Top-Selling Animation DVDs in Japan: 2018

This list covers sales surveyed from December 11, 2017 to December 9, 2018.

Game Center CX DVD-Box 14 sold 24,199 copies to rank #64 on the overall DVD chart.

The stage production Touken Ranbu Jo-Den Mitsura-Boshi Katanagatari sold 23,089 copies to rank #68.

The Deluxe Limited First Edition for the live-action film adaptation of Rina Yagami’s Ani ni Aisaresugite Komattemasu manga was #77 with 19,230 copies.

The live-action Ghost in the Shell film was #89 with 15,781 copies.

The Deluxe Edition for the live-action film of Amu Meguro‘s Honey So Sweet manga was #100 with 14,228 copies.

Rank on
Estimated Sales
in Period
Title Maker Release Date
15 60,936 Sing NUE 18/3/7
34 41,994 Detective Conan: Zero’s Executioner Deluxe Edition SGK 18/10/3
35 40,630 Despicable Me 3 NUE 18/7/4
45 32,934 Minions NUE 16/6/3
48 29,320 Despicable Me (12.04) GUE 12/4/13
52 28,521 My Neighbor Totoro WDS 14/7/16
54 27,864 Despicable Me 2 (14.09) NUE 14/9/3
56 27,487 The Secret Life of Pets NUE 17/7/5
63 24,845 Mary and The Witch’s Flower WDS 18/3/20
66 23,208 Detective Conan: Zero’s Executioner SGK 18/10/3
70 20,878 Eiga Doraemon: Nobita no Takarajima SGK 18/8/1
74 20,058 Minions 9 Mini Movie Collection NUE 16/11/18
75 19,861 IDOLiSH7 DVD 1 (Limited Special Edition) BVS 18/2/23
87 16,309 IDOLiSH7 DVD 2 (Limited Special Edition) BVS 18/3/23
95 14,918 Granblue Fantasy the Animation 7 (Limited Complete Pressing) ANX 17/11/29
98 14,556 your name. DVD Standard Edition TOH 17/7/26

Source: Oricon


Top-Selling Media Franchises in Japan: 2018

This list covers sales surveyed from December 11, 2017 to December 9, 2018. It includes the raw yen totals of Blu-ray Discs, DVDs, music CDs, novels in print, and manga in print, but not games, film tickets, digital downloads, and other forms of media sales.

Rank Estimated Sales
in Period
Title Home
Music Novels Manga Other
1 7,424,797,403 The IDOLM@STER Series ••
2 5,721,472,714 Love Live! ••
3 5,635,490,861 One Piece ••
4 4,871,035,433 Detective Conan ••
5 4,459,769,902 The Seven Deadly Sins (Nakaba Suzuki) ••
6 4,373,002,511 Touken Ranbu ••
7 3,758,656,453 My Hero Academia ••
8 3,606,385,840 Fate Series ••
9 3,486,988,423 Slam Dunk ••
10 3,241,294,540 That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime ••
11 3,137,123,693 Attack on Titan ••
12 2,806,665,666 Kingdom ••
13 2,744,181,088 Haikyu!! ••
14 2,631,280,695 Mobile Suit Gundam ••
15 2,415,684,487 Star Wars Series ••
16 2,369,016,638 Tokyo Ghoul ••
17 2,274,779,451 Kamen Rider Series ••
18 2,200,214,042 Oshiri Tantei ••
19 2,192,985,141 Boys Over Flowers ••
20 2,180,998,408 Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san ••
21 2,057,941,430 Golden Kamuy ••
22 1,984,373,374 Overlord ••
23 1,969,668,537 Sword Art Online ••
24 1,934,599,524 The Promised Neverland ••
25 1,928,695,978 IDOLiSH7 ••
26 1,639,584,780 Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii ••
27 1,527,038,462 Ensemble Stars! ••
28 1,489,531,344 Black Clover ••
29 1,440,645,692 Gintama ••
30 1,396,886,949 The Greatest Showman ••

Source: Oricon



The Leader – An Original Web Anime About Karl Marx

The Chinese streaming service bilibili announced on the Sina Weibo blogging site on Tuesday that it will stream an original anime series centering on The Communist Manifesto and Das Kapital author and philosopher Karl Marx. Reports vary on the animation studio behind the work, dubbed The Leader in English. South China Morning Post states The Leader is being produced by animation studio Dongmantang and the Global Timeswrites the studio as Wawayu.

