K-ON! Dominates Charts, Otaku to Blame?


The OP and ED for Mio oppai anime K-ON! were recently released as singles, and to no one’s surprise both have proved hits, coming in at third and fourth in the national Oricon charts. Both also seized the top two positions on Amazon’s rankings.

The ED tune, Don’t Say “Lazy”, came in at number three, whilst the OP song “Cagayake! GIRLS” took fourth place.


As you can see from the above image, with one otaku alone buying no less than 11 copies, we must wonder how much of this success is due to musical value and how much to canny marketing on the publisher’s part, though admittedly in the case of otaku it is more akin to shooting fish in a barrel

You can pick up the CDs here and here. Anyone buying more than 11 is invited to post pictures on the forums.

Via New Akiba.

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    Comment by Muzaffar
    01:24 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sorry for me being an ass but, who occupies the top 2 on the Oricon charts if K-On! is third and fourth? I really do need to keep up with the J-music scene...

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    Comment by ToastCrust
    03:01 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Some boy band's song is in first place:

    The one in second place is One Piece's 11th Opening (some other boy band, coincidentally).
    (PV comes up after a few seconds).

    Comment by rabbit
    06:27 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    boys >> girls

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    Comment by Hirohata
    01:54 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This always seems to happen when hit anime with awesome OP/ED comes out~

    Eitherway, just received my limited edition CDs today~ :D Was thinking on getting the regular editions as well, but don't have enough funds... Well, at least they'll be available for quite some time~

    Comment by Leefe
    03:43 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Shooting fish in a barrel has been busted as a myth. If you use a minigun. Oh yeah.

    Comment by Tezs
    23:30 24/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I got my copies in via Fedex Thursday morning.I immediately transferred the songs to my playlists and put the masters(cds)away for safe keeping.

    Oh...and i only bought one copy each.I had an Amazon credit for 29000 Yen, so it didn't cost m a bloody cent.

    Comment by barbaho
    21:57 24/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    now I know why Kamen Rider Decade's Ride the Wind Single din't top charts this time

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:54 24/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    now I know why kamen rider decade's ride the wind single didn't top the charts he got beaten by a couple of girls

    Comment by Firo
    21:50 24/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by Jarmel
    22:07 24/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Too bad "Don't Say Lazy" turned out to be a crappy song.

    Comment by Carlos
    22:16 24/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Y esot es el la muestra de lo que puede hacer el MOE, lastima que otros animes mejores no lo logren, aun que estoy pensando en ver K-ON!.

    Comment by De JaY
    22:27 24/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just ordered my copies.

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    Comment by maru
    22:19 24/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    *torrents 15 times*

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    Comment by Anonymous
    13:19 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is fucking ass stupid!

    Those otakus are going CRAZY over K-on and I don't even think it's that great of a show in my personal opinion.

    It's like Beck except take away a few degrees of realism and add in moe characters. In the end it only has a tiny tiny tiny portion of the band and music element left.

    Oh yeah, the OP and ED suck.

    /waits for flaming

    Comment by gonzomehum
    12:04 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    As Mythbusters has kindly pointed out, shooting fish in a barrel isn't as easy as it looks.

    Unless you own a minigun.

    (with these album sales, the recording company can probably afford a few miniguns, to be fair~)

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:07 26/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    11? That's ridiculous. It's not even funny.

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    Comment by crimson_moon
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    Comment by Icy-nee-san
    12:22 30/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    One of these days ill be 9000+ of something and force Artefact to write a article about me, and have you all comment on how stupid i am for wasting so much money!


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    Comment by Lord Ryo
    04:19 28/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's funny how after just one episode K-ON! has become a Mio oppai anime, I swear this site cracks me up!

    But 11 CDs?! I fail to see the logic, or apparently lack there of. Unless they're gifts of course, one of them being a copy for me which I'd gladly accept!

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    Comment by H8gwb
    10:45 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is the first pic a Haruhi shop?

    Must now waste time in comparison.

    Comment by ShibariComplex
    10:25 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    man their going to make so many crappy clones of this anime its not funny...

    Comment by Kevin
    08:01 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Music that is produce poorly can always get popular. And anime music is no exception. Just like rap.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:04 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    whats with all the hate on rap?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:41 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Artefact, nice marketing ploy for buying K-ON cds en masse . . .

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    Comment by Artefact
    08:53 25/04/2009 # ! Incalculable

    If they get to number one we can run a better story...

