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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Slowing Things Down Until June

I really like the writing and analysis this blog gives me the platform to work on. But in the past 2-3 months, my life situation has been fairly overwhelming, in spite of some legitimately great things happening, stuff has overwhelmed me and I haven’t really had time to gather the data or sit down and write stuff up (as you can probably tell if you check in here semi-regularly). I still occasionally play with spreadsheets or bits of code on weekends, but stringing a coherent project together is beyond me. I keep sneaking looks at the dozen-or-so posts I have drafts of in my dash, but I just never have time to actually work on them. This situation seems like it’ll continue to be the way it is for at least the next month and a half. Basically, my available recreation time has shrunk and can only really support a half-dozen seasonal anime and the core group of manga* I import.

I’ll continue to do the monthly US amazon posts and data tracking, and I’ll update the manga/LN chart archives sometime after the end of April. Beyond that, there’s only one thing (a translation of an interview I found kinda fun) that I might end up posting prior to the end of May 2015. Long-term, though, I should be back in June with some real spare time and new stuff to write about.

*Amanchu, Billy Bat, Ace of the Diamond, Kaiji, Akagi, Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii, Giant Killing, and Yesterday wo Utatte if v11 ever comes out.

ICYMI: Highlight Posts of 2014

Just though I’d toss this up here. I had a lot of fun writing/researching stuff this year, and I hope people found the content here useful or at least fun. Here’s an icymi list of links to some of my personal favorite 2014 pieces:

https://animetics.net/2014/01/27/fun-with-numbers-the-relatively-predictable-light-novel-adaptation-market/

https://animetics.net/2014/02/07/fun-with-numbers-expect-to-see-sequels-drop-off-in-sales/

https://animetics.net/2014/02/08/fun-with-numbers-do-elements-of-ecchi-contentfanservice-provide-a-boost-for-blockbuster-shows/

https://animetics.net/2014/02/27/game-like-a-statistician-cave-storys-stone-shower/

https://animetics.net/2014/03/18/fun-with-numbers-blood-c-and-malleable-movie-price-points/

https://animetics.net/2014/05/08/fun-with-numbers-game-time-in-anime/

https://animetics.net/2014/07/05/fun-with-numbers-shogakukans-non-homegrown-power-pair/

https://animetics.net/2014/07/08/fun-with-numbers-print-boosts-effect-on-sequel-odds/

https://animetics.net/2014/07/16/fun-with-numbers-the-non-cancellation-of-popular-manga-post-anime/

https://animetics.net/2014/08/01/fun-with-numbers-a-good-summer-for-hot-cocoa/

https://animetics.net/2014/09/05/no-name-banknotes-under-the-dogs-encouraging-success/

https://animetics.net/2014/09/10/fun-with-numbers-the-big-range-of-big-underestimates-in-oricon-weekly-manga-totals/

https://animetics.net/2014/09/24/timeslot-history-anime-on-tv-tokyo-1994-2000/

https://animetics.net/2014/10/15/kishi-seijis-rough-road/

https://animetics.net/2014/11/07/active-engagement-through-timed-comments-ping-pong-the-animation/

https://animetics.net/2014/12/20/fun-with-numbers-line-theory-101/

And also, if you haven’t read the first magazine article I scanned this year – Amos Wong’s Satelight piece – I highly recommend you do so. It was pretty informative regarding the politics of early CGI in animation, still probably my favorite one I scanned. I count myself as lucky I happened upon that particular page of that particular NTUSA issue while browsing a used bookstore; odds are the other 250-something scans of articles on this site don’t happen otherwise.

Added a Page to Archive US Amazon Data

I’ve been tracking US amazon data for a little over six months now, but I haven’t really been doing more than that and some basic fitting. I added a page to the main site that puts all the links to the data in one place and makes it theoretically easier to check on a given release/month. The archive starts from March of 2014, and you can check it out here┬áif you are so inclined.