Kuroko’s Basketball Performs A Slam Dunk; Sells 82% Of Shipment

By Ishaan . August 17, 2012 . 10:00am

One of the few new games released in Japan last week was Kuroko’s Basketball: Miracle Match for the PSP, based on the Japanese manga and anime series. The game charted at the #4 spot, selling 37,430 copies. Chalk that up as another success for a licensed Namco Bandai game.

 

Sales tracker, Media Create, say that Kuroko’s Basketball sold through 82.22% of its stock in its first week. Television and word of mouth were primarily responsible for the game’s sales. Surprisingly, Media Create mention a large number of women in their 20s and 30s bought the game.

 

As reported earlier in the week, Run for Money Tousouchuu, another game based on a TV series, has been doing well for Namco Bandai as well, and has sold out at least twice since its release.

 

Other upcoming anime games from Namco include: Saint Seiya Omega, Digimon Adventure, the two Accel World games, One Piece: Romance Dawn and more. Like Kuroko’s Basketball, most of those are for the PSP.


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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001531081700 Vale LN SkreiHolme

    … So why do 20 and 30 year olds like chibi bishounen boys?
    Oh wait this is Japan  the center of the Kawaisia culture…. Rhetorical question

    • gaiahatergaia

      And just exactly what is it that makes you think people buy this for the bishounen chibies? i mean granted, there are female fans who’d do that, but let’s not forget that KnB is a Shounen aimed at Little boys aged 7-13, and it’s main focus is basketball, so i don’t know what you’re talking about.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001531081700 Vale LN SkreiHolme

         … 20 to 30 year old women are buying them… given that the  age for pregnancy now adays is moving on from the early- to late twenties into the 30s and 40s I’d say they arent buying them for their children

        • gaiahatergaia

          Lol, i’m not sure if that’s true or not (However i do to some extent agree with you), but trust me, The show is for children.

    • https://twitter.com/maxiburger maxiburger

      Kuroko is apparently the next big fujoshi hit, surpassing even Tiger & Bunny. Naturally when there’s rabid fangirls involved, any sorta adaptation of a show is gonna sell like hotcakes.

      • gaiahatergaia

        It’s not a fujoshi show, neither was Tiger & Bunny, the first volumes of both BD’s and DVD’s combined sold so far 19k (i suspect less than half of those sales are from fujoshi), which is far from being even close to averaging as much as Tiger&Bunny, since the later volumes will drop in sales, so it’ll end up averaging around 9-10k, and that’s half as much as Tiger&Bunny.

        • https://twitter.com/maxiburger maxiburger

          Are you serious about T&B not being a fujoshi show?? The catering towards fangirls was absolutely blatant, if you didn’t notice it while watching you must’ve been wearing blinders.
          Sometimes there are shows that aren’t MEANT to attract young women but they still DO gain a fan following of the rotten kind. Death Note, Reborn and Kuroko are certainly such cases (first and foremost since they started out as Shonen Jump mangas). But T&B, think again

          • gaiahatergaia

            Anyone with common sense and actual knowledge about the otaku industry knows for a fact that T&B Is not a fujoshi show, and it wasn’t intended to be one, It’s a Seinen show, produced by Sunrise, fairly the most popular Mecha studio, nearly all of their mecha shows were a hit, and there is no implications or anything that says or implies that T&B is even close to being a fujoshi show. Sir, just because the fujoshi are part of the viewers doesn’t mean it’s targeted at them. and see’ing as T&B is mostly Action and Superheroes, superpowers and stuff like that, it’d be ridiculous to even label it as a fujoshi show. 

            exactly, like i said, just because a show has a fujoshi fanbase doesn’t mean it’s targeted at them.

          • https://twitter.com/maxiburger maxiburger

            Oh my! If the entire otaku world knows it to be fact and it’s a respectable company that ain’t producin’ no filthy homo stuff, I guess it must be true then! I got TOLD.
            Please.
            I’m not saying T&B is straight out Shonen Ai, BL or whatever genuinely gay genre there is, but it’d be an understatement to say Sunrise was merely kinda sorta sligthly aware of the possible fujoshi bait they were dishing out in this show. Or in other words, you being ignorant doesn’t change the fact that there were a ton of intentional hint hint wink wink plotpoints and innuendos throughout the entire series.
            The funny thing is really that you’re acting as if it was a bad thing.