The promotional video has been viewed 211,000 times on bilibili and over 41,000 times on Twitter since it launched on Tuesday and 37,000 users are following the series page.

The anime is being sponsored by the Project to Study and Develop the Marxist Theory, an initiative launched by China’s Communist Party in 2004. The series will look at multiple milestones in Marx’s life from the time he met his wife Jenny von Westphalen to his collaborative friendship with Friedrich Engels. The anime commemorates Marx’s 200th birthday and should launch on the bilibili streaming service “soon.”

The series is also backed by The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; a research group and think tank, Weiming Culture Media, and the government-operated People’s Daily newspaper.

Source: Global Times (Zhang Han), South China Morning Post (Mandy Zuo)


Mirai Anime Film Nominated for Florida Film Critics Circle Awards

Mamoru Hosoda‘s newest film nominated in Best Animated Film category

The Florida Film Critics Circle (FFCC) announced its nominees for this year’s Florida Film Critics Circle Awards on Wednesday, and Mamoru Hosoda‘s Mirai anime film was nominated in the Best Animated Film category. The other films nominated in the category are Incredibles 2Isle of Dogs, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

FFCC will announce the winners of this year’s Florida Film Critics Circle Awards on Friday.

Mirai is also nominated in two categories for the 76th Annual Golden Globes, in two categories at the 46th Annual Annie Awards, and in the Best Animated Feature category for the the 24th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards.

GKIDS and Fathom Events began screening the film in 700 U.S. theaters on November 29, and the film also screened on December 5 and December 8. GKIDS also held its own theatrical release in the United States on November 30. The film earned US$672,652 at the box office between November 29 and December 8.

The 100-minute film opened at #2 at the box office in Japan on July 20.

The film’s story centers around a family living in a small house in an obscure corner of a certain city — in particular, the family’s spoiled four-year-old boy Kun-chan. When Kun-chan gets a little sister named Mirai, he feels that his new sister stole his parents’ love from him, and is overwhelmed by many experiences he undergoes for the first time in his life. In the midst of it all, he meets an older version of Mirai, who has come from the future.

Hosoda directed the film at his Studio Chizu, and is also credited as scriptwriter and for the original story. Hiroyuki Aoyama (animation director of The Girl Who Leapt Through TimeSummer Wars, and The Boy and The Beast) and Ayako Hata (key animator on the same films) returned for this new film as animation directors. Yohei Takamatsu and Takashi Omori, who Hosoda had previously worked with on The Boy and The Beast, returned as art directors. Producer Yuichiro Saito returned from Hosoda’s earlier films.

Source: Florida Film Critics Circle’s website

Rumspringa no Joukei Tops Kono BL ga Yabai! 2019 List

Readers may be familiar with Kono Manga ga Sugoi! and its sister list Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi!, two annual guidebooks that publish the cream of the crop for readers. There is a more content specific version though, known as Kono BL ga Yabai! The word yabai is doing a lot of work here. Typically, yabaihas negative connotations but it’s evolved colloquially to also mean something akin to “dangerously good” or to denote in this case, the perception of BL among the uninitiated. It might be best to think of yabai in this sense as BL manga that’s “dangerous” because it’s so good it might just convert its readers to fujoshi status.

Next BOOKS released its Kono BL ga Yabai! 2019 guidebook this week with its top 20 boys-love manga recommendations. The ranking is decided by fellow fans of the genre and this year they’ve chosen The Scene of My Rumspringa (Rumspringa no Jōkei) by Kaya Azuma as the top choice. The one-volume manga tells the story of an Amish boy named Theo living in America in the 1980s. Theo has traveled to a bar for Rumspringa, a traditional coming-of-age period for members of the Amish community where the adolescent leaves the enclosed religious community to take part in the outside world. There, Theo meets Oz, a man working as a waiter after abandoning his dream to be a Broadway performer.

