Below is the equivalent of the Series Data Quick View, but for TV series up to 1999.

Note: The source for this data is http://dvdbd2.wiki.fc2.com/, and I’ve not independently verified it – but DVDBD wiki can be trusted and the numbers are very close to the old numbers I had when I just listed 10k+ series here. This is not every show show before 2000. Just anything DVDBD Wiki has listed.

Note: I didn’t really investigate each show to see if it met my usual inclusion criteria. There’s a lot of kids shows and mainstream gag shows I’d normally not include but since it’s not like I’ll be keeping this list updated, I really just looked for romanized titles and animation studios, and nothing else. As for stuff I removed, that was just a small number (~5?) of irrelevant kids shows that I couldn’t find info on.

Note: Don’t try to compare pre-1999 series to 2000-present series. Different companies were tracking sales, across different formats, in very different times. The shows below are a mix of VHS, LD, and DVD sales, with re-releases being any format.

Note: “0” does not mean exactly 0, it means that no volumes ranked in any format. 0 is used to improve results when sorting.

TV Series Data – Quick View

Title Year Avg Sales Re-rls Mixed Re-rls Total Studio
∀Gundam 1999 7,107 12,607 999 20,713 Sunrise
Aa! Megami-sama!: Chichaitte Koto wa Benri da ne 1998 3,201 3,201 Oriental Light and Magic
Aesop World 1999 0 Sunrise
Ai Tenshi Densetsu Wedding Peach 1995 0 Oriental Light and Magic, KSS
Aka-chan to Boku 1996 0 Studio Pierrot
Akihabara Dennou Gumi 1998 2,242 896 3,138 Ashi Production
Alexander Senki 1999 0 Madhouse
Alice SOS 1998 0 JC Staff
Alice Tantei Kyoku 1995 1,357 1,357 Studio Junio
Alice Tantei Kyoku Season 2 1996 1,300 1,300 Studio Junio
Android Ana Maiko 2010 1998 0 Group TAC
Anime Ganbare Goemon 1997 0 Trans Arts
Arc The Lad 1999 0 Bee Train
AWOL -Absent Without Leave- 1998 0 Studio Deen
Azuki-chan 1995 870 870 Madhouse
Azuki-chan Kanketsuhen 1997 870 870 Madhouse
Azumi Mamma Mia 1997 0 Toei Animation
Bakkyuu Renpatsu!! Super B-Daman 1999 0 Xebec
Bakuretsu Hunters 1995 0 Xebec
Bakusou Kyoudai Lets & Go!! 1996 4,595 4,595 Xebec
Bakusou Kyoudai Lets & Go!! MAX 1998 1,635 1,635 Xebec
Bakusou Kyoudai Lets & Go!! WGP 1997 5,131 5,131 Xebec
Bannou Bunka Nekomusume 1998 2,900 523 3,423 Ashi Production
Battle Athletes Daiundoukai 1997 2,167 2,167 AIC
Betterman 1999 5,970 5,970 Sunrise
Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon 1992 26,559 1,618 28,177 Toei Animation
Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon R 1993 8,093 1,680 9,773 Toei Animation
Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S 1994 6,873 1,653 8,526 Toei Animation
Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Sailor Stars 1996 1,623 1,623 Toei Animation
Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Super S 1995 1,753 1,753 Toei Animation
Bit the Cupid 1995 0 Group TAC
Blue Gender 1999 537 537 AIC
Bomberman B-Daman Bakugaiden 1998 0 Madhouse
Bomberman B-Daman Bakugaiden V 1999 0 Madhouse
Bonobono 1995 0 Group TAC
Brain Powered 1998 9,776 2,047 11,823 Sunrise
B'T-X 1996 0 TMS Entertainment
Bubblegun Crisis Tokyo 2040 1998 943 943 AIC
