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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.

1,226 Responses to “Posting Schedule and Open Discussion”

  1. something says:

    TV Anime, All Re-releases (boxes, re-issued singles, other)

    This used to be the BD Box ¥100m+ list, but I’ve totally overhauled it to cover far more information. See the Notes at the top of the page for more details.

  2. steenspring says:

    Don’t know if you care anymore or how long it will last, but Kirara Fantasia doesn’t seem to be region locked anymore.

    • something says:

      Even if they (temporarily) remove the region block, they’ve apparently killed emulators, so I still wouldn’t be able to play. Honestly I give up, they’re spending more energy on preventing people from playing their game than anything else.

  3. Anon says:

    CG Theaters S3 BDs have gone up for preorders. The first volume comes with a raffle for the 6thLIVE at Seibu’s Dome (capacity: 33K) and the second one for the live at Nagoya’s Dome (40K). And while most people will try their luck with the music CDs, since they are way cheaper, I think it’s safe to assume this short anime will be one of the top sellers of the summer season, just like the first season last year (same methodology and all that).

    • something says:

      Hm, I think I’ll be surprised if it does the crazy 44k of s1v1 but these sound like much bigger events than the s2 tickets so it ought to land somewhere between. Unless the cheaper CDs cannibalize all of the BD ticket possibilities.

      • Anon says:

        To put it into perspective, S1 had a lottery for two lives at SSA (22K capacity) and S2 for two lives/talkshows at Maihama’s Amphitheater (only 2K).
        This time they’ll be doing four shows in baseball stadiums (two at Seibu, two at Nagoya) but I have to agree, even with the bigger lives I doubt v1 will reach those 44K but this raffle also includes a lottery for 20 special seats, that might secure the high numbers for the BDs.

  4. Siliziumleben says:

    Seems like the Phantom in the Twilight BDs have been cancelled and it seems no Box set has been announced as of now.
    I remember some stuff switching from singles to box sets or getting delayed until further notices, but I think there are not that much cases where a release gets completely cancelled. I think I am aware of only one case.

    Would be really interesting to know what happened behind the scenes or if pre orders have been too low, but that did not prevent other stuff to get their releases.

    • something says:

      Interesting. The committee is unusual in that it seems to be just one company (Happy Elements Asia Pacific) that I’ve never heard of before but is apparently the game publisher. The BDs were to be published and distributed by NBC Universal, who at least according to Ultimatemegax’s spreadsheet isn’t on the committee.

      It’s still more likely than not that a box will crop up at some point, unless the relationship with NBC Universal just totally fell through I guess.

  5. something says:

    Site was down for some days because my hosting provider disabled the site for having too much load (how I don’t know, considering this is such a small-time site),and leaving absolutely no intelligible instructions for how to undo that. They also suggested a move to a different hosting plan they offer as a potential fix, and *that* was a whole terrible adventure in and of itself because some obscure setting in one of my plugins decided to make the site show up as blank for a day or so.

    Anyway, that was rather obnoxious. But it’s back.

    • Progeusz says:

      Glad to have you back, something!

      Fingers crossed they won’t cause any more issues in the future because they seem like quite a problematic provider. I remember they weren’t very helpful in the past either.

    • AnimePhoenix says:

      Glad to see you back and I really hope it always stays up!

  6. Brandon says:

    I see translated things like “Initial Benefits” and “Every time privilege” and I dont really quite get what that all means. Does this mean that if you preorder too late you could just get a regular blu-ray containing just the “Every time privilege”?

    • something says:

      Sounds like a machine translation so I’m not sure what exactly is meant. Do you have the original JP or a link or something to the item in question?

      But if you’re talking about BDs, the “limited” edition is usually, effectively, the only edition. If you buy an LE then that’s what you’re going to get. You won’t see it gets replaced by a “regular” edition or anything. But in extremely rare cases there may be “first edition” bonuses that are indeed limited.

      • Brandon says:

        It is a machine translation, and all 3 official websites for a few shows I was interested all have the translation.




        Machine translation aside, each show seems to specifically have a section laid out under “initial benefit” and “every time privilege”

        The initial benefit lists basically what you want, I just dont get why under “every time privilege”

        I went ahead and got my preorders in for Uzamaid and Bloom Into You, im sure its fine, but im still really curious whats the deal.

