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Japan's Weekly Blu-ray & CD Rankings for Oct 29 - Nov 4

by dtshyk
Nov 6, 2012 12:26 AM | 85 Comments
Here are the weekly Blu-ray & CD rankings for October 29th - November 4th.

Blu-ray
*1, 3,686 33,443 Strike Witches The Movie Limited Edition
*2, 3,055 *3,055 AKB0048 vol.5
*3, 2,608 *2,608 Campione!: Matsurowanu Kamigami to Kamigoroshi no Maou vol.2 Limited Edition
*4, 2,474 29,800 Sword Art Online vol.1 Limited Edition
*5, 2,248 20,281 Kyoukaisenjou no Horizon II vol.2 Limited Edition
*6, 2,101 11,277 Kuroko no Basket vol.4
*7, 1,705 *1,705 Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu: Finale vol.3 Limited Edition
*8, 1,593 *8,170 Hyouka vol.5 Limited Edition
*9, 1,071 *4,140 Macross 7 Blu-ray Box vol.1
10, *,763 **,763 Sengoku Collection vol.7

DVD
*1, 2,597 *,*13,469 Kuroko no Basket vol.4
*2, 2,268 *,**2,268 Inazuma Eleven DVD Box vol.3
*3, 1,537 *,**1,537 Sengoku Collection vol.7
*4, 1,413 *,**1,413 Sengoku Collection vol.8
*5, 1,214 *,**4,923 New Prince of Tennis vol.4
*6, 1,048 *,**1,048 Campione!: Matsurowanu Kamigami to Kamigoroshi no Maou vol.2 Limited Edition
*7, *,999 *,**7,843 Sword Art Online vol.1 Limited Edition
*9, *,948 *,***,948 AKB0048 vol.5
10, *,870 *,**5,097 Strike Witches The Movie Limited Edition
13, *,754 *,**2,318 Momo e no Tegami
14, *,660 *,***,660 Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu: Finale vol.3 Limited Edition
16, *,596 1,164,512 Tonari no Totoro
20, *,521 *,**3,784 Hakuouki Reimeiroku vol.2 Limited Edition
24, *,412 *,**1,043 Magic Kaito vol.1
25, *,408 *,**2,123 Arcana Famiglia vol.2 Limited Edition
29, *,351 *,***,891 Magic Kaito vol.2
30, *,332 *,**1,350 Hyouka vol.5 Limited Edition

Single CD
*5, *,*21,987 *,*21,987 Kamiya Hiroshi "Such a beautiful affair"
*8, *,*11,108 *,*11,108 Little Busters! "Little Busters!" "Alicemagic"
12, *,**8,853 *,*46,924 Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica Movie 2: Eien no Monogatari "Hikari Furu"
13, *,**8,772 *,*63,331 Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse "Go to the top"
15, *,**8,362 *,**8,362 Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal Second "Artist"
19, *,**6,737 *,**6,737 Ogura Yui & Ishihara Kaori "Wake Up!!"
21, *,**5,359 *,**5,359 Naruto: Shippuuden "Mother"
22, *,**5,238 *,*66,872 Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica Movie 1: Hajimari no Monogatari "Luminous"
23, *,**4,975 *,**4,975 Gintama' Enchousen "Let's Go Out"
27, *,**4,420 *,*17,591 Macross FB7: Ginga Rukon - Ore no Uta wo Kike! "Nyan Nyan Fire!! ~Totsugeki Planet Exposion" "Virgin Story"
29, *,**4,104 *,*15,410 Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! "Sparkling Daydream"
44, *,**1,926 *,**6,586 K "Kings"
45, *,**1,914 *,*11,017 Onii-chan Dakedo Ai Sae Areba Kankeinai yo ne "Self Producer"
46, *,**1,872 *,*13,704 Zetsuen no Tempest "happy endings"
48, *,**1,842 *,**1,842 Inazuma Eleven Go 2: Chrono Stone "Shoshin wo Keep on!"
50, *,**1,663 *,**1,663 Onii-chan Dakedo Ai Sae Areba Kankeinai yo ne "Life-ru is Love-ru!!"

