Archive for March, 2008

Gundam 00, years, and dates.

AD 2312.  (If you don’t understand why 2312, you probably shouldn’t read this.) Read the rest of this entry »

Ratings update, 2008 Spring New TV Animation List

Ratings are updated, mostly backfill—pretty much everything is good for all of winter.

In addition, I put together a list of what’s coming these next couple weeks, with time and date noted.  Starting this season are three morning shows, 5 evening, and 28 late-night.

JP animation DVD sales, weekly for 3/24

Totoro broke 800,000, and is still only down to half its average weekly sales. You can pretty much tell a dead week by how much Ghibli shows up, and with two in the top 100, four noted total…
Nice to see that Gundam 00 is at least hitting the low 40s lifetime, though. When the BluRays start coming out in August, even 10k will leave it pretty respectible.

**6 - 12,090 *12,090 **1 Ex Machina -APPLESEED SAGA- standard edition
**9 - *9,246 **9,246 **1 Minamike 3 (LE)
*12 16 *5,714 111,114 *60 The World of GOLDEN EGGS Vol.01
*15 24 *4,217 *83,720 *54 The World of GOLDEN EGGS Vol.02
*21 - *3,080 **3,080 **1 Ex Machina -APPLESEED SAGA- premium edition

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TV Animation Ratings, wks. 2/25 and 3/3

First off, I’ve Google Docsed the ratings info; depending on how convenient it is to update and whether I receive any response as to a preferred format for others, it may continue to be done that way.

In addition, the following things are notable:

* Gundam 00 ramping up about as expectable; 4.4 for 3/1, 4.6 for 3/8, 5.0 for 3/15, 5.6 for 3/22.  To contrast, SEED’s same weeks were 6.6, 6.2, 5.8, 5.9; SEED-D’s were 4.4, 5.4, 5.0, 6.0.

* Dragonauts and Negima live-action get a viewership BOOST when their broadcast time changes.

And, a short look at demographics for a couple of mainstream shows:

AVG KID TEN *M1 *M2 *M3 *F1 *F2 *F3
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*7.8 *9.4 *2.1 *4.0 *3.9 *1.6 *3.2 *6.0 *2.5  Gegege-no-Kitaro (08/02/10 関東)
*8.0 12.3 *3.2 *3.9 *1.5 *1.8 *4.2 *5.5 *2.2  Gegege-no-Kitaro (08/03/09 関東)

AVG KID TEN *M1 *M2 *M3 *F1 *F2 *F3
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*8.7 *9.8 *5.6 *6.1 *3.0 *1.5 *5.4 *6.1 *1.5  ONE PIECE (08/02/10)
*9.4 *8.7 *8.2 *5.9 *1.8 *1.6 *8.2 *5.9 *1.6  ONE PIECE (08/03/09)

KID: M/F 4~12 、TEN:M/F 13~19
*M1: Male 20~34, *M2: Male 35~49, *M3: Male 50+
*F1: Female 20~34, *F2: Female 35~49, *F3: Female 50+

JP animation DVD sales, weekly for 3/17

This week is pretty much back to normal dull sales. The only major niche releases were theatrical Clannad, kneecapped by its three-SKU release, and Toward the Terra, another step in the downward spiral of Doroku towards its termination in two weeks; the monthly DBGT double-release, which is coming out at R1 prices, easily outdid both.

**5 - *14,646 *14,646 **1 DRAGON BALL GT #3
**6 - *14,207 *14,207 **1 DRAGON BALL GT #4
*13 - **6,738 **6,738 **1 theatrical CLANNAD SE (FP)
*14 - **5,251 **5,251 **1 TOWARD THE TERRA Vol. 8 (LE)
*16 17 **4,982 105,400 *59 The World of GOLDEN EGGS Vol.01

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On Taboos

Why is it that, for visual cultural materials, erotic derivatives are almost universally accepted?

I’m convinced the reason lies outside of either Japanese culture or the specifically sexual proclivities of the consumer, the two reasons most commonly cited.

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JP animation DVD sales, weekly for 3/10

Nothing really surprising this week at all. Gundam sells according to expectations, Gurren runs in the middle ground between kids’ show and nerd show it’s always occupied, and the big OVAs from last week hold on is the lower half.

**4 - 19,334 *19,334 **1 Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS Vol.8
**5 - 17,166 *17,166 **1 Ookiku Furikabutte Vol.9【Final】
**6 - 17,025 *17,025 **1 Gurren Lagann 8
*10 - 12,581 *12,581 **1 Gintama Season Two 08
*15 *3 *7,922 *27,849 **2 Mobile Suit Gundam 00 2

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JP TV ratings, confirmed data 2/11 and 2/18.

Finally, one of the reliable guys is back.  He’s the reliably guy that posts late summaries, but still. Read the rest of this entry »

JP boys’ comics demographics, 2007

Not much text here, just the charts.

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US manga sales, 2007

 My last post got the attention of someone who, in passing, mentioned The Beat; taking a moment to check it out, I happened upon a link to Bookscan numbers for 2007, which struck me as a great topic.

* 192 titles sold over 10,000 copies

* 572 of the top 750 GNs for 2007 were manga or sold as (28 of which domestically-produced,) sales gross $61.5 million on 6.8 million units on these titles alone.

* 338 titles for Viz, for $39.0 million; 144 titles for TP, for $15.0 million; 44 titles for Del Rey, for $4.8 million; 13 titles for Dark Horse, for $1.1 million; 7 titles for ADV Books, for $440k; 5 titles for Brocolli, for $275k

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