Top-Selling Animation DVDs in Japan: 2018

This list covers sales surveyed from December 11, 2017 to December 9, 2018.

Game Center CX DVD-Box 14 sold 24,199 copies to rank #64 on the overall DVD chart.

The stage production Touken Ranbu Jo-Den Mitsura-Boshi Katanagatari sold 23,089 copies to rank #68.

The Deluxe Limited First Edition for the live-action film adaptation of Rina Yagami’s Ani ni Aisaresugite Komattemasu manga was #77 with 19,230 copies.

The live-action Ghost in the Shell film was #89 with 15,781 copies.

The Deluxe Edition for the live-action film of Amu Meguro‘s Honey So Sweet manga was #100 with 14,228 copies.

Rank on
Overall
Chart
Estimated Sales
in Period
Title Maker Release Date
Artist/Category
15 60,936 Sing NUE 18/3/7
Animation
34 41,994 Detective Conan: Zero’s Executioner Deluxe Edition SGK 18/10/3
Animation
35 40,630 Despicable Me 3 NUE 18/7/4
Animation
45 32,934 Minions NUE 16/6/3
Animation
48 29,320 Despicable Me (12.04) GUE 12/4/13
Animation
52 28,521 My Neighbor Totoro WDS 14/7/16
Animation
54 27,864 Despicable Me 2 (14.09) NUE 14/9/3
Animation
56 27,487 The Secret Life of Pets NUE 17/7/5
Animation
63 24,845 Mary and The Witch’s Flower WDS 18/3/20
Animation
66 23,208 Detective Conan: Zero’s Executioner SGK 18/10/3
Animation
70 20,878 Eiga Doraemon: Nobita no Takarajima SGK 18/8/1
Animation
74 20,058 Minions 9 Mini Movie Collection NUE 16/11/18
Animation
75 19,861 IDOLiSH7 DVD 1 (Limited Special Edition) BVS 18/2/23
Animation
87 16,309 IDOLiSH7 DVD 2 (Limited Special Edition) BVS 18/3/23
Animation
95 14,918 Granblue Fantasy the Animation 7 (Limited Complete Pressing) ANX 17/11/29
Animation
98 14,556 your name. DVD Standard Edition TOH 17/7/26
Animation

Source: Oricon

 

Top-Selling Media Franchises in Japan: 2018

This list covers sales surveyed from December 11, 2017 to December 9, 2018. It includes the raw yen totals of Blu-ray Discs, DVDs, music CDs, novels in print, and manga in print, but not games, film tickets, digital downloads, and other forms of media sales.

Rank Estimated Sales
in Period
Title Home
Video
Music Novels Manga Other
1 7,424,797,403 The IDOLM@STER Series ••
2 5,721,472,714 Love Live! ••
3 5,635,490,861 One Piece ••
4 4,871,035,433 Detective Conan ••
5 4,459,769,902 The Seven Deadly Sins (Nakaba Suzuki) ••
6 4,373,002,511 Touken Ranbu ••
7 3,758,656,453 My Hero Academia ••
8 3,606,385,840 Fate Series ••
9 3,486,988,423 Slam Dunk ••
10 3,241,294,540 That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime ••
11 3,137,123,693 Attack on Titan ••
12 2,806,665,666 Kingdom ••
13 2,744,181,088 Haikyu!! ••
14 2,631,280,695 Mobile Suit Gundam ••
15 2,415,684,487 Star Wars Series ••
16 2,369,016,638 Tokyo Ghoul ••
17 2,274,779,451 Kamen Rider Series ••
18 2,200,214,042 Oshiri Tantei ••
19 2,192,985,141 Boys Over Flowers ••
20 2,180,998,408 Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san ••
21 2,057,941,430 Golden Kamuy ••
22 1,984,373,374 Overlord ••
23 1,969,668,537 Sword Art Online ••
24 1,934,599,524 The Promised Neverland ••
25 1,928,695,978 IDOLiSH7 ••
26 1,639,584,780 Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii ••
27 1,527,038,462 Ensemble Stars! ••
28 1,489,531,344 Black Clover ••
29 1,440,645,692 Gintama ••
30 1,396,886,949 The Greatest Showman ••

Source: Oricon

 

 

Twitter Trend Awards Reveals Top Trending Anime Words for Each Month in 2018

Every year, the Twitter Trend Awards give out a prize to the most-tweeted words on the social media platform. Last year, Kemono Friends was dubbed Anime of the Year, leading to director TATSUKI accepting the award while wearing a penguin suit.

