Top 15 Greatest Anime Which Sold Abysmally


Anime fans have sought to identify those anime which sold atrociously (in this case less than 2,000 or so copies per volume) despite actually being quite good, although in the case of some of their choices whether everyone would agree these pitiful sales were undeserved is another matter…

The ranking (with the semi-official average sales figures for each volume of the disc release – “unknown” generally indicating sales so embarrassingly low that figures were never published):

1. Kaichou wa Maid-sama! (1,707)

2. Taishou Baseball Girls (1,392)

3. Chihayafuru (Unknown)

4. Kurenai (1,922)

5. Kamisama Dolls (1,355)

6. True Tears (2,079)

7. Croisée in a Foreign Labyrinth (1,234)

8. Kill Me Baby (Unknown)

9. Princess Jellyfish (1,321)

10. Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit (1,997)

11. Sora no Manimani (1,231)

12. Shiki (1,225)

13. Softenni (783)

14. Wandering Son (1,007)

15. Sasameki Koto (Unknown)

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    Comment by Anonymous
    02:05 18/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Shiki? Really?

    Well fuck me.

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    Comment by Omega0255
    01:31 18/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.5)

    WHAT?! Shiki was fucking amazing. I can't believe it did so poorly. Kamisama dolls was also pretty good :/

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    Comment by Conduit
    07:27 18/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Although its always sad to see a good anime sell poorly, I'd say the real travesty is with shows like Kaichou wa Maid-sama! and Princess Jellyfish, great anime that will never get a second season.

    I honestly don't know if its rampant greed or just plain stupidity, but the Anime industries current business model is clearly on a one way path to self destruction and no one in the industry seems to care.

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    Comment by Lilly
    13:24 18/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    It's really sad looking at this list and knowing that Princess Jellyfish and Wandering Son will probably never see 2nd seasons.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:01 22/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    At least neither of them really need sequels. Maybe with luck those will be two shows that stand the test of time and end up being more popular later. (My non-otakue roommate likes Jellyfish Princess which is a good sign, although her comparing it to the House Bunny is kinda weird.)

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:18 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Shiki took too long explaining things, not selling well is not that surprising. Damn good series thou, once you get passed the first 5-7 episodes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:27 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The constant delay in episode didn't heap either I think...

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    Comment by Yamato

    I can kinda understand what people see in Shiki, but honestly speaking, I really didn't think it was as great as people tend to make it out to be. The ending, especially, seems like a mess... just takes a few seconds for the humans to know the truth, and suddenly, it's a god damn slaughterfest with only a scant few putting up much of a decent fight.

    They also try to force some sympathy for the okiagari... there were a few good eggs amongst them, to be sure, but in retrospect, this was the side that forcibly converted humans into them in the first place. And seriously, what human would WANT to become them? These have got to be some of the shittiest vampires in ANY form of fiction out there. I mean, aside from the typical vampire weaknesses, up to and including sunlight (taken to such an extreme that even SHADE can almost kill them... quite pathetic considering diurnal humans can get by just fine in their less preferred half of the day with just a little fire or electricity; how did vampire media manage to become so exaggerated from the classic Dracula, who only had his powers dulled in sunlight at worst?), they're just a sitting duck during an entire half of the day, and even at night, they prove incapable of overpowering an average human. Also, they try putting a scientific spin on things yet still have some stuff that makes no friggin' sense (as I recall they never gave a valid reason for okiagari being weakened by religious symbols). At least the jinrou seem pretty cool... though, the almost impossible odds of becoming one aren't worth joining them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:46 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.3)

    well you know how it is if it doesn't have loli's or fanservice it won't sell high.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:38 18/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.5)

    Then what the hell happened to Astarotte no Omocha?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:00 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    didn't follow the manga, got worse as it went on

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    Comment by DmonHiro
    01:53 18/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    But Kamisama has loli and fanservice... and a plot too complicated for most otaku, I guess.

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    Comment by DmonHiro
    03:12 18/08/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Say what you will, but it DID have a more complex plot then most loli-action shows. That's probably why it didn't sell. Sure, it was only mediocre, but many of those still sell.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:22 19/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    Tell that to Funimation. They've said that the fanservice shows sell really well, dramas don't.

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    Comment by HouseLife
    09:54 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    It's just untrue that people don't enjoy stories and plots and only fanservice sells though. Yes, they do sell a bit, but it's a mediocre sale compared to the ones that truly shine. Fanservice and ecchi don't really sell things that much, the creators just think it does and therefore add it to stories that they think need it.

