Sunday, March 29, 2009

Popular Anime May Not Be Shown in Rural Prefectures

A recent article from Sankaku Complex shows that some anime are not being shown in many cities or prefectures in Japan, far outside of especially large urban areas like Chiba or Tokyo.

The list has several qualifiers for what is considered newly broadcasting anime.
Here is the chart:

  • These are the late night anime being broadcast on regional terrestrial stations in April; in total there are 25 new titles.
  • There are some additional titles only aired on satellite.
  • Only newly airing titles are included – no repeats.
  • These are late night anime titles only. The likes of Naruto is broadcast nationally almost without exception.
  • 23: Chiba & Saitama
    22: Kanagawa & Osaka
    21: Tokyo
    17: Aichi
    16: Hyogo & Tokushima

    14: Kyoto
    13; Ibaraki, Gunma, Tochigi
    12: Mie
    11: Nara, Wakayama, Gifu, Fukuoka, Saga
    10: Shiga & Hokkaido
    6: Okuyama & Kagawa
    3: Miyagi
    2: Niigata, Kumamoto, Shizuoka
    1: Fukushima & Ehime
    0: Toyama, Ishikawa, Fukui, Yamanashi, Okinawa, Aomori, Iwate, Akita, Yamagata, Kochi, Nagano, Nagasaki, Oita, Miyazaki, Kagoshima, Yamaguchi, Tottori, Shimane

    Even though there are a lot of rules associated with this chart that indicate what is considered "newly airing", the results are staggering when you consider eighteen areas are not getting any anime that fit these categories, broadcast to their homes.
    This is the land of anime after all.

    A lot of overseas anime fans complain that they don't get as many new anime compared to what Japan gets, but as the chart shows, a lot of rural households may need to turn to satellites, DVD releases, or internet uploads of broadcast anime to be able to watch what the bigger cities do, just like the rest of us!

    The article at Sankaku also notes that broadcast quality can differ from region to region in Japan with no uniformity between what is censored in one area to how high-quality the series appears on the screen because of poor technology. In some cases, a broadcast may not even be preempted for national disaster coverage!

    If you can name the program on the TV in the picture, I'll give you a digital cookie!

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    At Apr 4, 2009, 1:31:00 PM, Blogger Kami... said...

    Considering a lot of Sunrise programs are presented by Nagoya Television... and Mie gets some programming from Aichi... one would think Mie would probably get quite a bit of newer content...

    Alas... most of the programming recieved via antenna is usually news broadcasts... although I do recall watching re-runs late at night (early morning).

    I've actually been interested in why some programs seem more popular in different countries.
    City Hunter was pretty famous in Italy (Live action movies made by Japan, China and Korea), Slam Dunk big in South Korea, Big-O in USA... Old Mazinger Z in Spanish?

    My beloved きまぐれオレンジ☆ロード was the worst selling anime in the UK!?


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