Results for
Ru's 10th Annual Anime Fan Survey
September 2007

These results can also be found at:

http://members.shaw.ca/ru.igarashi/Surveys/fans/fan0709/results.html

Other questionnaire results, highlights, and analyses can be found at:

http://members.shaw.ca/ru.igarashi/Surveys/fans/results.html

For each question, I've tabulated the raw count and the percentage of total returns for each of the possible responses. I've added a "blank" entry to round out the totals. Some questions had multiple responses, so don't expect all tallies to come to 100%.

Enjoy.

Number of returns: 776


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Part A. Time as a Fan

A1. How long have you been a fan of anime?
    0   0% I was just introduced this month
    3   0% less than 6 months
    6   1% 6 months to 1 year
   33   4% 1 to 2 years
  136  18% 3 to 5 years
  319  41% 6 to 10 years
  204  26% 11 to 20 years
   55   7% 21 to 30 years
   19   2% more than 30 years
    1   0% blank
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  776 100% total
A2. How old were you when you became a fan?
  198  26% less than 12 years
  240  31% 12 to 15 years
  143  18% 16 to 18 years
  126  16% 19 to 25 years
   28   4% 26 to 30 years
   21   3% 31 to 40 years
   17   2% 41 to 60 years
    1   0% over 60 years
    2   0% blank
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  776 100% total
A3. What degree of anime fandom would you say you are at?
   73   9% Rabid, e.g. all free time and money into it
  468  60% Big fan, e.g. dedicate a fair amount of time and resources
  212  27% Moderate fan, e.g. dedicate some time and resources
   20   3% Casual fan, e.g. enjoy it but don't go out of way for it
    2   0% Only incidentally interested, e.g. take it or leave it
    1   0% blank
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  776 100% total
A4. Would you classify yourself an otaku?
  331  43% yes
  339  44% no
   99  13% not sure
    3   0% what is an otaku?
    4   1% blank
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  776 100% total
A5. How were you introduced to anime when you became a fan?
  175  23% A friend or family member showed me some anime
    9   1% A club showing
  442  57% TV broadcast
   48   6% Video rental or loan (e.g. out of curiosity)
    6   1% A public (other than club) showing (e.g. theater)
   12   2% Saw some material from WWW sites/newsgroups/internet.
    3   0% Saw a demo at a store or rental shop
   11   1% At a convention/conference
   19   2% Purchase without preview (e.g. out of curiosity)
    2   0% Saw a demo in other media
   16   2% Through video games (either based on anime or in anime style)
    4   1% from a streaming video WWW site
   12   2% from download off internet (e.g. WWW site, newsgroup)
   16   2% other
    1   0% blank
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  776 100% total
A6. How do you USUALLY get a FIRST full length viewing of an anime title?
  273  35% At home on TV broadcasts
  155  20% At home on rented media
  118  15% At home on borrowed media
  446  57% At home on my own video media
   21   3% At a friend's or relative's home on TV broadcasts
   14   2% At a friend's or relative's home on rented media
   31   4% At a friend's or relative's home on borrowed media
  100  13% At a friend's or relative's home on his/her own video media
  118  15% At an anime club
  106  14% At a convention/conference
   74  10% At movie theaters
   15   2% At stores that show demos
  167  22% from streaming video WWW site
  502  65% download off internet (e.g. WWW site, newsgroup)
   38   5% other
    2   0% blank
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  2180 281% total
A7. How many anime TITLES (a series counts as one title) do you estimate you have watched at least part of?
    0   0% none
    5   1% 10 or less
   25   3% 11 to 20
   74  10% 21 to 40
  119  15% 41 to 80
  130  17% 81 to 120
  104  13% 121 to 160
   52   7% 161 to 200
   64   8% 201 to 250
  116  15% 251 to 500
   59   8% 501 to 1000
   27   3% more than 1000
    1   0% blank
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  776 100% total
A8. Of the number of titles you have watched at least part of, how much do you estimate you have watched to the end (or as much as was produced or available)?
    1   0% none
   56   7%  1 - 20%
   83  11% 21 - 40%
  189  24% 41 - 60%
  250  32% 61 - 80%
  192  25% 81 - 100%
    5   1% blank
  -------
  776 100% total
A9. Of the number TITLES you have watched, how much do you estimate you actually like enough to buy (or wish you could buy)?
    4   1% none
  138  18%  1 - 20%
  160  21% 21 - 40%
  166  21% 41 - 60%
  199  26% 61 - 80%
  100  13% 81 - 100%
    9   1% blank
  -------
  776 100% total
A10. Of the number TITLES you have watched, how much do you estimate you actually like but not enough to buy (or wish you could buy)?
   35   5% none
  244  31%  1 - 20%
  227  29% 21 - 40%
  145  19% 41 - 60%
   92  12% 61 - 80%
   29   4% 81 - 100%
    4   1% blank
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  776 100% total
A11. How much anime video do you watch?
    2   0% none
   29   4% up to 2 hours a month
   57   7% up to 2 hours every 2 weeks
  133  17% up to 2 hours a week
  305  39% up to 2 hours every 3 days (or 5 hours a week)
  172  22% up to 2 hours a day 
   73   9% more than 2 hours a day
    5   1% blank
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  776 100% total
A12. How much non-anime video (e.g. TV, rentals) do you watch?
   21   3% never
   61   8% up to 2 hours a month
   64   8% up to 2 hours every 2 weeks
  135  17% up to 2 hours a week
  214  28% up to 2 hours every 3 days (or 5 hours a week)
  161  21% up to 2 hours a day 
  117  15% more than 2 hours a day
    3   0% blank
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  776 100% total
A13. What main genres do you generally enjoy watching the most in anime?
  626  81% comedy
  538  69% drama
  399  51% romance (e.g. icky kissy stuff)
  338  44% suspense / thriller (e.g. Hitchcock)
  223  29% horror (e.g. Edgar Allen Poe)
  319  41% mystery (e.g. detective stories)
  574  74% action (e.g. shoot-outs, combat)
  593  76% adventure (e.g. epics)
   42   5% biography
  341  44% historical fiction / alternate history
  597  77% science fiction
  528  68% swords and sorcery ("fantasy")
  161  21% erotica
   40   5% other (Specify):
    2   0% blank
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  5321 686% total
A14. What sub-genres do you generally enjoy watching the most in anime?
  377  49% mecha
  522  67% slice-of-life
  116  15% sports
  480  62% romantic comedy (I know, but there's so much of it)
  164  21% espionage
  461  59% supernatural (e.g. vampires, demons)
  158  20% musician
  312  40% girls-with-guns
  364  47% space opera
  307  40% ninja
  373  48% samurai
  283  36% political thriller / intrigue
  160  21% cops-and-robbers
  473  61% bizarre / experimental (e.g. FLCL, Serial Experiments Lain)
  424  55% parody
  263  34% harem (e.g. Tenchi Muyo)
   50   6% other (Specify):
    3   0% blank
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  5290 682% total
A15. There are also Japanese categories for different types of anime, mostly based on manga categories. What Japanese genres do you generally enjoy watching in anime?
  558  72% shounen
  496  64% shoujo
  379  49% seinen
  205  26% josei
  380  49% mecha
  103  13% sentai
  297  38% mahou shoujo
  213  27% moe
  187  24% shoujo-ai
  165  21% shounen-ai
  125  16% yaoi
  187  24% yuri
  151  19% hentai
   14   2% other (Specify):
   27   3% blank
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  3487 449% total
A16. There are other Japanese categories, but how much of all of the ones listed above did you know the definitions of before starting this questionnaire?
    9   1% none
  147  19% some
  284  37% most
  335  43% all
    1   0% blank
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  776 100% total
A17. What type of episode format do you like most for anime series?
    2   0% strictly episodic (no story carry-over between episodes)
   47   6% episodic but with a background thread or incidental relationships
   95  12% episodic with mini-arcs (groupings of related episodes)
  331  43% fully involved story arc
  290  37% It doesn't matter to me
    9   1% I don't know
    2   0% blank
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  776 100% total
A18. While you watch (not after watching) anime that you like, what aspect of the show do you find yourself typically appreciating the MOST?
  263  34% plot or basic story
   18   2% screenplay, dialog
  106  14% screenplay, story development
  162  21% screenplay, character development
    2   0% screenplay, other (Specify):
   19   2% voice acting or direction
   10   1% direction (e.g. camera angles, cuts)
   50   6% animation (e.g. fluidity)
   54   7% character design
    7   1% mechanical design
   33   4% artwork (e.g. backgrounds, colour use)
   14   2% music
   12   2% other (Specify):
   25   3% not sure
    1   0% blank
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  776 100% total
A19. While you watch (not after watching) anime that you like, what other aspects of the show do you find yourself typically appreciating a lot?
  490  63% plot or basic story
  348  45% screenplay, dialog
  464  60% screenplay, story development
  452  58% screenplay, character development
    7   1% screenplay, other (Specify):
  423  55% voice acting or direction
  245  32% direction (e.g. camera angles, cuts)
  532  69% animation (e.g. fluidity)
  512  66% character design
  211  27% mechanical design
  491  63% artwork (e.g. backgrounds, colour use)
  563  73% music
    8   1% other (Specify):
    3   0% not sure
    4   1% blank
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  4753 612% total
A20. AFTER you have watched an anime show, what aspects of the show do you find yourself typically appreciating more than during viewing?
  425  55% plot or basic story
  134  17% screenplay, dialog
  350  45% screenplay, story development
  355  46% screenplay, character development
   12   2% screenplay, other (Specify):
  178  23% voice acting or direction
  167  22% direction (e.g. camera angles, cuts)
  213  27% animation (e.g. fluidity)
  240  31% character design
  118  15% mechanical design
  242  31% artwork (e.g. backgrounds, colour use)
  382  49% music
    4   1% other (Specify):
   59   8% not sure
    7   1% blank
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  2886 372% total
A21. When you find you don't like an anime show, what aspect do you most often find is the cause or is most closely associated with the cause?
  456  59% plot or basic story
   19   2% screenplay, dialog
  111  14% screenplay, story development
   67   9% screenplay, character development
    6   1% screenplay, other (Specify):
   21   3% voice acting or direction
    5   1% direction (e.g. camera angles, cuts)
   19   2% animation (e.g. fluidity)
   32   4% character design
    0   0% mechanical design
    9   1% artwork (e.g. backgrounds, colour use)
    2   0% music
   14   2% other (Specify):
   12   2% not sure
    3   0% blank
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  776 100% total
A22. When you find you don't like an anime show, what other aspects do you often find is the cause or is most closely associated with the cause?
  408  53% plot or basic story
  292  38% screenplay, dialog
  448  58% screenplay, story development
  425  55% screenplay, character development
   16   2% screenplay, other (Specify):
  276  36% voice acting or direction
  131  17% direction (e.g. camera angles, cuts)
  310  40% animation (e.g. fluidity)
  310  40% character design
   52   7% mechanical design
  198  26% artwork (e.g. backgrounds, colour use)
  111  14% music
   13   2% other (Specify):
   18   2% not sure
    1   0% blank
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  3009 388% total
A23. How many anime fans do you personally have frequent face-to-face contact with (outside of a club)?
  135  17% none
  235  30% 1 to 2
  233  30% 3 to 5
  115  15% 6 to 10
   24   3% 11 to 20
   32   4% more than 20
    2   0% blank
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  776 100% total
A24. What percentage of your acquaintances (e.g. people at work, folks at the grocery store you are on first name basis with) would you guess are what you consider anime fans?
  154  20% none of them
  413  53% 1 to 10% of them
  117  15% 11 to 30% of them
   55   7% 31 to 50% of them
   21   3% 51 to 70% of them
   11   1% 71 to 90% of them
    3   0% all of them
    2   0% blank
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  776 100% total
A25. Do you like interacting with other anime fans?
  401  52% yes
   45   6% no
  326  42% not sure / sometimes
    4   1% blank
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  776 100% total

