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

by symbv
Aug 13, 2013 4:04 AM | 173 Comments
Here are the weekly Blu-ray & CD rankings for Aug 5th - 11th

Rank / This week's sales by copies / Cumulative sales / Titles

Blu-ray
*1, 8,680 *8,680 Hatarakou Maou-sama! vol.2
*2, 3,060 *3,060 Yondemasuyo, Azazel-san. Z vol.3
*3, 1,827 *1,827 Aiura
*4, 1,291 86,345 Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica Movie 1: Hajimari no Monogatari / Movie 2: Eien no Monogatari BD Set
*5, 1,214 42,979 Shingeki no Kyojin vol.1
*6, *,967 **,967 Kotoura-san vol.5
*7, *,933 24,886 Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199 Movie 6: Toutatsu! Dai Magellan
*8, *,899 14,731 Ghost in the Shell: Arise - Border:1 Ghost Pain
*9, *,862 **,862 Waga Seishun no Arcadia
(cut-off 862)


DVD
*1, 2,760 *,**9,209 Peeping Life: Tezuka and Tatsunoko Production Wonderland
*2, 1,805 *,**1,805 One Piece 15th Season Gyojin-shima hen vol.9
*3, 1,789 1,202,379 Tonari no Totoro
*4, 1,444 *,**1,444 Hatarakou Maou-sama! vol.2
*5, 1,373 *,*53,302 One Piece Film Z - Regular Edition
*6, 1,021 *,*23,985 Shingeki no Kyojin vol.1
*7, 1,006 *,770,318 Tenkuu no Shiro Laputa
*8, 1,003 *,*21,118 One Piece Log Collection "SABAODY"
*9, *,942 *,***,942 Naruto: Shippuuden Tokubetsu hen [Chikara: Shiro]
10, *,884 *,160,574 Majo no Takkyuubin
11, *,881 *,***,881 Yondemasuyo, Azazel-san. Z vol.3
12, *,821 *,**7,530 Precure All Stars New Stage 2: Kokoro no Tomodachi
13, *,749 *,*11,487 Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199 Movie 6: Toutatsu! Dai Magellan
14, *,727 *,356,508 Mononoke Hime
15, *,712 *,**6,728 Hunter x Hunter: Phantom Rouge
16, *,665 *,*58,832 One Piece Film Z - Limited Edition
17, *,584 *,173,029 Evangelion: 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo
18, *,550 2,384,566 Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi
(cut-off 520)


CD Single
*8, 32,374 *32,374 Free! ED "Splash Free"
11, 23,378 *23,378 Choujigen Game Neptune the Animation ED "Neptune☆Sagashite"
15, 18,004 *18,004 Genei wo Kakeru Taiyou OP "traumerai"
16, 16,436 *16,436 Free! Character Song Vol.1 Tachibana Makoto (Suzuki Tatsuhisa) "Mirai e no Stroke"
17, 14,189 *14,189 Free! Character Song Vol.2 Nanase Haruka (Shimazaki Nobunaga) "Ao no Kanata"
19, 10,836 *10,836 Senki Zesshou Symphogear G Character Song 3 Maria (Hikasa Youko) "Kort el fes Gungnir"
20, 10,002 *10,002 Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi OP "Birth"
23, *7,750 *69,398 Senki Zesshou Symphogear G OP "Vitalization"
24, *7,236 189,615 Shingeki no Kyojin OP "Jiyuu e no Shingeki"
28, *3,911 **3,911 Tamayura: More Aggressive ED "Arigatou"
31, *3,592 *12,525 Brothers Conflict ED "14 to 1"
35, *2,934 **2,934 Diabolik Lovers Character Song Vol.3 Sakamaki Raito "Chinureta Mikkai (Bloody Sabbath)"
36, *2,815 *27,096 Free! OP "Rage on"
37, *2,652 **2,652 Ro-Kyu-Bu! SS Character Songs 04 Kashii Airi (Hidaka Rina) "Ginger Yell"
41, *2,430 **2,430 Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku OP "Ni-gakki Debut Daisakusen!!"
46, *2,148 *10,398 One Piece theme song "Hands up!"
50, *1,964 *49,346 Pokemon Best Wishes! Season 2: Shinsoku no Genosect - Mewtwo Kakusei theme song "Egao"
54, *1,789 **1,789 Onegai Twins 10th Anniversary Single "Kaikishinsei -recurrent nova- / Natsukaze Nostalgia"
56, *1,673 *27,782 Senki Zesshou Symphogear G Character Song 1 Maria x Tsubasa "Fushichou no Flamme"
57, *1,647 *10,913 Gin no Saji: Silver Spoon ED "Hello Especially"
58, *1,586 *13,134 Senki Zesshou Symphogear G Character Song 2 Hibiki "Seigi wo Shinjite, Nigiri-shimete"
59, *1,498 **6,729 Kiniro Mosaic OP/ED "Jumping!! / Your Voice"
61, *1,468 **1,468 Teekyuu2 theme song "Menimeni Manimani"
62, *1,457 *12,337 Monogatari Second Season ED "Ai wo Utae"
63, *1,439 *32,914 Gintama: Kanketsu-hen - Yorozuya yo Eien Nare theme song "Genjou Destruction"
64, *1,433 *19,648 Cardfight!! Vanguard: Link Joker-hen OP "Itsumo Dakishimete / Mugen∞Rebirth"
65, *1,428 *10,079 Tamayura: More Aggressive OP "Hajimari no Umi"
67, *1,375 **5,056 Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya OP "starlog"
69, *1,323 **1,323 Rozen Maiden (2013) ED "Alternative"
72, *1,270 **6,103 Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai: Megami-hen OP "God only knows -Secrets of the goddess-"
74, *1,232 **1,232 Stella Jogakuin Koutou-ka C³-bu OP "Shape My Story"
78, *1,210 *20,676 Love Live!: BiBi ~Eri, Maki & Niko from μ's~ "Cutie Panther"
82, *1,165 **1,165 Stella Jogakuin Koutou-ka C³-bu ED "Hajikero! C3-bu!"
84, *1,098 168,756 Kakumeiki Valvrave OP "Preserved Roses"
89, *1,041 **1,041 Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai Chara CD.8 Ayukawa Tenri starring Nazuka Kaori "Magic of Happiness"
92, *1,007 **6,678 Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi ED "Owaranai Melody wo Utaidashimashita"
(cut-off 1,000)