        For example on Uzamaid this is the translation im seeing

        Initial production benefits

        ① Character design · Jun Yamazaki drawn down Digipak
        ② Special CD 1 (Original Sound Track) UPDATE
        ③ Special clear case
        ④ Special leaflet
        ⑤ Made secret material of our maid ① (set · original picture collection)
        ⑥ End card port rate

        Every time privilege

        ① Audio commentary –
        ②Web notice
        ③ Non credit OP, ED
        ④ Picture Label

        Confused lol

        • something says:

          Ah I wouldn’t worry about it. They talk about it as if it’s a “first press” limited bonus but… it’s really not limited. You could buy it in two years and get everything.

          The only things that are ever potentially limited are store-exclusive bonuses. Sometimes individual stores get externally attached physical bonuses that have limited quantities. But everything you listed is for the core release, so whenever you order it, you’ll get it.

          (Note, I can say this confidently having bought well over a thousand of the things, but of course there’s always a tiny possibility that some release or another is going to be an exception. So keep that in mind. But it’s very very unlikely.)

          • Brandon says:

            Alright, that makes the most sense. I may pick up Ms. Vampire now that I know there is nothing to be concerned with.

  7. HoHo says:

    Where can I find information about BD/DVD prediction? I’m currently more interested about Zombieland Saga and Goblin Slayer.

    • something says:

      It’s just a news aggregation blog. They reposting stuff from 2ch/5ch for the most part.

      • HoHo says:

        Ah! my bad. I used wrong word. I actually mean the info about sale from that site.

        Anyway, I’m glad to see that the info is correct. :D

        • something says:

          Oh, just to be clear then, Pripri (like Stalker and mingzuozhibi before it) doesn’t report sales, only estimates. So any number you see there is their guess at what Oricon will report.

  8. bitcomet says:

    Is Oricon on break this week?

    • something says:

      Yeah, latest update on youtaiju is still dated 12/31 (week of 12/17-12/23). I guess we’ll see both next week.

  9. something says:

    I’m not sure why MAL didn’t post the sales this week, but a lot of v1s came out on the week of the 28th. I updated my spreadsheet, so the Summer and Fall 2018 v1s pages are current, just FYI.

    1,545 – Irozuku Sekai no Ashita kara
    12,222 – Sword Art Online: Alicization
    4,180 – Golden Kamuy 2nd Season
    1,049 – Senran Kagura Shinovi Master: Tokyo Youma-hen
    645 – Uchi no Maid ga Uzasugiru!
    205 – Uchuu Senkan Tiramisù II
    6,101 – Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken
    198 – Muhyo to Rouji no Mahouritsu Soudan Jimusho
    78 – Tsukumogami Kashimasu

  10. Hey someanithing,

    I really like this site and all the data you’ve compiled here.

    Would you be interested in integrating a visualization tool to your website? (completely free, not trying to make a sale)

    I’m creating something right now and would love to show you if you’re interested.


    • something says:

      This site is pretty much in maintenance mode at this point – I update the rankings every few weeks, but I am not currently looking to add any new pages or features. Also the site isn’t really set up in a way where I could make any use of such tools. I don’t have all the sales info in a database or anything – it’s just a big spreadsheet on my computer. I then use some Excel formulas to format the data for the various charts and manually paste it in. So, thanks, but I’m not looking to do anything new around here at this point.

      • Ah okay I gotcha. I actually already setup a database for the data you have on this site so you wouldn’t have to worry about any of that.

        I have the site here now and would love for you to check it out!

        If you like it, would you care to put a link to it on this site? I think we can do something really cool with all the data you’ve collected.

  11. Blue mouser says:

    Thank you for keeping the site updated even if sporadically when you have the time. Much appreciated. I read that my fav anime this spring and summer season, Kimetsu no Yaiba did well in BD sales. As you pointed out this is not as strong an indicator of popularity like in the past. Given the incredible job UFOtable is doing animating this series, I think it’s good for the series and may help to provide more incentive for the second season!

    • something says:

      Yeah it debuted at 11,594 which was quite surprising. There is an event ticket, though, and it’s 11 volumes long, so I expect it’ll drop fairly heavily by the end. Nonetheless, it’s a very strong opening.

      • Blue mouser says:

        Looks like volume 1 is still selling a little each week. Expect that fire force and esp dr stone will blow these numbers out of the water. Still am glad to see that this anime that was under the radar for so long is getting some love and support. Esp with some of the reviewers on some of the bigger anime blogger sites writing condescend to unrelenting critical reviews on this anime. Again, thank you, thank you so much for keeping the sales data updated!

        • something says:

          Dr. Stone and Enen no Shouboutai are both estimated at well under 1k, so you shouldn’t expect them to sell much of anything. They don’t need to, though (especially Dr. Stone). BDs aren’t the focus.

