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'Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu-hen' Surpasses Half Million Tickets Sold

by arsonal
Feb 28, 2016 8:30 AM | 45 Comments
Press reports announced on Sunday that Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu-hen, the first of three anime movie adaptations of NisiOisiN's light novel of the same name, has sold more than 500,000 admission tickets. The movie opened in 108 theaters in Japan on January 8, 2016.

Box office data previously showed that the movie had earned more than 600 million yen and sold more than 450,000 tickets as of January 26. Aniplex of America also began screening Tekketsu-hen in the United States on February 26. (U.S. theatrical poster pictured.) Kizumonogatari Part 2: Nekketsu-hen will open in theaters in Japan this summer.

It was also announced that Utamonogatari: Monogatari Series Theme Songs Compilation Album has been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of Japan after having sold more than 100,000 copies. Oricon's weekly sales data reports that the 23-track album, which was released on January 6, has sold 117,960 copies as of February 21.

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Kryptiq said:
I'm very happy to hear this...Now if only i could watch the first movie already >_<


You will probably be able to see it from July 27th forward since that's the release date.

Apr 1, 2016 5:00 PM by ChaoticThinker

I'm very happy to hear this...Now if only i could watch the first movie already >_<

Mar 27, 2016 8:41 AM by Kryptiq

It's actually not that much of a surprise for me. Seeing how revolutionary and well perceived this series is, it's not that much a stretch to say that this is the most anticipated anime movie this season (it is certainly for me, tied with the Digimon Adventure Tri.).

Mar 3, 2016 10:32 AM by Lemoniscate

What's with all these comparison and / or competition?. I think based on what I saw two days ago at the theater combine with the figures I saw it being at ¥719,255,950 or USD $6,376,952.02 this article on it's 5th week:

http://www.someanithing.com/268



I can accurately say that SHAFT already got what they spent on making the film on it's entirety trilogy rather than just this release alone. Nekketsu-hen and Reiketsu-hen Earnings will be surplus. Whilst the series isn't as popular as it once was back on the day, I'm sure that SHAFT took that into account and which is precisely the explanation of splitting the adaptation into three segments.

At this point and time SHAFT is doing nothing more than building momentum!, As many of you guys here seem to have forgotten Bakemonogatari it's Re-Airing as of now all over again on TV since it's full conclusion back on 2010!.

We are overlooking that the japanese don't have streaming site and on this gap of sequels there is a sea of people that have never heard of Bakemonogatari.

Owarimonogatari just finished and took many new viewers by surprised regardless of it's sales. Paired with Koyomimonogatari made available through a Phone App to which the Japanese are quite fond off more so than PC's themselves unlike us the western counterpart.

By Re-Airing of Bakemonogatari, Shaft is Revamping on a daring strategy to recruit and / or encompass more ground than it's pre-established one.

From a market sells point of view, The strategy it's daring as it is ingenious. Creating so much momentum for the series that I can honestly say that Part 2 and Part Three will make way more money than Tekketsu-hen did.

Tekketsu-hen was nothing short of advertisement as well as a time buyer for the train that is approaching. Monogatari Series Final Season it's about to finish literally needing 4 arcs total, 1 belonging to Zoku-Owarimonogatari.

I think it's far to early for anyone to count SHAFT studios out, It surprises me that no one has brought up SHAFT partnership with XEBEC the renown makers of Ecchi anime, As the art was very similar with Maken-ki Two and Lady vs Butlers with a more sharper tone. TNK responsible for High School DxD also partnered in.

I'm wondering why would SHAFT increase partners, Wouldn't that mean less of a cut for them?

Feb 29, 2016 2:33 AM by ChaoticThinker

my god the wait is killing me, i want all three movies right in front of me and i want it NOW! grrrrrr!

Feb 29, 2016 2:24 AM by Sakuraoka

GoldenDevilGamer said:
Ejc said:


Source for 1.37bn for Psycho-Pass? Last known figure frequently quoted in Japanese sales community is only 850m yen. It would've been on the 1bn yen+ yearly list at eiren.org if it passed 1bn...

Japanese source for Gintama 2nd Movie at 1.89 billion yen? Eiren.org had it at 1.7 billion yen in the 2013 yearly list.
Gintama earned approximately $16.6 million which roughly equates to ¥1.89 billion (granted inflation). http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2013-08-05/final-gintama-film-sells-1-million+tickets http://www.filmbiz.asia/news/the-asian-films-driving-global-box-office

You might be right about the Psycho-pass total, I found some sources that also point a ¥850 million. I misread its Friday opening of ¥137 million


I thought so. That is converted from the JPY total in 2014, where the USD to JPY is different from now. Better to use verified Japanese sources as I said, as currency exchange rates change all the time. So around 1.7 billion yen for Gintama Movie 2:
http://www.eiren.org/toukei/

Feb 28, 2016 9:30 PM by Ejc

Ejc said:
GoldenDevilGamer said:
It's great that Kizumonogatari's doing good. I wonder if it'll beat Gintama's second movie's total (which was ¥1.89 billion and 1 million tickets sold) or maybe at least the Psycho-Pass movie (¥1.37 billion)


Source for 1.37bn for Psycho-Pass? Last known figure frequently quoted in Japanese sales community is only 850m yen. It would've been on the 1bn yen+ yearly list at eiren.org if it passed 1bn...

