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Top 10 DVD Rentals Of 2012

Dec 22, 2012 @ 16:42 CST


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.

47 Comments

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  • Anonymous says:

    Don’t mind DxD being there, it was rather enjoyable, even if it felt really ridiculous at the times.

    • triton6783 says:

      You should mind. It was a disguising piece of garbage completely undeserving of a second season when there are so many better, deserving series out there.

      • Anonymous says:

        Maybe you need to see more than just the outer surface

      • Anonymous says:

        Personal opinion is personal
        Most of the things that make you dislike this anime make a lot more people love it.

        You should not devalue things you personally do not like as if it is a fact.
        A person might think tomatoes are disgusting while one other does not.

  • triton6783 says:

    Um, you forgot to post the picture for what ranked 6th.

  • Sixxx says:

    PERSONA!!!!! and High School DxD does have a very strong story, you just can’t see it hidden under the oppai.

    • gargamesh says:

      Yeah, and the story is so buried under all that oppai that it’s not even there. It’s really generic bullcrap, it’s like every sub-par harem action series-there’s your MC who has a hidden power and suddenly he’s automatically stronger than everyone, and there’s your heroine with big breasts.

      And Oppai doesn’t make a series any better.

      • Sixxx says:

        Actually the MC got his ass whooped quite a bit and in some cases couldn’t even save a friend and had to get stronger and then try again a few episodes later. So my point here is at least the MC wasn’t like the one in your favorite show SAO lol.

        • triton6783 says:

          It still sucks.

          • Sixxx says:

            No bitch it was decent.

            • gargamesh says:

              based on what? can you expect us to believe its decent just because you say so? take to-love ru darkness for example, let’s say it has “story”, but that doesn’t change the fact that it exploits it’s females in an effort to get more sales, a little too much, which is why it’s considered crud here, same with highschool dxd, it does all that and more, only catering most to what we consider “perverts”, i mean, i bet if it didn’t have all that oppai, the series wouldn’t even get anywhere.

              • Anonymous says:

                Nope, To Love-Ru: Darkness is better than Fate/Zero. Highschool DxD is similar level to F/Z. Anime which don’t focus on huge conflict aren’t worse by default, you’re just too narrow-minded to appreciate other genres.

              • gargamesh says:

                “Nope, To Love-Ru: Darkness is better than Fate/Zero. Highschool DxD is similar level to F/Z.”

                Don’t Worry, i realized that you judge an anime based on the amount of breasts it contains.

              • gargamesh says:

                “Anime which don’t focus on huge conflict aren’t worse by default, you’re just too narrow-minded to appreciate other genres”

                An anime that focuses on HUGE OPPAI aren’t better by default.

                PS. I appreciate other genres too thank you very much, like horror, satire, comedy, romance, drama, slapstick supernatural , sci-fi and even Ecchi.

                But in Ecchi, i’m judging in on the bars of if it balances both Fanservice and it’s story, which To-love ru does not manage to do.

                If i wanted to look at Oppai and naked bodies for half an hour every week, i could have watched Hentai, there’s plenty of it there.

              • neodarksun says:

                “Nope, To Love-Ru: Darkness is better than Fate/Zero. Highschool DxD is similar level to F/Z. Anime which don’t focus on huge conflict aren’t worse by default, you’re just too narrow-minded to appreciate other genres.”

                Assumption on the reason we like was conflict, and we don’t enjoy other genres. Are you sure you aren’t the one being narrow-minded?

              • triton6783 says:

                @Anonymous, you may have already realized this, but people like you who only have a taste for breasts get looked down by us superior anime lovers.