  12. Zhou says:

    Since even ANN isn’t reporting on weekly BD, DVD and manga sales anymore (did they cancel their Oricon subscription or something?), could someone please point me towards a website that does that?

    • something says:

      I’m not aware of any remaining sources in English (to be fair, I’ve not actually tried to find one), but your best bet is to go to the Chinese site, it’s where I get the charts.

      1. Go to http://tieba.baidu.com/f/search/res?ie=utf-8&qw=

      2. Search for the latest report date in this format: 【周榜单】yyyymd日付
      Note: Always click the white button that says 全吧搜索. I’m not sure what the difference is but it brings up the right results, blue button usually does not. Also note, sometimes you have to run the search twice before you get the most recent results.

      3. Note that Oricon reports a) start on a Monday and b) are always dated for two Mondays after the Monday that the reporting period started. For example, last week’s report for Monday July 29 through Sunday August 4th (which had data released on Tuesday, August 6th) wasn’t 【周榜单】2019年7月29日付, it was 【周榜单】2019年8月12日付.

      4. This means you’d search http://tieba.baidu.com/f/search/res?ie=utf-8&qw=【周榜单】2019年8月12日付

      To see next week’s sales you’ll want to periodically search for http://tieba.baidu.com/f/search/res?ie=utf-8&qw=【周榜单】2019年8月19日付, which should be up some time Tuesday-ish, depending on your time zone.

      Of course the caveat here is that the post is a screenshot of the Oricon site, so it’s not in text format and it’s in Japanese.

  13. Derek says:

    Do you know what day volume sales updates get released for animes in Oricon (like for Kimetsu no Yaiba)?

    • something says:

      IIRC it’s something like 5PM Tuesday JST. I don’t necessarily check and update my spreadsheet for a few days tho, and I update all the charts here roughly once a month. I used to make dedicated posts every week, but don’t anymore.

      • Derek Feliu says:

        Ahhh, gotcha. Thank you for the info. I was interested to see Kimetsu no yaiba’s volume 7 sales when it comes out on January 29th. That volume contains episode 18 & 19 (Episode 19 was really hyped), so I was interested to see how much units would be sold. I expect it to sell as much as the 1st or or even more. Thanks for the information again!

        • something says:

          Later volumes in a series generally do not sell more (regardless of the episodes they contain) unless there’s some additional exclusive bonus (event ticket, BD-exclusive episode, physical extras, etc). If there were a lot of people who liked that episode enough to buy the disc, they’ll typically have started buying from Vol 1, not just buy this one volume specifically.

          • Derek says:

            Oh ok, thank you for the info. I pretty much that would be the case for most series, since there is a usual general decline for volume sales (like Attack on Titan/Shingeki no Kyojin). That makes sense though that if people liked that episode that much that included a specific volume, they would buy the other volumes. Thank you for the info and your time, and thanks for your hard work even though your busy!

  14. EmperorCarl says:

    How little or how much do disc sales still matter?

    • something says:

      In a general sense, they matter increasingly less.

      Part of this is out of necessity, because if the video disc market is contracting, production committees have to adjust to that reality and alter how they balance revenue streams. That deprioritizes the importance of disc sales, which in theory reduces disc sales further, so it’s a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy.

      Part of it is because other revenue streams are becoming increasingly lucrative, particularly streaming. International streaming is by far the largest area of revenue growth for the industry, but domestic streaming in Japan keeps growing too, and now brings in more money than video discs. Cross-promotion with mobile games is also huge, and has led to companies like Cygames becoming major players in all aspects of the anime industry.

      Of course the effect of these shifts isn’t the same for all companies. If you’re a DVD/BD publisher and that’s all you do, and you don’t diversify into managing streaming rights or whatever else, you’re in trouble because discs still matter a lot and the physical market is never coming back. If you’re the company making figures and posters and shirts, you probably never cared much one way or the other how the discs sold.

      Overall, I recommend that people don’t focus all that much on disc sales anymore. They’re still useful in the sense that they’re one of the few readily available bits of data we have on the industry, but their ease of access shouldn’t be conflated with their importance. If you see a show selling a lot of discs, then sure, pay attention! But don’t write off a series with poor or middling disc sales either. That’s always been the case, but much moreso these days when disc revenue is such a small slice of the pie.

      • EmperorCarl says:

        >production committees have to adjust to that reality and alter how they balance revenue streams

        Do you mean that the DVD/BD publisher contributes less to the funding of the anime?

        • something says:

          It could mean that, or it could mean no disc publisher on the committee at all, or it could mean companies who only handled disc publishing in the past are now handling that *and* other rights, like streaming or mobage and so on.

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