From Anime News Service –
EVA’s Economic Impact
GAINAX figures over 6000 merchandise products have been sold to date based on its Evangelion property, generating around 150 billion Yen of revenue. 15 million+ copies of the manga and over 10 million CD and video caopies have been sold. Over 600,000 units of pinball slot machines and 100,000 of 3 flavors of pinball slot machines have been successfully marketed. 180,000 copies of the latest PS2 game Evangelion CR have been sold since the release in February.
Ray’s take: I really did help with saving the Japanese economy – I spend about $5000 on anime stuff when I was in Japan. Once again, the Americans came to the rescue!!!
But I really didn’t play with the pachinko machine – one of the my students is a big fan of it but not the actual anime – he claimed that the machine kills him every time he plays.