              • Anonymous says:

                Way to fail at reading comprehension guys. I never said I like ecchi anime the most. I enjoy ALL kinds of anime (well, I never really tried yaoi for obvious reasons, so can’t say much about it). Fate/Zero is great anime but no masterpiece so you shouldn’t be so hasty with your judgments. I treat all anime equally. Different genres focus on different aspects (for example complex story isn’t important in To Love-Ru, characters and especially their designs are the main appeal, followed by ecchi, comedy and daily life and it’s perfect at that; Fate/Zero on the other hand fails at showing some fights like Kirei vs Kiritsugu, or butchered Saber vs Berserker which made me drop the score for 2nd half from 9 to 8) but in the end it all comes to how much you enjoy the show, anime is entertainment after all.
                Sorry I sticked to F/Z example, it just came to my mind after seeing your avatar, gargamesh.

              • gargamesh says:

                Well, you have to admit, you also failed at comprehension, you said we were “Narrow-minded” for saying obvious crud is Crud.

                “(for example complex story isn’t important in To Love-Ru, characters and especially their designs are the main appeal, followed by ecchi, comedy and daily life and it’s perfect at that; Fate/Zero on the other hand fails at showing some fights like Kirei vs Kiritsugu, or butchered Saber vs Berserker which made me drop the score for 2nd half from 9 to 8)”

                You know, it’s not that to-love ru has to have a complex story, it just doesn’t a story to begin with, AT ALL

                and that’s what you use to judge a show with a complex and serious story? the fights? LOL man, you are seriously mistaken there, what’s to look forward in F/Z is not the fights, i don’t know if you’ve been really watching it, but whats best about it is the story itself, as well as the animation, sure, they might have messed up at showing some fights (those that you mentioned are the only things they went wrong with), But Overall, F/Z is top tier animation that To-Love Ru can’t even touch in quality.

                And i don’t know if you’ve been observing other anime but To-Love Ru does not definitely show daily life, and there are funnier shows than that as well.

                And compared to To-Love Ru, Fate/Zero may well be a Masterpiece.

              • Anonymous says:

                “for saying obvious crud is Crud” TLR it isn’t crud though, it’s just a different type of anime, that’s why you are wrong. Thinking like that is obvious case of being narrow-minded.

                Of course there is story in TLR. Original had some, even if it was extremely simple and rarely touched upon. Darkness focuses on story much more with Momo’s plan, Yami’s past, secrets and developments coming with new characters like Mea.

                I never said I judge F/Z solely by fights. Please, think before you respond to me next time. Notice how I said it made me drop the score from 9/10 – there were other faults too. Messing up the most important fight in the series was just the biggest flaw (not using Emiya remix added insult to injury), I just didn’t want to write an essay about everything F/Z could’ve done better like: providing more backstory to characters; hiring competent animators which were capable of creating natural-looking CG, not to mention actually animating things – after all most of the show was talking heads with still background, there were many QUALITY faces too.

                I admit that I could’ve been too eager with claiming Darkness is better than F/Z – while manga surely is, anime not necessarily, gotta wait till all BDs are out.

              • Seven says:

                “I never said I judge F/Z solely by fights.”

                It’s not clear what you’re trying to say to begin with since you’re making bold statements like “there were other faults too”, but don’t describe them in depth.

                If you don’t want to write, you shouldn’t bother speaking up to begin with. But since you did, you should live up to what you said – conversation isn’t a competition, although no one will take you seriously if you say, for example, To Love-Ru Darkness’ manga is better than that of Fate/Zero, which you have.

                Do tell us why. Right now your credibility is on par with some guy standing on the street corner with a sign saying “THE WORLD IS GONNA END”.

              • gargamesh says:

                “I admit that I could’ve been too eager with claiming Darkness is better than F/Z – while manga surely is, anime not necessarily, gotta wait till all BDs are out.”

                I JUST REALIZED….

                This guy just wants exposed oppai, since the manga has it and the anime has it censored, and he says wait till the bd’s are out, in which they will be uncensored.

                “not to mention actually animating things after all most of the show was talking heads with still background,.”

                There’s a scenario called “Conversations”, those were interesting and intriguing, like the talk of Gilgamesh to Kirei, the Conversation between Kings, if you can’t appreciate and see the value of it to the story as such, then i see why you like To-Love Ru more.

