Official: Evangelion Better Than Michael Jackson

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Surpassing initial expectations, Evangelion 2.22 has outsold even the mouldering corpse of Michael Jackson to become the best selling Blu-ray ever.

Oricon statistics show that in its first week the movie’s Blu-ray release sold a magnificent 357,000 copies, the best selling Blu-ray ever in Japan – the runner up being the zombie prince of pederasty Michael Jackson, with his posthumously released “This Is It” garnering only a pathetic 351,000 copies.

Combined DVD and Blu-ray sales are already said to have reached 640,000 – the best selling “anime” anime of all time, and the 14th best selling anime ever – only mass market Ghibli and Disney animation boasts higher sales in Japan.


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    Comment by Wisteria Berlitz
    01:09 03/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I rewatched Eva multiple times...I deny the fact of "Time wasted" cos' I enjoyed re-watching

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:17 03/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i like to think of it like this. If Eva can beat "this is it" international sales then I'll be impressed. as of now it just mean it's the shit in Japan. which really doesn't affect me at all

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:53 03/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So in japan an anime movie is succesful. . . is that suposed to be a surprise?

    When international sales make that much sales, now that would be something. . .
    But is not going to happen anytime soon... especially with people that are already downloading this movie.

    And why numbers are supouse to mean that something is better? by that logic Jersey Shore must be a hell of a show, right?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:32 03/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dude, brutal analogy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:42 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe he was messed up, maybe he had some moral issues, but that doesn't mean that his songs are bad. I don't care who's singing a good song as long as they're singing it...they did sing it....Still, whether he was innocent or not, whoever accused him still won by ruining his reputation forever.

    Still, I'm happier to hear that Evangelion will still likely be remembered for another 25 years....It's not like there's going to be another recent anime that'll become a bigger classic. Everything's just so forgettable nowadays.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:31 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Asuka looks delicious in that pic.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:01 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Evangelion wins of course!
    Even best anime BD in first week (Gundam Unicorn) only sold 56k..
    Eva sells 357k.. about 7x!

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    Comment by Ribbons
    22:54 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Keep in mind Gainax has been milking Eva far more than Bandai has been milking Gundam.

    But you know what we still need? Gunbuster mechandise.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:42 05/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    “This Is It” garnering only a pathetic 351,000 copies.

    Pathetic, really now?

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    Comment by Dream Weaver
    18:39 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I prefer the ending to The End of Evangelion better. That was seriously cool. Best anime ever.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:50 13/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Okay, how can you compare a MUSIC ARTIST to a MANGA ARTISTS works, and go around bashing? O_o Upon that, if you haven't read up, after MJ died the FBI released files saying a lot of stuff he was accused of he did not do (that includes the pedophile-based things). Okay, I enjoy both EVA and MJ, but comparing music to anime sells is off. MJ may have been weird, yes, but he inspired MANY artists, dancers, and performers. Yes, those sales were about roughly 2% in difference, but check how many copies "Thriller" sold (1.27 million worldwide altogether). Next time, try to compare anime sales to anime sales, and not to a man who had to fight his own demons alot as well as alot of demons people threw at him.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:13 05/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    My anime-hating, stereotype-believing, Michael Jackson -loving, need-to-watch-NGE-denying, douchebag friend of mine just raged at this news. :D

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    Comment by PrinceHeir
    18:43 04/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    definitely need to watch the rebuild of eva :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:33 04/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Evangelion Better Than Michael Jackson"

    Captain obvious to the rescue!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:02 03/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I liked Neon Genesis Evangelion. I thought it was a pretty good show but I can't help but think it's only popular in Japan because of Rei and Asuka.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:33 03/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    enjoy it one way or another, who cares why its popular.

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    Comment by alex251
    05:44 03/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "...it's only popular in Japan because of Rei and Asuka."
    - is there a problem with it ? :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:56 03/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe the Yaoi fan girls are buying it because of Shinji and Kaoru.

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    Comment by Miroku74
    08:58 03/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That line of logic dictates that the Yuri fans buy it for the RitsukoXMaya pairing. It's a win-win situation for all involved. ^^

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:40 03/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Man, you gotta love Artefact's sophisticated troll-style in his articles. Keep up the good work

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:28 03/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i like more the new shinji more than the past emo shinji,its like a shinji after hearing the speech of touma in index ep 6, the girls personalities are meh in the rebuild,they are now more the generic kind of tsundere and emotionless girls.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    06:55 03/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anything is better than Michael Jackson.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:18 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    357k = "magnificent"
    351k = "pathetic"
    2%

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    Comment by Member548
    15:50 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Didn't Vin Diesel's most famous character say something like "by an inch or a mile, winning is winning."

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    Comment by AiEm
    00:01 03/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You know what you're right. They won Japan but they hadn't won the world.

    International music icon > Popular anime series.

    I'll point out that anime = niche. But still I'm proud to be one of the demograph.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    15:42 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    2% difference only..