Source: Oricon Youtaiju

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Yeah it's interesting to see the ways Amazon diverges from the actual Oricon data. For example, Bake BD box (31,553) selling more at Amazon than Nise Vol 2 BD (49,939). Oricon numbers for the anime list:

01. 122,138 - UC 5
02. 120,571 - UC 4
03. 108,029 - K-ON!
04. *52,133 - F/Z 1
05. *56,542 - Nise 1
06. *31,553 - Bake Box
07. *49,939 - Nise 2
08. *34,692 - Strike Witches
09. *51,598 - Nise 5
10. *50,216 - Nise 4

Some is the Aniplex/Amazon dispute effect (hence no F/Z box II), some is that boxsets sell a bit better at Amazon because of their higher discounts being more significant for expensive items (Bake's high ranking), some is from Amazon-exclusive versions (Strike Witches).

And I'm guessing the manga list is all over the place compared to Oricon.

Dec 10, 2012 10:55 AM by jmal

Poor Shinsekai Yori. I wonder if they regret giving that 2 cour from the start with how terrible its sales are... at least its moved some novels.

Oh yeah, I wanted to post this too but didn't see a sales topic earlier:

http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2012/12/09-1/amazon-japan-reveals-2012s-top-anime-comic

Anime:

1. "Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn" vol. 5 (Blu-ray)
2. "Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn" vol. 4 (Blu-ray)
3. "K-ON! The Movie" First Limited Edition (Blu-ray)
4. "Fate/Zero" Blu-ray Disc Box I
5. "Nisemonogatari" vol. 1 Perfect Limited Edition (Blu-ray)
6. "Bakemonogatari" Blu-ray Disc Box
7. "Nisemonogatari" vol. 2 Perfect Limited Edition (Blu-ray)
8. "Strike Witches the Movie" Limited Edition (Blu-ray)
9. "Nisemonogatari" vol. 5 Perfect Limited Edition (Blu-ray)
10. "Nisemonogatari" vol. 4 Perfect Limited Edition (Blu-ray)

Manga:
1. "Neon Genesis Evangelion" vol. 13 (Yoshiyuki Sadamoto)
2. "One Piece" vol. 65 (Eiichiro Oda)
3. "To Love Ru Darkness" Vol. 5 Limited Edition with Anime DVD (Saki Hasemi & Kentaro Yabuki)
4. "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind" Wide Edition 7 Volume Set (Hayao Miyazaki)
5. "Hunter x Hunter" vol.30 (Yoshihiro Togashi)
6. "Thermae Romae" vol.5 (Mari Yamazaki)
7. "Sangatsu no Lion" vol.7 (Chica Umino)
8. "Mujaki no Rakuen" vol.1 (Uran)
9. "Hyakushou Kizoku" vol.2 (Hiromu Arakawa)
10. "Silver Spoon" vol.4 (Hiromu Arakawa)

Dec 10, 2012 10:40 AM by RyanSaotome

I guess the past few weeks of sales threads were lost to the site hack, but since it's not clear when today the rollback is going to happen, I'll post the full weekly list here for now, since it finally went up and people were curious. This is for Nov 26 - Dec 2.
I'll repost it in the correct week's thread after the rollback is complete, of course.

New additions: here
Full weekly list: here

Full list is up.

Shinsekai and Ebiten didn't even rank in the full list. Most likely 1k or less total for both of them.

Dog Days' got a second week, getting to 7,586 and now the first three volumes have all sold very slightly more than their season one counterparts. Comparing season one to season two:
Vol 1: 10,304 vs 10,520
Vol 2: 8,134 vs 8,147
Vol 3: 7,565 vs 7,586
Really doesn't get much closer than that.

Also, the monthly data went up and Hyouka v5 didn't drop at all, contrary to what people were saying after its first week. It's hit 9,971 (so 10k essentially) and is the second best selling volume now, behind only Vol 4 at 10,364 but shead of Vols 1-3. Can't wait to see if Vol 6 can hit 10k too. It's a given that real sales of Hyouka are averaging easily over 10k now, thogh per Oricon it's 9,877 for the first 5 volumes.

