Last week was the second anniversary for Hau~ Omochikaeri~! and we’ve only had the time to write up this post now. We’ll just take some time to reflect on the past year and show some site and visitor stats. Thank you for dropping by, whether you are a daily follower or a first time visitor.
By the Numbers
- Views: 569,481
- Posts: 481
- Comments: 3,006
- Most searched term (this year): “hau omochikaeri” (3,544)
- Most clicked link (this year): Verbal Rubbish (1,291)
- Site header banners: 32
Pageviews per day are hovering around 1k to 1.1k since it’s Saimoe season. I guess that the site is starting to be more known, so our google rank is going up (that or people are stumbling on this site while searching for Rena). I’d be great if this means more people are exposed to, understand and appreciate eroge. Also, thanks m3rry for being my bro as we got 1,233 referrals from his site this year!
The main challenge this past year was finding a balance between work, play and writing (which is halfway between work and play). I’ve been trying to streamline some of the posts to reduce writing time. With the weekly news becoming a mainstay, I’ve merged the figure and anime season news into it. There have also been more new light novel info since I first learned about them via JITSU‘s Dekotsun post and started to read them early this year.
New features added over the past year are the Livestream channel, random webclap images, eroge definition and new sidebar images. As many of you have noted, there have been few reviews lately by either of us, but it’s something we aim to rectify soon.
I enjoyed the past year while being trapped by Shinobu, celebrating the Year of the Taiga, tweeting while playing eroge, and being obsessed with Oreimo and talking about it with every chance I’m given. There was also the free eroge se.Kirara, which… I still haven’t played. Anyways, it sure was fun. Tastes like happiness.
Now for the results from the second anniversary visitor survey! First of all, thank you for everyone that took a few minutes of your valuable free time to fill out the survey. We highly appreciate your comments and suggestions!
There were a total of 177 respondents, 156 of whom completed the entire survey. The other 21 people only completed the first page (maybe they didn’t know there were more…?), so I’ve included them only in the first three questions (gender, age and country). I did a bit of checking to remove partials due to disconnects, cleaned the data slightly and did some regrouping on my own. Keep in mind when looking at the results that since it’s a self-selecting sample, it’s a bit difficult to generalize results. However, it’s fun to see the breakdowns anyway.
The gender breakdown for visitors is 78% male and 22% female. Most are between the ages of 18 and 23 (66%). I had anticipated that most people would be 18-23 year old males and that’s exactly what I saw with over half (53%) of all respondents falling into this category. Surprisingly (?), 19% are under 18. So I guess it’s a good thing I kept this site mostly safe for work. ;)
Almost a third (32%) of visitors came from the US, with a high proportion from either California or the east coast. What I didn’t expect was that Europe was the third highest region at 19%, with only North America (45%) and Southeast Asia (28%) placing higher. I’m glad that there is interest in eroge all over the world.
I don’t make new posts every day nowadays, but I still try to update the sidebars as much as possible. That’s probably why 28% visit daily, 82% visit at least once a week and 97% at least once a month. Part of this may be because only those that come to the site a lot end up taking the survey, but I digress…
More interestingly, almost half (47%) came from other blogs or websites, including those by my comrade-in-arms Hemi, m3rry and Kres. Another 30% came via search engines like Google. Other sources include databases like VNDB, imageboards and recommended sources from feed readers like Google Reader. Speaking of feeds, 25% subscribe to the RSS feed. For those that don’t know what they are, RSS is a standardized format for posts that a feed aggregator can use so that you can be easily follow a lot of sites at once and get updates as new items are posted. I’ve been using Google Reader myself and it saves me a lot of time. However, please do visit the actual site to view the content!
As expected, most visitors view the weekly news (87%), monthly eroge releases (72%) and eroge reviews (70%). Since it’s Saimoe season at the moment, 34% also follow the tourney progress. I hope your fav chars are all doing well. Interestingly 4% come to see Zen or our contrasts in commentary. Don’t worry, he’s still here and snarky as ever.
Among those that read the weekly news, 75% follow eroge, but surprisingly people also follow manga/LN (56%), anime (51%) and doujin (43%) news. I’ll try to promote light novels more since there isn’t that much info out there for those that read them.
There’s a lot of features on this site and I’m glad that over 3 in 4 (77%) use them. Most people check the eroge release dates (60%), resource links (46%), recent news (37%) and on-air anime dates (26%). My YouTube channel has gained some subscribers lately and it’s nice to listen to the playlists on loop.
Some interesting tidbits that I also found:
- Females are more likely to read figure (31% vs 16%) news than males, although that doesn’t mean that they aren’t interested in eroge (84% vs 88%) either.
