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.

Research results

Q1: Has any manga that you like ever been made into an anime? (Sample size=531)

  All Male
N=315
Female
N=216
Yes (to SQs) 66.3% 65.4% 67.6%
No 33.7% 34.6% 32.4%

Q1SQ1: How did you feel when you first heard it had been made into an anime? (Sample size=352)

  All Male
N=206
Female
N=146
Really happy 25/3% 27.7% 21.9%
A little happy 31.0% 33.0% 28.1%
Nothing in particular 22.2% 23.3% 20.5%
A little bad 17.6% 12.6% 24.7%
Totally bad 4.0% 3.4% 4.8%

Q1SQ2: Have you watched the anime version of a manga you like? (Sample size=352)

  All Male
N=206
Female
N=146
Yes 94.9% 94.7% 95.2%
No 5.1% 5.3% 4.8%

Q2: Has there been an anime that you enjoyed when you first saw it, but then found out later that it was based on a manga? (Sample size=531)

  All Male
N=315
Female
N=216
Yes 52.7% 51.1% 55.1%
No 47.3% 48.9% 44.9%

Q3: Has there been a television drama, movie, etc that you enjoyed when you first saw it, but then found out later that it was based on a manga? (Sample size=531)

  All Male
N=315
Female
N=216
Yes 53.7% 47.9% 62.0%
No 46.3% 52.1% 38.0%

Q4: What do you think about anime versions of manga? (Sample size=531)

  All Male
N=315
Female
N=216
Completely approve 15.4% 19.7% 9.3%
Approve to some extent 52.9% 48.3% 59.7%
Disapprove to some extent 26.4% 25.1% 28.2%
Completely disapprove 5.3% 7.0% 2.8%

Q5: What do you think about live-action versions of manga? (Sample size=531)

  All Male
N=315
Female
N=216
Completely approve 4.7% 5.4% 3.7%
Approve to some extent 30.5% 28.6% 33.3%
Disapprove to some extent 42.7% 41.0% 45.4%
Completely disapprove 22.0% 25.1% 17.6%

3 Comments

Katie · December 1, 2009 at 06:40

Reminds me of Masanobu Ando saying that Japanese cinema needs to start relying less on manga remakes and invest more in new scripts. Not being majorly into manga or anime, I often feel a bit left out of the loop with all of these movies.

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