Fans of anime distressed by the pathetically poor disc sales of some much loved titles share their choice of the most disappointing sales performances, some of which are surprising – whether due to their apparent popularity or the expectation that they would ever sell at all…

The rankings, with the number of sales in brackets (unknown sales numbers are usually the result of sales so embarrassingly bad that publishers obligingly refrain from making them public below a certain threshold):

1. Astarotte no Omocha (BD+DVD 1) [1,316]

2. True Tears (DVD 1) [2,869]

3. Ben-To (BD+DVD 1) [2,101]

4. Mirai Nikki (BD+DVD 1) [2,336]

5. The World God Only Knows 2 (BD+DVD 1) [2,266]

6. Arakawa Under The Bridge x Bridge (BD+DVD 1) [2,557]

7. Chihayafuru (BD+DVD 1) [Unknown]

8. Kamisama Dolls (BD+DVD 1) [1,437]

9. Tantei Opera Milky Holmes 2 (BD+DVD 1) [2,353]

10. C (BD+DVD 1) [1,640]

11. Kill Me Baby (BD+DVD1) [696]

12. Ikoku Meiro no Croisée (BD+DVD 1) [1,486]

13. Un-Go (BD+DVD 1) [1,546]

14. Kimi to Boku (BD+DVD 1) [1,853]

15. C3 (BD+DVD 1) [2,038]

16. Kaichou wa Maid-sama (BD+DVD 1) [1,101]

17. Mitsudomoe (BD+DVD 1) [1,302]

18. Zettai Karen Children (DVD 1) [2,588]

19. Heaven’s Memo Pad (BD+DVD 1) [1,550]

20. Zero no Tsukaima F (BD+DVD 1) [Unknown]

21. Shakugan no Shana 3 (BD+DVD 1) [2,828]

22. Mitsudomoe Zouryouchuu! (BD+DVD 1) [1,158]

23. Fairy Tail (DVD 1) [Unknown]

24. Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 (BD 1) [509]

25. And Yet The Town Moves (BD+DVD 1) [1,718]

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    Comment by cats2
    06:01 10/04/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    The world god only knows is one of the biggest examples of this "trend".

    The biggest fans of the series absolutely REFUSE to admit it's sales are downright pathetic even when the sales numbers are all over the place for both seasons..

    Comment by Anonymous

    The first season was good. The second season took a different direction and sucked. Son, I am disappoint.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    23:05 26/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    First season was a disaster, it sucked so hard that it was unwatchable and the second season was pretty fun.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:41 10/04/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    This is really odd, Mirai Nikki is still airing on TV and disc are here like 6-8 weeks so its no that bad I think.

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    Comment by anfuerudo
    03:44 10/04/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Yeah, this only proves the theory that sales/ratings of anime without tits are poor.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:19 10/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    more like proof of just how DEAD the anime market really is. not that japan will admit this. instead they'll just blame foreigners.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:31 10/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    All I see is proof that Japanese people can always just record it. For all we know, many of their TVs have built-in HDD recorder that can then burn into Bluray/DVD. Just set record timer, and saved that much money.

    But of course they'll just blame foreigners that watch whatever those people recorded.

    Sorry but, there is just not gonna be a plentiful market for anime that never got aired or anything. Not many would drop that amount of cash for some unknown show barely anyone has ever heard of. Just to once again show that piracy is making the out-of-Japan anime market.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:20 10/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Well, there's no inclusion of the argument for online streaming sales and things like that. I asked the Funimation reps at conventions about how they survive, and they said 'DVD sales are terrible everywhere, anime's no exception, even though strangely the sales for anime dipped less than for movies proportionately. What is keeping the business running are companies who stream now and keep up with Japan, as well as Netflix.'

    Basically it's just what we all knew was happening but hate to admit: the physical media is steadily dying even though we want it. But apparently we only want it for nostalgia.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:46 15/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    >DVD sales are terrible everywhere

    no shit, only a retard is going to buy a dvd, when they can wait for the bluray.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:31 11/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I had a roommate who once watched a movie on TV, with commercials, when we had the DVD sitting right there in the living room.

    Does Japan even really have a streaming business for anime?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:17 10/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Arakawa Under The Bridge x Bridge, Chihayafuru, Kaichou wa Maid-sama, Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, Mirai Nikki, The World God Only Knows, and Astarotte no Omocha(to some extend) should have sold higher. What the fu%$ is wrong with Japanese Otaku...