                ” there were many QUALITY faces too”

                You should see the BD, if you’re waiting for the BD of To-Love Ru to see which is better, the BD of F/Z fixes everything flawed in the TV broadcast, every detail, even those QUALITY Faces that you speak of (read articles here to find out.)

                “hiring competent animators which were capable of creating natural-looking CG”

                In case you haven’t noticed, all the animators in F/Z were more Competent than any have seen if you observed the quality of the anime.

                “Messing up the most important fight in the series was just the biggest flaw (not using Emiya remix added insult to injury),”

                I see that you’re one of those “I read the Novels, why isn’t it like this” Fella, You should separate the Novel from the anime as they’re two different things, The Adaptation of F/Z is just superb and stayed true to the novels, only changing the fight between Kiritsugu and Kirei And Cut some Stuff (due to time constraints) One couldn’t ask for a better adaptation.

                Please Mr.Anon, take into consideration those who haven’t read the novel, they will have no complaints to the series whatsoever, because it’s excellent already, from the story, to the emotions delivered by the characters to the animation and the fights.

                And If Fate/Zero has flaws, i don’t know how many i can point out to you if i decided to watch TLR.

              • gargamesh says:

                You are just like those SAO watchers, they always use the novel, please realize that stuff from the novel and not from the anime are irrelevant to begin with. Using unadaptated stuff as an example to relate it to the quality of the anime is very much pointless.

              • neodarksun says:

                Didn’t really want to continue it, but I’m sorry, I can’t resist

                “I never said I judge F/Z solely by fights. Please, think before you respond to me next time.”

                Then make your statements more clear.

                “Notice how I said it made me drop the score from 9/10 – there were other faults too.”

                Right, cause we are going to draw a proper conclusion from that?

                “Messing up the most important fight in the series was just the biggest flaw (not using Emiya remix added insult to injuiry)”

                I would have to agree, actually.

                “I just didn’t want to write an essay about everything F/Z could’ve done better like:”

                Then it’s better you don’t write at all.

                “providing more backstory to characters”

                If you didn’t notice, they are the backstory. The characters only needed a proper background, and that should be fine.

                “hiring competent animators which were capable of creating natural-looking CG, not to mention actually animating things”

                Despite that, it’s still has better animation than TLR

                “after all most of the show was talking heads with still background”

                If you didn’t notice, that was what the show about. It was about conversations, which would pesent the ideas and decide the course of the conflict.

            • gargamesh says:

              *CONTINUATION (text limit in psp, sorry) in addition, if it does have what you call a good story, it wouldn’t even rely on oppai so much in the first place, there’d be no need to, because it was good from the start, sadly, it wasn’t even good at all, it was just like campione, hagure yuusha and boku h or any series of its kind, any person if they actually watch good series would see that the whole show is generic, just like many series that have come before.

        • gargamesh says:

          actually, sao had events like that…

  • raikume says:

    What was the 4th anime on that list?

  • Anonymous says:

    it seems the top DVD sales belonged to anime that were simple popular and not stupidly censored or whatever to boost anime sales.

    When will japanese anime industry learn …

  • Anonymous says:

    Too bad High School DxD only placed 8th. Personally I believe it deserves a higher ranking in this but I understand why it is where it is due to the other animes listed.

    • gargamesh says:

      If Fate/Zero wasn’t as expensive as it was, Highschool DxD wouldn’t even be on the list.

      But seeing as many people still bought it for it to be number one on the week of it’s release, Ufotable still wins in the cash department.

      • neodarksun says:

        Dude, F/Z doesn’t have a DVD release. It’s was only in Blu-ray, but even then it became the 7th best selling anime DVD/Blu-ray for the 2000+, and it made more profit than even the #1 due to its pricing.

        • Anonymous says:

          Nope, F/Z costs as much as any other anime when you add up prices for all discs and consider number of episodes.

          • gargamesh says:

            However, more people still bought it, with Ufotable raking in more money with more Quality.

