Been meaning to add distributors for a while, and a request about it got me to finally do it.
There are two companies that are involved in disc releases, and I used https://www.kinokuniya.co.jp for this at ultimatemegax’s suggestion, since they actually split the two. Other sites don’t make the distinction from what I’ve seen.
発売元 (hatsubaimoto) is the company that gets paid when retailers buy discs, so they’re the more important ones and thus the ones I calculated these sales for.
販売元 (hanbaimoto) is the company that gets paid a fee for the work of get discs into shops.
• Sometimes the same company under the same name playing both roles, as is almost always the case with Bandai Visual listed as both 発売元 and 販売元.
• Other times it’s different divisions of the same company, the best known example being Aniplex as 発売元 and Sony as 販売元.
• But sometimes it’s just different companies entirely. This is Kyoto Animation’s current arrangement with Pony Canyon. KyoAni owns the IP and is the 発売元 and gets the bulk of the money, while Pony Canyon is the 販売元, getting paid to use distribution channels that KyoAni itself doesn’t have access to.
• In a few cases the production committee as a whole is listed as the 発売元.
The first sheet is the raw data, the second is the total average (i.e. sum of average sales), and more importantly the third is the total sales in yen per year.
As with most of my data this is only for TV series.
Note: The year is broadcast year of the show, not release year of each individual disc. I didn’t have any good way to do the latter, so just keep in mind that a Fall 2015 series may releasing most or all of its discs in 2015, but the data will count towards 2014.