So, um, it’s almost well into May and I’ve been molasses with updates, being busy in a good way in life and other hobbies. I kept up the tracking and the data doesn’t change, so I was never particularly motivated to sit down and finish this up. Even though it contains 4 weeks of a new volume (Eva 3.33) selling fairly well, and all. It’s here now, though.
One thing I should mention above the cut: this will be the last of this particular genre of posts. I commited myself when I started that I would keep doing this so long as it didn’t personally cost me any money, and nash info made some changes to the opusdata free trial setup that will make it difficult to keep getting one each week, so actually getting the data each week via a paid account would cost upwards of $200/yr. Not really an amount I’m personally willing to pay for access to an obviously incomplete database (it’d be a different calculus if they actually tracked anime TV shows and less-popular movies, and didn’t outright make mistakes on occasion).
Case in point, the BD data for the last week (the one ending on March 6) outright did not update, staying displayed as the values for the previous week. I’d deal with that sort of human-error hassle for free, but I wouldn’t pay money to handle it.
Because of a glitch in the New Years’ DVD data that I caught late and took some time to correct on the figures, this post was delayed. But it’s here now, and we’re getting into what is most definitely the post-holiday set of data.
Here are the anime DVDs and Blu-Rays coming out this March in the US, as listed on amazon in late February. Mostly a blah month, only thing I would note is the release of Psycho-Pass 2, about 2 years after the original in March 2014. Both RE parts of the first season were extremely discounted from the get-go and started at #3923/#4376, and the part 1 LE started at #32,790. In comparison, the RE for season 2 is slightly less discounted and opens at a very similar #4169, while the LE is a bit worse at #84,957 (the dead zone, basically). The second season was pretty widely panned upon release, so if it puts up similar numbers to the first, that result would say something interesting about who maybe bought and is buying the show.
When I was wrapping up last week’s post, I thought the delays in the Nash database on account of the holiday season were almost over. Turns out, after the BD data update covered in this post on February 3rd, the corresponding DVD update took 15 days. Hoo boy. Maybe there were errors in processing that took time to clean up, or getting every retailer under their umbrella to summarize reports on bargain bin DVDs liquidated this week just took that long. Either way, it’s here, looking much the same as it has in previous weeks.
I took some time recently to look at my favorite anime and suss out a top 20. Always an enjoyable exercise. Also included some brief comments on each one, for anyone who’s curious about that sort of thing.
Unlike a pretty blah January, February 2016 promises to see plenty of action – the long-awaited release of the third Evangelion rebuild, a Pokemon film trilogy cracking the overall top-200 2 weeks out, another rename/pushback for the Tokyo Ghoul collectors’ edition.
Also, initial prospects for fan favorites Shirobako and Free look pretty darn grim, with both showing close to no interest a few weeks prior to release. In Free’s case, I expected this based on how s1 did and what I saw of how the dub track was received. Shirobako comes as more of a surprise – Hanayamata and Locodol were doing similarly at a similar point last month. Both of the latter are good shows in their own right, mind, just with seemingly much smaller international fanbases. We’ll if any of them improve notably throughout the month.