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Japan's Weekly Blu-ray & CD Rankings for Aug 12 - 18

by symbv
Aug 20, 2013 6:13 AM | 159 Comments
Here are the weekly Blu-ray & CD rankings for Aug 12th - 18th

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

Blu-ray
*1, 1,234 387,990 Evangelion: 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo
*2, 1,029 *44,008 Shingeki no Kyojin vol.1
*3, *,944 *87,289 Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica Movie 1: Hajimari no Monogatari / Movie 2: Eien no Monogatari BD Set
*4, *,666 *15,397 Ghost in the Shell: Arise - Border:1 Ghost Pain
*5, *,645 *53,246 One Piece Film Z - Limited Edition
*6, *,643 **9,323 Hatarakou Maou-sama! vol.2
*7, *,574 *20,396 One Piece Film Z - Regular Edition
*8, *,512 *12,236 Kurenai no Buta
(cut-off 512)


DVD
*1, 1,959 1,204,338 Tonari no Totoro
*2, 1,728 *,*10,937 Peeping Life: Tezuka and Tatsunoko Production Wonderland
*3, 1,702 *,*55,004 One Piece Film Z - Regular Edition
*4, 1,050 *,*59,882 One Piece Film Z - Limited Edition
*5, 1,018 *,*25,003 Shingeki no Kyojin vol.1
*6, *,981 *,512,302 Majo no Takkyuubin
*7, *,889 *,771,207 Tenkuu no Shiro Laputa
*8, *,872 *,***,872 Ketsuekigata-kun!
*9, *,956 *,**8,386 Precure All Stars New Stage 2: Kokoro no Tomodachi
10, *,795 *,357,003 Mononoke Hime
11, *,695 *,*16,577 Kamiusagi Rope: Warau Asa ni Fukukitaru tte Maji ssuka? vol.1
12, *,693 *,173,722 Evangelion: 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo
13, *,637 *,*21,755 One Piece Log Collection "SABAODY"
14, *,631 2,385,197 Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi
15, *,597 *,*15,324 Kamiusagi Rope: Warau Asa ni Fukukitaru tte Maji ssuka? vol.2
16, *,593 *,658,449 Kaze no Tani no Nausicaa
17, *,580 *,**7,308 Hunter x Hunter: Phantom Rouge
(cut-off 580)


