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Japan's Weekly Blu-ray & CD Rankings for Feb 10 - 16

by tsubasalover
Feb 18, 2014 1:12 AM | 64 Comments
Here are the weekly Blu-ray & CD rankings for February 10th - 16th

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

Blu-ray
*1. 2,480 *2,480 Bayonetta: Bloody Fate Deluxe Special Edition
*2. 1,728 10,804 Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova Vol.2
*3. 1,465 15,942 Free! Vol.6
*4. 1,439 13,310 Natsume Yuujinchou: Itsuka Yuki no Hi ni Limited Edition
*5. *,773 **,773 Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai! Vol.3
*6. *,724 *7,455 Kill la Kill Vol.2 Limited Edition
*7. *,610 *6,681 Senki Zesshou Symphogear G: In the Distance, That Day, When the Star Became Music... Vol.5 Limited Edition
*8. *,507 26,877 Shingeki no Kyojin Vol.7
*9. *,347 **,347 Bayonetta: Bloody Fate Regular Edition
(cut-off 507)


DVD
*1. 1,427 *,**9,604 Natsume Yuujinchou: Itsuka Yuki no Hi ni Limited Edition
*2. 1,292 *,**9,450 Free! Vol.6
*3. *,666 1,238,389 Tonari no Totoro
*4. *,462 *,*24,432 Gintama: Kanketsu-hen - Yorozuya yo Eien Nare Regular Edition
*5. *,344 *,**3,793 Tiger & Bunny DVD-BOX
*6. *,339 *,530,685 Majo no Takkyuubin
*7. *,300 *,*61,129 Gintama: Kanketsu-hen - Yorozuya yo Eien Nare Limited Edition
*8. *,297 *,**6,645 Sore Ike! Anpanman: Tobase! Kibou no Handkerchief
*9. *,287 *,**9,792 Kuroko no Basket 2nd Season Vol.1
10. *,279 *,**7,595 Doraemon: Nobita no Himitsu Dougu Museum
11. *,271 *,***,271 Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai! Vol.3
12. *,269 *,***,269 Bayonetta: Bloody Fate
13. *,251 *,**1,260 Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova Vol.2
(cut-off 251)


CD Single
10. 15,534 15,534 Kuroko no Basket 2nd Season OP "Hengen Jizai no Magical Star " by GRANRODEO
13. 11,535 59,190 Love Live! School Idol Project "Takaramonos/Paradise Live" by μ's
14. 10,002 10,002 Free! Character Song Duet Series 003 Rin Matsuoka (CV: Mamoru Miyano) & Rei Ryuugazaki (CV: Daisuke Hirakawa)
18. *5,126 *5,126 Gin no Saji 2nd Season OP "Life" by Fujifabric
19. *4,918 *4,918 Z/X Ignition OP "EX:FUTURIZE" by Yoko Hikasa
26. *3,924 19,053 Nourin OP "Himitsu no Door kara Ai ni Kite" by Yukari Tamura
29. *3,365 18,001 Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha. ED & Sekai Seifuku: Bouryaku no Zvezda OP "SAVED./Be mine!" by Maaya Sakamoto
33. *2,738 37,163 The iDOLM@STER Movie: Kagayaki no Mukougawa e Theme Song "M@STERPIECE" by 765PRO ALLSTARS
34. *2,594 27,795 Nisekoi OP "CLICK" by ClariS
39. *1,810 13,753 Magi: The Kingdom of Magic OP "Hikari" by ViViD
44. *1,614 *6,260 Witch Craft Works ED "Witch☆Activity" by KMM Dan [Tanpopo Kuraishi (CV: Shiori Izawa), Tsurupeta (CV: Momo Asakura), Twintail (CV: Shiina Natsukawa), Gantai (CV: Yuuko Iida), and Deko (CV: Natsumi Hioka)]
47. *1,557 *8,034 Noragami OP "Goya no Machiawase" by Hello Sleepwalkers
48. *1,485 10,308 Toaru Hikuushi e no Koiuta OP "azurite" by petit milady
49. *1,476 *1,476 Toaru Hikuushi e no Koiuta ED "Kaze ga Shitteru" by Akai Kouen
56. *1,277 *5,625 Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren ED "Van!shment Th!s World" by Black Raison d'etre
58. *1,240 *5,634 Nagi no Asukara OP "ebb and flow" by Ray
62. *1,107 *1,107 Saikin, Imouto no Yousu ga Chotto Okashiinda ga. OP "BINKAN Attention" by Mitsuki Kanzaki, Hiyori Kotobuki, and Yukina Kiritani (CV: Chinami Hashimoto, CV: Yui Ogura, and CV: Hisako Kanemoto)
(cut-off 1,000)


