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Japan's Weekly Blu-ray & CD Rankings for Mar 30 - Apr 5

by tsubasalover
Apr 7, 2015 1:48 AM | 62 Comments
Here are the weekly Blu-ray & CD rankings for March 30th - April 5th

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

Blu-ray
*1. 6,625 *6,625 Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata Vol.2 Limited Edition
*2. 2,109 18,898 Kantai Collection: KanColle Vol.1 Limited Edition
*3. 1,857 *1,857 Hellsing OVA VI~X Blu-ray BOX Limited Edition
*4. 1,640 *1,640 Aikatsu! 3rd Season "Akari Generation" Blu-ray BOX Vol.1 (eps.102-114)
*5. 1,616 35,492 Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works (TV) Blu-ray BOX Vol.1 Limited Edition
*6. 1,216 14,462 Sword Art Online II Vol.6 Limited Edition
*7. *,953 **,953 Kamisama Hajimemashita Vol.2
*8. *,829 *7,681 Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso Vol.2 Limited Edition
*9. *,812 11,962 Shirobako Vol.4 Limited Edition
10. *,798 10,486 Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata Vol.1 Limited Edition
11. *,769 *4,694 Shinmai Maou no Testament Vol.1
12. *,722 11,354 Omoide no Marnie
13. *,659 *7,752 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Yokohama Souran-hen Vol.2 Limited Edition
14. *,630 22,772 Persona 3 the Movie 2: Midsummer Knight's Dream Limited Edition
15. *,580 *6,981 Gundam: G no Reconguista Vol.4 Limited Edition
16. *,576 *5,150 Amagi Brilliant Park Vol.4
17. *,556 *5,139 Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo Vol.4
(cut-off 556)


DVD
*1. 2,464 68,727 Stand By Me Doraemon Limited Edition
*2. 1,870 17,201 Omoide no Marnie
*3. 1,620 14,046 Youkai Watch DVD-BOX Vol.2
*4. 1,021 *1,021 One Piece 17th Season "Dressrosa" Vol.10
*5. *,879 **,879 Naruto: Shippuuden "Ninkai Taisen - Uchiha Obito" Vol.1
*6. *,769 **,769 Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata Vol.2 Limited Edition
*7. *,730 29,972 Tonari no Totoro
*8. *,687 *3,871 Kantai Collection: KanColle Vol.1 Limited Edition
*9. *,667 **,667 Pri Para Vol.7
10. *,595 *4,643 Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu LOVE! Vol.1
11. *,585 *2,332 Ansatsu Kyoushitsu (TV) Vol.1 Limited Edition
12. *,539 **,539 Kamisama Hajimemashita Vol.2
13. *,533 15,112 Majo no Takkyuubin
14. *,461 *3,042 Nanatsu no Taizai Vol.3 Limited Edition
15. *,419 *4,064 Gudetama Anime
16. *,390 *2,327 Durarara!!x2 Shou Vol.2 Limited Edition
17. *,382 *3,036 Sword Art Online II Vol.6 Limited Edition
18. *,346 23,244 Kaguya-hime no Monogatari
19. *,311 *8,410 Free!: Eternal Summer Vol.7
20. *,305 *3,884 Kamiusagi Rope: Warau Asa ni wa Fuku Kitaru tte Maji ssuka!? Vol.6
21. *,301 *9,572 Haikyuu!! Vol.9
22. *,294 13,907 Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi
23. *,287 *3,826 Kamiusagi Rope: Warau Asa ni wa Fuku Kitaru tte Maji ssuka!? Vol.7
(cut-off 287)


