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Japan's Weekly Blu-ray & CD Rankings for Dec 24 - 30

by dtshyk
Jan 6, 2013 12:58 AM | 153 Comments
Here are the weekly Blu-ray & CD rankings for December 24th - 30th.

Blu-ray
*1, 25,552 25,552 Sword Art Online vol.3 Limited Edition
*2, *8,358 *8,358 Little Busters! vol.1 Limited Edition
*3, *7,306 *7,306 Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb vol.1 Limited Edition
*4, *6,969 *6,969 Hyouka vol.7 Limited Edition
*5, *6,148 *6,148 Accel World vol.6 Limited Edition
*6, *5,227 *5,227 Dog Days' vol.4 Limited Edition
*7, *3,992 *3,992 Aquarion Evol vol.9
*8, *3,801 *3,801 Hellsing Ultimate vol.10 Limited Edition
*9, *3,275 18,959 Kyoukaisenjou no Horizon II vol.4 Limited Edition

DVD
*1, 9,354 *,*37,520 Kuroko no Basket Fan Disc
*2, 6,172 *,**6,172 Sword Art Online vol.3 Limited Edition
*3, 4,506 *,*19,681 One Piece Log Collection "OHZ"
*4, 4,480 *,*19,588 One Piece Log Collection "BROOK"
*5, 3,155 *,**3,155 Kamisama Hajimemashita vol.1
*6, 2,849 *,**2,849 Hellsing Ultimate vol.10 Limited Edition
*7, 2,803 *,*11,608 Kuroko no Basket vol.6
*8, 1,896 *,**7,095 Pokemon Best Wishes! Season 2: Kyurem vs. Seikenshi
*9, 1,833 *,**1,833 Dog Days' vol.4 Limited Edition
10, 1,782 1,173,842 Tonari no Totoro
11, 1,757 *,**1,757 Little Busters! vol.1 Limited Edition
13, 1,610 *,**1,610 Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb vol.1 Limited Edition
15, 1,526 *,*11,723 Gintama' Enchousen vol.1 Limited Edition
16, 1,413 *,**1,413 Accel World vol.6 Limited Edition
18, 1,247 *,**4,150 New Prince of Tennis vol.5
20, 1,206 *,**1,206 Aquarion Evol vol.9
22, 1,130 *,**3,558 Hakuouki Reimeiroku vol.4 Limited Edition
23, 1,068 *,**6,180 Sore Ike! Anpanman
25, 1,062 *,**1,062 Arcana Famiglia vol.4 Limited Edition
26, 1,045 *,**1,045 Hyouka vol.7 Limited Edition
29, *,999 *,***,999 Campione!: Matsurowanu Kamigami to Kamigoroshi no Maou vol.4 Limited Edition
30, *,998 *,***,998 Shirokuma Cafe vol.6

Single CD
*2, 40,608 *40,608 Ao no Exorcist Movie "REVERS]"
*6, 20,549 253,510 Magi "Yubi Boenkyo"
22, *2,493 **2,493 Magi Character Song vol.1 Aladdin, Alibaba, Morgiana
26, *2,221 *11,124 Nerawareta Gakuen "Gin-iro Hikosen"
29, *1,995 *32,916 Psycho-Pass "Namae no Nai Kaibutsu"
30, *1,984 **5,077 Ao no Exorcist Character Song Rin & Yukio
34, *1,741 *27,738 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure "Jojo~Sono Chi no Unmei~"
35, *1,704 **5,330 Wooser no Sono Higurashi "Love Me Gimme"
36, *1,681 **1,681 Sword Art Online "Innocence"
38, *1,555 **1,555 Psycho-Pass "abnormalize"
39, *1,487 *29,736 Choujigen Game Neptune The Animation Character Song vol.2 Noir & Black Heart
40, *1,476 **1,476 Sword Art Online "Overfly"
41, *1,467 *29,198 Magi "V.I.P."
42, *1,405 *49,384 Choujigen Game Neptune The Animation Character Song vol.1 Neptune & Purple Heart

Source: Oricon Youtaiju

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Progeusz said:
I'm really disappointed LB! sold so much. Just get the game instead of bad anime.
Well, if it had been done better it would already have sold a lot more, so viewed in that way the sales is already disappointing. The saving grace is that it at least still managed to sell >10k.

