Amazon’s anime tag contains 36 releases coming up this march, plus they added a BD re-release of 5cm/s at the end of February so I’ll be tracking that as well. Currently ranking above #5000 are 5cm/s, Miss Hokusai, the Ghost in the Shell movie, the Steins Gate movie, and the Is It Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon BD set. That final item has a much higher starting point than Trinity Seven did in August 2016, and I’m currently projecting that one to be the best-performing new TV series release in the second half of last year, so I’m very interested to see how high it gets.
Data was first taken on February 27th, 2017.
Compared to manga adaptations and original anime, which tend to be all over the map, I used to view light novel adaptations as more of a solved problem – popular light novels almost always become popular anime. However, in the past couple of years I’ve seen that rule broken several times, and it’s worth it to go back and examine the data, especially as the slant of adaptations in the year 2016 was not only unprecedented, but also looks to perhaps be the start of a trend.
Unlike the rather dull January, February 2017 actually has a lot of action: 48 total releases, 6 opening at ranks of 2000 or better. We’ll see how they end up doing.
Data was first taken on January 30th, 2017.
Fun With Numbers: January 2017 Amazon Data (Initial Numbers)
This January continues a post-Christmas tradition of sales being depressed for a month or two, and that carries over to the number of releases due out this month. There’s only 21 anime titles, about half of what there would be in any other month. Not particularly exciting, but hey, it made the post easy to do!
Data was first taken on December 25th, 2016.
December is a light month for releases. Only 40, and only 4 of 39 with rank data available are even in 4-digit territory (and that’s counting the live-action Attack on Titan movie). Just as well, since the holiday surge in thresholds would make it impossible to get sales data for top releases anyway.
Data was first taken on November 20th, 2016.
November has five Tuesdays in it, and so it kind of a big month for releases numbers-wise. But there’s a lot of re-releases and low-sales-tier stuff clogging the list of 50+ titles we’ve got here. The only release doing notably well for a start is Overlord, due out on Nov 8 and averaging maybe 50 preorder copies per day at the moment.
Also, I added Hana Yori Dango from late October to the tracking sample, as it was added too late to catch in my initial assessment of that set.
Data was first taken on October 24th, 2016.
We’re moving into the part of the year where the real blockbusters (read: DBZ movies the past 2 years) usually get released, but this month is fairly quiet in terms of new content coming into the market. Rather, the 41 total releases are very heavy on sequels (10) and re-releases (17) of some kind.
One notable point – this month contains 2 series (Escaflowne and Code Geass) being re-released as both a multi-part set and a large-size collection. In an interesting turn, both versions of these releases are seeing a respectable amount of preorder traffic. Together, the re-releases of these two series make up over 20% of the 41 releases for the month overall (and that’s counting the 4 versions of 2 Korean-made films I’m tracking).
Data was first taken on September 26th, 2016.
Studio Ghibli’s Only Yesterday sold a total of 22,294 copies (16,450 BDs, 5844 DVDs) in the U.S. This happened the week of June 10th, 2016, when a mix of two versions went on sale for the first time. Analysis and source pic after the break.
We’re starting to enter into the part of the calendar year where distributors unload their top-tier hits. Biggest headliner this month is Highschool DxD s3, already in the top 500 about a week from release. Owari no Seraph is releasing a collector’s edition part 1 and part 2 at the end of the month, so I’m tracking the original part 1 releases (which came out in May) to see if it affects them at all.
As an aside, I’ve encountered a small hiccup in my price-tracking algorithm that affects 2-3 entries. For now, I’m handling the corrections by hand and working on an automated solution. None of the prices on this list were inaccurate as of August 26th, when I first took September data.
The US release of the Boy and the Beast movie sold a total of 14,001 copies in its first week on sale in June. The figure splits up into 12,146 BDs and 1855 DVDs.
Source picture and stray thoughts included below.