            CASE CLOSED

            And Neo, yeah, that was silly of me, I just realized that F/Z released only on Blu-Ray.

            • Anonymous says:

              Yeah, it definitely sold better than Highschool DxD. It’s still quite far behind Nisemonogatari this year and Madoka last year.

              BTW this list makes no sense as there is no such thing as Horizon DVD. I’m not sure about Persona being best selling in terms of DVDs either. Kuroko should be much better. Majority of Persona’s sales come from BDs too which makes argument about DVD vs BD in the post kinda contradictory.

              @Seven, are you really sure you know anything about Japanese language or anime market?

              • Seven says:

                Are you really sure you have any common sense? Because if you did, you could do an elementary level of logical thinking and determine different sources will have different results when surveying sales.

                “Majority of Persona’s sales come from BDs too which makes argument about DVD vs BD in the post kinda contradictory.”

                No it doesn’t, because if you read the article properly, it’s not talking about general sales figures, it’s referring to those specifically procured by TBS. And although it’s pointed out in the article numerous times that these statistics are aggregated by TBS, there’s still individuals attempting to compare ABC to this.

                I have however made one correction to the article that none of the whiners have pointed out, likely as they didn’t know themselves what they were whining about. This correction further affirms the article’s stance because renting a DVD is more so an exploration of storyline and meaningful qualities – versus “I want to see these breasts in 1080p”.

              • Anonymous says:

                1) You didn’t specify that this post isn’t exactly about sales in 2012 but big part of 2012 + a bit of 2011.

                2) “accounts for the most rented DVD of 2012 according to TBS”
                You should’ve stated that TBS only talks about small amount of stores and not actual performance of anime in general, otherwise what you said is extremely misleading.

                3) “Although the inclusion of Sword Art Online on this list shudders it a bit”
                How so? It should be obvious that third best selling anime of the year sells everywhere.

                4) “DVD rentals more strongly represent a core audience with a legitimate desire to explore meaningful qualities”
                I have no intention of discussing such outrageous, baseless statements.

                Okay, maybe a little bit.
                People buy BDs because they want to watch their anime in highest possible quality. DVD buyers just don’t care about it as much. Story is the same in both releases, the only difference is quality of graphics and audio so I don’t see how you came to conclusion that DVD buyers care about story more.
                If you had actually done your homework and spent more than ten minutes on research of anime market you would see that DVDs are dominating in case of shows targeted at women like Kuroko no Basket (Yeah, it’s in WSJ, so what? Majority of readers are female) or, more extreme examples, Prince of Tennis, Hakuoki, Uta no Prince-sama. Trend is clear though, everyone shifts to Bluray.

                5) “Overall, the results are very intriguing”
                Hilarious analysis considering that DxD put much more focus on story than YY or Haganai.

              • Seven says:

                “You should’ve stated that TBS only talks about small amount of stores and not actual performance of anime in general, otherwise what you said is extremely misleading.”

                You should figure that yourself if you have any functioning cognitive processes.

                “How so? It should be obvious that third best selling anime of the year sells everywhere.”

                Because if you read the article, it’s discussing the relation of sales and quality – not just sales.

                “Hilarious analysis considering that DxD put much more focus on story than YY or Haganai.”

                I have no intention of discussing such outrageous, baseless statements.

                “People buy BDs because they want to watch their anime in highest possible quality.”

                Hilarious analysis considering that’s the most obvious possibility of thousands many. Your answer shows as much insight as saying people buy straws to drink through them.

                If you had actually the capacity to think, you would use your own research to come to a logical conclusion based on what you read. For example, “DVDs are dominating in case of shows targeted at women like Kuroko no Basket”, it could be that unless someone wants to see breasts in 1080p, like mentioned in the article, they’d be less inclined to spend $300 for a few episodes of a sub-par series, like High School DxD.

          • neodarksun says:

            My bad, I forgot F/Z has 24 episodes.

    • triton6783 says:

      I don’t. It should rank closer to last.

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