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Part B. Associated Activities

B1. How many different hardcopy anime fan magazine titles do you regularly buy, read, look through, or subscribe to?
  442  57% none
  175  23% one
   95  12% two
   58   7% 3 to 5
    6   1% more than 5
    0   0% blank
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  776 100% total
B2. How many different anime fan web magazine titles do you regularly read, look through, or subscribe to?
  576  74% none
   77  10% one
   66   9% two
   42   5% 3 to 5
   12   2% more than 5
    3   0% blank
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  776 100% total
B3. How many different anime web news sites do you regularly read or browse?
   41   5% none
  184  24% one
  243  31% two
  236  30% 3 to 5
   71   9% more than 5
    1   0% blank
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  776 100% total
B4. How many anime conventions per year do you usually attend?
  386  50% none
  223  29% one
   91  12% two
   53   7% 3 to 5
   23   3% more than 5
    0   0% blank
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  776 100% total
B5. Have you ever volunteered at an anime convention?
  125  16% yes
  649  84% no
    2   0% blank
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  776 100% total
B6. Do you do any regular anime-related volunteer work (e.g. organize an anime convention, fan club organizer)?
   80  10% yes
  619  80% no
   76  10% on occasion rather than "regularly"
    1   0% blank
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  776 100% total
B7. Are you often a panel member, judge, or host at cons you attend?
   40   5% yes
  710  91% no
   26   3% on occasion rather than "often"
    0   0% blank
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  776 100% total
B8. Do you write anime fanfic or anime-related fan manga?
  145  19% yes
  629  81% no
    2   0% blank
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  776 100% total
B9. Do you read anime fanfic or anime-related fan manga?
  358  46% yes
  414  53% no
    4   1% blank
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  776 100% total
B10. Do you make graphical anime fan art (e.g. drawings)
  175  23% yes
  598  77% no
    3   0% blank
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  776 100% total
B11. Does some of your graphical anime fan art end up in your space at work (e.g. office, cubicle)?
   37   5% yes
  200  26% no
   78  10% I don't have an appropriate space at work
  459  59% I don't do graphical fan anime art
    2   0% blank
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  776 100% total
B12. Do you have any kind of anime paraphernalia in your space at work?
  240  31% yes
  240  31% no
  247  32% I don't have an appropriate space at work
   46   6% I don't have anime paraphernalia
    3   0% blank
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  776 100% total
B13. Do you make music videos?
   95  12% yes
  680  88% no
    1   0% blank
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  776 100% total
B14. Do you write anime-related computer programs or similar (e.g. C++, ADA, Java, Perl, PHP) as a fan?
   35   5% yes
  735  95% no
    6   1% blank
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  776 100% total
B15. Do you publish (e.g. in news groups, web sites, conventions) some of your fan art (fiction or graphics)?
  130  17% yes
  233  30% no
  412  53% I don't create fan art
    1   0% blank
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  776 100% total
B16. Have you participated in Cosplay?
  202  26% yes
  570  73% no
    1   0% what is Cosplay?
    3   0% blank
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  776 100% total
B17. If you play a musical instrument, do you play anime music, at least for fun?
  176  23% yes
  226  29% no
  372  48% I don't play any musical instruments
    2   0% blank
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  776 100% total
B18. Do you belong to a band or group (or even solo) that performs a lot of anime music?
    4   1% yes
  769  99% no
    3   0% blank
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  776 100% total
B19. Do you build anime-related model kits (e.g. plastic models, resin models)?
  176  23% yes
  597  77% no (skip to Question B23)
    3   0% blank
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  776 100% total
B20. If you build model kits, what skill level do you consider yourself at (for the type you are best at)?
   67   9% novice
   89  11% intermediate
   18   2% expert
    6   1% I don't build model kits
  596  77% blank
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  776 100% total
B21. Do you make your own custom built anime-related models?
   13   2% yes
  165  21% no
  598  77% blank
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  776 100% total
B22. Do some of your finished kits end up in your space (e.g desk, cubicle) at work?
   29   4% yes
   70   9% no
   76  10% I don't have an appropriate space at work
    6   1% I don't build model kits
  595  77% blank
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  776 100% total
B23. Do you carry anime soundtrack CDs/music around (e.g. to work, to school) with you?
  567  73% yes
  170  22% no
   33   4% I don't have anime soundtrack CDs/music.
    6   1% blank
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  776 100% total
B24. What percentage of music that you listen to is anime soundtrack music?
   12   2% 100%
  103  13% 80 - 99%
  113  15% 60 - 80%
  152  20% 40 - 60%
  181  23% 20 - 40%
  185  24%  1 - 19%
   29   4% I don't listen to anime soundtrack music
    1   0% blank
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  776 100% total
B25. Do you listen to J-Pop/J-Rock besides anime-related music?
  533  69% yes
  240  31% no
    3   0% blank
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  776 100% total
B26. Do you collect J-Pop/J-Rock besides anime-related music?
  362  47% yes
  413  53% no
    1   0% blank
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  776 100% total
B27. Do you read manga (in Japanese or translated)?
  717  92% yes
   57   7% no (skip to Question B33)
    2   0% blank
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  776 100% total
B28. If you read manga, which statement most closely describes the general relationship with your interest in anime?
   92  12% manga drives my interest in anime
  228  29% anime drives my interest in manga
  397  51% my interest in anime and manga are mostly independent
    0   0% I have no interest in manga
   59   8% blank
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  776 100% total
B29. If you read manga, and if there are anime and manga versions of the same title, which most closely describes your interests?
  104  13% the manga version drives my interest in the anime version
  198  26% the anime version drives my interest in the manga version
  290  37% half the time it's one way, half the time the other
  125  16% my interests in the two are mostly independent
    1   0% I have no interest in manga
   58   7% blank
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  776 100% total
B30. If you read manga, and if there are anime and manga versions of the same title, but the producers of the anime added a new set of stories instead of following the manga, how pleased are you with that decision, generally?
   17   2% ecstatic
   78  10% pretty pleased
  418  54% it doesn't really matter to me
  182  23% not really pleased
   23   3% extremely unhappy
    0   0% I have no interest in manga
   58   7% blank
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  776 100% total
B31. If you read manga, and if there are anime and manga versions of the same title, but the producers of the anime changed the stories significantly instead of following the manga, how pleased are you with that decision, generally?
    5   1% ecstatic
   35   5% pretty pleased
  254  33% it doesn't really matter to me
  297  38% not really pleased
  127  16% extremely unhappy
    0   0% I have no interest in manga
   58   7% blank
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  776 100% total
B32. If you read manga, and if there are anime and manga versions of the same title, but the producers of the anime changed the stories just a little, how pleased are you with that decision, generally?
   10   1% ecstatic
  134  17% pretty pleased
  493  64% it doesn't really matter to me
   77  10% not really pleased
    1   0% extremely unhappy
    1   0% I have no interest in manga
   60   8% blank
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  776 100% total
B33. How often do you play video games (console, PC,...)?
   65   8% never (skip to Question B37)
   18   2% once a year
   90  12% once every couple months
   86  11% once every couple weeks
  104  13% once a week (e.g. on weekends)
  188  24% once every couple days
  223  29% daily
    2   0% blank
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  776 100% total
B34. If you play video games, do you play any that are somehow related to anime (e.g. anime based on game, game based on anime)?
  463  60% yes
  241  31% no (skip to Question B37)
    5   1% I have no interest in (anime) video games
   67   9% blank
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  776 100% total
B35. If you play video games, which statement most closely describes the general relationship with your interest in anime?
   10   1% video games drives my interest in anime
   62   8% anime drives my interest in video games
  391  50% my interest in anime and video games are mostly independent
    7   1% I have no interest in (anime) video games
  306  39% blank
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  776 100% total
B36. If you play video games, and if there are anime and video games versions of the same title, which most closely describes your interests?
   16   2% the video games version drives my interest in the anime version
  195  25% the anime version drives my interest in the video games version
   77  10% half the time it's one way, half the time the other
  175  23% my interests in the two are mostly independent
   10   1% I have no interest in (anime) video games
  303  39% blank
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  776 100% total
B37. If you had other pastimes or hobbies (e.g. carpentry, collecting) before you got interested in anime, how has anime impacted those other pastimes?
  224  29% pastimes were not affected
  300  39% pastimes were somewhat affected
  138  18% pastimes were affected a lot
   24   3% I no longer have any other pastime
   31   4% I never had other pastimes
   58   7% I don't remember / I'm not sure
    1   0% blank
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  776 100% total
B38. What currently is the relationship of most of your other pastimes to your anime activities?
  125  16% current pastimes revolve around anime
  347  45% current pastimes are somewhat independent of anime
  281  36% current pastimes are completely independent of anime
   22   3% I have no other pastime
    1   0% blank
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  776 100% total
B39. Relative to your other pastimes, how much of your resources (e.g. time, money) do you estimate anime consumes?
   15   2% 100%
  126  16% 80 - 99%
  176  23% 60 - 79%
  191  25% 40 - 59%
  158  20% 20 - 39%
   97  12%  1 - 19%
   11   1% none
    2   0% blank
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  776 100% total
B40. Are you professionally involved (paid) in the anime industry, for example, voice actor, producer, translator?
   21   3% yes
  753  97% no (skip to Section C)
    2   0% blank
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  776 100% total
B41. If you are professionally involved (paid) in the anime industry, were you a fan of anime before making it part of your profession.
   19   2% yes
    1   0% no
    6   1% I'm not professionally involved
  750  97% blank
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  776 100% total
B42. If you are professionally involved (paid) in the anime industry, do you get or make opportunities to interact with fans?
   18   2% yes
    3   0% no
    5   1% I'm not professionally involved
  750  97% blank
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  776 100% total
B43. If you are professionally involved (paid) in the anime industry and you have interacted with fans, has that encouraged you to continue in the industry?
    4   1% yes, definitely
    2   0% yes, mostly
    6   1% sometimes it has, sometimes not
    0   0% often, not really
    7   1% no, that isn't what encourages me
    2   0% I haven't interacted with fans
    5   1% I'm not professionally involved
  750  97% blank
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  776 100% total