CD Single
*6. 18,066 18,066 The Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls Animation Project 04 Happyx2 Days by CANDY ISLAND [Anzu Futaba (CV: Hiromi Igarashi) x Kanako Mimura (CV: Yuka Ootsubo) x Chieri Ogata (CV: Naomi Oozora)]
12. 11,595 11,595 Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha ViVid ED "Pleasure treasure" by Yukari Tamura (incl. in "Sukidatte Ienakute")
14. *7,867 *7,867 Anime de Wakaru Shinryounaika ED "Karappo Capsule" by Maaya Uchida
18. *3,782 26,728 The Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls Animation Project 03 -LEGNE- Adanasu Ken, Hikari no Senritsu by Rosenburg Engel [Ranko Kanzaki (CV: Maaya Uchida)]
24. *2,372 *2,372 Hello!! Kiniro Mosaic Character CD Music Palette 3 Karen x Honoka (Watashi-iro Daria / Kohakuiro Pumpkin) by Karen Kujou (CV: Nao Touyama) / Honoka Matsuhara (CV: Ayaka Suwa)
29. *2,030 26,243 The Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls Animation Project 02 Memories by LOVE LAIKA [Minami Nitta (CV: Aya Suzaki) x Anastasia (CV: Sumire Uesaka)]
45. *1,423 52,141 Kantai Collection: KanColle ED "Fubuki" by Shiena Nishizawa
46. *1,286 55,234 Kantai Collection: KanColle OP "Mi-iro" by AKINO from bless4
58. **,956 *5,955 Kuroko no Basket 3rd Season Character Song Duet Series Vol.11 (AWAITED TIME) by Ryouta Kise (CV: Ryouhei Kimura), Yukio Kasamatsu (CV: Soichiro Hoshi)
61. **,941 60,665 The Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls Animation Project 01 "Star!!" by Cinderella Project
62. **,922 *3,018 Nanatsu no Taizai Vocal Collection Ban vs. King (Never-ending / Tonde Peace) by Ban (CV: Tatsuhisa Suzuki) / King (CV: Jun Fukuyama)
68. **,759 27,922 Doraemon: Nobita's Space Heroes ED "360°" by miwa
80. **,612 19,522 Tokyo Ghoul √A ED "Kisetsu wa Tsugitsugi Shindeiku" by Amazarashi
81. **,605 59,248 Nanatsu no Taizai OP "Seven Deadly Sins" by MAN WITH A MISSION
91. **,530 *2,842 Kuroko no Basket 3rd Season Character Song Solo Series Vol.17 (BUCK WILD) by Shougo Haizaki (CV: Masakazu Morita)
95. **,474 *8,075 Ansatsu Kyoushitsu (TV) OP "Seishun Satsubatsu-ron" by 3-nen E-gumi Utatan
(cut-off 474)


CD Album
*5. 13,211 *13,211 OLDCODEX "pledge" (incl. Q Transformers: Kaette Kita Convoy no Nazo OP "physical")
14. *5,205 **5,205 Mekakucity Actors M's COMPLETE BOX ~ Mekakucity Actors Vocal & Sound Collection (Limited Edition) by Jin
15. *4,175 442,833 Sekai no Owari "Tree" (incl. Crayon Shin-chan Movie 21: Bakauma! B-Kyuu Gourmet Survival Battle!! ED "RPG")
20. *3,506 **3,506 Rolling☆Girls Song-Shuu "Eiyuu ni Akogarete" THE ROLLING GIRLS by THE ROLLING GIRLS
21. *3,405 *19,416 Kantai Collection: KanColle Character Song "KanMusu no Uta" Vol.1 by Various Artists
27. *2,567 *17,181 Yui Ogura "Strawberry JAM"
33. *1,965 **1,965 Yuyushiki "Yogen-me" Yui Ichii-hen by Jouhou Shori-bu (CV: Rumi Okubo, Minami Tsuda, Risa Taneda)
31. *2,108 **9,577 "J-Anisong Kamikyoku Matsuri ~Happiness~" by DJ Katsu
34. *1,924 **5,194 "J-Anisong Kamikyoku Matsuri ~Matome~" by DJ Katsu
39. *1,742 *11,361 Kantai Collection: KanColle Original Soundtrack "Kan Hibiki" Vol.1 by Natsumi Kamioka
53. *1,313 *12,999 "The iDOLM@STER Million Live!" THE IDOLM@STER LIVE THE@TER HARMONY 09 by Milky Way
54. *1,302 *12,846 "The iDOLM@STER Million Live!" THE IDOLM@STER LIVE THE@TER HARMONY 10 by ARRIVE
73. **,980 *35,528 LiSA "Launcher" (incl. Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei OP "Rising Hope" and Sword Art Online II EDs "No More Time Machine" and "Shirushi")
75. **,942 **6,127 Luna Haruna "Candy Lips"
77. **,922 *31,276 Leo Ieiri "20" (incl. Dragon Ball Kai (2014) ED "Junjou")
87. **,818 175,585 Ikimono-gakari "FUN! FUN! FANFARE!" (incl. Nanatsu no Taizai OP "Netsujou no Spectrum")
89. **,789 114,297 Love Live! School Idol Project μ's Best Album Best Live! collection by μ's
(cut-off 789)

