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Japan's Weekly Blu-ray & CD Rankings for Nov 5 - 11

by dtshyk
Nov 13, 2012 12:32 AM | 94 Comments
Here are the weekly Blu-ray & CD rankings for November 5th - 11th.

Blu-ray
*1, 7,328 **7,328 Tari Tari vol.3
*2, 3,694 **3,694 Oda Nobuna no Yabou vol.3
*3, 3,590 **3,590 K vol.1
*4, 2,632 **2,632 K vol.2
*5, *,916 *30,716 Sword Art Online vol.1 Limited Edition
*6, *,893 *34,336 Strike Witches The Movie Limited Edition
*7, *,815 ***,815 Moyashimon Returns vol.3
*8, *,458 170,106 Evangelion: 1.11 You Are (Not) Alone
*9, *,439 **5,543 Five Star Stories Reprint Edition
10, *,381 *20,662 Kyoukaisenjou no Horizon II vol.2 Limited Edition

DVD
*1, 2,210 *,**2,210 One Piece 14th Season vol.14
*2, 1,607 *,**1,607 K vol.1
*3, 1,202 *,**1,202 Naruto: Shippuuden Kyubi Shoaku to Inganaru Kaiko no Sho vol.2
*4, 1,047 *,**1,047 K vol.2
*5, 1,035 *,**1,035 Himitsukessha Taka no Tsume NEO vol.1
*6, *,918 *,***,918 Nintama Rantarou Movie
*8, *,829 *,***,829 Oda Nobuna no Yabou vol.3
10, *,711 *,***,711 Moyashimon Returns vol.3
13, *,588 *,**2,906 Momo e no Tegami
14, *,585 1,165,097 Tonari no Totoro
16, *,505 *,*13,974 Kuroko no Basket vol.4
19, *,428 *,**2,696 Inazuma Eleven DVD Box vol.3
22, *,416 *,***,416 Fairy Tail vol.34
23, *,395 *,**8,238 Sword Art Online vol.1 Limited Edition
29, *,308 *,***,308 Sore Ike! Anpanman
30, *,300 *,***,300 Kono Danshi, Ningyo Hiroimashita.

Single CD
*5, 23,047 23,047 Ixion Saga DT "DT Suteru" "Let's go ED"
*8, 10,721 10,721 Bakuman. 3 "Pride on Everyday"
12, *8,730 *8,730 Code:Breaker "Dark Shame"
13, *7,105 *7,105 Kitamura Eri "Destiny"
19, *4,660 67,991 Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse "Go to the top"
20, *4,313 *4,313 Jormungand: Perfect Order "Laterality"
22, *4,044 *4,044 Gintama' Enchousen "Moonwalk"
26, *3,598 14,706 Little Busters! "Little Busters!" "Alicemagic"
28, *3,503 50,427 Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica Movie 2: Eien no Monogatari "Hikari Furu"
30, *3,022 *3,022 K "Tsumetai Heya, Hitori"
32, *2,774 69,646 Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica Movie 1: Hajimari no Monogatari "Luminous"
34, *2,754 *2,754 Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb "Yume Gumo"
35, *2,647 *2,647 To LOVE-Ru Darkness "Foul Play ni Kurari"
39, *2,510 20,101 Macross FB7: Ginga Rukon - Ore no Uta wo Kike! "Nyan Nyan Fire!! ~Totsugeki Planet Exposion" "Virgin Story"
41, *2,413 17,823 Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! "Sparkling Daydream"
44, *1,984 *1,984 Girls und Panzer "Enter Enter Mission!"
49, *1,751 *6,726 Gintama' Enchousen "Let's go out"

Source: Oricon Youtaiju

20 of 94 Comments Recent Comments

I didnt expect K to be so high. The anime is disappointing for me but its an okay anime.

Nov 18, 2012 3:57 PM by Hikarusuke

Yvese said:
j0x said:
wow K blows i thought it would sell at least on the 5K mark

*2, 22,254 Kyoukaisenjou no Horizon II


thats more like it, season 3 when?
I'm hoping fall next year, though I wouldn't be surprised if it ended up coming out in 2014.
As long as it comes, I'm fine with it. Quite happy about Kyoukaisen's sales.