CD Single
**3 *62,149 *62,149 Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199 TV OP "Fight For Liberty / Wizard CLUB"
**7 *14,278 *14,278 Danball Senki Wars ED "We are Dreamer"
**9 *13,740 *13,740 The IdolM@ster CINDERELLA MASTER "Kagayaku Sekai no Mahou"
*12 **9,154 **9,154 Senki Zesshou Symphogear G ED "Next Destination"
*16 **8,012 *40,386 Free! ED "Splash Free"
*17 **6,982 196,597 Shingeki no Kyojin OP "Jiyuu e no Shingeki"
*23 **4,553 *73,951 Senki Zesshou Symphogear G OP "Vitalization"
*24 **4,428 *22,432 Genei wo Kakeru Taiyou OP "traumerai"
*27 **3,650 *20,086 Free! Character Song Vol.1 Tachibana Makoto (Suzuki Tatsuhisa) "Mirai e no Stroke"
*28 **3,178 *17,367 Free! Character Song Vol.2 Nanase Haruka (Shimazaki Nobunaga) "Ao no Kanata"
*29 **3,063 **3,063 Ro-Kyu-Bu! SS Character Songs 05 Hakamada Hinata (Ogura Yui) "Ball Meets Girl"
*31 **2,857 **2,857 ReRe Hello "~Owaresou ni nai Natsu~"
*32 **2,778 *15,303 Brothers Conflict ED "14 to 1"
*33 **2,743 **2,743 Toriko ED "Tautology"
*34 **2,727 *12,729 Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi OP "Birth"
*35 **2,643 *13,479 Senki Zesshou Symphogear G Character Song 3 Maria (Hikasa Youko) "Ressou Gungnir"
*39 **1,978 **1,978 Kimi no Iru Machi OP "Sentimental Love"
*41 **1,946 *29,042 Free! OP "Rage on"
*42 **1,815 *51,161 Pokemon Best Wishes! Season 2: Shinsoku no Genosect - Mewtwo Kakusei theme song "Egao"
*43 **1,810 **7,913 Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai: Megami-hen OP "God only knows -Secrets of the goddess-"
*46 **1,657 **1,657 Karneval Character Song Vol.4 Karoku (Hoshi Souichirou) & Uro (Suwabe Junichi) "Vanitas Vanitatum"  
*49 **1,569 *29,351 Senki Zesshou Symphogear G Character Song 1 Maria x Tsubasa "Fushichou no Flamme"
*50 **1,528 *11,926 One Piece theme song "Hands up!"
*52 **1,467 *24,845 Choujigen Game Neptune the Animation ED "Neptune☆Sagashite"
*56 **1,317 *34,231 Gintama: Kanketsu-hen - Yorozuya yo Eien Nare theme song "Genjou Destruction"
*57 **1,287 **8,016 Kiniro Mosaic OP/ED "Jumping!! / Your Voice"
*61 **1,176 169,932 Kakumeiki Valvrave OP "Preserved Roses"
*64 **1,105 *13,442 Monogatari Second Season ED "Ai wo Utae"
*73 **1,032 *14,166 Senki Zesshou Symphogear G Character Song 2 Hibiki "Seigi wo Shinjite, Nigiri-shimete"
(cut-off 1,000)


CD Album
*28 **2,879 *44,925 Shingeki no Kyojin Original Soundtrack
*37 **2,306 **2,306 Q;indivi Starring Rin Oikawa "Celebration ~Ghibli Songs and More~"
*42 **2,012 **9,435 Yuumin x Studio Ghibli - 40th Anniversary Album "Hikouki-Gumo"
*45 **1,981 *12,841 Kaze Tachinu Soundtrack
*55 **1,625 **1,625 Shintani Ryouko "Blooming Line"
*59 **1,517 **1,517 Inazuma Eleven: Inazuma All-Stars x TPK Character Songs Album "Kandou Kyouyuu!"
*66 **1,402 **9,901 Girls und Panzer Fandisk CD "Deep Panzer CD desu!"
*85 **1,065 *14,296 Aikatsu "Fourth Party!" by Star☆Anis
*90 **1,001 *45,185 Love Live! "μ's Best Album Best Live! collection"
(cut-off 1,000)


Source: Oricon Youtaiju

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hpulley said:
It would be too spoilerish for me to really discuss why I feel it is not generic but if you like we can open a sub-thread in the anime's forum to discuss it.

Sure, why not?
symbv said:
GuiltyKing said:

It's not generic? Au contraire, my friend. We've got
1. an MC who manages to miraculously power up in dire situations (although I'd like to mention that those power-ups can be hilarious in some scenes)
2. a beautiful lead female character (and we know how often those win) (Rias)
3. a girl whose boobs are slightly bigger than the female lead's (Akeno) (best girl btw)
4. a loli (Koneko)
5. the notoriously nice girl (Asia)
6. the airhead (Xenovia)

The only anomalies would be Kiba and another person I won't mention for spoilers' sake. There's also a few more points on my list, but again, no need to spoiler you good people.
In conclusion, the basic idea is definitely generic. The difference is that the show is done nicely though and still manages to be fairly entertaining and definitely better than a lot of other harem anime out there.
That only fulfills my definition of "generic" being "matching expectations for such genre" and not how many here use the word for which is equivalent to "mediocrity" and "boring repetitive story". I agree many of the settings are standard, but I disagree that it is "generic" in how it weaves its story and characters and incorporates hot-blooded fighting spirits, clear determination and will, and personal growth - it is hard to call the MC a generic harem MC in that sense for example. At the end, it is the non-generic element such as these, being well blended and balanced into the ecchi, that made it such a success. You cannot just look at the "generic" part of it but neglecting the non-"generic" part of it if you want to see why this work stands above most other works in the genre to be so successful.

