Higashimura Akiko on Manben (English Subtitles)

Just the subtitle file for the episode of Urasawa Naoki’s Manben featuring Manga Taisho recipient Higashimura Akiko. They comment on footage the crew took of Higashimura’s studio, mainly captured on the deadline day for her newer series, Yukibana no Tora. It also discusses Higashimura’s other work, particularly Kakukaku Shikajika.


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Fun With Numbers: A Third Week and More Testing

Part 3 of an ongoing project to investigate what correlation, if any, exists between the amazon rank for US anime releases and their actual sales.

When I first conceived of this little amazon tracking expedition, I envisioned it as a 3-4 week excursion at most. At the time I was pulling up numbers individually and inputting them into spreadsheets, and it seemed like it would be a stretch to do so for a prolonged period of time. All the more so because this would be happening in September of 2015, one of the largest months I’ve ever tracked containing a massive total of 44 releases. Add in the 22 releases on the special list, and that’s a few minutes a day more than I was used to spending on this little sub-hobby.

To make the task significantly less obtrusive, I wrote a script that does the retrievals for me at a leisurely pace of one page rank per second (so as not to appear as an attack on amazon’s servers). This has since paid exponential dividends, saving me hours over the course of a month and making it possible to continue long-term tracking in perpetuity. And as this week’s worth of data (from 9/7-9/13) shows, it will be very helpful to have those extra datapoints.

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Fun With Numbers: Vampire Hunter D’s Rerelease Sold 777 Copies in Week 3

Vampire Hunter D’s rerelease sold 743 BDs and 34 DVDs in its third week on sale (9/7/2015-9/13/2015), for a total of 777 copies sold. That’s down about 35% from last week, but still a fair amount of copies added. This brings the 3-week total to 4115 copies sold.

I’ll be formally reporting on this release for another 2 weeks, after which I’ll fold it into my special amazon tracking posts.

A source pic is included after the jump.

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Fun With Numbers: Special Amazon Tracking and Week-to-Week Changes

Part 2 of an ongoing project to investigate what correlation, if any, exists between the amazon rank for US anime releases and their actual sales.

In the previous week’s data, I discovered a general pattern for how series ranking in the #1k-#40k range on amazon were selling, as well as indications that amazon tends to undersell how well DVDs are performing.

In looking at the second week of data, I’m interested in answering two questions related to the strength of that finding.

1) Does the general correlation between ranks and sales found last week still remain in this week’s data?

2) Do changes in the rank of a specific release correlate with an increase/decrease of actual sales, as we would expect they might?

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Fun With Numbers: One Week of Amazon/Sales Correlations

One my long-term goals with this site is to gain as much insight into the current state of home video sales in the US anime industry as I can. To that end, I’ve been tracking monthly releases and how they rank on amazon, as well as the sales totals for those that make the Nash Information Services charts. Recently, I’ve stepped up my efforts with a script that makes it efficient to track large numbers of releases and access to the full Nash DB via OpusData. In particular, I’ve had my eye on a bunch of releases in the database which are still moving copies on amazon, and thus offer an opportunity to check the correlation between amazon ranks and sales at various levels of success.

Now that the Nash Information Services database has been updated with data for that week, we can start to take those numbers and try to dissect what they mean. As a happy accident, Vampire Hunter D’s rerelease charted in the same week and we can include that bit of data from late-August tracking as well.

Before we start on the new data, I’d like to emphasize at the outset that I’ve learned from looking at their full database that Nash Info doesn’t always track releases, even when they nominally fit the qualifications to be tracked, TV or movie or otherwise. This solves a lot of issues (see Steins;Gate box, Space Dandy) which faced previous tracking assumptions.

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Fun With Numbers: Vampire Hunter D’s Rerelease Sold 1191 Copies in Week 2

Vampire Hunter D’s rerelease added quite a few more copies in its second week on sale – 1137 BDs and 54 DVDs. The movie’s 2-week total is now up to 3338 copies.

Average amazon ranks for the two totals are #402 (BD) and #6904 (DVD). This will be the last time for a few weeks I’ll be able to compare amazon rankings to sales for this particular release, due to my own oversight in tracking.

A source pic is included after the jump.

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Fun With Numbers: October 2015 US Amazon Data (Initial Numbers)

The usual batch of amazon data for US anime releases planned for the month of October. This month is highlighted by a trio of heavyweights; Omoide no Marnie, Fukkatsu no F, and the one Naruto Movie with the deceptive title. Normally it’d just be worth celebrating a chance of seeing one of them chart, but we’ll likely have numbers for all 3 this time around now that I’m using the full Nash Info database.

Two notes – one, Sasami-san’s DVD version actually came out in July of 2014, but I’m tracking it here because I usually like to examine how the companion product does when an alternate version comes out. Second, as of this week I’ve added Vampire Hunter D to the full-time special target tracking list, which I’m likely to maintain in perpetuity.

[The data seen below was taken on September 28th.]

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Fun With Numbers: Vampire Hunter D’s Rerelease Sold 2147 Copies on Week 1

The Nash Information Services database is now current for BD and DVD sales in the week ending in August 30th of this year. Though Vampire Hunter D’s BD rerelase (with a sprinkling of DVDs on top) didn’t make the top 20 that week, it was in the Nash database, and its average ranking of #177 on amazon ended up translating into 2147 total copies sold (2048 BD+99 DVD).

Thanks to my new amazon data retrieval script, it was easy to track it for an extra week in a crowded month, so we’ll be able to compare these numbers with those for its second week when the Nash DB updates again. This is the first time I’ve gotten hard numbers for a Section 23 release, so that’s an interesting side-note.

A source pic is included after the jump.

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Obvious and Less-Obvious Issues With Anime’s Digital Transition (Arihara Seiji)

This is an editorial by Arihara Seiji, a veteran animator and director who worked for a quarter-century in the industry (at least a decade on each side of the year 2000), who writes about the tangible positives and some less-tangible negatives of the digital transition. This includes issues with a substantially less personal work environment, a more murky creative structure, and jobs being more vulnerable to outsourcing.

Original Article: http://anirepo.exblog.jp/259145

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On Production Committees and TV Anime

The following is an excerpt from a long, in-depth essay on the working conditions for animators in Japan and various cultural factors contributing to the problem. This particular section focuses on production committees – how they came about and why they put unions at a disadvantage in labor negotiations. Shoutout to longtime reader primadog for bringing the essay to my attention.

Other sections of this essay are interesting for a variety of reasons, though it’s by no means an easy read. Some neat information comes from the many sources it cites, such as this article with an animator’s perspective on the cel->digital transition or this one on animator wage scales. A tidbit from the latter source that comes up in the essay as an example of how the industry hasn’t always adjusted well to the digital transition – coloring is twice as efficient with digital equipment as it is with analog cels, but the people doing that job still get paid by the amount of frames done, so their wages have doubled more or less by accident.

Original Article: http://www.godo-shuppan.co.jp/img/kokai/kaisetsu_kokai.pdf

[Note: For context, the previous section mentioned a planned 1991 Ginza demonstration by anime workers.]

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