Anime-Inspired NFT Soared to $140M in Trading Volume



An in-depth look at three popular NFT collections beating the odds in a tepid market: Zipcy’ s SuperNormal, Lives of Asuna and Killer GF.

In this February 2022 edition of the New Dapps Report by DappRadar, we look at three popular NFT anime-inspired collections: Zipcy’s SuperNormal, Lives of Asuna and Killer GF. The New Dapps Report serves as an executive overview and analysis of financial metrics for NFT collections. 

The New Dapps Report series consists of executive reports that provide readers with a high-level perspective of promising randomly generated NFT collections. The report focuses on financial metrics like sales activity and price analysis and distribution metrics like Unique Holders Ratio and the Whale Concentration Index. Furthermore, it dives into whales’ behavioral patterns and detailed social and technical overviews. 

This February is the month of anime. It seems the apparent success of Azuki which we covered last month has inspired many analogous collections. In this New Dapps Report, we chose three anime-inspired NFT projects that gained prominence in early February. Each has shown potential based on the factors that we consider in our analysis. 

First, we look at Zipcy’s SuperNormal collection of original hand-painted characters made by Zipcy, a Korean artist, professional illustrator who worked for Netflix. Assisted by former Microsoft tech lead and an experienced //pr0xy team of devs.

We will then look at the Lives of Asuna  collection that focuses on music and avatar customisation. The team seeks to create lots of customization items for the avatars and accompany them with an exclusive soundtrack.

Finally, we look at Killer GF, a collection made by the former League of Legends concept artist Zerosis. It has a lot of planned utility features and is developed by a team of experienced devs who launched uwucrew.

Please, do not consider this document financial advice. 

Data updated on: Feb 9, 2022

Table of Contents

Key Takeaways

  • Zipcy’s SuperNormal –  It is the 8th most traded in 7 last days with a volume $55,929,269. The floor price has appreciated by 1,831% since the mint and the  highest sale of 75Ξ / $233,550 happened only 9 days after minting. 
  • Lives of AsunaIs the 12th most traded collection in last 7 days with a volume $19,362,774 and floor price growth of 700% 
  • Killer GF The floor price has appreciated by 745% and currently 14,608 unique traders. Collection was made by a former League of Legends artist and has a strong utility content drop pipeline.

Zipcy’s SuperNormal – Super NFT floor price growth 1,831 %

Blockchain: Ethereum

Launch date: Jan 25, 2022

Edition size: 8,888 – Limited Edition

Traits:  13

Attributes: 590

Added Utility – Fashion in the Metaverse 

The roadmap details a lot of strong features to be released in this collection in the near future. 

The most notable of which are: private estate in Decentraland, season 2 of SuperNormals which will be available for all season 1 holders, a fashion game which gives holders the ability to upgrade Season 1 Supernormals exclusive items, IRL and digital exclusive merchandise for holders and charity collaborations with many female NFT artists. 

Season 2 Supernormals will be an NFT drop for all current holders and the game will let holders customize their Season 1 Supernormals with extra accouterments making them more unique. 

Social Awareness and Engagement 

Although the Twitter account was created more than 3 months ago in October of 2021, the majority of the growth happened in the last 30 days where the account gained over 50,000 new followers with an average of 1,682 new followers per day. Which is a strong growth indicator for the account.  

Discord server has 91,168 members. New users have to register their phone to enter and it is actively moderated by a dedicated team to ensure the presence of bots, spam and bad actors is minimal. The discord is well populated, with an active community. 

Instagram has 7,862 followers and iis used to share promotional art for the collection.

Team Overview

The core of the team has made themselves public which lends a lot of credibility to the project. 

Team //pr0xy are well known in the space and have worked on many previous NFT collection launches. The team is made of experienced professionals who previously worked for NASDAQ listed companies and have spotless reputation as well as a proven track record for working in crypto-space.   

Zipcy is an accomplished artist, commercial illustrator and teacher. She made promotional art for many Netflix shows in Korea. 