            PS: Is “fujoshi” even a genre of its own? Then what would a supposedly actual fujoshi show be like? Isn’t T&B more like a shonen anime anyway (since it was way too silly to be labelled “seinen”)? Does it even MATTER if we sometimes categorize shows by their fandom? As evidenced by the Kuroko game sales, you can at the very least consider it a “thing”. And why wouldn’t companies try to exploit a demand that’s totally out there?

          • http://www.facebook.com/jared.pratt.96 Jared Pratt

              Um, maybe you should rewatch the first half of episode 19 of T&B, obvious fujoshi fanservice. It seems that you’re just afraid to admit that something you like could have fujoshi underlines. Get over it.

            And I take it you haven’t been on pixiv lately. Try searching the tag 黒子のバスケ on there and then please try and tell me that the Kuroko no Basuke fanbase isn’t dominated by fujoshi.

          • gaiahatergaia

            @facebook-1195080805:disqus 
            Oh awesome, you’re labelling a whole show something it isn’t based on some random moment in a single episode? No i’m not afraid of anything, i just find it  pretty ignorant labelling a show something it isn’t because in the first half of an episode there is something totally irrelevant to the actual plot and engine of the whole anime.

            Lol…Now you’re labelling it based on fanarts? Are you actually serious? Do you know ridiculous you sound right now? And i take it you don’t know that Fan art/Doujinshi is illegal. and like i said, Just because fujoshi are part of the viewers doesn’t mean the show is targeted at them, because if it was, it wouldn’t be serialized in a shounen magazine, and it wouldn’t be about basketball and superpowered moves and the typical shounen stuff. stop being so delusional.

            @maxiburger:disqus 
            I’m not acting as if it was a bad thing, i’m just saying you shouldn’t blurt out nonsense as if the show was intentionally targeted at fujoshi when it clearly isn’t, regardless if there were those slight fujoshiservice moments or not.

            and no, “Fujoshi” isn’t a genre, it’s just a term used to describe a anime female fans who’re into BL, although in the recent years the term is used to describe any and every female otaku.

            “as evidence by kuroko sales” care to elaborate what the hell does that even mean?

            Are you guys really making a shitstorm over something like this? lol wow, just wow.

          • http://www.facebook.com/jared.pratt.96 Jared Pratt

             You seem to have a difficult time differentiating between something having fujoshi underlines and straight up being made for fujoshi. I never said that either of the entire series were made for fujoshi, just that the fanbases have exploded with fujoshi, and T&B even acknowledged that by fanservicing them in later episodes. And fanarts are illegal? LOL in what country? And guess who makes fanarts? Fans, which happen to be mostly fujoshi, so it is a valid point to bring up.

          • gaiahatergaia

            @facebook-1195080805:disqus 
            Alright, you’re starting to get really annoying with your moronic nonsense remarks.

            Fanart and Doujinshi are illegal because of the copyright stuff and other reasons, that’s a known fact and everyone with common sense knows that. Fujoshi are only a small minority in the whole otaku fandom, stop lying to yourself. 

            “And guess who makes fanarts? Fans, which happen to be mostly fujoshi, so it is a valid point to bring up.” 
            Let me get this straight because that’s the most absurd thing i’ve seen someone write in a while, by “mostly fujoshi”, you mean fanarts of KnB and T&B, right? If that’s the case then yeah, i might actually believe that, and even then, doesn’t mean the shows were by any means catered to fujoshi, but if by “mostly fujoshi” you mean fanarts in general, then you’re clearly delusional and have some serious issues, go check Toranoana and Melonbooks, the most popular sites for Doujin books, games, etc etc etc, basically anything fanmade, and you’ll realize that fujoshi stuff barely makes up 2/10 of the crap being selfpublished right now. But even though you’re ignorant, i guess you’re not that dumb to assume the latter, right?