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Part C. Linguistic Fluency

C1. How fluent are you in understanding spoken Japanese?
    5   1% As if it were your native language (or, is your native language)
   58   7% Enough to survive alone in Japan
  131  17% You know a lot but following it is still too difficult.
  351  45% You can understand a few words and phrases of conversation
  205  26% You only know a few words
   26   3% Not a word.
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  776 100% total
C2. How fluent are you in speaking Japanese?
    4   1% As if it were your native language (or, is your native language)
   49   6% Enough to survive alone in Japan
   97  12% You know a lot but speaking it is still too difficult.
  262  34% You can speak a few words and phrases of conversation
  299  39% You only know a few words
   65   8% Not a word
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  776 100% total
C3. How fluent are you in reading Japanese (kanji, hiragana, or katakana)?
    4   1% As if it were your native language (or, is your native language)
   36   5% Enough to survive alone in Japan
  108  14% You can read a few hundred different characters
  139  18% You can read a few words and phrases
  179  23% You only know a few words
  310  40% Not a word.
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  776 100% total
C4. Which Japanese scripts are you fluent in?
   65   8% kanji
  288  37% hiragana
  257  33% katakana
  444  57% blank
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  1054 136% total
C5. What language do you generally watch anime in?
   13   2% untranslated only
   19   2% mostly untranslated
  110  14% some untranslated, some translated (dub or sub)
  217  28% mostly translated (dub or sub)
  416  54% translated (dub or sub) only
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  776 100% total
C6. Have you taken courses (e.g. in classes or in home study) in Japanese as a second (or more) language?
  311  40% yes
  462  60% no (skip to Question C8)
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  776 100% total
C7. If you have taken courses, were any of the following components in the course?
  283  36% verbal or audio
  278  36% text (kanji, katakana, or hiragana)
  222  29% romanized grammar text
  465  60% blank
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  1248 161% total
C8. Regarding your fluency in Japanese, which best characterizes the influence of your interest in anime?
    4   1% was already fluent in Japanese when got interested
   23   3% was already trying to increase fluency when got interested
  457  59% interest in anime started interest in improving fluency
   57   7% interest in fluency and in anime were (nearly) simultaneous
   36   5% interest in fluency started interest in anime
   79  10% there is no influence of one on the other
  113  15% have no interest in fluency
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  776 100% total
C9. Do you own a Japanese-English (or Japanese-other-language) dictionary?
  374  48% yes
  402  52% no
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  776 100% total
C10. Do you own a Kanji dictionary?
  229  30% yes
  545  70% no
    2   0% blank
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  776 100% total
C11. Do you use online Japanese dictionaries?
  448  58% yes
  327  42% no
    1   0% blank
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  776 100% total
C12. Do you use online translation services (e.g. Babel Fish)
  475  61% yes
  296  38% no
    5   1% blank
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  776 100% total
C13. Do you own Japanese translation software (e.g. dictionaries)
  141  18% yes
  634  82% no
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  776 100% total
C14. Do you do translations of Japanese to your native or local language for other people (i.e. a service to others)?
   61   8% yes
  715  92% no
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C15. Some people sometimes find they like to sing along with Opening or Ending theme songs. If you are one of them, which describes your situation most often?
  196  25% I don't sing along
  104  13% I sing along without knowing any of the meaning
   89  11% I can sing parts of it without knowing any of the meaning
  209  27% I sing along while only knowing some of the meaning
  117  15% I can sing parts of it while only knowing some of the meaning
   21   3% I sing along only if I know the meaning
   17   2% I can sing parts of it, and only if I know the meaning
   22   3% I sing along and always know the meaning
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  776 100% total
C16. If you build anime-related model kits, how do you usually deal with the Japanese instructions?
  556  72% I don't build anime-related model kits
   96  12% I don't need to understand the Japanese instructions at all
   63   8% I have to guess at the instructions
    8   1% I look at other's work or ask someone to translate
   27   3% I look up some or all of the instructions in dictionaries
   18   2% I can read the Japanese instructions
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C17. If you collect anime-related CDs, how do you usually deal with the Japanese track listings?
  153  20% I don't collect anime-related CDs
    4   1% I get someone (e.g. friend, family) to translate it for me
  343  44% I look it up online (e.g. CD web sites)
   75  10% I translate it myself with dictionaries
   30   4% I can read them directly
  167  22% I don't bother with the track listings
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Part D. Dub versus Sub

D1. When you BORROW, RENT, or otherwise view translated anime that you don't own, what is your translation preference?
  198  26% demand sub only
  308  40% prefer subs but tolerate dubs
  160  21% have no preference
  104  13% prefer dubs but tolerate subs
    5   1% demand dub only
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D2. If you OWN translated anime, what is your translation preference (when you watch)?
  262  34% sub only
  242  31% mostly subs, but sometimes dubs
  105  14% have no preference
  132  17% mostly dubs, but sometimes subs
   30   4% dub only
    5   1% don't own any anime
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D3. What translation preference do you usually encounter at places you BORROW or RENT translated anime from?
   96  12% subs only
  105  14% mostly subs, some dubs
  344  44% roughly same amount of subs and dubs (e.g. mostly DVD)
   83  11% mostly dubs, some subs
   19   2% dubs only
  125  16% I don't know
    4   1% blank
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  776 100% total
D4. What translation preference do you usually encounter at places you BUY translated anime from?
   82  11% subs only
   78  10% mostly subs, some dubs
  427  55% roughly same amount of subs and dubs (e.g. mostly DVD)
   78  10% mostly dubs, some subs
   31   4% dubs only
   77  10% I don't know
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  776 100% total
D5. Regardless of your preference, how good do you feel the latest commercial subtitling generally is?
   94  12% excellent
  457  59% good
  147  19% fair
   23   3% poor
    4   1% very poor
    8   1% I don't care
   43   6% I don't know
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  776 100% total
D6. Regardless of your preference, how good do you feel the latest commercial dubbing generally is?
   64   8% excellent
  257  33% good
  243  31% fair
   84  11% poor
   53   7% very poor
   38   5% I don't care
   37   5% I don't know
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  776 100% total
D7. How would you compare fan subtitling to commercial subtitling?
  215  28% better
  281  36% about same
  140  18% worse
   38   5% I don't care
  102  13% I don't know
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  776 100% total
D8. How would you characterize the relative degree of contribution of the visual versus audio in the artistry of a video or film?
    2   0% visual 100% audio 0%
  265  34% visual 75% audio 25%
  380  49% visual 50% audio 50%
   12   2% visual 25% audio 75%
    0   0% visual 0% audio 100%
   75  10% undecided
   40   5% I don't care
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D9. How would you characterize the relative degree of contribution of the visual and audio versus writing and direction to the artistry of a video or film?
    1   0% audio-visual 100% writing-direction 0%
   57   7% audio-visual 75% writing-direction 25%
  392  51% audio-visual 50% writing-direction 50%
  204  26% audio-visual 25% writing-direction 75%
    1   0% audio-visual 0% writing-direction 100%
   81  10% undecided
   39   5% I don't care
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Part E. Video Format