CD Album
10, 8,499 **8,499 Girls und Panzer Fandisk CD "Deep Panzer CD desu!"
32, 2,912 *42,046 Shingeki no Kyojin Original Soundtrack
50, 1,886 *10,860 Kaze Tachinu Soundtrack
76, 1,105 194,986 Studio Ghibli no Uta
83, 1,040 *13,231 Aikatsu "Fourth Party!" by Star☆Anis
84, 1,035 **9,408 The IdolM@ster Live The@ter Performance 04
(cut-off 1,000)


Source: Oricon Youtaiju

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Kitchiri said:
Reason for recap? Pretty damn obvious it is. I think it is more like 'Shaft cannot handle the schedule' issue again here. Plus, core-based system of japanese anime broadcasting also partially responsible for this.
Hmm...but this time the recaps do not seem to be unplanned like Bake. It looks they have this recap planned at the beginning. So I won't call it the same as "Shaft cannot handle the schedule" issue for this time.

Aug 18, 2013 3:27 AM by symbv

symbv said:
hpulley said:
In fact I'm shocked that Kabuki is only getting 4 episodes when it is a longer book than Neko Shiro. I expected 6 episodes, not 4!
Yeah, it got me scratching my head too. I expected at least the same length as Neko Shiro, meaning five episodes.. We know 5 arcs will be shown on TV in 2 cours (which means at most 26 episodes) and 10 episodes already taken, so we have at most 16 episodes for 3 arcs. Theoretically we can still have 5 episodes for the remaining 3 arcs, but since the recap special seems to be numbered, we may have more than 1 recap ep coming.. and if we indeed have 1 recap per arc, we are down to 4 episodes per arc... After watching Neko Shiro I came to expect that 5 episodes per arc to be the norm... oh well...
4 ep on Kabuki is simply bullshit, and 1st episode of it already looks pretty screwed up. Hating all those recap stuffs even more.

Reason for recap? Pretty damn obvious it is. I think it is more like 'Shaft cannot handle the schedule' issue again here. Plus, core-based system of japanese anime broadcasting also partially responsible for this.

Aug 17, 2013 10:39 PM by Kitchiri

Pathetic, but it's not like the zombies will care at all about such.

Aug 17, 2013 10:15 PM by Meddigo

My guess is that we will get a recap episode at the end of every arc. So a recap of Tsubasa after Neko Shiro, a recap of Hachikuji after Kabuki etc....

Aug 17, 2013 7:58 PM by symbv

hpulley said:
Evidence for Monogatari Second Season Summary Episode 2 now that I was reminded where I'd seen it, at the end of Summary Episode 1

Yep I'd read it was recap #1, but this week we got a real episode so thankfully they're not doing them back to back or anything.

