Friday, February 26, 2010

2009 Anime DVD/Blu-Ray Sales -- Bakemonogatari, K-On and The Rest

Here is a provisional tabulation of sales of the first DVD/BD releases of 2009 anime.

Heading the list -- no surprise -- are Bakemonogatari and K-On. Next comes the new Suzumiya Haruhi, showing that Kadokawa's marketing sense reigns supreme.

Then comes a big surprise, at least for me: the next title is Hetalia Axis Powers 1. Fujoshi power?

Posted on 2channel 26 February 2010. Provisional listing of sales of first releases of anime which began broadcast in 2009 -- 32 titles in all:

- rank/sales/broadcast season/title/media/release date -

1. 79,789 summer  Bakemonogatari BD/DVD released 2009/9/30
2. 51,192 spring  K-On! BD/DVD 2009/07/29
3. 31,851 summer  Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu 2 DVD 2009/08/28
4. 28,027 winter Hetalia Axis Powers 1 DVD 2009/04/24
5. 24,653 autumn To Aru Kagaku no Railgun BD/DVD 2010/01/29
6. 23,434 spr Fullmetal Alchemist 2 BD/DVD 2009/08/26
7. 20,945 sum Hetalia Axis Powers 2 DVD 2009/10/23
8. 15,643 spr Gintama 4 DVD 2009/10/28
9. 15,541 spr Suzumiya Haruhi-chan no Yuuutsu DVD 2009/05/29
10. 13,983 spr Queen's Blade 1 BD/DVD 2009/06/25
11. 13,904 aut Darker than Black 2 BD/DVD 2009/12/23
12. 12,340 win Natsume Yuujinchou 2 DVD 2009/04/22
13. 12,014 spr Sengoku Basara DVD 2009/07/01
14. 10,497 aut Kimi ni Todoke DVD 2009/12/23
15. 9,760 spr Higashi no Eden BD/DVD 2009/07/29
16. 8,671 aut Sora no Otoshimono DVD 2009/12/25
17. 7,917 spr Hayate no Gotoku 2 BD/DVD 2009/08/21
18. 7,632 aut Seitokai no Ichizon DVD 2009/12/11
19. 7,593 spr Pandora Hearts DVD 2009/07/24
20. 7,250 aut Queen's Blade 2 BD/DVD 2009/12/22
21. 6,996 spr Saki DVD 2009/07/15
22. 5,482 win Chrome-Shelled Regios DVD 2009/03/27
23. 5,287 sum Spice & Wolf 2 BD/DVD 2009/10/7
24. 5,281 sum GA Geijutsu-ka Art Design Class DVD 2009/11/6
25. 4,799 sum CANAAN BD/DVD 2009/10/21
26. 4,591 aut Kaempfer BD/DVD 2009/12/23
27. 4,548 win Maria†Holic DVD 2009/03/25
28. 4,523 sum Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei 3 DVD 2009/9/30
29. 4,459 aut Nogizaka Haruka 2 BD/DVD 2009/12/23
30. 4,387 win Minami-ke 3 DVD 2009/04/08
31. 4,283 sum Princess Lover DVD 2009/10/23
32. 4,028 aut Tegami Bachi DVD 2010/01/27

For those who can read Japanese, here is the original list, which gives full titles and a bit more detail about the disc editions:

2009年テレビアニメDVD/BD 1巻累計売り上げ(暫定版)

