Steins;Gate Sold 105,977 Copies in the US (Over 82 Weeks)

Surprise! Apparently a 5-year-old anime can still pull in some numbers when it tries. US BD sales numbers just came out for late April 2016 and contained the surprising revelation that the complete version of Steins;Gate, released on September 30th, 2014 had sold over 100,000 copies in the US over the past 82 weeks.

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Some people may have questions about this, so I’ll try to outline the situation and why it’s somewhat interesting.

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Fun With Numbers: July 2016 Amazon Data (Initial Numbers)

Wow, it totally is July. I still take data, and am making the price-tracking from last month a constant thing, since it works consistently and takes no extra effort or bandwidth to run.

Nothing exceptional to report this month, though the ~40%-cut prices of Sentai titles are still pretty visible. Those seem to have lasted consistently throughout the month of June, so I’m going to do a little reading up and talk about what selling at a constant 40% of an already-down list price might mean for the company.

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Fun With Numbers: June 2016 Amazon Data (Initial Numbers)

The first week of this particular June is packed by releases, headlined by a pair of Hosoda films and the Berserk movies. Rest is pretty barren, though.

There’s a chance I’ll regret this later, but for this month, I’ll be tracking prices of each item to see if they stay steady or shift significantly after the items listed go on sale. Depending on the results, I may have a slightly bold prediction to make after running those numbers at the end of next month. there may be something about the significance of preorders, the fate of a particular company, or nothing much at all. It really depends.

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Fun With Numbers: Amazon Tracking vs. Sales (02/01-03/06/2016), and the End of the Sales Part

So, um, it’s almost well into May and I’ve been molasses with updates, being busy in a good way in life and other hobbies. I kept up the tracking and the data doesn’t change, so I was never particularly motivated to sit down and finish this up. Even though it contains 4 weeks of a new volume (Eva 3.33) selling fairly well, and all. It’s here now, though.

One thing I should mention above the cut: this will be the last of this particular genre of posts. I commited myself when I started that I would keep doing this so long as it didn’t personally cost me any money, and nash info made some changes to the opusdata free trial setup that will make it difficult to keep getting one each week, so actually getting the data each week via a paid account would cost upwards of $200/yr. Not really an amount I’m personally willing to pay for access to an obviously incomplete database (it’d be a different calculus if they actually tracked anime TV shows and less-popular movies, and didn’t outright make mistakes on occasion).

Case in point, the BD data for the last week (the one ending on March 6) outright did not update, staying displayed as the values for the previous week. I’d deal with that sort of human-error hassle for free, but I wouldn’t pay money to handle it.

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Fun With Numbers: March 2016 Amazon Data (Initial Numbers)

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.

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Fun With Numbers: Amazon Tracking vs. Sales (12/21-27, 2015)

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.

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