Fun With Numbers: Some Visuals and Thoughts on Light/Serial Novel Adaptations from 2010-2016

Compared to manga adaptations and original anime, which tend to be all over the map, I used to view light novel adaptations as more of a solved problem – popular light novels almost always become popular anime. However, in the past couple of years I’ve seen that rule broken several times, and it’s worth it to go back and examine the data, especially as the slant of adaptations in the year 2016 was not only unprecedented, but also looks to perhaps be the start of a trend.

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Weekly Manga Sales Charts for 2016

These are the weekly manga sales charts for the first four months in 2016, via myanimelist news, continued from the 2015 post. If you want more recent data, there’s plenty of places where charts are available (eg. ann, the mal news forum I get them from).

Format:

news post url
week of data
Place. [Weekly Sales] [Total Sales] [Series+volume #]

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Weekly Light Novel Sales Charts for 2016

These are the weekly light novel sales charts for 2016, via myanimelist news, continued from the 2015 post. If you want more recent data, there are other places where charts are available (e.g. the mal news forum I get them from).

Format:

news post url
week of data
Place. [Weekly Sales] [Total Sales] [Series+volume #]

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2016: Top 5 Anime

By the numbers, I watched a lot less anime and read a lot more manga in 2016 than I ever have before. I could say a lot about the manga I read (Paradise Residence and Salty Road were amazing in some very unique ways), but with anime, you get a complete product in about 3 months or less. So here’s what I watched and really enjoyed.

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Fun With Numbers: January 2017 Amazon Data (Initial Numbers)

Fun With Numbers: January 2017 Amazon Data (Initial Numbers)

This January continues a post-Christmas tradition of sales being depressed for a month or two, and that carries over to the number of releases due out this month. There’s only 21 anime titles, about half of what there would be in any other month. Not particularly exciting, but hey, it made the post easy to do!

Data was first taken on December 25th, 2016.

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The Attack on Titan TV Series Has Sold at Least 200,000 Copies in the U.S.

…And the Final Fantasy XV opened with 62,727 BDs sold (I didn’t track it because it’s not under amazon’s “Anime” tag, but that’s obviously not bad).

There’s new information on the U.S. anime sales long-term front. The BD sales chart for the week ending in October 9, 2016, is out, carrying with it a couple of pieces of juicy info buried beneath probable errors in Nash Info Services’ quality control.

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Fun With Numbers: December 2016 Amazon Data (Initial Numbers)

December is a light month for releases. Only 40, and only 4 of 39 with rank data available are even in 4-digit territory (and that’s counting the live-action Attack on Titan movie). Just as well, since the holiday surge in thresholds would make it impossible to get sales data for top releases anyway.

Data was first taken on November 20th, 2016.

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Fun With Numbers: November 2016 Amazon Data (Initial Numbers)

November has five Tuesdays in it, and so it kind of a big month for releases numbers-wise. But there’s a lot of re-releases and low-sales-tier stuff clogging the list of 50+ titles we’ve got here. The only release doing notably well for a start is Overlord, due out on Nov 8 and averaging maybe 50 preorder copies per day at the moment.

Also, I added Hana Yori Dango from late October to the tracking sample, as it was added too late to catch in my initial assessment of that set.

Data was first taken on October 24th, 2016.

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