E1. What video format do you own anime in?
  416  54% Tape
  122  16% VCD (incl. XVCD and SVCD)
   72   9% LaserDisc
  754  97% DVD
   58   7% High definition DVD (e.g. Blu-ray, HD-DVD)
  576  74% video files on computer storage media
   21   3% other
    2   0% none
    0   0% blank
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  2021 260% total
E2. If you own anime, what video format do you choose the most often (e.g. due to budget constraints) to collect anime in?
    3   0% Tape
    1   0% VCD (incl. XVCD and SVCD)
    1   0% LaserDisc
  581  75% DVD
    3   0% High definition DVD (e.g. Blu-ray, HD-DVD)
  180  23% video files on computer storage media
    0   0% other
    5   1% none
    2   0% blank
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  776 100% total
E3. If you own anime, of the various formats you own, what video format do you prefer (not wish) the most to collect anime in (e.g. limited by your equipment)?
   19   2% Tape
    6   1% VCD (incl. XVCD and SVCD)
    3   0% LaserDisc
  621  80% DVD
   31   4% High definition DVD (e.g. Blu-ray, HD-DVD)
   83  11% video files on computer storage media
    1   0% other
   11   1% none
    1   0% blank
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  776 100% total
E4. If you own anime, what video format do you WISH you could collect anime in (e.g. if you could afford it or had the right equipment for)?
    4   1% Tape
    0   0% VCD (incl. XVCD and SVCD)
    7   1% LaserDisc
  247  32% DVD
  435  56% High definition DVD (e.g. Blu-ray, HD-DVD)
   39   5% video files on computer storage media
    3   0% other
   40   5% none
    1   0% blank
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  776 100% total
E5. If you don't own anime but wish to, what video format would you prefer to collect anime in?
    0   0% Tape
    0   0% VCD (incl. XVCD and SVCD)
    1   0% LaserDisc
  156  20% DVD
   44   6% High definition DVD (e.g. Blu-ray, HD-DVD)
   20   3% video files on computer storage media
    0   0% other
  535  69% none/doesn't apply
   20   3% blank
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  776 100% total
E6. Which video formats does the equipment you own, or share, play?
  534  69% Tape
  339  44% VCD (incl. XVCD and SVCD)
   90  12% LaserDisc
  769  99% DVD
  126  16% High definition DVD (e.g. Blu-ray, HD-DVD)
  679  88% video files on computer storage media
   39   5% other
    1   0% none
    0   0% blank
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  2577 332% total
E7. If you collect anime, is your decision to buy one unit (e.g. one disc) of your preferred format in a series dependent on the distributor releasing the full series in your preferred format?
  429  55% yes
  141  18% no
  183  24% sometimes
   21   3% I don't collect anime
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  776 100% total
E8. Which release version of anime do you collect?
  455  59% only non-Japanese (e.g. English version, French version)
  213  27% mostly non-Japanese, some Japanese domestic
   42   5% some non-Japanese, some Japanese domestic
   25   3% some non-Japanese, mostly Japanese domestic
   18   2% only Japanese domestic
   23   3% I don't collect anime
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  776 100% total
E9. If you have Japanese domestic releases, do you try to also get the non-Japanese version when available?
  107  14% yes
   86  11% no
  123  16% sometimes
  456  59% I don't collect Japanese domestic releases
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  776 100% total
E10. If you collect translated anime, averaged over a year, how many individual units (e.g. tapes, discs, count each disc in a box set separately) do you buy per month.
  181  23% less frequently than one per month
  108  14% one per month
  120  15% two per month
  136  18% three or four per month
  101  13% five to eight per month
   93  12% more than eight per month
   34   4% I don't collect translated anime
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  776 100% total
E11. If you collect Japanese domestic anime, averaged over a year, how many individual units (e.g. tapes, discs, count each disc in a box set separately) do you buy per month.
  228  29% less frequently than one per month
   33   4% one per month
    9   1% two per month
   17   2% three or four per month
    8   1% five to eight per month
   10   1% more than eight per month
  467  60% I don't collect Japanese domestic anime
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  776 100% total
E12. If you collect translated anime, averaged over a year, how much do you PURCHASE from outside your country?
   66   9% 81 - 100%
   25   3% 61 - 80%
   24   3% 41 - 60%
   23   3% 21 - 40%
  152  20%  1 - 20%
  447  58% none
   38   5% I'm not sure
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  776 100% total
E13. How much of the anime you view is comprised of fan subtitled or fan dubbed videos (e.g. at a club or convention)?
  131  17% 81 - 100%
  135  17% 61 - 80%
  121  16% 41 - 60%
   96  12% 21 - 40%
  161  21%  1 - 20%
  116  15% none
   15   2% I don't know
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  776 100% total
E14. On releases with more than one episode per unit (e.g. tape, disc), the ending and opening credits between episodes are sometimes cut and put at the very end of the unit. How would you prefer credits to be handled?
  599  77% leave credits alone
   47   6% cut out intermediate credits and put at end
    9   1% cut out intermediate credits altogether
  104  13% I don't care
   15   2% undecided
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  776 100% total
E15. Similarly, how would you prefer "Next episode" previews to be handled?
  629  81% leave them alone
   20   3% cut them out altogether
   47   6% cut them out and use as Bonus material
   68   9% I don't care
   10   1% undecided
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  776 100% total
E16. Some anime have super-short animated sequences, unrelated to the story at hand, in the middle (e.g. just before and/or after a commercial), called "eyecatches". How would you prefer these to be handled?
  676  87% leave them alone
   15   2% cut them out altogether
   37   5% cut them out and use as Bonus material
   36   5% I don't care
    7   1% undecided
    5   1% blank
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  776 100% total
E17. Sometimes distributors totally replace the original Japanese credits with a translated version. What credit translation strategy do you prefer to see if they do not provide some sort of alternate display?
  269  35% leave Japanese version, roll translation later
  152  20% leave Japanese version, but roll translation in available space
   23   3% leave Japanese version, but roll translation over top
   53   7% overlay or replace Japanese version
   15   2% roll translation, roll Japanese version later
   81  10% roll translation, make Japanese version bonus item
  135  17% I don't care
   25   3% undecided
   23   3% other (Specify):
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  776 100% total
E18. Some video technologies allow for alternate text displays. Assuming the following exist, what credit translation strategy do you prefer to see?
   13   2% totally replace the original Japanese credits
  324  42% use "alternate angle" feature to display choice of language
  244  31% use (switchable) subtitling scheme
  146  19% I don't care
   48   6% undecided
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  776 100% total
E19. Some distributors translate very little of the credits. How much of the original credits do you like to see translated?
   29   4% none
   16   2% just the voice actors
  165  21% voice actors and main creative talent (e.g. directors, music)
  384  49% as much as possible
   22   3% I'm not sure
  159  20% I don't care
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  776 100% total
E20. On versions with a dub, sometimes the attribution of dub actors to the characters is not made. Do you prefer to see which dub actor played each character?
  571  74% yes
   34   4% no
  157  20% I don't care
   11   1% undecided
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  776 100% total
E21. Along with the main feature, some video distributors usually put in previews of other titles in their catalog. Do you like seeing or watching these previews?
  501  65% yes
  123  16% no
   52   7% undecided
   98  13% I don't care
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  776 100% total
E22. Relative to the main feature, when do you prefer seeing or watching these previews?
  112  14% all before the main feature
   69   9% some before and some after the main feature
  372  48% all after the main feature
  117  15% none at all
   39   5% undecided
   66   9% I don't care
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  776 100% total
E23. If you like seeing these previews, how many at a time do you feel is acceptable (summary, rundown, or slide-show presentations count as one)?
   69   9% 1
   68   9% 2
  162  21% 3
  192  25% 4-6
   50   6% more than 6
  226  29% I don't care
    9   1% blank
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  776 100% total
E24. If you like seeing previews, which type of presentation do you like most?
  175  23% music video style (i.e. no voice-over), with semblance of plot
   50   6% music video style (i.e. no voice-over), with random scenes
  197  25% voice-over describing plot
   10   1% other
  216  28% any type will do
  120  15% don't care about previews
    8   1% blank
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  776 100% total
E25. For signs and similar Japanese text graphics in anime, what do you prefer the translating company do?
  520  67% show translation nearby (e.g. below or beside sign)
   17   2% overlay translation (i.e. block out original text)
   68   9% use "alternate angles" (e.g. DVD) or switchable graphics
  130  17% it depends on the situation
   12   2% use "liner notes" (e.g. notes on paper)
    2   0% don't translate at all
   10   1% undecided, still thinking about it
   14   2% it doesn't matter to me
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  776 100% total
E26. Sometimes an anime company will include outtakes (bloopers). Do you like these bonuses?
  557  72% yes
   57   7% no
   76  10% undecided
   84  11% I don't care
    2   0% blank
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  776 100% total
E27. Sometimes an anime company will include interviews with the Japanese voice actors or production staff. Do you like these bonuses?
  617  80% yes
   35   5% no
   42   5% undecided
   77  10% I don't care
    5   1% blank
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  776 100% total
E28. Sometimes an anime company will include interviews with the dub (i.e. not the original) voice actors or production staff. Do you like these bonuses?
  417  54% yes
  143  18% no
   71   9% undecided
  143  18% I don't care
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  776 100% total
E29. Sometimes video releases include production team commentary with the show (usually an episode). Do you like these bonuses?
  527  68% yes
   58   7% no
   81  10% undecided
  106  14% I don't care
    4   1% blank
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  776 100% total
E30. Do you find it strange seeing the real people behind the animated characters (e.g. in photos or interview footage)?
   67   9% yes
  442  57% no
  232  30% sometimes
    5   1% I'm not sure
   28   4% I don't care
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  776 100% total
E31. Sometimes an anime company includes the creditless (textless) version of the opening or ending sequence. Do you like these bonuses being included?
  560  72% yes
   18   2% no
   86  11% sometimes
  105  14% I don't care
    4   1% undecided
    3   0% blank
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  776 100% total
E32. Do you like seeing subtitles of translations of opening and ending songs?
  674  87% yes
   17   2% no
   57   7% sometimes
   24   3% I don't care
    1   0% undecided
    3   0% blank
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  776 100% total
E33. Do you like seeing romaji or transliterated subtitles of opening and ending songs?
  530  68% yes
   53   7% no
   90  12% sometimes
   89  11% I don't care
   13   2% undecided
    1   0% blank
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  776 100% total
E34. Sometimes an anime company includes picture and sketch galleries. Do you like these bonuses being included?
  521  67% yes
   23   3% no
  137  18% sometimes
   86  11% I don't care
    4   1% undecided
    5   1% blank
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  776 100% total
E35. If a picture or sketch gallery is included, which format do you prefer?
  568  73% still frames (which require pressing button for next image)
   76  10% video footage (e.g. images displayed for preset time)
    7   1% other
  101  13% I don't care
   22   3% undecided
    2   0% blank
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  776 100% total
E36. When a picture or sketch gallery is included, some anime companies overlay or frame these on a background. Is this acceptable to you?
  216  28% yes
  124  16% no
  337  43% I don't care
   95  12% undecided
    4   1% blank
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  776 100% total
E37. Some companies include text "liner notes" (either on paper or as screen text). Do you like these?
  622  80% yes
    9   1% no
   78  10% undecided
   62   8% I don't care
    5   1% blank
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  776 100% total
E38. If you like "liner notes", what kind of materials do you like in them?
  609  78% translator's notes
  384  49% production team (e.g. director, writer) comments/interviews
  388  50% character biographies
  388  50% song lyrics
  620  80% cultural notes
  161  21% production credits
  208  27% episode synopses
  375  48% production graphics (e.g. character sketches)
   14   2% other (Specify):
   83  11% I don't care
   17   2% blank
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  3247 418% total
E39. There have been a good number of anime titles broadcast on TV outside of Japan (more in some countries than others). If you have watched some of these broadcasts, how would you generally characterize the degree of changes (i.e. cuts, rewrites, new music)?
   90  12% I haven't seen the original to compare against
   65   8% too many changes to be good
   97  12% many changes, none good
  102  13% many changes, some good
    5   1% many changes, most good
  113  15% a few changes, none good
  112  14% a few changes, some good
   25   3% a few changes, most good
   11   1% very few changes, none good
   40   5% very few changes, good enough
    3   0% not enough changes to be good
  109  14% I haven't seen broadcasts
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Part F. More about DVD

