Dragon Ball Super DVD and Blu-ray Sales

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Dragon Ball Super DVD and Blu-ray Sales

Post by Lord Beerus » Wed Oct 12, 2016 2:32 pm

While for a merchandise driven series like Dragon Ball Super, DVD and Blu Ray sales have never been that important, I thought it would be neat that there would be a collective record of how well the series did on DVD and Blu-Ray respectively. It would interesting just see whether there are any trends in the sales figures for the show on DVD and Blu Ray, and while that it's mostly the DVD/BD collectors portion of the fanbase, that many shonen anime have, that are interested in purchasing the show on DVD and Blu-Ray it would be intriguing to see whether box sets for certain arcs sell more that especially since the first two consisted of retellings of the movies Battle Of Gods and Resurrection F. I mean, Resurrection F got six different releases in six months. Holy shit.

How this series does in the West, in regards to DVD and Blu-Ray sales will be even more intriguing, but we won't know those numbers for a few years to go now. But when/if I got those numbers, this thread will be updated with them accordingly.

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Box Set 1 (2015/12/02)
- DVD: 486
- Blu Ray: 664
- Total Units Sold: 1,150

Box Set 2 (2016/03/02)
- DVD: 584
- Blu Ray: 681
- Total Units Sold: 1,265

Box Set 3 (2016/07/02)
- DVD: 572
- Blu Ray: 603
- Total Units Sold: 1,175

Box Set 4 (2016/10/04)
- DVD: 650
- Blu-Ray: 672
- Total Units Sold: 1,322

Box Set 5 (2017/1/6)
- DVD: 668
- Blu-Ray: 689
- Total Units Sold: 1,357

Box Set 6 (2017/04/04)
- DVD: 752
- Blu-Ray: 742
Total Units Sold: 1,494

Box Set 7 (2017/08/02)
- DVD: 664
- Blu-Ray: 663
Total Units Sold: 1,327

Box Set 8 (2017/10/3)
- DVD: 594
- Blu Ray: 600
Total Units Sold: 1,196

Box Set 9 (2018/01/06)
- DVD: 533
- Blu Ray: 511
Total Units Sold: 1,044

Box Set 10 (2018/04/03)
- DVD: 675
- Blu Ray: 667
Total Units Sold: 1,342

Box Set 11 (2018/07/03)
- DVD: 803
- Blu Ray: 770
Total Units Sold: 1,573

UNITED STATES
Part 1 (2017/07/25)
- DVD: 3,094
- Blu Ray: 11,202
Total Units Sold: 14,296

Part 2 (2017/08/03)
- DVD: 2,413
- Blu Ray: 9,844
Total Units Sold: 12,257

Part 3 (2018/02/20)
- DVD: 10,458
- Blu Ray: 18,118
Total Units Sold: 28,560

Part 4 (2018/06/19)
- DVD: 5,779
- Blu Ray: 17,093
Total Units Sold: 22,872

Part 5 (2018/10/02)
- DVD: 5,547
- Blu Ray: 15,148
Total Units Sold: 20,695

Part 6 (2019/01/08)
- DVD: 8,285
- Blu Ray: 21,492
Total Units Sold: 29,777

Part 7 (2019/04/02)
- DVD: 3,403
- Blu Ray: 20,900
Total Units Sold: 24,303

Part 8 (2019/07/02)
- DVD: 6,335
- Blu Ray: 33,385
- Total Units Sold: 39,720

Part 9 (2019/10/08)
- DVD: 7,827
- Blu Ray: 13,380
- Total Units Sold: 21,207
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Re: Dragon Ball Super DVD and Blu Ray Sales

Post by IGhostUlt » Wed Oct 12, 2016 2:48 pm

Wow. Is the home video industry really that bad in Japan?

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Re: Dragon Ball Super DVD and Blu Ray Sales

Post by Bullza » Wed Oct 12, 2016 2:58 pm

Those are the first week sales?

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Post by Dragon Ball Ireland » Wed Oct 12, 2016 3:12 pm

IGhostUlt wrote:Wow. Is the home video industry really that bad in Japan?
That's why the DVDs and Blu-Rays are so expensive.
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Re: Dragon Ball Super DVD and Blu Ray Sales

Post by THEGOKU » Wed Oct 12, 2016 4:25 pm

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IGhostUlt wrote:Wow. Is the home video industry really that bad in Japan?
That's why the DVDs and Blu-Rays are so expensive.
I mean damn if I was going to pay that much for a DVD or Blu-Ray I wouldn't want to buy it at all either. I would imagine overtime it will increase especially with this arc but that is nothing to be proud of one bit.

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Re: Dragon Ball Super DVD and Blu Ray Sales

Post by Lord Beerus » Wed Oct 12, 2016 4:52 pm

Bullza wrote:Those are the first week sales?
Yep. The sales usually peak in the first week and barely sell anything afterwards. Usually, the first week sale numbers are the total sale number. Especially for a mainstream long running shonen anime like Dragon Ball.