In the lead up to the award announcements on December 26, the Twitter Trend Awards account has been posting the most popular anime-related words on Twitter for each month. According to their tweets, the most popular words are as follows:

January

  • your name.
  • Shaft
  • Tiger & Bunny
  • Devilman
  • “Takagi-san! Why you little…!” (a reference to Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san)

February

  • “I’ve been thinking about Hellshake Yano”
  • “Let’s Meet At The Witch Assembly” (a tag for witch-themed art)
  • Zoids World
  • Pop Team Epic

March

  • Ojamajo Doremi Quiz
  • “A title you really want to see become an anime”
  • Gundam lol” (Gundam Wing was rebroadcast on TV during this time, and the Japanese slang word for ‘lol’ is ‘w’)
  • “A rush of anime adaptations” (Refers to the anime announcements of Karakuri Circus, Muhyo & Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural InvestigationDorohedoro, etc.)

April

  • Gegege no Kitarō
  • Tokyo Ghoul:re
  • Zero the Enforcer (from Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer)
  • Liz and the Blue Bird

May

  • “Orga no. 1” (refers to the character from Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans)
  • Den-noh Coil
  • LiSA
  • Zootopia
  • “Thank you, IDOLiSH7

June

  • Wake Up, Girls! Breakup”
  • Precure
  • Steins;Gate 0
  • JoJo

July

  • DARLING in the FRANXX
  • Girls und Panzer das Final
  • “Four Manga That Made Me Who I Am”
  • Netflix‘s commercial

August

  • “Stop piracy”
  • Code Geass the Re;surrection
  • Gintama has five episodes left”
  • “Your Pancreas” (a reference to the novel and movie I want to eat your pancreas)
  • “My voice actor is…” (a reference to an online application at the time that gave you the name of a voice actor who would voice your character when you input your name.)

September

  • “Magia Record anime announced”
  • Sword Art Online has four cours
  • aqours
  • “Azur Lane anime announced”

October

  • GRIDMAN
  • Railgun season 3
  • Goblin Slayer
  • Kemono Friends 2

November

  • Comiket costs money now”
  • Hypnosis Mic Final Battle
  • Sea Otter Pot (a reference to a dish featured in Golden Kamuy)
  • Yuki Yuna
  • Drifters

December

  • Ghost in the Shell
  • Cure Infini (a reference to a character in Hugtto! Precure
  • Princess Principal
  • “Everyone relive Liz and the Blue Bird together”

Source: Twitter Trend Awards twitter account via Yara-on!

Shonen Magazine Edge Issue Featuring Hypnosis Mic Manga Debut Sells Out

The official website for Kodansha‘s Shonen Magazine Edge magazine revealed on Wednesday that the magazine’s January 2019 issue (seen right), which contains the debut chapter of Yūichirō Momose and Rui Karasuzuki Hypnosis Mic: Before the Battle – The Dirty Dawg manga, has sold out in stores since it shipped on Monday. The announcement noted that the magazine’s sales “exceeded predictions.” Kodanshaadded that there are currently no plans for a reprint of the issue, but that the digital eBook version is available for purchase.

The magazine’s February 2019 issue will also have the first chapter of the manga, and will be available on January 17.

Aside from Hypnosis Mic: Before the Battle – The Dirty Dawg, the franchise has two other planned manga. The next series Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle -side B.B. & M.T.C will debut in Monthly Shōnen Sirius’ February issue on December 26. The third series Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle -side F.P. & M will debut in Monthly Comic Zero-Sum‘s February issue on December 28. Both The Dirty Dawg and side F.P. & M will also be available on the manga app Palcy.

The Dirty Dawg manga focuses on the Matenrō member Jakurai Jinguji/ill-DOC (singer: Sho Hayami), Fling Posse member Ramunda Amemura/easy R (singer: Yusuke Shirai), Mad Trigger Crew member Samatoki Aohitsugi/Mr. HC (singer: Shintarō Asanuma), and Buster Bros. member Ichiro Yamada/MC B.B. (singer: (Subaru Kimura).

