Manga Entertainment's Top Anime Sellers of 2011
posted on by Andrew Osmond
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. High School 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 Shippuden 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.