Jan 15, 2013 1:12 AM by symbv

Kaioshin_Sama said:
Yeah as much as I hate to admit it cause Kyoani fanboys did totally shit on the adaptation before it aired by not being done by their majesties for the most part I do see people actually critiquing it on it's own merits and shortcomings now which is progress as far as I'm concerned. Though I will say I don't think the fact that that Pet no Kanojo show clearly showing more of a budget has helped the matter as Key fans seem pretty butthurt about that.
Not "Kyoani fanboys" but anyone with working brain should know JC Staff is much worse than KyoAni (which did most of Key adaptations). PA Works would be leagues better than JC Staff too. I'm sure even Sunrise or Madhouse would do much better job even though LB! isn't their kind of anime. Stop being blind hater.

Jan 15, 2013 12:55 AM by Progeusz

I'm really disappointed LB! sold so much. Just get the game instead of bad anime.

Jan 15, 2013 12:46 AM by Progeusz

phoenixalia said:

You gotta be kidding me. KamiHaji has a male fanbase? B-But it was so shoujo-y! I recall even hearing some shoujo fans saying that it was a tad bit too shoujo-y.
Well, consider it to be something new to learn about the taste of male anime fans in Japan. Even if it is something you think only girls would enjoy, there are things that guys embrace with enthusiasm here.

Could you tell me what story elements attract male watchers?
I cannot recall the discussion I read in 2ch. But here is a feature of the anime by a male lifestyle site and the title said:少女漫画原作だけど男でも絶対ハマる アニメ『神様はじめました』が実に良い (Translation: Though it is adapted from a shoujo manga, it is an anime that guys will definitely get hooked to - Kamisama ha Hajimemashita is really a great anime)

The reviews featured in the article were all written by guys and presented things that they found appealing in the anime.

http://getnews.jp/archives/258252

Jan 8, 2013 6:20 AM by symbv

symbv said:
jmal said:
and I even found comments asking if it is really from a shoujo manga.
Haha, really? It's like... the most incredibly shoujo-y shoujo we've had recently.
I did not read the manga or watch the anime, but from the replies to those comments it seems that the drawing style is neutral enough to attract male audience and the story has a lot of elements that appeal to male watchers.


You gotta be kidding me. KamiHaji has a male fanbase? B-But it was so shoujo-y! I recall even hearing some shoujo fans saying that it was a tad bit too shoujo-y.
Well, not that I mind. I've always felt that good shoujo manga can be enjoyed by both boys and girls.
Could you tell me what story elements attract male watchers?

Jan 8, 2013 5:48 AM by phoenixalia

jmal said:
and I even found comments asking if it is really from a shoujo manga.
Haha, really? It's like... the most incredibly shoujo-y shoujo we've had recently.
I did not read the manga or watch the anime, but from the replies to those comments it seems that the drawing style is neutral enough to attract male audience and the story has a lot of elements that appeal to male watchers.

Jan 8, 2013 4:44 AM by symbv

symbv said:
Or Oricon does not care about overseas sites, or it does not bother checking them.

I definitely doubt they care nearly as much (which is good), but ANN is a level of visibility I thought might trigger a flag. I remember ANN used to talk about how all the BD data posted other places was "unreliable" and now they're posting data from the same exact original source, lol.

symbv said:
Thanks for pointing it out. So KamiHaji is the best performing shoujo series for the season.

I enjoyed it, though I enjoyed Sukinayo and Kaibutsu-kun a lot more. Nanami was great but the overall casts in the other two felt a lot stronger.

and I even found comments asking if it is really from a shoujo manga.

Haha, really? It's like... the most incredibly shoujo-y shoujo we've had recently.

