Haruhi & Full Metal Alchemist DVD Sales Upsets


The sales figures for the Haruhi’s Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody DVD, the first of the “new material,” and the first of the remade Full Metal Alchemist DVDs, have been published.

Haruhi DVD “4” sold 21,812 in its first week, versus 28,729 for the very first DVD. Not a complete collapse, but hardly something which augurs well for the future, and probably the death knell for any future large-scale productions.

K-ON! by comparison has now nearly managed 50,000, demonstrating the age has truly shifted to that of K-ON!, which at least eschews an obnoxious protagonist and nonsensical storyline in favour of cheerfully vapid moe blobbery.

Far more of an upset is the dire performance of the Full Metal Alchemist remake – the first DVD sold a mere 12,578 copies, compared to 21,450 for the original, which went on to sell an abnormal 64,992 copies in total.

Even the pricey box set of the original series, cunningly released before the new series was on the scene, sold 14,544 in its first week.

With the ongoing ratings collapse for the TV broadcasts, its sales do not look set to improve…

The real question is of course how well the Endless Eight DVDs will do; anything less than a disastrous performance would be a damning indictment of the current state of the anime market and the otaku DVD collectors who drive it…

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    Comment by Anonymous
    05:24 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Endless Eight reads like an idea one of the higher-up's girlfriend had, that he had to hammer out and stick by for the sake of his sex life.

    Why else would they be defending this travesty so fervently?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:30 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because they know how truly pathetic the people that follow it are. They made a bet with themselves to see if people would put up with it. And people were so quick to bend over and grab their ankles, that they will now sell dvds of the affair and watch as people actually waste money on it.

    How pathetic the species has become, how sad and ignorant we all feign. That people could so easily mock and belittle us, and we simply ask for more.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:43 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh cry more,

    It's a fucking anime which wasn't all that bad.

    Quit raging over nothing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:05 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You're just upset because he's right. It's pathetic that people allowed that. Guess you're just as pathetic as everyone else.

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    Comment by Bokusatsu Tenshi
    03:17 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    But the truth is: Haruhi deserves it, and I really hope the Endless Eight DVDs don't get even a thousand copies sold.

    Also, I'm just waiting for studios to blame piracy (and not the bad economic situation) for low sales... just like every other market out there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:23 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    21k is really good for an opening week.

    And EE DVDs? Hell they will sell between 10-20k easily.

    Otaku's will buy them and other people will buy them to remember it or for some other weird reason.

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    Comment by Aero
    06:36 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If they haven't got anything better to do with their money, then yes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:42 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe they actually enjoyed it?

    Like i did?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:24 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    they buyers are not stupid if sell of previous episode before endless eight arc is 20 k pieces.
    Then it will be similar amount on the first week ??

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:16 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If anything, this is a good sign for Haruhi. 21,812 is a very large number and constitutes a Hit, and this is AFTER Endless Eight finished. It shows that despite E8, Haruhi fans have not abandoned the series.

    The E8 DVDs themselves will definitely sell worse, but I would bet Sighs brings it into the 20K range afterward.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:24 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Soon.. soon I will see how truly Otaku to the best that Anime could be when the second '~Haruhi' is released.

    Will Otakus clamor for the shit or understand how butt fucked they've been done over this summer?


    Comment by Anonymous
    04:32 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hell bro,

    I'm importing a copy for the hell of it.

    Probably just for the memory of it.

    A lot of other people probably will too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:22 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You, sir, are an idiot.

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    Comment by GANTZ Playboy!
    03:50 04/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anonymous said:
    Only Bill Murray could have saved the EE arc :(

    Oh please!- I can't remember the last time he made me laugh. That whole 70's Saturday Night Live crowd still wanders around trying to soak up some relavance.

    "Lost in Translation" was aweful!

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:39 04/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    2 reasons why Haruhi is falling.

    1. Kyo-Ani waited TOO long to bring out a "season 2" and it's not even a true season 2.

    2. Too Much Trolling. Kyo-Ani made many people mad when they announced that the new Haruhi would only be new episodes for season 1 and not a true season 2.

    Can't blame the sales figures.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:17 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Only Bill Murray could have saved the EE arc :(

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:59 04/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd say they're just selling the Endless Eight DVD's just to see how many stupid losers are out there that would actually buy something like this.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:20 05/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    no, moron... it's all part of the story itself... its as if the fans are Mikuru and Kyoani is playing Haruhi and fucking with their "toys". Brilliant. Will I buy? No. Do I think it's brilliant? Yes...

