Could the winter 2009 anime lineup prove a failure? Although the earliest DVD releases are still at the end of January, the preorder situation already looks to be weak:
(titles are ranked by Amazon sales ranking, unannounced DVDs or continuing shows not included)
マリア様がみてる 4thシーズン 第1巻 / Maria-sama ga Miteru 4th (LE)
Amazon.co.jp: DVD – 216
鋼殻のレギオス第1巻 (限定版) / Chrome Shelled Regios (LE)
Amazon.co.jp: DVD – 295
まりあ†ほりっく 第1巻 / Mariaholic
Amazon.co.jp: DVD – 505
アキカン! 1(特装版) / Akikan (LE)
Amazon.co.jp: DVD – 1,858
明日のよいち! 1 (初回限定版) / Asu no Yoichi (LE)
Amazon.co.jp: DVD – 2,003
ドルアーガの塔 / Druaga – the Sword of Uruk
Amazon.co.jp: DVD – 2,032
黒神 The Animation 第一巻 / Kurokami (LE Blu-ray)
Amazon.co.jp: DVD – 2,336
Leaving aside the already hugely popular Maria-sama, only Regios and Mariaholic look to be doing well. Akikan seems to be doing well, all things considered. Kurokami seems to have made nary a ripple in the fan community, nor won any sales…
Of those to come, possibly White Album will be able to make a strong showing, but that seems to be it.
You can see the season in more detail at the digest.
Naturally, this is but one piece of the overall picture of DVD sales and anime popularity as a whole, but certainly enthusiasm for the new titles seems to have been muted.
Perhaps things will pick up, or perhaps the season’s anime really are deficient?