Bakemonogatari Sells 44,000, Beats K-ON!


Just when it seemed only generic moe and giant robot anime had any chance of attaining blockbuster status, the combined sales of the Bakemonogatari Blu-ray and DVD attained a staggering 44,000 in their first week, beating even K-ON!’s 41,000.

Oricon’s figures for 9/28 to 10/4 indicate Bakemonogatari 1 beat all comers and sold 29,000 copies in BD and a further 15,000 in DVD for a total of 44,000.

By comparison, K-ON!’s then record breaking first volume total sales came to 41,000, and those of Macross Frontier to 39,000. Haruhi managed a paltry 29,000, although non-late night anime (invariably involving giant robots) have managed as much as 57,000 in the first week.

Shaft finally appears to have struck gold, and it seems possible its shameless tactics of broadcasting an unfinished anime may not backfire after all…

The Blu-ray edition is on sale now.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    07:22 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Fuck yeah! An actually good anime.

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    Comment by Overt
    06:21 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I will say it once and for all:


    Seriously, it's so good even the good ol' haters look dumb badmouthing it.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    15:22 12/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nisemonogatari is even better!

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    Comment by MidnightTide
    06:25 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Need DVDs ASAP!!

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    Comment by Fapping Time
    06:27 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hitagi makes me want to spank it till there's no tomorrow. She can even staple me on the ass while I'm at it. I would come buckets...

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:09 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anime fans are retarded and the kind that like Bakemonogatari are the worst kind.

    05:15 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Another(?) whore wants attention..~♬

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:49 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm not surprised the users of Sankaku Complex, sad virgin nerds who have no friends, would like Bakemonogatari, but really, you guys only make everyone else who watches anime look bad.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:19 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not that you're right but so why do you visit this site anyways? it's like you like ya** and go for a site of it just to troll

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:16 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Which also makes you a sad virgin nerd who has no friends.

    Troll fail is fail. Go like Bakemonogatari, at least you'll feel better than being a sad virgin nerd who has no friends who hates it.

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    Comment by maxchain
    03:57 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, but will it boost amp sales?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:08 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is surprising to me, Bakemonogatari was the shittiest anime I've seen in awhile. Especially the characters and artwork.

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    Comment by kajunbowser
    04:37 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You fail. Bakemonogatari was the sleeper series of the summer. I liek K-ON! as much as the next guy, but QFT and give your SHAFTers their due.
    Nice job, SHAFT! (^_^)b

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    Comment by nocturne
    05:08 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    There was a lot of hype around this series months before it aired. If that's your definition of what a "sleeper hit" is, then i guess you're right.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:00 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    2ch posts before it aired were like 1000 (if I remember statistics correctly).

    I dont see how this qualifies as hype.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:42 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It doesn't qualify as a "sleeper" if everyone hails it as epic. However, I do agree that SHAFT did an awesome job with this (except that one episode during Nadeko snake where it looked like a literal slide show during most of the episode)

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    Comment by Hiroshi
    07:42 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    that is because they're planning on putting the whole scene in the DVD so people will buy it. And people probably will for the extra scene and junk. ( I'll buy them if i can find them so i'm not saying anything bad...)

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:40 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Obvious troll is obvious

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:57 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wasn't trolling, I was serious. The characters all have retarded personalities that are far too typical of this type of shit.

    As for the artwork, I see no grace in being inconsistent. So Shaft can't hire a team that can work together to make things blend in well. Laziness is not quality.

    It's sort of sad too, had it been a series done for comedic or satirical purposes, I could have seen myself enjoying it. "Oh no, a crab stole my weight and I am upset."

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    Comment by Kioswan
    05:35 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It is not impossible for the artwork to be "what some would consider." good. The thing is, if it were consistent then it would have been good, but it wasn't, so overall the artwork was terrible, and I don't care how high quality your screen shots are, a bad art style is a bad art style.