Nov 17, 2012 1:35 AM by hontobaka

As a heads up to anyone wondering, nothing new was added with the full list this week. Go figure! I actually managed to catch the .txt file on 2ch before it was pulled (going through multiple proxies before I found one that worked because non-JP IPs seem to be blocked), and it's in a week where it doesn't matter.

The only additions were two live events (Smile Precure and 2nd week for an idolmaster BD), but here's the usual links anyway:

New additions: here
Full weekly list: here

Nov 16, 2012 7:05 AM by jmal

RyanSaotome said:
IMO the main reason those kinds of manga get Live Action adaptions is because there is a negative stigma with anime in the mainstream.
Stigma is there, yes, although it is indeed much better now as we now actually see more and more celebrities declaring on TV or blog/twitter that they are anime fans or even otakus. It is something that is absolutely unimaginable, say, 20 years ago. So it is getting easier but there are still a lot of grown-ups who do not really enjoy watching anime, and this is one reason why I call anime a Niche Market. Manga, on the other hand, is still read by lots of adults (and for seinen/josei you should be adults to read it) and it makes a lot more business sense for popular seinen manga to be made Live Action because a much bigger size of people can be reached (particularly if famous actors/actresses are in the TV/movie). Those mainstream audience do not necessarily view anime as stigma like anime-watcher must be otaku (the view is more like anime is only for younger people) - it is just that they are not that interested in anime anyway.

Nov 14, 2012 8:34 PM by symbv

IMO the main reason those kinds of manga get Live Action adaptions is because there is a negative stigma with anime in the mainstream. People view anime fans as nerds or otaku, so if you want a popular mainstream manga to do well, its best to adapt it to Live Action which doesn't have any stigmas. The kind of people who like these kinds of manga typically don't want to be connected to otaku, so they wouldn't be buying the anime versions, as seen by something like Kaiji.

Nov 14, 2012 8:24 PM by RyanSaotome

Higashi_no_Kaze said:
If I see any genre that is really under-represented it'd have to be Psychological Seinen. When there's neither much action nor a girls/romance/slice-of-life setting. Something like Monster.
The fact is the range of genres is more limited in anime than manga. A lot of material or story or character design seem to be considered as not so easily to be made popular in anime, and seinen/jousei is one that get particularly less attention when anime staff look for source to adapt. Popular manga liks Kachou Kousaku Shima would get real-life drama adaptation, Kami no Shizuku (credited for starting a spatacular wine boom in Japan) got real-life drama adaptation; Gantz got real-life movie adaptation. Umizaru has real-life TV drama and movies. None of it has anime (well, Kousaku Shima has short flash anime but that's mainly for marketing on web). Kaiji got anime but its real-life movies is a much much bigger hit. For Naoki Urasawa's works, Yawara may have anime but 20th Century Boys got a trilogy of real-life movies which were big hits (but no anime).

My observation is that those manga that are based more on real-life people and the current society has a tendency to be made in real-life TV drama or movies instead of anime. Perhaps the consideration is that with a setting in current society no expensive special effect or stage set is needed (but popular manga like Jin got made into real-life TV drama, a very popular one, even though most of it was set in the pre-Meiji-Restoration Makumatsu period) while it can be shown in mainstream hours (if it is TV) or more theaters (if it is movie) and pull in mainstream audience thus reaching a lot more people. This consideration can also apply to shoujo, so although shoujo like Nana and Hana Yori Danshi have both anime and real-life movie/TV-drama, it is the real-life movie/TV-drama that people remember.

Nov 14, 2012 8:06 PM by symbv

Oh I forgot about Hidamari, but it's unclear how much that will sell. I hope it does better than current estimates predict, especially given the expected drop after Vol. 1's event ticket effect is over.

Higashi_no_Kaze said:
Then again I guess it's just not a genre that ever gets animated much, because there are a bunch of manga in that genre that sell fairly well and have been going for a while, so at some level there has to be an audience for those titles.

There's certainly an audience, just not necessarily an audience that's super interested in anime. See also most shoujo romance manga.

I think that's an important point: not everything has to be successful in animated form. Some things just aren't. But they still have markets in which they're successful. It's not all about anime. And that's okay, but it does mean people who like that material, but only watch anime, might be disappointed.