Aug 17, 2013 6:48 PM by jmal

Evidence for Monogatari Second Season Summary Episode 2 now that I was reminded where I'd seen it, at the end of Summary Episode 1:

Unfortunately the subs are correct. The lower left hand corner text says continued to summary episode 2 using the fancy kanji for tsuzu that isn't in the IME:

総集編IIへ続

Continued to Recap Episode 2

Aug 17, 2013 6:16 PM by hpulley

hpulley said:
^^^ Yes and sadly, I suppose since I bought it I am partially at fault... the two-disc 4-episode Nekomonogatari Kuro has shown Aniplex that they can sell them for that price/episode for an arc.

Well to be fair, a four episode special being released in 2 discs is 10000% standard. Four episodes of anything being released in 2 discs is standard.

We already know that at least some 2nd Season discs have 3 eps, it's just a matter how many...

Aug 17, 2013 3:48 PM by jmal

^^^ Yes and sadly, I suppose since I bought it I am partially at fault... the two-disc 4-episode Nekomonogatari Kuro has shown Aniplex that they can sell them for that price/episode for an arc. I was hoping for at worst 30 episodes over 12 discs but that no longer appears possible. 25 episodes over 12 discs would really suck, maybe that's why they're soliciting it an arc at a time... If I knew that now I might reconsider it... though I think I need to get at least Neko Shiro at this point anyways.

Aug 17, 2013 2:24 PM by hpulley

^ Partial solicits are the worst. Sucks being so in the dark about how the release is being structured and how many eps it will be and all that.

Aug 17, 2013 1:57 PM by jmal

I agree, recaps always suck though they suck less if it would have meant a partially animated next episode otherwise.

I see no recap episode(s) on the official Bluray pages:
http://www.monogatari-series.com/2ndseason/package/index.html
http://www.monogatari-series.com/2ndseason/package/kabuki.html

But on the storyboard pages today's episode is listed as #7 so it seems like the #6 recap counts in the, I thought it was 26 episodes they originally listed though that article has been taken down from the official site and they've sinced pulled Hanamonogatari out so who know how many episodes it is now... there is no storyboard for #6 or end card. #7 card not up yet.
http://www.monogatari-series.com/2ndseason/special/index.html

Aug 17, 2013 12:38 PM by hpulley

Kaioshin_Sama said:
Pretty sure it was mentioned

And your source is? All we have in this thread is people speculating what will happen, because we don't know. Can you at least wait for facts to exist before you start twisting them?

As for me, if they recap after every arc I'll be very annoyed. How much I like or dislike the studio is utterly irrelevant. Now yes it's a much better place to put them than in the middle of a story, sure, and Bake being arc-oriented helps, but multiple recaps is shitty no matter how you slice it. Nobody likes multiple recaps.

Of course, Shaft is utterly notorious, even among their fans, for being awful at time management. I mean, "pulling a Shaft" has become slang for releasing a rushed, unfinished, poorly produced episode to broadcast. And with the number of projects that have been piled on them lately (KagePro too? Are we ever getting Kizu? Is Nisekoi really the best use of their time? Have they been able to focus properly on the last Madoka movie?) I can only hope they've been given bigger budgets and more staff because ugh. So you have to factor in whether taking a breather for the recaps (which is basically the same thing as taking a week off) helps prevent another Nadeko Snake pt2-style botched episode. My preference would obviously be "neither" but if that's not an option, FOR GOODNESS' SAKE PLEASE RECAP.

In either case, nobody who has seen more than one or two of their shows would ever praise Shaft for consistency in production values. This is the studio that repeatedly mocked/lamented their own mismanagement in Sayonara Zetsubou-sensei after all. though they've gradually gotten better.

However what matters most to me in the end is how the home video release is handled because the money I'll be spending is a way bigger deal than having a couple weekends where there's no new Monogatari to watch. Second Season is believed to be 12 discs (though with rolling solicitations, I don't think we know for sure), and I will not be happy if some of that disc count is due to recaps. However many discs it is, I better be getting ~2.5 non-recap episodes per disc, average, for a two cour show.

tl;dr
1. Recaps suck
2. Some recaps suck more than others
3. There are worse things than recaps
4. ...Recaps still suck though

So there you go, it's complicated. It's not a simple matter of "If someone doesn't unambiguously condemn it, they must be displaying a fanboy double standard!"

