Thursday, 22 December 2011

Manga Entertainment announces UK Anime Best Sellers of 2011

Manga Entertainment have announced their best-selling anime titles of the year through their twitter feed, @MangaUK. The top 7 are as follows:
1: Akira (Blu-Ray - 2011 re-release)
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 further discussions with fans on their twitter feed, they mentioned that the placing of Yu-Gi-Oh in the second spot was most likely due to it being 'available in Asda and Morrisons, came with a free rare card and was stupidly cheap on shelf'. 
They also noted that, although the top 5 were all feature films, anime series were still their main sellers, stating that Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Naruto, Bleach, Death Note, D.Gray-Man, Eden of the East and Darker than Black were all 'going strong'. Going in to further detail they then said that the Naruto Shippuden volumes 5-7 sold 'over 16,000 copies this year' and Bleach seasons 6 and 7 'sold over 8,000 units this year combined '.