The eleventh volume of Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ debuted at the 7th position in Oricon’s weekly ranking, with an estimate of 60,337 copies sold in its first week of sales for the regular edition. The Special Edition (Mini Sakura Costume) debuted at the 33th position, with an estimate of 16,853 copies sold. Combining the numbers of the regular and special editions together, it sold an estimate of 77,190 copies in its release week.
Since volume 5, the first week sales of Clear Card arc have consistently been lower than its previous volume, but the good news is: that was not the case with volume 11.
The overall first week sales of volume 11 were better than volume 10, which sold an estimate of 75,258 copies. It’s not a big difference, but it’s an improvement and something that didn’t happen since volume 5. When looking at the regular and special editions individually, the regular edition numbers for volume 11 (60,337) were better than volume 10 (54,943) but the same can’t be said about the Special Edition — 20,315 for volume 10 vs 16,853 for volume 11.
It’s also worth mentioning that while it landed in the 7th position, the first 6 titles are not published by Kodansha. Meaning Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ volume 11 was this week’s most sold title published by Kodansha.
It is worth mentioning that Oricon only takes into account a certain number of shops and preorders are likely not taken into account. These numbers are only an estimate and it’s possible that the real figures are higher than these.
Source: Oricon via iamZEON.
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):
Really nice to see some shy, but noticeable improvement in sales!
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 11.