Summer Season Anime DVD/BD Sales Ranking!

In most cases, the primary measure of success and profitability for an anime is its domestic DVD and Blu-ray sales! So it’s always important to check out how well your favourite series did. Sales numbers can provide hope for a second season! Let’s have a look at how the first volumes of anime from last season fared! The Manabi Line is a rule-of-thumb test (+/- 3000) to describe whether an anime was a success or failure in DVD/BD sales.

[Total DVD+BD sales] [no. of weeks 1st volume has ranked] [title]

16,102 *4 Strike Witches II [DVD+BD]
15,857 *2 Segoku Basara [DVD]
10,049 *2 Kuroshitsuji II [DVD]
7,993 *2 HIGHSCHOOL OF THE DEAD 1 [BD+DVD]
7,244 *3 Sekirei ~Pure Engagement~[BD+DVD]
6,938 *5 Seitoki Yakuidoo 1 [BD+DVD]
6,296 *2 Amagami SS [BD+DVD]
5,203 *2 Nurarihyon no Mago [DVD]
3,467 *1 Asobi ni Ikuyo [BD+DVD]

・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・Manabi Line・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・

2,713 *2 Occult Academy [BD+DVD]
1,480 *2 Desetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu [BD+DVD]
1,371 *1 Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi [BD+DVD]
1,302 *1 Mitsudomoe [BD+DVD]
1,000 *1 Shukufuku no Campanella [BD+DVD]
,606 *1 Shiki

There aren’t really any surprises in the top 5, although Highschool of the Dead was a pretty big success for Madhouse because its popularity ended up far outstripping its anticipation. Director, Araki Tetsurou did a good job with that one. Strike Witches II was destined to sell well (but slightly less than season 1 if I recall correctly). Sengoku Basara remains a runaway success for Production I.G and the fangirls continue to lap up Kuroshitsuji without abate. I find the sales of Seitokai Yakuindomo pretty surprising. I didn’t watch that anime but it certainly wasn’t all that hyped. Amagami SS sold strongly, but I wonder how future volumes will sell. Asobi ni Ikuyo just managed to scrape past the Manabi Line.

Last seasons failures are pretty depressing. Occult Academy is a big improvement over the last Anime ni Chikara project (Senkou no Night Raid), but still didn’t manage to make it above the Manabi Line. Mind you, I didn’t really like that anime. One anime I DID like is Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi. I think it was a cut above most J.C Staff anime because they gave opportunities to a number of animators to express themselves and take charge of episodes. This gave the show some individuality in its production, and improved its quality significantly. So it’s a real shame it didn’t sell well. Mitsudomoe was a surprise bomb – did the producers jump the gun announcing a second season!? I have to commend Bridge for their work on that anime. I think several of the anime below the Manabi Line were better produced than Strike Witches II ;_;.

What are your thoughts?

7 thoughts on “Summer Season Anime DVD/BD Sales Ranking!

  1. I agree Strike Witches 2 is meh, but you’ve got it’s core fans from the 1st season

    Mitsudomoe hasn’t bombed : \ the producers are banking on the 2nd season and not sure if it has a BD release which factors into overall sales
    Japanese anime fans love BD over DVD

    1. Yeah, Kadokawa should have spent a bit more money making it better because they knew it would sell! But whatever they can get away with, I guess.

      That figure for Mitsudomoe is apparently DVD+Blu-ray. I remember reading the separate figures in the weekly charts. So, sadly it sold poorly!

      Thanks for the comment :)

  2. Pretty suprised to see Mitsudomoe, Shiki and even Ookami-san down at the bottom…(although can’t say I was expecting to see Shiki sell that well in the first place…). But Mitsudomoe did get a bit old after a while…so I’m not sure if they could really pull off a second season…
    I too am pretty shocked that Seitokai Yakuindomo sold so well, but it was a pretty good comedy : ) .

    1. Seitokai Yakuindomo was the biggest surprise of the season for me too! I should probably watch it..

      I never expected Shiki sales to be high, which is why I don’t complain that the show is made fairly cheaply (but in a polished kind of way).

  3. IMO Mitsudomoe hits its stride as the series progresses.
    Kind of sad that DYD didn’t do so well, but considering that the first episode is so lackluster and the production didn’t pump in tonnes of budget it’s understandable why it doesn’t get enough sales. At least it raise awareness of the franchise.

  4. 1,480 *2 Desetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu [BD+DVD]

    Makes me cry. Was hoping for a sequel, where everything really begins.

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