Oricon has released results of their poll for the “most interesting” manga of 2008.
Putting aside the more formal statistics of manga sales numbers, the results provide a glimpse of what series are most preferred by Japan’s manga reading public.
The poll was conducted by Oricon, the main arbitrator of sales rankings for everything from DVDs to theater tickets in Japan. Their statistics are what are used in the anime DVD sales numbers presented so frequently online.
Japanese ranging from ages 10-40 were questioned on what manga they considered to be “omoshiroi”, the Japanese word closest to the English “interesting” but also incorporating elements of “amusing, funny, delightful.” The “approval rating” indicates what percentage of those questioned consider the manga to be omoshiroi.
As happens too often with these sort of polls, a sample size number is not given, nor are many more details such as geographical location of those questioned available.
Ranking Series Approval Rating 1 ONE PIECE 45.9 2 のだめカンタービレ / Nodame Cantabile 38.8 3 NANA 32.5 4 NARUTO 23.6 5 Hunter x Hunter 23.1 6 Bleach 18.8 7 黒執事 / Kuroshitsuji 17.0 8 ブラッディ・マンデイ / Bloody Monday 16.5 9 君に届け / Kimi ni Todoke 15.5 10 聖☆おにいさん / Saint☆Oniisan 11.2
As it has been since time immemorial, Shonen Jump titles dominate the list of popular manga titles; 4 of the magazine’s series make up nearly half of the list – Naruto, Bleach, Hunter x Hunter and with One Piece taking the crown for #1 most interesting manga of 2008.
Nodame Cantabile grabs the #2 spot, unsuprising giving the popularity of the series in the 2008 Manga Sales Ranking where it took the #3 ranking.
Indeed, this list looks quite similar to the 2008 Manga Sales list, as most of the titles listed here were also among the top 20 best-selling of 2008. The only titles here that were not on that list are Bloody Monday (a shonen action series) and Saint☆Oniisan, an odd comedy/slice of life series of Jesus and Buddha sharing an apartment in modern day Japan…
Picture of Nico by Megadriv.