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Sekirei Sells Out

FUNimation is boasting that they sold out of their first run of Sekirei. As a fan, my heart bleeds… but as a reporter and industry watcher, I am encouraged by the news.

The fact that the show both sold out, and made #1 on Nielsen’s VideoScan First Alert for last week, shows that there is a commercial interest in the genre, and the content. It also shows that there is some growing commercial interest in the market, which has seen rough waters lately after being plagued by piracy, fan outrage, and a deep recession. I’d love to see hard numbers on this, since a week-one total sellout is rare in this climate. I really hope this trend continues going forward. I’d love to see anime grow more commercially viable as a product again, and I’d love to be able to report on anime news that isn’t loaded with doom and gloom once again.

As a fan, I do have to question the appeal of this show. I wasn’t thriled with the series, as those who read my impressions know. If I recall, I called the show “borderline retarded”, with the only real redeeming factor being the show’s pimp-CEO character, who I have to admit was five different kinds of awesome. But, well… My opinions are mine, and whoever likes the show, definitely look into other shows of its ilk. There’s certainly plenty in the “fanservice action” category. Might I recommend Tenjho Tenge or Ikki Tousen?

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Samantha Ferreira

Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

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