Japanese source for Gintama 2nd Movie at 1.89 billion yen? Eiren.org had it at 1.7 billion yen in the 2013 yearly list.
Gintama earned approximately $16.6 million which roughly equates to ¥1.89 billion (granted inflation). http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2013-08-05/final-gintama-film-sells-1-million+tickets http://www.filmbiz.asia/news/the-asian-films-driving-global-box-office

You might be right about the Psycho-pass total, I found some sources that also point a ¥850 million. I misread its Friday opening of ¥137 million

Feb 28, 2016 9:15 PM by GoldenDevilGamer

GoldenDevilGamer said:
It's great that Kizumonogatari's doing good. I wonder if it'll beat Gintama's second movie's total (which was ¥1.89 billion and 1 million tickets sold) or maybe at least the Psycho-Pass movie (¥1.37 billion)


Source for 1.37bn for Psycho-Pass? Last known figure frequently quoted in Japanese sales community is only 850m yen. It would've been on the 1bn yen+ yearly list at eiren.org if it passed 1bn...

Japanese source for Gintama 2nd Movie at 1.89 billion yen? Eiren.org had it at 1.7 billion yen in the 2013 yearly list.

Feb 28, 2016 8:10 PM by Ejc

that's extreamly slow TBH, comparing all the hype around it. they should release it back then when it still on peak.

Feb 28, 2016 7:45 PM by Kuma

They waited too long. Kizumonogatari movie should have come out years ago, 2011 or 2012 or whenever they first meant to do it. Back then the TV anime was selling 80K discs on average but now it sells under 30K. Interest has waned. Too bad really. Still makes money but I think it could have sold 2-4 million yen if they'd released it years ago.

Feb 28, 2016 2:49 PM by hpulley

Pretty good movie, but I bet they expected even higher sales for such a highly anticipated adaption.

Feb 28, 2016 2:13 PM by Kami-Koto

Ketuekigami said:

Is there any comparison based on the number of theaters? I am not sure if 108 is a small number of theaters or not, but all of those mentioned series have got to have opened in a great deal more right?

It's big for a non-public series. Madoka opened at 129 screens.

For comparison a public one like Naruto opened at 260+ theaters in it's first week.

Feb 28, 2016 1:56 PM by tsudecimo

Kaioshin_Sama said:

Yeah but Kaguya cost some insanely large amount of money to make on account of being all hand drawn in that water color style so probably still lost money. Excellent non-otaku movie that probably most people will never see and the last thing I saw that felt worth a 10/10 score. Miyazaki is of course Miyazaki and while a great film I admittedly didn't enjoy it as much as Kaguya-Hime. I also think casting Miyazaki as the lead was a poor choice cause he was just so stiff and wooden, but I'm also noticing cast total stiff and wooden rook-shows as male leads in anime is become more in vogue lately.


Anno*. Anno was actually picked as a VA for the movie because he was in serious depression again and Miyazaki just wanted to help him.

As for the sales, I think that's fine. Having to go the theater 3 times for just one movie is rather expensive and annoying which might be a turn off. I have no comparison anyway other than Ghibli movies. I was surprised that it even was screened in Germany and the US.

Simplo said:

Hm, from what I've heard , anime income is secondary and the success of an anime is more linked to the source material sales boost because Manga and LN is just that much more profitable. Anime more or less is an advertisement (just look at all those 'read the manga' endings).


Merchandising and disc sales is where they make profit. Anime production is usually sponsored, so most of the money goes to the sponsors or producers. The TV release could be seen as an advertisement, since they TV slot cost are so high. And some OVAs are really just ads but that was more common in the 90's. Novels/Manga and the anime production usually have no connection in terms of publisher and whatnot, other than the authors getting royalties from everything I guess.

Feb 28, 2016 1:49 PM by mugi

Shaft is God.
I can't wait to watch.

Feb 28, 2016 1:35 PM by Amanda-san

GoldenDevilGamer said:
Kaioshin_Sama said:


No again literally impossible with it's trajectory.
True. With the trends, if it's lucky, it might just hit the ¥1 billion mark.


If it had hit it yet we'd have known about it by now as not only the producers but news sites would have reported on it as a milestone interest sort of article.

Ketuekigami said:
Kaioshin_Sama said:



Not even remotely close to Pokemon, Precure, One Piece, DBZ, Hosoda sort of level which can make as much as 4-5 billion yen per flick, but those are very mainstream and popular with general audiences. Maybe comparable to Ghibli after it's prime though but honestly probably not, I don't have the numbers for stuff like Kaguya-Hime or Wind Rises on hand.


Is there any comparison based on the number of theaters? I am not sure if 108 is a small number of theaters or not, but all of those mentioned series have got to have opened in a great deal more right?