Nov 14, 2012 2:59 PM by jmal

If I see any genre that is really under-represented it'd have to be Psychological Seinen. When there's neither much action nor a girls/romance/slice-of-life setting. Something like Monster. The last thing I remember to vaguely fit into that genre is Saraiya Goyou, and I don't think that was particularly successful either. And it's from 2010.

Then again I guess it's just not a genre that ever gets animated much, because there are a bunch of manga in that genre that sell fairly well and have been going for a while, so at some level there has to be an audience for those titles.

Nov 14, 2012 2:55 PM by Pullman

RyanSaotome said:
Outside of JoJo, these are all focused on cute girls.

+Gintama, +Magi. Three of the six expected sellers this season aren't focused on cute girls or even majority female casts.

Having attractive characters is important, but "having attractive characters" is also a really really really broad characteristic to group shows by, so I don't know how noteworthy it is that the majority of successful shows share that trait. So do the vast majority of sales failures too.

Nov 14, 2012 2:47 PM by jmal

jmal said:
The successful shows this season are a mix of three different styles of shounen manga, a visual novel drama, an anime original military-style story, a light novel romantic comedy, and one extremely fanservice-heavy manga adaptation. It's kinda all over the place, whether in story themes, visual styles, amount of fanservice, or a variety of other measures.


Outside of JoJo, these are all focused on cute girls. Not that theres a problem with it in my opinion, but people are generally right that stuff with cute girls will sell better than stuff without (and the stuff without that DOES sell often has hot guys so its really no different). Having attractive characters is pretty much a necessity to sell, though there will be a few random instances of it not mattering like JoJo.

Nov 14, 2012 2:31 PM by RyanSaotome

hpulley said:
Seems like moe is in and fanservice is out or gobs of unnecessary flashes and squeezes anyways.

Putting aside the problems with categorizing shows in such broad terms, I'm not sure anything has really changed. Highly sexually-charged fanservice shows have always been very hit and miss in terms of sales. Most sell well under 5k. Some do really well, though usually when they have some major draw besides pure fanservice.

I'm going to guess "moe" in your comment refers to shows with cute girls doing cute things (I'll put aside the definition problem and just roll with that for the sake of argument). Well, really, those are just as hit or miss in sales too. For every K-ON! you have about 10 Acchi Kocchis. Just like for every High School DxD you have a bunch of Hagure Yuushas.

...Honestly I think it's simplest to just say anime sales are hit or miss - in general. Everything sells at least sometimes. Even mainstream-friend josei romances have their big success stories like Nodame Cantabile or Hachimitsu to Clover.

The successful shows this season are a mix of three different styles of shounen manga, a visual novel drama, an anime original military-style story, a light novel romantic comedy, and one extremely fanservice-heavy manga adaptation. It's kinda all over the place, whether in story themes, visual styles, amount of fanservice, or a variety of other measures.

Nov 14, 2012 12:54 PM by jmal

hpulley said:
Seems like moe is in and fanservice is out or gobs of unnecessary flashes and squeezes anyways. I thought the uncensored ecchi stuff would be selling better but apparently not. Girlz Und Panzer seems to be the right cute moe, action and characters mix. I totally missed the real world attraction tie ins, come visit the kissaten they wrecked last week!


It depends more on just whats good, not just genres. To Love Ru Darkness is a big time fanservice show and its projected to sell around 10k copies. Only things that don't really sell are aimed at a more mainstream or casual market, since they aren't willing to pay the prices for anime.

Nov 14, 2012 10:49 AM by RyanSaotome

Seems like moe is in and fanservice is out or gobs of unnecessary flashes and squeezes anyways. I thought the uncensored ecchi stuff would be selling better but apparently not. Girlz Und Panzer seems to be the right cute moe, action and characters mix. I totally missed the real world attraction tie ins, come visit the kissaten they wrecked last week!

Nov 14, 2012 10:45 AM by hpulley

symbv said:
GalPan's fans are now trying to lower expectation and in 2ch Sales Thread they are still stressing that 5000 would be a "win" already.

Yeah, I wish more people would think along these lines. There was a lot of "OMG Tari Tari flopped!" and TTンゴ when it sold less than Stalker predicted - even though it's selling almost exactly as much as Hanasaku Iroha and is a solid hit by most measures.