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:18 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    2% in only ONE WEEK, give it 8 months (how long "This is it" has been out) and then lets talk numbers again.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:30 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Considering Pop reaches more audiences vs Anime it isn't far off the mark.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:36 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    How funny is it that 1 of those things is not so secretly all about the molestation of little boys while the other is not so secretly about sheer child neglect and abuse of little boys and girls, including the mental molestation of a 14 year old girl? I guess loli girl abuse > loli boy abuse, which is why Equality Now isn't throwing a fit for all thsoe poor little boys who are victims of sexual predation.

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    Comment by Ribbons
    23:19 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If I hear one more mention of Equality Now in a topic that has nothing to do with it, I will shoot a bitch.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:46 03/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Equality Now is made up of feminists. Feminists only look out for women.

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    Comment by Antiveli
    14:58 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I like Evangelion and Michael Jackson so this is good news.

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    Comment by Cowpies
    14:39 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's kinda... cruel against Michael, isn't it?

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    03:57 04/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Against who now?
    btw Eva remake was friggin awesome!!! :D

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    Comment by LanceRayne
    14:55 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    imma bite mah tongue on that one

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:36 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It doesnt matter... Michael's music is going to be around for at least 50 years more. . .

    That evangelion movies si going to be forgotten once they remake it in 4 years.

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    Comment by HavocAngel
    17:33 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Or in layman's terms, forever, because the music never dies.

    Don't stop till you get enough.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:45 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Good Animes Comes And Goes, But Evangelion Stays Eternal...

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:50 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    too all the people arguing about Michael. about 1/3 still hates him for being a pedo and other scandalous news. ad 2/3 still adore him for the pop sensation that he is...

    either way he is famous and infamous.

    1/3 of those ppl refuse to appoint him the title of king of pop because of their morals.

    in my eyes all i can say is he changed the music world. and if ppl like artefect can still compare him to evangelion than he is still making an impact on the world.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:39 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Its funny how the guy that only talks about ''loli action this and that'' is trying to insult Michael with the word ''pederasty''. . .

    Why dont we talk about who is better when the creator of evangelion dies and brokes the internet?

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    Comment by erochichi
    22:55 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You don`t even know who "the creator of Evangelion" is? Hint: his initials are H.A.
    Do you know how MJ got his unique singing style? No?
    He had a lot of hemorrhoids, so when dancing to music every sudden movement caused much pain down there, making him let out those hiccup and swallowing noises. Reason for his hemorrhoids?
    He was a sou-uke for all male family members in 15 years.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    14:27 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    There's something wrong with you guys comparing Evangelion to Michael Jackson sales. Hes the king of pop way before most of us were even born. Even huge debuts with The Jacksons. Thats History. So if you think about it, most of his adoring fans would not be into the present tech like bluray.

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    Comment by LanceRayne
    14:55 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    hrm
    king of pop
    pop what?

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:44 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually if they're fanatical fans, they'd buy it as a collectible and/or to see their favourite idol in crystal clear HD.

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    Comment by erochichi
    22:43 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Drop that Crystal Clear phrase. It has been used repeatedly since Beta cassette. BD has the best picture quality just now, but are you sure technical development has reached it`s end?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:32 03/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    by TODAY'S standards, and relative to all other current forms of video, BD is as "crystal-clear" as it's going to get anytime soon (as in, in the next year or so, at least). Heck, back in the days of Beta Cassette, we thought that was as good as it was going to get. And the Atari 2600, everyone thought that that was the epitome of gaming. And look where we are now.

    There's no problem with calling BD "crystal-clear", because, for all WE'RE concerned TODAY, it IS "crystal-clear."

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    Comment by ZombieMan
    16:14 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Remember that theres a lot of anime fans in japan that maybe buyed 10 copies of the same movie. . . so maybe we have to change those numbers

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    Comment by alex251
    17:15 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    but it seems that just Haruhi and K-ON fans are such idiots

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:15 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm old enough to remember him way back then. And yeah, I hated him back then. I thought he was shit, his music is shit and mindless worship by the unwashed masses of his shit music is shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:08 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    R.I.P. M.J.

    You know you got alot of anger issues there buddy. Simmer down a bit. Just say you hate R & B Music, Period. You don't have to go all psycho on us, because you hate the guy.

    I'm going to pray for you anonymous...

    maybe you need to go back taking your pills or something.

    I dunno, people sure been getting racial lately everywhere I go.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:52 03/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe I didn't explain myself. I didn't hate the MAN, I hated the God-status that the mindless unwashed seemed to have held him, (and still do). To be fair I think all celebrity worshippers are idiots.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:46 03/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "I'm going to pray for you anonymous..."
    Please don't, we don't need your wasted breath.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:45 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Except that there was no mention of race anywhere in that comment...

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    Comment by HavocAngel
    17:27 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    King of pop, been around for 40 some years...351,000 copies.

    Evangelion, been around for 16 years... 357,000 copies.

    I can see how pointless it is.

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    Comment by Miroku74
    22:41 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah.... economic necrophilia is such an excellent example to go by. <_<

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:22 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Economic necrophilia....I never thought of it that way....o.O

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    Comment by ZombieMan
    17:35 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah but we are talking about a MOVIE against a video of the rehearsals that were not meant to be seen!

    Its like comparing a complete volume of a manga against a storyboard of a half a volume!

    And the dvd sold 1.5 millions of copies anyway!







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