Kono BL ga Yabai! 2019 Top 20 Manga

  1. The Scene of My Rumspringa (Rumspringa no Jōkei) by Kaya Azuma
  2. 10 Dance by Satoh Inoue (available in English from Kodansha Comics)
  3. Liquor & Cigarette by Ranmaru Zariya
  4. Nights Before Night by Kazuki Natsume
  5. Twittering Birds Never Fly (Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai) by Yoh Yoneda (available in English from DMP)
  6. MADK by Ryo Suzuri
  7. Dragless Sex: Tatsumi and Inui by Enzou
  8. 100 and Swastika (Hyaku to Manji) by Sawa Sakura
  9. Perfect Fit by Tanato
  10. A Thunderbolt from Cupid (Cupid ni Rakurai) by Minta Suzumaru
  11. A Monster Exposed (Hadakeru Kaibutsu) by Tanaka Ogeretsu
  12. Ten Count by Rihito Takarai (available in English from SuBLime)
  13. Remnant -Therianthrope Omegaverse- (Remnant -Jūjin Omegaverse-) by Hana Hasumi
  14. Color Recipe by Harada
  15. Whimsical Jaguar (Kimagurena Jaguar) by Unohana
  16. Marble by Tōko Kawai
  17. I Don’t Know How to Trust (Ore wa Tayorikata ga Wakarimasen) by Koshino
  18. Tashiro, You Are (Tashiro-kun, Kimitte Yatsu wa) by Yamada
  19. May I Fall Into Your Control? (Shuchū ni Otoshite Ii desu ka?) by Mataaki Kureno
  20. The Nine-tailed Fox and the Degenerate Priest (Kyūbi no Kitsune to Namagusa Bōzu) by Rinko and Shirayuki Mihara

Source: Kono BL ga Yabai! 2019, Nijimen

Live-Action Tokyo Ghoul 2 Reveals Still, July 19 Opening

The official website for the live-action films of Sui Ishida‘s Tokyo Ghoul manga revealed on Wednesday that the tentatively titled Tokyo Ghoul 2 film will open in Japan on July 19. The film’s staff also revealed a still of Masataka Kubota as Kaneki and Maika Yamamoto as Tōka.

Kubota (center in image below) is returning as Ken Kaneki, but Yamamoto (left in image below) is replacing Fumika Shimizu as Tōka Kirishima. (Shimizu retired from acting to join the Happy Science religious organization last year.) Shota Matsuda (right in image below) is joining the cast as Shū Tsukiyama, a character who appears in the manga but was not in the last film.

In addition, Shunya Shiraishi (seen below) is returning as Nishiki Nishio.

Kai Ogasawara (seen below) is also returning as Hideyoshi “Hide” Nagachika.

The first film premiered on July 3, 2017 at Anime Expo in Los Angeles. It then debuted in July 7 in Berlin, and July 10 at the Marunouchi Piccadilly theater in Chiyoda, Japan before its wide theatrical release in Japan on July 29, 2017. The film ranked #5 in its opening weekend in Japan.

Funimation screened the film in theaters in the United States in October 2017.

Sources: Tokyo Ghoul film’s website, Eiga Natalie

Egao no Daika TV Anime Reveals 2nd Promo Video

Egao no Daika premieres on January 4

The official website for Egao no Daika (The Price of Smiles), Tatsunoko Productions‘ original television anime to mark its 55th anniversary, began streaming the second promotional video for the series on Wednesday. The video features Chiho feat. majiko’s opening theme song “Egao no Kanata” (Beyond the Smiles).

The series will premiere on WOWOW on January 4 at 9:30 p.m., and it will later begin airing on Tokyo MXYomiuri TVAT-X, and J:COM TV. The anime will have 12 30-minute episodes.

On a planet far from Earth, there is a kingdom full of smiling faces. Princess Yūki is 12 years old, and about to enter a sensitive age in a person’s life. Everyday, she cries, laughs, and sometimes, her heart throbs with excitement. All the while, she lives merrily in the royal palace.
Filling her days with color are her loyal vassals: her tutor Reira, Izana who assists in political affairs, the leader of the chivalry Harold … and then, there is her childhood friend and aide Joshua.
“Yūki! If you have spirit and guts, you can do anything!”
“…No, not this again! Joshua, be nobler!”
Stella is 17 years old and a capable, reserved soldier. However, she is always smiling … for smiling is essential to living.
This is a story of two girls born on distant planets.

