Translation: 2000-2010 best-selling TV anime

Note: I frequently encounter people complaining that cheap moe/fanservice anime are being made because they sell better than “serious” anime. However, these shows typically sell extremely poorly – I hope this list will help improve your internet arguments. I’ve added a somewhat-accurate list of genres/original source material.

Source: Anime sales thread material repository on livedoor bbs, presumably from 2ch originally.

These numbers are per-volume averages, with each DVD in a box set being counted as an individual volume. (*) indicates series still being released when the list was made in 2010/05.

List of 2000-2010 TV anime DVD/BDs with 10,000+ sales

Sales Genre Series
170,479 Comedy The World of Golden Eggs
79,204 Mecha SF Gundam SEED Destiny
76,760 Light Novel Bakemonogatari (*)
70,349 Mecha SF Gundam SEED
52,900 Shounen Full Metal Alchemist
50,552 Shounen Code Geass
46,147 Mecha SF Macross Frontier
42,822 4koma Comedy K-ON!
42,690 Shounen Code Geass R2
41,038 Light Novel SF The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
39,208 SF Gundam 00
34,601 SF Gundam 00 S2
29,890 Seinen Ghost in the Shell S.A.C. 2nd Gig
29,768 Visual Novel Clannad
29,509 Sports Initial D Fourth Stage
29,146 4koma Comedy Lucky Star
27,377 Seinen Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex
26,910 4koma Comedy Azumanga Daiou
26,047 Visual Novel Fantasy Fate/stay night
25,637 Harem Romance Love Hina
24,346 Visual Novel AIR
24,253 SF+Moe A Certain Scientific Railgun (*)
22,829 Light Novel Dulalala! (*)
22,591 Magical Girl SF Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS
21,831 4koma Comedy Working!! (*)
20,450 Visual Novel Kanon (2006)
20,342 Healing Aria The Origination
20,052 Shounen SF Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann
19,819 Visual Novel Clannad After Story
19,297 Sports Ookiku Furikabutte
18,683 Fighting Bleach (1-20)
18,573 Fighting Bleach (42-63)
18,556 Light Novel SF The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya S2
18,535 ??? Mononoke
17,888 Sports Initial D Second Stage
17,864 Healing Aria The Animation
17,553 Comedy Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu
17,481 Fighting Bleach (21-41)
16,458 Harem Comedy Mahou Sensei Negima!
16,262 ??? Onegai Teacher
16,166 ??? Onegai Twins
16,079 SF Darker than Black S1
15,983 Healing Aria The Natural
15,448 Comedy Gintama S1
15,284 Comedy Gintama S2
15,246 Comedy Gintama S3
15,021 Shounen Death Note
14,216 Visual Novel Fantasy Shingetsutan Tsukihime
14,125 Fanservice Comedy Mahoromatic S1
13,920 Neo-Shounen Kuroshitsuji
13,789 Fanservice Strike Witches S1
13,723 Shounen Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood (*)
13,360 Visual Novel D.C. ~Da Capo~
13,233 ??? Hand Maid May
12,971 ??? Mai-HiME
12,937 Comedy Gintama S4
12,673 SF Darker than Black S2 (*)
12,290 ??? Ai yori Aoshi
12,126 Light Novel A Certain Magical Index S1
12,094 ??? Infinite Ryvius
11,932 Shoujo Fruits Basket
11,920 Fighting Scryed
11,800 Novel SF Banner of the Stars
11,712 SF Eureka Seven
11,521 Fanservice Comedy Mahoromatic S2
11,440 ??? Read or Die TV
11,265 ??? Mai-Otome
11,251 Magical Girl Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A’s
11,244 Comedy Minami-ke S1
11,243 ??? Rozen Maiden Träumend
11,039 ??? Honey & Clover
10,880 Harem Comedy Kannagi
10,620 Light Novel Shakugan no Shana S1
10,612 Light Novel Drama Toradora
10,315 ??? Natsume’s Book of Friends S2
10,236 ??? Natsume’s Book of Friends
10,219 Comedy Pani Poni Dash!
10,049 Seinen Mushi-shi
10,046 ??? Library War

Who says SHAFT needs industry awards?

6 Responses to “Translation: 2000-2010 best-selling TV anime”

  1. TheFluff says:

    Wait, are you trying to say K-On, Lucky Star, Clannad, Bakemonogatari, Mahou Sensei Negima, Haruhi, Love Hina, Railgun, GSD, Mahoromatic etc etc are not cheap and/or moe and/or fanservice? Because they are, bro.

    Also the numbers aren’t v accurate. They’re from Oricon, and online sales weren’t counted on Oricon until like 2007. Furthermore the number of stores reporting to Oricon went up by like 10k just before Bakemonogatari aired, so this list is a lot more about good timing than it is about actual success.

  2. TheFluff says:
  3. astrange says:

    Actually I can’t remember what the specific thing prompting this was, beyond something IRC. Maybe Kami nomi zo shiru sekai, but that one’s a little shaky (it probably would outsell Michiko e Hatchin, not sure about Five Leaves).

    In any case I don’t think K-ON is a problem, or even Haruhi. If I see real non-Internet Americans who like a show I’m more or less happy, since they might, you know, buy it. There’s a big gap between those and Shuffle or etc. Now, SEED Destiny and Clannad are a problem…

  4. kransom says:

    Did the additional stores added in the last few rounds for Oricon make that big of an impact on reported numbers for anime? I was under the impression that it was mostly conbini and the like, ie stores that Otaku don’t particularly order from. I’d expect more of a correlation between year and sales if it had that big of an impact, and nothing other than Bakemonogatari particularly stands out… it would also mean that Haruhi S2’s sales were even more pathetic ww

  5. a little late but says:

    I hardly see very many “serious” anime in that list either.

  6. astrange says:

    “Serious” here is the ones I (probably very inaccurately) listed under “seinen”. I didn’t say those sold very well either… then again I don’t think much of many of them.

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