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Manga Entertainment's Top Anime Sellers of 2011

posted on 2011-12-21 20:54 EST
Akira and Yu-Gi-Oh top the list.

Manga Entertainment has listed its top-selling anime releases of 2011 through its twitter feed. In descending order, they are:

1. Akira 2011 reissue (Blu-Ray)

2. Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time (DVD)

3. Summer Wars

4. 5 Centimetres per Second

5. Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance

6. Highschool of the Dead

7. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood: Volume 3

In a subsequent twitter discussion, Manga described Summer Wars and 5 Centimetres per Second as "evergreen" titles. Asked about the high placing of Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time, Manga commented, " I think [it was] because it was available in Asda and Morrisons, came with a free rare card and was stupidly cheap on [the] shelf." On the next Evangelion film, Manga said, "Eva 3.0 is taking a long time to arrive. We can only hope for a late 2012 release in Japan."

Although the top five placings are all cinema feature films, Manga said that anime series are "still our bread and butter." Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Naruto, Bleach, Death Note, D.Gray-man, Eden of the East and Darker than Black were all said to be "going strong."

Among Manga's ongoing series, volumes 5 to 7 of Naruto Shippūden sold "over 16,000 copies this year" and Bleach seasons 6 and 7 "sold over 8,000 units this year combined." The Eden of the East anime, consisting of the TV series (released in the U.K in 2010) and two follow-up films (released in 2011) had sold a combined total of nearly 12,000 copies.


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