AniDB Analysis – Anime Series 2010 Part 1

In looking around for other information to analyze anime series and came across AniDB website (thanks to Taka in the previous comment section), which has other unique statistics I have not found anywhere. This includes:

– Anime ratings segmented by males and females

– Anime ratings segmented by age groups

– Individual anime episode rating

– Anime ratings segmented by temporary (ratings posted by people who have not finished a series) and permanent (ratings posted by people who have seen the series) categories

This piqued my interest and after a few (10) hours collecting the data, here are some interesting results based on anime series in 2010 (I am working towards getting data from other year but that is still so far work in progress)

COMPARISON ANIDB vs. ANN

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Best Anime Series 2010 – Seasonal viewpoint

In the comment posted by Taka on my previous post, he mentioned the inherent flaw of end-of-the-year poll/ranking that tend to disregard certain seasons more than others. This got me interested to go back to my data and find out if this is really the case. Did certain season get unfairly dismissed in 2010? Taka’s point of view is that year-end polls favour more recent shows in Fall and disregard shows in Winter which are much further back in time.

I used the ~80 anime series that are ranked, divided them into season and sum up the rank and average score (based on the methodology described in the previous post). There are only 4 series from Winter 2010-11 season that are being released in 2010 and none is listed in any of the polls/ranking unsurprisingly; so I will only concentrate on the 4 main seasons in 2010. Some comments:

SEASONAL ANALYSIS

Count Avg ranking Avg score STDEV score Max score Min score
Winter 2009-10 14 48 1.20% 1.84% 6.48% 0.05%
Spring 2010 19 34 1.51% 1.63% 6.58% 0.12%
Summer 2010 15 39 1.00% 0.79% 2.87% 0.17%
Fall 2010 19 34 1.28% 1.03% 3.37% 0.04%

1). Each season have relatively good representation. Winter and summer got slightly fewer samples but not by much.

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Best Anime Series of 2010 – Definitive look from around the internet

This edition of my post will discuss the best / favourite / most highly rated anime of 2010. I have not actually seen any single series  myself (I still have a stack of pre-2010 anime dvds I have not yet gone through) so I am highly interested at what series are good and check out. I started off checking the ranking in Anime News Network and also the various blogs and posts around the internet that has ‘Best of 2010 topics’. To me it is exactly like collecting data for my first ‘Best Anime of the Decade’ post again! I have so far amassed data from 33 unique blog posts, 9 forums with over 200 unique user comments, 3 other polls and the ANN ratings. This should provide enough critical mass to judge what anime people around the internet really consider to be the best last year. I am also able to segment the results into different group of voters and have found some interesting tidbits which I hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoy finding  them out!

Note that I am defining a ‘2010 anime series’ as ones that have come out in Japan in the year 2010.  Anything aired prior to that will be excluded.

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