It is impossible to deny that Chain Saw Man It was one of the most relevant anime of the year 2022 in the whole world, mainly because of the war generated between the groups of fans of the other series with which it competed for attention. However, even months after the series ended, fans are still wondering, was Chainsaw Man a successful anime?
There are many ways to measure the success of an anime, whether it is consumption on streaming platforms, accumulated sales in merchandise, or even the number of awards the production receives. On the issue of streaming, it is difficult to have real numbers, considering the fact that averages are like GEM Partners Their results are based on weekly polls, and not everyone can be polled. Furthermore, streaming earnings are not measured in the number of people who watch the series, but in how many platforms distribute it.
The awards are also completely subjective, considering the fact that they are based on votes made by the major media towards the fans and, again, it is impossible to have a sample that represents the majority of anime consumers worldwide .. Even Anime Trending, the most popular medium dedicated exclusively to this, could not say that it has a “representative percentage” of all anime fans in the world.
Not to mention other much smaller media like Anime corneror prizes awarded by platforms such as crunchyrollwhich makes inexplicable exceptions such as the fact that the row is not considered Autumn (October-December) in an annual vote. In the end, some believe that physical sales numbers represent the true “success rate” for anime.
However, this is even open to debate, given that the sales numbers are based on what was presented oryx, which does not count like all existing stores in Japan, so there can always be a percentage of error in the estimate of copies sold. And it is that the sales conversation is physical and compared to Bocchi the Rock! are back now that both series have released their new Blu-ray/DVD packages:
- Chain Saw Man Volume 2 it accumulated 1,479 copies sold in its first week of release in Japan.
- Bocchi the Rock! Volume 3 it accumulated 19,391 copies sold in its first week of release in Japan.
Even leaving out Bocchi the Rock!the Chainsaw Demon franchise recorded fewer sales than the first Blu-ray/DVD package, which sold 1,735 copies. That is, between launches, there was a decrease of 14.75 percent. The numbers are unclear, but the debate continues. Was Chainsaw Man a success or a failure?
Popular YouTube channels like the series “Game Mythbusters Anime“of The Canipa Effect they tried to solve this unknown, confirming that Blu-ray/DVD sales are no longer an important factor in deciding whether an anime project is successful or not. They also refer to the OFFICIAL MAPPA STORE does not report its numbers to Oricon, and this is where most of the record sales may have come from. However, this is only an assumption since MAP he refuses to reveal his numbers, and the fact that if he applies for Chain Saw Manthen it also applies to any other series.
In the end, although it is true that Chain Saw Man Confirmed sales were terrible with its Blu-ray/DVD packages, too it is true that there are one-time payments for broadcasting rights that the production committee (in this case made up of MAP and Shueisha) received from all streaming platforms interested in broadcasting the series worldwide. So was Chainsaw Man a hit or a flop? Although fans continue to debate, in the end only the managers at MAPPA really know, and they are unlikely to reveal it.