Danny Choo's recent post on the relative popularity of Gundam versus Star Wars as measured by Google Trends got me thinking. (For those who missed it: Gundam wins handily in Japan, while making a lower yet remarkably strong showing in America.)
But what do the numbers REALLY mean? I decided to put a few other comparisons to the test before jumping to any conclusions. Take a gander and judge for yourselves.
The analysis: You saw this one coming, right? Sex is a bigger trend than Star Wars. I have to admit I was a little worried there for a minute.
The analysis: Charles Manson defeats Devilman. What to make of this one? (Intriguingly, Manson defeats George Lucas as well, albeit by a slightly narrower margin.)
The analysis: Godzilla wins. As it should be.
The analysis: GODZILLA WINS AGAIN (which, come to think of it, sounds suspiciously like a Godzilla movie title.)
The analysis: Is the fact that the Pokemon are apparently more appealing than Bo and Luke Duke a good thing or a bad thing?
The analysis: Surprisingly close. Hillary got a big boost this year, but once Pikachu throws his hat into the presidential race, they'll be neck and neck again.
And in closing, I leave you with this tantalizing bit of information.
The analysis: OTAKU WIN. By a landslide. What's the world coming to?