- Kids (under 18 years old) have too much time on their hands. 57% of them visit daily, with 86% viewing eroge items.
- Kids are more likely to be interested in doujin games (64% vs 36%), character polls (36% vs 21%) and view YouTube playlists (43% vs 18%). They also want eroge reviews more (63% vs 34%).
Suggestions and Comments
We got a lot of suggestions as to how to improve this site and cater to our readers, along with some general comments. We’ll address some of them here, with excerpts.
“More review! it’s been long since I last seen both of your reviews~ ~~>__<~~”
“General how I end up here is by Googling random eroge. So erm… more eroge reviews?”
“I would love to see more reviews of visual novels.”
“Eroge reviews, there were some in-depth one from before that garnered good discussion but they were few and far between.”
“Please write more review for us ^^”
“Eroge reviews (Bonus points for joint reviews like Tenshin Ranman)”
“More eroge reviews would be nice, though I know it takes a while to write a full review. Moreso if you take a look at the very comprehensive reviews that were written in the past. Nonetheless, I really enjoy reading them, especially when the I just finished the reviewed eroge.”
As expected, most people (45% of those who wrote a suggestion) wanted more reviews. This is understandable as the last reviews that I wrote was Suzunone Seven! and Zen’s was Koiiro Sora Moyou. It takes a while for us to write one up and Zen and I had been talking about how to improve on this. We’ll be adding a new category for eroge impressions. This will include those titles that we did not completely finish and/or dropped. This is mainly for Zen since he complains that he doesn’t want to do a review of a game that he dropped halfway through, or blatantly avoided the imouto route for. I lost my gameplay notes and screenshots when my hard drive died in June, but I’ll try to get a few done in the coming months.
I am a bit surprised over how many people wanted to see more reviews, personally I had assumed there was not much interest in them. For my part the main reason I am slow with reviews is that I only review when I complete a game in its entirety, as if I drop a game before completing it I feel i cannot adequately review it. There is also the issue when playing games that are older as there would be less interest in a review of them I don’t even bother to consider writing them. So if I have not reviewed a game for awhile it usually means all the new games that have been coming out just plain suck too much to bother writing about. As Micchi mentioned already however the impressions section should help with that, to provide something of a review lite.
“Imouto. Should be clambering all over the site.”
“Keep the imoutos coming.”
“Just post more imoutos & lolis! :d”
“MOAR IMOUTOS <3″
“… more imouto, perhaps? ^^;”
Did I hear that people want more imoutos? ^o^
I think you heard wrong, I can only assume everyone who commented was simply doing so to spite me and not to support your fetish.
“I like onee-sans more than imoutos.”
“Oneesans >>>>>>>>> Imoutos :)”
“I Like onee-chan better though.”
“Imoutos are the sweetest creature, yes they are. I still prefer childhood friends. Hahaha this blog is great. I love it.”
You can love both! Don’t worry, I do like childhood friends too and Zen has the onee-san type covered.
I have to agree with these well adjusted individuals, nice to see there are still people with some sense in the world, except the last one that person needs a little sister of their own to crush their dreams.
“Traps, Traps and MORE TRAPS. Just kidding. Imoutos, Cute and Moe Imoutos. But not loli blond pig-tailed tsunderes. I would like to see Yaoi Games but that’s kinda impossible. More Eroge Reviews. I like how you (Zen and Micchi) fight. So more eroge-fight!! It’s really funny!! ^^ Just be the way you are. (P.S. Really don´t follow the yaoi advice. It will only bring misfortune to you, and Zen)”
Nothing is impossible. I will gladly satisfy your trap and imouto needs. Zen will gladly satisfy your yaoi needs.
I never understood the appeal of trannies.. It is too bad the readers who enjoy our bickering cannot see some of our MSN conversations, they tend to be a lot more amusing as far as our polite disagreements go in my opinion. As far as yaoi well…. who knows you only live once so it is best to experience everything you can…
“Well, it’d be nice to see if some of the worthwhile doujin eroges would get presence in the monthly upcoming eroge previews, or maybe even a separate post for them.”
Doujin news is a little more difficult to come by as there are a lot of circles out there, but most of them are focused on H. If I come upon anything major during the Comiket months, I’ll try to include it if it’s a VN/eroge.
“More eroge reviews! ! ! Also, if possible, since there’s pretty much light novels are there in Japan recently, a review segment will also do.”
“More talk about light novels would be nice.”
Writing up light novel reviews is actually something that I’ve been thinking about doing, but haven’t quite decided on what’s the best format. I want to be able to provide a good feel for that particular volume, without spoiling too much. Look forward to this in the coming months.
“I would love to have links and such to reccomended anime and eroge to start on if I was a begginer to them and more reviews. I would also love it if there a portion of the site that listed some of the basic japanese terminology since you use many japanese words on the site.”
These are both great ideas. I do use a lot of Japanese words that not everyone may be familiar with, partially because some words lose some of the meaning when translated literally. So, it makes sense to have a terminology page where these words are explained in more detail. I’ll need your help in compiling this in case I missed any. Accany has a list of recommended eroge, but I guess I should write a small section on the eroge page for recommendations. Anime isn’t the focus on this site, so that’s better left for those at AnimeSuki or MAL.
Eroge recommendation page would be interesting, as far as anime is concerned I have been talking to Micchi about a few ways to possibly include more of it on the site, though it would probably end up being managed mostly by myself as I watch more anime than Micchi does.
“tsuntsun deredere banter between Micchi and Zen? l:)”
“Zen Not likely I know.”
“Zen being cynical =w=”
Zen is so popular. I second Zen Twitter.
With the focus on reviews I think I will put a bit more effort into making review posts and with the potential for a few new sections there may be more of both myself and joint commentary with Micchi to look forward to. As far as twitter… I really do not get what the hell the point of twitter is I would rather just use AIM and MSN to talk to people if I so desire… IF someone can provide me with a good reason to setup a twitter and actually use it I will consider it… otherwise I’ll just remain a luddite.
“Just that you guys should keep up the great work. Just please try to not agree with each other too much, it’s just plain scary when that happens and it is probably bad for the environment.”
It’s just mainly a problem in those slow months. If our top 3 match ever again, he’ll be playing imouto-ge and I’ll be… No, I can’t imagine that happening.
I cannot say I much want to try imagining that.. The day I start playing imouto-ge is the day… nope I cannot come up with anything as equally unlikely as this. Though I would like to see Micchi do a 180 sometime when it comes to younger sisters… Regardless as Micchi said it is mostly just slow months, it leaves little to choose from and really saps a lot of desire to play and comment on eroge.
“Nothing. More power to you, guys. Kinda stop circle-jerking, it’s annoying.”
Sorry if our comments and opinions are not the same as yours. Keep in mind that we provide the basic premise and details for each game and then our personal opinions. I’ll always love moe-ge and imoutos, while Zen will always be an ass. Occasionally, our first impressions will not be true and I don’t want to dissuade people from trying out new games. Remember, you know what you like best! :)
This comment made me laugh pretty hard so whoever you are thanks for that, whether serious or a joke it made my day. It does make me wonder though if they were serious how did they even find the blog?
“Your blog is the best! (☝ﾟ∀ﾟ)☝ More seriously, I love your reviews and opinions on games and your weekly news! I wasn’t that much interested in imoutos before reading your blog, but since I read you, it changed! I played a lot of eroges that you recommended and they were awesome, we have pretty much the same taste~ Thank you! Bracon imouto FTW”
Just as planned.
There’s also some other suggestions like illustrator spotlights, status of English translations, more Niconico videos, and more posts in general. Please check out LonelyAmure’s site for illustrator highlights and the Translation Library for translation info. Also, thank you for those that sent us encouragement and liked the site as it is, including the fact that it’s mostly worksafe. It means a lot to us, even if Zen doesn’t want to admit it. ( ´・‿-) ~ ♥
I also appreciate the feedback as it does help to know there is some demand for the work put into writing, especially with the reviews I honestly had no idea so many people wanted to see more reviews.
Spreading Imouto Love
Now time for the most important question on the survey: “Do you love imoutos?”. It is my personal goal to open everyone’s eyes to the awesomeness that is the imouto.
The majority (74%) of visitors love imoutos! Some people prefer older sister (oneesan) and childhood friend (osananajimi) types, which is totally understandable since they are the eternal rivals of imoutos. However, what’s with the 3% that didn’t know what imouto are!? Imouto is “little sister”. In the 2D world, they are normally depicted as small in stature and chest size, affectionate and dependent on their older brother, and slightly jealous if their oniichan becomes close with other girls. They are absolutely adorable and make you want to take them home with you.
If you’re still unsure of whether you like them or not, don’t worry! I’ll be posting a lot more about imoutos in my posts, so just check out the links and see for yourself how cute and sweet they are. Hau~ omochikaeri~!
Once again, thank you for your continued support! We hope to be even better in the coming year!
P.S. One year older, but imoutos will remain imoutos forever.
(Until Onii-chan dies anyway, then they revert to just being “Brats”)