CD Album
16. *3,138 17,174 The iDOLM@STER Movie: Kagayaki no Mukougawa e OST by Ryuichi Takada
19. *2,632 *2,632 Novels "PROTOCOL" by NOVELS
23. *2,434 *2,434 Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai: Megami-hen Character Cover Album 2 by Various Artists (Songs Selected by Tamiki Wakaki)
27. *2,063 *2,063 ‎LM.C "PERFECT FANTASY" by LM.C
38. *1,664 19,632 Eir Aoi "AUBE" by Eir Aoi
50. *1,301 40,810 Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Gekidan Shining "Tenka Muteki no Shinobi Michi" by Otoiya Ittoki (CV: Takuma Terashima), Masato Hijirikawa (CV: Kenichi Suzumura), Syo Kurusu (CV: Hiro Shimono), Cecil Aijima (CV: Kousuke Toriumi)
61. *1,087 13,719 May'n "NEW WORLD" by May'n
(cut-off 1,000)


Source: Oricon Youtaiju

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Stalker estimates for winter 2014

Will repost it tomorrow, but since its done, I might as well post it now.

Feb 24, 2014 3:14 PM by rederoin

Hahalollawl said:
And your way of doing averages does seem to make sense

Just want to note that this is the way everyone who tracks sales does it so I can't really call it "my way" or anything. 2ch and the DVDBD Wiki is the model I follow with very few exceptions.

and would usually seem logical since you would think the 1st volume's DVD would sell at least as well as the 2nd volume's (and averaging a 0 in would almost certainly be underestimating). But with NagiAsu the boost came so late that it's difficult to be certain that that is the case. It probably is, but NagiAsu is such an unusual situation, it throws what seems like reasonable logic into doubt lol. But yeah, doing it that way makes sense, things just become a bit unclear when you have a very late boost.

It's not much of an issue really. If the BDs sold about the same v1 as v2 it's easy to assume the DVDs were roughly the same ratio. The question to ask is always "which is closer, the v2 DVD number or zero?" Or put another way, is 595 or 0 closer to reality for DVD v1? Surely 595, by a huge margin. Using the ranked volume number as the guide will virtually always be closer.

The only time it's even a small problem is if you have a situation where the only volume to rank in a format is clearly far and away above anything the other unranked volumes could have sold. For example, if you had a show with an event ticket volume that sold 2000 DVDs while all the rest didn't even rank. Since DVD thresholds are virtually always under 1k, you'd know there's no way the DVD average is 2k.

On the other hand you don't know what it is so... not much you can do. I can't think of any cases even close to that extreme though. In practice, it's not a big issue. It might have inflated a few shows by a couple hundred in the average at worst.

Feb 23, 2014 8:03 PM by jmal

rederoin said:
Posted the estimates for next week(02/24 -> 02/30), earlier than normal. Its a busy sales week, and I gotta have time left for tommorow to the bi-monthly sales estimates and Borderlands II.


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Cool. Is it greedy if I want to see NagiAsu3 over 4k and WA2 over 3k? =) Though even just a bit under would still be pretty consistent for those two.

And as for Golden Time...awww...Oh well.

Feb 23, 2014 5:07 PM by Hahalollawl

Posted the estimates for next week(02/24 -> 02/30), earlier than normal. Its a busy sales week, and I gotta have time left for tommorow to do the bi-monthly sales estimates and Borderlands II.


