International Anime Research Project

** Update (April 20th, 2016): Phoenix Papers just released Vol. 2 (Issue 2): Three papers from the Anime Research Project data in there. Click here to see the most recent issue of the journal.

** Update (April 11th, 2016): Phoenix Papers just released Vol. 2 (Issue 1): Two papers about perceptions of anime fans are in there. Click here to see this issue.

** Update (September 5th, 2015): Results from the 2015 Anime Survey are now posted! Click here to see them! 

Welcome to the International Anime Research Project.

Who We Are
The International Anime Research Team is a multidisciplinary team of scientists studying the anime/manga fandom (as well as other fandoms). Have you ever wondered what others in the fandom thought? This project will help answer that question with respect to various topics. We utilize multiple research methodologies from psychology, anthropology, and sociology to examine the reciprocal influence of fans and fandoms. The anime/manga project focuses on various aspects of how anime fans perceive the fandom, interact with other fans, how the fandom influences the self, along with a variety of other research questions aimed at understanding the connection to anime. Furthermore, we compare fandoms (e.g., sport, gaming, science fiction) to explore the similarities and differences between fandoms with the aim to understand the underlying relationships common to all fans.

Are you Real?
Yes, we are real scientists. And yes, it is part of our jobs to go to conventions and talk to lots of fans. We are grateful to have received the support of A-Kon staff to support this project two years running. A goal of the project is to disseminate findings from the anime community to the anime community. Findings from the project will be shared for free in the The Phoenix Papers, at future conferences, and on this website.

What is on this Website?
Coinciding with the start of A-Kon 25 (Dallas, TX) we launched the 2014 Anime Survey. A few months of data coding/cleaning/analyzing later we have posted the initial results on the past results page. The 2015 survey preliminary results are also posted. We are continuing to work on the 2014 and 2015 data to put together longer (more in depth) papers about the collected responses for The Phoenix Papers (you can download these from the publications page). You can sign up for email notifications below if you would like to be emailed when papers/results are posted (or follow on Facebook or Twitter). We hope this site will continue to grow into a storehouse for empirical data for anime/manga research for interested fans and researchers alike.

Update Notifications?
If you would like to receive email notifications when any major additions (e.g., papers/results) to the site are posted, you can sign up for our google groups email list by either...
1. Click Here to Subscribe for Email Notifications
2. Send an email to:

You can also receive updates by following us on Facebook and/or Twitter.

Upcoming Research?
The 2016 Anime survey will be launched June 1st, 2016,  to coincide with A-Kon 27.