Madeline (ex_fandrogy) wrote in otaku_academy,


A little while ago, my university granted me ethics approval to share this questionnaire. It's intended primarily for anime and manga fan writers, but the questions are open-ended enough that they could probably become memes on their own in other fandoms. Please share these at your communities! I want to stretch out the exposure, so I'm aiming to share this in other major communities over the coming weeks.

These questions focus on the creative process. This questionnaire is the same one that I intend to share among anime producers themselves. The goal is to compare and contrast the creative process between unpaid, English-speaking anime and manga fans online, and paid professional Japanese anime producers. The questionnaire is not about sexuality, or how many hours you spend online, or anything like that. It's just about what motivates you as a creative person -- in short, it's about what you choose to make it about. You can answer this questionnaire if you draw your own doujinshi, too.

So, first things first:

This study is being conducted by Madeline Ashby as part of my Master’s thesis under the supervision of Jennifer Brayton, Suzie Young, and Wendy Wong through York University, Canada. We are conducting a research study about the creative process from the perspective of both Japanese animators and English-speaking anime fans who produce fanfiction and other fan-crafts online.

We are asking for your participation in the study. To participate in this study, you should be in a position in which, based on your professional experience as a creator, or through your experience in anime fandom online, you have worked creatively on projects which use anime or manga as inspiration. If you are an animator, this may be because you worked on a project to adapt manga into an animated format, or to develop a television series from a film, or because your studio offered you the chance to work on a new project. If you are fan, this may be because you used an anime film or television series as a platform upon which to build your own narrative. If you are neither a fan nor an animator, you may be asked to describe how you think anime and manga influenced you creatively. This study will attempt to qualitatively describe how people from differing backgrounds approach the creative process.

If you decide to volunteer, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire, either over the Internet or in person. The questionnaire will ask general background questions (for example, you will be asked which of your projects was your favourite, and why). If you require it, a Japanese version of the questionnaire will be provided for you.

Your participation in the study should take no longer than an hour. Participation in this study is voluntary. You may decline to answer any questions that you do not wish to answer and you can withdraw your participation at any time by not submitting your responses. 
There are few known or anticipated risks from participating in this study. Fans will be directly quoted in the thesis, and if their legal names are ever connected to the online aliases they provide, published materials generated from the thesis could conceivably be used against them in an intellectual property or copyright suit. It is important that you understand these risks before agreeing to participate in this study. However, Ms. Ashby will only use the alias you provide for her. She will not use your legal name unless you ask her to. How you manage your alias, screen-name, or identity within the fandom or professional community will still be up to you.

It is also important for you to know that any information that you provide will be confidential. Paper and digital records of the questionnaire and interviews will be stored up to five years after research is completed, at which point they will be destroyed. The data collected from this study will be accessed only by Madeline Ashby and will be maintained on a password-protected computer.
Should you have any questions about the research, please contact Madeline Ashby at, or the Office of Research Ethics at York University (Ms. Alison Collins-Mrakas, Manager, Office of Research Ethics at York University, 309 York Lanes, Phone: 416-736-5914,

I would like to assure you that this study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through the Human Participants Review Committee, York University’s Ethics Review Board and conforms to the standards of the Canadian Tri-Council Research Ethics guidelines. However, the final decision about participation is yours.
Thank you for considering participation in this study.

__ Yes, I would like to participate in the study.

_______________________________ Signature (please sign the name you would like to be used to refer to you in any published works generated from this thesis)

__  No, I would not like to participate. (No signature necessary.)

_______________________________ Date

______________________________  Madeline Ashby, Principal Investigator

And here comes the fun part!



How would you like to be referred to in this thesis? (Full name, pseudonym)

Of the projects that you have worked on, which is your favourite? Why?

What motivates you to work on a project?

Do you ever create something in response to what others in your field have done previously?

How important is it to impress others in your field?

How do you incorporate critiques of your past work into your future work?

Do you feel that a project based on a pre-existing work is original, or an adaptation?

What, if any, aspects of Japanese or other Asian cultures do you incorporate into your projects?

In what ways are you rewarded for your work?

Do you find this work satisfying?

What do you wish that outsiders knew about your work and how you produce it?

Now, in the consent form, I mention that participation in the study shouldn't take more than an hour. But this isn't a timed trial -- if you find yourself ruminating on these questions for more than an hour, by all means share with me the fruits of your meditation. Don't be afraid to take your time.

If you have any questions, leave a comment here, use LJ to send me a private message, or email me at mashby/at/yorku/ca.
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