Bubu Chacha 1999 0 Duame
Bucket de Gohan 1996 0 Magic Bus
Burn-Up Excess 1998 957 957 Magic Bus, AIC
Cardcaptor Sakura 1998 19,418 10,947 30,365 Madhouse
Chibi Maruko-chan Season 2 1995 0 Nippon Animation
Chiisana Kyojin Microman 1999 0 Studio Pierrot
Chikyuu Bouei Kigyou Dai-Guard 1999 1,684 1,684 Xebec
Chou Hatsumei Boy Kanipan 1999 0 Studio Comet
Chou Mashin Eiyuuden Wataru 1997 481 481 Sunrise
Chou Tokkyuu Hikarian 1997 0 Tokyo Kids Co
Choujikuu Yousai Macross 1982 6,714 10,208 16,922 Studio Nue, Tatsunoko
Chousoku Spinner 1998 0 Xebec
Chuuka Ichiban! 1997 0 Nippon Animation
Cinderella Monogatari 1996 0 Tatsunoko Production
City Hunter 1987 14,198 14,198 Sunrise
City Hunter 2 1988 14,198 14,198 Sunrise
City Hunter 3 1989 14,198 14,198 Sunrise
City Hunter '91 1991 14,198 14,198 Sunrise
CLAMP Gakuen Tanteidan 1997 1,244 1,244 Studio Pierrot
Colorful 1999 773 773 Triangle Staff, Studio Wombat
Corrector Yui 1999 0 Nippon Animation
Cowboy Bebop 1998 19,651 45,691 65,342 Sunrise
Cutie Honey 1973 2,529 2,529 Toei Animation
Cutie Honey Flash 1997 319 319 Toei Animation
Cyborg Kuro-chan 1999 0 Studio Bogey
D4 Princess 1999 2,830 2,830 Daume
Devil Lady 1998 962 962 TMS Entertainment
Di Gi Charat 1999 7,745 7,745 Madhouse
Digimon Adventure 1999 15,100 15,100 Toei Animation
Dirty Pair 1985 3,698 3,698 Sunrise
Doctor Slump 1997 720 720 Toei Animation
Dokkan! Robotendon 1995 0 Tatsunoko Production
Dokkiri Doctor 1998 0 Studio Pierrot
Dr. Slump Arale-chan 1981 1,056 1,056 Toei Animation
Dragon Ball 1986 14,121 9,070 23,191 Toei Animation
Dragon Ball GT 1996 31,696 21,227 52,923 Toei Animation
Dragon Ball Z 1989 18,584 21,887 40,471 Toei Animation
DT Eightron 1998 0 Sunrise
Dual! Parallel Lun-Lun Monogatari 1999 5,137 5,137 AIC
Eat-Man 1997 0 Studio Deen
Eat-Man '98 1998 0 Studio Deen
Eden's Bowy 1999 1,229 1,229 Studio Deen
Elf wo Karu Mono-tachi 1996 0 Group TAC
Elf wo Karu Mono-tachi II 1997 0 Group TAC
Excel Saga 1999 4,803 4,803 JC Staff
Fortune Quest L 1997 492 492 E.G. Films
Fushigi Mahou Fun Fun Pharmacy 1998 0 Toei Animation
Fushigi no Umi no Nadia 1990 13,645 25,638 39,283 Gainax
Fushigi Yuugi 1995 0 Studio Pierrot
Futarigurashi 1998 0 Studio Bogey
Future GPX Cyber Formula 1991 6,762 6,762 Sunrise
Gakkou no Kowai Uwasa Hanako-san ga Kita!! Season 2 1995 0 Group TAC
Gakkou no Kowai Uwasa Hanako-san ga Kita!! Season 3 1995 0 Group TAC
Gakkou no Kowai Uwasa Hanako-san ga Kita!! Season 4 1996 0 Group TAC
Gakkyuu Ou Yamazaki 1997 0 Magic Bus
Ganbarist! Shun 1996 0 Sunrise
Gasaraki 1998 7,545 7,545 Sunrise
Gegege no Kitarou 1st Series 1968 2,579 2,579 Toei Animation
Gegege no Kitarou 2nd Series 1971 2,579 2,579 Toei Animation
Gegege no Kitarou 3rd Series 1985 1,662 1,662 Toei Animation
Gegege no Kitarou 4th Series 1996 1,338 1,338 Toei Animation
Generator Gawl 1998 677 677 Tatsunoko Production
Ginga Hyouryuu Vifam 1983 8,060 2,027 10,087 Sunrise
Ginga Hyouryuu Vifam 13 1998 1,501 2,027 3,528 Sunrise
Gokinjo Monogatari 1995 0 Toei Animation
Gokudou-kun Manyuuki 1999 0 Trans Arts
Gozonji! Gekkou Kamen 1999 0 TMS Entertainment
Grander Musashi RV 1998 0 Nippon Animation
Great Teacher Onizuka 1999 0 Studio Pierrot
Guruguru Town Hanamaru-kun 1999 0 Studio Pierrot
