Here’s an interesting topic from MyVoice: since last year was the 29th anniversary of the animation character Kinnikuman, they performed a survey on that very topic of Kinnikuman, which translates as Muscleman.
Over the first five days of December 2008 14,858 members of the MyVoice internet community completed a private online questionnaire. 54% of the sample were female, 1% in their teens, 16% in their twenties, 36% in their thirties, 29% in their forties, and 8% aged fifty or older.
If you want to decorate your mobile phone, Strapya will sell you Kinnikuman and friends as straps, or even as USB sit-up devices.
If you’re wondering why the 29th anniversary, the digits 2 and 9 may be read as ni and ku. Additionally, the Kin in his name can also mean Friday, so kin-ni-ku is Friday 29th, which is why that becomes Kinnikuman Day.
If you want more than enough information on Kinnikuman in Japanese, there is the Nikupedia, which as the names suggests is a version of Wikipedia dedicated to Kinnikuman.
For a bit of trivia relevant to English speakers (by the way, the characters were released in the USA in the mid-eighties as M.U.S.C.L.E), the ending theme song for one of the series was sung by Kent Derricott, a Mormon missionary to Japan who became a television personality over here. Here is the video proof:
Q1: How much do you know about Kinnikuman? (Sample size=14,858, multiple answer)
Heard the name 85.4% There’s been a animated series broadcast on telvision 75.4% There was a craze for an eraser shaped like the character 57.0% Kinnikuman’s favourite food is gyudon beef bowl 55.8% It was serialised in the weekly Shonen Jump comic 45.0% Know the outline of the comicbook story 45.0% There was a Kinnikuman video game released 33.0% “Kinnikuman the Second” was serialised in the Weekly Playboy 19.3% There is a Kinnikuman slot machine 18.0% Can name over ten superheroes that appeared in Kinnikuman 17.8% New characters appeared based on reader submissions 14.4% Know Kinnikuman’s superhero Power score 6.7% Each Friday the 29th is Kinnikuman Day 6.4% Don’t know Kinnikuman at all 3.2%
Q2: Do you like Kinnikuman? (Sample size=those know it)
Love it 4.6% Like it 23.7% Can’t say either way 40.0% Don’t really like it 18.3% Don’t like it at all 10.2% No answer 3.1%
Q3: Which of the following characters that have appeared in Kinnikuman do you know? (Sample size=those know it, multiple answer)
Kinnikuman 90.0% Ramenman 68.3% Terryman 59.7% Meatboy 58.0% Robin Mask 53.4% Buffaloman 44.4% Brocken Jr. 42.7% Warsman 40.4% Geronimo 34.5% Ashuraman 34.3% Wolfman (Rikishiman) 30.7% Black Hole 21.5% Neptuneman 20.7% Sunshine 20.2% Akuma Shogun 18.3% The Ninja 18.0% Kinnikuman Zebra 18.0% Springman 17.2% Neptune King 13.5% Kinnikuman Super Phoenix 13.5% Planetman 13.4% Kinnikuman Soldier 13.3% Mister Kamen 11.9% Kendaman 11.7% Altantis 11.0% Sneagator 10.2% Sneagator King 10.2% Kinnikuman Mariposa 9.6% The Mountain 9.2% Kinnikuman Big Body 8.9% Screw Kid 8.1% Junkman 8.0% None of the above 4.8% No answer 2.0%
Q4: For the 29th anniversary, various events were held and goods were for sale. Did you know about that? (Sample size=14,858)
Yes, and attended an event and bought goods 1.9% Yes, but didn’t attend an event nor buy goods 18.4% Yes, and either attended an event or bought goods 1.8% Didn’t know about it 77.9%
Q5: What events did you attend or what goods did you buy? (Sample size=those who attended events, bought goods in Q4, multiple answer)
Kinnikuman Festival (Sukiya, Nakao, etc restaurant promotion) 68.7% Bought Kinnikuman Chinese meat bun at Lawson convenience store 19.3% Visited Yahoo! JAPAN Kinnikuman 29th Year anniversary feature 9.5% Visited official Kinnikuman 29th Year anniversary site 8.2% Kinketsu reprint 8.0% Watched Kinnikuman film festival special night 7.3% Bought Kinnikuman complete DVD box 6.7% Bought Nikuman – Kinnikuman Yorozu book (29th anniversary book) 5.1% Bought Kinnikuman theme song collection 4.0% Attended Jump Festa 2008 3.6% Bought G-Shock Kinnikuman 29th anniversary watch 2.9% Attended Tokyo International Animation Fair 2008 2.5% Participated in Yamanote Line 29 stations and Kinnikuman 29th anniversary “29 keywords search!” event 1.1% Other 9.3% No answer 3.1%
Q6: If you see a collaboration between a company and any animation character, does this raise your desire to purchase goods? (Sample size=14,858, multiple answer)
Very much more likely to buy 4.3% Quite a bit more likely to buy 37.2% No change 28.4% A little less likely to buy 11.6% Not likely to buy at all 17.7% No answer 0.8%