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.
Due to regrettable, frustrating human error, there will be about a week-long gap in the database from October 1st-7th, 2016, though I have partial data for the October-release set. Data collection will otherwise continue as normal.
Just some stuff on what I’m doing right now.
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.
Animetics sits down to talk about anime before going into our latest manga obsession, Kiss Him, Not Me!
Read it here!
Added the charts from September-December 2014 to both chart archives, which are now complete for that year. Will update them again in 4 months, and presumably do a full recollection of the boosts 2014 adaptations induced a short while after that.
Just a quick heads up that my chart archives for both manga and light novels have been updated through the month of August.
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 if you are so inclined.
Various people involved with Digi Charat talk about Dejiko’s evolution from Koge-Donbo illustration to mascot character.