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Feb 23, 2014 4:52 PM by rederoin

hpulley said:
^^^ Some might argue that deciding to buy a 9 disc series AFTER watching half of it is the more logical course of action but it isn't how people buy Japanese TV anime series discs most of the time. Nagi is 1/1000 or something unless we see it again soon.

After two weeks of low thresholds, next week's looks like it will be pretty high, so many shows come out this week.


Well I meant logical based on what we've seen of the typical buying patterns. Whether or not those buying patterns make sense is a whole different discussion lol. Personally I think it makes sense to see a bit more of something before buying it.

And honestly, I think it would be nice to see another NagiAsu in terms of a late boost. It's nice to see that people didn't judge a show too early and were swayed by what they saw later on.

Feb 23, 2014 3:30 PM by Hahalollawl

^^^ Some might argue that deciding to buy a 9 disc series AFTER watching half of it is the more logical course of action but it isn't how people buy Japanese TV anime series discs most of the time. Nagi is 1/1000 or something unless we see it again soon.

After two weeks of low thresholds, next week's looks like it will be pretty high, so many shows come out this week.

Feb 23, 2014 2:14 PM by hpulley

jmal said:

Such is the tyranny of thresholds on lower sales series. (Though it's a heck of a lot better than it used to be.) It's especially bad for all the titles you've asked about because of their release dates:
NagiAsu v1: 12/20/2013
Freezing s2 v1: 12/25/2013
Valvrave s2 v1: 12/25/2013
Majepri v7: 12/20/2013

Around the holidays, thresholds are very high so many many titles did not rank on DVD and some didn't get a second week on BD either. Late January by comparison was much kinder on their respective next volumes.


Aha! So that's what it was. It makes so much more sense now lol, perhaps I should have known something was up. All of those volumes were around the holidays when the thresholds were high...that makes sense.

And your way of doing averages does seem to make sense, and would usually seem logical since you would think the 1st volume's DVD would sell at least as well as the 2nd volume's (and averaging a 0 in would almost certainly be underestimating). But with NagiAsu the boost came so late that it's difficult to be certain that that is the case. It probably is, but NagiAsu is such an unusual situation, it throws what seems like reasonable logic into doubt lol. But yeah, doing it that way makes sense, things just become a bit unclear when you have a very late boost.

Feb 23, 2014 12:54 PM by Hahalollawl

Hahalollawl said:
Thanks jmal. Quick question though, why does your per volume ranking have NagiAsu 1 at 3,678 and NagiAsu 2 at 4,182, yet the average is 4228? Something seems fishy about that...

Short answer: the vols you asked about ranked on BD only for the previous volume and DVD and BD both for the next volume.

Long answer: For shows that have both a BD and DVD version, average is calculated as (Avg of BDs) + (Average of DVDs). Vol. 1 did not rank on DVD, so the calculation looks like:

(3678+3587 / 2) + (595 / 1) = 3633 + 595 = 4,228

Averages are calculated this way so that a title missing a ranking threshold does not artificially lower the average simply because we don't have a number. If we counted v1 DVD as "0" it would result in:

(3678+3587 / 2) + (0 + 595 / 2) = 3633 + 297 = 3,930

Now imagine if v2 is the only DVD that ranks, the DVD average would become:
(0 + 595 + 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 / 9) = 66

But we know that if one of the volumes sold 595 DVDs, the DVD average is surely a heck of a lot more than 66! Therefore unranked volumes are just not considered, and the average is only calculated based on what ranked.

Regarding the other titles, same basic situation:
Freezing v2 and Valvrave v2 and Majepri v8 all ranked on both DVD and BD.
Freezing v1 and Valvrave v1 and Majepri v7 all ranked on BD only.

And in Majepri's case, v8 ranked on BD twice because of lower thresholds. If you compare just wk1 BD to wk1 BD, v7 sold 2,695 and v8 sold 2,888 which is no real difference. But v8 also sold 449 wk1 DVDs and 406 wk2 BDs so its reported number is a good 39% (1,048) higher even though it probably only sold very slightly more than v7 in reality.