Dec 10, 2012 10:38 AM by jmal

jmal said:
I definitely expected K to do significantly better than Stalker's Amazon-based predictions. But we might be in for a surprise as to exactly how much better.
K is an interesting case. It will outsell Stalker's prediction not only because it seems to be very store-front skewed, but also even in Amazon its main sale seems to be loaded overwhelmingly towards the period after the Stalker stops counting (i.e. after the discs went on sale). It only went to a high-ish place after the actual sales date and any real boost by the latest tear-jerking ep.6 happened only after the sales date too. In fact I now wonder whether the sales date of K vol.1&2 are timed to match the broadcast date of ep.6.

Another I am interested to see is Amazon is now doing a wagon sale and a couple of BDs got very deep discount (Boku H vol.1 and all Nichijou BDs were selling at around 1600 Yen !) and for a few days last week Total Eclipse vol.1 all climbed to very high place at #30 or so. Not sure if it will show up in Oricon at all though as sale in Amazon alone may not be enough to push those titles into Oricon chart.

Nov 12, 2012 8:44 PM by symbv

jmal said:
I definitely expected K to do significantly better than Stalker's Amazon-based predictions. But we might be in for a surprise as to exactly how much better.

Heh, Soundscan only has the two BDs at:
*8位 K 1巻 3,872
10位 K 2巻 2,808

While Tari Tari is listed at:
*1位 TT 8,589 8,612

Oricon numbers that we get in a few hours will be close, but lower. Tari Tari will be like 7.5-8k Oricon, so K will probably be about 3.5k and 2.5k or so. Though there are some cases where Oricon numbers are higher than Soundscan, maybe this will be one of them. Obviously that first day was super important, and even K leading every day for the rest of the week just doesn't matter. Still, 3.5k for Vol. 1 BD would be more than double Stalker's estimate.

Nov 12, 2012 8:20 PM by jmal

Higashi_no_Kaze said:
if the expectations really turn out to be that much below the actual sales I'd say it's not that far-fetched to link those two uncommon events together.

Have to remember though that the "expectations" are based on Amazon Ranking Stalker, which means they're calculated purely with Amazon.co.jp. If a title doesn't sell much there, it'll be underestimated purely because of that,all other factors aside.

K did rank very well at Animate, which would give more weight to the "it's because it's a storefront title" hypothesis. At Animate it ranked #4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10 for October, #8 and #9 for November.

Animate tends to be the B&M of choice for titles popular with women. Other titles ranking very well there are Kuroko no Basuke fandisc, Magi, Kami-sama Hajimemashita, Tennis no Ouji-sama musical, etc.

So I think the "Amazon isn't representative for this title, so Stalker is a bad way of estimating sales for it" phenomenon is what's happening here.

Nov 12, 2012 1:42 PM by jmal

I was actually referring to both of these (seperately and in combination). It seems like a rather unique sales model as a whole, and if the expectations really turn out to be that much below the actual sales I'd say it's not that far-fetched to link those two uncommon events together. Of course it's hard/impossible to tell what's going on in the heads of each fan, so it's just speculation.

Nov 12, 2012 1:29 PM by Pullman

Higashi_no_Kaze said:
Maybe it's a good move to sell the first volumes so early? You think it has anything to do with that?
It would be interesting to see more series set a sale schedule similar to K if it is believed to be one of the reasons for it's (assumed) success.

Do you mean the first two volumes coming out together, or just that volume one came out very early in the season?

On the latter, which is what I assume you meant, I'm not sure. I can see it both helping and hurting, depending on the potential consumer's state of mind.

If I'm rather keen on a show and it's coming out very early in the season, I might make a snap decision to pick it up before I've decided on any other shows I want from the season. So forcing my hand could be good, and you might displace another show I wasn't totally sure about yet.

If I'm on the fence about a show and don't know if it'll make the cut, starting it early might dissuade me from buying it at all, because I don't like playing catch-up if I decide on it later. Forcing my hand could be bad, because I'll favor some other show I can watch more episodes of before deciding.