Aug 17, 2013 12:22 PM by jmal

jmal said:
Kaioshin_Sama said:
Remember when Wolf's Rain had those 4 recap episodes and when Gundam Seed Destiny did as well and people really heavily criticized them for it instead of calling it a clever marketing ploy? Maybe I'm dating myself here, but ah those were the days when essentially cheaping out was met with a certain level of scorn regardless of franchise popularity.

What world do you live in where people don't complain about recaps? Everyone complains about recaps all the time. That has never changed and never will. Only degree changes, which depends on the context of the recap. Because comparing what is so far one recap at the end of an arc to the quadruple recap BS Wolf's Rain pulled is ridiculous. You even admitted it's not on the same level.

Plus there's no confirmation about how many more recaps we'll get. Are you so desperate to see people join in your Shaft whining that you want them to complain about things that haven't even happened yet?


They've got to fill time somehow and currently the assumption I'm seeing is a recap at the end of each arc to sort of break them up since it looks like they are going for an almost semi-separated mini-series style of one novel=one 4 episode set which honestly isn't so bad an idea for fans of the show as it'd probably make each arc stand out a little more and give them their own vibe. Either way all I know is they are scheduled for 24 episodes and have to fill that air time somehow so it's either 3 more recaps or some sort of 3 episode filler arc.

Honestly though a recap at the end of each arc seems like exactly the kind of solution that SHAFT would opt for though and I could easily see them making recap episodes be part of the Blu-Ray episode count. If I'm wrong then I'm wrong, but that's plenty of reasons to suspect either that or some gratuitous "artistic" fan service filler is the solution to filling that air time. Either way if it does happen the spin in terms of reaction is sure to be interesting.

I mean sorry but I haven't been given any sort of reason to believe that SHAFT or rather Aniplex is the kind of company to do right by people and give them their due value when they're dealing with a buyer base that has proven more than willing to tolerate pretty obvious bait and switch tactics. Oh sorry we just couldn't finish these episodes on time that were supposed to air on TV, but if you want to still see them they'll be on the Blu-Ray so if you'll kindly just fork over 7,000 yen you'll get to see the rest of the story. I don't really see that sort of practice from many if any other production team ups. If I were them knowing all those pre-orders are pretty much secure I'd probably try and see if I could take it a step further and get away with burning episodes on easy recaps too if I knew I could still make more or less the same amount of money. It's a simple cut costs/maximize profit scheme that is perfectly logical and is entirely enabled by a community that essentially rewards the kind of bad vaguely anti-consumer behavior that Aniplex is becoming infamous for.

Anyway though of course we'll see in due time what the actual course is.

Aug 17, 2013 11:59 AM by PeacingOut

Kaioshin_Sama said:
Remember when Wolf's Rain had those 4 recap episodes and when Gundam Seed Destiny did as well and people really heavily criticized them for it instead of calling it a clever marketing ploy? Maybe I'm dating myself here, but ah those were the days when essentially cheaping out was met with a certain level of scorn regardless of franchise popularity.

What world do you live in where people don't complain about recaps? Everyone complains about recaps all the time. That has never changed and never will. Only degree changes, which depends on the context of the recap. Because comparing what is so far one recap at the end of an arc to the quadruple recap BS Wolf's Rain pulled is ridiculous. You even admitted it's not on the same level.

Plus there's no confirmation about how many more recaps we'll get. Are you so desperate to see people join in your Shaft whining that you want them to complain about things that haven't even happened yet?

Aug 17, 2013 11:43 AM by jmal

Remember when Wolf's Rain had those 4 recap episodes and when Gundam Seed Destiny did as well and people really heavily criticized them for it instead of calling it a clever marketing ploy? Maybe I'm dating myself here, but ah those were the days when essentially cheaping out was met with a certain level of scorn regardless of franchise popularity.

I personally never think it's a good thing when any show plans to burn 4 entire episodes on recaps be it a 50 episode TV series like Seed Destiny (this is before all the stock footage nonsense at that) or a 24 episode one like Wolf's Rain, but I guess at least unlike Wolf's Rain they aren't taking a month off straight. Still kind of unfortunate.

It also bears mentioning that in spite of all of Seed Destinies shortcomings in the department of giving a damn about not cheaping out it's still one of the best selling and most popular TV anime series of all time. There are still no words even to this day......

symbv said:
bippo said:
But Yamakan....oh god its so hard to choose XD
Even before Wake Up Girls is aired, Yamakan already starts to get bashed by anime fans for trolling that if Sendai city became an anime "pilgrimage destination" because of WUG (the anime is supposed to take place there), the city should build a bronze statute of him in the city. LOL


Thankfully Yoshiyuki Tomino never had as huge an ego or we would have ended up with a statue of him in downtown Tokyo instead of the 1:1 scale Gundam. Like I said it's amazing the difference in self-perception the real innovators in the industry have/had (I consider these to be the likes of Tezuka, Anno, Kon, Tomino, Miyazaki, Dezaki, Watanabe, Urasawa) compared to the people of some repute like Yamakan who are probably all but complete unknowns outside of the otaku circle. Then again Tomino and the other names I mentioned came from a much older school era where modesty and manners were a little more beaten into people.