    Comment by weee
    17:37 24/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Will they also destroy their k-on stuff if they get informed mio already had a boyfriend (assuming only) like kannagi

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    Comment by Buga
    17:49 24/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i think Mio is too shy to even have the thought of having a boy friend..

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    Comment by Gantz_Playboy
    20:37 24/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    her head explodes "Poof!" at the thought of Elephant fancy pantsu- lol.

    Comment by BB
    17:50 24/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ha! that'd be fun to see

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:26 24/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    rofl i'd pay good money to see that happen

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:31 24/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    With every otaku buying those K-On single will put Johnny's boybands to shame (not to mention, today's douchebag: SMAP's Kusanagi).

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:57 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This comment made my day.

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    Comment by KLoWn
    17:30 24/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Buying 11 copies...what a waste of money..

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    Comment by Gantz_Playboy
    20:35 24/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's 11 x's the Mio!!! Mio-phytes seize him!!- lol.

    Maybe he bought 5 and are selling the other 6 to dudes in America (or elsewhere).

    Comment by Kaioshin Sama
    17:25 24/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wait, what does Kadokawa have to do with any of this now? Also for an Otaku bolstered duo of singles, Don't Say Lazy and Cagayake Girls leave a lot to be desired with their 2nd and 4th place rankings respectively (I go by Oricon for by units sold rankings).

    As for the songs themselves, both are tolerable, but also a long way off from earning a place on my permanent playlist.

    Finally anybody that buys 11 needs to manage their finances better.

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    Comment by linkinstreet
    17:39 24/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because of all the ads from them to buy the CDs? And I am not really suprised. It's not like this is the first time a person buys something this much. Not that I am saying it's normal, but you made it sound like it's something rarely happens in Japan :3

    Comment by Kaioshin Sama
    19:38 24/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Errr....actually, I was anticipating DSL getting the number 1 slot and Cagayake Girls getting the number 2 by a wide margin considering how crazy otaku usually go in buying these moe anime related singles. Don't know how you got the opposite impression from my post, nor how I would think this is a unique phenomenon? :/

    Comment by Son Gohan
    07:18 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It is _extremely_ rare for an anime song to get #1 place on the Oricon chart because they have to contend with "real life" music.
    AFAIK only the Macross Frontier OST 2 CD got #1 in recent years.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:58 24/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ................they sure hit the jackpot with this show

    Comment by Marine-RX179
    04:12 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ...that goes for the seiyuu that are voicing the girls too :P

    Comment by Zen
    17:25 24/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The ED is very good...really suitable for the anime...and always Mio is very moe....

    Comment by kuroi-phoenix
    17:23 24/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wut? 11 copies? 4 what?

    Anyways, I pretty much love the opening and Ending >_<

    Comment by EroMango
    23:48 24/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    the special edition came with 4 extra covers + 1 for the cover it came with and 1 for normal cd cover(each character is portrayed on each), so 6 copies made the most sense but the guy bought 11 special edition copies and switched all the covers to mio

    Comment by Netstryke
    14:37 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The ED is pure awesomeness but eleven?

    One question.....why?

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    Comment by basilio
    16:46 24/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haha and I wonder what the guy will do with each copy? I think he already has the purpose of each planned out already.

    Personally though, I think the songs are pretty good. Especially since the anime is based on music/bands, it is only logical that the CD's will sell pretty well as opposed to the normal anime OP/EDs.

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    Comment by Gantz_Playboy
    20:25 24/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I totally love the sound of the group "Sphere". Minako Kotobuki & Yōko Hikasa sound sweet! - The music is actually 'catchy'- I love the video of the girls singing "Future Stream" (actually the opening to "Hatsukoi Limited")- You can see them 'in motion' and get a sense of their personalitys

    My favorite 'New' Sphere song is "Happy Sorry!"

    I would totally Buy this if I was in Japan but I am more interested with the girls as a group ("Sphere") cause I can tell whose singing what.

    Comment by rockbottom
    16:45 24/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Damn was gonna buy 12 but the first 11 emptied out my bank account. Cursed economy.

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    Comment by Cei
    16:35 24/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    o wow .....11 copies

    Comment by nicute
    03:38 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    only need 1 ^^

    Just want to listen to the awesome song ^^

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:23 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i prefer to download it X3... i got all anime cds by that way :x

    Comment by The Jumper
    07:34 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    yo dawg we herd you like 11's so we bought 11's of the 11's so you can have 11's on you 11's

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:14 24/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Eleven buying 11 copies...
    I see what he did there...

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    Comment by Berserkhobo
    00:29 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    22:22 24/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I lol'd

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:07 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ALL HAIL MIO!!!!

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