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Japanese Animation DVD Ranking, May 9–15

posted on 2007-05-18 05:52 EDT
Musical shōjo Nodame, La Corda d'Oro hit high notes

Classical music and shōjo anime may be faltering in popularity in North America, but they prove to be a dynamic duo in Japan. Not only do the classically-trained Nodame Cantabile and La Corda D'Oro - primo passo IV take the #1 and #3 spots (separated only by the American CG movie Open Season), but the not so musically inclined, but still unabashedly shōjo fantasy of The Story of Saiunkoku trails not far behind at #7. Besides having a "moving" multi-frame cover art gimmick of the lead male character Chiaki waving his conducting baton, the Nodame Cantabile #2 DVD also includes a video that reveals the "secret" of how the musical performance scenes were animated.

Rank Title Release Date Maker
1 Nodame Cantabile #2 (Limited Initial Pressing) May 11 ASMIK
2 Open Season Collectors' Edition (Limited Initial Edition Pricing) May 9 Sony Pictures
3 La Corda D'Oro - primo passo IV May 9 Aniplex
4 Kanon #5 May 2 TBS
5 Freedom #3 April 25 Bandai Visual
6 The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Regular Edition) April 20 Kadokawa
7 The Story of Saiunkoku #10 (Limited Initial Edition) May 10 Kadokawa
8 Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion #4 April 25 Bandai Visual
9 The Wild April 25 Buena Vista
10 School Utopia: Manabi Straight! #2 (Limited Edition) May 9 King

Source: Oricon


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