Source: Oricon Youtaiju

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Saenai going strong :D

s2 announcement lets go!

Apr 15, 2015 6:23 PM by SensouNoKami

Yohimo_asakura said:

I thought so. So i just wanted to make sure what is the trick behind split-cour


1. There is a potential impact on initial buy-in. The otaku fanbase tends to plan short-term, so producers find that they're more likely to buy video discs if 12 episodes are sold first instead of the full 24.

2. This may not apply to F/SN, but generally, producers charge a little more per episode when selling 12 episodes at a time. It's the equivalent of selling 24 episodes across 12 volumes - the higher cost is thought to be a death blow when selling 2-cours at once (Kadokawa Shoten used to flounder whenever they got ambitious with that plan), but it works on a split-cour strategy.

3. Major sequel drop doesn't really apply to split-cour breaks.

As always, improved quality tends to be a secondary consideration. There's also no guarantee that quality will be better since many animators move on to other shows during the break (they may not actually get much extra time in practice, although it somewhat eases the burden on production management).

Apr 8, 2015 12:43 PM by Yause

EasyGo-er said:
Yohimo_asakura said:


Hmm I dont understand something here. So what is the reason they do split cour anime? So it means split cour is unprofitable for creators, right?

Split-cour gives them more time to build the hype and keep up the quality of the anime so I don't think it's unprofitable at all. Both F/Z and F/SN are split-cour so I don't know
what you're getting at here.


he said:
"As I mentioned before, it is evident that it has suffered the standard "sequel drop", as 70~75% of sequels suffer this drop based on past sales data"

I thought so. So i just wanted to make sure what is the trick behind split-cour

Apr 8, 2015 11:11 AM by Yohimo_asakura

tsubasalover said:
Here are the weekly Blu-ray & CD rankings for March 30th - April 5th

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

Blu-ray
*1. 6,625 *6,625 Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata Vol.2 Limited Edition


Am glad I'm one of the 6625 =w=

Good sales, hopefully more good news to follow!

Apr 8, 2015 9:26 AM by Jiharo

Big numbers. Really

Apr 8, 2015 8:13 AM by Orionite_

Yohimo_asakura said:


Hmm I dont understand something here. So what is the reason they do split cour anime? So it means split cour is unprofitable for creators, right?

Split-cour gives them more time to build the hype and keep up the quality of the anime so I don't think it's unprofitable at all. Both F/Z and F/SN are split-cour so I don't know what you're getting at here.

Apr 8, 2015 8:02 AM by EasyGo-er

Agafin said:
^UBW is more expensive than Zero. There's also the fact that UBW is somewhat a remake which generally means less sales no matter how well received the remake is (see FMA and FMAB).

With that in mind the sales of UBW are just as impressive as Zero's. I don't think the second season will sell as much as the first though, principally because it's a sequel but also because I've read many complains on amazon japan because it supposedly butchered some parts of the VN( like Shirou's character).


