We're debating eurobeat popularity, correct? Most of the songs on the ParaPara Max albums have very little, if anything, to do with eurobeat. Maybe that's why?Tiger wrote:I have no idea why nobody is mentioning the ParaPara Max series from the US in their arguments...
I believe some of you are placing far too much emphasis on ParaPara and its influence on eurobeat's popularity, especially nowadays. As much as we'd like it to, an active ParaPara scene in the slums of South America and at random anime conventions isn't going to spring eurobeat back to life. Eurobeat will always be a niche genre that won't appeal to too many people without drastic melodical changes.
As for eurobeat popularity in Japan, all you need to do is talk to random people (preferably girls) there, and you'll quickly get the impression that eurobeat and ParaPara is on the way out, and fast.
I'm from Australia and the situation here is the same as almost everywhere else. I'd venture to say that no more than 10 people in the country listen to it regularly, or consider it a favourite genre of theirs. Don't ask me about eurobeat's popularity at anime conventions here, as I've never been to one. I think it's safe to say that the rare few who do listen to eurobeat regularly in Australia (from what I've seen) are avid listeners and staunch supporters of the genre.