For a late night anime series it's quite large. Those 4 are mainstream movies aimed at general audiences that are well known properties in Japan by many so they get far more theaters and bigger ones at that. The weird thing about the modern Western community is that most of what it knows about nowadays and considers popular are actually pretty niche series in Japan that are usually from light novels or visual novels (which have only really exploded in terms of what many studios choose to work from in the last 5-10 years or so) and have just happened to do a little better than others financially, but even then that's not always the case. A lot of people would probably be really surprised at what's actually really popular in the mainstream as far as anime goes in Japan but just isn't marketed over here because it's not part of the major licensors business plan who are trying to push anime as a cool young adults teen fantasy type thing when that's generally frowned upon by your every day person as a socially misfit geeks hobby but for a handful of franchises.

Feb 28, 2016 1:18 PM by PeacingOut

Simplo said:
Zefyris said:

I'm afraid you're taking things backward. It's not that theyr are "popular enough to get adapted", but that they are "close enough of what sells as an anime to be adapted".
You will never see some very popular japanese novels getting adapted into anime because they wouldn't work,whereas you see some LN quite obscure -before their anime adaptation- getting one.


Hm, from what I've heard , anime income is secondary and the success of an anime is more linked to the source material sales boost because Manga and LN is just that much more profitable. Anime more or less is an advertisement (just look at all those 'read the manga' endings).

YEs, for them anime is a costly advertisement. However, they advertise because they think it can increase the sales, not because it's already popular (quite the contrary, if they think the market for a title is already pretty much saturated so anime won't really increase the already good sales, they will not make an anime adaptation. That's the reason why you usually don't get a second season for adaptation of LN, for example).
That's why what's important is not how much they sell before the anime, but if the editors thinks that it can please enough anime watchers so that they will buy the novels thanks to the anime.
Popularity plays a role as well, but not in the way you think it does.

Feb 28, 2016 1:18 PM by Zefyris

Kaioshin_Sama said:

Tacas said:
So what does this mean in comparison? Like, what does the average anime film make? Is this Ghibli or Pokemon level?


Not even remotely close to Pokemon, Precure, One Piece, DBZ, Hosoda sort of level which can make as much as 4-5 billion yen per flick, but those are very mainstream and popular with general audiences. Maybe comparable to Ghibli after it's prime though but honestly probably not, I don't have the numbers for stuff like Kaguya-Hime or Wind Rises on hand.


Is there any comparison based on the number of theaters? I am not sure if 108 is a small number of theaters or not, but all of those mentioned series have got to have opened in a great deal more right?

Feb 28, 2016 1:16 PM by Ketuekigami

Kaioshin_Sama said:
GoldenDevilGamer said:
It's great that Kizumonogatari's doing good. I wonder if it'll beat Gintama's second movie's total (which was ¥1.89 billion and 1 million tickets sold) or maybe at least the Psycho-Pass movie (¥1.37 billion)


No again literally impossible with it's trajectory.
True. With the trends, if it's lucky, it might just hit the ¥1 billion mark.

Feb 28, 2016 1:14 PM by GoldenDevilGamer

GoldenDevilGamer said:
It's great that Kizumonogatari's doing good. I wonder if it'll beat Gintama's second movie's total (which was ¥1.89 billion and 1 million tickets sold) or maybe at least the Psycho-Pass movie (¥1.37 billion)


No again literally impossible with it's trajectory. See if it manages to pass the billion yen mark and then we'll talk other stuff, but last I checked it was only pulling in less than 500K million a week in February after the benefits wore off, which would mean it would take several more months for that to happen if god forbid it stayed the same. Still I never completely count Aniplex properties in when it comes to a matter of profit maximization. They always know how to get Otaku to throw more money at them in what should be the 11th hour.

Dab1za9 said:
Kaioshin_Sama said:


Not even remotely close to Pokemon, Precure, One Piece, DBZ, Hosoda sort of level which can make as much as 4-5 billion yen per flick, but those are very mainstream and popular with general audiences. Maybe comparable to Ghibli after it's prime though but honestly probably not, I don't have the numbers for stuff like Kaguya-Hime or Wind Rises on hand.


Wind Rises is 12billion and Kaguya-hime is 2.5billion, it is not fair to compare it to Ghibli especially Miyazaki though.


Yeah but Kaguya cost some insanely large amount of money to make on account of being all hand drawn in that water color style so probably still lost money. Excellent non-otaku movie that probably most people will never see and the last thing I saw that felt worth a 10/10 score. Miyazaki is of course Miyazaki and while a great film I admittedly didn't enjoy it as much as Kaguya-Hime. I also think casting Miyazaki as the lead was a poor choice cause he was just so stiff and wooden, but I'm also noticing cast total stiff and wooden rook-shows as male leads in anime is become more in vogue lately.

Feb 28, 2016 1:12 PM by PeacingOut

It's great that Kizumonogatari's doing good. I wonder if it'll beat Gintama's second movie's total (which was ¥1.89 billion and 1 million tickets sold) or maybe at least the Psycho-Pass movie (¥850 million). Btw, did it beat the Madoka Magica movie total yet?

Feb 28, 2016 1:02 PM by GoldenDevilGamer

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