            No seriously, you’ve already made a big fool out yourself, you have a big obsession with fujoshis, and you really need to wake up to reality and realize what you’re saying is nothing more than delusional bullcrap, start by checking the anime charts for each season, the charts have more than 20 animes and barely one or two are catered to fujoshi, or rather “appeal” to them sounds more like it, since most of the time the target audience isn’t even them. anyway, this is irrelevant, but you really need to stop with the nonsense, don’t make it seem like i’m talking to a wall.

      • Aoshi00

        Been reading the Kuroko no Basuke’s manga and watching the anime, love it.  Best basketball manga/anime since Slam Dunk indeed.. the chibi chars in the PSP game look cute..

        Fangirls might watch it, but like gaiahatergaia said, there’s no elements that’s aimed at girls per se, just like the original Saint Seiya.  It was a boy’s show thru and thru, just happened to have many extremely handsome guys in the story and a huge girl following as well.  If you want to talk about a basketball show that’s really BL and aimed at girls, “Dear Boys” would be one.  I suppose after the Kuroko anime airs, the marketing department doesn’t miss the chance to cash in by catering to female fans by releasing so many character singles, like Prince of Tennis (which does consciously aim at girls).  But so far the core manga and anime had hinted nothing like that, it’s a hardcore basketball manga like Slam Dunk.  But Slam Dunk’s art is more manly and realistic.

        Yaoi doujin doesn’t mean anything, Saint Seiya started it in the 80′s, just about anything has doujin.  Rurouni Kenshin had tons of BL doujin as well, w/ so many good looking guys, Aoshi x Kenshin, Sano x Kenshin, etc.  But it’s wrong to label Kuroko and Saint Seiya as anything other than shounen, it’s a shounen that has many beautiful chars and happens to attract a huge female following, just like Sailormoon was aimed at young girls but it attracted more than its core audience.

        I can imagine how females fans would swoon over Kuroko or Saint Seiya’s characters and fantasize about them, but for me I watched them as a fighting and sports show as a guy..

        A bit surprised the PSP game (w/ chibi chars) sold so this well though.. but it’s a really good basketball manga/anime.. the anime far exceeded my expectation, fast paced, funny, and exciting, w/ great music and amazing animation.. it’s the only thing I watch along w/ the Hunter x Hunter remake :)

        • gaiahatergaia

          Thanks for saying what i’ve been trying to tell these people all along.

          Nowadays people are under the impression that any and all anime with Bishounen characters = aimed at girls/fujoshi, regardless of the genre, demographic, and content, and that’s ridiculous beyond belief. i understand that such animes might and do attract female viewers, but to label it a “fujoshi show” because the fujoshi are part of the audience is just plain ignorant and bigoted.

          • Aoshi00

            Yeah, Kuroko no Basuke’s really about basketball and exciting matches..  Those who haven’t watched the show, highly recommend it, especially if for fans of the classic Slam Dunk.. It’s not one of those fake sports show that talks about something else (ie. excuse to showcase pretty boys).. Of course fangirls might find a different reason to like it, same reason they make doujin out of anything and everything :)  But really, I haven’t watched a sports anime that makes my blood boil for a long time, good anime adaptation.  Always could use a good sports anime (I was a big fan of Captain Tsubasa and Slam Dunk as a kid, Prince of Tennis was good at first but turned into something else unfortunately *.*)..

          • gaiahatergaia

            Yup, it’s definitely similar to slam dunk in a way, and it’s definitely by no means a show for fangirls or the rotten audience, it’s an authentic shounen sports, even the whole “bishounen” thing isn’t that valid, i mean what the hell, for an anime to be shounen, does it have to have hairy big muscular bald guys or 10 year old girls playing basketball? It’s a normal basketball anime with normal highschool boys playing, i don’t see how the hell is that related to the fujoshi. lol

            and yeah, i noticed they pair up and make doujins out of every show and every character, regardless of anything, that’s just how they are (And that’s part of the reason why many people dislike them, although somehow i don’t mind).

            Kuroko no basket has that Slam dunk feel to it, and it’s decent as a sports anime, that’s why i watch it and that’s why most people watch it, trust me, i wouldn’t read a shoujo or watch an otome adaption because it has hot girls or big racks.