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Post by Chelentano » Wed Oct 12, 2016 5:48 pm

Amazingly low numbers. Never new this worked like that in Japan.
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Re: Dragon Ball Super DVD and Blu Ray Sales

Post by kinisking » Wed Oct 12, 2016 7:11 pm

I'm more interested in how it compared to other anime
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Re: Dragon Ball Super DVD and Blu Ray Sales

Post by Ajay » Wed Oct 12, 2016 7:26 pm

kinisking wrote:I'm more interested in how it compared to other anime
It's not reaching the levels of the Otaku-aimed anime that these home releases do really well with, but I don't think it's really expected to. Different culture.

Compared to One Piece, it seems proportionally in line with the differences between their weekly ratings, so I guess it's doing fine for what it is.
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Post by kinisking » Wed Oct 12, 2016 7:50 pm

Ajay wrote:
kinisking wrote:I'm more interested in how it compared to other anime
It's not reaching the levels of the Otaku-aimed anime that these home releases do really well with, but I don't think it's really expected to. Different culture.

Compared to One Piece, it seems proportionally in line with the differences between their weekly ratings, so I guess it's doing fine for what it is.
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Post by Baggie_Saiyan » Thu Oct 13, 2016 7:40 am

Well the sales keep going up after each box. Good sign. But the Super release is so godamn bare bones though, it's really hard to justify buying it. Wouldn't be surprised if folks in Japan feel the same way.

Also Super is aimed at children. I doubt children have enough money to buy these or that parents would be willing to buy considered they probably already seen it and or have it recorded.

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Post by coola » Thu Oct 13, 2016 8:34 am

You can say sales are average, not terrible, but not great either http://www.someanithing.com/5639 Only smash hits sale above 10.000
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Re: Dragon Ball Super DVD and Blu Ray Sales

Post by Lord Beerus » Wed Jan 11, 2017 2:46 pm

Sales for the fifth box set are out:

689 on Blu-Ray
668 on DVD

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Post by Alee9977 » Wed Jan 11, 2017 4:09 pm

Those numbers make sense for a long running series like DB, I wouldn't buy the BluRay except If there are a lot of episodes I liked and I would like to watch them again (coudl be the case with the last arc), I prefer buying the Bluray of a short anime that I liked.
But it is impressive that DBS sells more Bluray and DVDs than One Piece and Naruto.
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Edit: Just checked and FnF got over 20k sales, that's even bigger than One Piece Film Gold which got 18k.
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Post by Lord Beerus » Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:47 pm

Alee9977 wrote:Edit: Just checked and FnF got over 20k sales, that's even bigger than One Piece Film Gold which got 18k.
I'm really surprised that One Piece Film Gold isn't doing a lot better in BD. It's a stunning movie in every department.

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Post by emperior » Wed Jan 11, 2017 6:22 pm

Doesn't Dragon Ball have a bigger worldwide fanbase? Maybe some fans outside of Japan buy these DVDs/BDs for collection/whatever reason

Unless these numbers are only for Japan only sales
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Post by Baggie_Saiyan » Wed Jan 11, 2017 6:30 pm

emperior wrote:Doesn't Dragon Ball have a bigger worldwide fanbase? Maybe some fans outside of Japan buy these DVDs/BDs for collection/whatever reason

Unless these numbers are only for Japan only sales
They're just for Japan so far no international BD/DVDs have gone on sale yet at least to my knowledge but yeah they'll most likely do well over in the states once FUNi list them.

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Post by emperior » Wed Jan 11, 2017 6:35 pm

Baggie_Saiyan wrote:
emperior wrote:Doesn't Dragon Ball have a bigger worldwide fanbase? Maybe some fans outside of Japan buy these DVDs/BDs for collection/whatever reason

Unless these numbers are only for Japan only sales
They're just for Japan so far no international BD/DVDs have gone on sale yet at least to my knowledge but yeah they'll most likely do well over in the states once FUNi list them.
But it's possible some fan outside of Japan bought them online, I think?
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Post by HeroR » Wed Jan 11, 2017 10:27 pm

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But it's possible some fan outside of Japan bought them online, I think?
Only the hardcore fans import, especially if they don't know Japanese. There are no subs.

Japanese fans actually import more often since the DVDs tend to be cheaper and they enjoy the novelty of watching a dub. For awhile, Funi releases were the only way to watch Dragon Ball since Toei only had old videos.
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Post by Theophrastus » Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:58 pm

Ajay wrote:
kinisking wrote:I'm more interested in how it compared to other anime
It's not reaching the levels of the Otaku-aimed anime that these home releases do really well with, but I don't think it's really expected to. Different culture.

Compared to One Piece, it seems proportionally in line with the differences between their weekly ratings, so I guess it's doing fine for what it is.
Not much that can really be done about it, but I feel like it's worth pointing out that DBS vs OP sales isn't really an apples-to-apples comparison. Dragon Ball Super's home media releases are two-disc 12-episode sets that retail for ¥11,200 / ¥15,200, while the One Piece releases in question are 4-episode single volumes that retail for ¥4,860 / ¥5,940.

No idea if the differences in content/price translate to anything meaningful overall, but just wanted to bring it up for anyone that didn't already know.

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