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Japan's Weekly Blu-ray & CD Rankings for May 7 - 13

by dtshyk
May 15, 2012 1:57 AM | 76 Comments
Here are the weekly Blu-ray & CD rankings for May 7th - 13th.

Blu-ray
*1, 6,352 *6,352 Mouretsu Pirates vol.3 Limited Edition
*2, 2,503 *2,503 Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai! vol.3
*3, *,768 53,939 Nisemonogatari vol.1 Limited Edition
*4, *,541 20,948 Persona 4 The Animation vol.6 Limited Edition
*5, *,367 *2,307 Kannagi Blu-ray Box
*6, *,322 *3,319 Amagami SS+ plus vol.2
*7, *,298 20,580 Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon vol.5 Limited Edition
*8, *,296 *7,206 Mouretsu Pirates vol.2 Limited Edition
*9, *,263 *6,681 The iDOLM@STER vol.7 Limited Edition

DVD
*1, 2,694 *,**2,694 One Piece 14th Season vol.8
*2, 1,009 *,*16,782 Naruto: Shippuuden Movie 5 - Blood Prison movie Limited Edition
*3, *,959 1,136,165 My Neighbor Totoro
*4, *,824 *,***,824 Kuttsukiboshi vol.2
*5, *,476 *,651,107 Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
*6, *,413 *,**3,856 Naruto: Shippuuden Movie 5 - Blood Prison Standard Edition
*7, *,355 *,*10,649 Gintama' vol.10
*8, *,353 *,480,780 Kiki's Delivery Service
*9, *,351 *,***,351 Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai! vol.2
10, *,341 *,750,825 Castle in the Sky
11, *,326 *,**6,579 Detective Conan Bonus File Fantasita no Hana
12, *,291 *,**7,160 New Prince of Tennis vol.1
13, *,281 *,**8,591 Nisemonogatari vol.1 Limited Edition
14, *,265 2,371,163 Spirited Away
15, *,265 *,***,265 Mouretsu Pirates vol.5
16, *,262 *,**7,247 Persona 4 The Animation vol.6 Limited Edition
17, *,260 *,339,916 Princess Mononoke

Single CD
*7, 16,990 *16,990 Accel World "Chase the world"
12, *5,740 *27,201 Sakamichi no Apollon "Sakamichi no Melody"
14, *5,115 *51,960 Detective Conan Movie 16: The Eleventh Striker "Haruuta"
23, *3,050 *12,968 Fate/Zero 2nd Season "Sora wa Takaku Kaze wa Utau"
26, *2,740 *39,806 Fate/Zero 2nd Season "to the beginning"
27, *2,482 **2,482 Kuroko no Basket "Start it right away"
29, *2,403 168,781 Doraemon: Nobita and the Miracle Island - Animal Adventure "Ikiteru Ikiteku"
37, *1,825 **5,539 Hyouka "Yasashisa no Riyuu"
42, *1,620 **1,620 New Prince of Tennis "Still"
46, *1,328 *25,194 Natsuiro Kiseki "Non stop road" "Asu e no Kaerimichi"
50, *1,201 *65,051 Mouretsu Pirates "Mugen no Ai"

Source: Oricon Youtaiju

20 of 76 Comments Recent Comments

Glad Natsume Yuujinchou Shi is up there. Hopefully there will be a 5th season when there's enough chapters out.

May 17, 2012 12:48 PM by Ardamaeus

YukinoAsakura said:
dtshyk said:

Single CD
*7, 16,990 *16,990 Accel World "Chase the world"



This makes me happy. :D

Me too I love May'n and Accel World

May 17, 2012 12:25 PM by Hikarusuke

hmm very slow week I guess....

P4 & Horizon's consistent sales are very impressive... prop to their fans :)

sakamichi no melody & chase the world...... YEAH!!!!!

May 17, 2012 5:09 AM by arena149

Horizon isn't a harem it isn't even a love triangle every girl supports his relationship with Horizon they even help him confess to her.

May 16, 2012 1:50 PM by VioLink

>This is something necessary to a harem anime, but it only defines the gender make-up of the cast. There has to be a second part to the definition addressing actual story content: a central focus on multiple credible romantic prospects, overt flirting/wooing from multiple potential partners, etc.

Unfortunately a lot of people(especially girls) think that part "one male protag and a lot of females" is enough to call any anime harem

May 16, 2012 1:35 PM by Nachtwandler_21

Meddigo said:
I'll only stop calling Horizon a harem when the term becomes much more specific in which the male protagonist has more than two love interests, not simply a man surrounded by girls.

