Archive for April, 2008

JP comics sales, weekly for 4/28

Late this week due to spending 4 days writing a programming to do my layout rather than an hour doing it by hand. It’s pretty dead, and there’s a whole load of Flower and Dream. Also, slight format changes: a star now denotes new entries, and I’ve revised publication name translation more towards proper names and less toward beating home the target audience.

☆  *1  - *1 1  147,645  147,645  420  Hayate the Combat Butler 15
HATA Kenjiro, Weekly Shonen Sunday (SS Comics)
☆  *2  - *2 1  144,601  144,601  420  Negima! 22
AKAMATSU Ken, Weekly Shonen Magazine (Shonen Magazine Comics)
☆  *3  - *3 1  107,721  107,721  420  Kekkaishi 20
TANABE Yellow, Weekly Shonen Sunday (SS Comics)
☆  *4  - *4 1  *99,504  *99,504  420  Diamond Ace 10
TERAJIMA Yuji, Weekly Shonen Magazine (Shonen Magazine Comics)
☆  *5  - *5 1  *77,469  *77,469  410  OtoMen 5
KANNO Aya, Extra Flower and Dream (Flower and Dream Comics)

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Japanese animation DVD sales, weekly for 4/14 and 4/21

Two weeks in one, this time, due to data for the 14th being delayed.

4/14

*10  -  13,252  *13,252  **1  DRAGON BALL GT #5
*11  -  13,206  *13,206  **1  DRAGON BALL GT #6
*12  -  *8,663  **8,663  **1  Lupin III GREEN vs RED LE
*13  -  *7,374  **7,374  **1  Wolf and Spices Limited Pack
*19  -  *4,649  **4,649  **1  Lupin III GREEN vs RED

4/21

**7  -  **9,075  **9,075  **1  Minamike 4 (FPLE)
*18  11  **3,613  *16,819  **2  DRAGON BALL GT #6
*19  10  **3,482  *16,734  **2  DRAGON BALL GT #5
*20  23  **3,471  126,692  *64  The World of GOLDEN EGGS Vol.01
*26  -  **2,754  **2,754  **1  Sword of the Stranger


And, from the top for each, due to format:

4/14

*10  -  13,252  *13,252  **1  DRAGON BALL GT #5
*11  -  13,206  *13,206  **1  DRAGON BALL GT #6
*12  -  *8,663  **8,663  **1  Lupin III GREEN vs RED LE
*13  -  *7,374  **7,374  **1  Wolf and Spices Limited Pack
*19  -  *4,649  **4,649  **1  Lupin III GREEN vs RED
*23  54  *3,900  123,221  *63  The World of GOLDEN EGGS Vol.01
*25  *5  *3,562  *28,697  **2  Mobile Suit Gundam 00 3
*26  -  *3,545  **3,545  **1  D.Gray-man 2nd stage 02
*33  -  *3,148  **3,148  **1  ef - a tale of memories. 5
*34  74  *3,138  *93,470  *57  The World of GOLDEN EGGS Vol.02
*41  -  *2,705  **2,705  **1  Saiunkoku Monogatari Second Series vol. 8 (FPLE)
*50  *6  *2,214  *22,175  **2  Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS Vol.9
*52  -  *2,007  **2,007  **1  Naruto Shippuden Faraway Reunion vol. 1
*56  -  *1,957  **1,957  **1  ONE PIECE 9th Season Enias Lobby arc piece.4
*57 100  *1,938  *45,496  *33  World/GOLDEN EGGS “SEASON 2″ Vol.03*64  -  *1,794  **1,794  **1  Koharu Biyori 3
*68  -  *1,724  **1,724  **1  Case Closed Secret File Vol.3
*72  *7  *1,625  *18,836  **2  Gurren Lagann 9 (final)
*73 109  *1,621  *38,187  *32  The World of GOLDEN EGGS “SEASON 2″ Vol.04
*75  77  *1,580  *23,599  **4  Ex Machina -APPLESEED SAGA- standard edition
*76  19  *1,576  *23,824  **3  Lucky☆Star 10 LE
*81  13  *1,496  *12,678  **2  Gintama Season Two 09
*82  47  *1,483  **6,048  **2  New Messiah Legend Fist of the North Star Legend of Toki Standard Edition
*91 139  *1,183  *69,026  *54  The World of GOLDEN EGGS “SEASON 2″ DVD-BOX
*92 132  *1,168  804,478  328  My Neighbor Totoro
*94  39  *1,132  **6,202  **2  True Messiah Legend Fist of the North Star Legend of Toki FPLE
*96  60  *1,093  **5,063  **2  Saint Seiya: Hades Elysion Arc 1
*97  *8  *1,085  *18,063  **2  .hack//G.U.TRILOGY
100  (*1,058)