          • gaiahatergaia

            Lol dude, this Jared Pratt guy keeps coming back to blurt out more nonsense, check his new post, he says most fanarts are made by fujoshi…

          • http://www.facebook.com/jared.pratt.96 Jared Pratt

            Most Kuroko no Basuke fanarts are made by fujoshi, not all fanarts, that much should have been clear. And it isn’t nonsense, it’s a fact. An example of nonsense would be your claim about fanarts being illegal.

            What is so difficult to accept about the possibility that this game owed a good percentage of its sales to fujoshi? Aoshi00 here gave a good level headed response about why he likes Kuroko no Basuke for what it’s intended to be, where as you, gaiahatergaia, have just been rambling on about how it’s apparently impossible for it to have a fujoshi fanbase and anyone that says otherwise is a complete idiot.

            Try reading the article again. “Media Create mention a large number of women in their 20s and 30s bought the game.” You think those are all shounen fans? You only continue to ignore what’s obvious and flame anyone who contradicts your way of thinking.

          • gaiahatergaia

            @facebook-1195080805:disqus 
            You moron, do you have a brain or not? That’s what i’m been telling you the WHOLE time, read dammit, READ, i said i know for a fact that KnB has a fujoshi fanbase, but that doesn’t mean it’s targeted at them, that’s what i said, and that is a fact, stop being such a troll about it.

          • http://www.facebook.com/jared.pratt.96 Jared Pratt

             Again with the flaming and unnecessary remarks. You dare call me a troll when you’ve reduced yourself to name calling. I said multiple times throughout my comments what my intentions to explain were, yet you continued to blindly rebuke them but now apparently it’s what you were saying “the whole time.” I really hope you are either a troll or an adolescent. Otherwise you are just deeply depressing to me.

          • gaiahatergaia

            @facebook-1195080805:disqus 
            I do admit calling people names isn’t that smart, but when i’m arguing with someone like you who doesn’t understand humans words and denies obvious facts, it’s only natural, although i would’ve prefered if i hadn’t fallen to your level, i feel embarassed at the thought of me wasting my time on people like you.

        • https://twitter.com/maxiburger maxiburger

          Let’s reassess what I said:
          “Kuroko is a hit with fujoshis. It’s about to become more popular than T&B which is still a top tier among that demographic.”
          Would it be wrong to say “Sailor Moon/Pretty Cure/Madoka was an otaku hit”?
          How could such a matter-of-fact remark turn into a zealous argument over the legitimacy and recognition of fujoshis in otaku culture?

          • gaiahatergaia

            And i said what you’re blurting out is nonsense. because:

            -Kuroko’s a Shounen, the ones who watch it the most are preteen boys. and since the author didn’t put anything in that that can be catered to female otaku or fujoshi, that just proves my point further.
            -Don’t go assume it’ll be popular with fujoshi just because it has bishounens or because you came cross fanarts made by fujoshi, because if that was the case then more than half of the animes would be a big hit with fujoshi, which doesn’t make sense.
            -Kuroko’s sales will average half what T&B did, so no.
            -I don’t know about Sailor moon or Pretty cure, but i know that Madoka is a seinen, and it’s the second/third best selling anime in the history, so yeah, it’s obvious that it’d be a hit with normal otaku.

            Did i forget to mention that you’re an immature troll, You actually went and tweeted this? You were that butthurt over something like this? Wow, just wow, also a “fudanshi”? That explains alot, i just realized i wasted my time trying to put some sense into your brain.

            It’d be really embarassing for you to come back and keep pointlessly arguing after all of this.