Jan 8, 2013 4:17 AM by jmal

jmal said:
Oh, okay, separate article. Surprising Oricon doesn't go after them, considering it's a very large site. I guess Oricon doesn't really care about the Youtaiju data, just the more comprehensive Biz data.
Or Oricon does not care about overseas sites, or it does not bother checking them.

jmal said:
symbv said:
*3,155 *1 Kami-sama Hajimemashita [DVD+BD]: 2012/12/28

It's up to 3,873 now. I wonder, it might actually have hit 5k with BDs. We really need that full list from last week.
Thanks for pointing it out. So KamiHaji is the best performing shoujo series for the season. It seems to be quite popular with male audience and I even found comments asking if it is really from a shoujo manga.

Jan 8, 2013 4:11 AM by symbv

Oh, okay, separate article. Surprising Oricon doesn't go after them, considering it's a very large site. I guess Oricon doesn't really care about the Youtaiju data, just the more comprehensive Biz data.

symbv said:
*3,155 *1 Kami-sama Hajimemashita [DVD+BD]: 2012/12/28

It's up to 3,873 now. I wonder, it might actually have hit 5k with BDs. We really need that full list from last week.

Jan 8, 2013 3:59 AM by jmal

The updated volume 1 ranking for 2012 Fall Season anime:

2012 Fall Vol 1 Rankings
Key: Total - # Weeks Charted - Title - Format - Release Date
Updated as of 2013/01/08 list
16,782 *3 Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! [DVD+BD]: 2012/12/19
13,550 *1 Girls und Panzer [DVD+BD]: 2012/12/21
11,723 *2 Gintama' Enchousen [DVD]: 2012/12/19
11.036 *2 Little Busters! [DVD+BD]: 2012/12/26
10,214 *1 To LOVE-Ru Darkness [DVD+BD]: 2012/12/21
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - 10,000 Line - - - - - - - - - - - - -
*9,690 *2 Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb [DVD+BD]: 2012/12/26
*7,503 *4 K [DVD+BD]: 2012/11/07
*5,659 *1 Psycho-Pass [DVD+BD]: 2012/12/21
*3,155 *1 Kami-sama Hajimemashita [DVD+BD]: 2012/12/28
- - - - - - - - - - - Manabi Line (2,899) - - - - - - - - - - -
*2,494 *1 Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun [DVD+BD]: 2012/11/21
*2,392 *1 Jormungand Perfect Order [DVD+BD]: 2012/12/21
*1,759 *1 Ixion Saga DT [DVD+BD]: 2012/12/05
**,*** ** BTOOOM! [DVD+BD]: 2012/11/21
**,*** ** Shinsekai Yori [DVD+BD]: 2012/11/30
**,*** ** Code:Breaker [DVD+BD]: 2012/12/21
**,*** ** Hayate no Gotoku! Can't Take My Eyes Off You [DVD+BD]: 2012/12/21
**,*** ** Busou Shinki [DVD+BD]: 2012/12/26
**,*** ** Onii-chan Dakedo Ai Sae Areba Kankenai yo ne [DVD+BD]: 2012/12/26
**,*** ** Sukitte Ii na yo [DVD+BD]: 2012/12/26

Jan 8, 2013 3:59 AM by symbv

They post blu-rays as well:

http://www.animenewsnetwork.co.uk/news/2013-01-08/japan-animation-blu-ray-disc-ranking-december-31-january-6

(yes some of those aren't anime, but the anime are on there)

Jan 8, 2013 3:56 AM by kuuderes_shadow

mistress_kisara said:
Okay...in other news the Rankings are out for Dec.31-Jan.6

Yeah that's what got this started. Also ANN lists aren't very useful, they only post DVDs.