Then that's one thing we can agree on. That is, generic not being used negatively in that context. And as my post proved (that was its purpose after all), I'm neither a fanboy nor a hater. I enjoy DxD but I can see its flaws or rather the flaws I personally regard as such.

Aug 27, 2013 8:42 AM by Rachmaninow

GuiltyKing said:

It's not generic? Au contraire, my friend. We've got
1. an MC who manages to miraculously power up in dire situations (although I'd like to mention that those power-ups can be hilarious in some scenes)
2. a beautiful lead female character (and we know how often those win) (Rias)
3. a girl whose boobs are slightly bigger than the female lead's (Akeno) (best girl btw)
4. a loli (Koneko)
5. the notoriously nice girl (Asia)
6. the airhead (Xenovia)

The only anomalies would be Kiba and another person I won't mention for spoilers' sake. There's also a few more points on my list, but again, no need to spoiler you good people.
In conclusion, the basic idea is definitely generic. The difference is that the show is done nicely though and still manages to be fairly entertaining and definitely better than a lot of other harem anime out there.
That only fulfills my definition of "generic" being "matching expectations for such genre" and not how many here use the word for which is equivalent to "mediocrity" and "boring repetitive story". I agree many of the settings are standard, but I disagree that it is "generic" in how it weaves its story and characters and incorporates hot-blooded fighting spirits, clear determination and will, and personal growth - it is hard to call the MC a generic harem MC in that sense for example. At the end, it is the non-generic elements such as these, being well balanced and blended into the standard ecchi elements, that made it such a success. You cannot just look at the "generic" part of it but neglecting the non-"generic" part of it if you want to see why this work stands above most other works in the genre to be so successful.

Aug 27, 2013 8:33 AM by symbv

It would be too spoilerish for me to really discuss why I feel it is not generic but if you like we can open a sub-thread in the anime's forum to discuss it.

Aug 27, 2013 8:31 AM by hpulley

symbv said:
GuiltyKing said:
We've had this dance before, and it didn't end well for either for us.
That is all because you had to treat my words coming from earnestness as something from a troll that you thought only of mocking and ridiculing.

And I agree with hpulley that HDxD is definitely NOT generic. In fact far from it I would say, and this non generic nature is one main reason why this harem show actually broke beyond the usual sales limit for such genre. But then it all depends on how "generic" is defined. If we use it as a neutral word meaning "conforming to standard expectation from the genre" then I can agree with it being "generic", but I guess a lot of people here do not use the word in this traditional meaning.

:*

It's not generic? Au contraire, my friend. We've got
1. an MC who manages to miraculously power up in dire situations (although I'd like to mention that those power-ups can be hilarious in some scenes)
2. a beautiful lead female character (and we know how often those win) (Rias)
3. a girl whose boobs are slightly bigger than the female lead's (Akeno) (best girl btw)
4. a loli (Koneko)
5. the notoriously nice girl (Asia)
6. the airhead (Xenovia)

The only anomalies would be Kiba and another person I won't mention for spoilers' sake. There's also a few more points on my list, but again, no need to spoiler you good people.
In conclusion, the basic idea is definitely generic. The difference is that the show is done nicely though and still manages to be fairly entertaining and definitely better than a lot of other harem anime out there.

Aug 27, 2013 8:20 AM by Rachmaninow

GuiltyKing said:
We've had this dance before, and it didn't end well for either for us.
That is all because you had to treat my words coming from earnestness as something from a troll that you thought only of mocking and ridiculing.

