Bandai Namco has been the premiere spot for among the largest anime merchandise in recent times. With a number of anime franchises taking the chance to create all kinds of merchandise from statues, motion figures, plastic fashions, and plenty of different objects, the corporate has revealed what two anime properties have risen to the highest. Dragon Ball and Cell Go well with: Gundam have grow to be the highest merchandise sellers for Bandai Namco in 2022, with the 2 franchises promoting completely different kinds of merch for very completely different tales of their respective repertoires.

The Dragon Ball franchise took the highest spot when it got here to merchandise offered, pulling in over $1 billion USD for the yr 2022, which almost certainly could be attributed to the discharge of Dragon Ball Tremendous: Tremendous Hero. For a while, because the conclusion of the Dragon Ball Tremendous anime sequence, the Z-Fighters’ presence hasn’t been as sturdy in years when there is not a brand new animated undertaking launched. Whereas Toei Animation has but to substantiate once we can count on the tv sequence to return, the creators behind Tremendous Hero have confirmed that preliminary work has already began on the subsequent film of the franchise. Particulars relating to Tremendous Hero’s follow-up are few and much between at this level.

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Gundam’s Legs

Cell Go well with: Gundam has seen a serious uptick in gross sales thanks predominantly to the latest anime sequence, Gundam: The Witch From Mercury. Introducing the primary feminine protagonist of the anime franchise, Gundam plastic fashions, aka Gunplas, has seen a large surge in gross sales. Creating the story to attraction on to youthful audiences, the Gundam franchise pulled in round $944 million USD.

The third highest-selling property was One Piece, the shonen sequence specializing in Monkey D. Luffy and his Straw Hat Pirates, which introduced in over $620 million USD. Surprisingly, the sequence noticed a rise in gross sales of 95 p.c year-over-year. Almost certainly, this may be partly attributed to the discharge of One Piece: Movie Crimson, which turned the highest-grossing film within the franchise’s historical past. Following the Straw Hats’ success, the highest-selling franchises for Bandai Namco had been Kamen Rider, Ultraman, Naruto, Anpanman, Tremendous Sentai, and Fairly Treatment in that order.

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Through Ezrat