At least in October 2006 searches, according to Google Zeitgest. Now for the top 10:
Let’s scrutinize this list a little.
So Naruto is number one, which means it is the most popular anime show at the moment (or circa October 2006). Well, I’m jumping to conclusions, but I don’t think that’s far off. But one thing about the Tagalog dub: I’ve caught some instances where it’s quite awful. It is not timed accurately. But I don’t watch the TV dub primarily, so I’m spared the anguish. Anyway, the Philippines is not the only country that has Naruto as one of the top 10 search items. But it is only with the Philippines where it came up as number one.
Although it was quite a surprise to see anime-related search terms on this list (which was why it caught my attention), it can’t be said inaccurate. I can actually remember a time when almost all local TV stations featured an anime series, popular or not, and either English or Tagalog dubbed.
Final Fantasy. There are a lot of gamers, but is it safe to say there are more anime viewers than there are gamers?
Pokemon. Whoa! Pokemon is still alive?!
In other news…
Well, another item that caught my interest was that the inspiration for the main character of Nodame Cantabile came from real life. Now I’m more interested than ever in this manga, and I’m looking forward to it’s anime adaptation.
URL of Inquirer article where I first saw the top 10 list:
URL of Google Zeitgest list
URL of Mainichi Daily News article on Nodame Cantabile