H2 1995 0 Production Reed
Hajime Ningen Gon 1996 0 TMS Entertainment
Hakugei Densetsu 1997 0 Studio Junio
Hameln Violin Hiki 1996 0 Studio Deen
Hana Yori Dango 1996 0 Toei Animation
Hanasaka Tenshi Tenten-kun 1998 0 Nippon Animation
Hanitarou Desu 1997 0 Toei Animation
Hare Tokidoki Buta 1997 0 Group TAC
Hareluya II Boy 1997 0 Triangle Staff
Haruniwa-ke no Sannin-me 1998 0 Toei Animation
Hatsumei Boy Kanipan 1998 0 Studio Comet
Haunted Junction 1997 0 Studio Deen
Himiko-Den 1999 1,303 1,303 Group TAC
Himitsu no Akko-chan Season 3 1998 0 Toei Animation
Hokuto no Ken 1984 8,729 4,220 12,949 Toei Animation
Hokuto no Ken 2 1987 8,729 3,052 11,781 Toei Animation
Hunter x Hunter 1999 1,975 1,975 Studio Pierrot
Hyper Police 1997 1,648 1,648 Studio Pierrot
Ie naki Ko Remi 1996 0 TMS Entertainment
Ijigen no Sekai El Hazard 1998 3,220 3,220 AIC
Ijiwaru Baa-san 1996 0 Eiken
Ike! Ina-chuu Takkyuubu 1995 0 Studio Hibari
Iketeru Futari 1999 546 546 JC Staff
Ima, Soko ni Iru Boku 1999 762 762 AIC
Initial D 1998 2,573 12,013 14,586 Studio Comet, Studio Gallop
Initial D Second Stage 1999 2,289 22,062 24,351 Pastel
Ippatsu Kiki Musume 1999 0 Group TAC
Itsumo Kokoro ni Taiyou wo! 1999 0 Studio Deen
Jibaku-kun 1999 0 Trans Arts
Jigoku Sensei Nube 1996 0 Toei Animation
Jikuu Tantei Genshi-kun 1998 0 Group TAC
Jikuu Tenshou Nazca 1998 463 463 Genco
Juu Senshi Gulkeeva 1995 0 Sunrise
Juubei-chan: Lovely Gantai no Himitsu 1999 3,745 3,745 Madhouse
Juuni Senshi Bakuretsu Eto Ranger 1995 0 Shaft
Kachou Ouji 1999 414 414 AIC, Studio APPP
Kaikan Phrase 1999 962 962 Studio Hibari
Kaiketsu Jouki Tanteidan 1998 0 Xebec
Kaiketsu Zorro 1996 0 Ashi Production
Kaitou Saint Tail 1995 0 TMS Entertainment
Kakyuusei 1999 1,412 1,412 ELF
Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne 1999 366 366 Toei Animation
Karakurizoushi Ayatsuri Sakon 1999 0 TMS Entertainment
Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou 1998 5,797 2,549 8,346 Gainax, JC Staff
Kenpuu Denki Berserk 1997 1,235 2,781 4,016 Oriental Light and Magic
Kero Kero Chime 1997 0 Studio Comet
Kidou Butouden G Gundam 1994 10,167 10,167 Sunrise
Kidou Keisatsu Patlabor 1989 21,706 10,087 31,793 Sunrise
Kidou Senkan Nadesico 1996 33,128 14,732 47,860 Xebec
Kidou Senshi Gundam 1979 28,078 72,609 100,687 Sunrise
Kidou Senshi Gundam ZZ 1986 13,421 13,854 27,275 Sunrise
Kidou Senshi V Gundam 1993 6,324 15,104 21,428 Sunrise
Kidou Senshi Z Gundam 1985 20,253 39,656 59,909 Sunrise
Kidou Shinseiki Gundam X 1996 6,536 11,701 18,237 Sunrise
Kiko-chan Smile 1996 0 Magic Bus
Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo 1997 0 Toei Animation
Kinnikuman 1983 12,167 12,167 Toei Animation
Kinnikuman: Kinnikusei Oui Soudatsu-hen 1991 12,167 12,167 Toei Animation
Kishin Douji Zenki 1995 0 Studio Deen
Kocchi Muite! Miiko 1998 0 Toei Animation
Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kouen-mae Hashutsujo 1996 0 Studio Gallop
Kodomo no Omocha 1996 452 452 Studio Gallop
Koutetsu Tenshi Kurumi 1999 6,672 6,672 Oriental Light and Magic
Kuma no Puutarou 1995 0 Studio Deen
Kurogane Communication 1998 0 Studio APPP
Kuusou Kagaku Sekai Gulliver Boy 1995 0 Toei Animation
Kyoro-chan 1999 0 Group TAC