And I agree with hpulley that HDxD is definitely NOT generic. In fact far from it I would say, and this non generic nature is one main reason why this harem show actually broke beyond the usual sales limit for such genre. But then it all depends on how "generic" is defined. If we use it as a neutral word meaning "conforming to standard expectation from the genre" then I can agree with it being "generic", but I guess a lot of people here do not use the word in this traditional meaning.

Aug 27, 2013 8:05 AM by symbv

scytheavatar said:
GuiltyKing said:
Don't get me wrong. I'm not surprised in the slightest, to be honest. It's more like I'm disappointed that other titles don't get that kind of attention, and that popular seiyuu>quality shows.


What kind of attention? 9.9k is a very good but not exactly a major smash hit by today's standards. Then you have the usual first volume being inflated by event tickets, other volumes wouldn't do as well stuff. It's not like there are that many series which target female otakus anyway, if other anime companies stop making generic moe harem crap and at the same time stay away from being too hipster I am sure their works would get more attention.

Compared to the predicted sales shows like KamiNai or Watamote have, it is quite a bit. Now, I didn't know about the event ticket bonus, so that factors in a lot of course. It might also be due to part of me simply being disappointed, like I mentioned, that shows like the two I mentioned are doing poorly, even though they're anything but generic.
hpulley said:
scytheavatar said:
... if other anime companies stop making generic moe harem crap and at the same time stay away from being too hipster I am sure their works would get more attention.
You have neglected to use the "myanimelist" part of this site so we have no idea what you like and what you think they should be making. Perhaps you want to let us know...

But there is in fact very little harem anime being made today and little of it is generic. I daresay High School DxD New is not generic, it is fairly innovative in the genre. And so is Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai: Megami-hen though I find it a bit less interesting you still must admit that the story is far from your usual harem.

Some say Monogatari is a harem show but I disagree and even if you think it is, there is no way you can call it generic.

Harem anime doesn't sell well these days either unless it is To Love Ru which again is not really generic, it is a leader in the genre. The aforementioned sequels are not expected to do that well at least according to current Stalker estimates. Alright yes but not big hits by any means.

Now, moe girls in anime in general, yes, we do have a lot of that. Lots of magical girls, lots of girls doing cute things in their clubs in schools. None of that is selling particularly well either...

Not that much is selling well this season anyway beyond the top few shows. Lots of Titans, UtaPri and LoveLive! still selling from past seasons, Maou Sama...

I enjoy watching DxD quite a bit, but let's face it, hp, it is generic. Harem+fantasy is not a new concept. In fact, you'll find a lot of light novels and manga out there that utilize those themes. But it's good at being generic- ha, sound weird- hence the show itself is still enjoyable to watch.
symbv said:
GuiltyKing said:
It's more like I'm disappointed that other titles don't get that kind of attention, and that popular seiyuu>quality shows.
1) For popular entertainment I believe this is a common phenomenon that factors other than the contents have bigger impact. Let's face it even in highbrow arts and literature we still hear complaints about such-and-such thing got a lot more famous and popular than its intrinsic "quality" (whatever that means) justifies; 2) Whatever quality and merits are subjective things at the end, particularly if you are not part of the target audience. It is entirely possible for the target audience of the otome genre, the character design and voice acting counts for more and they are happy to set lower demand on the story, and I don't think they should thus be looked down for not having as much requirement on the story as you and I may want.

We've had this dance before, and it didn't end well for either for us.

Aug 27, 2013 8:03 AM by Rachmaninow

Thanks, I am honestly suprised to see many people ignoring Porco Rosso in the West and feared that its reception Japan might be a bit similar.

Aug 27, 2013 7:06 AM by Nidhoeggr

Nidhoeggr said:
I am so suprised to see how low the sales for Porco Rosso/Kurenai no Buta are, does anyone know something about the Japanese reception for this movie?
It is not really surprising, because the low sales you see is only for the BD and this BD version came out much later than the VHS and the DVD (VHS in 1995; DVD in 2003) , so most people who want the anime would have already got it already. As for reception, when it was shown in theaters it broke the box office record for anime film at that time (previously held by Kiki's Delivery Service) and even now it is often named as one of the most favorite anime films by the public (not just the otaku).