F1. Do you support region locking of DVDs (for example, a lock code for Japan's region would prevent you from playing the DVD on a US player)?
   30   4% yes
  653  84% no
   37   5% undecided
   50   6% I don't care
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F2. Some companies don't allow you to skip logo sequences and other similar trailers (by either using the skip button or the menu button). How do you feel about that?
  486  63% I hate that
  226  29% I don't like that
   33   4% I don't mind that
    9   1% I like that a lot
   17   2% I don't care
    2   0% I don't watch DVDs
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F3. DVDs from some anime companies don't use the viewer's default language settings (usually defaulting to local language dub and no subtitles instead). Would this be acceptable to you?
  169  22% I hate that
  195  25% no
   57   7% yes
    9   1% I like that a lot
   60   8% sometimes
  277  36% I don't care
    3   0% I don't watch DVDs
    6   1% blank
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  776 100% total
F4. Some DVDs have DVD-ROM content/extras that are only accessible by computer DVD drives or similar. Would this be acceptable to you?
   62   8% I hate that
   87  11% no
  183  24% yes
   18   2% I like that a lot
  281  36% sometimes, or it depends on the content
  135  17% I don't care
    3   0% I don't watch DVDs
    7   1% blank
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  776 100% total
F5. Some companies use clear keepcases and show disc info through the case (of the reverse side of the cover). Do you like this?
   12   2% I hate that
   73   9% no
  249  32% yes
   91  12% I like that a lot
  337  43% I don't care
    7   1% I don't buy anime DVDs
    7   1% blank
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  776 100% total
F6. Some anime titles have a special edition release. What kind of bonus or special items do you like these to have, apart from a box to hold the entire series in the case of a series?
  547  70% Second, bonus DVD with extra content or alternate video
  297  38% Single DVD but with more content than standard release
  365  47% T-shirt
  225  29% drink-ware (e.g. glass, mug, shot-glass)
  651  84% CD of soundtrack
  334  43% wall scroll
  355  46% mini-poster
  346  45% postcards or similar picture cards
  364  47% pencil board
  529  68% booklet (more than single folded page, notes, artwork,...)
  405  52% manga
  292  38% pin
  183  24% cap (e.g. baseball or cycling)
  189  24% stationery
  201  26% writing utensil
  410  53% plush doll
  484  62% figurine
  363  47% toy (e.g. spacecraft, robot)
  390  50% keychain, keyring
  103  13% particular item character uses or wears (Specify):
   31   4% Some series get released one disc at a time and then later get
   31   4% blank
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  7070 911% total
F7. Some series get released one disc at a time and then later get a complete boxed set release, or collection release (e.g. multidisc keepcase). In that situation, which of the following best describes or most often describes your buying habit?
  355  46% buy one disc at a time, and don't bother with complete release
   26   3% buy one disc at a time, and replace with complete release
  310  40% buy nothing and hope for a complete release later
   56   7% I don't care
   22   3% I don't buy anime DVDs
    7   1% blank
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  776 100% total
F8. After some time, an anime company will re-release a series yet again as a set in a different package than before with some sort of reduction, for a lower price. What sort of reductions would you prefer if you chose to buy such a set?
  105  14% old disks in multidisc keepcase(s) (otherwise same as old version)
  393  51% old disks in thinpack keepcases (otherwise same as old version)
   30   4% strip extras, more episodes per disc, in multidisc keepcase(s)
   85  11% strip extras, more episodes per disc, in thinpack keepcases
   12   2% other (Specify):
   75  10% I'm not sure
   71   9% I wouldn't be interested
    5   1% blank
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  776 100% total
F9. Some people have suggested box set releases that only contain one disc (to be filled with later purchases) should come at the 2nd or subsequent volume, rather than the first, so that people can use the first volume to decide whether to invest in the box. Would this be acceptable to you?
  284  37% very much so
  251  32% yes, mostly
   31   4% no, mostly
   24   3% I hate the idea
  165  21% I don't care
   16   2% I don't buy anime DVDs
    5   1% blank
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  776 100% total
F10. What kind of box do you MOST prefer to hold a series?
  342  44% cardboard, open on front
   31   4% cardboard, open on front with hinged front "door"
   38   5% cardboard, open on front with wrap-around sleeve/cover
    8   1% cardboard, open on top with small lid
    8   1% cardboard, small bottom tray, large top slipcover
    0   0% cardboard, lunchbox style
   35   5% metal, open on front
   52   7% metal, open on front with hinged front "door"
   16   2% metal, open on top with small or sliding or hinged lid
    3   0% metal, lunchbox style
   14   2% other
  110  14% not sure
  113  15% I don't care about a box
    6   1% blank
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  776 100% total
F11. What kind of box do you LEAST prefer to hold a series?
   40   5% cardboard, open on front
   20   3% cardboard, open on front with hinged front "door"
   28   4% cardboard, open on front with wrap-around sleeve/cover
   45   6% cardboard, open on top with small lid
   63   8% cardboard, small bottom tray, large top slipcover
   70   9% cardboard, lunchbox style
   12   2% metal, open on front
   14   2% metal, open on front with hinged front "door"
   15   2% metal, open on top with small or sliding or hinged lid
  110  14% metal, lunchbox style
   32   4% other
  217  28% not sure
  103  13% I don't care about a box
    7   1% blank
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  776 100% total
F12. What is your first and foremost requirement for a box that holds a series?
  102  13% unique appearance
  407  52% good artwork
  127  16% access to disks directly from shelf
   47   6% other (Specify):
   87  11% I don't care about a box
    6   1% blank
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  776 100% total
F13. Some box sets come with a sleeve that wraps around and slides off. For those, if you had to get the sleeve, which material would you prefer?
  129  17% cardboard or thick paper with artwork
  349  45% transparent plastic with artwork
   36   5% transparent plastic, unmarked
  114  15% not sure
  141  18% I don't care
    7   1% blank
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  776 100% total
F14. The new high definition DVDs (e.g. Blu-ray, HD-DVD) have started to come out. Are you interested in owning a high definition DVD player?
  323  42% yes (or already own one)
  223  29% no (skip to Section G)
  221  28% I'm not sure / I'm going to wait and see
    9   1% blank
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  776 100% total
F15. If you are interested in owning a high definition DVD player, would anime be (or was it) an issue in your decision to buy a high definition DVD player?
  317  41% yes
  215  28% no
   12   2% I'm not interested
  232  30% blank
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  776 100% total
F16. Is the fact that there are two different, incompatible types of high definition DVD (Blu-Ray vs HD) affecting your decision to own a high definition DVD player?
  391  50% yes
  153  20% no
  232  30% blank
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  776 100% total

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Part G. Anime Products

G1. Do you also typically buy products associated with anime?
  655  84% yes
  116  15% no (skip to Question G11)
    5   1% blank
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  776 100% total
G2. What anime-related products do you typically buy?
  598  77% manga
  515  66% music CDs (and other audio media)
  318  41% plush toys or plushies
  134  17% model kits
  403  52% figures (not kit, already completed)
  191  25% other toys and models (excluding model kits and figures)
  255  33% games
  422  54% books (e.g. artbooks, moviebooks, production books)
  287  37% magazines
  341  44% posters
  291  38% wall scrolls
  244  31% calendars
   81  10% cels
  175  23% decorations
  117  15% blank
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  4372 563% total
G3. What anime-related products do you typically buy (Part 2)?
  126  16% trading cards
  152  20% pencil boards
   26   3% phone cards
   94  12% other office products (e.g. erasers, pens)
  138  18% computer products (e.g. screen savers, mouse pads)
  147  19% cups, mugs, glasses
   43   6% eating utensils (e.g. chopstick holders, flatware)
   32   4% other dinnerware and kitchenware
  149  19% purses, wallets or similar
  182  23% satchel, shoulder bags, daypacks or similar carrying bag
  234  30% pins
  330  43% keychains
  139  18% jewelry and other personal ornament (e.g. earring, bracelet)
  356  46% clothes (e.g. T-shirts)
   78  10% linens (e.g. towels, pillow cases)
   24   3% other (Specify):
  243  31% blank
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  2493 321% total
G4. What anime-related products do you often wish there were more of, and that you would definitely buy?
  193  25% manga
  268  35% music CDs (and other audio media)
  198  26% plush toys or plushies
   78  10% model kits
  258  33% figures (not kit, already completed)
  105  14% other toys and models (excluding model kits and figures)
  140  18% games
  225  29% books (e.g. artbooks, moviebooks, production books)
   72   9% magazines
  159  20% posters
  173  22% wall scrolls
  143  18% calendars
   74  10% cels
   89  11% decorations
  173  22% blank
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  2348 303% total
G5. What anime-related products do you often wish there were more of, and that you would definitely buy (Part 2)?
   49   6% trading cards
  103  13% pencil boards
   31   4% phone cards
   68   9% other office products (e.g. erasers, pens)
  115  15% computer products (e.g. screen savers, mouse pads)
  135  17% cups, mugs, glasses
   50   6% eating utensils (e.g. chopstick holders, flatware)
   40   5% other dinnerware and kitchenware
   92  12% purses, wallets or similar
  119  15% satchel, shoulder bags, daypacks or similar carrying bag
  129  17% pins
  166  21% keychains
  131  17% jewelry and other personal ornament (e.g. earring, bracelet)
  254  33% clothes (e.g. T-shirts)
   88  11% linens (e.g. towels, pillow cases)
   24   3% other (Specify):
  300  39% blank
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  1894 244% total
G6. How many anime-related products do you buy per month, averaged through the year?
   34   4% none
  307  40% 1 per month
  147  19% 2 per month
  104  13% 3 to 5 per month
   33   4% 6 to 10 per month
   27   3% more than 10 per month
  124  16% blank
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  776 100% total
G7. What are your most common sources of Anime products?
  231  30% off the shelf at local anime retailer
  207  27% off the shelf at local non-anime retailer
   53   7% off the shelf at non-local anime retailer
   35   5% off the shelf at non-local non-anime retailer
   72   9% order from local anime retailer
   35   5% order from local non-anime retailer
  360  46% order from non-local anime retailer
  113  15% order from non-local non-anime retailer
    5   1% from local auction
  208  27% from non-local auction (e.g. eBay)
   43   6% purchase during multiple visits to Japan
   38   5% ordered through friends or family living in or visiting Japan
   30   4% gifts from friends or family living in or visiting Japan
  286  37% vendors at conventions
   40   5% other
    1   0% I don't buy any associated products
  119  15% blank
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  1876 242% total
G8. How often do you research or get information about related anime products (e.g. criticisms, recommendations, descriptions, reviews, renting/borrowing) before buying?
   31   4% never
  100  13% hardly ever
  238  31% sometimes
  122  16% most of the time
   93  12% almost always
   72   9% always
    0   0% I don't buy anime-related products
  120  15% blank
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  776 100% total
G9. Where do you usually get information about specific anime related products (excluding videos)?
  271  35% anime-specific magazines
   40   5% non-anime magazines (e.g. game, comic)
   29   4% Usenet
   25   3% mailing list
   81  10% World Wide Web magazines
  426  55% World Wide Web news sites
  291  38% World Wide Web databases (e.g. reviews, encyclopaedias)
  344  44% Web forums
  325  42% Word Wide Web anime fan sites
   54   7% internet-based video- or audio-formatted news (e.g. podcast)
   28   4% other World Wide Web (Specify):
  257  33% word of mouth (e.g. friends, family, club members)
   48   6% club resources
  227  29% retailer (e.g. comic shop, anime store, video store)
  146  19% catalogs (e.g. from distributors)
   14   2% other (Specify):
    3   0% I don't care about anime-related products
  129  17% blank
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  2738 353% total
G10. Do you avoid purchasing pirated or bootlegged anime-related products (e.g. Son May CDs, wall scrolls, Ben Di plastic models, T-shirts are common bootlegs)?
  479  62% yes
  124  16% sometimes
   41   5% no
   13   2% I didn't know about bootleg products
    2   0% I don't collect anime-related products
  117  15% blank
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  776 100% total
G11. Do you think anime fan conventions should allow bootleg products to be sold in their exhibition or dealer halls?
   41   5% yes
  586  76% no
   93  12% I don't care
   54   7% undecided
    2   0% blank
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  776 100% total
G12. Which of the following most closely describes your position on trading music files (e.g. MP3)?
   57   7% it's outright piracy, it should be banned
   83  11% I think it's wrong, but as long as I don't see it, I don't care.
  272  35% it doesn't really matter to me
  204  26% I think it's OK
   86  11% I think there is absolutely nothing wrong with it
   68   9% I need to think about it
    6   1% blank
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  776 100% total
G13. Which of the following most closely describes your position on trading music sample files (e.g. 30 second MP3 sample)?
   19   2% it's outright piracy, it should be banned
   20   3% I think it's wrong, but as long as I don't see it, I don't care.
  178  23% it doesn't really matter to me
  173  22% I think it's OK
  344  44% I think there is absolutely nothing wrong with it
   38   5% I need to think about it
    4   1% blank
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  776 100% total