Kyouryuu Boukenki Jurassic Tripper 1995 0 Ashi Production
Kyuumei Senshi Nanosaver 1997 0 Studio Junio
Legend of Basara 1998 0 KSS
Let's Nupu Nupu 1998 0 Asia-do, Group TAC
Lodoss-tou Senki: Eiyuu Kishi Den 1998 1,905 1,905 AIC
Lost Universe 1998 4,271 2,094 6,365 E.G. Films
Lupin Sansei first TV 1971 29,543 5,761 35,304 TMS Entertainment
Lupin Sansei part III 1984 2,474 5,761 8,235 TMS Entertainment
Lupin Sansei second TV 1977 7,516 6,201 13,717 TMS Entertainment
Mach GoGoGo 2nd Series 1997 0 Tatsunoko Production
Macross 7 1994 4,928 4,928 Ashi Production
Mahou no Stage Fancy Lala 1998 1,038 1,038 Studio Pierrot
Mahou no Tenshi Creamy Mami 1983 1,946 1,946 Studio Pierrot
Mahou Shoujo Pretty Sammy 1996 0 AIC
Mahoutsukai Tai! 1999 3,163 3,163 Triangle Staff
Majutsushi Orphen 1998 3,532 3,532 JC Staff
Majutsushi Orphen: Revenge 1999 1,502 1,502 JC Staff
Mama wa Poyopoyo-Saurus ga Osuki 1995 0 Nippon Animation
Mamotte Shugogetten! 1998 1,867 1,867 Toei Animation
Mashin Eiyuuden Wataru 1988 2,495 2,495 Sunrise
Mashin Eiyuuden Wataru 2 1990 2,233 2,233 Sunrise
Masou Kishin Cybuster 1999 0 Ashi Production
Master Keaton 1998 1,958 1,958 Madhouse
Master Mosquiton '99 1997 0 Zero-G Room
Mazr Bakunetsu Jikuu 1997 0 JC Staff
Medabots 1999 0 Bee Train
Meiken Lassie 1996 0 Nippon Animation
Midori no Makibaou 1996 0 Studio Pierrot
Mirai Shounen Conan 1978 24,604 15,199 39,803 Nippon Animation
Mirai Shounen Conan 2: Taiga Daibouken 1999 0 Nippon Animation
Misutenaide Daisy 1997 0 Studio Deen
Mizuiro Jidai 1996 0 Studio Comet
Mojakou 1995 0 Oriental Light and Magic
Momo-iro Sisters 1998 1,382 1,382 Studio Deen
Monster Farm 1999 0 TMS Entertainment
Mugen no Ryvius 1999 11,062 1,031 12,093 Sunrise
Neoranga 1998 1,404 1,404 Studio Pierrot
Nessa no Haou Gandalla 1998 474 474 Production Reed
Next Senki Ehrgeiz 1997 0 Studio Deen
NG Knight Lamune & 40 1990 3,099 3,099 Production Reed
Night Walker: Mayonaka no Tantei 1998 848 848 AIC
Ninku 1995 0 Studio Pierrot
Ninpen Manmaru 1997 0 Shin-Ei Animation
Nippon-ichi no Otoko no Tamashii 1999 0 Studio Deen
Nippon-ichi no Otoko no Tamashii 2 1999 0 Studio Deen
Nurse Angel Ririka SOS 1995 0 Studio Gallop
Ojamajo Doremi 1999 2,151 2,151 Toei Animation
Ojarumaru 1998 0 Studio Gallop
Omishi Mahou Gekijou: Risky/Safety 1999 1,769 1,769 Studio APPP
One Piece (episodes 1-130; up to Log Collection Vivi")" 1999 3,441 36,278 39,719 Toei
Ougon Yuusha Goldran 1995 830 830 Sunrise
Papa to Odorou 1999 0 Studio Deen
Pet Shop of Horrors 1999 0 Madhouse
Pokemon 1997 3,647 3,647 Oriental Light and Magic
Popolocrois Monogatari 1998 133 133 Bee Train, Production IG
Power Stone 1999 0 Studio Pierrot
Princess Nine Kisaragi Joshikou Yakyuu-bu 1998 616 616 Phoenix Entertainment
Rekka no Honoo 1997 310 310 Studio Pierrot
Rerere no Tensai Bakabon 1999 0 Studio Pierrot
Romeo no Aoi Sora 1995 0 Nippon Animation
Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan 1996 3,343 14,898 18,241 Studio Gallop, Studio Deen
Saber Marionette J 1996 21,079 21,079 Hal Film Maker
Saber Marionette J to X 1998 2,770 2,770 Hal Film Maker
Sakura Momoko Theater Coji-Coji 1997 0 Nippon Animation
Seihou Bukyou Outlaw Star 1998 5,386 686 6,072 Sunrise