    They're just thinking in terms of survival now, and for the foreseeable future unfortunately.

    If half of us even bought DVD box sets of the decent shows, everything would change. I do buy the ones I like, special edition versions. Each sale counts more now than it ever has. At a con I was told how sales of around 3K DVDs are excellent now, when 10 years ago 10K sales was pathetic. That means that unlike government, every 'vote' counts when we buy DVD box sets. Very, very much.

    Vote with our pockets. It's simple. If you buy nothing, you deserve nothing.

    Comment by Anonymous

    how the hell drama comedy can have complicated plot?? unless the majority otaku has less than 100 IQ

    Comment by Anonymous

    Complexity and simplicity are derivative of function, origin and context.

    A Gordian knot is hard to untangle, but easy to cut through. Swimming pools don't imitate the shape of natural glacial lakes very often, but instead go for what may count as simple in geometry. The choice between queening and knighting a pawn is one thing when you are a king, and another one when you're playing chess. Which policy is the default?

    A story that's convoluted or hard to digest didn't have to be hard to write, but neither it had to be easy. The key to creativity may lie in hiding one's origins, as the wives of some IQ high scorers probably could certify. And some otaku are very "meta" about their content, so they respond to such details as soon as they are made to respond to the issue of a plot.

    Not that I think it applies to Kamisama Dolls. Popularity is an arbitrary bitch, but it's hard to like what one doesn't know. If the the mutual adulation society picks something up, it thrives, but niche material with a cliche title needs some memetic luck - and tractability - for that.

    Comment by Anonymous

    true true, most people don't have tastes as deep and complex as you, wow you must be the king of being deep and thoughtful

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:14 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Sadly this is true in the market today, so many ecchi animes are made because it sells. I don't know why they if they want anime porn its not hard to find it. I also agree on Shiki being great, I enjoyed it quite a bit, wish it was longer though.

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    Comment by HouseLife
    05:30 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Japan's going through its own guerrilla form of sexual revolution right now I believe. And most anime porn isn't very good in case you haven't noticed. I think it's something more fundamental. In Japan, sex and everything else seem to be discussed very separately, and there's a bit of an irony that there are so many stories where sex is an integrated portion of the plot and character development in some form or another (for better or worse).

    Take Highschool DxD. That wouldn't have been nearly as entertaining if he weren't that type of character in that type of environment. We've seen that basic plot before, but that twist on it was just fun. And it wasn't necessary to hold the actual story together, but wouldn't have been the same without it.

    Plus, people are taking it too seriously. These are jokes. Almost every panty shot is basically a joke, all the breasts bouncing unrealistically is a joke. They are plays off of peoples' mentality of anime for the fun of it, at least that's what I'd do in those instances if it were 'required' anyway. They're so prudish about sex as a human concept that they're basically tunneling through that concept using anime.

    One shot that comes to mind in Highschool DxD was when Akeno stood up and was talking, so just became a still on her skirt. She continued talking, it stayed on her skirt as she turned around. She continued talking, and finally she bows and there's a shot of her crotch with the skirt up. The entire shot remained in preparation for that. If you're not taking yourself too seriously, you basically have to laugh because it's like the director/animators brought you in on the inside joke. They were able to make a fun, entertaining story while not taking certain elements too seriously. If people think of it as perversion, then they're just going to make themselves tired. Think of it as the joke it is, and you just get entertained.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:12 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @01:46 That's some bullshit logic you have there.

    Shows like Fate/Zero & P4 The Animation are selling very high.

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    01:55 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kamisama dolls had loli and fanservice, but it was less than medicore.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:21 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japanese tastes....

    There's no way we could ever understand that.

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    Comment by Kirameki
    05:28 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kamisama dolls really good. But would you be willing to spend a grand for the BD set?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:53 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Would you be willing to spend a grand just for some softcore porn? Esp. considering how easy it is to get hold of some real porn for free on this thing called "the internets"?

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:22 19/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Otaku are.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Shiki was good, but it wasn't amazing. It started off slow, but picked up around ep 7 or 8. What turned me off was the main character and his (homoerotic?) relationship with his friend. I liked the ending. It didn't make the vampires look good, it just made the humans look as bad as the vampires. Worse, even, as the vampires pointed out they kill for food. The humans just killed.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Shiki had way too much faggotry to sell well.

    Comment by Anonymous

    easy to believe that...nothing great about it, bored to death beside the ending kills which felt just like a displaced ending.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:32 18/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    I see someone has the attention span of an ADHD raven in a coin factory.