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    18:22 11/04/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I think almost all the shows in the list should have sold 10 times higher. But the price of getting even one DVD filled with only 2 or 3 episodes is absurd. Even if you are a fan of the show, buying it is just not really an option if you don't have money to throw around (or live off of parents' allowance)

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:27 10/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It has less to do with "tits" and more do to with the "price" and"extras." The Animation industry in Japan had low expectations for "YuruYuri" and it outperformed all of these show 3-1. And none of those in the cast have large busts. Its a moe-gag show with middle-school lesbians all over the place.

    I suspect the reason why Yuruyuri sold more was because of its low price(yes 5000-6000 yen is "low" in Japan) and the extras it came with it(interview with Seiyus,hand-drawn illustrations, etc).

    The committee behind the YuruYuri animation were smart. They knew that by being attentive to their fans, it was going to sell. Its was a big risk but it turned out well for them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:59 10/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yep, the high prices are what's killing their sales. Maybe the most popular anime can make a decent profit selling at those price levels, but most people aren't going to consider purchasing anime when it costs a week's wages for a season, especially anime they are only moderately interested in.

    Maybe they have experimented with lowering the prices before, but I think this is something where the prices need to stay significantly lower over time to get more people in the habit of collecting the shows they watch. Otherwise, you just have otaku buying anime on a regular basis, and they only have so much money to go around.

    Perhaps digital sales could take hold in the near future, with a much lower price point coming with the new medium. Without having to invest in manufacturing discs, they could offer anime for something more like 500 yen an episode or less, and keep them available at the virtual storefront for years to come. Maybe they could offer a lower-resolution streaming rental for something like 100 yen per episode, and allow viewers to upgrade to a permanent HD copy for a few hundred yen more. It might take a few years to fully catch on, but this kind impulse-priced model could greatly expand the market in the long-term.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:29 23/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, c'mon Funimation this is your chance to make some money if you do this!

    But first, let your services be worldwide, I don't like missing out :( I really do wanna buy some anime

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:34 11/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Moe is obviously a big selling point in anime as well as tits.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:22 10/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Have you seen Kamisama Dolls? Tits are two of the main characters.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:23 10/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think that theory is correct because, just why buy them?

    I mean in most of these, they have really nothing added from the time when they rolled out from TV. If there is no uncensoring to be done they should just add lot of extras into them... Like those short DVD specials(Yuru Yuri), commentaries like they did in Ore no Imouto or something like that.

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    Comment by Artist Rising
    06:03 10/04/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Lower those fucking high prices about 25% - 40%.

    And maybe they will make some more money.


    Comment by Anonymous
    16:43 10/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Unfortunately, The Vile Smile and the upvoters clearly have no idea about the anime industry's business model.

    It's quite simple - the DVD/BD sales are the main money-making vehicle for the production. The market for them is beyond tiny (a fraction of one percent of the population), so cutting the retail price won't increase sales all that much. Cutting them by 40% would turn just about every anime into a loss-maker.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:36 11/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Then make stuff that people besides otaku will buy? It's crazy, I know!

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    Comment by Chen-04
    23:15 26/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    In the first place the prices are only so high because otaku were buying them, when no one expected them to.

    Startet with VHS and stuff, that were sold to, what were they called again.. this place were you go to, to rent VHS for a weekend..

    Anyway, turned out not only those places that made a living of renting out VHS bought these anime, but otaku also. And they continue to.

    Damn, if they didn't start to buy at these prices we probably wouldn't even have an anime market as we know it. Because, funny thing is, they started buying around 1982 and guess when anime as we know it started out?

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    Comment by Yamato
    09:17 10/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Loli Can't Wait

    When was this? And by how much was the price lowered?

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    Comment by Powerpuff Loli
    06:58 10/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    They did try to lower them a few years back. It turned out that sales didn't increase by much. Or at least not enough to justify the discounts.

    Comment by Anonymous

    @16:43 Well then the anime industry needs to change their business model. I don't know exactly what that would entail----probably a shift toward lots of sponsors---but there are other entertainment industries in Japan that aren't so DVD/BD-reliant, so it's not impossible.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:04 10/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    They have a collector value for some people, but yeah, that's how it goes typically.

