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- Sep 8, 2006
We have first week sales for Kizuna on Blu-ray and DVD thanks to a Baidu user.
On the anime Blu-ray charts the deluxe version of Kizuna had 10,039 copies sold, and came in second place.
The standard Blu-ray was fourth on the charts and sold 1,495 copies.
While the chart doesn't show combined numbers, if you took both releases, it means Kizuna sold 11,534 copies on Blu-ray in the first week of release.
To compare with prior Digimon Blu-ray releases and their week 1 sales: (in order of charted sales, which can leave off some sales for various reasons)
tri. 2- 9,602
tri. 3- 9,061
tri. 4- 7,780
tri. 1- 6,074
tri. 5- 5,442
Movies (Box with Adventure, 02, Tamers, Frontier, & Savers films)- 5,190
tri. 6- 4,833
For week one sales, combining both versions, this puts Kizuna within a few hundred copies of the Adventure BD-Box for week one sales, which is the strongest Blu-ray release, saleswise, the franchise has had.
The DVD version charted on the anime DVD charts at first place with 1,610 yen copies sold.
Most Digimon DVDs were released when the market was wildly different, and with numbers we are slightly less sure of, so just including the tri. numbers for comparison: (in release order)
tri. 1- 1,748
tri. 2- 2,804
tri. 3- 2,461
tri. 4- 2,599
tri. 5- 1,863
tri. 6- 1,537
Basically Kizuna performed quite well, to an impressive degree. It's also probably the most solid example we've seen why the franchise has moved so solidly back to Adventure in the last few years. It simply outperforms everything else, to an almost cartoonish degree.
With the home video market contrasting and Digimon still getting good numbers, and the franchise generally doing well in product sales, tie in events, etc., it appears we are in a solid place to keep getting Digimon content in an ongoing manner for a good amount of time (hopefully.)
We've been going over the (number free) chart positions for the release here.
Our breakdown of the deluxe Blu-ray release can be found here.
The Japanese Blu-ray and DVD releases are still available to order. CDJapan links are affiliate links:
Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna Blu-ray Deluxe Version (CDJapan)
Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna Blu-ray (CDJapan)
Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna DVD (CDJapan)
Various details on store exclusives can be found in here and here.
The US Blu-ray and DVD release of Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna is currently scheduled for October 6th and is up for pre-order at Amazon: (affiliate link)
Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna BD/DVD
Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna DVD
A digital release in the US will be a week prior to the home video release on September 29th.