Notice: Conclusion of US Amazon Tracking Project

I’m ending the US Amazon anime tracking project as of this month (i.e. September 2017 will be the last month I track). It had a good 3+ year run, and I learned a lot. Mainly, though, I just don’t feel like continuing it anymore. It was always a personal interest project and the interest is no longer there.

Posts, docs, and this blog will remain up indefinitely, and I may decide to post here from time to time, but I have no plans to do anything here in the immediate future.

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

Here are the releases currently scheduled for September. It’s a pretty light month, with only 20 releases and nothing starting out in triple digits. Gakkou Gurashi/School-Live’s LE release was pushed back a month again, after originally being scheduled for release in July 2017.

Ok, serious time for a second. This might be the last month I collect this data. There’s no technical issue, I’m just rapidly losing interest in the project and it doesn’t seem to be useful to anyone else. If I’m wrong about that second part, please tell me.

Data was first taken on August 28th, 2017.

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One Punch Man Sold 13,289 Copies in Week 1

One Punch Man sold 13,289 copies in week 1 (the week ending in April 30th, 2017), all of which were BD/DVD combos. It’s not a surprising figure, given the high level of popularity the series enjoys in the US. Source here, photo evidence after the jump.

Digimon tri’s release week data will be coming out soon. I’m waiting with baited breath, hoping for an appearance in the top 20. It’s going to be close, and depend heavily on thresholds.

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Naruto Shippuden Uncut Set 30 and Boruto Movie US Sales Figures

I went combing through the US BD/DVD charts for April, and I found a pair of interesting results. First, the Boruto movie sold 19,617 copies (10,421 DVDs, 9196 BDs) in its first week out. Second, the 30th DVD box set for Naruto Shippuden, which came out on April 4th, sold 11,532 copies in its first week, 30,900 copies over 3 weeks.

Note that the 30th box set is labelled as Naruto Shippuden the Movie, but no Shippuden movie was released in early April 2017, while the 30th box set was. This would not be the first or the tenth labeling error the Nash DB would have made with regards to anime.

Source pics after the jump.

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

August is another light month, with 26 total releases. The only particularly interesting release is Shokugeki no Souma (starting at 21432/7161). World War Blue didn’t rank on DVD until my second day tracking it (July 25th). Amazonj stopped labeling releases as BDs or DVDs in the title, so I labeled em all as [BD], [DVD], or [BD/DVD] myself.

Data was first taken on July 24th, 2017.

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Amanchu/Suzuki Eri Birthday Event Summary and Second Season Speculation

I attended a live event at the Shinjuku Piccadilly on the 22nd of June celebrating voice actress Suzuki Eri’s birthday. As she voiced one of the lead characters in Amanchu, they also screened several of her favorite episodes of the show. Director Sato Junichi, as well as VAs Itou Shizuka, Kayano Ai, and Oonishi Saori also showed up. Here’s a summary of my notes from the event, followed by some speculation about a not-quite announcement made at the end.

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

There are only 34 new releases in the anime tag for June, at most. I’m not sure if it will stay that way, as Amazon has made some changes and listing choices which make it generally more of a pain in the ass to pull data:

-The Origin movie special edition, slated for June 27th according to Funimation’s website, is not given a release date on Amazon and is listed in “Industrial & Scientific” rather than “Movies & TV”, as Dimension W was for a short time last month. Its ranking will be meaningless so long as it remains in that category, but I’ll keep an eye on it to see if it switches.

-Gakkou Gurashi and Chivalry of a Failed Knight have Collector’s Editions coming out a month after the main release, and thus were not in chronological release order. I’m lucky I checked the full list of upcoming releases, which I will continue to do to try and nip future instances of this in the bud.

-YGO: Dark Side of Dimensions has 3 editions, a DVD, a BD, and a pricier BD, but the pricer BD didn’t rank as of yet and caused an error in my tracking system for the first 2 days, causing me to miss that, the Gakkou Gurashi releases, and Origin data until May 31st. Hopefully that’s not a major issue, but I marked where I use May 31st data like so: [$60 (-33%); 97780]*

-2 May releases, a Lupin movie and SeHa Girls, were added after the May data was taken, so I’m including them here.

Data was first taken on May 29th, 2017, except for the last 5 entries.

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