Sources: Shonen Magazine Edge‘s website, The Mainichi Shimbun’s Mantan Web

Top-Selling Animation DVDs in Japan: 2018

2018 Detective Conan film sells 41,994 + 23,208, followed by TotoroMary and The Witch’s Flower, Game Center CX, Touken Ranbu stage production

This list covers sales surveyed from December 11, 2017 to December 9, 2018.

Game Center CX DVD-Box 14 sold 24,199 copies to rank #64 on the overall DVD chart.

The stage production Touken Ranbu Jo-Den Mitsura-Boshi Katanagatari sold 23,089 copies to rank #68.

The Deluxe Limited First Edition for the live-action film adaptation of Rina Yagami’s Ani ni Aisaresugite Komattemasu manga was #77 with 19,230 copies.

The live-action Ghost in the Shell film was #89 with 15,781 copies.

The Deluxe Edition for the live-action film of Amu Meguro‘s Honey So Sweet manga was #100 with 14,228 copies.

Rank on
Overall
Chart
Estimated Sales
in Period
Title Maker Release Date
Artist/Category
15 60,936 Sing NUE 18/3/7
Animation
34 41,994 Detective Conan: Zero’s Executioner Deluxe Edition SGK 18/10/3
Animation
35 40,630 Despicable Me 3 NUE 18/7/4
Animation
45 32,934 Minions NUE 16/6/3
Animation
48 29,320 Despicable Me (12.04) GUE 12/4/13
Animation
52 28,521 My Neighbor Totoro WDS 14/7/16
Animation
54 27,864 Despicable Me 2 (14.09) NUE 14/9/3
Animation
56 27,487 The Secret Life of Pets NUE 17/7/5
Animation
63 24,845 Mary and The Witch’s Flower WDS 18/3/20
Animation
66 23,208 Detective Conan: Zero’s Executioner SGK 18/10/3
Animation
70 20,878 Eiga Doraemon: Nobita no Takarajima SGK 18/8/1
Animation
74 20,058 Minions 9 Mini Movie Collection NUE 16/11/18
Animation
75 19,861 IDOLiSH7 DVD 1 (Limited Special Edition) BVS 18/2/23
Animation
87 16,309 IDOLiSH7 DVD 2 (Limited Special Edition) BVS 18/3/23
Animation
95 14,918 Granblue Fantasy the Animation 7 (Limited Complete Pressing) ANX 17/11/29
Animation
98 14,556 your name. DVD Standard Edition TOH 17/7/26
Animation

Source: Oricon

Kemono Friends 2 Producer Claims Anime Studio Targeted for Harassment

Kemono Friends 2 animation producer Shinnosuke Numata posted a tweet on Friday revealing that the anime production studio Tomason has been receiving various forms of harassment ever since it was revealed that they were working on the project.

Numata wrote: “I don’t know who’s been doing this, but they’ve been using my name and the company email to register for many different online services. In the last two days our company has received 200 emails and dozens of phone calls. Since we’re a small company, we’ve had to get some of our CG people to answer the phone. This may cause our work to get delayed.”

In a follow-up tweet, Numata said that he has consulted with cyber security. They have located the IP address and are taking legal measures.

The production of Kemono Friends 2 has been a source of controversy ever since it was revealed that TATSUKI and Yaoyorozu, the director and studio behind the first Kemono Friends TV anime, would not return for Kemono Friends 2. A fan reportedly shaved his head to protest TATSUKI‘s removal.

Kemono Friends 2 will premiere on January 7. The new anime’s story begins with Serval and Caracal finding a “human” child in the forest. As they travel with the child, they meet new Friends, uncover the secrets of Japari Park, and become involved in an event that will “shake the earth.” Ryuichi Kimura(Aikatsu!) is directing the anime at Tomason.

Nexon‘s original Kemono Friends app game launched in early 2016 and ended service in December of that year — before the Kemono Friends anime even aired. The 12-episode television anime then premiered on TV Tokyoand TV Osaka in January 2017 and ended in March 2017. Crunchyrollstreamed the series as it aired, and is also currently streaming the Welcome to the JAPARI PARK spinoff anime worldwide outside of Asia.

