51% of Young Men “Have Never Even Heard of Gundam”

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The finding that over half of Japanese young men quizzed about their favourite Gundams had never even heard of Gundam has thrown the popularity of these cultural titans amongst the younger generations into question – with plenty reluctant believe it can be possible.

A Japanese magazine hoping to hack together a ranking celebrating the 35th anniversary of Gundam based on actual data undertook a survey of young men (women not even being worthy of even being asked when it comes to mecha matters it would seem) with the assistance of a market research firm.

They quizzed 200 young men in their twenties on such pressing matters as “what is your favourite mobile suit?” and “which mobile suit would you most like to pilot?”

This effort rapidly ran into a rather fundamental problem (aside from the pathetic sample size) – they were shocked to discover that 51% of respondents had never even heard of Gundam to start with.

Some of the results they did gather by way of an omake – the favourite mobile suits from those who had actually encountered the original series:

1. Gundam

2. Char’s MS-06 Zaku II

3. Char’s MS-14 Gelgoog

4. ZEONG

5. DOM

This finding was greeted with disbelief by the online masses, although whether this can be blamed on the woeful ignorance of the younger generations with respect to the all-important world of fictional giant robots or their own insular outlook is another matter:

“They must have heard of it.”

“There are new shows every few years so it is amazing they haven’t heard of it.”

“Next it will be kids not knowing Macross, and after that Eva!”

“Why do they have to know about Gundam again?”

“They know, they are just ashamed to admit it.”

“Come on, even the Chinese know their Gundams!”

“I’m 38 but I’m a bit troubled by this belief that you are some kind of philistine traitor if you don’t know about Gundam.”

“We should be amazed 49% know about it.”

“I think it is a lot. They asked commoners and not anime fans so amongst them there are sure to be lots who never watch TV or the like at all.”

“Why is it so shocking that someone doesn’t know?”

“Macross embraced moe and is even now popular with the young. Why did it come to this…”

“AGE…”


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    Comment by caiooa
    02:45 29/06/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    6 years ago sankaku was better at doing clickbaits

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    Comment by Chen-04
    02:59 29/06/2014 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    6 years ago sankom still featured somewhat relevant news. Still, I like this place best because there ain't raging mods banning you over expressing your opinion like most other places I've been to.

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    Comment by WEL
    14:35 29/06/2014 # ! Good (+0.4)

    very true. It's a miracle they haven't banned me yet.

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    Comment by Octopi
    13:43 29/06/2014 # ! Good (+0.4)

    indeed i too love that, you can get into some lovely dogfights here, and nobody cries.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:57 29/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    except the Chinese,though.

    Comment by Anonymous

    I banged ur mommy. u jelly?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:02 01/07/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    pretty much why this place is a hotbed for assholes and scum. its probably just not as bad as 2ch or youtube because its nowhere near as popular, thankfully.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:19 29/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Really? My stuff gets deleted half the time, and it's not like I'm filling it with inane drivel.

    But I am anonymous. That's probably the reason.

    No one will ever see this, I bet.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:37 29/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    What? Comments are disappearing only temporarily for technical reasons?

    Damn, there goes my persecution complex.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:21 29/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    One time i also been in rage but it appears that comments just got lost for like half hour. Not going tell you how hard i get trolled after that.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    09:06 29/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    it's either delete on purpose of by fail, sometimes i notice 4 comments on new post, then bam, it's all gone as if it's never been there. Also this moderation is eternal.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    03:38 29/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Probably just lost in limbo. That happens sometimes. Check again a couple of days or a week later and your comment will be there alright.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:34 29/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't believe I've seen any comments deleted on here before. I admit I've trolled because it seems most other people do too.

    Comment by Anonymous

    @Chen-04

    "somewhat relevant news"

    yeah like getting butt hurt about K-on and latter admit that you like his shity hentai
    you hypocrite jerk

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:50 30/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    @3:47

    -0.4 means 2 people downvoted you. Chen is only one guy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:04 01/07/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    13:44 30/06/2014 (-0.2)<---WTF??

    i see what you did there downvoter

    Comment by Anonymous

    downvote me won't save you sucker

    Comment by Anonymous

    @03:50

    or probably he's got more than one computer to beging with

    Comment by Anonymous

    "Bad (-0.4)"

    "Bad (-0.2)"

    @Chen-04

    why are you such a pussy full of sand?

    that is so weak and pathetic not to mention the fact that you have and arrogant attitude

    K-on wanker fan boy

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:36 30/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    erm yeah, back then sankaku was doing clickbaits with seiyuu's pussy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:59 28/06/2014 # ! Good (+0.8)

    "They quizzed 200 young men in their twenties on such pressing matters as “what is your favourite mobile suit?”"

