These SHAFT show DVD/BD rankings are ridiculous! You always hear about how well Bakemonogatari sold, but it’s hard to get a real perspective on it until you see something like this. Another source provides the following data.
(2004年) *2,015 月詠 -MOON PHASE- (Tsukuyomi -Moon Phase-)
(2005年) *7,980 ぱにぽにだっしゅ!(※BOX合算 10,219) (Pani Poni Dash!)
(2006年) **,*** REC
(2006年) *8,516 ネギま!? (Negima!?)
(2007年) *5,885 ひだまりスケッチ (Hidamari Sketch)
(2007年) *4,165 ef – a tale of memories.(BDBOX含まず)
(2007年) *7,077 さよなら絶望先生 (Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei)
(2008年) *1,405 ef – a tale of melodies.(同発BD含まず)
(2008年) *5,451 俗・さよなら絶望先生 (Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei S2)
(2008年) *8,120 ひだまりスケッチ×365 (Hidamari Sketch x365)
(2009年) *3,389 まりあ†ほりっく (Maria Holic)
(2009年) **,246 夏のあらし! (Natsu no Arashi)
(2009年) *4,221 懺・さよなら絶望先生 (Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei S3)
(2009年) 75,416 化物語(〜5巻) (Bakemonogatari (just the first 5))
(2009年) **,*** 夏のあらし! 春夏冬中 (Natsu no Arashi S2)
(2010年) **,*** ひだまりスケッチ×☆☆☆ (Hidamari Sketch Hoshimitsu)
(2010年) **,*** ダンズインザヴァンパイアバンド (Dance in the Vampire Bund)
(2010年) **,*** 荒川アンダーザブリッジ (Arakawa Under the Bridge)
Staggering! I think it’s interesting how the second and third seasons of Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei didn’t sell as well as the first, though the above chart leads me to believe that the OVA sales are what prompted further seasons to be made. I wonder why it is that the Natsu no Arashi sales seem to have been incorrectly marked, since there is no way it only sold 247 copies, especially with them making a second season and all, haha. I also think it’s interesting that ef melodies and Maria Holic sold poorly because I thought those shows sucked, so it looks like the consensus was pretty widely reached, hehe. Will be interested to see if Hidamari Sketch s3 continues what appears to be an incline in DVD sales over each season~
Many thanks to the ever-awesome anonymous of /a/ for introducing me to this treasure. Stop! Hibari-kun! is a show that aired from 1983-84 produced by Toei. The show is about a guy named Kousaka who’s mom died at the start of the show. She sends him to live with a former lover, who Kousaka quickly realizes is a yakuza boss (and turbo-violent to boot.) Initially, he wants to get the fuck out of this yakuza looney-bin, but then he sees one of the boss’ daughters and falls in love at first sight. As it turns out, the boss has 3 great daughters of diferent ages, but the one who Kousaka fell in love with is the 4th – the boss’ son! Kousaka is devastated, but the trap, Hibari-kun, seems intent to seduce Kousaka!
Oh, and it has the same script-writer as Legend of the Galactic Heroes
So, the song that sounds like The Final Countdown actually plays quite frequently and also in a piano version. There’s a good chance it was playing before I noticed it too, lol. The fact that it’s a central song dissuades me a little but it sounds SO much like The Final Countdown that I refuse to believe it isn’t a reference.
Oh, Shinbo! You utter bastard! You’ve failed to fail me yet again! Yes, you could say that Maria Holic 3 completely and thoroughly won me over. There was not a disappointing minute the episode over (perhaps because of my lowered expectations?) the show went from ‘chopping block’ to ‘OMG win’ all at once. It was like a glorious eruption of pure win.