Source: Shinnosuke Numata‘s Twitter account via Yara-On!

Touken Ranbu Gets New Musical in Fall 2019

The official website for the Touken Ranbu musicals announced on Sunday that the franchise will get a new musical in fall 2019. In addition, the site revealed that the Musical Touken Ranbu Higekiri Hizamaru Sōki Shutsujin 2019 (Higekiri and Hizamaru Riding Out Together) stage musical will run at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel Stellar Ball on June 4 to 14. The “Kashū Kiyomitsu Solo Performance” event will also have an Asian tour in spring 2019.

Isamu Kayano is returning to direct the Musical Touken Ranbu Higekiri Hizamaru Sōki Shutsujin 2019 musical, and Chūji Mikasano (Tokyo Ghoul anime) is writing the script. Shinnosuke Motoyama (HakuōkiVampire Knightmusicals) is in charge of choreography and staging.

Touken Ranbu – Atsukashiyama Ibun, the first stage musical, held its first trial performance in 2015, with its debut run held from May to June 2016. The second musical, Touken Ranbu – Bakumatsu Tenrōden, ran from September to October 2016, with a final performance in Tokyo in November 2016. Touken Ranbu Mihotose no Komoriuta, the franchise‘s third stage musical, ran from March to April 2017. Touken Ranbu – Tsuwamono Domo ga Yume no Ato, the fourth stage musical, debuted in December and ran through January. The fifth stage musical, Touken Ranbu: The Musical “Musubi no Hibiki, Hajimari no Ne,” debuted on March 24 and had its final performance on May 6. The fifth musical received 4DX screenings on November 9.

Touken Ranbu Mihotose no Komoriuta will have a new run from January to March 2019. The play will have two parts, and the second part will feature a performance with new songs, costumes, and staging.

The related “Kashū Kiyomitsu Solo Performance,” which featured actor Ryūji Satō in live performances as his character Kashū Kiyomitsu, ran in Tokyo on September 12-17, in Miyagi on September 20-21, in Osaka on October 6-8, and then in Hokkaido on October 13. The musicals ran a similar event last year.

The franchise also has a separate series of stage plays. The fifth stage play ran from June 2 to July 29. A new stage play will debut in 2019.

Sources: Touken Ranbu musicals’ official website, 4Gamer

Funimation President: ‘We Tried to Renew Deal with Crunchyroll’

Last month, Crunchyroll and Funimation ended their cross-platform licensing partnership. The deal had enabled the two companies to share their catalog titles on each other’s streaming platforms, as well as license titles jointly.

In an interview with Newsweek posted on Thursday, Funimationpresident Gen Fukunaga said that Funimation had tried to renew the partnership with Crunchyroll, but that Crunchyroll‘s terms did not suit Funimation. “Sony had to make this tough decision,” Fukunaga said. “If [Crunchyroll wasn’t] going to budge on those terms, then we just have to double down and decide if we’re going to go at it alone. And that’s what happened.”

The dispute was apparently about international expansion. According to NewsweekFunimation‘s streaming rights were restricted to certain regions under the Crunchyroll deal. Fukunaga said that he felt that Sony Pictures Television Networks, which acquired a majority stake in Funimation in 2017, had the technology and infrastructure to provide Funimation with more global exposure. Sony advised Funimation to terminate the Crunchyroll deal so that the company could expand its global operations.

This marks the first time a representative from either company has spoken openly about the circumstances that led to the termination of the deal.

Fukunaga said that the acquisitions for the winter 2019 anime season were “mostly” still obtained under the Crunchyroll and Funimation partnership, but that going forward the two companies will bid separately for exclusive streaming rights for the sub and dub releases. “That’s important for Sony to get that exclusivity, and global rights,” said Fukunaga.

Fukunaga also spoke about the exclusive first-look streaming deal Funimation recently signed with Hulu. Starting in 2019, Hulu will get first pick on Funimation‘s new titles in the United States, so Hulu and Funimation will be the only U.S. streaming outlets for some of Funimation‘s simulcasts and simuldubs. Fukunaga said that Hulu has its own anime base that will help Funimation co-buy content and bid for more highly sought titles.