Stalker is great, but a lot of people who don't watch sales as closely as some of us here really don't understand it well enough to grasp that the estimate Stalker makes does not necessarily have anything to do with 1) what the production committee expected or 2) what sales level constitutes a success. They don't heed the caveats that a sales prediction based on one retailer, no matter how large and important, can in some cases be very misleading.

Nov 14, 2012 10:11 AM by jmal

symbv said:
GalPan was indeed predicted to have 3.5k sales before the season started and it was in the lower half among the 21 titles having sufficient prediction data. Just to refresh memory, we also had predictions of Little Busters selling 20k, Magi 15k, K 10k, Chuunibyou 10k and Pscyho-Pass 7k.


That Chuunibyou one will likely end up close, and Psycho-Pass could still do that if it has one of THOSE types of episodes. Magi likely won't do more than 10k though and lol Little Busters.

Nov 14, 2012 9:06 AM by RyanSaotome

Ejc said:
I'm really really curious how much GaruPan will move come the 1st BD/DVD being released on 2012/12/21. 15k+ would be amazing... but 7.5-12.5k is more likely. Wasn't GaruPan predicted to be a 3.5k average seller before Fall season started? Would definitely be amazing sales compared to that.
GalPan's fans are now trying to lower expectation and in 2ch Sales Thread they are still stressing that 5000 would be a "win" already. On the other hand, the hottest topic in the Sales Thread now is what will end up in the tight race between Chuunibyou and GalPan... There is always the possibility that GalPan may be overestimated like Tari Tari while Chuunibyou gets underestimated like Yuru Yuri....

GalPan was indeed predicted to have 3.5k sales before the season started and it was in the lower half among the 21 titles having sufficient prediction data. Just to refresh memory, we also had predictions of Little Busters selling 20k, Magi 15k, K 10k, Chuunibyou 10k and Pscyho-Pass 7k.

Nov 14, 2012 9:04 AM by symbv

symbv said:
I think it all depends on how the rest of the series go, if it is as good as the last few episodes and the sakuga / animation quality does not drop, then it can indeed reach the predicted number by the Stalker, namely >15000. Failing that I think it is likely that it can still go beyond 10000.


I'm really really curious how much GaruPan will move come the 1st BD/DVD being released on 2012/12/21. 15k+ would be amazing... but 7.5-12.5k is more likely. Wasn't GaruPan predicted to be a 3.5k average seller before Fall season started? Would definitely be amazing sales compared to that.

Nov 14, 2012 8:22 AM by Ejc

hpulley said:
Would be interesting if Girlz Und Panzer did that well. It is fun but I'm not sure how re-watchable it will be, personally.
It is amazingly rewatchable to me. I watched ep.4 Seven Times just to pick up the various trivia and information scattered around in the anime or compared the scenes with the real Ooarai streets - as fans who went to see the actual locale in Ooarai reported:

Actually the ryokan-restaurant that the Matilda tank crashed into in ep.4 reported sharp increase of access to their website and there were fans who booked the ryokan for stay mentioning they came because of GnP.

In fact the anime now got the endorsement from the Ibaraki Prefecture Government (where Ooarai is located) and the anime is now on the top page of the government website: http://myanimelist.net/forum/?topicid=517525#msg18293511

Nov 14, 2012 7:51 AM by symbv

RyanSaotome said:
Huh, you're right. I just assumed it wouldn't since they typically don't do those "Extra" kinda episodes. Glad to see it though!

Yeah, I wasn't sure if they would either so I emailed them about it, and their reply was something like "Keep an eye out, I think you'll be happy what you see!" which was an indirect way of saying "Yeah we'll be streaming it."

More importantly, in my email I asked about both 5.5 and 12, so hopefully the reply means they'll stream 12 as well (assuming 12 is going to be streamed in Japan rather than broadcast on TV).

Nov 14, 2012 7:43 AM by jmal

jmal said:
It streams on Crunchyroll in 12 hours, and that's where I watch it anyway. Though I won't get to it until Saturday, as usual.


Huh, you're right. I just assumed it wouldn't since they typically don't do those "Extra" kinda episodes. Glad to see it though!

Nov 14, 2012 7:33 AM by RyanSaotome

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