Jan 8, 2013 3:50 AM by jmal

Okay...in other news the Rankings are out for Dec.31-Jan.6 check out ANN :P

Jan 8, 2013 3:46 AM by mistress_kisara

Kaioshin_Sama said:
I tried Girls Und Panzer but it kind of reminded me of Strike Witches only with tanks. Lost interest pretty quickly. :/
That may be because you allow the moe elements to bother you while a lot of people who vowed they never liked moe fell in love with the show because of the care it took about depicting tanks in action, the depth of knowledge it conveys by including tank and military references around the anime, or the love it took highlighting each character by turn and looking at how they strive for success that is more like a sports drama that was so popular in Japan back in 70s or 80s. (yes, people noticed how things could change so little, not so much). All these are quite a bit different from Strike Witches -- and Girls und Panzer even went so far as making sure that things like panty fan service or yuri actions so prominent in SW (and which won SW so many fans) are not present. If anything, most fans actually commented quite unenthusiastically about the character designs of Girls und Panzer before the show started so it is not as if they found the girls there so moe that they flocked to the show by default. They only became fans of the characters once the story started rolling, so one can even argue that they became a fan of the show first before they became a fan of the characters or found the characters "moe".

Jan 8, 2013 3:26 AM by symbv

jmal said:
Kaioshin_Sama said:
Generally if the obvious moe appeal of a show is it's overwhelming defining feature to me I consider it a moe show. A good example would be just about everything Kyoani has produced since Full Metal Panic The Second Raid. I know it's probably rare but I make a pretty clear distinction between shows with moe in them and shows that are about moe and have my own sets of criteria on where to draw the line. Generally I don't mind shows with moe in them but I do tend to lose interest in shows very fast if I find that they're major appeal appears to be the exploitation of moe tropes.

I'll preface this by noting that you're the one bringing up KyoAni specifically, and I'd be perfectly happy to make this argument on behalf of just about any other studio or show if you'd used something else instead, so if we can sidestep the "KyoAni fans are so defensive" thing that would be awesome - it's about far more than KyoAni. If we can't agree to this, I'd prefer you just pretend I didn't post, because I'm frankly not up for another "KyoAni vs the world" argument I never wanted. I'd actually like to assume this disclaimer is now considered implied going forward.

If we're on the same page there: The "major appeal" is more than "moe tropes". If that's all it were, any old show could be just as successful, and I'd like every show. But that's definitely not the case. I'm sure you'd describe, say, To Love-Ru as a successful show full of moe tropes, and I can't stand that, personally. The appeal of most [insert proper noun here] titles that I enjoy but you classify as just being "about moe tropes" for me is usually not just that. [Though as usual I can only make an educated guess at what someone means, exactly, when they use that vague term, because I've seen it utilized to describe just about everything.]

What I love above all is good writing. Funny comedy. The depth of emotional reaction I have to well-done dramatic or sad scenes. The stellar visual and musical quality. Nicely choreographed action sequences. Frankly, pretty much the same things I like in shows you would not ever classify as about moe. The exact proportion of these changes with each show and genre (gag comedy and romantic drama and violent action won't be measured quite the same), but what it almost always comes down to for me is how interesting and engaging I find the characters to be, and whether the writing utilizes them appropriately for the kind of show being presented.

I don't think most anime fans are all that different. We just have different tastes in what makes a good character or appropriate writing.

Now don't get me wrong, there are shows I like for pure stupid guilty pleasures, but I find that what separates "temporary enjoyable diversions" from the shows I truly love and remember for a long time is whether it's really got feeling, whether it really digs into its material and makes the best of it. Not simply how many shallow surface gimmicks it can employ. And yes, among many other shows from many other studios, I find KyoAni's shows like Hyouka, Clannad, Kanon, Haruhi, K-ON!, Chuunibyou etc really have that depth of feeling and appropriateness of writing that really speak to me beyond any surface glitter.


I can relate to the general idea of what you're presenting if not the examples, but I still can't say theres anything I would say I'm happy to see on the upper end of that list besides maybe Gintama, but then that's sort of to be expected at this point.