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    Comment by Gradius
    06:19 10/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    loli puz then it would be skyrocket!

    Comment by Anonymous

    Maybe its proof that Japan has actually good taste... I only wonders what is Mirai Nikki doing there?

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    Comment by Artist Rising




    When the fuck are the producers gonna learn.
    More than 80% of Otaku watch anime for the tits and ass!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:17 10/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)


    Are you looking at the same list I am?

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    Comment by PirateKing
    06:20 10/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not true!

    I want to see a great story and a great character design.

    No great story/characters, no buy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:39 11/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're in the minority. Think it was Funimation that has stated that fanservice shows are their biggest sellers, dramas are the worst.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:31 23/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The amount sold doesn't mean the quality :P But I do guess you're right.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:08 10/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    No plots, no sells.

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    Comment by Dia
    23:26 10/04/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Tokyo magnitude 8.0 has nothing but plot.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:42 15/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    more like nothing but stupid. that whole scene with the rescue robots was fucking gay.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:23 11/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think you mean "character driven." It's not something that you have to rewatch a couple times to absorb all the facets of the plot.

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    Comment by Dia
    23:49 14/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe I do. I don't remember much besides the big plot twist.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:47 10/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Agreed. Things like Code Geass sold better than Bleach becuse, while the plot and animation were far form epic, at least they tried giving it some rewatchability.

    Comment by Anonymous

    >Code Geass

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:42 10/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I enjoy how whenever something gets popular, haters come out from their holes just to bash on it.

    And no, I'm not being a Code Geass fanboy, it happens all the time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:17 10/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can agree on this. R2 was still epic but i too unlike many other finds r1 to be better. Epic to the core.

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    Comment by Crim
    15:09 10/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    To be fair CG1 was awesome

    CG2 on the other hand...

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:12 11/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    CG2 was too much rehash of things done in CG1.

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    Comment by Dirty_Dingus008
    18:51 10/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    When them creators pushed the big huge Fucking Red RESET button on plot with that second seasons' first episode, I knew it was all down hill from there. The whole show ends on a pathetic messy wet fart to boot to give it "character".. such a beautifully animated waste of time

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:16 10/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    hence why K-ON and Working sold so poorly right.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:46 10/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Can't speak for Japan, but USA Bandai had poor marketing strategies.

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    Comment by Darkwiz666
    15:11 13/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    ...and now it's dead (Bandai USA's Anime publishing).

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:33 10/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    If it'd work that way, all you type-A's would have nothing to rage about, since super-sophisticated uber-complex story-driven anime would be all that's being made today instead of the myriads of ecchi harems and slice-of-live "moe"...

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    Comment by ryusoma
    11:52 10/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    PROTIP: They make moe shit so they can sell all the fap pillows and other peripheral merchandise.

    Just take a look at any online retailer to see the ACRES of worthless shit they'll try to sell for every show now. From keychains to pillows to towels to drink coasters to coffee cups to placemats to chopsticks to iPhone cases to t-shirts to 20 different figures to artbooks to alarm clocks to pencil sets to calendars to thermos bottles to notepads to etc etc etc.

    And you know this shit is pure profit. A coffee cup will cost 30 yen to churn out of a factory in China and they'll sell it for 1000.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:23 11/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    And none of that excludes type-A shows. I won't have to say more than Neon Genesis Evangelion, will I?

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:40 11/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @05:23 Yes, & that's pretty much the FIRST & LAST type-A show that got all that merchandise.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:20 11/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ikoku Meiro no Croisée (<3) has no plot and is better sold than the first in the list.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Are you serious? True Tears has at least 10 times the plot of K-on, even you K-on fanboys should see that.

    Avatar of Kashiwazaki "Niku" Sena
    09:32 10/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Obviously it's down to brainwashing your audience. And KyoAni are the masters of it. I mean come on, how else would you get people to buy 8 episodes worth of the same episode?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:00 10/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol like how this fag immediately thinks the poster is a k-on fanboy just because it outsold something else. Typical common retard.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:29 10/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I so agree with you about True Tears. From story-line to animation quality (tbh K-On's animation quality was pretty good) True Tears trumps K-On without a doubt.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:38 11/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    True Tears... generic rushed ending, yeay!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:26 11/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agreed. True Tears was great at the beginning, but the momentum died over the course.

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