This post isn’t driven by anything special, I just felt like compiling this for my own purposes and a quick discussion on twitter, and wanted to take advantage of the table format. A lot of my favorite shows come from the Manga Time family, so I’m quite interested in how they’re doing.

Updated as of 2019-08-31

Sales data for Houbunsha Manga Time Adaptations

Title Average Vol 1 Year Season Did I Watch? Did I Import? Has/Is Sequel Sequel Type Kirara Carat Forward Max Miracle Home Ongoing?
Hidamari Sketch 6,507 7,839 2007 Winter TV, OVA
Doujin Work 490 500 2007 Summer
Hidamari Sketch x365 8,687 10,026 2008 Summer TV, OVA
K-ON! 43,878 54,257 2009 Spring TV, Movie
Kanamemo 1,218 1,441 2009 Summer
GA Geijutsuka Art Design Class 4,904 5,281 2009 Summer OVA
Hidamari Sketch x☆☆☆ 8,848 9,361 2010 Winter TV, OVA
K-ON!! 39,472 43,904 2010 Spring TV, Movie
Yumekui Merry [3] 2,559 5,585 2011 Winter
A Channel 5,515 6,831 2011 Spring OVA
Kill Me Baby [1] 987 686 2012 Winter OVA
Acchi Kocchi 2,321 2,520 2012 Spring
Hidamari Sketch xHoneycomb 7,530 9,975 2012 Fall TV, OVA
Yuyushiki 3,334 3,511 2013 Spring OVA
Kin-iro Mosaic 6,766 8,568 2013 Summer TV, OVA
Love Lab [2] 3,027 5,584 2013 Summer
Sakura Trick 2,373 3,183 2014 Winter
Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka? 11,195 12,996 2014 Spring TV, OVA
Hanayamata 3,570 5,157 2014 Summer
Koufuku Graffiti 1,650 2,022 2015 Winter
Hello!! Kin-iro Mosaic 5,315 7,130 2015 Spring TV, OVA
Gakkou Gurashi! 2,765 3,751 2015 Summer
Joukamachi no Dandelion 1,842 2,502 2015 Summer
Wakaba Girl 1,668 1,630 2015 Summer
Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?? 12,260 16,199 2015 Fall TV, OVA
Anne Happy 1,106 1,446 2016 Spring
Sansha Sanyou 2,140 3,338 2016 Spring
New Game! 5,886 7,415 2016 Summer TV, OVA
Stella no Mahou 670 788 2016 Fall
Urara Meirochou 878 1,059 2017 Winter
New Game!! 3,636 4,831 2017 Summer TV, OVA
Blend S 3,167 3,885 2017 Fall
Yurucamp 14,110 15,167 2018 Winter TV, OVA, Movie
Slow Start 1,661 1,914 2018 Winter
Comic Girls 1,449 1,744 2018 Spring
Harukana Receive 1,184 1,267 2018 Summer
Anima Yell 1,114 953 2018 Fall

[1] Kill Me Baby had an extraordinarily successful boxset compared to its singles run. The BD box sold 4,907, which is nearly 5 times the sales of the singles. The caveat is that it was a very cheap boxset of only ¥16k, but that’s still ¥78.5m, which is more than double what the DVD/BD singles grossed.
[2] Love Lab is the lone representative from Manga Home, which is also by Houbunsha but not in the Kirara lineup. It’s similar enough to the Kirara adaptations that I’m including it, and more to the point it’s the only Home title to ever get a late night anime adaptation. It has far more in common with Kirara than anything else in Home from everything I’ve seeing.
[3] Yumekui Merry is also pretty out of place in the list as well if you ask me, in terms of tone and genre! But it’s in a Kirara publication, so no reason not to include it. It was the most marginal import of them all for me, I think I only ended up sticking with it because the character designs were too good. Nice posters in the BDs too.

Not Yet Released
Machikado Mazoku (Carat, [link])
Koisuru Asteroid (Carat, [link])
Ochikobore Fruit Tart (Carat, [link])
Tamayomi (Forward, [link])

As you can tell, I’ve imported quite a lot of these, and have watched almost all of them. Of the ones I have not imported:
A Channel I wish I had and will if it gets a BD box.
Kanamemo and GA I probably would have if I were importing when they aired.
Doujin Work was pre-import and too short/incomplete.
Kill Me Baby I never finished, but I did watch about half.
Love Lab, Joukamachi, and Blend S I never watched.

 
Houbunsha, the saviors of anime.

 
 
Bonus: Ultimatemegax put together the production committee members for these shows up through Urara Meirochou: Houbunsha Manga Time anime production committes

37 Responses to “Houbunsha Manga Time magazine family, anime adaptation sales”

  1. Avatar IceKirby says:

    A bit late, but Anima Yell (Manga Time Kirara Carat) is also getting an anime adaptation: https://myanimelist.net/news/53843162

  2. Avatar Rug says:

    Hoping Slow Start and Comic Girls at least did well

    • something something says:

      They didn’t sell many discs, though whether they did well as a whole or not is another question and not one we can answer.

      Also I guess I should update this post.

  3. something something says:

    Post updated to current.

  4. Avatar IceKirby says:

    Any info on Harukana Receive sales? The Oricon rankings I saw for the week their BDs released didn’t have them listed, which means they got below the display cutoff. Is there any other place to find those numbers?

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