Our passion for innovation (read: boredom) has led to the development of another new way to categorize the anime we watch. The RABUJOI Trope Incidence rating, or RTI, is the result of our noticing similar or in some cases identical characteristics within different anime series. We’ve identified twenty-five such tropes. The RTI is simply the number of the tropes a series contains divided by the total, or n/25. The results, applied to the twelve series we’re currently watching, are charted below. Warning: the results may shock you.
Fall 2012 RTI Report Last updated 22 Oct 2012. Click Here for updated charts.
As you can see, Muv-Luv Alternative (Muv) leads the pack with 18 out of 25 listed tropes each, or a .72 RTI. Jormungand (Jor) contains only seven out of twenty-five tropes; a .28 RTI.
Does this mean Muv-Luv is the most formulaic series while Jormungand is the most original? Not necessarily; all it means is that they contain the most and least tropes, respectively. But anime can be more than the sum of their tropes. It’s more about how the tropes are used and balanced, more than how many there are. It’s also just fun to see the patterns in otherwise totally different series. Well…it’s fun for us.
A show with a perfect 1.00 RTI would probably be a complete mess, but with good writing, acting, and animation, it could still be watchable. On the other hand, a show with no tropes could still suck. That’s what our subjective ratings are for: Zetsuen no Tempest (Zet) is one of the highest-rated series this Fall despite its .56 RTI.
Since we’re only two or three episodes into most of these, the trope count are likely to change periodically.
– As of 22 Oct 2012 there are 142 total trope hits among the twelve series, or 11.83 per series, making the mean RTI .47.
– Muv-Luv is currently the only series we’re watching with mecha. Huh.
– Jormungand is notable for being the only series with no high schoolers (Jonah is a teen, but never attended school).
– For the record, we define a “tsundere” as “a person (either gender) who is initially cold and even hostile towards another person before gradually showing his or her warm side over time.”
– We determine whether one or both of a character’s parent(s) are away, divorced or dead based on dialogue and/or visual evidence in household, not pure assumption. This trope only applies to non-adult characters.
– Chuunibyou (Chu) and Panzer are series with frequent use of weapons (imagined in the former) but the characters’ lives are in no real danger.
– We’ve likely (definitely) missed a couple tropes here and there, but like we said, we’ll tweak as the series progress. Feel free to suggest revisions! We’re going for accuracy here.
– Here’s how some of our favorite anime series shake out:
Puella Magi Madoka Magica: .56
Mawaru Penguindrum: .56
Neon Genesis Evangelion: .56
Kare Kano: .28
Nazo no Kanojo X: .16
Natsuyuki Rendezvous: .16