    Also I would like to note that even if there were comedic moments in the series, (bear in mind something like that is far from unheard of in these types of series.) that doesn't make it good. What I meant when I said comedic and satirical was a mockery of itself and the way stories like it are told.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:40 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Again you are clearly not watching the same anime. It is very self referential mentioning things like game-gal characters, tsundere archetypes, typical romantic responses.

    And what is inconsistent or bad about the art style? Again, episode 1 and 2 on the Blu-ray had a lot of quality scenes and artwork.

    If you don't enjoy the art style then it's your loss. It was clearly eye candy and I couldn't think of any series this fall that looked as sharp or different (shading, lightning, character designs).

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:20 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The artwork is generally pretty nice. I don't know what you are talking about. There are probably thousand of screens from episode 1 and 2 of the blu-ray that will prove you wrong.

    And the series is comedic and satirical at points. We must be watching different things.

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    Comment by Shuu
    05:25 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't feed the trolls. Those that claim that they aren't actually trolling are the worst...

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:17 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Troll is obvious.

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    Comment by Hiroshi
    07:46 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    What is wrong with u people? Have you seen some of the anime that came out this year? it was crap! Bakemonogatari has one of the best art work EVERY.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:18 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    戦場ヶ原 ひたぎ is my WAIFU!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:40 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    04:26 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "hit or miss"

    Miss for me...that crazy "artistic" animation style ruins it all...could have been good, but...they ruined it. And they do it to most anime they make, sad...

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:58 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    SHAFT sells it for me on a lot of things I wouldn't otherwise watch. Some like Picasso; some like Botticelli.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:02 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Shinbo is a hack

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:04 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bakemonogatari is a generic moe anime you fool

    05:11 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Someone wants attention..~♪

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:50 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just try to prove me wrong. It's no less generic than K-On

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:56 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Name one other anime that is like it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:00 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I guess it comes down to who says "prove me wrong" first?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:04 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Okay. Let's make it easier. Name a character like Senjougahara.

    Don't tell me you think she is a generic tsundere because that tells me you are trolling.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:01 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If we get down into the little details, naturally we're going to find differences between Bakemonogatari and every other anime (just as we would for any other anime), but Bakemonogatari follows very typical archetypes of the anime genre, particularly in its characters (which are the soul of the show). I'm sure you're smart enough and know enough about anime to figure out what they are.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:07 10/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Afterall, Hitagi is the typical tsundere that public wants to see.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:47 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    anyway, senjougahara sux...

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    Comment by Hiroshi
    07:48 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    oh~~ you got pwn~ nicely said man.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:43 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    well it had to be Bakemonogatari is art, and a great tale, i hope this leads to a 2nd season

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    Comment by Hiroshi
    07:47 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    there probably wont be any since i dont think the rest of the novel is long enough for a second series...which suck...

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    Comment by GodOfSpeed
    04:41 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Awesome news, this anime is really nice, highly recommended! ^^

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:19 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    So sophistication beats moeblob this time eh. I think it is well deserved. Though i like K-On! pretty much for what it is i'm glad that such shows actually aren't the only ones producing income.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:10 16/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    ...what's sophisticated about this exactly? It's just a shameless pile of tropes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:40 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I guess I'll try watching this again. Stopped at 7 because of high levels of meh. Slightly rekindled interest because of perceived fanboying @ episode 12.

    Guess I'll see.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:03 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Baka mono Guita

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:33 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Retards finally realize that k-on is absolute shit, and just steals from old series?

    Sorry, but give me Azumanga and Osaka before K-on and Yui...

    Watch the good shows this stupid new shit rips off before you give 8-10 to everything new, fuckers..

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:53 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually K-ON was fun, Bakemonogatari being better is just natural though.

    13:17 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Retards finally realize that k-on is absolute shit, and just steals from old series?"

    No butthurt anon, they're just aware that Bakemonogatari is too and light years more awesome.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:10 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bakemonogatari is SZS and XXXholic, sure, but the shit k-on "borrows" from is just ridiculous. It's not even a show, it's like a collage of old animes.

    Worthless garbage..

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