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:59 30/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    >which at least eschews an obnoxious protagonist and nonsensical storyline in favour of cheerfully vapid moe blobbery.

    I really don't know why I still come to this piece of shit site everybody hates. *sigh*

    Comment by Schrobby
    04:01 12/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dem Haruhi Endless 8 DVDs should rot in the shelves. Hahahaaah...

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:03 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    not all haruhi fan watch the anime ???
    atlease they didn't make a recap of the enless eight arc :p

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:44 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If sells more than 1000 it will only shows how many retards are.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:54 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow... So predictable but still fun to see!

    For FMA though... kinda disappointing about the ratings. Still the story itself is going pretty well as of now. Haruhi on the other hand I guess it's so so and kinda interesting when they fill in the gaps.

    E8 need I F*CKIN SAY MORE!?

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    Comment by maxchain
    22:36 02/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Goddamn, all eyes are on Endless Eight. The ones that weren't suckered into actually watching it, at least.

    23:02 02/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Moral of this news;

    Don't repeat stories that people already watched, even if it's a remake or somewhat like "another POV" version.

    Comment by SnooSnoo
    23:27 02/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    We can easily plot a graph of DVD sales against Time/DVD Bundle #
    Haruhi's sales will fall while FMA's will probably rise when the new material comes out. Now to get to drawing that graph.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:23 02/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The article conveniently doesn't mention that even though the current Haruhi sales are less than the first "season's" sales, they still top the current DVD charts by a fair margin.
    For comparison, volume 1 of HnG2 sale figures were at like 5000, DVD and Blu-Ray combined.
    Death knell for furutre large scale productions? Give me a break...

    Although yes, E8 figures will be extremely interesting to see.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:38 02/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The point is, it is potentially going down there, and so far, that is what it seems to show for now. Regarding about E8, i can so fucking bet they're trying to make every gimmick they could possibly throw for it before they release it just to make sure it still sells because i believe in KyoAni's dictionary, Haruhi = Milk Money, and Otakus = Haruhi.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:57 02/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    remember, it is Kadokawa, not KyoAni who is trolling
    KyoAni simply complied with Kadokawa's orders to produce E8

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:46 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    because a 584 person sample accurately represents the world right? i mean there's only a couple million anime watchers out there, so 584 has to be accurate.

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    Comment by stampede
    06:00 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    E8 was a weird, fun, frustrating, imperfect piece of schtick. it was also one of the most bold experiments in anime history, if not the boldest. i can understand if you did not enjoy E8, but "RAGING" against it will only have a chilling effect on future experiments. and you can't complain about vapid moeblob anime if you're also complaining about paradigms that seek to challenge vapidity.

    anime is so derivative and unoriginal in general, and now that we finally had a real experiment -- regardless of how successful it was -- you're going to try and punish them for it?

    we should be giving kyoani a B+ for effort and an A for pure balls. this particular effort wasn't entirely successful, but it was brave and crazy and ballsy, and anime could stand to use a lot more of that.

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    Comment by Artefact

    Hint: Haruhi was not directed by Kadokawa, it was directed by Kyoto Animation. And Yamakan never said anything about external pressure.

    It is pretty obvious that the remaining Haruhi fans are attempting to shift the blame onto "evil" Kadokawa, and so preserve the reputation of Kyoto Animation and Haruhi as a whole.

    Throughout history such excuses are rife, it is never the king but his wicked advisors...

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:11 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Artefact i have no idea what the fuck you are talking about.

    Why the hell would anyone want to shift blame when we are getting novel 10?

    There are still LOADS of Haruhi fans who enjoyed this rerun and arn't raging. Guaranteed that 90% of the people bitching have never watched Haruhi and are just doing it to troll.

    Some Statistics for you?

    I personally asked 584 people (Through MSN, Steam, Forums, ectra) who i knew had watched this rerun what they thought.

    (I can provide evidence for all of the above)

    Know how many dropped it?


    Know how many disliked it?


    Know how many loved it or at least enjoyed it?

    The rest.

    This rerun won't kill Haruhi, you are just fooling yourself.

