One millionth 'Totoro' DVD is sold


To be honest, I have pretty low standards when it comes to friends. It doesn't take much for me to be willing to hang out with you, or consider you someone I would stand up for in dire situations--that's just the kind of man I am.

That being said, I basically have one solid standard when it comes to comradeship that I will stand by until Death claims me, or I'm too screwed up from years of malnutrition to know any better, and it is this: If I come into contact with someone who has seen Hayao's Miyazaki's 1988 masterpiece My Neighbor Totoro and claims they dislike it, that person is an idiot and I will avoid all forms of contact with them. Period dot.

Now, on to the news.

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After a humble 440 (!) weeks on the Oricon Japanese DVD sales charts, My Neighbor Totoro subsequently sold copy number 1 million during the week of May 24-30. Why has it taken so long to eclipse the 1 million mark, you ask? Well, the DVD in question was released in September 2001. Despite the evidence that it has been around for quite awhile in the DVD world, and the fact that it is such a popular film, sales of the product remained at a steady pace without actually taking in a massive amount of money during a more confined period of time.

From ANN:

By contrast, the 2-Disc Special Edition of Gore Verbinski's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest has also sold one million copies in Japan, but has only ranked on the weekly charts 26 times.

To date, My Neighbor Totoro is only the 3rd top-selling DVD from Studio Ghibli. Spirited Away holds steady at the top spot with a shade over 2 million copies sold, and Howl's Moving Castle comes in second with a little over 1 million DVDs purchased.

440 weeks, though. Damn. That's like, forever.


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Mike LeChevallier
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