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The Best Selling Anime from 2000-2014 (Blu-ray/DVD)

Looking back on the top selling anime series of the 21st century by year, you'll find some shows you'll expect to see, and some you might not have even thought about since they came out. Let's look back and see what shows sold the most in their years.

by hoyvinglavin64
Mar 13, 11:21 PM | 30,469 views

What's the best way to gauge the success of an anime series? Different factors come into play, from TV ratings to merchandise sales, but one of the most significant ways the anime producers make money is through DVD and Blu-Ray sales. Not every major hit anime is going to sell tens of thousands of DVD volumes. Given the expensive pricing and low episode count of your typical Japanese home video release, extremely popular but extremely long running shows like One Piece aren't going to top disc sales even as they top ratings and merch sales. The shows that do top the sales charts tend to be ones with a set episode count and a dedicated hardcore fanbase. Many of the biggest hits are mecha or moe series, though certainly not every show in those genres is a guaranteed hit. Looking over the top selling anime of the year for each year this century (2015 excluded as those shows haven't all been released to completion, though it's looking like Mr. Osomatsu is going to be the big surprise top-seller), it's fascinating to see which mega-hits are on their way to classic status and which ones have fallen out of popularity since their initial hype.

sales data from http://www.someanithing.com/, based on average sales per volume and ignoring rerelease sales

2000: Love Hina

23,497 average sales per volume

Love Hina
Remember Love Hina? Ken Akamatsu's harem comedy isn't talked about so much today, but in 2000 it was huge.

2001: Mahoromatic

14,125 average sales per volume

If Love Hina doesn't come up often in discussion, at least people have heard of it! Robo-maid show Mahoromatic is downright obscure today. This is the lowest-selling of the anime on this list.

2002: Gundam SEED

58,939 sales/volume

Gundam SEED
The first Gundam series of the new millennium was only a modest hit in America, but a major mainstream success in Japan.

2003: Fullmetal Alchemist

36,574 average sales per volume

Fullmetal Alchemist
Of all these Japanese top-sellers, FMA might be the most popular stateside. Exact US sales numbers are difficult to come by, but according to the-numbers.com the FMA movie sold 189,557 copies in its first two weeks on sale!

2004: Gundam SEED Destiny

68,959 average sales per volume

Gundam SEED Destiny
Destiny isn't the best regarded Gundam TV series (it scores around .6 points lower than its predecessor on MAL), but it is the best-selling of them.

2005: Air

24,327 average sales per volume

This visual novel adaptation is noteworthy mainly as the start of KyoAni's reign of mega-sellers (while only two make this list, they've had 8 series average over 20,000 sales/volume).

Note: Technically, The World of Golden Eggs at a whopping average of 139,252/volume in that year, but it's hard to say if Golden Eggs can be considered an anime the way Western fans think of anime.

2006: Code Geass

45,423 average sales per volume

Code Geass
Giant robots, battles of wits, Japanese nationalism, and Pizza Hut: the ingredients for a hugely successful series!

2007: Gundam 00

39,353 average sales per volume

Gundam 00
The last of four shows on this list (alongside the other two Gundams and FMA) to have aired in the TBS/MBS Saturday at 6 PM primetime anime slot (anime and tokusatsu shows aired in the timeslot from 1993 through the end of 00's first season in 2008).

2008: Macross Frontier

46,297 average sales per volume

Macross Frontier
The only series on this list that hasn't been released stateside (glares angrily at Harmony Gold).

2009: Bakemonogatari

79,201 average sales per volume

SHAFT's wild supernatural series is the second best selling anime DVD/Blu-Ray release of all time, behind only Neon Genesis Evangelion.

2010: K-ON!!

39,503 average sales per volume

We're in the peak moe years now. KyoAni followed up 2009's 2nd biggest seller (43,878 sales/volume) with a similarly successful follow-up.

2011: Puella Magi Madoka Magica

71,057 average sales per volume

Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Still beloved and debated five years after its release, Madoka feels like one of the shows with the greatest chance of long-term popularity.

2012: Nisemonogatari

60,709 average sales per volume

While the Monogatari series sales have slowly declined from 2009's heights, they're still reliable hits.

2013: Attack on Titan

52,052 average sales per volume

Attack on Titan
After several years of otaku-centric series dominating the charts, the anime industry has another mainstream shonen breakout hit with Attack on Titan.

2014: Love Live! Second Season

67,251 average sales per volume

Love Live 2nd Season
Idol anime Love Live's popularity skyrocketed between the first and second season: the second season sold twice as much on average!

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