    200 respondents is statistically 'extremely' small compared to large proportion of targeted Japanese demographics.

    Should take around five to ten-fold to ensure their survey is statistically significant and reputable. One more thing - are they picked the sample in truly random manner?

    In the end - if your survey sample is too small, then your argument is invalid.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:02 29/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    You kidding me? Dude at their 20s not knowing about gundam? I am 2x and everyone around me from different part of the world knows about Gundam....well except one or 2 dude but 51%? Gundam Seed, 00, unicorn and AGE or even the buildfighter... they should have heard at least one of them. I am not even asking them to identify RX-78 or zaku II. If this is true, I believe more people don't know about Obama than Gundam and I am not even joking.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:06 29/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I know right, what the hell man? I knew about Gundam when I was five and that was 15 years ago.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:27 29/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    100% if you ask ppl from gundam store

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:47 29/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    200 isn't the big problem, it's how those 200 got picked. Sample size is just a way to increase the probability of having a sample that accurately represents the population in regard to the property that is to be observed.

    When you take most of those 200 from a shopping mall at 10AM for example, you're probably not gonna have a sample that represents the male population of all of Japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:07 29/06/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    The problem is the world's technological growth has halted. When Gundam was big back in the day, society was constantly making advances in technological marvels we were trying to make it to space, stuff at that level captivated us. Now technology advances seem to have come to a halt and no one has any interest in pursuing robotics. I checked on neo gentronyx that guy hasn't posted an update since 2011 and he stopped working on the gundam well before hand. When were trying to better our technology again I'm sure gundam will come back. Might I also remind more factual evidence is we were also sci fi heavy Cowboy Bebop, Tenchi Muyo, Outlaw Star, Ghost in the shell, Evangelion they were all big when technology advancements were booming.

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    Comment by Erranty
    05:26 29/06/2014 # ! Good (+0.4)

    With current media coverage obsessing over major crimes and the lives of famous people it's no wonder society's in decline.

    Our technological advancements are becoming consumer products instead of reaching for new achievements in human history.

    We haven't put a colony on the moon, we're not expecting a manned mission to Mars till 2026 with a more realistic projection of 2040.

    We're continuously becoming overpopulated and underpaid. Being told we need things we can't afford. And nothing's changing in a way to make any of this easier, only worse.

    It's no wonder we're forgetting about wonderful idea, we're too grounded and worried about ourselves making it to the next meal to think about it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:31 30/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    This

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    Comment by Dark Mage
    03:42 29/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It seems much of the world has forgotten how to dream.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:40 29/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Dreaming is badthought, citizen. Dreaming means wanting things better which means things not being equal which is raciss and sexiss and evil. You don't want to be evil, do you citizen? Stop dreaming and be equal like all the rest.

    Or else.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:24 29/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Seriously? Think about your computer. Compare a $400 crappy computer in Walmart and some $2000+ computer just 10 years ago. How about your tablets, smartphones.. yes PDA existed back in 10 yrs ago... how about 3D printers and scanners that everyone can purchase? How about the monitors that can only be 5mm or less thickness for desktop computer and LCDs modules that only 2mm or less thickness and run in color with very high resolution and ppi? I personally make robots at home but the thing is that people dont make giant ass robot not because we cannot, it is because it makes no sense to make one while one single round from a tank can blow up an entire building. In fact, our technology in term of robotics has advanced beyond what the original gundam author had predicted... Google boston dynamic Petman and Big dog. They are so smart that you dont need a person to control them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:17 29/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    no, we cant build robots the size of gundams and have them move the way they do in the shows, it isnt physically possible. we simply dont have a material for the job that can handle it, keeping the robot light enough while remaining strong enough. steel doesnt even come close to the job. to have a giant robot that can jump above its knees, we need to invent a new material. we DO have some new materials coming along quite well that blow steel out of the water, so that problem might go away pretty soon (also allowing us to make space elevators because hell yeah). the next problem is power. something that big that needs to move that fast, carry additional weight for weapons, requires an enormous amount of power. it needs a nuclear reactor installed on it, its the only way to get enough power, a diesel engine aint gonna cut it, but the problem with nuclear is we need to make it tiny to fit inside the machine. a traditional light water reactor sure isnt going to do the job. we get a lot closer with reactors using molten salt (thorium reactors), which can be much smaller as they are much more stable, so i dont know on that one. you couldnt really call the reactor small, but maybe? i would assume it would need to be scaled down even further, but that is assumption not fact. need an engineer to answer that question i suppose

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:22 05/03/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think "giant robots" could potentially work in some form, but probably not as bipedal humanoids. That's not exactly an efficient shape for something ten or twenty or more meters tall. Even with materials strong enough to keep them from collapsing under their own weight, physics would dictate that they would be quite slow and cumbersome, more like how BattleMechs perform in MechWarrior rather than what you typically see in anime.