Seihou Tenshi Angel Links 1999 2,341 2,341 Sunrise
Seikai no Monshou 1999 5,635 1,163 6,798 Sunrise
Seisenshi Dunbine 1983 4,848 18,697 23,545 Sunrise
Sekai Meisaku Douwa: Wow! Maerchen Oukoku 1995 0 Toei Animation
Senkaiden Houshin Engi 1999 1,140 1,140 Studio Deen
Sentimental Journey 1998 5,586 5,586 Sunrise
Seraphim Call 1999 0 Sunrise
serial experiments lain 1998 2,397 6,142 8,539 Triangle Staff
Sexy Commando Gaiden: Sugoi yo!! Masaru-san 1998 186 186 Magic Bus
Shadow Skill – Eigi 1998 1,305 1,305 Studio Deen
Shin Azuki-chan 1996 870 870 Madhouse
Shin Hakkenden 1999 0 Public and Basic
Shin Kidou Senki Gundam Wing 1995 18,087 23,297 41,384 Sunrise
Shin Tenchi Muyou! 1997 4,146 1,537 5,683 AIC
Shin Yatto Anshin! Uchuu Ryoko 1998 0 Group TAC
Shinkai Densetsu Meremanoid 1997 0 Triangle Staff
Shinpi no Sekai El-Hazard 1995 6,088 6,088 AIC
Shinseiki Evangelion 1995 111,559 92,381 203,940 Gainax
Shoujo Kakumei Utena 1997 5,074 8,770 13,844 JC Staff
Shounen Santa no Daibouken! 1996 0 Studio Deen
Shukan Storyland 1999 0 Satelight
Silent Möbius 1998 2,549 2,549 Radix
Slam Dunk 1993 3,725 14,106 17,831 Toei Animation
Slayers 1995 3,859 3,859 E.G. Films, JC Staff
Slayers NEXT 1996 6,144 5,763 11,907 E.G. Films, JC Staff
Slayers TRY 1997 4,872 5,882 10,754 E.G. Films, JC Staff
Soreyuke! Uchuu Senkan Yamamoto Youko 1999 1,791 1,791 JC Staff
Soukou Kihei Votoms 1983 5,750 8,922 14,672 Sunrise
St. Luminous Jogakuin 1998 0 Genco
Street Fighter II V 1995 0 Group TAC
Super Doll Licca-chan 1998 0 Madhouse
Super Fishing Grander Musashi 1997 0 Nippon Animation
Super Milk-chan 1998 0 Genco
Surf Side High School 1999 0 Magic Bus
Susie-chan to Marvy 1999 0 Xebec
Taiho Shichauzo 1996 6,632 7,619 14,251 Studio Deen
Taiho Shichauzo Special 1999 8,426 8,426 Studio Deen
Takoyaki Mantoman 1998 0 Studio Pierrot
Tenchi Muyou! 1995 10,197 1,549 11,746 AIC
Tenkuu no Escaflowne 1996 6,399 9,493 15,892 Sunrise
Tenshi ni Narumon! 1999 1,853 1,853 Studio Pierrot
The Big O 1999 4,653 1,588 6,241 Sunrise
To Heart 1999 10,856 10,856 Oriental Light and Magic
Tobe! Isami 1995 0 Group TAC
Totsugeki! Pappara-tai 1998 0 Magic Bus
Touma Kijin Den Oni 1995 0 JC Staff
Trigun 1998 4,520 2,514 7,034 Madhouse
Trouble Chocolate 1999 835 835 AIC
Uchuu Kaizoku Mito no Daibouken 1999 82 568 650 Triangle Staff, Sunrise
Uchuu Kazoku Mito no Daibouken: Futari no Joou-sama 1999 865 865 Triangle Staff, Xebec
Urayasu Tekkin Kazoku 1998 0 Studio Deen
Vampire Miyu 1997 2,081 2,081 AIC
Virtua Fighter 1995 0 TMS Entertainment
Virus: Virus Buster Serge 1997 0 JC Staff
VS Knight Lamune & 40 Fire 1996 1,557 1,557 Production Reed
Wankorobee 1996 0 Asia-do
Weiss Kreuz 1998 2,004 2,004 Plum, Magic Bus
Wild Arms: Twilight Venom 1999 0 Bee Train
Yanbo Ninbo Tonbo 1995 0 Image K
Yatto Anshin! Uchuu Ryoko 1996 163 163 Group TAC
Yoiko 1998 0 Studio Pierrot
Yoroiden Samurai Troopers 1988 9,585 9,585 Sunrise
Yoshimoto Muchikko Monogatari 1998 0 Shin-Ei Animation
Yume de Aetara 1998 0 JC Staff
Yume no Crayon Oukoku 1997 500 549 1,049 Toei Animation
Yuusha Ou GaoGaiGar 1997 3,720 8,458 12,178 Sunrise
Yuusha Raideen 1996 0 Sunrise
Yuusha Shirei Dagwon 1996 945 945 Sunrise
Zoids 1999 1,521 11,553 13,074 Xebec

