Fun With Numbers: The February 2014 Amazon Experiment (Initial Numbers)

I present few results here; I’m mainly just laying the groundwork for something I hope will bear fruit at the end of the titular month.

As you may know, I’m very interested in the intricacies of the market for Region 1 anime releases, and I’ve looked at the problem from a few different angles. There are sources for this sort of thing, but I’d rather start building a cache of available numbers than just rely on word from ANNCast, likely reliable though it is, that certain series did “well” or “break-even”. This post is the raw beginnings of an approach on this problem, though at this phase of things I’m mainly interested in finding indicators that seem accurate.

Particularly, in this case, I’m going to study how the preorder figures (via rankings on amazon.com) for 10 anime boxes being released in February compare with what will presumably be their “peak” rank values immediately before, during, and after their release. I don’t expect to get anything definite just from looking at just these figures, even after getting the final totals. Rather, I’m looking for clues as to what amazon may be able to tell us about R1 popularity. Do amazon peak sales correlate well with myanimelist/anidb popularity and/or ranking, or is price a bigger factor?* Do amazon peak sales ever breach the top 1000 in amazon’s Movies/TV rankings, and if so, how often? Can a re-release of a discounted series (Strike Witches) beat out a new release of a series with a fair degree of western popularity (Kamisama Kiss) coming out on the same day? Do the early figures even roughly match what the final peak levels are? Hopefully, once I finish taking the rank data in 2 months, I will have hints as to how to attack some of these questions.

In any event, listed below are the titles of various releases, along with their release dates, MSRPs,  and current amazon movies/TV popularity ranking.

February 4th

Fairy Tail: Part 8 (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) (2009)
[$55; #10,122]

Akb0048 Next Stage: Season 2 [Blu-ray] (2013)
[$70; #131,007]

February 11th

Kamisama Kiss: The Complete Series (Blu0ray/DVD Combo) [Blu-ray]
[$55; #79,307]

Strike Witches: The Complete Second Season S.A.V.E. (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) (2010)
[$25; #59,459]

Strike Witches: The Complete First Season S.A.V.E. (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) (2008)
[$25; #67,459]

February 18th

Robotics;Notes – Part One [Blu-ray]
[BD only, $65; #87,211]

Robotics;Notes – Part One [Blu-ray]
[Combo pack, $70; #38,475]

Jormungand: The Complete First Series (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) (2012)
[$65; #34,337]

Jormungand: Complete Second Season [Blu-ray]
[$65; #41,077]

Hidamari Sketch: Season 1 [Blu-ray]
[$60; #85,720]

February 25th

K – Complete Series [Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo] (2014)
[$70; #31,944]

*If by some coincidence it’s critical/casual slants, in either direction, I reserve the right to open every future FWN post with that one gif of Free’s ED.

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