Toshimasa Suzuki (Lagrange – The Flower of Rin-neFafner: Heaven and Earth) is directing at Tatsunoko Productions, and Shinichi Inotsume(Hayate the Combat ButlerPERSONA 5 the Animation) is in charge of the series scripts. NOB-C (Musasino!Urawa no Usagi-chan) is credited with the original character designs, as well as the original story concept with Hikaru YuasaNaoto Nakamura (Miss Monochrome assistant character design, High School Fleet) is designing the characters for animation. Dynamo Pictures is in charge of 3DCG.

Kazuya Tanaka is directing the sound, and Tsubasa Itō is composing the music. The artist kimi no orphée is performing the ending theme song “Kono Sekai ni Hanataba” (A Bouquet For This World).

Source: The Price of Smiles anime’s official website, Happinet Pictures‘ YouTube channel, MoCa News

Mini Toji TV Anime’s New Promo Video Previews Theme Song

Anime premieres on January 5

The official website for Mini Toji, a television anime featuring mini versions of the characters from the previous Katana Maidens: Toji no Miko television anime and Toji no Miko: Kizamishi Issen no Tomoshibi smartphone game, began streaming the series’ second promotional video on Wednesday. The video previews the theme song “Kono Bangumi wa Ura Wakaki Kōmuin-tachi no Teikyō de Okuri Itashimasu” (This Program is Made Possible By Young Government Workers), performed by voice actresses Kaede Hondo (Kanami Etō) and Himika Akaneya (Mihono Asakura).

The anime will premiere on AT-X on January 5 at 25:55 (effectively January 6 at 1:55 a.m.). The anime will also air on Tokyo MXBS11, and MBS. The series will get a single Blu-ray Disc release with a total of 11 episodes (episode 0-10). The Blu-ray Disc will ship on May 24 and will include a theme song CD.

Yuu Nobuta (High School Fleet) is directing the new anime at project No.9 (Angel’s 3PiecePastel MemoriesMomo Kyun Sword), and Meme Meme’s Aoi Akashiro (Classroom of the EliteFuukaKilling Bites) is in charge of the series scripts. Hiromi Ogata (Magic Kaito 1412) is serving as character designer and chief animation director.

The cast members reprising their roles from the previous Toji no Mikotelevision anime include:

  • Kaede Hondo as Kanami Etō
  • Saori Ōnishi as Hiyori Jūjō
  • Azumi Waki as Mai Yanase
  • Hina Kino as Sayaka Itomi
  • Risae Matsuda as Kaoru Mashiko
  • Eri Suzuki as Erin Kohagura

The cast members from the Toji no Miko: Kizamishi Issen no Tomoshibi game include:

  • Himika Akaneya as Mihono Asakura
  • Kaori Ishihara as Chie Setouchi
  • Hiromi Igarashi as Kofuki Shichinosato
  • Akane Fujita as Kiyoka Musumi
  • Manami Numakura as Miruya Kitora

Studio Gokumi‘s original 24-episode television anime project Katana Maidens: Toji no Miko (The Shrine Maiden Swordwielders) premiered on January 5. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan, and Funimation debuted its English dub on January 21.

In the television anime’s story, since ancient times, shrine maidens who wield swords have been exorcising “aratama,” strange existences that threaten the human world. These young women who wear school uniforms and a sword are called “Toji,” and they serve as an official unit within the police force as a “special religious service police squad.” The government authorizes the Toji to wear swords and serve as government officials, and the government has set up five schools throughout the country for the girls to attend.

The girls live ordinary school lives, while occasionally performing their duties, wielding their swords and using various powers to fight and protect the people. In the spring, the five schools send their best Toji to compete in a tournament. As the tournament comes closer, all of the representatives rigorously train themselves in order to get stronger and improve their skills.