Jan 8, 2013 3:21 AM by PeacingOut

Kaioshin_Sama said:
Generally if the obvious moe appeal of a show is it's overwhelming defining feature to me I consider it a moe show. A good example would be just about everything Kyoani has produced since Full Metal Panic The Second Raid.
And we have talked over it before. As much as moe is very strong in many KyoAni show, I would never group Haruhi, K-On and Hyouka in one category. So it just shows that you let the moe elements, of which the KyoAni kind you may find particularly uncomfortable, obscure what the show is offering in other aspects. And when we take a deeper look at the fans of Haruhi or K-On, we can easily find people who are do not really love (or even notice) the moe bits in it and yet they became fans of the show because they really love what the show offers on top of or besides moe, and they did not find any moe in it to be annoying.

Kaioshin_Sama said:

I know it's probably rare but I make a pretty clear distinction between shows with moe in them and shows that are about moe and have my own sets of criteria on where to draw the line.
Since I can see moe in almost every midnight anime show - the point being that moe is what people feel so it should not be just something that I find particularly appealing or what a "moe-hater" find annoying. There can be easily elements that a "moe-hater" do not notice but yet many others find moe. So trying to draw a line about which show is a "moe show" at the end mostly suits that person's own criteria but yet obscures what that show may also be about, and why there may be a lot of fans who are attracted by the show not because of the perceived moe elements. Those people may still notice those so-called moe "tropes" but they just looked past or beyond it.

Kaioshin_Sama said:

That said with each passing year or so I become slightly more comfortable with the idea of moe. Initially I was firmly in the moe is the cancer killing anime camp, but now I sort of get the appeal as I get more used to the idea of it and certain shows have helped to slowly bridge the gap. I still can't do the really aggressively cutesy moe stuff or Tsunderes and the like but I don't mind the whole kuudere and Tall Dark and Bishoujo Yamato Nadieshiko thing much possibly cause there the closest thing to how the female characters usually are in the shows I've grown to like most over the years.
Glad to hear that you are getting more understanding about moe and its appeal. To be honest, the idea that moe is a cancer killing anime is one thing that I would firmly say outright is crap, as much as I hate to use that crap word. Anime has always been a big user of various tropes and it is the cuteness factor that is dominating the trope use, and back in the old days we may have more mecha tropes or drama tropes but at the same time there were always shows which tried to do a bit more even though it stuck to its share of trope uses. It is just that the "moe haters" find those tropes more tolerable (or even love them) compared to the "moe tropes" and they also forgot how much of the shows back in the imagined "good old days" were just bad shows that are forgotten and not missed these days.

Jan 8, 2013 3:17 AM by symbv

For its 1st volume getting 17k sales, Chuuni is probably one of the forgettable series that has been successful in sales. Unless they make a 2nd season giving Saturn a chance, things might change and might justify that 17k. Do it whoever studio is doing this.

Jan 8, 2013 3:16 AM by _liliput

Kaioshin_Sama said:
Generally if the obvious moe appeal of a show is it's overwhelming defining feature to me I consider it a moe show. A good example would be just about everything Kyoani has produced since Full Metal Panic The Second Raid. I know it's probably rare but I make a pretty clear distinction between shows with moe in them and shows that are about moe and have my own sets of criteria on where to draw the line. Generally I don't mind shows with moe in them but I do tend to lose interest in shows very fast if I find that they're major appeal appears to be the exploitation of moe tropes.

I'll preface this by noting that you're the one bringing up KyoAni specifically, and I'd be perfectly happy to make this argument on behalf of just about any other studio or show if you'd used something else instead, so if we can sidestep the "KyoAni fans are so defensive" thing that would be awesome - it's about far more than KyoAni. If we can't agree to this, I'd prefer you just pretend I didn't post, because I'm frankly not up for another "KyoAni vs the world" argument I never wanted. I'd actually like to assume this disclaimer is now considered implied going forward.