27 Responses to “1999 and Earlier, Average Sales (including re-releases)”

  1. Where does the 9480 figure in first releases sales for Brain Powered come from? The DVD/BD wiki only seems to have the box data: http://dvdbd.wiki.fc2.com/wiki/%E3%83%96%E3%83%AC%E3%83%B3%E3%83%91%E3%83%AF%E3%83%BC%E3%83%89

    • something something says:

      From the unfortunately now defunct livedoor thread cited at the top. I’ll have to see if I saved an offline copy to check against.

      DVDBD wiki only has the DVD re-releases, the original would have been VHS/LD I assume.

      • Progeusz says:

        http://log.shipweb.jp/?mode=datview&board_name=poverty&thread_key=1379599338&thread_id=1373718
        Repost with date of relevant week. Search for 9,480.
        It led me to:
        http://www3.atchs.jp/test/read.cgi/urisure/1359202731/43
        Which should be enough of a source?

        • something something says:

          Ah yeah that whole thread looks like something I had saved somewhere, I’ve been tempted to mine it for data but oh the time it would take… for stuff that’s very old.

          LD Rankings
          *23 ***,377 *10,757 **8 ブレンパワード1巻
          *19 ***,376 **9,127 **5 ブレンパワード2巻
          *20 ***,266 **8,627 **4 ブレンパワード3巻
          *28 ***,217 **8,238 **4 ブレンパワード4巻
          *21 ***,389 **8,132 **4 ブレンパワード5巻
          *22 ***,160 **8,148 **5 ブレンパワード6巻
          *49 ***,128 **7,698 **5 ブレンパワード7巻
          *44 ***,*99 **7,211 **4 ブレンパワード8巻
          **8 ***,211 **8,076 **4 ブレンパワード9巻

          VHS Ranking
          *41 ***,501 **2,560 **2 ブレンパワード1巻
          *21 **1,339 **1,339 **1 ブレンパワード2巻
          *20 **1,659 **1,659 **1 ブレンパワード3巻
          *31 ***,524 **1,109 **2 ブレンパワード4巻
          *27 ***,821 ***,821 **1 ブレンパワード5巻
          v6 unranked
          v7 unranked
          *32 ***,710 ***,710 **1 ブレンパワード8巻
          *22 **1,114 **1,114 **1 ブレンパワード9巻

          Also wow LD thresholds got low around this time. VHS thresholds were more on par with modern DVD thresholds, though a bit higher.

  2. […] them, late night slots and WOWOW accounted for half of the ten 10k+ hits from that same 1997-2000 time period; Brain Powerd, Cowboy Bebop, Hand Maid May, Initial D, and To […]

  3. Ejc says:

    You can find the old Livedoor thread on Wayback Machine (but it is from Nov 18, 2011): http://web.archive.org/web/20111118054123/http://jbbs.livedoor.jp/bbs/read.cgi/music/3914/1295395600/

    I looked at the sales for Cowboy Bebop, because someone on MAL hilariously stated it was a flop without posting any proof of this… but didn’t it average 19,651?