4/21
**7  -  **9,075  **9,075  **1  Minamike 4 (FPLE)
*18  11  **3,613  *16,819  **2  DRAGON BALL GT #6
*19  10  **3,482  *16,734  **2  DRAGON BALL GT #5
*20  23  **3,471  126,692  *64  The World of GOLDEN EGGS Vol.01
*26  -  **2,754  **2,754  **1  Sword of the Stranger
*27 34 **2,658 *96,128 *58 The World of GOLDEN EGGS Vol.02
*33 19 **2,139 **6,788 **2 Lupin III GREEN vs RED
*38 57 **1,749 *47,245 *34 World/GOLDEN EGGS “SEASON 2″ Vol.03
*42 - **1,585 **1,585 **1 Sword of the Stranger FPLE
*44 12 **1,553 *10,216 **2 Lupin III GREEN vs RED LE
*51 73 **1,352 *39,539 *33 The World of GOLDEN EGGS “SEASON 2″ Vol.04
*54 25 **1,300 *29,997 **3 Mobile Suit Gundam 00 3
*61 13 **1,174 **8,548 **2 Wolf and Spices Limited Pack
*65 92 **1,133 805,611 329 My Neighbor Totoro
*66 91 **1,129 *70,155 *55 The World of GOLDEN EGGS “SEASON 2″ DVD-BOX
*70 75 **1,065 *24,664 **5 Ex Machina -APPLESEED SAGA- standard edition
*79 - ***,999 ***,999 **1 Heroic Age XI
*80 103 ***,950 **9,208 **4 theatrical Yes!  Precure 5  Miracle Adventure in the Mirror Kingdom (FPLE)
*82 - ***,923 ***,923 **1 Happy Feet
*84 26 ***,886 **4,431 **2 D.Gray-man 2nd stage 02
*90 68 ***,839 **2,563 **2 Case Closed Secret File Vol.3
*92 33 ***,820 **3,968 **2 ef - a tale of memories. 5
100    ***,763

JP weekly comic sales for 4/21+α

Another format change—author info line is now “Name, Serializing Magazine (Imprint)”. Also, from this week on, I’ll be covering non-comics relevant to visual culture.

↑  *1  *5 *1 2  205,298  342,432  **410  Ouran Host Club 12
HATORI Bisco, LaLa (Flower and Dream Comics)
↓  *2  *2 *1 2  162,976  593,057  **410  BLEACH 33
KUBO Tite, Weekly Boys’ Jump (Jump Comics)
-  *3  *3 *3 2  138,553  388,732  **410  REBORN! 19
AMANO Akira, Weekly Boys’ Jump (Jump Comics)
-  *4  *4 *4 2  120,625  311,733  **410  Gintama 23
SORACHI Hideaki, Weekly Boys’ Jump (Jump Comics)
-  *5  *2 *2 2  120,092  454,787  **420  Detective Conan 61

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Ratings update

Ratings are updated again, with the first reliable fresh info of the new season.  Notables:  Geass’s horrible start (.05% average up against To The Terra, less than half 00’s start); Macross F’s terrible ep 1 but huge recovery for 2 (and it’s doing notably better in Kansai, apparently, with 2.4% rather than 1.1% for ep 1), somehow xxxholic is running high for latenight, and Library War started notably down.

