Do you like Neon Genesis Evangelion? graph of japanese statisticsA popular anime, so I believe, is the subject of a recent survey from iShare on Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Demographics

Betwen the 29th of June and 2nd of July 2009 544 members of the CLUB BBQ free email forwarding service completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 53.3% of the sample were male, 37.3% were in their twenties, 28.7% in their thirties, and 34.0% in their forties.

I find it interesting in Q1 and Q2 that women seem just as interested as men in Evangelion and associated items, although I feel that the female members in CLUB BBQ surveys are often quite geeky. In Q3, the new movie, Rebuild of Evangelion, was released to cinemas on the 27th June 2009, apparently.

I must admit to being perhaps in a rather small minority of English-speaking foreigners in Japan, those who just don’t really like anime for anime’s sake. My consumption in Japan is limited to Chibi Maruko-chan and the occasional Ghibli movie, but apart from that I don’t have any urge to watch it. I did once try to sit through Akira (or was it Ghost in the Shell?) but only got about 20 minutes in.

Research results

Q1: Which of the following Neon Genesis Evangelion-related activities have you done? (Sample size=544, multiple answer)

  All Male
N=290
Female
N=254
Watched the television series 36.6% 37.2% 35.8%
Rented, borrowed a DVD, video, Laser Disk 17.8% 20.3% 15.0%
Watched a movie at a cinema 15.4% 15.9% 15.0%
Bought a DVD, video, Laser Disk 4.8% 4.5% 5.1%
Bought associated goods (figurines, etc) 8.3% 9.3% 7.1%
Played a pachinko machine 5.3% 6.2% 4.3%
Other 0.7% 0.7% 0.8%
None of the above 55.1% 53.4% 57.1%

Q2: Do you like Neon Genesis Evangelion? (Sample size=544)

  All Male
N=290
Female
N=254
Like it 33.5% 34.5% 32.3%
Don’t like it 31.3% 30.7% 31.9%
Don’t know it 35.3% 34.8% 35.8%

Q3: Do you want to watch the new movie Rebuild of Evangelion at a cinema? (Sample size=544)

  All Male
N=290
Female
N=254
Already seen it 2.2% 3.1% 1.2%
Want to watch it 22.8% 24.1% 21.3%
Don’t want to watch it 75.0% 72.8% 77.6%

Q4: Would you want to watch Rebuild of Evangelion on DVD? (Sample size=544)

  All Male
N=290
Female
N=254
Yes, want to buy it 5.1% 6.6% 3.5%
Yes, want to rent it 24.6% 26.2% 22.8%
Don’t want to watch it 70.2% 67.2% 73.6%

1 Comment

Richard · December 22, 2011 at 04:36

“I must admit to being perhaps in a rather small minority of English-speaking foreigners in Japan, those who just don’t really like anime for anime’s sake. My consumption in Japan is limited to Chibi Maruko-chan and the occasional Ghibli movie, but apart from that I don’t have any urge to watch it. I did once try to sit through Akira (or was it Ghost in the Shell?) but only got about 20 minutes in.”

Wow, you really must have bad taste. I sincerely don’t wish to be in your shoes.

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