The eighth volume of Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ debuted at the 5th position in Oricon’s weekly ranking, with an estimate of 74,329 copies sold in its first week of sales. This is the second lowest first week sales for a Clear Card volume, only behind volume 2.
These numbers are for the regular edition, only. Numbers for the special edition (Drama CD part 2) are unknown as it did not appear on the ranking.
Let’s keep in mind that the special edition sales might have affected these numbers and, more importantly, volume 8 was up for pre-order several months prior to its release date so it is likely that the orders for the special edition were spread across the many weeks before the release date. That is, of course, just a personal guess.
It is worth mentioning that Oricon only takes into account a certain number of shops and only sales from the week which they are covering alone, not taking account pre-orders. These numbers are only an estimate and it’s possible that the real figures are higher than these.
The chart below shows the progress in the sales of Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ over the weeks and compares it with previous volumes’ performances (click on it for dynamic version):
It’s still early to know. Let’s wait and see how it will perform on next week’s ranking. Hopefully this is not the last we’ve seen of volume 8.