*1. 79,789 夏 化物語 第一巻 ひたぎクラブ (完全生産限定版) [BD+DVD]: 2009/9/30
*2. 51,192 春 けいおん! 1 (初回限定生産) [BD+DVD]: 2009/07/29
*3. 31,851 春 涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱4 笹の葉ラプソディ(第1巻)限定版 [DVD]: 2009/08/28
*4. 28,027 冬 ヘタリア Axis Powers vol.1【初回限定版】 [DVD]: 2009/04/24
*5. 24,653 秋 とある科学の超電磁砲 第1巻 <初回限定版> [BD+DVD]: 2010/01/29
*6. 23,434 春 鋼の錬金術師 FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST 1 [BD+DVD]: 2009/08/26
*7. 20,945 夏 ヘタリア Axis Powers 第5巻(第2期)【初回限定版】(DVD)10/23
*8. 15,643 春 銀魂 シーズン其ノ四 1 (完全生産限定版) [DVD]: 2009/10/28
*9. 15,541 春 涼宮ハルヒちゃんの憂鬱とにょろ~ん☆ちゅるやさん 最初(第1巻) (DVD) 2009/05/29
10. 13,983 春 クイーンズブレイド 流浪の戦士 第1巻 [BD+DVD]: 2009/06/25
11. 13,904 秋 DARKER THAN BLACK-流星の双子- (1) [BD+DVD]: 2009/12/23
12. 12,340 冬 続・夏目友人帳 1 【完全生産限定版】 [DVD]: 2009/04/22
13. 12,014 春 戦国BASARA 其の壱 [DVD]: 2009/07/01
14. 10,497 秋 君に届け Vol.1 [DVD]: 2009/12/23
15. *9,760 春 東のエデン 第1巻 (初回限定生産版) [BD+DVD]: 2009/07/29
16. *8,671 秋 そらのおとしもの 限定版 第1巻 [DVD]: 2009/12/25
17. *7,917 春 ハヤテのごとく!! 2nd season 01 (初回限定生産) [BD+DVD]: 2009/08/21
18. *7,632 秋 生徒会の一存 第1巻 限定版 [DVD]: 2009/12/11
19. *7,593 春 PANDORAHEARTS DVD RETRACE:1 [DVD]: 2009/07/24
20. *7,250 秋 クイーンズブレイド 玉座を継ぐ者 第1巻 [BD+DVD]: 2009/12/22
21. *6,996 春 咲-Saki- 1 [DVD]: 2009/07/15
22. *5,482 冬 鋼殻のレギオス第1巻 (限定版) [DVD]: 2009/03/27
23. *5,287 夏 狼と香辛料II【1】 [BD+DVD]: 2009/10/7
24. *5,281 夏 GA 芸術科アートデザインクラス vol.1(初回限定版) [DVD]: 2009/11/6
25. *4,799 夏 CANAAN【1】 [BD+DVD]: 2009/10/21
26. *4,591 秋 けんぷファーVOL1(初回限定生産) [BD+DVD]: 2009/12/23
27. *4,548 冬 まりあ†ほりっく 第1巻 [DVD]: 2009/03/25
28. *4,523 夏 懺・さよなら絶望先生 第一集【特装版】 [DVD]: 2009/9/30
29. *4,459 秋 乃木坂春香の秘密 ぴゅあれっつぁ♪ 第1巻 <初回限定版> [BD+DVD]: 2009/12/23
30. *4,387 冬 みなみけ おかえり 1〔初回限定版〕 [DVD]: 2009/04/08
31. *4,283 夏 プリンセスラバー! Vol.1 [DVD セレブ+コレクターズ]: 2009/10/23
32. *4,028 秋 テガミバチ 1 [DVD]: 2010/01/27

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

"More Real Than Reality" -- Yuuki Aoi on Sawashiro Miyuki

yuuki aoi sawashiro miyukiIt comes as no surprise that YUUKI Aoi, the 17-year-old seiyuu wunderkind who has prominent roles in four different shows at the moment, is a big fan of SAWASHIRO Miyuki, the voice actress who co-starred with her when she got her big break in Kurenai.

Yuuki-chan has an active blog, in which she posts almost every day. A few days ago, she had an adulatory post about Miyukichi:

I got the chance to be with Sawashiro-san recently (*´∇`*)
It had been a long time since I had seen her acting in person.
Sawashiro-san is so great.... So cool!!
Closing my eyes, I felt the world expanding:
How the air smelt, how the food tasted
How she was standing, what kind of person she was,
How nervous she felt when she was dealing with someone,
The physical effort she made, etc...
It was really fantastic.
Her acting was more real than reality.
Anyway, I thought Sawashiro-san was amazing.
I so admire her... (*´Д`*)

I'm not sure where Yuuki saw Miyukichi. Sawashiro-san's next live theatre performance is in a play with Theatre Gekidango that starts Wednesday night. I'm guessing they both had roles in an anime or game and met at a recording session. Yuuki does have a minor role (as young Shinra) in Durarara, of which Miyukichi is one of the stars.

In other Yuuki news, she announced last week that she had got into her first-choice university. She exulted that her hard studying had succeeded, and thanked all the people who had helped and encouraged her.

She looked forward to having more free time now to both study at university and do her seiyuu work. This is Japan, where university is seen as an easier time than high school, during which many students not only go to regular school during the day, but go to cram school at night.

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Tanaka Rie and Sanpei Yuuko Exchange Birthday Presents

Seiyuu Sanpei Yuuko turns 24 on Sunday and she has already received presents from Tanaka Rie. In fact, they have exchanged presents: RieRie turned 31 on January 3.

YuuYuu gave Rie a Samantha Thavasa pendant, in the shape of a cake. Rie gave Yuuko -- whose mascot is a yellow duck -- a yellow Care Bear phone-strap, yellow stockings, and frilly yellow panties:



Yuuko has been close friends with Koshimizu Ami for many years, and has had a pretend (?) yuri relationship with her. But rumors that Yuuko and Irino Miyu are an item, and now her friendship with the glamorous RieRie, make it look as if things are changing.

Tanaka-san's best recent performance was as Liang Qi in Canaan. Sanpei-san is great as Chizu-chan in Kimi ni Todoke. Here are pics of Tanaka Rie (left) and Sanpei Yuuko:



Info and pictures from Yuuko's and Rie's blogs.