2008 Manga Sales Ranking


Here we see the 2008 annual sales data for manga compilations (tankoubons), as compiled by Oricon:

*1 1,678,208 ONE PIECE 50
*2 1,645,128 NANA -ナナ- 19
*3 1,209,551 のだめカンタービレ 20 / Nodame Cantabile 20
*4 1,188,881 NARUTO-ナルト- 43
*5 1,081,575 鋼の錬金術師 19 / Full Metal Alchemist 19
*6 *,874,153 BLEACH-ブリーチ- 34
*7 *,863,240 HUNTER×HUNTER 25
*8 *,815,648 花より男子 37 / Hana yori Dango 37
*9 *,649,089 君に届け 7 / Kimi ni Todoke
10 *,632,495 D.Gray-man 15
11 *,631,968 PLUTO 6
12 *,630,147 バガボンド 28 / Vagabond 28
13 *,626,445 名探偵コナン 61 / Meitantei Conan
14 *,613,934 家庭教師ヒットマン! 20 / Kateikyo Hitman Reborn 20
15 *,534,624 おおきく振りかぶって 10 / Ookiku Furikabutte 10
16 *,529,210 黒執事 4 / Kuroshitsuji 4
17 *,524,031 銀魂-ぎんたま- 24 / Gintama 24
18 *,513,007 桜蘭高校ホスト部 12  / Ouran Koukou Host Club 12
19 *,453,193 リアル 8  / Real 8
20 *,452,793 よつばと! 8 / Yotsuba&! 8
21 *,451,942 ×××HOLiC 13
22 *,432,563 デトロイト・メタル・シティ 5 / Detroit Metal City 5
23 *,428,611 聖☆おにいさん 2 / Sei-Onii-san 2

Whilst I hardly expect to see Tsutomu Nihei in the list, it is still an uninspiring sight in terms of the variety and quality of manga on offer (not that congratulations are not in order for titles enjoying such impressive popularity).

Doubtless a seinen (in both senses of the word) breakdown would be of interest too…

I expect everyone has their own favourite title they are disappointed to see forlorn?

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    Comment by Anonymous
    17:33 17/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by Matt
    15:18 27/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    One Piece is in the spot it deserves, Naruto is a little to high, Bleach is on the list so that alone is to high. Good to see HXH on there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:51 24/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    well, this is not some poll, it is manga SALES so every manga deserves its place, especially One Piece.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:54 26/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is probably the best comment on this page

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    Comment by Reboot
    18:53 17/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haha! I didn't expect Yotsubato! to even being in the ranking list. That's great.

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    Comment by Artefact

    It has actually sold millions of copies and is extremely popular - naturally amongst a mass audience...

    Comment by Dorian Cornelius Jasper
    07:22 09/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Oh! Hadn't noticed that. Bully for Azuma! This is probably my favorite comedy. I really hope that the other volumes past 5 get released in the US sometime soon.

    Comment by Virgin Otaku
    18:15 17/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Doubtless a seinen (in both senses of the word) breakdown would be of interest too…"

    Don'tcha guys know already that seinen stuff comes in the form of VISUAL NOVELS!

    Paper manga is such an outdated old-school medium by now, no wonder titles that apply to little kiddie boys and old women are what's popular. /sarcasm

    Comment by Kas
    20:27 17/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    This pic is awesome.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:47 24/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    She's called Boa Hancock, in One Piece.

    Comment by Inkiliath
    23:58 17/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    hell yeah! BLAME! and Biomega are masterpieces. and BLAME is in my opinion only rivaled by Berserk! but alas, wont see Biomega or something along those lines on the top sales chart anytime soon i think

    Comment by ipood
    09:24 18/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Blame² was officially announced too.

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    Comment by Artefact
    00:01 18/12/2008 # ! Inadvisable

    Don't forget Abara. I feel the same way about Berserk; I'd add Gunmu to the list also.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:24 23/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You can bash bleach all you want but I Love it. I Don't see why so many people are putting naruto over bleach. We need some Bleach fans in here.

    Comment by QkNoboru
    09:38 07/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    oh god more Boa

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:54 24/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    She deserves being called the most beautiful (and sexiest).

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:19 15/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    One Piece and Hunter x Hunter are always nice to see up high on the charts!

    I also think Naruto and Bleach are way too high. ...I guess it's just a fact that style has a lot to do with appeal, as much as story.

    REALLY happy to see Ookiku Furikabutte on the list. I had no clue it was this popular! That makes me really happy. Higuchi is a fantastic writer. I still think it should be at least in the top 10 though. Wayyyy better than D Grayman and Reborn! And so much more heart than BLEACH. Bleh.

    I'm a little surprised that Ippo is missing though.

