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Schedule
Regarding when you should expect to see this site updated, I’ll follow roughly this schedule:

Tuesday, 3-4AM EST (UTC-4/5) – Preliminary DVD30/50 + BD20/20 ranking, new post. This is very consistent, except around the holidays when Oricon skips a week.

Thursday, night EST – Full weekly DVD100 + BD100 ranking, editing previous post (so no bump). This can take until Friday; it depends when the data is released. Sometimes it’s not available at all on Thursdays, occasionally it even takes until the weekend, but Thursday is most common. Obviously if the initial ful list doesn’t come out until Friday, this would happen Friday evening instead. I usually get to it after I get home from work, whichever day it is.

Weekend, any time – Whole set of rankings updated as appropriate (seasonal vol 1s, yearly averages, yearly per-volume, series quick view, BD boxes), at some point over the weekend when I have time. This will go in a new post, with a summary of links to everything I updated that day. Lately I’ve been doing this every two weeks instead of weekly, mostly due to being tired and lazy.

I will also do some unscheduled posts if I just want to talk about something I’ve observed and or find interesting or noteworthy.

Mid-year rankings tend to come out in late June or early July. Full yearly rankings come out late January. Monthly rankings come out near the end of each month and go in the ranking summary posts.

General Discussion
Also, since I don’t see any reason to set up a forum just for sales discussion, I think we can use this post as a catch-all for any sales-related comments you have that don’t fit in one of the specific posts.

Comments on daily rankings, comments on preorder rankings, general questions, that sort of thing.

1,124 Responses to “Posting Schedule and Open Discussion”

  1. dan says:

    Hi. I’m just wondering: what’s with BDs coming out with 4 episodes lately, is there a reason? Is this sort of a new standard? Or it’s always been and I failed to notice? Oh, and are they sold at a higher price?
    I’ve not been following BD releases very much lately, and thought it curious that Gabdro and Youjo Senki were released like that.
    Cheers!

    • something something says:

      While 2 episodes per volume is the standard for one cour shows, there’s always been occasional experimentation in increasing the number of episodes per disc (or, sometimes, lowering them… looking at you Mekakucity Actors). It may be increasing a little bit in the last couple years, but it’s a very, very slow shift. The large majority of shows still come out in 2-episode discs at ¥5000-7000 MSRP each.

      Of course, these meatier releases don’t really come with a lower total price anyway, at least not by much. A 4-episode disc generally costs twice what two 2-episode discs cost. In Gabdro’s case, it’s ¥13,000 for 4 episodes which is really the same as buying two ¥6500 discs. A 6-episode disc costs thrice as much and a full 12-episode cour set is about six times as much.

      • dan says:

        Hm, I see, interesting. I wonder series released in 4eps/BD experience less drop in sales (per volume) since there’s less volumes to drop between (and possibly waiting time to release full series). Might make for an interesting analysis if we can make a list of series released like this.
        If true, as they cost basically the same per episode, it could be a good strategy for publishers (less drops, less handling costs) and consumers (if there’s less waiting until final BD release). That is, if the increased price per BD doesn’t scare people off (was that the case with Youjo Senki and it’s overestimation, perhaps?).

        • something something says:

          Youjo Senki was actually underestimated by Stalker, but that’s due the way Stalker calculates estimates for items over ¥10,000 (see here for more details).

          I think it’s assumed that a higher price will indeed scare some buyers off, but the hope is that what you gain from the factors you mentioned makes up for it: less volume-on-volume sales attrition (on account of there being less volumes), less packaging and shipments, as well as less marketing. Whether the math works out will vary from show to show of course. It might be possible to do something with the data but I don’t track episode counts so clearly identifying shows of the same length but different volume counts would be a little tricky/partly manual.

          • AholePony says:

            There’s a potential downside to less volumes and quicker release of the entire series and that’s less, what I’ll call “relevance time”. Staying relevant and maintaining a high public profile can do wonders for merchandise sales.

            I’m not actually sure how much they spend advertising disk volume releases but I do know that, for example, Working!! had a commercial made to advertise the release of every volume, I assume those ran on TV? Do they heavily advertise separate volumes in the manga books/magazines? I don’t know anything about the advertising side of anime which seems like a major gap in my knowledge that I should try to fix lol!

            Anyway, we can assume advertising isn’t inexpensive so not all series would get the same treatment, but I’ve got to assume they do advertise shows after they’ve aired to keep the cash flowing, at least for the bigger hits. If anyone knows this stuff or has links to read I’d lover to see them or hear from you :)

            • something something says:

              Relevance time matters but I’m guessing it doesn’t have much of a relationship to disc release schedule for anime. By the time a couple discs are out, the only people who even notice more discs coming out are the people already buying them. Even I often forget shows exist unless I’m watching/buying them and I record them all in my spreadsheet. Disc releases are only going to be an event when a show is already very popular.

              I think relevance time requires not just additional disc releases of a show that’s already finished airing, but the production of legitimately new content. More manga, additions to a mobage, new CD releases, etc. Releasing discs for three additional months while doing nothing else with a franchise probably won’t result in much.

              All just guesses on my part though.

            • something something says:

              Oh and as for advertisements, my understanding is that late night DVD/BDs are rarely advertised on TV, except during other late night shows that nobody is watching. Committees often just advertise *their own* shows during late night slots, since it’s not like anyone is clamoring for 1AM ad space.

              You’d be more likely to see the adverts online, or like on the side of a shop in Akiba. Advertising for niche stuff like this is very limited because everyone who would ever possibly consider buying it is already well aware of it.

              • AholePony says:

                Makes sense. We only see “Now on BD/DVD!!!” ads here in the states for the really big stuff (Star Wars) most of the time, or for Disney/Pixars and IP like that. I figure it has to happen sometimes even with anime in Japan but it could be quite rare indeed. I also wonder where these Box sets like the Gun x Sword set are advertised to get the sales they do. That’s a series that’s long long past relevance but somehow they got 5k+ ppl to buy the box set. I’m guessing those late-night ad slots, circulars/emails from the likes of Animate, and a few other outlets must get the job done.

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