View Full Version : Blu-ray Japan sales increase make up for decrease in DVD sales, anime still #1 genre
01-22-2010, 02:19 AM
Blu-ray sales increased from 2008 to 2009 in Japan, bringing the total DVD+BD sales above the previous year despite DVD sales decreasing.
Anime (lumped in with tokusatsu, which doesn't normally get very high sales so it probably wasn't much of a factor) continued to overwhelmingly be the #1 seller for Blu-ray, as well. It was also the #1 seller for DVD, although it wasn't as high of a percentage.
01-22-2010, 02:46 AM
Definitely healthy growth of BD for anime. Can't bring myself to buy R2 DVDs anymore, not when I'll almost inevitably have to double-dip in the future. Saw the news item on ANN and made some calculations from the numbers given and posted this:
Blu-ray sales rose about 400% for anime/fx from 2008 to 2009
(from about 3 billion yen to 15.4 billion yen)
Compared to the 9% drop for DVD, that's an insane rate of growth. Assuming the rate of growth stays constant, Blu-ray sales of anime in Japan will surpass those of DVD this year, but I don't think that's likely. Although 2 or 3 years doesn't look to be out of the question. I wonder what those who say that Japan's high prices are what caused sales to fall in the past few years will say (ignoring the fact that those prices have been high for decades). It's not as if things have gotten any cheaper, and blu-rays are more expensive than DVDs.
01-22-2010, 06:12 AM
Assuming the rate of growth stays constant, Blu-ray sales of anime in Japan will surpass those of DVD this year, but I don't think that's likely.
I think they already would have, easily, if so many studios weren't slow about offering BDs. Haruhi, Sasameki, Todoke, all DVD-only, and that's just from what I've been importing. Of the shows that are DVD and BD, BD is usually either about on par or vastly more than DVD. Like the two biggest sellers of 2009, Bakemonogatari and K-ON!. So if BD were getting equal opportunity it would be very easy for it to pass DVD sales in R2 anime. I think most of the Winter shows are getting BD releases, though. So for that season, for example, I can easily see BD being more than 50%.
Granted part of the reason most shows with a BD sell more there is that the BD tends to be the LE release with stuff the DVD doesn't have. I mean, that's the main reason I automatically grab the BD (since without subs it's not like I'll actually be putting the disc in my computer, most of the time). I could probably save a lot of money getting DVD versions otherwise... but whatever, what's the point of spending ungodly sums to import if I don't buy the most expensive version? :sd:
01-26-2010, 01:50 AM
Not sure if this deserves its own thread since the link to anime isn't as readily apparent (although I suspect a great number of the recorders are being used for recording late-night anime), but the number of Blu-ray players/recorders sold in Japan greatly increased in 2009 compared to 2008, outselling DVD players/recorders, which had decreased in sales compared to 2008.
Blu-ray players/recorders sold 3,022,000 units (the VAST majority being recorders), while DVD players/recorders sold 2,939,000 units (a little over half were players).
For comparison, I believe the PS3 sold about 2 million units in Japan in 2009.
01-26-2010, 08:51 AM
Are these recorders that actually record onto BD-R, or hybrid DVD writers?
01-26-2010, 08:57 AM
They actually record onto BDR, I have a 2008 Sony model and it's quite useful. Just got done watching this weeks ep of Durara! on it, that will be a good one to keep on BDR since the broadcasts are both in HD and have Japanese captions. Even when it comes out on Blu-ray in Japan (only DVD has been announced), it probably won't have the captions.
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