The Toji no Miko: Kizamishi Issen no Tomoshibi smartphone game launched for iOS and Android devices in Japan on March 19. Sakae Saito (Kantai Collection -KanColle- – Itsuka Shizuka na Umi de, Heavy Object S, Buddy Complex: Senjō no Coupling) launched a manga adaptation of the anime in Kadokawa‘s Monthly Shōnen Ace magazine on October 26.

A stage play featuring members of the idol group SKE48 ran in November.

Sources: Mini Toji anime’s website, Kadokawa Anime’s YouTube channel via Ota-Suke

Eromanga Sensei OVA’s Videos Preview 2nd Episode

2-episode OVA ships on January 16

Aniplex began streaming the second promotional video and 15- and 30-second versions of the third commercial for the Eromanga Sensei original video anime (OVA) on Wednesday. The videos preview the second episode, “Izumi Sagiri no First Kiss” (Sagiri Izumi’s First Kiss), and features the songs “adrenaline!!!” by TrySail and “Hitorigoto” by ClariS(Note: the official videos streaming on Aniplex‘s YouTube channel are region-locked to Japan.)

The two-episode OVA will run for a total of about 48 minutes and ship on January 16. The title of the first episodeis “Yamada Elf no Love Song” (Elf Yamada’s Love Song). The OVA was originally slated for release in 2018.

The limited-edition Blu-ray Disc release will cost 7,000 yen (about US$61), and the limited-edition DVD release will cost 6,000 yen (about US$53). Both versions will include an original short story by light novel author Tsukasa Fushimi and original jacket art by light novel illustrator Hiro Kanzaki. The release will also bundle an original short manga by the Eromanga Sensei manga‘s rin and Suzu Yūki, an Elf Yamada character song CD, and the “Fujita Akane no Eromanga Sensei Fukyō no Tabi in Hawaii” video.

The release will have a premiere screening in Tokyo on January 13, and various retailers will distribute application tickets. The anime’s main voice cast will attend the event.

The “new sibling romantic comedy” revolves around Masamune Izumi, a light novel author in high school. Masamune’s little sister is Sagiri, a shut-in girl who hasn’t left her room for an entire year. She even forces her brother to make and bring her meals when she stomps on the floor. Masamune wants his sister to leave her room, because the two of them are each other’s only family.

Masamune’s novel illustrator, penname “Eromanga Sensei,” draws extremely perverted drawings, and is very reliable. Masamune had never met his illustrator, and figured he was just a disgusting, perverted otaku. However, the truth is revealed that his “Eromanga Sensei” is his own younger sister. To add to the chaos that erupts between the siblings, a beautiful, female, best-selling shōjo manga creator becomes their rival.

The television anime aired in 2017, and Aniplex of America streamed it on CrunchyrollDaisuki, and Amazon‘s Anime Strike service. Aniplex of America released the series this year in two Blu-ray Disc sets.

Fushimi launched the light novel series in 2013 after finishing the Oreimo (Ore no Imōto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai) light novel series. As with OreimoHiro Kanzaki draws the illustrations for Eromanga Sensei.

Source: Aniplex‘s YouTube channel

Boogiepop wa Warawanai Anime Debuts With 1-Hour Special

The staff and cast for the television anime of author Kouhei Kadono and illustrator Kouji Ogata‘s Boogiepop and Others (Boogiepop wa Warawanai) light novel series revealed on Sunday that the anime will have a one-hour premiere special. The premiere special broadcast will air the first two episodes together.

Boogiepop wa Warawanai will premiere on AT-X at 9:00 p.m. on January 4. It will then run on Tokyo MXKBS KyotoSun TV, and BS11 later that night, followed by TV Aichi on January 11. The AbemaTV service will also stream the premiere special on January 4.

Shingo Natsume (One-Punch ManSpace Dandy both seasons, ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept.) is directing the new anime at MadhouseTomohiro Suzuki (One-Punch ManTiger & BunnyACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept.) is writing and supervising the series scripts, and Hidehiko Sawada (key animator for One-Punch ManRedline) is designing the characters. The musician kensuke ushio (A Silent VoiceDEVILMAN crybabyLiz and the Blue Bird) is composing the music.

Source: Comic Natalie