    Well, luckily for you the latest anime seasons are filled with masterpieces such as generic harem tits'n'ss anime #26 and the generic shounen mecha #14.

    God bless the industry and it's viewerbase.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:01 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "your poor taste is the reason you say that, but then again, we cant argue that lack of taste of yours."

    It's quite funny that you say that, since people exactly like you are the reason that 90 years ago we had Nosferatu, and since 2005 we have faggots that sparkle in the sunlight like diamonds.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:22 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Congratulations you spent a whole grueling hour and twenty minutes from a twenty four hour day. Like they said: ADHD.

    Comment by Anonymous

    your poor taste is the reason you say that, but then again, we cant argue that lack of taste of yours.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:42 18/08/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    Sorry bro, but that anime SUCKED. I gave it a chance because my friend kept telling me to watch it. I went through 4 LONG and BORING episodes waiting for it to get good, but alas, it never happened.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:13 18/08/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    >Your tastes are different than mine!
    >You must have ADHD
    Shiki wasn't all that great, get over it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:42 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    WHAT?! Shiki was fucking amazing... I can't believe it did so poorly. Kamisama dolls was also pretty good :/

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:16 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Perhaps Shiki was only released upon completion in a box set and the box set was one of those hugely priced luxury items akin to a show like Clannad\Haruhi\CCaptorSakura bluray boxes?
    Otherwise yeah it really deserved alot more love than that..

    Comment by WEL
    04:54 18/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Kill Me Baby appeared on a poll as one of the worst anime ever and now it appears on another one but about the ones that are underrated? These Japanese people are bi-polar!

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    Comment by Lilly
    13:26 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't know why, but I loved that show. Especially the ending, it just creeped up and became amazing half way through the season.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:50 20/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The first two episodes made me angry at the stupidity, so I quit, but maybe I'll finish it to see the ending. I'm not expecting much, though. Anime today basically emphasizes:

    1) Perversion (boobs, lolis, furries, etc...)
    2) Emo (crybaby heroes, people winning battles with their feelings, etc...)
    3) Stupidity (dim hero, obnoxiously optimistic girl, etc...)

    What ever happened to a plot and script? Anime today is so bad. I miss classics like Akira, Ghost in the Shell, Patlabor, Perfect Blue, Tenchi Muyo, Wicked City... Good thing we have Space Brothers and Sword Art Online this year. And I can't wait for Jormungand season 2!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:49 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hate that show. Among the worst anime I ever seen.

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    Comment by Erranty
    04:07 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    1. Kaichou wa Maid-sama! (1,707)
    Didn't make people aware of a disk release.

    10. Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit (1,997)
    Americans loved it, but it was expensive as hell.

    12. Shiki (1,225)
    Again, wasn't made aware of the disk release.

    You can blame most of this on the companies that have the rights to them not doing anything about it. Like how Viacom won't release Hey Arnold! and Doug on DVD despite them being what held Nickelodeon viewership together for so long.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:44 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    But...Hey Arnold! is on DVD. I would know because I've held it in my hands at a video store.

    Doug, on the other hand...

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    Comment by Conduit
    07:18 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Those are Japanese sales figures, not international.

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    Comment by Erranty
    11:50 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, then I guess the only one I'm surprised at is Kaichou was Maid-sama!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:28 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "7. Croisée in a Foreign Labyrinth (1,234)" This made me sad. Such an amazing series its a shame it sold so poorly.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:04 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Maid Sama shouldn't be on the list......I don't even understand why it gains popularity in the manga field......It's a much better love story than Twilight but filled with far too much freakingly nonsense gag...

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:38 24/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, I'm watching it now and it's going downhill already. It's not bad just yet, far better than ecchi shows like Familiar of Zero and Astarotte's Toy, but the first four episodes were clearly better than 5-10. Consistency isn't a quality of modern anime. :(

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:32 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Just the usual proof that otaku are braindead, when they clamor on about how awesome a series is but never buy it to support it.

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    Comment by Conduit
    07:42 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It has nothing to do with the Otaku, its all about how outrageous disc prices are in Japan. A Japanese Otaku will pay about as much for a 2 episode disc as what Americans Otaku pay for a 12 episode box set.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:32 19/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    And the reason pricing is like that in Japan is because they try to sell to otaku at outrageous prices. Because they sometimes do buy it. Who else is gonna pay $50-100 per disc? Not your average person, that's for sure. They are specifically and purposefully targeting low volume, high price.

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