I watched anime on TV quite religiously on weekend morning during my primary school years but moved away from it during my teens. That is until I came across this one studio called Ghibli. My brother took me to watch a movie called Princess Mononoke. It was amazing, with the combination of flawless animation and exciting action and story telling. I wanted more. This godt me to researching what other films the director has done and that led me to Spirited Away. At that point, the film still has 100% record on rotten tomatoes and I really made it my mission to track this down and watch it. I got a hold of a bootleg copy and was blown away by the film. It remains one of my favourites to this day. I also started to pay more attention to anime and the rest is history.
A decade on, Studio Ghibli still remains my favourite studio, anime or not. The movies from the studios are also among the first I would recommend to anyone that show the vaguest interest in anime. This particular post is my homage to the studio an a guide for those reading it to find out what the rankings of each movie based on all the English sources on the internet I can think of. This includes
|IMDB||Rating||10%||Votes from global movie goers|
|Rottentomatoes||Review||5%||Compilation of many Wester reviews|
|DVD Talk||Review||3%||General theatrical and dvd review site|
|DVD Verdict||Review||3%||General dvd review site|
|Anime Academy||Review||4%||Used to be my main source of reviews back when it updated more regularly|
|ANN||Rating||12%||Anime News Network|
|MAL||Rating||15%||MyAnimeList – Most votes among anime sites|
|AniDB||Rating||10%||Anime DataBase. Vote compilation sites with demographic breadown|
|Blogs||Ranking||10%||Including Canne’s Anime Review, Kitsune’s Thought, Omohide, wa-pedia, Herons! Make blogs and Japan Cinema|
This post will be similar to the last one (have drafted this a few months back but only got time to finish this recently…). It looks at each major genre and single out an animation studios that have excelled in each in term of animes produced of that genre. In one of the posts in Anime Yume, there was an interesting discussion about how a given anime can be categorized. From that, I intend to go with the simple category (shonen, shojo etc.), main genre (action, adventure) and sub-genre (moe, school). The genres I will talk about are:
Main: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Slice-of-life, Mystery
Sub-genre: Mecha, Real robot, Sports, School, Magical girl, Harem, Fanservice, Moe, Yuri, Music
I have already talked about demographic in the previous post so that will be left out of the discussion here.
Criteria for inclusion
– An animation studio has to produce at least 10 series to be included in the analysis. 26 studios qualify
– Average used for comparison is from all studios qualified in the analysis
– All genre categories are according to wikipedia with information from Anime News Network added when I need a second opinion
1). Absolute number – studio that tops this list shows a tendency to produce a high number of the show in absolute term
2). Greatest percentage of total anime produced by that studio (studio produced 10, 7 of which is action, the percentage is 70%) – studio that tops this list shows tendency to favour producing shows of certain genre over other genres it can produce
Note that I will list the more interesting results at the beginning and the more ambiguous ones towards the end.
i). Gonzo – 23 (average = 6.0)
ii). Gonzo – 44% (average = 20%)
Relatively conclusive position. Notable action series are Tower of Druaga, Afro Samurai, Hellsing and Burst Angel
When collecting the anime information over the last decade, I have also gotten around to collecting what genre(s) each anime belongs to. This vary quite a bit from the basic genre (action, adventure, comedy, drama) but also sub-genre like (school, sports, music, mecha). When possible, I also try to differentiate whether the anime is shonen, shojo, seinen or josei. With this information, I am able to assign each major studios the most repeated genre of its anime releases to see whether any cool trend can be gleaned or certain beliefs justified (that studio XXX only does action, Studio YYY does more fanservice than others).
In this first post on this topic however, I will first look at the look at the demographic genre, since it is a little easier to segment and discuss. This can be divided as either Shonen (boy), Shojo (girl), seinen (grown male), josei (grown female) and Kodomo (young children). I hope that this will give some perspective to what studios are the major player in each category. At least I certainly learn something myself from it! Criteria and assumptions I use to come up with this analysis is presented right at the end of the post.
– Top anime studio listed for each demographic is based on:
i). the percentage of the anime categorized explicitly as that genre over total anime produced (highest share of animes in that demographic)
ii). total absolute number of anime series from that genre produced (highest number of animes in that demographic)
i). Artland – 54% (average across all samples is 32%)
ii). J.C. Staff – 22 series (average =7.8)
(Note that the brackets above refer to the average across all studios. This should give a point of comparison to how the top studios compare with the mean)
I have recently finished inputting the data from 2000 to 2009 (pending some quality check but that will have to come later) so now I can start doing some more anime of the animes from the last decade. The first analysis I want to do is to look closely at animes produced by each studio and how many are recognized as great. For example, Madhouse studios have by far the most anime series listed in the top 100 (18). However, it is possible that it produces so many that if you look from the ratio perspective (how many series produced to how many listed), its record may not be so prolific.
Some note before the list:
– The list is ranked on the number of anime series that appear in the ‘top 100 anime series of the decade‘ list (see my previous post here for the list itself and the methodology behind it) over the total anime series production released by the studio [quality percentage] – The logic is that the higher this number, the more likely the studio is to release great series as opposed to forgettable duds (the more accurate measure should be taking an average of the anime score that it produces, from say ANN rating. I currently do not have the data to do that at this point so I am sticking with this methodology for now).
– Studios need to have a minimum of 10 series produced in the decade. This excludes the possibility of a studio being a one-hit wonder and top the list with 100%, having only done one good anime.
– The list only includes anime series. I will have a different list with movies +OAVs
– Bear in mind that I am working with an anime series sample of 974. So when I am comparing it with the top 100 anime series, on average, the quality percentage of a studio should be 10.2% or there should be 9.7 series for every one good series produced. Any studio with higher ratio than this should be considered above average.
Listed anime: Clannad, FMP: Fumoffu!, Clannad -After Story-, Kanon 2006, Lucky Star, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Other anime: K-ON!, Sora o Miageru Shoujo no Hitomi ni Utsuru Sekai, FMP: Second Raid, Air TV
Comment: Very low number of series produced compared to other major studios (ranked 26th in total anime series produced) but dominate the list in term of sheer quality of the outputs. The studio have released FMA Fumoffu as their first series this decade and have been releasing about 1-2 series per year since. It is also definitely riding the moe wave of K-ON! and Haruhi at the moment!
I will briefly take a break from all the anime of the decade analysis and dive into a new topic that I have been working on. Having worked on all the anime people love enough to mention as the best of the decade, it left me wondering, how many shows are there really out there?
This led me to start compiling data of all the animes basing it on the the wikipedia page that list all the animes produced by year. It also has all the data so far that I find useful for other analysis like demographic, year released, director. It is a rather time-consuming exercise so I have only managed to cover 2000-2003 so far. The rest will follow. Also, do let me know if there is any other website which may offer a more comprehensive animes that were released by year. I still have to browse around Anime News network to cross-check the wiki list but so I may have to update this number later in case wikipedia is not as all-knowing as I hope it is… As for the date, I have categorized each one based on their release date in Japan, which is consistent with how I treat the top anime list.
First, let’s look at the total number of productions during these four years
A few observations from this: