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House of Five Leaves Writer Apologizes for Low Ratings

House of Five Leaves' first episode did astonishingly poorly in the ratings.

Wow-- you guys know John and I dug the first episode of House of Five Leaves, which FUNimation simulcast on Thursday, but apparently we were part of a pretty small group that watched it: the episode's TV rating in Japan was only 1.5%, about a third of what many series in the newly-expanded, well-regarded noitaminA timeslot earn.

In response, noitaminA Editor-in-Chief Kouji Yamamoto-- who says he wrote the script for the episode --tweeted an apology to the staff of the series for the low ratings. (Via MAL.)

That said, I think there's another explanation: the noitaminA slot just opened up to being an hour instead of 30 minutes, and House of Five Leaves is in the new, later (1:15am) timeslot, while next week's The Tatami Galaxy (also to be simulcast by FUNimation) is running at the more familiar 12:45am slot. It may just be that people aren't aware of the change yet.

That said, I think it's a pretty good show. But hey, maybe we can do a thing or two about it! FUNimation already has the first episode on Hulu, which means we can embed it. So here: if you're in the US and haven't already watched the first ep, take 25 minutes and do it now. If you like the episode, just pass on the link to a friend (or, if you feel like being an overachiever, send it to two).  Let's see if we can get the show more popular in the US than in Japan! (...Okay, maybe not, but hey, we can at least spread a good show around.)
For those of you outside of the US, my apologies that you can't watch the episode here. I believe Canadians can watch it at FUNi's site, but I'm afraid everyone else is out of luck for the time being.
sunfloweron April 19, 2010 at 10:54 a.m.
Huh.  While I don't like her drawing style, I do like her story-telling and characters and I thought the anime did a great job of translating this.  It's a unique and intriguing show, and I plan to watch it all.
Pleioneon April 19, 2010 at 11:26 a.m.
Nghh!  That sucks.  Like, a lot.  This is probably the only anime this season that I was actually interested in.  And although the first episode was a bit slow, it still grabbed my attention.   I do hope that more people watch this one. 
Sigueon April 19, 2010 at 1:27 p.m.
That's a shame. Low ratings on quality stuff like this is just going to lead to more generic crap since the crap is easily marketable... Step up, Japan! Watch this show!
CrazyCanuckon April 19, 2010 at 2:38 p.m.
@Sigue said:

" That's a shame. Low ratings on quality stuff like this is just going to lead to more generic crap since the crap is easily marketable... Step up, Japan! Watch this show! "

Agreed! I wasn't sold on the show at first but watching it a second time changed my mind,  I still don't think it was a great first episode but it's a decent show.  I'm still not surprised about it's poor ratings because Japan will still watch high school girls with magic powers fall down, America will still watch American Idol #27, and Cribs: West Coast Pimp'n Extreme it's a viscous cycle powered by our friends in Marketing. 
Karkarovon April 19, 2010 at 3:12 p.m.
Ouch.  The show is not a bad piece of work at all.  I wonder how it compares to other shows in japan though and not just it's cohorts from the noitanima time slots.    
 
@CrazyCanuck said:

Agreed! I wasn't sold on the show at first but watching it a second time changed my mind,  I still don't think it was a great first episode but it's a decent show.  I'm still not surprised about it's poor ratings because Japan will still watch high school girls with magic powers fall down, America will still watch American Idol #27, and Cribs: West Coast Pimp'n Extreme it's a viscous cycle powered by our friends in Marketing.

You said it brother, good god I would love to be able to watch tv for 30 minutes without hearing about the newest moronic reality tv show.
Tsuyu13on Aug. 8, 2010 at 10:19 a.m.

Personally, I'm enjoying this series. It's not action packed, no explosions or gunfights, but it appeals to an audience that expects more depth from an anime series. Riveting, to say the least, and one I highly recommend.       

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