According to a ranking released by Amazon.co.jp, of the top ten best selling Blu-ray titles, six were anime. Anime fans are thought to be a discerning crowd where visual quality is concerned, and the presence of so much anime seems to bear that out. The content of the list is not wholly surprising, though lack of Blu-ray releases removes some of the more popular titles from the ranking:
1 Biohazard Trilogy Box バイオハザードトリロジーBOX(3枚組) 2008/03/19
2 Pirates of the Carribean パイレーツ・オブ・カリビアン/ワールド・エンド 2007/12/5
3 5 Centimeters Per Second 秒速5センチメートル 2008/4/18
4 I Am Legend アイ・アム・レジェンド 2008/4/24
5 .hack//G.U TRILOGY 2008/3/25
6 Mobile Suit Gundam Char’s Counter Attack 機動戦士ガンダム逆襲のシャア 2008/2/22
7 The Place Promised in Our Early Days 雲のむこう、約束の場所 2008/4/18
8 The Phantom of the Opera オペラ座の怪人 2007/12/21
9 Ratatouille レミーのおいしいレストラン 2007/12/5
10 Mobile Suit Gundam F91 機動戦士ガンダムF91 2008/2/22
A strong showing for Gundam.
Whilst the DVD buying propensity of anime fans comes as no surprise, I do find it a little surprising that anime is so alluring considering it seems to benefit relatively little from the platform – only the best quality animation seems to be in a position to benefit from being able to display fine details which simply aren’t present in lesser animated titles, whilst even amateurishly filmed HD video gains dramatically in quality from the higher resolutions on offer.
Source is obviously Amazon, coming by way of AnimeAnime.