Japanese were complaining since the first episode,I mean I saw a comments saying that the only thing that is better in ufotable fate than Deen is the background and they dislike the charachter design and the bgm

Still I think UBW sales are impressive for a sequel(most series suffer from that)
a remake (see FMA ) and an 11 years old source material(see mushishi )

Apr 8, 2015 5:36 AM by Adab1za

Hahalollawl said:
Is anyone really suggesting that FSN's sales are not very impressive? Seriously? Trying to make 30k+ sales seem low by comparing it to a prequel that aired in 2011/2012?

30k+ is a lot of discs. So what if it didn't sell 50k? Unless someone shows good/legitimate reason to believe otherwise, I don't see why Aniplex/ufotable would be unhappy about an anime that sold 30k+ discs.


Fact: Type-Moon is huge. Fate/Stay is a huge franchise. Fate/Stay 2006 sold 26k despite being pretty terrible. The sales results are not bad but neither are they impressive, think many expected it to do better than that before the series aired. And it more or less confirmed that Urobutcher > Eggplant

Apr 8, 2015 4:04 AM by scytheavatar

Z4k said:
Hahalollawl said:
Is anyone really suggesting that FSN's sales are not very impressive?

Nobody said that. I merely stated that there is a huge drop in sales when its compared to F/Z.


Not said, suggested. Read carefully. The use of the word "suggesting" was intentional. By considering it a "huge drop" from F/Z, the suggestion is that it was not very impressive because it is less than F/Z. On the other hand, if you wanted to suggest it is very impressive you could compare it to the previous FSN adaptation. Do you see how calling it a "huge drop" suggests a motive behind the comparison (i.e. that it is not impressive)?

I don't even like FSN all that much, but I guess I don't see why it's necessary to emphasize the so called "huge drop" between one of the highest selling shows in recent history to the second highest selling show of 2014. As Ejc suggested, this does not appear to be some highly unusual phenomenon. One might even consider it typical. Maybe you think a "huge drop" is typical...in which case why emphasize it?

But whatever, you can choose to call it a "huge drop" if you want to, and I can choose to not slant it that way.

Apr 8, 2015 3:57 AM by Hahalollawl

Ejc said:

Yohimo_asakura said:


Well, if you're comparing the number of disks sold, then yes, it's a huge drop.
However, if you'd compare the amount of money they got, it's around the same amount....


Comparing 1st weeks:
FSN UBW: 33,876 * ¥42,120 = ¥1,427,534,640
Fate/Zero: 42,690 * ¥41,040 = ¥1,751,997,600
Difference: ¥324,462,960

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Hmm I see, So I was misinformed. On the other hand, As I've heard some people were complaining that UBW box had less extras, if it is true....

We should compare production values too, if we want to compare profits.



Hmm I dont understand something here. So what is the reason they do split cour anime? So it means split cour is unprofitable for creators, right?

Apr 8, 2015 3:54 AM by Yohimo_asakura

Hahalollawl said:
Is anyone really suggesting that FSN's sales are not very impressive?

Nobody said that. I merely stated that there is a huge drop in sales when its compared to F/Z.

Apr 8, 2015 2:49 AM by Z4k

Glad to see that Amagi is still in the list.

Apr 7, 2015 9:38 PM by Houreki

I think that gender split is nice especially that it shows how universal Love Live's appeal is, also notice that Side-M only appears on the female buyer ranking, when that was first announced, I thought the music would at least have some male Otaku appeal similar to Free having a little male appeal to it.

Apr 7, 2015 8:40 PM by Hoppy

Hoppy said:
Ejc, you should do those monthly storefront rankings more often.


Online sales from another online retailer, "Seven Net Shopping" (セブンネットショッピング). This retailer actually shows the gender split in sales, which is quite interesting. Love Live Best Live Collection II is popular between both genders, with only ST☆RISH managed to beat it amongst female buyers. Totally expected considering how popular Love Live is amongst females in the 20s/30s age group.

Seven Net Shopping also seems to get a lot of sales for Idolmaster CDs too.

