Anime DVD Sales Early August – Miyazaki & Gundam

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The latest weekly Anime DVD Sales rankings have been released by Oricon, highlighting the many mecha fans that are purchasing the flood of Gundam 30th Anniversary re-releases of classic Gundam titles, and of course the immense popularity of anything directed by Miyazaki.

Notes

  • Oricon lists this as their 2009/08/17 Weekly Ranking.
  • “LE” or “SE” signify Limited or Special Editions.
  • Some titles have been cropped for length

Ranking / Sales (if available) / Title

1 15,755 崖の上のポニョ / Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea
2 7,624 戦国BASARA 其の弐 / Sengoku Basara Vol. 2
3 4,114 宇宙の騎士テッカマンブレード DVD Box / Space Knight Tekkaman Blade
4 4,082 空の境界 忘却録音 / Kara no Kyoukai – Oblivion Recorder LE
5 3,584 戦場のヴァルキュリア 1 / Valkryia Chronicles 1
6 3,459 マダガスカル2 スペシャル・エディション / Madagascar 2 SE
7 N/A 07-GHOST Kapitel.1 初回限定版 / 07-GHOST Vol. 1 First LE
8 ガンダム30th 機動戦士ガンダム 逆襲のシャア / Gundam 30th Anniv. Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack
9 となりのトトロ / My Neighbor Totoro
10 ONE PIECE 9THシーズン PIECE.20 / One Piece 9th Season Vol. 20
11 ガンダム30th 機動戦士ガンダム III めぐりあい宇宙編 / Gundam 30th Mobile Suit Gundam III: Encounters in Space
12 ガンダム30th 機動戦士ガンダム I / Gundam 30th Mobile Suit Gundam I
13 ガンダム30th 機動戦士ガンダム II 哀・戦士編 / Gundam 30th Mobile Suit Gundam II: Soldiers of Sorrow
14 涼宮ハルヒちゃんの憂鬱 (3) / Suzumiya Haruhi-chan no Yuuutsu Vol. 3
15 ナルト- 疾風伝 三尾出現の章 3 / Naruto – Appearance of the Three-Tails Ch. 3
16 神曲奏界ポリフォニカ クリムゾンS 2 / Shinkyoku Soukai Polyphonica Crimson S Vol. 2
17 魔女の宅急便 / Kiki’s Delivery Service
18 けいおん!(1) / K-ON! Vol. 1
19 ガンダム30th 機動戦士ガンダムF91 / Gundam 30th Mobile Suit Gundam F91
20 ルパン三世 VS 名探偵コナン / Lupin VS Detective Conan

Clearly, Miyazaki’s latest film Ponyo continued its massive sales run, bolstered by the huge numbers of mainstream commoners who adore Studi Ghibli’s films.

The next spot goes to an otaku-only title, Vol. 2 of the Pizza Hut-loving Warring States action series Sengoku Basara, which pulled in a respectable 7,642 units in its first week on sale.

The DVD boxset of Tekkaman Blade (a classic 1992 TV series) managed to climb to the #3 spot, despite costing around $300, certainly an impressive feat.

The most obvious observation to be made from the rest of the list is the popularity of the various re-released Gundam movies, all as part of the classic mecha series’ 30th Anniversary celebrations, heralded by the giant 1/1 scale Gundam statue.

Fan-favorite Char’s Counterattack, regarded by some to be among the, if not the, best mecha films of all time, being the most popular amongst these is obvious, although the ranking of the 3 First Gundam compilation movies might be odd…

The extraordinarily sharp falloff of anime DVD sales after the first week or so of sales is well displayed by the placements of the popular Haruhi-chan DVD 3 (released 07/31) coming in at #14 and the best selling all-time TV anime release K-ON! Vol. 1 (released 07/29) at the #20 spot.

Via Oricon.


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