It’s been a hectic month. I’ve been taking data regularly as always, but posts are going to be slower. Here’s the upcoming US BD/DVD slate for April.
The last two weeks of January show some continuing lower-than-expected sales figures, as a likely effect of holiday fatigue.
Because of a glitch in the New Years’ DVD data that I caught late and took some time to correct on the figures, this post was delayed. But it’s here now, and we’re getting into what is most definitely the post-holiday set of data.
Here are the anime DVDs and Blu-Rays coming out this March in the US, as listed on amazon in late February. Mostly a blah month, only thing I would note is the release of Psycho-Pass 2, about 2 years after the original in March 2014. Both RE parts of the first season were extremely discounted from the get-go and started at #3923/#4376, and the part 1 LE started at #32,790. In comparison, the RE for season 2 is slightly less discounted and opens at a very similar #4169, while the LE is a bit worse at #84,957 (the dead zone, basically). The second season was pretty widely panned upon release, so if it puts up similar numbers to the first, that result would say something interesting about who maybe bought and is buying the show.
When I was wrapping up last week’s post, I thought the delays in the Nash database on account of the holiday season were almost over. Turns out, after the BD data update covered in this post on February 3rd, the corresponding DVD update took 15 days. Hoo boy. Maybe there were errors in processing that took time to clean up, or getting every retailer under their umbrella to summarize reports on bargain bin DVDs liquidated this week just took that long. Either way, it’s here, looking much the same as it has in previous weeks.
I took some time recently to look at my favorite anime and suss out a top 20. Always an enjoyable exercise. Also included some brief comments on each one, for anyone who’s curious about that sort of thing.
Another week of holiday-season data, one week before the one with the big day in it. Thankfully, BD and DVD data both updated properly this time, so it’s a very straightforward breakdown.
Unlike a pretty blah January, February 2016 promises to see plenty of action – the long-awaited release of the third Evangelion rebuild, a Pokemon film trilogy cracking the overall top-200 2 weeks out, another rename/pushback for the Tokyo Ghoul collectors’ edition.
Also, initial prospects for fan favorites Shirobako and Free look pretty darn grim, with both showing close to no interest a few weeks prior to release. In Free’s case, I expected this based on how s1 did and what I saw of how the dub track was received. Shirobako comes as more of a surprise – Hanayamata and Locodol were doing similarly at a similar point last month. Both of the latter are good shows in their own right, mind, just with seemingly much smaller international fanbases. We’ll if any of them improve notably throughout the month.
Another holiday-season data update, another set of datapoints to go over.
As this weeks’ data update is the first to contain updated DVD information since the holiday season started, I’ll be running through that along with the standard charts and commentary. See here for the other 2 weeks’ worth of amazon DVD data.
Originally, I was really excited at the prospect of checking holiday sales data and seeing how anime was affected. However, the process turned into a huge headache due to what I can only assume were mistakes in the data tracking – DVD data skipped 2 updates, and that left us with only BD sales data for those weeks. To top it off, some of those BD release datapoints aren’t even usable.
So I was dealing with a confluence of bad circumstances in figuring this stuff out, piecing together what I could. Still, it wasn’t a complete wash. Details after the jump.
For convenience’s sake, I’ll be calling Black Friday week (11/23-29, week 14) BF week, and Cyber Monday week (11/30-12/6, week 15) CM week.