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    Comment by Kageryu
    07:19 17/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)


    Although that's among the only manga on the list that's among my favorites.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:35 17/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Looks like the unholy trinity is as overrated in popularity there as it is in western nations!

    Although I am pleasantly surprised Bleach got as low as sixth, I was expecting an atomic rageworthy top three of One Piece, Naruto, and Bleach.

    Comment by Avisch
    07:53 17/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    You like Nihei?

    He was my first real favorite artist. And BLAME! is the manga I credit for helping me get into manga.

    Comment by Mako-chan
    07:52 17/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah ^o^ Ouran Host Club and xxHolic ^__^

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:06 17/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    One Piece is awesome, great to see it at #1.

    BTW, source of that Boa image? She's too cute around Luffy :3

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    Comment by Garland
    08:30 17/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    ...whoah <3

    Comment by the_poop
    06:46 17/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    It always feels nice when you realize you own half the manga on the list.

    Comment by Erml
    06:10 17/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    This somewhat renews my faith in the Japanese. Fuck yeah Nana!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:14 17/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    What? With One Piece/Naruto/FMA/Bleach up in the top 10?

    Fuck no.

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    Comment by XSportSeeker
    11:16 18/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    BAWW I hate popular mangas, the ones I read are better than the ones you read BAWWW

    Please, grow up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:31 22/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just because a manga becomes populare and there are some retards that just do crazed things cause they like it, does it not mean that the manga itself is bad...
    The authors do not want things like that stuff to happen, but it does anyway. Great job to the mangakas that actualy made it as one.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:04 24/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    wtf is your problem One Piece is master piece of all shit !!!!

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    Comment by Anonymous
    17:23 17/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have to admit that Naruto, One Piece and Bleach is a piece of shit but FMA is good... Way better than Narutard, Bleachtard n One Piecetard......

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:04 19/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    What's wrong with One Piece? Have you read or seen any of it to judge it? How much is enough to judge? You have not dedicated any time to it and yet you call it shit? It's a very good show/manga, I would even go far as to say it's the best shounen action out there. It can be quite powerful in delivering it's messages. There are numerous amounts of times where it has you crying. Even during fillers, One Piece is still fun to read/watch. FMA has nothing on One Piece. One Piece even appeals to the female audience in Japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:31 24/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    as the guys said, in other words there are no One Piecetards. One Piece deserves its place up in the 1st.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:24 31/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    And that comes from Full Metard.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:08 01/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    anyone who can like fma doesn't have the right to be pretentious and pretend it's better than naruto and one piece.

    one piece is still the best shonen manga, naruto is the popular stepchild but it's got its own merits. bleach is the one which deserves to be called a lazy, linear shonen. i swear, manga fans can get pathetic sometimes. don't judge a series by its popularity. technically or artistically, one piece is going to be one of the best comics out there, ranking with the classics.

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    Comment by basilio
    11:28 17/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    FMA manga is different from the anime... I personally don't like one piece/naruto/bleach, but FMA imo is not bad.

    Though there are better ones out there.

    Comment by mizuha
    11:15 17/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't group FMA with that shit.

    Comment by Tatsubei
    14:06 16/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    One Piece is cool, though. :(

    Comment by Missingno
    09:07 30/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hahahaha....FMA hasn't ended yet you idiot..
    your talking about the anime which diverges from the manga in a huge way...
    Though there is a new anime due which is supposed to follow the manga properly.

    Comment by Shatorr
    14:19 17/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah i agree FMA was good. and what makes it really good... IS IT FUCKING ENDED!

    Comment by nograde
    16:09 17/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by Heavenspawn
    06:22 17/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    one piece is where is belongs

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:36 24/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    true, statistics dont lie

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:28 17/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    a fellow nihei follower, kudos to you.
    well... PLUTO is in the 11th place so not everything is lost.

    Comment by notaname
    22:34 17/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't think Nihei released anything major this year, apart from Blame Gakuen! And So On (which sold out so fast I never got a copy).

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    Comment by abbe
    06:44 17/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Quite so, Nihei has such an interesting drawingstyle, I really like it. Though not too strange that its not a mainstream appeal.

    Comment by BuggyBY
    06:39 17/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    花より男子 is actually pronounced Hana yori Dango, not unlike the proverb - unless this is an unrelated manga, in which case the large number of volumes released confuses me.

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    Comment by Artefact
    07:10 17/12/2008 # ! Transparent

    Accident on my part - am familiar with both manga and proverb. Thanks...

    Comment by Ochitsuke
    17:51 17/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nodame Cantabile? I didn't know the series were that popular.

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    Comment by Artefact

    It's actually one of the most popular anime currently airing... Far more popular than any late night anime.

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