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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AKB48 Single Janken Tournaments – Fun Facts

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One very fun competitions that AKB48 has held annually over the last three years is a rock-paper-scissors tournament (Janken Taikai). The members compete in a winner-advances competition and those who make it into the last 16 are selected to represent the group in the upcoming singles. The winner becomes the center of those respective singles. The competition is probably designed to add another tournament for fans to participate in and to give the more obscure girls their chances to shine in the sun, if they are lucky enough. AKB48 is also probably the only group who can pull this off, with so many girls available to participate!

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AKB48 Sousenkyo Senbatsu Prediction – Why Satou Amina is the real Cinderella Girl

Branching from my love of anime, I have been very into various idol groups over the last few years. I started off with Morning Musume, fell in love with Idoling!!! (still my favourite group) but has recently warmed up tremendously to AKB48. It’s very easy to find subtitled materials online so that has helped my consumption level and my ability to get to know many of the girls. My oshimen (favourite member) is Sato Amina because I am a sucker for an underdog and she personifies that more than anyone in the AKB48 family. It is well-known amongst fans the level to which she got shafted after the first Senbatsu Sousenkyo when she placed 8th (for a more complete article of what makes Amina special, please read this blog by aakun. I started really paying attention to her because of it). I want to go one step further and try to see whether she there is any other girl who ranked better in the election despite getting no, or minimal, push whatsoever.

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Best Anime Series of 2009 – Meta Ranking & Analysis

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Now that I have just over a month of free time before I start working again, I finally have some time to write a few more articles for my blog. Since we are still have a year away from a 2013 anime review, I am going back in time and catching up with earlier years, which brings us to 2009.  Here are the top ten anime series based on composite scores from different anime websites:

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Best Anime Series of 2012 – Meta Analysis From around the Web

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Another year, another set of animes to analyze. Similar to previous years, I try to collect as much data from around the web as I can to see what are the best anime series in 2012. Coming into the exercise, I have no idea what good series there are that I should follow so this yearly analysis benefits me as much as anyone else. I hope a few of you also find some use in it too!

Below is the final list of anime based on all the sources (listed in the appendix at the end)

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Top Recent Anime Movie Director Comparison

One thing I sometimes wonder is how movies from all the great directors stack up. Over the last decades, the four directors whose films consistently come up on the best of list are Hayao Miyazaki, Mamoru Hosoda, Satoshi Kon and Makoto Shinkai. I also want to add Mamoru Oshii in to the mix as well. To judge which films are better than others, I look at their rating across the websites listed below. Note that the methodology is similar to the one I used to measure the Ghibli films:

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Best Anime Series of 2011 – Follow Up

It seems like not so long ago that I originally did the 2011 list and now half the year is over! I have so far only seen Madoka from this list but really look forward to getting some time to go through Steins;Gate, Fate;Zero and Level E among others. After crunching though the data to find out the best anime of 2011, here are a few interesting trends and analyses to share.

RANKING vs. RATING

Out of all the sources, there are three board categories that I can segment them into:

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Best Anime Series of 2011

We are now in 2012 and that tells me that it is time to visit all the polls, wrap-ups, ratings of anime in 2011 and see which one is rated above all others in 2011. I still like having a comprehensive ranking that I can personally look to with some confidence for the best animes to watch over the last year (considering I’m so far behind and have not heard of most of the top 10 before I wrote this!). Unlike 2010, there seems to be a consensus that 2011 is a very good year for anime with as many as five titles acclaimed as the best in the last few years. The roster at the top is more loaded with a clear consensus on what the top animes are. I sure cannot wait to watch them alll!

I have now also extended the data research to cover MAL among others, making the list more comprehensive that the 2010 version.

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More Ghibli Analysis

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


Ghibli Movies Ranking and Analysis

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

Source Type Weight Comment
IMDB Rating 10% Votes from global movie goers
Rottentomatoes Review 5% Compilation of many Wester reviews
MRQE Review 4%
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
THEM Review 4%
Anime Planet Rating 12%
Anime Source Rating 4%
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
AnimeNfo Rating 4%
Blogs Ranking 10% Including Canne’s Anime Review, Kitsune’s Thought, Omohide, wa-pedia, Herons! Make blogs and Japan Cinema

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