Such is the tyranny of thresholds on lower sales series. (Though it's a heck of a lot better than it used to be.) It's especially bad for all the titles you've asked about because of their release dates:
NagiAsu v1: 12/20/2013
Freezing s2 v1: 12/25/2013
Valvrave s2 v1: 12/25/2013
Majepri v7: 12/20/2013

Around the holidays, thresholds are very high so many many titles did not rank on DVD and some didn't get a second week on BD either. Late January by comparison was much kinder on their respective next volumes.

Feb 23, 2014 9:56 AM by jmal

jmal said:
Ranking summary for 02/10 - 02/16: http://www.someanithing.com/?p=892

Yearly, seasonal, weekly, per-volume, 10k+ etc you know the drill.


Thanks jmal. Quick question though, why does your per volume ranking have NagiAsu 1 at 3,678 and NagiAsu 2 at 4,182, yet the average is 4228? Something seems fishy about that...

I'd like to see NagiAsu average over 4k, though I'm not sure how realistic that is. Not sure how to predict it though because of the unusual late boost. Anyone know how the extras were in the early volumes, and how they compare to the later volumes? The late boost seems to imply to me (though I could be wrong) that it has a good shot at maintaining a pretty consistent average, as people seem to have bought it for the story rather than the extras though perhaps we shall see.

Wow Dangan Ronpa really fell from its first volume huh? Extra perhaps?

And what's up with the noticeable increase for Freezing Vibration from v.1 to v.2? Did the v.1 DVD not rank or something? Same for Valvrave 2...And why the increase from MJP 7 to MJP 8?

Feb 23, 2014 9:40 AM by Hahalollawl

Ranking summary for 02/10 - 02/16: http://www.someanithing.com/?p=892

Yearly, seasonal, weekly, per-volume, 10k+ etc you know the drill.

Feb 20, 2014 5:10 PM by jmal

5 volumes of LoveLive! ranking! Saitama Super dome concert power! 28962 average for LoveLive! now. Just too bad volume 5 LE was already out of print.

Feb 20, 2014 7:13 AM by hpulley

Full rankings for 02/10 - 02/16: http://www.someanithing.com/?p=862

The usual ranking summary will follow later.

Feb 20, 2014 6:51 AM by jmal

GuP OVA bluray number 1 on amazon. Yeah!! WCW kind of weak these few days. I hope it climbs back to 20-40 as the new episodes go by.

And that Gundam BF 2nd bluray box is really holding its ground. Still not falling on the top 100. 10k average perhaps?

Feb 20, 2014 3:20 AM by volare1

Yause said:

In terms of cause and effect, would it be the case that the characteristics that made the light novels less popular also impacted anime potential? I'd assume that both can fail to pick up for the same reason.


Yeah I was thinking of mentioning something like this. It could be that the Golden Time LN is not very popular for the same reason (characters too old perhaps). Of course, it could just be that not many people like the story in general. I haven't caught up to it, but what I've seen hasn't been too bad in my opinion...

hpulley said:

My initial reaction to Nagi was "I have to buy this!!!" but some of the first cour episodes turned out to be less than 100% rewatchable unfortunately.


Understandable I guess. I actually think I stopped watching it for a bit early on (Hikari annoyed me...boy did that change). Although personally I may go back and watch some episodes as I suspect there may have been foreshadowing/important moments that I was either oblivious to or didn't attach enough significance to (or maybe didn't understand for what they were lol).

hpulley said:
Don't remember it ranking, assuming some tankobons have come out for it. It is based upon the anime so probably nothing new in it which is the usual for manga BASED on anime rather than the other way around.


If there's absolutely nothing new, I wouldn't be surprised if it's not nearly as good as the anime. Without the auditory aspects of the anime, I'm not sure how it could even compete (maybe you can imagine it?). I think the music is fantastic in the anime, and I don't just mean the OP and ED. Music adds a lot for me, and in drama it can be really powerful. For example, the climactic scene of episode 13 of NagiAsu. It's already an intense scene and it probably is or will be in the manga too (if the manga is/gets that far), but the combination of music (maybe I'm just a sucker for violin and piano), voice acting, sound effects...it's so powerful. I'm not sure such an effect can be duplicated in a purely visual medium.

