July 31, 2011
Gundam .info marks four years with “Remembering Gundam.info, by the numbers”
Gundam.info marks 4 years since its opening in 2007! Let’s relive the steps we took in numbers!
Gundam.info, the Gundam information portal site opened in July 2007, marks its 4-year anniversary. We look back on the history of Gundam.info in numbers.
First, let’s look at Gundam.info’s main section, Topics. At an average pace of five pieces of Gundam news a day, 100 a month, we’ve reached approximately 5,800 articles over these four years.
|■ Top ten “Topics” entries by pageviews (July 2007 - July 2011)|
|1||Web radio “Celestial Station 00R” broadcasts its 27th and final episode!
October 15th, 2010
|2||Gundam MS Encyclopedia Back Issues: #1 - #50
August 1st, 2008
|3||”MG Infinite Justice Gundam” Scoop
September 10th, 2008
|4||Breaking news at “Gundam Super Expo Tokyo 2010”
August 12th, 2010
|5||“Mobile Suit Gundam 00 second season” story guide [index]
August 20th, 2009
|6||”Mobile Suit Gundam 00” story guide [index]
January 17th, 2008
|7||”Trans-Am Campaign” marks the airing of “Mobile Suit Gundam 00 second season!”
September 17th, 2008
|8||”Gundam Assault Survive” (PSP) official site opens!
January 8th, 2010
|10||”Mobile Suit Gundam UC” reference file
February 19th, 2010
Looking at articles by page view, the top ranks are composed primarily of special reports.
#1, the Celestial Being 00R streaming page, and #4, the Gundam Super Expo Tokyo 2010 page, both racked up the page views due to readers checking back for new updates.
On the other hand, #3’s look at the MG Infinite Justice gundam and the Gundam 00 story guides which placed 5th and 6th received a lot of traffic from related links.
Since the view count goes all the way back, #9, less than a month old at tabulation, is a surprise entry.
We can’t wait to see what kind of news the eagerly-awaited Gundam AGE will make!
Incidentally, the reason for #8’s popularity appears to be its high ranking in search results for “Gundam Assault Survive”. Why it ranks above our Gundam Assault Survive feature remains a mystery.
|■ Topics, by post number|
|#1000||Sony Music Entertainment and Bandai Channel bring you audiovisual streaming “Anime Music Clip” and “Anime Op/Ed” beginning the 9th!
January 9th, 2008
|#2000||Fusion Senki Gundam Battrave Reader O-rave results updated!
October 21st, 2008
|#3000||”Celestial Station 00R” Web radio begins streaming!
September 10th, 2009
|#4000||SEED Club “Yoru no Sunrise Hour”, “Accessories” update!
April 26th, 2010
|#5000||Experience the RG 1/1 Gundam in 3D! Toshiba Regza Blu-ray x Gundam making video available now!
December 2nd, 2010
A look at posts with round numbers reveals typical news.
Since there’s no picking which article gets which number, the Celestial Station 00R page, #1 by views, being #3000 seems almost dramatic.
The rest of the entries are mostly nostalgic. Looking back on Fusion Senki Gundam Battrave, now finished, is almost bittersweet.
While #6000 is coming soon, it appears likely that it, too, will be ordinary news.
While Gundam.info carries a wide variety of content, we’ll also shine the spotlight on two of its biggest perennial successes: the MS Encyclopedia and the Gundam Census.
The top ranks of popular suits are dominated by Gundams, especially heroes’ midseason upgrades.
The Sazabi and Dijeh bravely struggle into the ranks as well.
The first, the Sazabi, featured in Char’s Counterattack, was piloted by Neo Zeon leader Char Aznable and incorporated the best of Zeon’s mobile suit engineering. Its popularity was ensured when it fought the Nu Gundam to a standstill.
As for the Dijeh, while it was Amuro Ray’s personal mobile suit during the events of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, it didn’t see much onscreen action until October 2010’s Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: Day After Tomorrow – Kai Shiden no Report yori, where its unique status as Amuro’s only non-Gundam suit and the secrets of its development and design made it a true standout.
|■ Top ten “Gundam Census” results by pageviews (July 2007 - July 2011)|
|1||Q: “These rebels carve their own path. Which Gundam charactersdo you think of as ‘rebels’?” The top answer is the Delaz fleet!|
|2||“May 5th is Children’s Day? Which Gundam hero is the most childish?” Shinn Asuka ranks first!|
|3||“It’s Tanabata! What’s your favorite Gundam couple?” Shiro and Aina are the #1 pick!|
|4||Q: “It’s the gloomy rainy season. Which Gundam character is the most depressed?” The leading answer was despairing Athrun!|
|5||Q: “Is this the end for Wang Liu-Mei!? Which Gundam character had the least-expected death?” Heine is the most popular choice!|
|6||Q: “Is that really him!? Your pick of Gundam characters given a second lease on life is…” Mu la Flaga!|
|7||Q: “Summer is for swimsuits! Which of the girls of Gundam SEED or SEED DESTINY would look best at the beach?” You chose Cagalli!|
|8||Q: “The MG Sinanju Ver. Ka is almost here! What red mobile suit that isn’t Char’s or Athrun’s sticks in your mind?” Lunamaria’s Zaku comes in first!|
|9||Q: “June 21st is Father’s Day! What do Gundam fathers remind you of?” The #1 answer is oxygen deprivation!|
|10||Q: “June means June brides! Which character looks best in a wedding dress or similar outfit?' Cagalli is first in line at the altar!|
※ Censuses #1-#100 are now available in print from Kodansha.
While a wide variety of themes are represented, the top series are UC and SEED.
No matter the question, fans love to vote for their favorite, so if you were to try to make a generational split of Gundam fans, these two would be it.
On the other hand, UC is still running with the release of Mobile Suit Gundam UC, while SEED began nearly a decade ago with Mobile Suit Gundam SEED.
It’s marvelous that such popularity still shines through.
Gundam.info has been bringing you Gundam news since 2007.
Over the years since we began, we’ve seen Mobile Suit Gundam 00 in October 2007, its second season in October 2008, its movie in September 2010, and then Mobile Suit Gundam UC in February 2010 and SD Gundam Sangokuden Brave Battle Warriors in April 2010.
The 30th anniversary of Gundam also passed in 2009, marked with events like the erection of a 1/1 Gundam in Odaiba, and 2010’s 30th anniversary of Gunpla brought with it the crystallization of 30 years of experience in the Real Grade line Over this time, we’ve brought you news on new projects, events, goods, and Gundam in all its forms.
And the new TV series Mobile Suit Gundam AGE begins this October, followed by Mobile Suit Gundam UC episode 4: At the Bottom of the Gravity Well in November, and the anime adaption of Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin, we hope to continue following Gundam with you.
We on staff will continue to work our hardest to Gundam.info to bring you the latest in Gundam news. We hope you’ll stick with us.
(Gundam.info Editorial Staff)
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