Ranking summary for the weeks of 2019 10/14, 10/21, 10/28

The following rankings have been updated to reflect the available data through the weeks mentioned above.

» 2000-Present, TV Anime Sales over 10k
» 2000-Present, Long-running franchises, Average and Per-volume sales
» TV Anime, All Re-releases
» Box Office Gross, TV Anime Adaptations
» Series Data – Quick View

» 2018 Total Average Sales Ranking
» 2018 Per-volume Sales Ranking

» 2019 Total Average Sales Ranking
» 2019 Per-volume Sales Ranking
» 2019 Spring Seasonal Vol 1 Rankings
» 2019 Summer Seasonal Vol 1 Rankings

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4 Responses to “Ranking summary for the weeks of 2019 10/14, 10/21, 10/28”

  1. Gin-san says:

    Since you don’t post weekly sales anymore,can you tell me of a website where they post it? also manga sales other than oricon. I noticed that MAL and animenewsnetwork have stopped doing it.

    • something says:

      I don’t know of any English language sites that post weeklies anymore. I get the Oricon leaks from a Chinese site. I run a search like this: http://tieba.baidu.com/f/search/res?ie=utf-8&qw=%E3%80%90%E5%91%A8%E6%A6%9C%E5%8D%95%E3%80%912019%E5%B9%B4 and try to find the posts when they go up, based on the date. When they do get posted, they’re just as screenshots of the Oricon Youtaiju charts. So not only is it in Japanese, it’s a non-searchable screenshot.

      There are no companies other than Oricon that report manga sales. Manga rankings are pretty useless nowadays anyway, with such a significant portion of the market having already gone digital (and thus unreported in sales charts).

  2. Ilikepie says:

    Manga digital sales dont seem as significant as theyre made out to be in Japan, The physical market still dominates by a lot. I’m sure that some publishers have a higher % of digital sales vs physical sales than others, but if you take something like shueisha for example, the circulation numbers for series are starting to include digital sales along with them, and even including digital, the numbers aren’t much higher than what we see the series selling in Oricon charts.

    Take SPYxFAMILY for example, its a new hit series thats publishes chapters online. You’d expect most of its sales to be in digital, but just a few days ago we got a new circulation number (+digital) of 1 million copies. Now looking at SxF in the oricon sales charts, it has sold roughly 726k copies. Given that this sales and not prints, we can give a good estimation that the number of physical prints is ~800k… meaning that digital only encompasses.. 20% of the series circulation (25% at best).

    This is for a series that leans more on the digital side to boot. Other new big name manga series, like Demon Slayer and The Promised Neverland for example, have it even more scewed towards physical sales. Heck, old timers like One Piece even have its digital volumes delayed just so it can get a bit more physical sales.

    Of course the sources that we have for digital sales aren’t much, and as I said I’m sure other publishers would have things favoring digital more, but it must be said that in no way shape or form are physical manga sales insignificant, it’s still nowhere near that stage as of yet.

    Granted, this doesn’t apply to anime sales as much since there are other factors like streaming sites becoming much bigger that contribute much more to declining physical sales.

    Source for SxF circulation number: https://twitter.com/SHIHEILIN/status/1196081900739162112?s=19

    • something says:

      “Manga digital sales dont seem as significant as theyre made out to be in Japan”
      There’s data on this already, I’ve seen multiple stories but this is the one I have handy: https://hon.jp/news/1.0/0/21536
      There are four categories there. Print volumes (blue), digital volumes (green), print magazines (orange), digital magazines (red).

      When it comes to volumes/tankoubon, digital passed print back in 2017 and the gap widened considerably in 2018. The situation is much different when it comes to magazine sales, which are still overwhelmingly sold as print. Nobody has made much of a push into digital sales for the periodical magazines. However, because manga sales are reported from volume sales, when we talk about sales we’re talking about the volumes, and there digital has taken the lead.

      “but it must be said that in no way shape or form are physical manga sales insignificant”
      This is not at all what I was claiming though. Physical is approximately half the overall market. My point was specifically that Oricon kinda sucks for tracking manga (even though, yes, it’s the only thing we have!). A large part of that is because it’s missing the digital revolution, but even before digital rose in the last few years, the gaps between Oricon data and actual publisher numbers were often very large, particularly for slow-burn titles. High weekly thresholds plus the sheer number of manga on sale in any given week means that the long tail of sales tends to get missed, and it’s particularly bad for anything niche. For example, the two publishers I care most about are Houbunsha (with the Kirara-brand slice of life series) and Ichijinsha (for Comic Yuri Hime), and almost none of their series ever rank at all, and yet they publish a bunch of manga and stay in business. But if you just looked at the weekly Oricon data you’d expect neither of them could exist.

      I know that many people who follow manga sales are primarily interested in mainstream Jump titles, but that can result in a skewed perception of both the market and the state of sales reporting. Shueisha in particular isn’t going to be representative of the market writ large when it comes to digital adoption.

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