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    Comment by Overt
    06:40 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    nice close to a "thread" full of fail, stampede, without any sarcasm.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:42 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    True. I mean, it's Haruhi. If they pulled this stunt with just any other series, the results would probably have been worse.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:25 04/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "anime can stand to use a lot more of that"

    of WHAT? a company trying something new, but instead pissing off the loyal legions of fans who were expecting an anime actually worth their hard earned money and time?

    they had PLENTY of material to work with, but instead they chose to extend a small story into 8 episodes... there's being brave... then there's being idiotic... do you actually think people like seeing the SAME exact thing over and over with little change what so ever... i mean think about it... do you think an audience would enjoy watching you stick your thumb up your ass for eight hours while standing in different positions? sure it might be entertaining and hilarious at first, but then the joke gets old...

    stop trying to justify what they did as "brave" or a word like "effort"... EFFORT? what changing the character's choice of clothing for the day? BULLSHIT... there is no real EFFORT in that...

    and as for the people still bitching for this show to fail and for Kadokawa to burn in hell or something like that... just stop... so I don't have to keep running into assholes who are attempting to make something terrible seem "ballsy" or "enjoyable"...

    also 1 more thing.. WTF just shutup you fucking dumbass, there is no one... NO ONE who would personally go around asking 584 people there opinions, then after which tally up their remarks after carefully counting the positives and negatives... and it especially pisses me off when you talk like you ACTUALLY have proof of 584 people replying to you...

    god damn bitches

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:20 05/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    support E8 = GAY

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    Comment by Artefact

    Still trying to save the reputation of that worthless anime?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:11 02/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    How is clarifying who is at fault for making Haruhi suck equivalent to trying to save the reputation of the Haruhi anime?

    He might actually agree that Haruhi is now worthless.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:05 02/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't tell us what to think, Artefact.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:08 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Go Artefact!

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:54 02/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol dont bother, we know Artefact has a blind hate for Haruhi, sure E8 sucked but the rest of the series (like Sighs) is a great watch.

    Let him enjoy his moeblobs

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:27 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's okay, he's right.
    Haruhi should have died a horrible, painful death a long time ago.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:17 02/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    With FMa it's fairly understandable. The first nine-ish episode are identical to the original, so those people who would rather skimp and save a bit for other things will likely just buy the ones that feature new content.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:53 02/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Let's wait until the first Endless Eight only DVD arrives...

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    Comment by takuya13
    21:53 02/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    =\ its a shame for full metal alchemist.. lower ratings.. and low sales.. makes us all wonder

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:58 02/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    the first dvd covers the same material as the first one so nobody's gonna buy something they already have, wait for it to diverge from the other to pick up sales, just like wait to see the endless eight dvd to release to see their sales drop

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:17 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    true.. I think the remake is getting more and more awesome for every episode now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:37 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hope you are right. That would be the way things should be.

    Comment by KHANblog
    21:48 02/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I blame Endless Eight, FAGS!

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:38 02/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    +1 How can they expect positive results after trolling like that?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:08 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Death of Haruhi.

    Get real.

    3 Years of total inactivity didn't kill it.

    New Content will certainly not kill it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:54 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just wait and see for yourself. Everything dies with time and suicide normally accelerates the process.

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    Comment by GANTZ Playboy!
    16:06 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think it's a matter of comparison & times. "Haruhi 2nd season" would've had more bump but no one expected the sexless & fuzzy "K-On!" to steal it's thunder over a month before new "Haruhi" aired.

    I think Mio was a easier fit than Haruhi this summer. It's a case of "Old Cow vs New Cow".

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:05 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    haruhi-ism died a bit. three years of inactivity with its main medium (anime) and its original (novel) has left fans drifting off to other things. as for FMA, fuck remakes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:29 02/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    >probably the death knell for any future large-scale productions

    owh. we didn't want ~that~. we just wanted them to suffer for Endless Eight. why the hell they made this suicide??? well, at least they should know any further continuation of the series will be far better received (as at least there is no possibility of repeating the EE accident)

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    Comment by Overt
    06:20 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    no possibility of repeating it? They said they want a goddamn Endless Eight movie...
    If they have proven something with EE is that they CAN repeat mistakes, and they can do it 8 times!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:00 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "They said they want a goddamn Endless Eight movie..."

    That sounded like a joke to me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:43 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ...And Prince said to Dahaka:

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:49 02/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Serves them right..

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:12 02/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    For the great sake of justice, i declare this article is FTW!!

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