If we're on the same page there: The "major appeal" is more than "moe tropes". If that's all it were, any old show could be just as successful, and I'd like every show. But that's definitely not the case. I'm sure you'd describe, say, To Love-Ru as a successful show full of moe tropes, and I can't stand that, personally. The appeal of most [insert proper noun here] titles that I enjoy but you classify as just being "about moe tropes" for me is usually not just that. [Though as usual I can only make an educated guess at what someone means, exactly, when they use that vague term, because I've seen it utilized to describe just about everything.]

What I love above all is good writing. Funny comedy. The depth of emotional reaction I have to well-done dramatic or sad scenes. The stellar visual and musical quality. Nicely choreographed action sequences. Frankly, pretty much the same things I like in shows you would not ever classify as about moe. The exact proportion of these changes with each show and genre (gag comedy and romantic drama and violent action won't be measured quite the same), but what it almost always comes down to for me is how interesting and engaging I find the characters to be, and whether the writing utilizes them appropriately for the kind of show being presented.

I don't think most anime fans are all that different. We just have different tastes in what makes a good character or appropriate writing.

Now don't get me wrong, there are shows I like for pure stupid guilty pleasures, but I find that what separates "temporary enjoyable diversions" from the shows I truly love and remember for a long time is whether it's really got feeling, whether it really digs into its material and makes the best of it. Not simply how many shallow surface gimmicks it can employ. And yes, among many other shows from many other studios, I find KyoAni's shows like Hyouka, Clannad, Kanon, Haruhi, K-ON!, Chuunibyou etc really have that depth of feeling and appropriateness of writing that really speak to me beyond any surface glitter.

Jan 8, 2013 3:10 AM by jmal

symbv said:
Kaioshin_Sama said:
It does things most productions would be too lazy or too unimaginative to do and I suppose in this day and age where I see a lot of laziness and bland presentation of concepts and tropes I consider that a little daring and experimental. Obviously too daring for Japans audience.
Obviously? I doubt it, as I never read anything about Japanese fans finding the direction, the BGM, the presentation or the script-writing to be daring. If anything, I would say to the contrary they did not find the scripts or the direction to be daring enough to worth a special mention. Granted I also find a lot to like about its pick of music and the care of the script to look deeper into the relationship between the characters, but I think it is all a matter of whether they find it entertaining enough. Apparently they did not find it that interesting for most of the early part but the mind game where 4 characters engaged for 3 episode without much of a change of the scene or setting got a lot of praises on the other hand. So the matter goes a bit deeper than a simple classification of Japanese not liking something that I find daring. It is great that you find so much to love in Zetsuen but I would not say that all other works are just lazy or bland or unimaginative. Girls und Panzer are just one anime that are none of the above for example.


Well that says a whole lot about the continuing divergence of Japans and my tastes right there doesn't it. I wonder how things could change so much in so little time. I tried Girls Und Panzer but it kind of reminded me of Strike Witches only with tanks. Lost interest pretty quickly. :/

Jan 8, 2013 3:03 AM by PeacingOut

Kaioshin_Sama said:
It does things most productions would be too lazy or too unimaginative to do and I suppose in this day and age where I see a lot of laziness and bland presentation of concepts and tropes I consider that a little daring and experimental. Obviously too daring for Japans audience.
Obviously? I doubt it, as I never read anything about Japanese fans finding the direction, the BGM, the presentation or the script-writing to be daring. If anything, I would say to the contrary they did not find the scripts or the direction to be daring enough to worth a special mention. Granted I also find a lot to like about its pick of music and the care of the script to look deeper into the relationship between the characters, but I think it is all a matter of whether they find it entertaining enough. Apparently they did not find it that interesting for most of the early part but the mind game where 4 characters engaged for 3 episode without much of a change of the scene or setting got a lot of praises on the other hand. So the matter goes a bit deeper than a simple classification of Japanese not liking something that I find daring. It is great that you find so much to love in Zetsuen but I would not say that all other works are just lazy or bland or unimaginative. Girls und Panzer are just one anime that are none of the above for example.

Jan 8, 2013 3:01 AM by symbv

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