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Part H. Anime Accessibility and Clubs

H1. How many anime clubs are you aware of that are what you consider reasonably accessible?
  378  49% none
  234  30% one
  112  14% two
   37   5% 3 to 5
   12   2% more than 5
    3   0% blank
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  776 100% total
H2. How many anime clubs do you belong to?
  591  76% none (skip to Question H5)
  157  20% one
   19   2% two
    7   1% 3 to 5
    0   0% more than 5
    2   0% blank
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  776 100% total
H3. How many people are in the largest anime club you belong to?
    2   0% I don't belong to a club
    9   1% 2 to 5
   16   2% 6 to 10
   53   7% 11 to 20
   67   9% 21 to 50
   25   3% 51 to 100
   15   2% more than 100
  589  76% blank
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  776 100% total
H4. If you belong to more than one anime club, how many people are in the smallest anime club you belong to?
   26   3% I don't belong to a club
   23   3% 2 to 5
   28   4% 6 to 10
   27   3% 11 to 20
   35   5% more than 20
  637  82% blank
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  776 100% total
H5. How many local bands are dedicated to playing anime music?
  389  50% none
   15   2% 1
    5   1% 2
    5   1% 3 to 5
    2   0% more than 5
  359  46% I don't know about or follow such local bands
    1   0% blank
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  776 100% total
H6. How many video rental outlets are accessible to you in your geographical area?
   54   7% none (skip to Question H10)
   64   8% one
  128  16% two
  104  13% three
  337  43% more than three
   88  11% I don't know
    1   0% blank
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  776 100% total
H7. How many of those video rental outlets have any anime?
   36   5% none
   88  11% one
  112  14% two
   63   8% three
  189  24% more than three
  230  30% I don't know
   58   7% blank
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  776 100% total
H8. How many of those video rental outlets have a section devoted to animation (general or anime specifically)?
   89  11% none
  107  14% one
   81  10% two
   39   5% three
  153  20% more than three
  248  32% I don't know
   59   8% blank
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  776 100% total
H9. What is the size of the largest anime inventory (number of tapes, or equivalent media, discounting multiple copies) at those video rental outlets?
   27   3% none
   33   4% less than 6
   41   5% 6 to 10
   86  11% 11 to 20
   70   9% 21 to 30
   61   8% 31 to 50
   44   6% 51 to 100
   46   6% 101 to 500
   16   2% more than 500
  297  38% I don't know
   55   7% blank
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  776 100% total
H10. How many remote/mail-order video rental outlets do you rent any kind of video from?
  607  78% none (skip to Question H12)
  147  19% one
   16   2% two
    3   0% three
    2   0% more than three
    1   0% blank
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  776 100% total
H11. How many of those video rental outlets, that you have rented from, have any anime?
    3   0% none
  139  18% one
   18   2% two
    3   0% three
    2   0% more than three
    6   1% I don't rent from those kinds of outlets
  605  78% blank
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  776 100% total
H12. How many anime stores (dedicated to anime and/or manga/comics) are accessible to you in your geographical area?
  262  34% none
  177  23% one
  112  14% two
   41   5% three
   84  11% more than three
   99  13% I don't know
    1   0% blank
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  776 100% total
H13. What are the most common sources of your Anime video (any medium) purchases (not gifts)?
  180  23% off the shelf at local anime retailer
  377  49% off the shelf at local non-anime retailer
   59   8% off the shelf at non-local anime retailer
   52   7% off the shelf at non-local non-anime retailer
   70   9% order from local anime retailer
   68   9% order from local non-anime retailer
  375  48% order from non-local anime retailer
  226  29% order from non-local non-anime retailer
  113  15% order from domestic distributor
   50   6% order from non-local, non-Japanese distributor
   55   7% order from Japanese distributor
    7   1% from local auction
  149  19% from non-local auction (e.g. eBay)
   66   9% trading with friends or other fans
  187  24% vendors at conventions
   31   4% I don't buy anime
    2   0% blank
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  2067 266% total
H14. How often do you research or get information about a title (e.g. criticisms, recommendations, descriptions, synopses, reviews, renting/borrowing) before buying?
    7   1% never
   35   5% hardly ever
  172  22% sometimes
  175  23% most of the time
  194  25% almost always
  176  23% always
   16   2% I don't buy anime
    1   0% blank
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  776 100% total
H15. Where do you usually get information about specific anime titles?
  315  41% anime-specific magazines
   52   7% non-anime magazines (e.g. game, comic)
   46   6% Usenet
   22   3% mailing list
  120  15% World Wide Web magazines
  590  76% World Wide Web news sites
  490  63% World Wide Web databases (e.g. reviews, encyclopaedias)
  411  53% Web forums
  394  51% World Wide Web anime fan site
   57   7% internet-based video- or audio-formatted news (e.g. podcast)
   44   6% other World Wide Web (Specify):
  373  48% word of mouth (e.g. friends, family, club members)
   64   8% club resources
  135  17% retailer (e.g. comic shop, anime store, video store)
  265  34% viewings (e.g. TV, rental, loan, club showing)
   99  13% catalogs (e.g. from distributors)
   16   2% other (Specify):
    2   0% blank
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  3495 450% total
H16. Which type of information do you find the most useful in deciding on buying an anime title?
    8   1% none (I'll buy any anime)
  127  16% synopses / descriptions
   43   6% recommendations
  154  20% reviews / criticisms
   48   6% trailers or previews
  374  48% seeing it for yourself
    5   1% other
   15   2% I don't buy anime
    2   0% blank
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  776 100% total
H17. Which type of information do you find the most useful in deciding to watch an anime title that you have not seen before?
   48   6% none (I'll watch any anime)
  243  31% synopses / descriptions
  135  17% recommendations
  212  27% reviews / criticisms
  122  16% trailers or previews
   11   1% other
    5   1% blank
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  776 100% total
H18. How many episodes of a series do you typically watch before deciding NOT to continue to watch the series?
   67   9% one
  113  15% two
  187  24% three
  143  18% four
  127  16% 5 - 8
   30   4% more than 8
  104  13% I go to the (bitter) end, no matter how good or bad
    5   1% blank
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  776 100% total
H19. How much anime is available to you by TV broadcast?
   82  11% none
   20   3% less than 1 hour per week (e.g. 1 hour per month)
   22   3% 1 hour per week
  107  14% up to 3 hours per week
  115  15% up to 5 hours per week
  147  19% up to 15 hours per week
   66   9% up to 40 hours per week
   48   6% more than 40 hours per week
  168  22% I don't know
    1   0% blank
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  776 100% total
H20. How many TV stations available to you carry anime?
   89  11% none
   95  12% 1
  167  22% 2
  249  32% 3 to 5
   46   6% more than 5
  123  16% I don't know
    7   1% blank
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  776 100% total
H21. How many TV stations available to you specifically include an anime lineup in their programming?
  151  19% none
  194  25% 1
  176  23% 2
  126  16% 3-5
   17   2% more than 5
  111  14% I don't know
    1   0% blank
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  776 100% total
H22. How much of the anime you watch is from streaming video (not downloadable video) web sites?
  476  61% none
  185  24% less than 10%
   41   5% less than 20%
   40   5% less than 50%
   23   3% less than 75%
    8   1% all
    3   0% blank
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  776 100% total
H23. Would you watch more/any streaming video anime if more were available?
  246  32% yes
  305  39% no
  221  28% I'm not sure
    4   1% blank
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  776 100% total
H24. If some anime were available for downloading at a price, would you be at all interested in paying?
  244  31% yes
  412  53% no (skip to Question H33)
  118  15% I'm not sure
    2   0% blank
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  776 100% total
H25. If you were to pay for downloadable anime, at GOOD video quality, which would most closely describe the purpose?
   34   4% casual viewing, not interested in keeping
  116  15% preview to decide what hardcopy version to buy
  167  22% for permanent collection, primary media for viewing
    3   0% other
   38   5% not sure
    7   1% not interested in downloadable version
  411  53% blank
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  776 100% total
H26. If you were to pay for downloadable anime, at POOR video quality, which would most closely describe the purpose?
   91  12% casual viewing, not interested in keeping
  134  17% preview to decide what hardcopy version to buy
    6   1% for permanent collection, primary media for viewing
   14   2% other
  120  15% not interested in downloadable version
  411  53% blank
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  776 100% total
H27. If you were to pay for downloadable anime, which purpose would you prefer?
   44   6% casual viewing, not interested in keeping
  130  17% preview to decide what hardcopy version to buy
  171  22% for permanent collection, primary media for viewing
   15   2% other
    6   1% not interested in downloadable version
  410  53% blank
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  776 100% total
H28. If you were to pay for downloadable anime at GOOD quality, would you also want additional content from the hardcopy version to be made available?
  211  27% yes
   99  13% no (skip to Question H30)
   53   7% I'm not sure
  413  53% blank
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  776 100% total
H29. If you were to pay for downloadable anime, which type of additional material available in the hardcopy version would you also want available for download?
  162  21% cover art (e.g. to put onto your own keepcases)
  129  17% insert pages (e.g. to put into your own keepcases)
  116  15% disc labels (e.g. to put onto your own CDs or DVDs)
  223  29% extras content (e.g. still images, clean opening)
  107  14% coupon or receipt for items (e.g. cap, toy)
    8   1% other (Specify):
    6   1% not interested in downloadable version
  520  67% blank
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  1271 164% total
H30. If some anime were available in a downloadable format, for a price, with what you consider GOOD image quality, what is the highest fraction of the hardcopy version's price you would be willing to pay?
    5   1% 100% of hardcopy price (i.e. same price)
   19   2% 80 - 99% of hardcopy price
   43   6% 60 - 79% of hardcopy price
  120  15% 40 - 59% of hardcopy price
   81  10% 20 - 39% of hardcopy price
   52   7% 10 - 19% of hardcopy price
    7   1% wouldn't be interested if the above are the only choices
    5   1% not interested in downloadable version
   32   4% not sure
  412  53% blank
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  776 100% total
H31. If some anime were available in a downloadable format, for a price, with what you consider POOR image quality, what is the highest fraction of the hardcopy version's price you would be willing to pay?
    2   0% 100% of hardcopy price (i.e. same price)
    0   0% 80 - 99% of hardcopy price
    0   0% 60 - 79% of hardcopy price
    8   1% 40 - 59% of hardcopy price
   29   4% 20 - 39% of hardcopy price
  112  14% 10 - 19% of hardcopy price
  135  17% wouldn't be interested if the above are the only choices
   59   8% not interested in downloadable version
   18   2% not sure
  413  53% blank
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  776 100% total
H32. If some anime were available in a downloadable format, for a price, how would encrypting or some form of access or copy protection affect your decision to buy them?
   74  10% not interested at all
  160  21% reduces interest
   74  10% doesn't matter
    4   1% prefer it
   15   2% totally supportive
   30   4% not sure
    6   1% not interested in downloadable version
  413  53% blank
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  776 100% total
H33. If some anime were available for downloading for free, would you be at all interested?
  643  83% yes
   82  11% no (skip to Question H36)
   46   6% I'm not sure
    5   1% blank
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  776 100% total
H34. If some downloadable anime were available for free, which would most closely describe the purpose for you?
  136  18% casual viewing, not interested in keeping
  413  53% preview to decide what hardcopy version to buy
  125  16% for permanent collection, primary media for viewing
   14   2% other
    1   0% not interested
   87  11% blank
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H35. If some downloadable anime were available for free, what video QUALITY would you consider reasonable (not wish for)?
   17   2% like High Definition (i.e. better than DVD)
  344  44% like DVD
  276  36% like VHS (e.g. blurrier, maybe smaller)
   14   2% worse than VHS (e.g. visible "blockiness", blurrier, smaller)
   42   5% doesn't matter to me
    0   0% not interested
   83  11% blank
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  776 100% total
H36. Which of the following most closely describes your position on distribution of fansub, fandubs and similar, of video titles that are NOT licensed or commercially available in your political region?
   37   5% it's outright piracy, they should be banned
   38   5% I think it's wrong, but as long as I don't see them, I don't care.
   76  10% it doesn't really matter to me
  402  52% I think they're OK, they serve a purpose
  202  26% I think there is absolutely nothing wrong with them
   19   2% I need to think about it
    2   0% blank
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  776 100% total
H37. Which of the following most closely describes your position on distribution of fansub, fandubs and similar of video titles that ARE licensed or commercially available in your political region?
  274  35% it's outright piracy, they should be banned
  176  23% I think it's wrong, but as long as I don't see them, I don't care.
  142  18% it doesn't really matter to me
  106  14% I think they're OK
   46   6% I think there is absolutely nothing wrong with them
   26   3% I need to think about it
    6   1% blank
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  776 100% total
H38. If you watch non-licensed versions of anime (e.g. club fansubs), how much of of your collection of licensed versions would you estimate were due to seeing the non-licensed versions?
  176  23% 81 - 100%
  141  18% 61 - 80%
  117  15% 41 - 60%
   82  11% 21 - 40%
   90  12%  1 - 20%
   35   5% none
   65   8% I don't watch non-licensed versions
   17   2% I don't collect licensed versions
   53   7% I don't really know
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Part I. World Wide Web

