A ranking of the best selling anime series of 2010 seems to bear out the notion that only moe and sex sells anime.
The ranking, from Rank Ohkoku:
2. A Certain Scientific Railgun
5. Angel Beats!
6. Hidamari Sketch ***
7. Seikon no Qwaser
8. Shin Koihime Musou
9. Ikki Tousen Xtreme Xecutor
10. GA Art Design Class
The ranking apparently only covers DVD sales (and not Blu-ray), which became a minority during 2010, so this may skew the results somewhat.
Not being a TV anime it is not included in this list, but the disc edition of the Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya is already confirmed as just under 100,000 copies, an impressive showing and probably some sort of record.
The ranking itself seems to be easily summarised – moe, slice of life and ero.
“Type A” anime fans are apparently just too stingy to support any of the series they proclaim the superiority of…