Electronic manga comic consumption in Japan

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japan.internet.com recently reported on one aspect of a survey by goo Research into manga (comics) that found that about one in three paper readers were also consumers on electronic devices.

Demographics

Between the 8th and 10th of January 2013 1,075 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 52.6% of the sample were male, 16.4% in their teens, 18.1% in their twenties, 21.9% in their thirties, 15.8% in their forties, 15.6% in their fifties, and 12.2% aged sixty or older.

Instead of a comic on a mobile phone, let’s have a mobile phone in a comic:

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I’ve never read a manga electronically in any form, but coincidentally today at lunchtime I noticed a colleage reading one on a tablet computer.
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You know a manga series is coming to an end when…

Sorry for the silence (and the dead web site!) for a week, but I was away on business. However, I’m back with a fine survey from goo Ranking looking at what makes people think their long-running manga comic series is coming to an end.

Demographics

Over the 19th and 20th of April 2012 1,092 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 60.5% of the sample were female, 11.3% in their teens, 17.0% in their twenties, 28.4% in their thirties, 25.5% in their forties, 10.2% in their fifties, and 7.7% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

As I don’t read manga, I don’t really know how true these all are, but I’d like to see a similar list for when variety shows appear to be running out of steam. I’ve noticed in these cases they usually have a format change that focuses even more on celebrities than they normally do, but whether this is because they are wanting to just see how much of a budget they can blow, or if they genuinely believe that more celebs equals more viewers, I do not know!

Oh, and here’s people talking about their worst manga endings.
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Manga habits of the Japanese: part 2 of 2

Do you read electronic manga? graph of japanese statisticsgoo Research recently released a wonderfully detailed survey into manga (comics), from which I learnt quite a lot. I hope you enjoy it as much as me.

Demographics

Between the 15th and 17th of May 2012 1,939 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 60.9% of the sample were female, 6.8% between 15 and 19 years old, 16.5% between 20 and 24 years old, 16.6% between 25 and 29 years old, 16.8% between 30 and 34 years old, 16.5% between 35 and 39 years old, and 17.0% between 40 and 44 years old.

I’ve heard a lot about One Piece being an excellent manga, and this survey again seems to back it up. One day I’ll have to try…
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Manga habits of the Japanese: part 1 of 2

Do you like manga? graph of japanese statisticsgoo Research recently released a wonderfully detailed survey into manga (comics), from which I learnt quite a lot. I hope you enjoy it as much as me.

Demographics

Between the 15th and 17th of May 2012 1,939 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 60.9% of the sample were female, 6.8% between 15 and 19 years old, 16.5% between 20 and 24 years old, 16.6% between 25 and 29 years old, 16.8% between 30 and 34 years old, 16.5% between 35 and 39 years old, and 17.0% between 40 and 44 years old.

I would have to say I’m on the fence about manga. I’ve read a few here and there, mostly of the illustrated essay type, and I’ve enjoyed them all, but I don’t go and hunt them out. I’ve tried reading some of my wife’s ordinary manga books, but the genres don’t appeal to me, and I cannot read them fast enough so it always feels like an unrewarding chore.
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Best live-action movie adaptations of anime or manga

It seems that just about every other Japanese film coming out these days is based on a cartoon or comic, so it seems a good time to have a look with goo Ranking at how people rate the best live-action movie adaptations of manga and anime.

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Over the 22nd and 23rd of July 2011 1,114 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 65.4% of the sample were female, 12.3% in their teens, 16.5% in their twenties, 28.6% in their thirties, 24.8% in their forties, 10.1% in their fifties, and 7.7% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

I’ve not seen any of the movies, and I’m not really sure how the list was created – Nodame Cantibile, for instance, seemed quite a popular real-life realisation of the comic, but it doesn’t feature in the list. On the other hand, I am not in the least suprised to see that My Darling is a Foriegner features nowhere on the list.

This coming weekend I have a preview ticket for Tsure ga Utsu ni Narimashite, which I would translate as When My Hubby Became Depressed, a film of the TV series of the manga comic. Let’s have the trailer for that:


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What got men into buying Shonen Jump?

