Japanese TV station, TBS, has shared their own ranking for the top 10 rented DVDs of 2012 – and at number one, it’s not Sword Art Online thankfully, but nor is it Nisemonogatari, although it is deserving indeed.
Persona 4 The Animation, a series which actually premiered last year, 2011, accounts for the most rented DVD of 2012 according to TBS. Although the inclusion of Sword Art Online on this list shudders it a bit, if overlooking that flaw, it’s actually quite an understandable chart. 2012 wasn’t a particularly heavy hitting year, so it’s logical a few late 2011 titles would be at the forefront of DVD rentals.
Additionally, with Blu-ray becoming a de facto standard of “taking it home” on disc, DVD rentals more strongly represent a core audience with a legitimate desire to explore meaningful qualities – reason being that those with an interest in seeing breasts in high-definition, or the sort, would have already opted for Blu-ray. In comparison, one wouldn’t go explore what they could readily find on television or the internet if they were not seeking particularly worthwhile content to begin with.
Overall, the results are very intriguing – and forgetting the consideration of what ranked where, save for the case of Sword Art Online, all the series listed actually carry substance. Yuru Yuri S2, episode of side A, The iDOLM@STER, and Haganai, just to select a few, are all series with depth as part of their offerings. There are no meaningless drivel harem series on the ranking, besides High School DxD or Sword Art Online, but some individuals argue that even High School DxD has a strong under-layer of story.
While Blu-ray sales may be apt at conveying what is currently stealing the most spotlight, DVD rentals clearly triumph at reflecting quality.