I've had both of these happen to me in the past.

But of course, most often neither happens. I tend to know what I want to import by the time any potential contenders are released.

Nov 12, 2012 1:18 PM by jmal

Maybe it's a good move to sell the first volumes so early? You think it has anything to do with that?
It would be interesting to see more series set a sale schedule similar to K if it is believed to be one of the reasons for it's (assumed) success.

Nov 12, 2012 1:09 PM by Pullman

Just dropping this here too:
BD Daily Rankings
**5 **6 **7 **8 **9 *10 *11
*** **7 **1 **8 **4 **2 **6 K 1
*** **1 **2 **9 **5 **6 *11 TARI TARI 3 (Previous: 7.7k)
*** **9 **3 *10 **7 **3 *13 K 2

DVD Daily Rankings
*** *17 **7 *13 *11 *17 *** K 1
*** **7 *10 *28 *23 *20 *** ONE PIECE 14THシーズン マリンフォード編 14 (Previous: 2.2k)
*** *21 **9 *25 *29 *** *** K 2

I definitely expected K to do significantly better than Stalker's Amazon-based predictions. But we might be in for a surprise as to exactly how much better.

The only day Tari Tari v3 led was the pre-sale day, although its lead then was pretty significant. However, not as significant when you know Tari Tari is mostly online preorders, while K is mostly physical storefront pick-up.

This could be another Arcana Famiglia in terms of how much Stalker underestimated it. However, it does seem like Vol. 1 will sell significantly more than Vol. 2, so Vols. 3-7 will probably have more in common with the latter.

Nov 12, 2012 1:04 PM by jmal

bippo said:
^ Haruhi is a very popular novel and in fact the most popular by far. You may want to credit Tanigawa though for making Haruhi a success rather than kyoani. They take gambles but almost all studios / producers take gambles too. Its just that Hatta chose to adapt e8 very close to the original thing leaving new fans upset and LN fans satisfied rather than satisfying both groups.
Also I agree with you on your take on Chu2koi if they go the
route and not follow the novel route because it will be a great success. Imagine all of those rikka fans dropping their jaws out!


Actually I wasn't referring to Haruhi when I said "very unpopular LN". It supposed to be "very unpopular materials", since it was meant to the likes of Hyouka, Nichijou and Lucky star.

And you should have spoiler tagged the spoiler :p

Nov 10, 2012 11:13 AM by zeroyuki92

Glad to see Strike Witches in first position!

Nov 9, 2012 12:02 PM by bereta002

New additions: here
Full weekly list: here

Full list is up.

Dog Days continues selling almost exactly the same amount as season one. Very nice. Second weeks for AW, Eureka AO, GC, MLA:TE, and Nyaruko.

Nov 9, 2012 11:55 AM by jmal

bippo said:
^ Haruhi is a very popular novel and in fact the most popular by far. You may want to credit Tanigawa though for making Haruhi a success rather than kyoani.

Tanigawa made the novels a success. KyoAni made the anime a success, with the novels providing the foundation (but not guarantees of success). The anime in turn made the novels an even larger success (as a good adaptation is supposed to).[1] This is a symbiotic relationship.

Also, this is starting to skirt (not there yet, but if someone continues your point it could) spoiler territory for Chuunibyou, please be careful. I know the anime will likely go its own way, but I'd rather be safe than spoiled.

[1] More specific details here. A huge percentage of its total sales can be attributed to the anime's effect. As was intended.

Nov 8, 2012 8:30 AM by jmal

^ Haruhi is a very popular novel and in fact the most popular by far. You may want to credit Tanigawa though for making Haruhi a success rather than kyoani. They take gambles but almost all studios / producers take gambles too. Its just that Hatta chose to adapt e8 very close to the original thing leaving new fans upset and LN fans satisfied rather than satisfying both groups. Also I agree with you on your take on Chu2koi if they go the "rikka is sick" route and not follow the novel route because it will be a great success. Imagine all of those rikka fans dropping their jaws out!