          • https://twitter.com/maxiburger maxiburger

            Yes it would be rather embarrassing if ONE OF US (read: you) kept coming back here to leave overly lengthy comments in which he calls people names and discredits them for their opinions or hobbies. Please, do tell me, what exactly makes my insight and input into a discussion less valuable if I write “fudanshi” (among other things) into my twitter profile? I’d be REALLY curious to know.
            But here let me resort to a lengthy post myself since you were trying so hard to build up a solid argument:
            - Nobody here ever questioned that Kuroko was a shonen series originally aimed at boys. But whether the author put in fujoshi fodder into his work or not has no impact on its popularity among that particular demographic. See: Aoshi00′s Saint Seiya example.
            - My assumption about its increase of popularity among fujoshi is based on 1) the explicit mention of “a large number of women in their 20s and 30s [buying] the game” directly in this very article we are commenting on; and 2) the rapid increase of Kuroko related fanart on pixiv as well as the surge in Kuroko dojinshi publications, which in turn stir up the “word of mouth” propaganda mentioned in the article as well. Of course this is an ongoing fad that will eventually recede. A lot of shows have seen such a fad, which explains why certain shows are sometimes more popular over a period of time, and also why there are often more fanworks available for some shows than there are for others, even if they may seem equally popular in the West. There would be no need to question this if you actually knew something about the anime/manga/game industry.
            - How do you know how the Kuroko sales will do compared to the T&B sales?
            - Okay, I admit that Madoka was a wrong example here. That was a tiny slip on my side. But if you “don’t know about Sailor Moon or Pretty Cure” you just proved yourself to be either too inexperienced with otaku culture or too young. So my previous statement remains.
            PS: If we’re obviously trolls how come that we use proper accounts while you don’t? Assuming you’re probably just 15 years old, your time couldn’t be possibly “wasted” anyway.

          • gaiahatergaia

            Let’s drop the crap talk.
            -Aoshi’s point is the same as mine, We know it’s a Shounen that happens to have a fujoshi fanbase (aswell as viewers from different demographics), but you said it’s a “fujoshi hit”, which means you’re implying as if the show was targeted at the fujoshi, or as if it’s popular with fujoshi more than it’s actual audience, and let’s not forget other demographics who’re viewing it aswell, so associating such animes with Fujoshi is pretty dumb, ignorant, and offensive to the actual viewers and target demographic.
            -I’ve said this before and i’m gonna say it again, fanart has next to no effect on the industry whatsoever, and see’ing as Doujinshi or any sort of selfpublished/fanart based on a copyrighted series is illegal, it’s pretty clear that the series wasn’t intenionally made for the fujoshi, it’s like saying that the studio is animating the series just so that the fujoshi will indulge in illegal activities with them (in other words, Draw fan arts and doujinshi and crap) In which case it doesn’t positively affect the series or the studio who’s animating it, see’ing as they get nothing out of it. look at it this way, it’s like drugs, they’re illegal, but they’re still being made and sold, basically, they turn a blind eye to it.

            -I know the sales of Kuroko because me being an otaku for years, and my exprience with the otaku industry in japan, visiting conventions, etc etc etc, i happen to know of this site:
            http://www27392u.sakura.ne.jp/index2.cgi?m=mdvd&sort=rankup 
            Which keeps track of the unit sales of a BD/DVD series. go check it out for yourself and know your place.

            -Uhh yes i know of Sailor moon, that one series that was aired years ago, and sold 20k units, which isn’t that impressive compared to modern anime and sales (http://www.mania.com/aodvb/showthread.php?p=1972208#post1972208)
            Also, i do know of pretty cure, but it isn’t as popular as you think, and the sales aren’t even worthy of mentioning (http://www.mania.com/aodvb/showthread.php?p=1972211#post1972211) See’ing as it didn’t even hit the 10k mark. which makes you now officially a troll, i proved you wrong, and i proved your point invalid. You’re basing a series’s popularity off fanarts, god knows how awfully ridiculous that sounds.

            “proper accounts”? Does it look like i’m using a fake account to you? or your definition of “proper accounts” is where you can tweet how butthurt you are on twitter?

            assuming i’m 15 years old, i’m still more mature than you, and i keep it real.

      • Aoshi00

        Been reading the Kuroko no Basuke’s manga and watching the anime, love it.  Best basketball manga/anime since Slam Dunk indeed.. the chibi chars in the PSP game look cute..

