Forum - View topic
INTEREST: K-ON Partly Credited for Historic Electric Guitar Sales


Goto page 1, 2  Next

Note: this is the discussion thread for this article

Anime News Network Forum Index -> Site-related -> Talkback
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
ptj_tsubasa



Joined: 04 Feb 2009
Posts: 64

PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 9:41 pm Reply with quote
Remember when moe was the cancer that was killing anime?

Apparently it ended up not only saving the anime industry, but revitalizing other industries too.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
walw6pK4Alo



Joined: 12 Mar 2008
Posts: 7782

PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 9:55 pm Reply with quote
It's a shame Upotte can't drive up firearms sales in Japan, but I wouldn't doubt some people making more purchases because of that show.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Fencedude5609



Joined: 09 Nov 2006
Posts: 5085

PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 9:57 pm Reply with quote
walw6pK4Alo wrote:
It's a shame Upotte can't drive up firearms sales in Japan, but I wouldn't doubt some people making more purchases because of that show.


That would be...difficult.

Though I guess it could drive Airsoft sales.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
TitanXL



Joined: 08 Jun 2010
Posts: 4035

PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 10:11 pm Reply with quote
ptj_tsubasa wrote:
Remember when moe was the cancer that was killing anime?


Yeah, revitalizing BD sales, making BD a viable market for anime, pumping millions of dollars back into the industry and setting sales records. Hopefully all that goes away soon.

Quote:
Apparently it ended up not only saving the anime industry, but revitalizing other industries too.


Inspiring a bunch of young girls to get into music? Definitely. K-ON's a very inspirational and influential show for people of all ages. Can't argue that.

walw6pK4Alo wrote:
It's a shame Upotte can't drive up firearms sales in Japan, but I wouldn't doubt some people making more purchases because of that show.


Guns are illegal in Japan, so illegal purchases I suppose. Otaku will go to any lengths for their girls, though.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
ptj_tsubasa



Joined: 04 Feb 2009
Posts: 64

PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 10:22 pm Reply with quote
TitanXL wrote:

Guns are illegal in Japan, so illegal purchases I suppose.

Well, not exactly. There are quite a few rifle and shotgun owners in Japan, even though getting a permit takes a bit of work.

You have to take a written test, a shooting test and a mental check-up, and participate into a coordinated practice once a year in order to not lose your license. Oh, and the police will show up from time to time without notifying you in advance to check that you store the gun and ammo properly - in two separate locked containers.

You can't get a permit for handguns or assault rifles, though, so Upotte! falls a bit short there.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
configspace



Joined: 16 Aug 2008
Posts: 2842

PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 10:35 pm Reply with quote
Quote:
This drop in average price is largely credited to large fluctuations in the value of the Japanese yen.

more like the weakness in the US dollar. The yen would actually be higher if the BOJ didn't occasionally print more

Quote:
Oh, and the police will show up from time to time without notifying you in advance to check that you store the gun and ammo properly - in two separate locked containers.

practically defeats the whole point of ownership...
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
walw6pK4Alo



Joined: 12 Mar 2008
Posts: 7782

PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 10:36 pm Reply with quote
TitanXL wrote:
Guns are illegal in Japan, so illegal purchases I suppose. Otaku will go to any lengths for their girls, though.


I thought that would have been understood in my post. Though, I could see otaku buying those rifles in airsoft and decking them out in Upotte themes. For those in countries where they can legally own those rifles, I wonder if any will be influenced to do because of the anime/manga. Threads on Upotte, and the amount of gun information that comes from them, is wonderful. It's been giving really good insight to little quirks the characters have, might in the same way Strike Witches incorporated history, planes, and people into those characters.

Anime has shown time and time again to get people interested in new hobbies and crafts, it's really cool everything I see people influenced that way. Thought I doubt shows like Sora no Manimani had much affect on astronomy, mostly due to it be a side issue of that show.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
ptj_tsubasa



Joined: 04 Feb 2009
Posts: 64

PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 11:00 pm Reply with quote
walw6pK4Alo wrote:
Threads on Upotte, and the amount of gun information that comes from them, is wonderful. It's been giving really good insight to little quirks the characters have, might in the same way Strike Witches incorporated history, planes, and people into those characters.

Though I'd say Upotte is much more of a joke show based on gun anatomy jokes and trivia, so it's clearly aimed at people who already are gun otaku. With Strike Witches and, say, Hetalia the trivia more like creeps up to you.

It's interesting how differently different cultures view guns. In America they're associated with patriotism, in Japan with nerdiness. And in countries like mine where there's mandatory military service talking about them is more or less frat boy culture.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
omoikane



Joined: 03 Oct 2005
Posts: 253

PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 11:34 pm Reply with quote
configspace wrote:
Quote:
This drop in average price is largely credited to large fluctuations in the value of the Japanese yen.

more like the weakness in the US dollar. The yen would actually be higher if the BOJ didn't occasionally print more

Yen and Swiss Franc both have increased in value drastically over the past 4-5 years because of global economic conditions. That is, versus the dollar and just about most other currencies. I wouldn't say it's just weakness in the USD.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
Spotlesseden



Joined: 09 Sep 2004
Posts: 2919
Location: earth

PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 12:55 am Reply with quote
ptj_tsubasa wrote:
Remember when moe was the cancer that was killing anime?


No, i only remember moe saved the anime industry at the time of financial crisis.

Also, it's not really the otaku who's buying the Guitar.

companies need to take note, manga/anime can help help you sell products. Kami no Shizuku influence wine sale.

Quote:
managers at guitar stores state that they have noticed a significant growth in elementary to high school-aged female customers....
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Asterisk-CGY



Joined: 09 Mar 2007
Posts: 280

PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 4:53 am Reply with quote
Uppote won't have the kind of clout needed to pull something like K-On did with music, not including the kind of restrictions guns have in the first place. Just lacks that endearing attitude to really push a connection. And their facts are wrong. Turns of real gun fans. They're the ones you want to draw.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
DTJB



Joined: 20 Jan 2010
Posts: 561
Location: Dubuque, IA

PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 7:53 am Reply with quote
Very cool, now get to practicing. I look forward to hearing music from the next generation of female J-rockers.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
V1046-R



Joined: 02 Dec 2011
Posts: 172

PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 11:15 am Reply with quote
As a guitarist myself, I always love to see more young people get interested in learning to play. Very cool! Very Happy
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Rei Sentoki



Joined: 18 Jul 2006
Posts: 55

PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 8:03 pm Reply with quote
Quote:
...sales have been shifting away from high-priced brand-name guitars such as Gibson or Fender USA in favor of cheap beginner models.


Muttan, Gitah and Elizabeth are not amused.

And don't doubt the likeliness of firearms-related tie-ins. Witness the Ikamusume flash hider.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
enurtsol



Joined: 01 May 2007
Posts: 10523

PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 6:51 am Reply with quote
And a couple years from now, trash landfills will be filled with still-good-to-use starter guitars.................... because it wasn't really the spirit of rock 'n roll that called their souls! Laughing
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Reply to topic    Anime News Network Forum Index -> Site-related -> Talkback All times are GMT - 5 Hours
Goto page 1, 2  Next
Page 1 of 2

 


Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group