Tfw Yuri on Ice almost outsells Love Live.
Love Live! Sunshine!
57k average per volume.
Here’s a fun little anecdote I’m going to share with you all. Around this time last year me and a couple of my Hispanic friends were talking about Love Live and why it’s so damn popular. Pinning it down to the fact that Japan just gets a hard-on for cute idol girls (I can relate), we decided to get together one day and watch the first few episodes high on the couch.
Which was how, basically, the living room was filled with spanish indignation and a lot of spilled chips on the floor. It was one of the funniest experiences of the year.
With that said, exactly no one is surprised that Love Live sweeped the number one spot of the year this year, too. Because why stan real life girls when 2D won’t ever disappoint you, right? It would be funny if there’s a final plot twist and like, one of the main girls gets in a huge scandal and has to shave off all her hair. Oh wait.
Either way. No surprise, moving on, next.
Yuri on Ice
50k average (?) per volume.
Even if the upcoming volumes drop a fifty percent in sales, Yuri on Ice will still be well above the third spot in this list, and leaps ahead of next non-sequel show on here. That said, I feel like I’m the only person in the world who was surprised by the absolute murder committed by this show.
Ok, alright. We get it, Tumblr adores this show. The attention it got on international scales was overwhelming, but I never expected it to get over 20k sales in a week. It just wasn’t realistic looking at similar shows like Kuroko no Basket, Haikyuu or Free! which for comparison sake, never got over 30k.
Maybe Yuri on Ice isn’t like the others. I figure, and I hope that this is a step forward for the industry to know that queerbaiting is not the way to go. Yuri on Ice has effectively shown us a love story not between two boys, but between two people. It was subtle, feel-good and adorable.
I’m glad that this got the success it rightfully deserved. Mappa and female director and creator Saya Yamamoto were born to make history, and this show saved them from a string of shows that defied the norm with underwhelming commercial reception. This show, unlike most, stands for something – I appreciate that.
31k average per volume.
Monogatari is just the weird mans Love Live. It’s all about the waifus except that the first one has lit event tickets, and this one has the aesthetics. Once you get sucked into either of them, though, you’re a lost cause. You poor thing.
Again is anybody surprised? I watched a bunch of seasons, but kind of lost the thread halfway through it. It’s a fun show. Recommend. Might get back to it later. I wonder what Shaft will do when this is over, and I hope they put all the money in the bank, just in case.
KonoSuba: God’s Blessing On This Wonderful World
10.845k average per volume.
Uh. Yeah. Not to make things awkward or anything – but does anyone actually know what this is? I mean, I guess it looks. Uh, cool. I mean it’s about some poor sod who dies and gets to go to a, wait for it, fantasy world. I mean, wasn’t that the plot of Re:Zero? Where is Re:Zero? Why did Re:Zero sell a few hundred less copies than this one? I thought everyone liked the sex twins? Alright.
10.700k average per volume
Man, frustrated anime fans with chip crumbs on their sweater must be heated by this making the list. I mean of course, there’s only place for one bestselling female-oriented show every year, right? And if it’s not Utapri, is it even real? A1 pictures doesn’t care.
I wonder if reverse harem show fans even care about the difference as long as they get their pretty boy fix. I’m not gonna lie, I’ve seen all Utapri seasons, and seen the first few episodes of this one. Let’s just say that I wasn’t impressed, but am all for the angry 4chan reactions it gets. I mean, how did this outsell Re:Zero, right?
All in all, I’m satisfied with this list. Not to be that guy, but I wasn’t impressed by this anime year. Shouwa Genroku Rakugo, Mob Psycho 100 and Yuri on Ice are the only ones I can immediately name when thinking of 2016 anime. I don’t think there were a lot of slept on gems, either. Even so, I’m most curious about what MAPPA will do with the hype they got this year.
I’ll be expecting it.