Spring ‘08 pickup week 2 Friday

Golgo 13: It’s pretty budget, but at least with this kind of show there’s excuses for lots of pan shots anyway.  The music is gloriously cheesy oldschool synth.  And I’m amazed they got the OP OR the sex scene in the EP on TV Tokyo.

Spring ‘08 pickup week 2 Thursday

Library War - Budget budget is occasionally budget, but I like what they’re doing with depth of field and thick borders. Interrupted by MacF, but returning, I found a lot to get my attention; there’s a lot of creative choices in how to animate things, and it hasn’t detracted from flow yet. Also, the setting is great.

Soul Eater Late Show - What’s different? The eyecatch and the preview. Can’t wait to see the week 1/week 2 ratings on this.

Kaiba to come later.

JP weekly comic sales for 4/14

Updating the format; it’s now Rank; Last Week; Best; Weeks; Sales; Total Sales; Price; Title.

-  *1  - *1 1  430,081  430,081  **410  BLEACH 33
KUBO Tite, Weekly Boys’ Jump
-  *2  - *2 1  334,695  334,695  **420  Detective Conan 61
AOYAMA Gosho, Weekly Boys’ Sunday
-  *3  - *3 1  250,179  250,179  **410  REBORN! 19
AMANO Akira, Weekly Boys’ Jump
-  *4  - *4 1  191,108  191,108  **410  Gintama 23
SORACHI Hideaki, Weekly Boys’ Jump
-  *5  - *5 1  137,134  137,134  **410  Ouran Host Club 12
HATORI Bisco, LaLa

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Spring ‘08 pickup week 2 Tuesday

Top Secret: I wanted to like it, I’d really be into the idea of a nice bittersweet look at someone’s last moments every week, I can even stand the character designs and random spots of fangirl bait. But the music rarely fit the scene, deus ex machina technology was there almost on the level of a western crime show, and when it started mimicking School Days that was kind of the last straw. It might get an ep or two more from being after Real Drive, but I’m not optimistic.

Glass Maiden: Unexpected awesome.  The production values aren’t great, and the ideas aren’t that new, but it’s entirely competent, the characters are cool and fit well together, the music tends to fit well (especially a catchy OP), and there’s the nice feel of staff and actors actually being into it.

Spring ‘08 pickup week 2 Monday

Soul Eater: Awesome animation, great acting from almost the whole cast, and the promise that the late-night service will be centered around the busty neechan-type witch rather than the heroine. A pity said heroine emotes slightly worse than Hatsune Miku—her only lines that don’t sound awkward and forced are her screams.

Vampire Knight: No, T○○y, it wasn’t “just bad enough to be funny.”  It was just plain bad, quite apart from also just plain not to my taste.

Monochrome Factor: Sentencing him to watch this as retribution was my own mistake, realizing I had to watch to make sure he did.  At least it was more entertainingly, in-your-face shitty than the comparably bland Vampire Knight.  Also, wow that’s a lot of Koreans in the credits.

Spring ‘08 pickup week 1 Sunday+α

Code Geass R2: Made no sense at all; fortunately, nonsensical violence and animu-isms are exactly what I’m looking for in a Code Geass series.

Nabari: Incredible painted backgrounds.  Pity about the ninja BL.  From here on, girls are vulnerable to the R-strain of that disease, as well as A?

And, having caught up via recordings:

Allison and Lillia: Angry pilot is exceedingly angry, but she does make a decent action main character, and the interbellum motif will be enough to keep me watching at least a bit more.

Kure-nai: Domestic violence: the animation.  Amazing op/ed work and backgrounds, though, and another Sawashiro/Sanada combi to disturb people with a well-timed “Imagine Dejiko and Puchiko in that scene”.

Chi’s Sweet Home: Wouldn’t watch at all as a full-length series, but as daily three-minute shorts it’s refreshing and charming.

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