contains heavy spoilers. Please do not continue reading if you have not seen the film or read the novel/manga but want to do so without knowing what happens]

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Best Anime Series of 2002 – All About Haibane Renmei & Azumanga Daioh

2002

I’m really interested to look at 2002 because the year contains one of my favourite series (Azumanga Daioh) and the series that came out on top on the decade list I made (Haibane Renmei). I want to know how they actually rank against other series and am rooting that they do well! Below are a list of the top 10 series from this year based on the various Western source. I have also interested a few interesting findings from this research and an initial comparison with the 2ch list, which produce markedly different results.

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Best Anime Series of 2007 – Top Ten Best-Rated

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After a few posts on AKB48, here it is back on an anime topic. Many people on the netsphere considers 2007 to be one of the best, if not the best years of anime. They certainly contain some of the most well-known animes, both widely and within specific anime community (Death Note, Gurren Lagann, Lucky Star, Nodame Cantabile among them). Therefore, this is the year that I am particularly interested in seeing which anime series comes out on top.  Note that similar to other analyses I did recently, I am considering an anime to be of a particular year based on when it finished, thus Code Geass, Death note and Nana (all released in late 2006) are considered as 2007 anime in my book.

Without further ado:

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34th Single AKB48 Janken Tournament – My Take

I just finished watching the janken taikai clip after avoiding any spoiler for the last 5 days. It’s so much fun though I’d have loved an AKB girl to win it rather than Jurina (Personally, out of the senbatsu girls, I feel that Jurina is the one least needing of this center because she already co-fronts SKE and has centered a couple of singles, yet she actually won it…). Now I want to write something about it.

34th Janken Final

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