Seven Net Shopping Sales March Monthly Rankings (Both Genders)

Seven Net Shopping Sales March Monthly Rankings (Male Buyers)

Seven Net Shopping Sales March Monthly Rankings (Female Buyers)

Apr 7, 2015 8:00 PM by Ejc

Ejc said:
Agafin said:
^UBW is more expensive than Zero.


Not considering the standard ~26% Amazon discounts, it is more expensive by ¥1,080 (¥83.08/ep) than Fate/Zero BD-BOX 1, but it is hardly ground breaking. I don't think it had much of an impact on sales. It is just FSN UBW is considered a sequel to Fate/Zero (technically it's not), but the standard sequel drop is evident here.

FSN UBW BD-BOX 1: ¥42,120 for ep 1~13 (¥3,240/ep)
Fate/Zero BD-BOX 1: ¥41,040 for ep 1~13 (¥3,156.92/ep)
Fate/Zero BD-BOX 2: ¥36,720 for ep 14~25 (¥3,060/ep)
Fate/Zero: ¥77,760 for 25 eps (¥3,110.4/ep)

Not quite the same amount per episode as the standard price of a 1 cour anime... e.g. it is ¥7,350 for 2 eps (¥3,675/ep), but it is up there in terms of price.

Yohimo_asakura said:


Well, if you're comparing the number of disks sold, then yes, it's a huge drop.
However, if you'd compare the amount of money they got, it's around the same amount....


Comparing 1st weeks:
FSN UBW: 33,876 * ¥42,120 = ¥1,427,534,640
Fate/Zero: 42,690 * ¥41,040 = ¥1,751,997,600
Difference: ¥324,462,960

So it did not make roughly the same amount of money as Fate/Zero BD-BOX 1. The gap only got bigger in terms of discs by the 2nd week by the way, 35,492 vs 47,623.

Hahalollawl said:
Is anyone really suggesting that FSN's sales are not very impressive? Seriously? Trying to make 30k+ sales seem low by comparing it to a prequel that aired in 2011/2012?

30k+ is a lot of discs. So what if it didn't sell 50k? Unless someone shows good/legitimate reason to believe otherwise, I don't see why Aniplex/ufotable would be unhappy about an anime that sold 30k+ discs.


That's true, 30K is a lot... but comparing it to Fate/Zero it is quite a drop. It is all about expectations, as i'm sure Aniplex/ufortable are not as happy as they would've been if FSN UBW had sold the same amount as Fate/Zero. As I mentioned before, it is evident that it has suffered the standard "sequel drop", as 70~75% of sequels suffer this drop based on past sales data.


It's less than F/Z, but more than the previous FSN. But I guess my point is, the number seems a lot more important than speculation about that number. 30k is 30k. I also have seen no evidence that Aniplex/ufotable expected it to sell as well as F/Z. In actuality, the opposite seems more likely because, as you pointed out, the "sequel drop" is quite common, so it seems much more likely that Aniplex/ufotable would or should have expected it to sell less than F/Z. I don't really want to argue about this, but I guess I don't see the problem with just letting the show's fans be happy with its sales rather than downplaying its success or trying to "put them in their place", so to speak. Not that that's necessarily what you were trying to do, but the characterization of it as a "huge" drop seemed to be doing that.

Apr 7, 2015 7:41 PM by Hahalollawl

Saenai heroine are very agressive in this month

Apr 7, 2015 7:19 PM by yakami95

Yohimo_asakura said:
On the side note, as I've realized, disks sales are pretty much unrelated to anime quality and even popularity, it shows re-watch value and the comparative amount of fans. True fans wont abandon their series for such a minor reason.


That's how it has always been, re-watch value is probably the most relevant factor for Japanese buyers, as anime is very expensive as most here already know. Then after that, buyers weigh in the factors of story, character interactions, music, animation, artwork, enjoyment, etc. If the anime strikes a good balance of these factors then it is a buy for them. if there is a significant lacking in these factors, then this will cause buyers to move to something else, as most only have enough money in their budget to commit to 2~3 anime per season.