I1. Do you have a publicly accessible Anime WWW site?
  152  20% yes
  622  80% no
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  776 100% total
I2. For your web site, do you pay for the web space?
   83  11% yes
  145  19% no
  544  70% I don't have a web site
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  776 100% total
I3. How often do you do anime related Web browsing (that is, not Usenet newsgroups)?
    3   0% never
    4   1% once every 6 months
   16   2% once a month
   13   2% once every 2 weeks
   37   5% once a week
   91  12% once every 2 or 3 days
  207  27% once a day
   97  12% twice a day
  305  39% more than twice a day
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I4. How long do you browse once you start?
    2   0% never
  418  54% up to an hour
  208  27% up to 2 hours
  106  14% up to 4 hours
   25   3% up to 8 hours
   15   2% more than 8 hours
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  776 100% total
I5. What types of ANIME-RELATED web sites (commercial or fan-run) do you browse for information or news about anime?
    2   0% none
  699  90% news sites
  332  43% show-specific sites
  614  79% general anime (i.e. info about wide range of shows) sites
  158  20% music sites
  127  16% model or toy (e.g. scale models, figures) sites
  147  19% game sites
  493  64% forums
    0   0% blank
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  2572 331% total
I6. Do you generally find commercial web sites (the ones run by the distributors) a good source of information about anime you might be interested in?
  163  21% yes
  307  40% no
  158  20% undecided
  147  19% don't use commercial web sites for information
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  776 100% total
I7. What kind of content would you like commercial web sites (the ones run by the distributors) to provide?
  532  69% wallpapers
  478  62% images
  195  25% soundbites
  351  45% songs
  575  74% trailers
  422  54% clips from show (e.g. 5 minutes)
  402  52% browsable online catalog
  382  49% online store
  561  72% release info, press releases, and news
  226  29% discussion forums
  398  51% episode synopses
  383  49% character biographies
  289  37% show notes - production info (e.g. liner notes, production logs)
  290  37% show notes - staff info (e.g. bios of seiyuu and English actors)
  140  18% web games
   20   3% other (Specify):
   58   7% I don't care
    4   1% blank
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  5706 735% total
I8. For commercial sites that have any of the following content, which do you generally feel they provide well?
  244  31% wallpapers
  183  24% images
   31   4% soundbites
   18   2% songs
  299  39% trailers
   42   5% clips from show (e.g. 5 minutes)
  170  22% browsable online catalog
  176  23% online store
  226  29% release info, press releases, and news
   54   7% discussion forums
  110  14% episode synopses
  141  18% character biographies
   26   3% show notes (e.g. liner notes, production logs)
    3   0% other (Specify):
    5   1% web games
   36   5% none
   56   7% I don't care
  202  26% I don't know
   14   2% blank
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  2036 262% total
I9. For commercial sites that have any of the following content, which do you generally feel they provide most poorly?
  100  13% wallpapers
  102  13% images
   91  12% soundbites
  159  20% songs
   72   9% trailers
  163  21% clips from show (e.g. 5 minutes)
   77  10% browsable online catalog
   58   7% online store
  120  15% release info, press releases, and news
   99  13% discussion forums
  126  16% episode synopses
   93  12% character biographies
  135  17% show notes (e.g. liner notes, production logs)
    8   1% other (Specify):
   70   9% web games
   22   3% none
   69   9% I don't care
  232  30% I don't know
   18   2% blank
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  1814 234% total
I10. Some commercial sites make HEAVY use of "advanced" content like Flash or Javascript on their main page. How acceptable is that practice to you?
   92  12% I hate it
  415  53% I sometimes get annoyed with it
  163  21% it doesn't matter to me
   56   7% I sort of like it
   42   5% I love it
    5   1% I don't know what you mean
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  776 100% total
I11. Do you at least sometimes browse the Japanese company web sites?
  620  80% yes
  154  20% no
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  776 100% total
I12. Would you or do you browse Japanese company web sites more if they included an English version (assuming English is the next language of choice)?
  644  83% yes
   28   4% no
   65   8% not sure
   33   4% I don't care
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  776 100% total
I13. If you do use anime-related web forums, how many different sites do you USUALLY check out?
  138  18% none/never
  177  23% 1
  371  48% 2-3
   62   8% 4-5
   17   2% 6-10
    8   1% more than 10
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  776 100% total
I14. If you do use anime-related web forums, how many different sites do you OCCASIONALLY check out?
  168  22% none/never (skip to Question I23)
  144  19% 1
  295  38% 2-3
  112  14% 4-5
   34   4% 6-10
   17   2% more than 10
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  776 100% total
I15. If you do use anime-related web forums, in how many reading sessions do you also write in the forum?
  145  19% never
   91  12% once every 6 months
   65   8% once a month
   43   6% once every 2 weeks
   72   9% once a week
   65   8% once every 2 days
   48   6% once a day
   19   2% twice a day
   56   7% more than twice a day
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  776 100% total
I16. Of the fans from your geographical area and which you are personally acquainted with, approximately how many are you aware of that at least READ at least one of the anime-related web forums you do?
  280  36% none of them
   58   7% all of them
   40   5% 80% of them
   48   6% 60% of them
   47   6% 40% of them
   38   5% 20% of them
   84  11% less than 20% of them
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I17. Of the fans from your geographical area and which you are personally acquainted with, approximately how many are you aware of that WRITE to at least one of the anime-related web forums you read?
  329  42% none of them
   28   4% all of them
   18   2% 80% of them
   28   4% 60% of them
   44   6% 40% of them
   48   6% 20% of them
   99  13% less than 20% of them
  182  23% blank
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  776 100% total
I18. Many web forums are moderated. How many of the web forums you at least read are moderated?
  378  49% 100%
   85  11% 80 - 99%
   23   3% 60 - 79%
   14   2% 40 - 59%
    7   1% 20 - 39%
    3   0%  1 - 19%
   12   2% none
   83  11% I'm not sure
    0   0% I don't read web forums
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  776 100% total
I19. In general, how would you rate the moderators' performance in your favourite moderated web forums?
  140  18% excellent
  222  29% good
  124  16% OK
   14   2% not good
   10   1% poorly
   94  12% I'm not sure / I don't know if they are moderated
    0   0% I don't read web forums
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  776 100% total
I20. Web forums and web news sites have a much better corporate participation (i.e. anime companies post messages) than newsgroups. On the web forums you participate in (post or just read), are you satisfied with the level of corporate participation?
   16   2% not at all
   85  11% not really
  222  29% sufficiently satisfied
   79  10% very happy with level
  140  18% don't care
   60   8% don't know, or don't participate in web forums
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  776 100% total
I21. If you do use anime-related web forums, do you prefer them to Usenet anime news groups (e.g. rec.arts.anime.misc)?
  208  27% yes
   61   8% no
   47   6% I like both
   23   3% I prefer neither
  265  34% I don't know (don't use one of them)
  172  22% blank
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  776 100% total
I22. If you do use anime-related web forums, do you find them easier to use than Usenet anime news groups?
  240  31% yes
   26   3% no
   70   9% both are about the same
  267  34% I don't know (don't use one of them)
  173  22% blank
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  776 100% total
I23. Do you like to read spoilers (messages that give away plot surprises, or other important plot elements) in web forums?
   74  10% yes
  381  49% no
  290  37% sometimes
    6   1% undecided
   19   2% I don't read web forums
    6   1% blank
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  776 100% total
I24. Do you prefer advance warning of spoilers (e.g. spoiler tag in subject line or spoiler warnings in text) in web forums?
  731  94% yes
    8   1% no
   15   2% undecided
   19   2% I don't read web forums
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I25. Which of the following best describes the effect of unwanted spoilers on you?
  110  14% has no effect
  492  63% reduces the initial enjoyment (e.g. thrill), but I'll still watch
  137  18% totally ruins the viewing experience, but I'll still watch
   20   3% ruins the viewing experience enough that I won't watch
   16   2% I don't read web forums
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Part J. Usenet News groups

