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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. smars says:

    Are sales info for Fall 2020 coming soon?

  2. something says:


    Finally put the Fall 2020 Vol. 1 page up.

    Haven’t done the full site update yet.

  3. something says:

    Site’s finally gotten a full update again, through the week of Jan 18-24 (most recent data released).


  4. Cindy says:

    Hi, I wonder where did you find these data? Thanks

    • something says:

      The data originates with a company called Oricon. It’s found via various online forms where it’s leaked; currently I find it on some Chinese forum called Baidu, since the other places that used to post it don’t anymore.

  5. something says:

    So for anyone wondering, the Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Ressha-hen movie debuted at 1,310,783

    351,326 RE BD
    338,016 LE BD
    456,909 RE DVD
    164,532 LE DVD

    The only anime release we know for sure debuted higher is Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi (Spirited Away), which sold 1.42m DVDs and approximately 1.1m VHS for 2.5m first week. We do not have weekly numbers for VHS (that I’ve been able to find) but 1.1m should be about right based on its yearly total, and taking the same percentage of that as made up DVD’s first week vs its yearly total.

    The only other release of any kind that we know opened higher is the first Frozen, which debuted at 1.56m.

    This is the list of all known releases, anime or otherwise, to sell over 1 million in their original release (re-releases excluded) in Japan:
    4,117,611 – Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi [2002 VHS/DVD]
    2,509,929 – Frozen [2014 BD]
    1,820,000 – Finding Nemo [2002 VHS/DVD] (*estimate thru early 2017)
    1,375,090 – Howl no Ugoku Shiro [2005 DVD]
    1,310,783 – Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Ressha-hen [2021 BD/DVD] (through 1 week)
    1,077,143 – Mononoke-hime [1998 VHS/LD]

    I don’t *think* there are any live action/concert discs that have crossed a million, but perhaps there’s a few. Most of the sources I can find are just focused on animation.

    Including re-releases the list is:
    4,227,020 – Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi [VHS/DVD/BD]
    2,543,545 – Frozen [BD]
    2,250,000 – Finding Nemo [VHS/DVD/BD] (*estimate thru early 2017)
    2,031,813 – Tonari no Totoro [VHS/Beta/LD/VHD/DVD/BD]
    1,550,000 – Monsters Inc. [VHS/DVD/BD] (*estimate thru mid 2016)
    1,537,301 – Mononoke-hime [VHS/LD/DVD/BD]
    1,397,473 – Howl no Ugoku Shiro [DVD/BD]
    1,310,783 – Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Ressha-hen [BD/DVD] (through 1 week)
    1,146,013 – Tenkuu no Shiro Laputa [VHS/Beta/LD/VHD/DVD/BD]

    Keep in mind that the older a release is, the larger a percentage of its actual sales are accounted for. For a particularly extreme example, according to Wikipedia, Mononoke-hime had already sold 4.4m by 2007, based on its original 1998 VHS/LD release and its 2001 DVD re-release. That’s a huge difference from the 1.54m number we have. Totoro is also up to at least 5.5m based on shipment numbers that aren’t even complete, so I’d bet it’s closer to 6m now. By comparison, the numbers for the two recent releases (Frozen and Kimetsu) should be significantly closer to reality than all the titles from the early 00s and before, especially since VHS/LD/Beta/VHD data was before Oricon times. Unfortunately, we can only work with the data we have. Just know there’s a big asterisk attached to any release more than like 10-15 years old.

  6. Vic says:

    Hi, just wanted to say thank you for introducing me to Kiara! Love her streams and appreciate your play-by-play on twitter of her streams, don’t always have time to watch her so it’s nice to have brief synopses.

    • something says:

      I don’t feel like I actually tweet live about her streams much but I suppose that’s just compared to how much I used to live-tweet about anime lol. In any case, great to hear you got into her streams, she’s definitely my favorite.

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