Thanks to you, Japanese otaku, Konata’s creators can eat it right too!

Japanese DVD sales of Lucky Star have been excellent by anime DVD standards, with volume 1 selling 60,000 copies, and the second volume expected to sell similarly (40,000-60,000), with an expectation of selling 700 million yen at the end of it all. (Source: Anime News Service)

Mike’s Take: long ago, I wrote an admittedly unfair editorial slamming Lucky Star for being not as funny as Azumanga Daioh based on the first few episodes. Having seen a bunch more episodes since, my own resistance to the show is weakening–the Lucky Channel parts are actually still fresh!–but I think the comparison still holds true. It’s just a different brand of humor that I like, I guess.

But in either case, with those sales figures–keep in mind, they are for Japanese DVDs at Japanese prices. American anime companies are often lucky to get those kind of sales figures, and that’s with full sub and dubs and extras and more episodes per disc. You Japanese otaku sure must love your Konata!

This article was also an excuse to post the alternate banner logo I created, which was considered before we decided to go with the other one. Enjoy!

Konata knows how to eat it right. Do you?

Author: gendomike

Michael lives in the Los Angeles area, and has been into anime since he saw Neon Genesis Evangelion in 1999. Some of his favorite shows include Full Metal Alchemist, Honey and Clover, and Welcome to the NHK!. Since 2003 he has gone to at least one anime convention every year. A public radio junkie, which naturally led to podcasting, he now holds a seminary degree and is looking to become Dr. Rev. Otaku Bible Man any day now. Michael can be reached at You can also find his Twitter account at @gendomike.

3 thoughts on “Thanks to you, Japanese otaku, Konata’s creators can eat it right too!

  1. Yay Lucky Star, hopefully we’ll get a second season :P. KyoAni has been made of win lately, but even though LS started relatively badly (lol 10 minute food talk anyone?), it’s actually developed into an awesome anime, imo at least. I’d only expect the later DVD sales to be higher, just because the later episodes are better.

    Btw it’s not just Konata that we watch LS for.. we can’t forget Kagami-sama orz.

  2. Indeed. I really do think my initial bad impressions were colored by the bland first 10 minutes. I have definitely gotten used to it more the more I watch it. However, I don’t think DVD sales will pick up so much because, necessarily, the number of people who buy subsequent volumes of a series always tends to be lower in the later discs than in the earlier ones–you have to take into account people who “try out the beginning” and drop it.

    Nevertheless that hardly stopped us from using that first gag as the inspiration for our banner. 🙂

  3. Different strokes for different folks, I guess. 😛

    The infamous 10 minute food discussion is actually what got me hooked on the show in the first place. It wasn’t ROFL funny like a lot of people were probably expecting it to be, but it was interesting and funny more in a “oh yeah, I do that too” kind of way.

    I certainly got a kick out of it, anyway.

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