J1. Do you know what Usenet Newsgroups are?
  425  55% yes
  350  45% no (skip to Section K)
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  776 100% total
J2. Do you read Usenet Newsgroups (e.g. in rec.*, alt.*, jp.*)?
  108  14% yes
  314  40% no (skip to Section K)
  354  46% blank
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  776 100% total
J3. Do you read anime-related Usenet Newsgroups (e.g. in rec.*, alt.*, jp.*)?
   83  11% yes
   30   4% no (skip to Section K)
  663  85% blank
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  776 100% total
J4. Approximately how often do you at least READ rec.arts.anime news groups?
    9   1% once a year
   18   2% once every 2 to 4 months
    6   1% once a month
    6   1% once every 2 weeks
    5   1% once a week
    7   1% once every 2 or 3 days
   17   2% once a day
    5   1% twice a day
    9   1% more than twice a day
    3   0% never (skip to Question J8)
  691  89% blank
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J5. In approximately how many reading sessions do you POST to rec.arts.anime news groups?
   21   3% once a year
    6   1% once every 2 to 4 months
    7   1% once a month
    2   0% once every 2 weeks
    5   1% once a week
    3   0% once every 2 or 3 days
    4   1% once a day
    1   0% twice a day
    2   0% more than twice a day
   30   4% never
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J6. Which rec.arts.anime news groups do you USUALLY check out?
   22   3% rec.arts.anime.info
   18   2% rec.arts.anime.music
   55   7% rec.arts.anime.misc
    8   1% rec.arts.anime.models
   17   2% rec.arts.anime.fandom
   10   1% rec.arts.anime.games
    6   1% rec.arts.anime.marketplace
   12   2% rec.arts.anime.creative
    3   0% I don't read rec.arts.anime newsgroups
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  849 109% total
J7. Which rec.arts.anime news groups do you OCCASIONALLY check out?
   16   2% rec.arts.anime.info
   18   2% rec.arts.anime.music
   21   3% rec.arts.anime.misc
   12   2% rec.arts.anime.models
   14   2% rec.arts.anime.fandom
   11   1% rec.arts.anime.games
   15   2% rec.arts.anime.marketplace
   11   1% rec.arts.anime.creative
    3   0% I don't read rec.arts.anime newsgroups
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  839 108% total
J8. Do you read anime Usenet news groups other than the ones in the rec.arts.anime.* hierarchy (e.g. in alt.*, jp.*)?
   27   3% yes (Specify):
   55   7% no (skip to Question J11)
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  776 100% total
J9. Approximately how often do you at least READ other anime-related Usenet newsgroups?
    5   1% once a year
    1   0% once every 2 to 4 months
    4   1% once a month
    2   0% once every 2 weeks
    4   1% once a week
    1   0% once every 2 or 3 days
    5   1% once a day
    3   0% twice a day
    1   0% more than twice a day
    4   1% never
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  776 100% total
J10. In approximately how many reading sessions do you POST to other anime-related Usenet newsgroups?
    7   1% once a year
    5   1% once every 2 to 4 months
    2   0% once a month
    3   0% once every 2 weeks
    1   0% once a week
    2   0% once every 2 or 3 days
    0   0% once a day
    0   0% twice a day
    0   0% more than twice a day
   10   1% never
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  776 100% total
J11. Do you read Usenet newsgroups from a local server?
   41   5% yes
   28   4% no
    7   1% sometimes
    9   1% I don't know
    0   0% I don't read Usenet newsgroups
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  776 100% total
J12. Do you read Usenet newsgroups with your web browser (e.g. some Google groups) instead of a newsreader program?
   20   3% yes
   46   6% no
   19   2% sometimes
    0   0% I don't read Usenet newsgroups
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  776 100% total
J13. Of the fans from your geographical area and which you are personally acquainted with, approximately how many are you aware of that at least READ anime-related Usenet news groups?
   56   7% none of them
    6   1% all of them
    1   0% 80% of them
    1   0% 60% of them
    0   0% 40% of them
    2   0% 20% of them
   17   2% less than 20% of them
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J14. Of the fans from your geographical area and which you are personally acquainted with, approximately how many are you aware of that POST to anime-related Usenet news groups?
   61   8% none of them
    3   0% all of them
    1   0% 80% of them
    1   0% 60% of them
    0   0% 40% of them
    0   0% 20% of them
   17   2% less than 20% of them
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  776 100% total
J15. Do you like to read spoilers (messages that give away plot surprises, or other important plot elements)?
    8   1% yes
   35   5% no
   42   5% sometimes
    0   0% undecided
    0   0% I don't read newsgroups
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  776 100% total
J16. Do you prefer advance warning of spoilers (e.g. spoiler tag in subject line or spoiler warnings in text)?
   82  11% yes
    1   0% no
    2   0% undecided
    0   0% I don't read newsgroups
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  776 100% total
J17. If you like to be warned of spoilers, which types of warnings would you like to see?
   71   9% tag or warning in subject line (e.g. [SPOILER]...)
   30   4% warning in text just before spoiler
   54   7% warning in text with lots of blank lines just before spoiler
  691  89% blank
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  846 109% total
J18. Do you prefer to give advance warning of spoilers in your messages?
   81  10% yes
    1   0% no
    3   0% undecided
    0   0% I don't read newsgroups
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  776 100% total
J19. Would applying ROT13 encoding of spoilers be acceptable to you?
   49   6% yes
    7   1% no
    4   1% undecided
    9   1% I don't care
   16   2% what is ROT13?
    0   0% I don't read newsgroups
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J20. Which of the following best describes the effect of unwanted spoilers on you?
   16   2% has no effect
   57   7% reduces the initial enjoyment (e.g. thrill), but I'll still watch
   11   1% totally ruins the viewing experience, but I'll still watch
    1   0% ruins the viewing experience enough that I won't watch
    0   0% I don't read newsgroups
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  776 100% total
J21. Are HTML encoded messages in Usenet newsgroups acceptable to you?
   13   2% yes
   61   8% no
    9   1% I don't care
    2   0% undecided or don't know
    0   0% I don't read newsgroups
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  776 100% total
J22. When responding to a newsgroup posting, some people like to e-mail a copy of their response (sometimes called a "courtesy copy"). If someone responds to your posting, would you find this practice acceptable?
   27   3% yes
   25   3% no
   26   3% I don't care
    7   1% undecided or don't know
    0   0% I don't read newsgroups
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  776 100% total
J23. Technically, auction and "for sale/auction/trade" postings are off-topic in all rec.arts.anime.* news groups except rec.arts.anime.marketplace. Where would you prefer to see these postings?
   68   9% only in r.a.a.marketplace, keep out everywhere else.
    1   0% in any r.a.a news groups
   14   2% I don't care
    1   0% undecided or don't know
    1   0% I don't read rec.arts.anime newsgroups
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  776 100% total
J24. Have you used rec.arts.anime.marketplace (either as buyer or seller)?
   17   2% yes
   67   9% no
    1   0% I don't read rec.arts.anime newsgroups
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  776 100% total
J25. Which single group seems to have the most useful market postings for you?
    1   0% rec.arts.anime.music
    8   1% rec.arts.anime.misc
    0   0% rec.arts.anime.models
    1   0% rec.arts.anime.fandom
    0   0% rec.arts.anime.games
   17   2% rec.arts.anime.marketplace
    5   1% other
   52   7% not interested in market postings
    0   0% I don't read Usenet newsgroups
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  776 100% total
J26. For FS/FT/FA postings with multiple items, which do you prefer to see?
    6   1% one posting per item
   34   4% all items listed in a single posting
   43   6% no preference
    1   0% I don't read newsgroups
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Part K. Miscellaneous

K1. How old are you?
    0   0% less than 12 years
   20   3% 12 to 15 years
   96  12% 16 to 18 years
  312  40% 19 to 25 years
  159  20% 26 to 30 years
  122  16% 31 to 40 years
   65   8% 41 to 60 years
    2   0% over 60 years
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K2. What is the level of education have you completed or are attempting to complete?
    2   0% Grade School (e.g. Grade 1-9,Year 1-8,Elementary+Junior High,...)
  176  23% High School (e.g. Grade 9-12, Year 9-13,...)
   35   5% Trade School
  431  56% University Undergraduate Studies or College (e.g. Bachelors, pre-*)
  112  14% University Graduate Studies or Doctorate (e.g. Ph.D, Masters, M.D.)
   18   2% other (Specify):
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  776 100% total
K3. Would you consider yourself a technophile?
  149  19% extremely so, I love playing with the latest gadgets
  480  62% pretty much, I freely use gadgetry when I need it
  128  16% not really, I can deal with new technology, but would rather not
   15   2% not at all, I'm terrible with new technology
    3   0% I'm not sure
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  776 100% total
K4. What geographical region do you live in?
   11   1% East Asia (e.g. Japan, India)
    2   0% West Asia (e.g. Turkey, Iran)
   28   4% Pacific (e.g. Australia, Indonesia)
  106  14% Europe (e.g. Germany)
    1   0% Africa (e.g. Kenya)
  624  80% North America (e.g. Canada)
    2   0% Central America (e.g. Panama)
    2   0% South America (e.g. Brazil)
    0   0% Antarctica (e.g. ...)
    0   0% blank
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  776 100% total
K5. Do you have more than one internet accessible account that you use often?
  431  56% yes
  340  44% no
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K6. Do you pay directly for any of your internet accounts or access?
  497  64% yes
  268  35% no
    9   1% I don't have an internet account
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  776 100% total
K7. Do you participate in anime mailing lists?
  254  33% yes
  516  66% no
    6   1% blank
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  776 100% total
K8. Have you participated in past "What are We Like?" or "Ru's Annual Anime Fan" questionnaires (e.g. Aug 1997, etc)?
  158  20% yes
  574  74% no
   41   5% I'm not sure
    3   0% blank
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  776 100% total
K9. Where did you find out about this survey?
   42   5% a Usenet news group (including Google groups and Usenet gateways)
   98  13% a web forum or group (but not Google groups or Usenet web gateways)
  533  69% a web site (please DON'T copy this questionnaire on another web site)
    5   1% a mailing list
   16   2% someone e-mailed me
   11   1% verbally, word-of-mouth (e.g. by paper note, by phone)
   24   3% just stumbled upon the questionnaire
   44   6% other (Specify):
    3   0% blank
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K10. Where did you get this copy of this questionnaire?
   26   3% a Usenet news group (including Google groups and Usenet gateways)
   66   9% a web forum or group (but not Google groups and Usenet web gateways)
  596  77% a web site (please DON'T copy this questionnaire on another web site)
    5   1% a mailing list
   12   2% someone e-mailed me a copy
    2   0% hardcopy that I re-entered manually (or by OCR)
    4   1% someone dictated it to me
   55   7% other
   10   1% blank
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  776 100% total
K11. The web version of this questionnaire uses JavaScript to automate some actions such as skipping questions. Is this kind of use of JavaScript acceptable for this survey?
  749  97% yes
    7   1% no
   19   2% not sure
    1   0% blank
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  776 100% total
K12. The web version of this questionnaire uses cookies to temporarily store your survey results on your computer, just in case you need to recover from a failure. Is this kind of use of Cookies acceptable for this survey?
  724  93% yes
    9   1% no
   42   5% not sure
    1   0% blank
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  776 100% total

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