Andrew Choi  Operations – Tech lead for Coinbase and Ex-Microsoft, LinkedIn, Snapchat IBM and Blackberry 

//pr0xy consists of Gimpey, Palis and Tron. They are an experienced team who launch NFT projects as a service. They have previously worked on the following successful projects  –  MadRabbit Riot Club DikDikis madeofape.com

Technical Overview

There are no significant concerns from a technical standpoint. Like most NFT projects, Zipcy’s metadata is stored using IPFS rather than fully on-chain. Not ideal as the smart contracts and the metadata are separate, but IPFS is working correctly. A common challenge in visually rich metadata projects.

  • Audit status: no audits committed yet
  • Storage: OOP NFTs are stored as ERC-721 tokens on the Ethereum blockchain and graphical assets hosted on IPFS for immutable ownership.
  • Contract address: 0xd532b88607b1877fe20c181cba2550e3bbd6b31c

Whale Wallet Analysis

Zipcy’s is a moderately distributed collection. The Unique Holders Ratio is 55%. The higher the ratio, the less susceptible a collection is to price manipulation or sudden price movements. The top five whales control only 4.07% of the total collection, which is a good indicator that affluent users will not be prone to price manipulation. 

However, many famous NFT traders are represented in the top 5 owners of the collection, such as Pranksy. The presence of high-profile traders lends credence that the collection could be a highly successful endeavor and usually precipitates increased trading interest. Users must also be wary of following high-profile traders as their collection exit often precedes a sell-off.  

  • Whale concentration ratio: 362 / 4.07%

Lives of Asuna – Music and NFT Anime Art in the Metaverse   

Blockchain: Ethereum

Launch date: Jan 27, 2022

Edition size: 10,000 – Limited Edition

Traits: 19

Attributes: 357

Added Utility –  Standard Utility package 

Asuna has a standard utility package which is detailed in the roadmap. The features are as follows: digital content drops where holders will get additional NFT-items to further customize their Asuna, legendary Asunas release with unique features and the release of an exclusive original soundtrack available only to the holders. The OST is the most unique part of this collection which sets it apart from the competition. This is a very rare offering that would attract music lovers and distinguished collectors alike. 

Social Awareness and Engagement 

Asuna has a prolific online social presence. The Discord has over 75,000 active users. The server has a simple onboarding procedure, which allows users to easily join the server, however, this increases the risk of bot participation. There is an active moderation team that reduces the presence of bad actors to a minimum. The community is very active on all channels, with conversations going throughout the day. 

Their Twitter was established in November 2021 however the account experienced significant growth in the last 30 days gaining over 128,000 new followers. On average the account has been gaining nearly 5,000 new followers every day. 

Team Overview 

Zumi – Popular freelance artist from Germany with over a half a million followers on Twitter specializing in anime girls and pinups

Hagglefish – Independent artist from Texas 

Oksami – Developer and sound producer – Prolific developer who is also involved with successful collections such as Capsule House.

The team has not made themselves public; however, this is no cause for concern as all members are active online and have a clean, established reputation. Zumi is a successful artist on Patreon with a significant following while Oksami is very active on Twitch and Youtube. 

Technical Overview

Like the majority of the NFT projects, hosted on Ethereum through IPFS. Not ideal, but the IPFS is working correctly. 

  • Audit status: no audits committed yet
  • Storage: Asuna NFTs are stored as ERC-721 tokens on the Ethereum blockchain and hosted on IPFS for immutable ownership.

Whale Wallet Analysis

Asuna currently has a Unique Holders Ratio of 62%. This is an average score; a lower ratio indicates a higher susceptibility to sudden price changes. The whale concentration is average at 4.63%. A higher whale concentration suggests an increased risk of price manipulation by prominent collection holders. 