Nov 8, 2012 7:51 AM by bippo

I see that people still try to believe that people who are liking Kyo-Ani works are blinded viewers who watch KyoAni just because it's KyoAni.

Leaving animation quality that pretty much has almost no contestant in current TV series category, they also made a good direction and had a lot of bravery to adapt many different things (And gambles. Endless eight? Adaptations of very unpopular LN? Who the heck thinking a collaboration of Mystery and very slow slice of life could work like what they did?).

Chuunibyou is a kind of the perfection of their post-K-ON! works (I saw some comedy elements of Nichijou and graphical styles of Hyouka) and their past experiences of their old successes and failures. I still can't believe that almost all of the characters except the main trio are original characters, and I saw many original plot as well...

I may sound pretty fanboyish, but I can't see my points as something that is extremely biased. Ah, okay, I'll cut my post here since it's actually OOT...

Nov 8, 2012 7:29 AM by zeroyuki92

Nachtwandler_21 said:
It had pretty visuals and music but that's all. characters were quite cliché, mostly plain and had almost none real progress. Mystery part was totally childish and plot in general was very boring. Not to mention all this trolling with opportunity of romance which ended with no real result.
Thing is, KyoAni likes a challenge and they like to put their stamp on the thing they adapted. It always strives to "improve" on the original work - it happened with K-On, it happened with Nichijou and it happened with Hyouka too (and of course the current Cuunibyou is another prime example) Also, Hyouka is no childish mystery. In fact it has some pretty serious theme (just the reason why Hyouka is called Hyouka is very thought-provoking) -- and when KyoAni announced it was to animate it, people just could not see how this novel (classified as Mystery Novel not Light Novel mind you) could be like to be animated - the long conversations, the slow moving plot, the mysteries that shed light more on the characters themselves than the details of the mysteries (and those "mysteries" seem to be no such big deal on the surface). KyoAni put in a lot of effort to spice things up and make sure it is an ANIMATION instead of a novel that walks and talks. And it can be argued that they did a job too zealous and perhaps ended up diluting the power of the text (which is not easy to adapt anyway) and distracting attention (must the details be so meticulously animated?), but I would still commend it for trying its best to adapt the novel and make it its own.

Nov 7, 2012 11:30 PM by symbv

Nachtwandler_21 said:
It had pretty visuals and music but that's all. characters were quite cliché, mostly plain and had almost none real progress.

I don't know what show you're talking about here,but it sounds like anti-Hyouka to me. What made Hyouka the second best show of the year for me (so far, still deciding where Fall shows slot in) was precisely the character development and relationships.

So hey, maybe others felt the same way! Can we drop the "If it weren't KyoAni nobody would have liked it" crap? If it weren't KyoAni, the first thing I would have done is gone "Holy shit what is this amazing studio and where can I get more?"

What I think is true, and applicable to any studio that's made a real name for itself, is that more people gave it a chance because it was KyoAni. Same goes for any show from Shaft or PA Works. And that's a good thing, brand recognition is a very valuable resource and hard to create.

But that's absolutely not the same as liking it and buying it just because of the name. I would have thought SoraAge dispelled that myth. If people somehow missed that (protip: it never ranked on Oricon even once), then Nichijou made it obvious. Hyouka sells well because people think it's good. Period. If they didn't, it wouldn't. It's a fucking Kadokawa Marathon (hate you so much Kadokawa ;_;) release of all things, not something you just casually commit to if you think it's mediocre but like the studio name.

Nov 7, 2012 7:58 PM by jmal

Hyouka was pretty terrible.. I agree I only watched it because it was KyoAni and it had amazing visuals. But the actual show had absolutely nothing happening and at times it woulda been more fun to watch paint dry. Take away KyoAni and it woulda been a show nobody cared about.

Nov 7, 2012 6:16 PM by RyanSaotome

Its made by kyoani. Anything made by them, anime otaku and international fans will surely pick up because they think kyoani is a quality studio. Its quite true though but only in terms of graphics.

Nov 7, 2012 6:02 PM by bippo

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