Fall 2008 Anime 2ch Popularity Ranking

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A ranking of the number of 2ch threads started on new Fall 2008 late-night anime has been compiled and is presented here translated for your examination.

As 2ch is the center point of otaku culture online, it should serve as a rough gauge of series’ popularity through word of mouth:

Note:

  • Only new series are included, so no Gundam 00: 2nd Season, Nodame Cantabile Paris, etc.
  • Given the vagaries of online anonymous posting on sites like 2ch this list is certainly not a reliable ranking of series’ popularity – as DVD/BD sales or TV viewership would be – but it would be foolhardy to dismiss it completely out of hand given 2ch’s importance in the Japanese otakusphere.

Threads

Kannagi

107

Toradora!

95

Ga-Rei Zero

78

A Certain Magical Index

65

Kurogane no Linebarrel

38

Tales of the Abyss

33

Chaos;Head

27

Hyakko

22

Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka

19

Shikabane Hime Aka

19

Kyou no Go no Ni

16

Kemeko Deluxe

13

Yozakura Quartet

9

Casshern Sins

8

Tytania

8

Kuroshitsuji

7

Macademi Wasshoi!

7

Fist of the North Star: Raoh’s Tale

7

Michiko to Hatchin

7

One Outs

6

Skip Beat

6

Hakushaku to Yousei

5

Kurozuka

4

Bihada Ichizoku

2

No big upsets appear present – perhaps Ga-Rei Zero‘s high ranking might be a tad surprising, beating out A Certain Magical Index.

Kannagi and Toradora! taking the top two spots is a no-brainer, but one has to wonder how many of the Kannagi threads were hate threads focused on the recent scandal.

The Fist of the North Star spinoff, Raoh’s Tale, did not generate much discussion, as expected, and shoujo series Skip Beat’s doing poorly is also expected, as male-oriented shows focused more on mecha and moe tend to generate more threads on 2ch.

What I find most interesting personally is the very close relationship between a show’s ranking on this list and the overall amount of posts and comments found on this site.

Truly, high-speed Internet’s spread and the lightning fast rate of fansubbing nowadays has closed a fair portion of the culture gap between Gaijin and Japanese otaku…

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