Top 5 Manga Overseas – 2008 April to July

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2channers are currently amusing themselves at the expense of the rest of the world by looking at what sort of manga they are buying.

Even if we restrain ourselves from making national characterisations on the basis of the manga being bought, as is rather tempting in the case of Germany, the results are interesting:

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2008 April to July:

USA

UK

Germany

France

China

1

Naruto

Death Note

How to Draw Manga

Naruto

X Complete

2

Berserk

Art of Spirited Away

Futari Ecchi

Death Note

Advanced Manga for Beginners

3

Let’s Find Pokemon!

How to Draw Manga: Body and Motion

How to Draw Bishoujo & Bishonen

One Piece

Ginka Eiyuu Densetsu Complete

4

Fruits Basket

Nausicaa

How to Draw Digital Manga

Samurai Deeper Kyo

Hitori Kurashimo 5

5

Vampire Knight

Pokemon

How to Draw Japanese Style Manga

City Hunter

Doraemon

The US at least looks to have a respectable, if unremarkable, set of bestsellers, as does France and to a lesser extent the UK. Pokemon exerts a hold over the English speaking nations, as does Naruto, it seems…

Is there some reason for this remarkable performance by Germany? Sex and how to draw manga? Or are we simply to assume an idiosyncratic or deliberately slanted source used?

An alternative for Germany is provided by our own Anonymous:

1. One Piece
2. Naruto
3. Detective Conan
4. Battle Angel Alita Last Order
5. Inu Yasha

The date likely differs, and probably it excludes the “How-to” volumes popular everywhere, so don’t get too excited.

Compare to the 2008 ranking of manga sold in Japan… It should be said this set is not on the same order of reliability as those, so take care in interptreting it.

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