Well that's already what it means, even if some other people misuse it. As for the guy loving one girl, even if that's the case, it can still be harem if 3+ (to distinguish from love triangles) girls love him and those romantic feelings are the focus (to distinguish from shows that aren't about relationships). But it's all a matter of degrees, and there's a spectrum of harem-ness, as there is with almost any difficult-to-define story element.

That's why I said it has a bit of a harem tone and setup, but it doesn't actually deliver on those with harem story content. Thus calling it a "harem show" is not meaningful.

Or put another way, my though process was "would someone who dislikes Love Hina or Omamori Himari or Sekirei or whatever be overwhelmingly likely to dislike Horizon for the same reasons they dislike those shows?" I conclude no, quite likely not, the actual portrayal of character relationships is very different (and those shows different from each other, to be sure!), and that on-screen portrayal is the most important thing when a real human being is sitting down and watching something.

If it doesn't sound like a really simple, black and white definition that can be applied without actually thinking about the show, that's because it isn't, and by design. I believe that when addressing questions from someone curious about a show, being nuanced is essential. All too often the internet loves to dismiss a show out of hand for the most shallow and uninformed reasons, and paint large swaths of anime with a single brush stroke (when someone tells you that, say, K-ON!, Strike Witches and Angel Beats are "all the same" because they're "all moe anime", you would do well to never consult their opinion on anime ever again, because they haven't put serious thought into anything), which just steamrolls over the actual uniqueness of the shows in question. Better to be a bit more specific in your reasoning even if it takes a little longer.

May 16, 2012 1:30 PM by jmal

jmal said:
Meddigo said:
But that's just nitpicking in my opinion.

When someone says "harem anime", certain expectations come with it. Using "harem" to describe a show with one clear, canonical, immediately established romantic pairing, and in which secondary female characters' feelings are very slight and not focused upon, is to render "harem" less than useful as an indicator of content.

So you are in agreement then that Ai Yori Aoshi is not a harem? Because it is tagged as one here on MAL. I'll only stop calling Horizon a harem when the term becomes much more specific in which the male protagonist has more than two love interests, not simply a man surrounded by girls. But I don't see that happening. Love Hina was always referred to as a harem anime, despite Keitaro only ever having feelings for Naru. When people think harem, they should think Tenchi, not Love Hina. But again, I don't see that happening. As long as there are a bunch of girls around the male protagonist, it'll be called a harem.

May 16, 2012 12:59 PM by Meddigo

DraconisMarch said:
*2, 2,503 *2,503 Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai! vol.3

Are you shitting me?


The sales aren't even that good. You're looking at the rankings but they really don't matter.

May 16, 2012 12:53 PM by Soru

*2, 2,503 *2,503 Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai! vol.3

Are you shitting me?

May 16, 2012 12:47 PM by DraconisMarch

Meddigo said:
But that's just nitpicking in my opinion.

When someone says "harem anime", certain expectations come with it. Using "harem" to describe a show with one clear, canonical, immediately established romantic pairing, and in which secondary female characters' feelings are very slight and not focused upon, is to render "harem" less than useful as an indicator of content. There isn't even a serious love triangle in Horizon, let alone the many-sided relationship complexities that define a harem.

As long as harem just means 'there are a lot of girls surrounding the male protagonist' then that label should stick.

This is something necessary to a harem anime, but it only defines the gender make-up of the cast. There has to be a second part to the definition addressing actual story content: a central focus on multiple credible romantic prospects, overt flirting/wooing from multiple potential partners, etc.

"Bishoujo anime" is the term that was often used in the past when someone just wanted to state, in very very broad terms, that a show had a heavy focus on multiple attractive female characters. It described the cast visually, without implying a judgment of the show's story elements or content. I actually wish the word were still in wider use, because it's really the right word to use in situations where people nowadays tend to shoehorn in "harem", "moe", "ecchi", "slice of life", or "fanservice", doing various degrees of semantic disservice to those terms in the process.

May 16, 2012 12:35 PM by jmal

> there was no girl actually chasing toori or showing any affection to him (other than her 'brocon' sister)

I don't think his sister has a brother complex. But blind girl has a one-sided crush on him

>besides some girls around him already had partners as well

Yeah. There are even one yuri pair

May 16, 2012 11:26 AM by Nachtwandler_21

Meddigo said:
But that's just nitpicking in my opinion. If Ai Yori Aoshi gets called a harem (and Kaoru is absolutely only in love with Aoi, there is no question from the beginning to the end) then Horizon deserves the same. As long as harem just means 'there are a lot of girls surrounding the male protagonist' then that label should stick.


well if that's the case, at least until episode 13 of the 1st season

there was no girl actually chasing toori or showing any affection to him (other than her 'brocon' sister)

and by the end of the first season, he already got a partner

besides some girls around him already had partners as well

May 16, 2012 11:19 AM by articuzwolf

But that's just nitpicking in my opinion. If Ai Yori Aoshi gets called a harem (and Kaoru is absolutely only in love with Aoi, there is no question from the beginning to the end) then Horizon deserves the same. As long as harem just means 'there are a lot of girls surrounding the male protagonist' then that label should stick.

