Thu 5 Apr 2012
For as long as the Anime Power Rankings have been around, I have more or less kept the roster of voters as a carefully guarded secret. Sure, people would naturally figure out some specific people (like people who post their votes up, comment about their choices, or are quoted from their ballot), but the full scale of the operation was shrouded in mystery. I would like the reason for the secrecy to be creating an air of mystique around the “anime Illuminati”, but it was mainly because the roster was embarrassingly short in the early days. It’s been a few seasons now, and I figure people would like to explore some new anime blogs. I also gave all the bloggers a short demographic survey, whose results I’ll share in this post as well.
So prepare yourselves! For the first time in history: the identities of the people behind the Anime Power Rankings.
*Indicates primary affiliation. Some voters may participate in multiple blogs and websites.
The above list does not reflect changes this week for the upcoming spring season (10+ new bloggers invited, up to 5 leaving).
These 55 people are polled every weekend for their favorite anime that week, and I collect the results into a big spreadsheet and post them every Sunday for you guys to consume! That’s basically how the sausage is made. Of the 55 voters, 45 responded to the demographics survey.
Predictably, the Anime Power Rankings (and the aniblogging community in general, let’s be honest) is kind of a sausage-fest. I know there are lots of female anibloggers out there, I just have to know where to look. Apparently, I should look in Canada — Canada’s three female APR participants account for 38% of the total APR female population. Even though the United States has more than double Canada’s representation in the polls, there are only two female voters from the US.
Survey respondents hail from thirteen different countries and three different
continents global regions …FIFA confederations are represented (dang you Australia).
I wouldn’t mind expanding the worldview of the Anime Power Rankings, but my primary focus is to capture the general feeling of the English-speaking aniblogosphere (oh gosh that word sounds silly). As the new season begins this week, I thought I’d just share some information on who participates in this fun little pet-project I occupy myself with. Do you own or regularly write for an anime blog? Do you know someone who does? Send them my way! Interested individuals should contact animepowerrankings at gmail dot com.