Aug 27, 2013 6:34 AM by symbv

I am so suprised to see how low the sales for Porco Rosso/Kurenai no Buta are, does anyone know something about the Japanese reception for this movie?

Aug 27, 2013 6:29 AM by Nidhoeggr

scytheavatar said:
... if other anime companies stop making generic moe harem crap and at the same time stay away from being too hipster I am sure their works would get more attention.
You have neglected to use the "myanimelist" part of this site so we have no idea what you like and what you think they should be making. Perhaps you want to let us know...

But there is in fact very little harem anime being made today and little of it is generic. I daresay High School DxD New is not generic, it is fairly innovative in the genre. And so is Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai: Megami-hen though I find it a bit less interesting you still must admit that the story is far from your usual harem.

Some say Monogatari is a harem show but I disagree and even if you think it is, there is no way you can call it generic.

Harem anime doesn't sell well these days either unless it is To Love Ru which again is not really generic, it is a leader in the genre. The aforementioned sequels are not expected to do that well at least according to current Stalker estimates. Alright yes but not big hits by any means.

Now, moe girls in anime in general, yes, we do have a lot of that. Lots of magical girls, lots of girls doing cute things in their clubs in schools. None of that is selling particularly well either...

Not that much is selling well this season anyway beyond the top few shows. Lots of Titans, UtaPri and LoveLive! still selling from past seasons, Maou Sama...

Aug 27, 2013 5:48 AM by hpulley

scytheavatar said:
if other anime companies stop making generic moe harem crap and at the same time stay away from being too hipster I am sure their works would get more attention.
As if there are many "generic moe harem crap"... How many harem shows among the >30 shows we have in this season? As for generic, as I said before, while there is of course similarity if they are from the genre, but often those who say "generic" say so because they are not the targeted audience and so cannot tell the differences and one work's particular appeal from another. And "crap" is often made because the demand is deemed there. Before we assume one work will get more attention if those "crap" are not made, it is better to ask the question: Why aren't more other stuff (presumably not "crap") not made? Could it be because what you would prefer to be made are not that popular after all?

Aug 27, 2013 5:09 AM by symbv

GuiltyKing said:
Don't get me wrong. I'm not surprised in the slightest, to be honest. It's more like I'm disappointed that other titles don't get that kind of attention, and that popular seiyuu>quality shows.


What kind of attention? 9.9k is a very good but not exactly a major smash hit by today's standards. Then you have the usual first volume being inflated by event tickets, other volumes wouldn't do as well stuff. It's not like there are that many series which target female otakus anyway, if other anime companies stop making generic moe harem crap and at the same time stay away from being too hipster I am sure their works would get more attention.

Aug 27, 2013 4:27 AM by scytheavatar

GuiltyKing said:
It's more like I'm disappointed that other titles don't get that kind of attention, and that popular seiyuu>quality shows.
1) For popular entertainment I believe this is a common phenomenon that factors other than the contents have bigger impact. Let's face it even in highbrow arts and literature we still hear complaints about such-and-such thing got a lot more famous and popular than its intrinsic "quality" (whatever that means) justifies; 2) Whatever quality and merits are subjective things at the end, particularly if you are not part of the target audience. It is entirely possible for the target audience of the otome genre, the character design and voice acting counts for more and they are happy to set lower demand on the story, and I don't think they should thus be looked down for not having as much requirement on the story as you and I may want.

Aug 27, 2013 4:19 AM by symbv

Approx.

Oreimo2 v3 13K
Valvrave v3 4.3K
Magi v9 4K

Tamako v6 2.8K
MJP v3 2.7K
Maoyu v6 2.1K
Oreshura v7 1.9K
...