  • Whale concentration ratio: 4.63% – 463 pieces

Killer GF – Killer Growth Potential

Blockchain: Ethereum

Launch date: Jan 25, 2022

Edition size: 7,777 – Limited Collection

Traits: 10 

Attributes: 291

Added Utility – Robust Utility package

The collection has a strong catalog of features that will be implemented in the near future. The utility of this collection is strongly aimed at league of legends enjoyers as many of the rewards are directly linked to art of Zeronis. The features will be implemented procedurally as earnings milestones for the collection will be reached. 

They are the following: charity giveaway of 5 ETH, legacy art drop, promotional art drop, physical merch inspired by the collection and voxel version ready-made for Sandbox metaverse. 

The rare and exclusive art will be highly converted by League of Legends and anime fans alike. Long-term holders will benefit from these utilities.   

Social Awareness and Engagement 

The collection has an average social media presence. Their Twitter was launched in November 2021 already and has experienced the majority of its growth in the last 30 days where it grew by 36,062 with an average 1,202 new followers per day. 

Discord server is equally as populated with 43,000 registered unique users and is very active in all channels. It has a simplified verification procedure to enable quick onboarding; this however leaves it vulnerable to botspam. The Discord has a very active moderation team to ensure this happens to a minimum. 

Team Overview 

The team is made of industry professionals who have successfully launched other collections in the past. Not all members of the team have made themselves public however the majority of them have which lends a lot of credibility to the project. The team also has a spotless reputation and plenty of relevant experience in their respective fields. 

Zeronis – Ex-Riot Games/ League of Legend Concept artist  – Personally designed champions Ahri, Star guardian, and K/DA.

Technical Overview

There are no significant concerns from a technical standpoint. Like most NFT projects, KillerGfs metadata is stored using IPFS rather than fully on-chain. Not ideal as the smart contracts and the metadata are separate, but IPFS is working correctly. A common challenge in visually rich metadata projects.

  • Audit status: no audits committed yet
  • Storage: OOP NFTs are stored as ERC-721 tokens on the Ethereum blockchain and graphical assets hosted on IPFS for immutable ownership.
  • Contract address: 0x6be69b2a9b153737887cfcdca7781ed1511c7e36

Whale Wallet Analysis

Killer GF currently has a Unique Holders Ratio of 53%. This is on the lower end of the spectrum; however, the collection is still relatively young which explains this ratio. A lower ratio indicated a higher susceptibility to sudden price changes. The whale concentration is average at 4.66%. A higher whale concentration suggests an increased risk of price manipulation by prominent collection holders. 

The collection is very popular with established NFT whales. It has a top 5 whale concentration of 6.31% which is significantly elevated above the norm and among them are famous whales like capsuletraphouse.eth, zhouyongyou.eth and Pranksy. It would seem that many of them are fans of League of Legends which would explain their interest. The presence of significant whales increases the social profile of the collection and usually attracts increased trading activity during buying and selling periods. 

  • Whale concentration ratio: 6.31% – 491 pieces

Summary 

Zipcy’s SuperNormal has established a robust performance in the two weeks since it has been minted. It is the 10th most traded collection in the last 30 days with a total trading volume of  $55,929,269. The floor price growth 1,831% is a strong indicator of performance however the average price growth at 3,615 % is even stronger. The utility features such as Season 2 drops of SuperNormals are universally appealing however the collection is strongly aimed towards female representation and empowerment. 

Lives of Asuna built its appeal through hand-drawn art and having a unique utility offering of a soundtrack of the collection to all holders. The collection has a very favorable trading performance. It is the 14th most traded collection in the last 30 days with a total volume of $41,241,745 with over 11,000 unique traders and continues to grow steadily. It had a meteoric growth on social media gaining over 130,000 users on Twitter in a span of 30 days. 

Killer GF’s success is directly linked to the popularity of lead artist Zeronis, who previously worked on League of Legends for ten years. The collection has a very high unique trader count of 14,608 which indicates a growing demand for the collection. Many of them are famous flippers like Pranky. In fact, six of the top ten holders of this collection are prominent flippers which explains the higher than average whale concentration of  6.31%. The collection rewards long-term holders with rare and unique pieces of art by Zeronis, which could fetch a high price among dedicated fans.  



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