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Top Selling Anime in the Nation

posted on by Christopher Macdonald
Top selling Anime based on various lists.

In Billboard's list of top VHS video sales for last week (to be published in the November 11th issue of Billboard) the edited versions Dragon Ball Z "Showdown" and "Dark Prince Returns" remain in the list is positions 27 and 36 respectively, down somewhat from last week, while the unedited version of Showdown and Pokémon 3 - The Movie have fallen right off the list. That's a pretty long fall for Pikachu who probably felt pretty secure as the 8th top selling VHS tape in the nation last week.

Once again this week there are no other Anime in the Top 40 video sales, top 25 DVD sales or top 25 kids video sales.

Meanwhile over at Amazon.com there is a bit of Anime in their "Hot 100 DVDs" list. Robotech - Masters - Legacy Collection 4 and Ah! My Goddess: The Movie make it into the list at positions 83 and 86 respectively.

Amazon.com's top 10 selling Anime list looks like this:

  1. Oh My Goddess! DVD Vol. 2
  2. Robotech - Masters - Legacy Collection 4 DVD
  3. Rurouni Kenshin - Blind Justice DVD
  4. Vampire Hunter D (1985) DVD
  5. Robotech - Masters - Legacy Collection 5 DVD (pre-order)
  6. Ah! My Goddess: The Movie DVD (pre-order)
  7. Cowboy Bebop - The Perfect Sessions (pre-order)
  8. Robotech: The Macross Saga - Legacy Collection 3 DVD
  9. Those Who Hunt Elves DVD Vol 1 (pre-order)
  10. Escaflowne - Forever & Ever (Vol. 8)

Wondering why the lists don't seem to match? That's because the top selling Anime list is updated daily, while the top selling DVD list is updated hourly.

Enough with the mainstream though, what you really want to know is what Anime are other Otaku buying,
and the best way to find out is to look at the top ten lists of online Anime specialty shops like
The Right Stuff International and Anime Castle. Their top ten DVD and VHS lists are as follows.

Anime Castle:


  1. Oh! My Goddess Vol. 2 DVD
  2. Rurouni Kenshin Vol. 12 DVD: Blind Justice
  3. Oh! My Goddess Vol. 1 DVD
  4. Cardcaptor Sakura Vol. 6: Friends and Family (DVD)
  5. Saber Marionette J DVD Collection 3
  6. Gundam Wing DVD Operation 10
  7. Generator Gawl Vol. 4 DVD
  8. Sorcerer Hunters DVD Vol. 4: Magical Battles
  9. X Movie DVD
  10. Fushigi Yuugi DVD Boxset I


  1. Magic Knight Rayearth OVA Vol. 1 (dub)
  2. Rayearth OVA Vol. 2 (dub)
  3. Rayearth OVA Vol. 3 (dub)
  4. The Slayers Next Collectors Box Set 1 Vol 1 - 4 (sub)
  5. Dream Hazard / Pianist (dub)
  6. Magic Knight Rayearth Vol 1 - 5: Memorial Boxset (dub)
  7. Oh! My Goddess Vol. 3 Goddess (sub)
  8. Eat-Man Boxset Vol. 1 - 6 (sub)
  9. Magic Knight Rayearth Vol. 1: Daybreak (sub)
  10. MS Gundam 0083 Vol. 2 Stardust Memory (sub)

The Right Stuf International:

Top 10 DVD

  1. Votoms, Armored Trooper DVD Set 3 (DVD 9-12, Deadworld Sunsa) (S)
  2. Zenki DVD (Hyb)
  3. Evangelion, Neon Genesis DVD 4: Battle In Inner Space (Hyb)
  4. Rurouni Kenshin 13: Innocence and Experience DVD (Hyb) (eps 53-57)
  5. Gasaraki 3: Betrayal DVD (Hyb)
  6. Rurouni Kenshin 12: Blind Justice DVD (Hyb) (eps 48-52)
  7. Dragon Ball Z 59: Babidi: Rivals DVD (Hyb)
  8. Ranma 1/2 Digital Dojo TV Series (1st Season) Box Set DVD (Hyb)
  9. Knight Hunters, Weiss Kreuz Vol. 1: Dead Ringer DVD (Hyb) (eps 1-5)
  10. Urusei Yatsura TV 4 DVD (S) (eps 13-16)

Top 10 VHS Titles

  1. Cat Girl Nuku Nuku 2 (S)
  2. Cat Girl Nuku Nuku 1 (S)
  3. Cat Girl Nuku Nuku 3 (S)
  4. Dragon Ball Z 61: Cell Games: Guardian's Return (D) Uncut (eps 157-159)
  5. Dragon Ball Z 60: Cell Games: A Moment's Peace (D) Uncut (eps 154-156)
  6. Dragon Ball Z 62: Majin Buu: The Hatching (D) Uncut
  7. Farscape Collection 3 Box Set (volumes 7-9) (D) LiveAction
  8. Compiler 1 (D)
  9. Kimba, the White Lion Box Set 1 [1966] (Vols 1-6) (D)
  10. Rurouni Kenshin 12: Blind Justice (D) (eps 48-52)

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