There was reason to believe this past week that Oricon has killed the extended ranking exploit we’d been using to estimate sales for titles ranking 101-300 each week. It could have been a glitch, but the fact that both just happened to cut off at a clean 100 seemed too coincidental.
There’s no longer a page 11+ or a “Next” link at all. And the count of discs on page 10 reads “91～100／100件” now, not the 5k/14k BD/DVD had before. Manually typing in the URLs returns a 404. The extended ranking workaround is officially dead.
So it’s back to the pre-12/2014 times where the only data we get is what makes the weekly top 100. I guess I’ll have to start caring about the monthly and yearly rankings again, but those only help for shows that are already selling well. We’re gonna see a whole lot more “BD only ranked once” and “DVD never ranked” discs in our future. And just after we’d dropped the BD extended threshold to cover nearly every BD! =(
There’s been a bunch of changes over the years in how much data is available, but it always shifted in favor of more accessible data. This is the first huge step backwards.
The biggest concern is not just that so much long-tail and low-seller data is going to be missed in the future (which sucks a ton), but also that we’ve once again got all our eggs in one basket as far as getting data beyond the Tuesday prelims goes. I’ve always been worried that the 2ch Biz leaks for the top 100s could dry up at any time, but the extended rankings made that concern almost irrelevant. With the extendeds gone, it’s back to hoping 2ch/urisure continues to come through for us… but either way, ranks 101-300 are kaput.