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

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.

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Fun With Numbers: Amazon Tracking vs. Sales (12/7-13, 2015)

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.

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Fun With Numbers: Amazon Tracking vs. Sales (11/23-12/6, 2015)

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.

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Sanzigen Staff on Advancing 3DCG (Confidence)

A short article with Sanzigen bigwigs talking about how they got to where they are, and hyping themselves up in the runup to their 10th anniversary work Bubuki Buranki.

Started this on an impulse and ran through the whole thing in about 90 minutes, so apologies for any errors that didn’t pass my second edit.


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Fun With Numbers: Amazon Tracking vs. Sales (11/16-11/22)

The holidays may be over, but we’re still dealing with pre-shopping season data here at the US amazon formula lab. This batch of data is the last one from before Black Friday, and also includes DBZ:F DVD data for the first time. I’ll also take my first stab at using newer data to guess at the top of the amazon rank scale.

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Takahashi Naohito/Chiba Yuriko on To Heart

A translation of a 1999 interview done by director Takahashi Naohito and chief animation director Chiba Yuriko for KSS Perfect Collection books focused on To Heart. It’s a long interview, touching on a bunch of topics pertinent to the show and their attitudes towards various aspects of story structure and animation.

As a general note, some of the original dialogue in the interview is pretty obtuse and/or meandering. I inserted some punctuation and made minor structure alterations to a few sentences to make sure the meaning came through.

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Poll: Kicking Around a Bunch of TL Prospects

As of last Friday, I was only about 40% done with my little vanity translation project. Now it’s at about 80-something and progressing rapidly. I would be legitimately shocked at this point if it weren’t up by, at the latest, the end of next weekend. This project involved about 20,000 characters worth of Japanese and will probably cash out in the neighborhood of 6000-7000 words if my fuzzy math is right. In the course of working on it, I’ve been able to streamline the hell out of my process and I’m itching to try it out on something smaller-scale.

Since my current “short anime/manga articles I want to take a stab at” list is about 50 deep, I thought I’d toss this one to the crowd. Here’s a list of 10 articles, with links, that I’d be super-hype to translate after finishing my current thing. I’ve googled all of them to check and I don’t believe any has been done yet, so they should all be fresh. And a there’s a poll so you can vote, of course. I’ll definitely translate whichever article gets the most votes, and anything that gets votes I’ll think about doing. Poll will stay open until I finish my current project, and then I’ll get cracking on the leader.

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