More Ghibli AnalysisPosted: December 31, 2011
School life has really drained all the time I used to have to collect data and write this blog. Who would have thought I actually had more free time when I was working! Anyway, here is a long-delayed post, just before the end of the year.
This post is the second part of my previous post about Ghibli. It contains a few more analysis and interesting tidbits from the data I have collected.
RATING VS. POPULARITY
The chart below is a scatter plot of rankings for rating and popularity for all Ghibli-related films. The cool thing about this chart is that it also indicates the overrated and underrate films. For example, Whisper of the Heart is ranked 7th overall based on all the ratings but only 12th on the number of people watching and rating the film. This means that not as many people watch it as it deserves based on its rating
- 4 of the top five are right where they should be with only Grave of the Fireflies behind on the popularity by a bit
- Most overrated (more people saw it than its rating deserves) are:
- Tales from Earthsea (2006) [+7]
- Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) [+6]
- The Cat Returns (2002) [+4]
- Most underrated are:
- Only Yesterday (1991) [-5]
- Whisper of the Heart (1995) [-5]
- Lupin: Castle of Cagliostro (1999) [-4]
- From this, it is relatively clear to see that more recent Ghibli films are way more popular than older ones but this is not backed up by its quality, at least on a relatively term in comparison to other Ghibli films.
SITE RATING ACROSS THE BOARD
This section looks at the average rating from each sources and how they stack up to each other. Standardized score refers to the conversion of source score into 1-to-10 score range.
|Sources||Ghibli Standardized score||Avg rating||Diff||Type|
- Interestingly (to me at least), reviewing sources have on average nearly a point higher rating than rating sources (8.73 vs. 7.93). This seems to suggest that the law of large number is in effect for rating sources and significantly bring down the average score of Ghibli films, relative to review sources (in which only fewer people have the chance to sample)
- Average rating (across all titles in that site) is consistently lower than Ghibli standardized score. At least this shows that Ghibli films are superior to your average offerings. What it does not show is by how much (of which I will need variance information, something I don’t have time to find out at this point in time!)
- Anime Verdict and THEM, two review sources, have the highest rating. AnimeNfo, on the other hand has the lowest score. For THEM and AnimeNfo, this is also reflected in the different between Ghibli standardized score and average scores across all titles. THEM has the highest difference, AnimeNfo the lowest
- Ghibli standardized score = average scores of all Ghibli films
- Avg rating = average rating of all titles for that site
- Diff = GSS – Avg rating
- Average rating comes courtesy of AnimeStat, a really nice website that I would love to do a comparison especially with my Anime 2010 list
My friend shared with me this study from rottentomatoes data the other day. It contains rottentomatoes rating across time of different actors and directors. This gives me an idea to try to do the same for Ghibli film as a quick comparison.
- Miyazaki is apparently to be the more consistent director overall. Does this strengthen the point that Miyazaki’s films are probably more accessible by Western audience. A look at the same analysis but from a Japanese-centric sources would be highly interesting as a comparison.
- Takahata has one highly-rated film and the others are so-so. This makes me wonder whether a Japanese-based rating website would have rated Takahata’s film as lowly compared to the sources I use
- Films from others are hit (Whisper of the Heart) or misses (Tales from Earthsea). If only Kondou (WofH’s director) did not pass away so prematurely…
- With more time, I quite like to revisit this comparison again but this time with other non-Ghibli directors
BEST AND WORST
- Highest: Spirited Away – 8.99
- Lowest: Little Norse Prince – 6.37
- Highest: Spirited Away – Consensus most seen titles among the five sources I use (IMBb, Rottentomatoes, Anime Planet, ANN, MAL)
- Lowest: Little Norse Prince
- Least reviewed – All time: Panda Go Panda – 7 sources (All non-anime sources, Anime SOurce, AnimeNfo)
- Least reviewed – Ghibli-era: My Neighbour the Yamadas – 3 sources missing (MRQE, DVD Verdict, THEM)
% watched and voted by under-18 (based on statistics from AniDB):
- Most Spirited Away – 7.8%
- Least: Only yesterday – 2.5%
% watched by female (based on statistics from AniDB):
- Most: The Cat Returns – 17.1% (followed by Whisper of the Heart at 16.2%)
- Least: Castle of Cagliostro – 7.8%
% dropped (based on statistics from MyAnimeList):
- Most: Panda! Go Panda! – 1.51%
- Least: Spirited Away – 0.07%
% plan to watch (based on statistics from MyAnimeList):
- Most: Ocean Waves – 29.0%
- Least: Spirited Away – 3.9%
I guess anyone who plans to watch Spirited Away ends up watching it because it is so much more accessible. Ocean Waves on the other hand does not have a flashy synopsis nor is it well-known so lots of people put it off.
Once Ghibli releases a couple more films, I would like to come back and refresh these analyses again. I would be really interested on whether there is any major change in trend between now and then. I also hope to put out more posts and not go on quite as long a hiatus as this one. Happy New Year everyone!