Naruto Best-Selling Anime Franchise for TV Tokyo April 2015 to March 2016

Posted on June 14, 2016

Japanese television station, TV Tokyo, has announced their sales from April 2015 to March 2016 were 14,423,000,000 yen ($134,774,000), a 74.4% increase over the year prior. Gross profits were 4,889,000,000 yen ($45,684,800), a 102.0% increase.

This is, in-part, thanks to Naruto, which was their best-selling anime franchise! That’s correct, Naruto, which had only 8 canon episodes (and 40 filler episodes) between April 2015 to March 2016. The sources of sales for Naruto include money generated domestically from the episodes themselves, The Last: Naruto the Movie, Boruto: Naruto the Movie, overseas licensing, and the sales of video games worldwide.

In China, the smartphone game Hokage Ninja MOBILE ranked number one on the Chinese App Store in March 2016. The multiplatform fighter, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4, took the world by storm in February 2016 with more than 1.5 million copies sold. Although Naruto was the best-selling, it was not the most profitable. While it wasn’t elaborated in the source article, from our understanding, sales means the number of items sold while profit means the amount of money generated.

Here are the top 5 anime for TV Tokyo in terms of sales and profit.

Top Five in Sales:

  1. Naruto
  2. Yokai Watch
  3. Gintama
  4. Yu-Gi-Oh!
  5. Pokémon

Top Five in Gross Profits:

  1. Yokai Watch
  2. Naruto
  3. Pokémon
  4. Gintama
  5. Yu-Gi-Oh!