I find it interesting how anime series that are popular in the west (Naruto, Bleach, Death Note etc) often aren't nearly as popular in Japan.
Assuming the Saimoe tournament is a fairly accurate definition of the popularity of characters (in the east); not a single Bleach or Naruto character qualified, Death Note had one character qualify, XXXholic had two while no Tsubasa characters qualified, Keroro Gunsou saw one character qualify etc.
The three series that came out top in terms of characters qualifying were Nanoha StrikerS (19 characters), Lucky Star (14), and Negima (12). I know Negima in particular has the advantage of having a lot more female characters than, say, Naruto; but even a few minor characters got through in preferance to the main characters from other series so popularity is certainly a huge factor. Though a lot of people have heard of these three series, they aren't nearly as big over here as in Japan.
To some extent, yes. But a lot of anime is aimed at Japanese students/young men and it is often these people that are most obsessed with it (the stereotypical 'otaku', basicly). They're the ones that can most easily be persuaded to part with their money in order to collect figurines and other merchandise.
I'm a bit of an anime geek haha.
Watching Afro Samurai at the moment. Love the Quentin Tarentino style of it.
Afro samurai looks quite good, added to my list.
"Samuel L. Jackson" is the voice in the english dub wow.
Was there a japanese audio+english subs for this or was it released already in english audio.
Ooo. I didn't know such a thing existed AJ, thanks for the heads up. I wish I had the money to buy loads of anime...
For now I'm just content to watch fansubs and get the occasional volume or two of manga. Speaking of which, just picked up volume 1 of Ichigo 100% or Stawberry 100% which it is now called. Blergh.