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Animanga in the News: 2/9/11

+ posted by saladesu in Anime/Manga News on Feb 10, 2011 04:08
Here you will find a run down of today's anime and manga news! If anything sent waves through the anime and manga world today, you'll find it in this post! By the way, I'm saladesu, one of the translator-moderators of MH, and I'll be posting a post like this every day (as much as possible, anyway). Look forward to them ;)

If you would like to help in finding and translating news of this nature, please contact saladesu via PM ^^ Feel free to PM me any interesting bits of anime or manga news you find floating around the internet, too.

ONE PIECE More Popular with Adults than Kids

88% of people who buy One Piece manga are above 19; 13% are above 50

NHK's news program "Close Up on the Modern Times" did a special on Oda Eiichirou's hit manga "ONE PIECE" on the 9th of February, titled "Manga 'One Piece' - Secrets to being a Mega Hit". It aired at 19:30-19:56 hours.

The program talked about how ONE PIECE was well-loved by people of all ages, from young kids to adults. There are mothers who have become so passionate about the series, they're more into it than their kids. It appears there are even many salarymen who consider ONE PIECE such a precious treasure to them, it's like their bible for work. Umaba Nobuhiko from Konan Women's University Literature Department also makes an appearance, and analyzed from various angles the "strong bonds" between the characters of ONE PIECE who have continued to keep their firm hold on readers' hearts for years.

The show also revealed that of the people who buy the ONE PIECE volumes, only 12% are aged between 1 and 18 years of age. 43% are aged between 19 and 29, 32% are aged between 30 and 49, while those aged 50 and above made up and impressive 13%.

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#1. by Zeltrax ()
Posted on Feb 10, 2011
Thanks, and I think I can show this page to whoever dares to say that One Piece is for kids.
#2. by molokidan (Hidden Boss ΣΣ(゚Д゚;)ナヌッ)
Posted on Feb 10, 2011
I think this is a bit skewed. If it was possible to find out WHEN these people became interested in One Piece and started reading it, the results would be more accurate. But obviously people who like manga and started reading One Piece in their teens, when it began, are going to be in the around 30 age range by now.

But it's good to know that good manga is making the news these days.
#3. by R4n ()
Posted on Feb 10, 2011
...what about people from age 13-18? o__o

Molokidan make a very good point. I got to know OP for the first time when i was 14-15. Now i am already in my 20s. Same with Meitantei Conan where i first read it since i was 9 years old.
#4. by njt (Last Boss ♪~( ̄。 ̄))
Posted on Feb 10, 2011
Hmmm these days the news is littered with One Piece :p. I want to see more news about other manga too :D (not that I don't like OP news, just saying :p)
#5. by frostious ()
Posted on Feb 10, 2011
The 12% is made up of people aged 1 - 18 years, not 1 - 12.

Also, "they're more into it than their kids", not "their", as well as "such a precious treasure to them", not "previous".

And I agree with Molokidan, but it also says something about the series that people who started reading it as kids are still sticking with it despite becoming adults.
#6. by benelori (The Hero MH Deserves)
Posted on Feb 10, 2011
Well I guess that 88% percent go to the original fans who were still kids when they started the manga...this is impressive though
#7. by saladesu (in absentia)
Posted on Feb 10, 2011
Sorry for the typos people... This is what I get for translating half asleep and with one eye swollen shut (it's better now) ><

There's also the possibility that these adults are buying the manga for their kids... But there was a survey in the past that placed OP as the #1 favourite manga for people of all ages and across both genders. I can't remember where I read that though.

Looking at the drastic rise in popularity of OP, I would think many of these people are actually new fans and not people who have simply been following since they were teens.
#8. by juUnior ()
Posted on Feb 10, 2011
Really impressive, yeah <3
#9. by mikkih (Translator/Moderator)
Posted on Feb 10, 2011
Those (%) numbers do not mean much. Reading and buying are 2 separate things. When you are 20 yr plus, you would naturally have more money to spend than 13 year olds. Have you heard the word called "大人買い(Otona-gai /Adult-buying" ? Adults can afford to buy many volumes in a single purchase. (You will get some volume discounts as well.) Besides, I would expect ages 1-18 to buy weekly magazines over volumes so that they can read the newest episodes.
#10. by DLord.Van.Buuren ()
Posted on Feb 11, 2011
Yeah, take that narutards and bitchards

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