It gets interesting when there is a highly sought out bonus such as an event ticket (many anime has this), serial code for a game (see Love Live or Deremas), or a game itself (see Deremas, Yuuki Yuuna), etc, bundled with an anime volume. People will in most cases overlook the flaws in an anime and buy the volume with the said bonus and then not buy the rest of the anime. Even then, most anime see the natural decline in sales over the sales of each volume, where you can see the actual amount of people who bought every single volume by the sales of the lowest selling volume.

Apr 7, 2015 7:00 PM by Ejc

it makes me sad when i see KanColle or saekano doin better than the majority of my favorites show.

Apr 7, 2015 6:13 PM by DatRandomDude

Agafin said:
^UBW is more expensive than Zero.


Not considering the standard ~26% Amazon discounts, it is more expensive by ¥1,080 (¥83.08/ep) than Fate/Zero BD-BOX 1, but it is hardly ground breaking. I don't think it had much of an impact on sales. It is just FSN UBW is considered a sequel to Fate/Zero (technically it's not), but the standard sequel drop is evident here.

FSN UBW BD-BOX 1: ¥42,120 for ep 1~13 (¥3,240/ep)
Fate/Zero BD-BOX 1: ¥41,040 for ep 1~13 (¥3,156.92/ep)
Fate/Zero BD-BOX 2: ¥36,720 for ep 14~25 (¥3,060/ep)
Fate/Zero: ¥77,760 for 25 eps (¥3,110.4/ep)

Not quite the same amount per episode as the standard price of a 1 cour anime... e.g. it is ¥7,350 for 2 eps (¥3,675/ep), but it is up there in terms of price.

Yohimo_asakura said:
Z4k said:

Yeah it'll sell 30k but the drop is still huge when its compared to Fate/zero's sales.


Well, if you're comparing the number of disks sold, then yes, it's a huge drop.
However, if you'd compare the amount of money they got, it's around the same amount....


Comparing 1st weeks:
FSN UBW: 33,876 * ¥42,120 = ¥1,427,534,640
Fate/Zero: 42,690 * ¥41,040 = ¥1,751,997,600
Difference: ¥324,462,960

So it did not make roughly the same amount of money as Fate/Zero BD-BOX 1. The gap only got bigger in terms of discs by the 2nd week by the way, 35,492 vs 47,623.

Hahalollawl said:
Is anyone really suggesting that FSN's sales are not very impressive? Seriously? Trying to make 30k+ sales seem low by comparing it to a prequel that aired in 2011/2012?

30k+ is a lot of discs. So what if it didn't sell 50k? Unless someone shows good/legitimate reason to believe otherwise, I don't see why Aniplex/ufotable would be unhappy about an anime that sold 30k+ discs.


That's true, 30K is a lot... but comparing it to Fate/Zero it is quite a drop. It is all about expectations, as i'm sure Aniplex/ufortable are not as happy as they would've been if FSN UBW had sold the same amount as Fate/Zero. As I mentioned before, it is evident that it has suffered the standard "sequel drop", as 70~75% of sequels suffer this drop based on past sales data.

Apr 7, 2015 6:13 PM by Ejc

Agafin said:
^UBW is more expensive than Zero. There's also the fact that UBW is somewhat a remake which generally means less sales no matter how well received the remake is (see FMA and FMAB).

With that in mind the sales of UBW are just as impressive as Zero's. I don't think the second season will sell as much as the first though, principally because it's a sequel but also because I've read many complains on amazon japan because it supposedly butchered some parts of the VN( like Shirou's character).


Im pretty sure it will still reach at least 30k. The ones complaining are just way more visible, but in reality they are minority. Also formerly as I've been reading such complains, most of those commenters haven't even thought about buying the series at all, in the first place, not even the first season.

On the side note, as I've realized, disks sales are pretty much unrelated to anime quality and even popularity, it shows re-watch value and the comparative amount of fans. True fans wont abandon their series for such a minor reason.

Apr 7, 2015 5:49 PM by Yohimo_asakura