This survey from goo Ranking looked at the biggest-selling weekly manga magazine in Japan, Shonen Jump (which has an official English site), and in particular which series got men into the habit of buying it every week.

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Between the 23rd and 26th of March 2011 1,070 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-base questionnaire. 53.4% of the sample were female, 10.2% in their teens, 13.1% in their twenties, 24.7% in their thirties, 23.7% in their forties, 13.3% in their fifties, and 15.0% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample. This question was for the men only.

According to the blurb, the current circulation is 2.935 million per week, with the record sales being from 1994, when they sold 6.53 million copies one week! I’ve not got much to say on this subject, not being a manga fan, but I will say that I was disappointed to see so many pirate and bootleg sites appearing in my Google searches for the titles.
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Real-life re-enactment of romantic manga scenes

Here’s a fun survey from goo Ranking into what cliched scenes from romantic manga comics would women like to try experiencing in real life. If there is a male version published later, I’ll be sure to report that too!

Demographics

Over the 20th and 21st of December 2010 1,128 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 65.4% of the sample were female, 11.9% in their teens, 17.2% in their twenties, 30.2% in their thirties, 23.2% in their forties, 10.0% in their fifties, and 7.4% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample. This survey was for women only.

Looking at Google for a suitable image to illustrate number one, I did notice that the chin-grabbing kiss does seem to be the most popular move out there!
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Internet beats comics in cafes

Have you ever used an internet cafe, comic cafe? graph of japanese statisticsIn this latest look, this time by Masrh Inc and reported on by japan.internet.com, into manga and internet cafes, using the internet just managed to outdo reading manga.

Demographics

Between the 9th and 13th of June 2010 300 members of the Marsh online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was exactly 50:50 male and female, 2.3% in their teens, 17.7% in their twenties, 20.0% in their thirties, 20.0% in their forties, 20.0% in their fifties, and 20.0% aged sixty or older.

Since last reporting on this I have actually been into an internet cafe! However, rather than the rather dodgy-looking ones in the centre of town, I actually used the Kansai Airport one. It was rather a pleasant experience, given the jet lag, and they have a nice range of speciality teas for you to choose from. It’s worth a visit if you’ve got time to burn, although since Kansai Airport has free wi-fi just about everywhere you don’t need to go there just for the connection, assuming you’ve got a suitable portable device.
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Manga newspapers rated by 7 in 10 Japanese

Do you feel newspaper columns are difficult to understand? graph of japanese statisticsI do like some of the subjects that iShare come up with, and this survey is one of these times, where they look at manga newspapers, newspapers in comic form.

Demographics

Between the 17th and 20th of November 2009 510 members of the CLUB BBQ free email forwarding service completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 56.7% of the sample were male, 32.4% in their twenties, 32.2% in their thirties, and 35.5% in their forties.

On first reading this story, I naturally typed “manga newspaper” into Google and ended up on this site. It’s a rather interesting place (assuming a degree of Japanese knowledge), if only just to see how they render figures like Prime Minister Hatoyama, President Obama, Tatsuya Ichihashi, recently-arrested for the murder of Lindsay Ann Hawker, and Osama Bin Laden.
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Converting comics into live-action movies not favoured in Japan

What do you think about live-action versions of manga? graph of japanese statisticsWith one live-action version of a manga comic in cinemas right now (Kaiji) and another soon to come out (Nodame Cantabile), this recent survey from iShare into manga, anime and live action movies is quite timely.

Demographics

Between the 5th and 10th of November 2009 531 members of the CLUB BBQ free email forwarding service completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 59.3% of the sample were male, 34.7% in their twenties, 30.9% in their thirties, and 34.5% in their forties.

Not being a manga fan myself, I’m not really aware of any such activities, and even when it comes to Hollywood movies converting DC and Marvel characters to movies, I’m not familiar enough with the cartoon version to have any preconceptions shattered.
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