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

Selections of Results for Anime Industry

These results can also be found at:

http://members.shaw.ca/ru.igarashi/Surveys/fans/fan0709/results_industry.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 D. Dub versus Sub

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
    0   0% blank
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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
    0   0% blank
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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
    0   0% blank
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  776 100% total

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Part E. Video Format

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
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
    2   0% blank
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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
    1   0% blank
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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
    2   0% blank
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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
    2   0% blank
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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):
    0   0% blank
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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
    1   0% blank
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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
    1   0% blank
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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
    3   0% blank
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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
    2   0% blank
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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
    1   0% blank
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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
    3   0% blank
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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
    2   0% blank
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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
    2   0% blank
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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
    4   1% blank
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  776 100% total

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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
    6   1% blank
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  776 100% total
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
    3   0% blank
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  776 100% total
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

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
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

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
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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  776 100% total
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
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
    0   0% blank
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  776 100% total

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Part I. World Wide Web

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
    1   0% blank
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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
    3   0% blank
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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
  174  22% blank
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  776 100% total

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