28 Dec 2016 21:09 UTCWed 28 Dec 2016 - 9:09 pm UTC
Yuri!!! on Ice is a Japanese anime that just ended its first season. There are lots of casual mentions that it is a “hit,” so I’m looking for statistics or evidence to back that up. I’m familiar with the information in the English Wikipedia article at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuri_on_Ice and am looking for information beyond that. My primary handicap in my search is that I don’t read Japanese.
I started out looking for something comparable to Nielsen numbers (which track the number of viewers for US TV shows). However, it looks like there probably isn’t any measurement in Japan that is exactly that sort of nationwide audience tracking.
Therefore, I’ve broadened my search to any factual evidence that Yuri!!! On Ice is popular.
I am also interested in any audience measurements from outside of Japan, but again, haven’t found many actual statistics. Possible statistics include: ranking/sales of the soundtrack or ranking/sales of individual songs on Japan’s iTunes or on any other iTunes, sales of DVDs (Amazon Japan numbers or ranking? Oricon numbers?), or TV viewing statistics (such as tv audience for the final episode).
I’ve seen mentions of some of the music doing well on iTunes Japan, but don’t know where to find iTunes statistics.
Websites that might be useful:
Video Research (majority of the site is in Japanese)
They are a market-research group that focuses on media ratings. I’ve seen them compared to Nielsen’s. I’ve been told they only make some regional data public and that that regional data is felt to be representative of the country as a whole.
Wikipedia description of them: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Video_Research
From their website, in Japanese: http://www.videor.co.jp/data/ratedata/top10.htm#comic
Oricon website (in Japanese) has DVD & blueray disk rankings as well as music rankings
English Wikipedia article on music chart: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oricon_Albums_Chart
I think this page http://www.oricon.co.jp/prof/183/products/1206619/1/ is saying that the soundtrack is placing at 3 on their album chart, but since I read the page using Google translate, I’d love confirmation from someone who reads Japanese.
http://www.someanithing.com/ covers anime sales information, but probably not official enough to cite in itself
Dates that might feature in statistics:
The final episode aired Wednesday December 21, 2016 (Japanese listings might list it as the 20th because it ran at about 2AM and Japanese tv shows in the very early morning after-midnight time slots are apparently listed as part of the previous evening’s TV listings.)
The soundtrack was released on: December 21, 2016
The various DVD versions for sale will be released on: December 30, 2016 (Currently merchants are taking pre-statistics or facts about the popularity of the anime Yuri!!! On Ice
28 Dec 2016 23:33 UTCWed 28 Dec 2016 - 11:33 pm UTC
'Yuri on Ice' is the most popular anime on Twitter
We already knew figure skating anime Yuri on Ice was popular, but now we have statistical proof.
Yuri on Ice is the most-tweeted anime show of fall 2016, according to a report from analytics company Kadokawa Ascii Research Laboratories. Over 1.4 million tweets were posted about Yuri on Ice between Nov. 24 and Dec. 14, compared to just 348,109 about the second most popular show, volleyball anime Haikyu.
Yuri on Ice's 12-episode season concluded on Wednesday, after building a worldwide following over the past three months. Anime streaming site Crunchyroll crashed under the pressure of fans rushing to watch the finale, and the show briefly charted above Naruto as the most popular on the site. (Yuri is now back to second place, which is still impressive given that it only has 12 episodes to Naruto's 487.)
The Daily Dot: December 23, 2016
The Kadokawa Ascii Research Laboratories content and information trend analytics company revealed its research on the most-Tweeted fall anime show on Wednesday. The research takes into account the number of Tweets from November 24 to December 14, and counts Tweets that are tagged with both the title of the show and possible abbreviations. The results have skating anime Yuri!!! on Ice as the winner by a wide margin, with 1,440,596 Tweets made in the given timeframe, and Haikyu!! a distant second at 348,109 Tweets.
The full top 10 list is as follows:
1. Yuri!!! on Ice (1,440,596)
2. Haikyu!! (348,109)
3. Tōken Ranbu: Hanamaru (343,825)
4. Bungo Stray Dogs (219,407)
5. Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans (148,908)
6. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable (143,997)
7. Utano☆Princesama Legend Star (123,304)
8. Dream Festival! (70,765)
9. Drifters (64,542)
10. Occultic;Nine (59,978)
Anime News Network: Dec. 21, 2016
iTunes weekly ranking
16/12/12 - 16/12/18
Yuri on Ice is number 4 and number 21 on the iTunes ranking
ITunes Weekly Ranking
Rank TITLE ARTIST
1 love Hoshino Sauce
2 Fukiarena Sai B'z
3 Previous previous life (movie ver.) RADWIMPS
Four You Only Live Once YURI !! on on ICE
Five Happy end Back number
6 Dear Diary Namie Amuro
7 A letter to you Keisuke Kuwata
8 Sparkle (original ver.) RADWIMPS
9 Nothing or (movie ver.) RADWIMPS
Ten Yaozakura of love and Pure Land Maeda Fujiro (CV: Iri Rei Reina), Sho Otto Shiro (CV: Seiro Saito), Kenkyu Fujiro (CV: Seiichiro Yamashita), Five Gods (CV: Yuta Kasuya), Akita Fujiro (CV: , CV: Yoshimoto Kazuyo (CV: Kazuomi Yamamoto), Hirano Toshiro (CV: Ryota Asari), Shigeto Saito Shiro (CV: Hiroto Suzuki), Shigeru Hei (CV: Takashi Yamashita), Hakata Fujiro (CV : Osuka Jun) & First Period Oscillation (CV: Atsushi Tamaru)
A few more stats from My Anime List:
Does this help?
29 Dec 2016 13:19 UTCThu 29 Dec 2016 - 1:19 pm UTC
Thank you for your clarification. I unlocked the question and hopefully another researcher will be able to provide more relevant figures.
29 Dec 2016 14:15 UTCThu 29 Dec 2016 - 2:15 pm UTC
cloveapple...I don't think I can add much to what Bobbie has already found. But I wanted to point out that you can pull numbers off of Youtube video views, such as this one:
Yuri!!! on Ice Opening
which has been viewed more than 6.9 million times.
By comparing Yuri to other popular anime, you could build a ranking of popularity by Youtube views.
Best of luck with this one (and a very happy new year).
29 Dec 2016 15:48 UTCThu 29 Dec 2016 - 3:48 pm UTC
Here is a brief company Overview from Bloomberg
Can System Co.,Ltd. offers music and video broadcasting services. The company is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.
Can System Company profile
29 Dec 2016 18:33 UTCThu 29 Dec 2016 - 6:33 pm UTC
This is just to mention the various rankings as published on the Japanese site of Amazon:
DVD and Blu-ray:
DVD and Blu-ray (anime only):
CD (music: anime and games only):
Results on Amazon (jp) when searching for "ユーリ!!! on ICE":
30 Dec 2016 08:29 UTCFri 30 Dec 2016 - 8:29 am UTC
Perhaps I should have mentioned (in my previous posting) that the Japanese word "ユーリ" stands for "Yuri", as you can see in the respective Wikipedia articles:
i.e. this name written in katakana:
1 Jan 2017 15:42 UTCSun 1 Jan 2017 - 3:42 pm UTC
We are pleased that the information provided is useful.
Best regards and a Happy New Year,