    3,330 VHS + 7,673 LD + 8,648 DVD = 19,651. Since we don’t know how Vol.1~3 of the DVD sold, then I simply divided the DVD total by 6 instead of 9, to get the 8,648 DVD average.

    • something something says:

      That’s the exact page I used for this, yeah. Not sure why they divided the DVDs by 9 instead of the 6 we have data for, that’s silly. Just an old oversight from when this tracking was new I guess. I only used the aggregate charts posted throughout that page though,so I’ll need to adjust its DVD value.

      (The Bebop details are in post #11 for those wondering)

      By the way, my last captured version of the page is from Aug 2012 so it’s a bit more recent, if you want to grab that: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/31857183/Livedoor%20historical%20thread%202012-08-09.html

      Also added the link to this version into the post.

  4. Exukvera says:

    Digimon Adventure’s 15th anniversary BD box sold over 10k. Should it be included or not?

    • something something says:

      Hmm, I haven’t really been updating this list, honestly. It was a one-off I copied over from the old Mania forums. I’d also have to find out what its original singles sales were, if they ever ranked.

  5. Randy says:

    Where do the first week sales and other pre-final VHS/LD sales figures for some series like Eva and Nadesico come from? Didn’t weekly reports for these formats only begin at 1999? It’s sad that Eva and a few others have these numbers listed while most others like Sailor Moon don’t.

    • something something says:

      Oricon started in 1999 but video disc sales have been tracked since long before then. We just don’t have access to a lot of that old data, and it’s not directly comparable to today’s data due to how different the market was and all that. So it’s mostly just the top sellers that people bother digging up data for when it comes to really old stuff.

      • Randy says:

        Oh. That’s at least hopeful. Anyway, from what we have right now, is it safe to say none of the pre-2000s anime (except Eva) crossed the 30,000 mark in first-week sales? That’s what I’ve been trying to confirm to be exact.

  6. kommsussertod says:

    Is it safe to assume that Eva has surpassed 200k total counting the BD release?
    At the time of first week results (2015.08.30) someone posted on /a/ this sales data:
    111,558 (LD/VHS original release – 1996)
    ***,224 (DVD re-release – 1997)
    **3,570 (DVD re-re-release – 2000)
    **7,455 (DVD re-re-re-release – 2003) – Individual release
    *25,581 (DVD re-re-re-release – 2003) – Box release
    *25,964 (DVD re-re-re-re-release – 2007)
    *26,353 (BD/DVD re-re-re-re-re-release – 2015)
    Do we have any idea if this data is accurate or not? Thanks!

  7. Ejc says:

    I’m not sure how long this has been on the DVD/BD Japanese sales wiki, but there are now average sales for the original releases and also the totals given for all the re-releases, with the number of re-releases given in brackets, for anime from 1989 to 1999:
    http://dvdbd2.wiki.fc2.com/

    Notice the extra 2 in the url compared to the usual http://dvdbd.wiki.fc2.com/

    • something something says:

      Guess I ought to get to updating this page at some point then. I tend to forget it exists. Will try to do something this weekend, thanks.

  8. something something says:

    This post has been updated based on the data available from the pre-2000 DVD/BD wiki.

  9. something something says:

    One thing to note is that the top five studios (Sunrise, Toei, Deen, Pierrot, Group TAC) make up 46.3% of this entire list.

    We can’t cleanly compare these numbers against the 2000-present data (really more like 2004-present in terms of having full data available) because I don’t include kids shows in the latter. But those same five studios only make up 13.2% of all series since ~2004.

    The current top five studios (JC Staff, Deen, Madhouse, A1, Gonzo) account for 24.6% of the total.

    Even if adding kids shows would change things somewhat, there’s been a major diversification of studios since the 90s. Also of note: only one studio returns (Deen). Though Sunrise is virtually tied with Gonzo and since they do more anime now than Gonzo does, should be passing them easily.

    In part this seems obvious. The number of shows per year has also increased dramatically, so the same few studios couldn’t handle everything. True, the length of shows has also decreased markedly with so many late night anime being one cour, but there’s still only so many that one studio can do at a time.

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