    The various spider-like tanks from the Ghost In The Shell series would probably be a more realistic example of what functional legged battle tanks could be like. They're shorter and supported by additional appendages to keep them stable. Something like those could probably be constructed within the near future as well.

    As for the jumping, flying, sword-wielding mecha seen most often in anime, those would likely only be possible if some kind of "physics-defying" technology were available. I suppose if an anime has things like zero-gravity hover engines, faster-than-light travel and energy shields, it's not too much of a stretch to believe that similar technology could be integrated throughout a giant bipedal robot as well.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:04 29/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Technology is still pressing ahead, rather quickly at that. There is however a level of marketing towards the masses with any of it that dumbs it all down(new phone features are an easy example). Still hoping for fusion power before 2030.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    03:09 29/06/2014 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    It's not that technical growth has halted, it's just at our fingertips. We don't have to dream about it anymore. It's there.

    (Also, most of us realized that giant robots are stupid.)

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:00 29/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Giant Robots are awesome.
    It's just the ridiculousness that's getting more and more exaggerated because you want to trump the previous generation.

    eg in Gundam00 it seems like they're outputting new models every two weeks. a few dozen special machines with different abilities made in a year.
    A complex machine takes years to develop then building a prototype takes almost another year. Then testing will probably take a year until all bugs are ironed out and safety can be guaranteed. In the meantime mass production lines are prepared, etc.

    Another thing: One Mobile suit wielding a weapon that decimates a whole fleet is way too unrealistic. Weapon output comes with the sheer size of the energy container, which makes it impossible for one single unit to carry.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:40 29/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Just make a fucking flying machine with a gun. Why does it need to be shaped like a human?

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    Comment by Octopi
    13:45 29/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    so an atomic bomb anime would be cooler, because it's practical?

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    Comment by Chen-04
    07:48 29/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Problem with giant robots
    they're either unrealistic. And there are cooler unrealistic things to make an anime about.

    or they're just plain unpractical and easily defeated by weapons that are more practical. (That is if the show is unrealistical enough to allow them to support their own goddamn weight on two feets.)

    Comment by Anonymous

    "(Also, most of us realized that giant robots are stupid.)"
    "And there are cooler unrealistic things to make an anime about."

    Jesus H Christ, get some taste.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Its not really unrealistic when they have the firepower and mobility they do.

    Comment by Anonymous

    @Octopi

    so that include that rape & murder in anime would be cooler,because it's practical also?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:03 29/06/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Don't know what Gundam is?
    This is a good sign.
    Now if only they could do same with Naruto.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    03:21 29/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Wow, that name takes me back. Are there still Naruto-Fans out there?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:35 29/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Never ceases to amaze me at how I laugh everytime someone calls Gundam Seed Destiny a good show.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:48 28/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Gundam a shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:02 29/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gundammit Jim,you need a doctor not a mechanic!

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:43 28/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I blame AGE.

    A couple of years ago i went back and watched all gundam series (Since i had only seen seed0) from 0079 to age

    and boy was it enlightening.

    But honestly i think the bad outweighs the good in the gundam series.

    I hear people talk about how amazing 0079 was, and it was pretty good, but the kids ruin it for me, they are just so damn annoying. G gundam is worse but i don't even consider it gundam, replace them with giant monsters and you wouldn't be able to tell the difference.

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    Comment by Octopi
    13:50 29/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I saw Gundam Z and I loved, but i couldn't finih ZZ for similar reasons, so I understand your point.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:46 29/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I always sleep when I try Gundam ZZZ

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:53 28/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gundam AGE isn't as bad as people say it is. Not the best series but a lot better than Seed Destiny.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:57 30/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Na Seed destiny is better.

    If you ignore shin...

    Just fast forward everytime he appears and the series gets exponentially better.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:21 29/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gundam AGE will fade into obscurity as it will never be dubbed. Sadly, dubs, shit as they are, drastically increase a shows popularity.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    03:15 29/06/2014 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Better than shit isn't saying much.

    Comment by Anonymous

    @Chen-04

    you clean the toilet with that mouth?







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