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Manga in Japan = Naruto

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Detractors of hit manga Naruto will be gnashing their teeth in anguished frustration with the news that the manga sales charts for the first weeks of May show a spectacular showing from the orange ninja in Japan, with his compiled adventures crushing all comers…

The ranking below shows the sales volume for each title in the week in question, along with the running total and the number of weeks since release:

Rank

Sales

Total

Weeks

Title

1

291,155

795,179

2

NARUTO 46

2

165,719

324,053

2

Ouran High School Host Club 14

3

85,933

181,233

2

CLAYMORE 16

4

80,171

183,504

2

Eyeshield 21 35

5

66,271

149,487

2

Toriko 4

6

57,201

136,882

2

Gintama Character Book 2

7

54,085

54,085

1

Grappler Baki 18

8

45,085

99,798

2

Yu☆Gi☆Oh GX 5

9

43,852

43,852

1

Baki Gaiden 5

10

42,569

88,444

2

Senoku Tenseiki 5

11

40,188

94,313

2

kure-nai 3

12

39,379

77,390

2

Hana Yorimo Hana no Gotoku 7

13

36,712

1,049,424

5

Hagane no Renkinjutsushi 22

14

34,701

82,451

2

Kōen-mae Hashutsujo 164

15

32,980

79,814

2

Majin Tantei Nōgami Neuro 21

16

29,008

219,923

3

Mei-chan no Shitsuji 9

17

24,261

42,644

2

Kenka Shoubai 15

18

24,096

129,298

3

Bokutachi wa Shitteshimatta 6

19

23,277

135,999

6

K-ON! 1

20

22,561

136,334

7

K-ON! 2

21

21,663

232,283

4

Ace of Diamond 15

22

21,440

50,431

2

Dorabase 17

23

21,368

262,148

4

Kekkaishi 24

24

20,402

44,215

2

Aishiteru 1

25

20,237

43,620

2

Aishiteru 2

26

19,996

215,358

4

Life 20

27

19,792

663,040

7

Sei☆Oniisan 3

28

19,588

1,789,091

10

ONE PIECE 53

29

18,307

18,307

1

Flat 2

30

18,207

311,774

4

Hayate no Gotoku! 19

And here is the ranking adjusted to show the number of copies sold per week of release (perhaps this favours newly released manga, as they tend to make most of their sales in the initial weeks, but it is illustrative enough):

Rank

Sales

Title

1

397,590

NARUTO 46

2

209,885

Hagane no Renkinjutsushi 22

3

178,909

ONE PIECE 53

4

162,027

Ouran High School Host Club 14

5

94,720

Sei☆Oniisan 3

6

91,752

Eyeshield 21 35

7

90,617

CLAYMORE 16

8

77,944

Hayate no Gotoku! 19

9

74,744

Toriko 4

10

73,308

Mei-chan no Shitsuji 9

11

68,441

Gintama Character Book 2

12

65,537

Kekkaishi 24

13

58,071

Ace of Diamond 15

14

54,085

Grappler Baki 18

15

53,840

Life 20

16

49,899

Yu☆Gi☆Oh GX 5

17

47,157

kure-nai 3

18

44,222

Senoku Tenseiki 5

19

43,852

Baki Gaiden 5

20

43,099

Bokutachi wa Shitteshimatta 6

21

41,226

Kōen-mae Hashutsujo 164

22

39,907

Majin Tantei Nōgami Neuro 21

23

38,695

Hana Yorimo Hana no Gotoku 7

24

25,216

Dorabase 17

25

22,667

K-ON! 1

26

22,108

Aishiteru 1

27

21,810

Aishiteru 2

28

21,322

Kenka Shoubai 15

29

19,476

K-ON! 2

30

18,307

Flat 2

Whilst the dominance of Naruto is no where near the monopoly the title possesses over western markets, it is still a spectacularly strong showing which puts it amongst the greatest shonen heavyweights, perhaps deservedly so.

Those who despair in the unassailable hegemony Naruto enjoys over international manga markets can at least take solace in the fact that even in Japan his popularity is booming…

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