Next week lots of stuff.

Aug 27, 2013 3:42 AM by hpulley

hp, anything else worth mentioning on the list? Or are the big titles reserved for next week and the one after it?

Aug 27, 2013 3:36 AM by Rachmaninow

Over 3400 BD for Muromi-san's final volume too which I'm very pleased to have supported. Tons of manga left if they want a second season with 9 volumes out.

I didn't buy SxS but I'm glad it did much better than predicted. While not at Working! levels it is well above the profitability line. They will likely use up all three volumes of the manga this season (they already snuck in one of the bonus chapters from the end of volume 3) so if they want a sequel it will probably be a while to wait anyways unless they chain Karino Takatsu to a desk and whip them until 3 more volumes are produced.

Otome fans are putting their money where their mouth is. Will see how event ticket less v2 does.

Aug 27, 2013 3:34 AM by hpulley

symbv said:
GuiltyKing said:
Hinata Ema is the only daughter of a famous adventurer, Hinata Rintarou. One day, Ema learns that Rintarou is going to remarry with a successful apparel maker named Asahina Miwa. Since she doesn't want to disturb them, Ema decides to move out and live with her 13 new brothers in a mansion called Sunrise Residence. As they live under the same roof, romance is starting to grow between Ema and the Asahina brothers.
"Why do shows like that sell?", he asked, being fully aware of the target audience...
Because there are 14 popular male seiyuu. You don't really know the target audience and how this kind of anime sells if you don't know how otome genre establishes its appeal... Anyway, it would be intriguing to see how much drop there will be in sales for the v2 ...

Just back home so it will take some time for the sales thread to be out, although the disabling of BBCode will save me a lot of time in making the post...

Don't get me wrong. I'm not surprised in the slightest, to be honest. It's more like I'm disappointed that other titles don't get that kind of attention, and that popular seiyuu>quality shows.

Aug 27, 2013 3:31 AM by Rachmaninow

GuiltyKing said:
Hinata Ema is the only daughter of a famous adventurer, Hinata Rintarou. One day, Ema learns that Rintarou is going to remarry with a successful apparel maker named Asahina Miwa. Since she doesn't want to disturb them, Ema decides to move out and live with her 13 new brothers in a mansion called Sunrise Residence. As they live under the same roof, romance is starting to grow between Ema and the Asahina brothers.
"Why do shows like that sell?", he asked, being fully aware of the target audience...
Because there are 14 popular male seiyuu. You don't really know the target audience and how this kind of anime sells if you don't know how otome genre establishes its appeal... Anyway, it would be intriguing to see how much drop there will be in sales for the v2 ...

Just back home so it will take some time for the sales thread to be out, although the disabling of BBCode will save me a lot of time in making the post...

Aug 27, 2013 3:27 AM by symbv

GuiltyKing said:
Hinata Ema is the only daughter of a famous adventurer, Hinata Rintarou. One day, Ema learns that Rintarou is going to remarry with a successful apparel maker named Asahina Miwa. Since she doesn't want to disturb them, Ema decides to move out and live with her 13 new brothers in a mansion called Sunrise Residence. As they live under the same roof, romance is starting to grow between Ema and the Asahina brothers.

"Why do shows like that sell?", he asked, being fully aware of the target audience...

Not this again...

Aug 27, 2013 2:55 AM by mistress_kisara

Hinata Ema is the only daughter of a famous adventurer, Hinata Rintarou. One day, Ema learns that Rintarou is going to remarry with a successful apparel maker named Asahina Miwa. Since she doesn't want to disturb them, Ema decides to move out and live with her 13 new brothers in a mansion called Sunrise Residence. As they live under the same roof, romance is starting to grow between Ema and the Asahina brothers.

"Why do shows like that sell?", he asked, being fully aware of the target audience...

Aug 27, 2013 2:44 AM by Rachmaninow