May 16, 2012 11:04 AM by Meddigo

Dusk252 said:
Nachtwandler_21 said:
2) A lot of girls with big boobs on the poster. Some people just think that the show is another ecchi harem
Is it not? (Not trolling here. I'm one of those people you mention in 2) and I'm now quite curious as to whether I should try it out.)

It has ecchi material, no doubt, and there's a bit of a harem tone in how a lot of the girls seem to have feelings for Toori. But, the show is by no means a "harem show", and that's not the focus at all. Besides, Toori is very very clear about who he loves, so there's nary a hint of the usual harem protagonist's romantic fickleness.

If you can get past the introductory episodes (they're... rather dense) it actually turns into a pretty darn fun show, and especially from episode 10 onward I really really liked it. Second season/cour should be pretty great.

May 16, 2012 10:03 AM by jmal

@Dusk252

Protag has a crush only on main heroine and only one other girl has a crush on him.

And there are some perverted moments such as boobs groping(in clothes) or boobs bouncing but almost no real ecchi.

@jmal

Too bad. I actually like this show. At least it's much better than Symphogear. Looks like mix of THe Idolmaster and Macross Frontier which were both quite enjoyable for me

May 16, 2012 10:02 AM by Nachtwandler_21

Nachtwandler_21 said:
>Goes to show discounted vol 1's of BDs don't equal good sales, even worse news AKB0048 has a discounted vol 1, I believe it's 2100 yen for vol 1.

Don't see the problem there. The thing is how popular show would be, not the diversion of episodes on BDs and their price.

I think what he meant is that if you try to predict sales based on Volume 1, Volume 1 being discounted can throw any predictions off big time. Sometimes Volume 1 can sell double what Volumes 2+ do, if the first volume was discounted. Discounted first volumes do usually sell significantly more, that's entirely accurate.

So the fact that AKB is dropping out of the top 100 already, despite the first volume being insanely cheap, thr whole cour only being 5 discs (yay cheap King Records' pricing), and there being a "buy all 5 to get an event ticket" system, indicates that it has not (yet) drawn in the AKB fanbase to any significant degree. It did peak very high early on, but the drop since has been rapid.

But that doesn't mean it'll sell poorly. There are plenty of episodes left. But if it sells middlingly, that would support what I argued back during the Persona 4 debates: large fanbase does not automatically equal sales, especially not at the level Persona 4's anime got. The fanbase helps, but they have to actually enjoy the show too, or they won't buy it in large numbers. And AKB's fanbase is vastly larger than Persona's.

Edit: To be clear, unless it totally falls apart, AKB should still easily be one of the top 5 sellers of the season. It's just that so far it's not showing any signs of being a 20k+ smash hit.

May 16, 2012 10:01 AM by jmal

Nachtwandler_21 said:
King_Zero said:
Is Horizon that good to get 20k sales? o_O


It has good action, complicated plot and setting and awesome characters but a lot of people dropped it because of one of reasons:

1) To complicated seting. Most of people just get WTF effect first couple of episodes and didn't get it
2) A lot of girls with big boobs on the poster. Some people just think that the show is another ecchi harem
Is it not? (Not trolling here. I'm one of those people you mention in 2) and I'm now quite curious as to whether I should try it out.)

May 16, 2012 9:54 AM by hontobaka

Such low sales for this past week.

May 16, 2012 9:52 AM by lordzeru

Nachtwandler_21 said:
>Goes to show discounted vol 1's of BDs don't equal good sales, even worse news AKB0048 has a discounted vol 1, I believe it's 2100 yen for vol 1.

Don't see the problem there. The thing is how popular show would be, not the diversion of episodes on BDs and their price.

But I wonder why AKB0048 started so late if it would be 13 eps?


The problem is that its projected to hit like 8k copies at half price.... and the AKB48 fanbase is hardcore that likely would have paid the normal price, regardless. So they've essentially lost a lot of money by giving it a lower price point.

And AKB0048 being 13 episodes probably just means some show next season will only be like 9 episodes.

May 16, 2012 9:39 AM by RyanSaotome

Nachtwandler_21 said:


But I wonder why AKB0048 started so late if it would be 13 eps?


that's been on my mind too. I don't watch it but I always wondered.

May 16, 2012 9:35 AM by phoenixalia

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