Is there anyone else infamous in the anime/manga/LN industry that is this infamous for consistently putting their foot in their mouths?

Aug 17, 2013 11:04 AM by PeacingOut

Kitchiri said:
Maybe, there is possibility that Kabukimonogatari (which is godly) selling more than Nekomonogatari (which is boring). It's all guess work though, lol.

It is possible. Bakemonogatari had fairly uneven sales (going up and down per arc), with Nadeko's arc selling better than any other. But it's unclear how much of that was people buying just that volume for the corrected episode after the horribly botched TV broadcast.

I don't think the effect will be huge, but I won't be surprised if some arcs sell more than others this season.

(Also Neko Shiro was great.)

Aug 17, 2013 10:41 AM by jmal

hpulley said:
In fact I'm shocked that Kabuki is only getting 4 episodes when it is a longer book than Neko Shiro. I expected 6 episodes, not 4!
Yeah, it got me scratching my head too. I expected at least the same length as Neko Shiro, meaning five episodes.. We know 5 arcs will be shown on TV in 2 cours (which means at most 26 episodes) and 10 episodes already taken, so we have at most 16 episodes for 3 arcs. Theoretically we can still have 5 episodes for the remaining 3 arcs, but since the recap special seems to be numbered, we may have more than 1 recap ep coming.. and if we indeed have 1 recap per arc, we are down to 4 episodes per arc... After watching Neko Shiro I came to expect that 5 episodes per arc to be the norm... oh well...

Aug 17, 2013 7:23 AM by symbv

^^ There is room on disc 2 of Neko Shiro for episode 6 and on disc 2 of Kabuki for a summary episode. Or a couple of discs of recap episodes separately???

In fact I'm shocked that Kabuki is only getting 4 episodes when it is a longer book than Neko Shiro. I expected 6 episodes, not 4! Makes me wonder if there are 26 episodes including recaps which would mean 11 episodes for Shiro and Kabuki, just 15 left for 3 more books, 3 arcs of 4 episodes plus a recap??? Guess time will tell...

Aug 17, 2013 7:15 AM by hpulley

^ I don't think it will be referred to anything like "second season disc 3". I believe it will just get named according to its separate arc. For Nise, it is one LN (of two volumes) so all the 5 discs form a series. In 2nd season, there are 6 LN volumes each with different title, so each arc forms a series in itself.

Personally I wonder if those recap specials will somehow be released in discs as well since they seem to be numbered as well....

Aug 17, 2013 6:27 AM by symbv

Kitchiri said:
So, Kabukimonogatari topping the pre-order ranking list. Their marketing is really interesting with all those recap episode plans, since they are treating as if every single volume of second season to be sort of 'separated'.

Maybe, there is possibility that Kabukimonogatari (which is godly) selling more than Nekomonogatari (which is boring). It's all guess work though, lol.
You're right, while everyone is calling it a Second Season series, including them in some sense, the episodes of each arc are separately numbered and the discs this time are also separately numbered 1 and 2 so in some sense it is more like Neko Kuro and Neko Shiro are separate series from Kabuki. Nisemonogatari had 5 discs but will Kabuki disc 1 be called Second Season disc 3 or not? I don't think we have any confirmation of this one way or another yet. In Nisemonogatari the arc discs are still called first, middle and last part but the discs are still numbered sequentially. But nothing so far seems to indicate that it will be called disc 3, so far it just says:
傾物語 第一巻 / まよいキョンシー (上)

Kabukimonogatari volume 1 / Mayoi Kyonshi (first volume)

Guess we'll find out when we get a real side angle packaging shot of the clear case...

Aug 17, 2013 6:17 AM by hpulley

So, Kabukimonogatari topping the pre-order ranking list. Their marketing is really interesting with all those recap episode plans, since they are treating as if every single volume of second season to be sort of 'separated'.

Maybe, there is possibility that Kabukimonogatari (which is godly) selling more than Nekomonogatari (which is boring). It's all guess work though, lol.

Aug 17, 2013 3:38 AM by Kitchiri