“[Hulu will] help us get the mass exposure and we can get the hardcore anime fans on our platform,” Fukunaga told Newsweek. “It was a good partnership in that sense and we can co-exist. And that’s why it works for us.”

A few days ago, Fukunaga spoke to Polygon about Netflix‘s acquisition of the Neon Genesis Evangelion TVseries, claiming that it was “a disservice for anime fans” and that Funimation would have done better at brand management.

Source: Newsweek (Phillip Martinez)

Academy Award-Nominated Animator Koji Yamamura Talks Style, Indie Animation in French Program

Animator Koji Yamamura‘s work is well known among indie animation aficionados and critics. He drew international acclaim for his 10-minute piece Mt. Head (Atama-yama) which took home the short film award at Annecy International Animated Film Festival in 2002 and was nominated for an Oscar. The Animation Show of Shows, an annual screening of the year’s best selection of animated shorts, has featured Yamamura’s Mt. Headand his adaptation of Franz Kafka‘s A Country Doctor.

It’s hard to describe Yamamura’s artistic aesthetic as it changes from work to work. One piece may be intricately detailed while the next is a constant fluctuation of kinetic energy. It might be best to stay the connecting thread between them is ‘experimentation.’ In a new episode of the French program Toco Toco, Yamamura discusses the origin of his interest in animation, introduces viewers to his workspace in Jiyūgaoka, Meguro, Tokyo and his store Au Praxinoscope, the place he created in hopes of spreading independent animation.

The Japanese government awarded Yamamura the Cabinet Minister Award in the media fine arts category in March.

Yamamura’s other award-winning and nominated shorts include “Muybridge’s Strings,” “Satie’s Parade,” and “Notes on Monstropedia.” Yamamura himself received the Kawakita Award in 2012.

Outside of his work as an animator, Yamamura is a professor at Tokyo University of the Arts’ Graduate School of Film and New Media.

Source: Archipel’s toco toco web program

British Police Develop ‘Psycho-Pass’ AI to Predict Crimes Before They Happen

In a move straight out of the script of the dystopian sci-fi anime series Psycho-Pass, police in the UK have been developing an artificial intelligence that will predict how likely a person is to commit or be the victim of a violent crime. New Scientist reported on November 26 that the police intend to flag individuals with the system and intervene before crimes happen by offering preemptive counseling.

The system, called the National Data Analytics Solution (NDAS), uses a combination of AI and statistics from local and national police databases. Ian Donnelly, the police lead on the project, said that they have collected over a terabyte of data from the early phases of the project, including logs of committed crimes and about 5 million identifiable people.

The software found nearly 1,400 indicators from the data that could help predict crime. It was found that the number of crimes committed by people in an individual’s social group were a strong factor in their likelihood of committing crime. Donnelly claims that the intent behind flagging individuals with a high risk indicator is not to arrest them before they commit crimes, but rather to provide them with support from local health or social workers.

The project began as a means of channeling limited police resources more effectively. Donnelly said that because police funding has been slashed in recent years, there is a need for system that can help the police prioritize on those who require interventions most urgently. The project has until the end of March 2019 to produce a prototype, with the ultimate hope that every police force in the UK could eventually use it.

Although the police will work with the UK’s data watchdog, the Information Commissioner’s Office, to ensure that the NDAS meets privacy regulations, the project has already drawn criticism from a team of scientists at the Alan Turing Institute in London, who cite “serious ethical issues” with the foundation of the project and question whether it is in the public good for the police to intervene with individuals who have not yet committed crimes.

Other researchers have highlighted concerns that the system will reinforce pre-existing biases against poor communities and people of color. For example, commercial face recognition software has repeatedly been shown to be less accurate on people with darker skin. Another issue is that it could restrict resources to areas that police already have extensive data from. Andrew Ferguson at the University of the District of Columbia said that arrests correlate with where police are deployed and are not representative of crime numbers overall. This tends to disproportionately affect groups that were already marginalized.

Around the world, police are increasingly using data to predict crime before it happens. PredPol, developed at Santa Clara University in California, is a software that identifies future crime hot spots. Earlier this year, Human Rights Watch criticized the Chinese authorities for preemptively detaining people in the province of Xinjiang using predictive policing. The future predicted by Psycho-Pass may not be so far off.

Source: New Scientist via Nijimen