On the topic of the OP and EDs for NagiAsu, I actually like all of them. Yanagi Nagi is a stellar talent, but Ray actually did well too in my opinion. I think these OPs may be the first songs of hers I've heard/liked. As the OPs are towards the beginning of the episodes they seem to set very different tones/atmosphere for the first (more fun and carefree) and second (emotional) halves of the anime.

Feb 20, 2014 12:19 AM by Hahalollawl

Arpeggio <3 !!!! Bring on season 2!

Good to see NagiAsu picking things up, but poor Golden Time. I really like it too. Oh well.

Feb 20, 2014 12:09 AM by KingYoshi

Free!!! One of the best selling KyoAni series in some time. We need Season 3 now!! GO, KYOANI!! Start the Season 3 now!!!!

Feb 19, 2014 9:37 PM by peeyaj

Hahalollawl said:
RyanSaotome said:
Hahalollawl said:
Not sure if it's because the characters are a bit older than high school or what, but I would hope not.


I assumed that was a big reason why. They don't make anime based in college for a reason.


Is it college age in particular that is problematic/unpopular? Because it doesn't seem like older than college age (i.e. working age) is necessarily a problem.


Being in college isn't that different from being in high school, the people in Golden Time probably have less maturity in them than your typical high school kids. Golden Time didn't sell well because it's a trainwreck, every episode has you cringing at how low Kouko and Ghost Banri can go, it's the kind of series like Watamote that the otakus in Japan absolutely hate.

Feb 19, 2014 9:26 PM by scytheavatar

Yause said:
In terms of cause and effect, would it be the case that the characteristics that made the light novels less popular also impacted anime potential? I'd assume that both can fail to pick up for the same reason.


That's a valid point; there's a pretty well-documented connection between anime and LN fanbases. I brought up the source material stuff more to say it could have had to do with the quality of the story itself, rather than the setting. College anime are rare enough that it's really easy to fall into the trap of pegging what might be variance due to quality in a small sample as a consistent trend caused by specific bias, and having less popular source material might indicate a less-appealing core story. I'm not sure how Golden Time did relative to other LN works set in college, though.

Even within the small quantity of college anime made in the last decade, Tatami Galaxy/Honey and Clover/Nodame Cantabile/Moyashimon all did fairly well in disk sales. I know invoking the last three is stretching back a bit, but there aren't as many recent college anime to go by, period. Kamisama Dolls and Golden Time are the only other recent (2011 and later) non-sequels that come to mind, and two points adapted from mid-tier-popularity source material are hardly a trend.

Feb 19, 2014 2:33 PM by Torisunanohokori

Torisunanohokori said:
RyanSaotome said:
Hahalollawl said:
Not sure if it's because the characters are a bit older than high school or what, but I would hope not.


I assumed that was a big reason why. They don't make anime based in college for a reason.


I think it has a lot more to do with the mid-tier sales of the light novel. Anime where the LN failed to sell 20k copies in the first week of release prior to the series airing (as Golden Time did last April) don't exactly have a stellar record regardless of what age their protagonists are.


In terms of cause and effect, would it be the case that the characteristics that made the light novels less popular also impacted anime potential? I'd assume that both can fail to pick up for the same reason.

Feb 19, 2014 1:13 PM by Yause

RyanSaotome said:
Hahalollawl said:
Not sure if it's because the characters are a bit older than high school or what, but I would hope not.


I assumed that was a big reason why. They don't make anime based in college for a reason.


I think it has a lot more to do with the mid-tier sales of the light novel. Anime where the LN failed to sell 20k copies in the first week of release prior to the series airing (as Golden Time did last April) don't exactly have a stellar record regardless of what age their protagonists are.

Feb 19, 2014 10:18 AM by Torisunanohokori