        Fangirls might watch it, but like gaiahatergaia said, there’s no elements that’s aimed at girls per se, just like the original Saint Seiya.  It was a boy’s show thru and thru, just happened to have many extremely handsome guys in the story and a huge girl following as well.  If you want to talk about a basketball show that’s really BL and aimed at girls, “Dear Boys” would be one.  I suppose after the Kuroko anime airs, the marketing department doesn’t miss the chance to cash in by catering to female fans by releasing so many character singles, like Prince of Tennis (which does consciously aim at girls).  But so far the core manga and anime had hinted nothing like that, it’s a hardcore basketball manga like Slam Dunk.  But Slam Dunk’s art is more manly and realistic.

        Yaoi doujin doesn’t mean anything, Saint Seiya started it in the 80′s, just about anything has doujin.  Rurouni Kenshin had tons of BL doujin as well, w/ so many good looking guys, Aoshi x Kenshin, Sano x Kenshin, etc.  But it’s wrong to label Kuroko and Saint Seiya as anything other than shounen, it’s a shounen that has many beautiful chars and happens to attract a huge female following, just like Sailormoon was aimed at young girls but it attracted more than its core audience.

        I can imagine how females fans would swoon over Kuroko or Saint Seiya’s characters and fantasize about them, but for me I watched them as a fighting and sports show as a guy..

        A bit surprised the PSP game (w/ chibi chars) sold so this well though.. but it’s a really good basketball manga/anime.. the anime far exceeded my expectation, fast paced, funny, and exciting, w/ great music and amazing animation.. it’s the only thing I watch along w/ the Hunter x Hunter remake :)

      • M’iau M’iaut

        Everyone has made their point in here today. May I ask we all move on tonight. Thanks.

    • komiko12

      Fangirls like Kuroko mo Basket’s characters.
      Many of the characters are good-looking, especially the Generation of Miracles.

      There are many Yaoi works dedicated to them.
      So I wouldn’t be surprised if many females are buying the game.

    • komiko12

      Fangirls like Kuroko mo Basket’s characters.
      Many of the characters are good-looking, especially the Generation of Miracles.

      There are many Yaoi works dedicated to them.
      So I wouldn’t be surprised if many females are buying the game.

  • M’iau M’iaut

    @google-9c3afe7b596752a504dc9c78f113593c:disqus @facebook-1195080805:disqus Hey guys, I think enough has been said on both sides. Let’s keep things comfortable for the next person who happens to visit this thread.

    Thanks.

    • gaiahatergaia

      I hear you man, there’s also this maxiburger guy who keeps coming back to keep this pointless conversation going.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jared.pratt.96 Jared Pratt

         Lol’ed at that ^. And sorry about the mess M’iau, but I just want address one final point that is still being overlooked. Maxiburger’s original comment which caused gaiahatergaia to explode on a tangent stated “Kuroko is apparently the next big fujoshi hit…”. This means that it is a hit with fujoshi fans. It does not mean that it was made for fujoshi, fujoshi is not a genre, it is a type of fan. If you truly were acceptant of the idea that a large portion of the KnB fanbase consisted of Fujoshi from the very beginning of this feud, then you must have misunderstood Maxiburger’s commment or this argument would have never even started.

        Goodbye, and my apologies once again – I won’t reply anymore.

        P.S. Fanarts are not illegal, Google “Fair use.”

        • gaiahatergaia

          Your point is still invalid, saying “big fujoshi hit”, maxiburger was implying that it’s popular with fujoshi as if it was intended for them or it’s more popular with them than it is with its actual audience and other viewers from different demographics, which isn’t true, the Fujoshi fanbase of Kuroko is still a minority, no matter how you look at it, which is why saying it’s a “fujoshi hit” is ignorant and bigoted. just saying.

          Fanarts may not be illegal (Or they may be), but selfpublished work based on a copyrighted series IS illegal, whatever that fanmade crap is, book, game, mousepad, what the hell ever, it is illegal, but somehow it doesn’t stop it from being made, just like drugs. so please, i humbly ask you to stop being in denial.

          Sorry for the inconvenience Mi’au, some people just don’t learn.

  • http://tshirtsky.com/ tonyzhou

    Kuroko’s Basketball ~yeah, the anime is wonderful~

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