Manga in Japan = One Piece

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Manga in Japan appears synonymous with One Piece in much the same way that manga overseas is a shorthand for saying “Naruto“, if the latest manga sales figures are anything to go by.

The collected Oricon Top 50 figures for manga sales through the first half of 2009 (shown below) give a complete picture of what manga series are dominating Japan of late, with the usual blockbusters of Bleach, Naruto, and (of course) One Piece dominating much of the list.

  • Sales figures shown are for November 11, 2008 – May, 17 2009.

    2009 First Half Manga Sales Rankings

    Rank Sales Name
    1 1,801,877 ONE PIECE 53
    2 1,778,239 ONE PIECE 52
    3 1,418,089 NANA 21
    4 1,170,718 鋼の錬金術師 21 / Full Metal Alchemist 21
    5 1,131,145 NARUTO 45
    6 1,068,430 鋼の錬金術師 22 / Full Metal Alchemist 22
    7 927,610 BLEACH 36
    8 907,714

    BLEACH 37

    9 864,708 NARUTO 46
    10 822,238

    BLEACH 38

    11 685,186

    君に届け 8 / Kimi ni Todoke 8

    12 677,411

    聖☆おにいさん 3 / Saint☆Onii-san 3

    13 619,501

    黒執事 6 / Kuroshitsuji 6

    14 611,100

    D.Gray-man 17

    15 598,192

    家庭教師ヒットマンREBORN23 / Katekyou Hitman REBORN! 23

    16 593,589

    名探偵コナン 64 / Detective Conan 64

    17 589,656

    PLUTO 7

    18 572,946

    バガボンド 29 / Vagabond 29

    19 557,839

    銀魂 26 / Gintama 26

    20 554,920

    家庭教師ヒットマンREBORN24 / Katekyou Hitman REBORN! 24

    21 551,829

    ガラスの仮面 43 / Garasu no Kamen (Glass Mask) 43

    22 545,496

    銀魂 27 / Gintama 27

    23 493,768

    銀魂 28 / Gintama 28

    24 465,760

    XxxHOLIC 14

    25 441,939

    3月のライオン 2 / Sangatsu no Lion 2

    26 402,965

    もやしもん 7 / Moyashimon 7

    27 394,567

    バクマン。 2 / Bakuman 2

    28 381,633

    バクマン。 3 / Bakuman 3

    29 376,340

    ハヤテのごとく! 18 / Hayate no Gotoku! 18

    30 374,257

    桜蘭高校ホスト部 14 / Ouran High School Host Club 14

    31 373,020

    ソウルイーター 14 / Soul Eater 14

    32 366,651

    FAIRY TAIL 14

    33 365,235

    聖☆おにいさん 1 / Saint☆Onii-san 1

    34 363,446

    高校デビュー 13 / Koukou Debut 13

    35 347,574

    あひるの空 23 / Ahiru no Sora

    36 334,536

    メイちゃんの執事 1 / Mei-chan no Shitsuji 1

    37 332,697

    聖☆おにいさん 2 / Saint☆Onii-san 2

    38 332,338

    ツバサ 25 / Tsubasa 25

    39 331,985

    FAIRY TAIL 13

    40 327,918

    NARUTO 44

    41 324,396

    クロスゲーム 14 / Cross Game 14

    42 321,461

    ツバサ 26 / Tsubasa 26

    43 319,543

    ハヤテのごとく! 19 / Hayate no Gotoku! 19

    44 317,381

    MAJOR 70

    45 317,125

    WORST 22

    46 316,221

    あひるの空 22 / Ahiru no Sora 22

    47 315,469

    結界師 23 / Kekkaishi 23

    48 315,150

    デトロイト・メタル・シティ 7 / Detroit Metal City 7

    49 313,845

    蟲師 10 / Mushishi 10

    50 313,214

    MAJOR 69

    Sales after May 17 are not included in the list, but including the figures we saw in the June 2009 Oricon charts would put the new One Piece 54 volume at the #4 spot, or possibly even into the top 3 if even more recent sales figures were available.

    Another June release, Bleach 39 would also come into this list at around spot #23, making this yet another strong performance for Shonen Jump titles, which also includes One Piece and Naruto.

    Gangan, Square-Enix’s own encyclopedia-thick manga magazine, comes in second to Jump with popular titles Full Metal Alchemist and Kuroshitsuji also earning respectable numbers.

    Via Oricon.


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      Comment by dood
      00:52 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

      Its nice to see at least that the chart is all controlled by shonen (with Mushishi and Moyashimon in the chart).

      Comment by Anonymous
      08:00 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

      Mushishi FTW!

      Comment by Bee

      Why is that 'good to see'?

      Comment by daz
      10:17 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

      Cuz if we were to go buy what animes get made, one would think that girl-laden manga would dominate. While these titles certainly don't shy away from girls, they're mostly titles by and for males. That's good because that's the strength of manga....no matter how good/weird/nice/innovative shoujo is, shounen is bigger and stronger....more boys read comics than girls. It's refreshing because it shows that manga doesn't have to chuck in service like anime does just to sell titles....the fact that there is a whole genre(s) of manga that DO give us that service is just awesome though! Thanx Japan!

      Comment by Metalbunny
      02:12 20/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

      .......unsurprisingly predictable

      Comment by Anonymous
      02:48 20/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

      FUCK YEAR SAINT ONII-SAN

      Comment by hALOTOO
      22:11 21/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

      Sakura: Naruto let's go to the beach, I want to wear my new onepiece.

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      Comment by KLoWn
      09:59 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

      Lol@OP wank.
      It's always fun to see how all the tards make it sound more awesome than it actually is.

      Comment by Anonymous
      10:25 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

      Maybe cause you are too old and have watched too much anime. Sure we hype it up, because we like it. Nothing personal if it sounded that way. Peace.

      Comment by sambo
      03:04 20/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

      one peace

      Comment by Anonymous
      11:06 24/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

      one piece

      Comment by Anonymous
      05:11 17/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

      Haha, retard....

      Theres a reason why one piece is top

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      Comment by sanimej2
      10:19 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

      At least Nana is in the top 3! Yay!

      Comment by thefrencharmyx2
      09:40 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

      I am not surprised One Piece deserves all the praise it gets. It truly is an original piece of work and unlike such things as bleach and naruto it has a good story working for it. The latest arc for example is simply amazing. The story seems to actually have characters grow (not just one or two but you can see how many of the characters including the villains grow over time through decent character development. The manga works. I think it deserves the praise it gets and although it sometimes gets repetitive (sort of anyways) it is still quite good. Seriously the series grows on you over time.

      FMA, Negima!, and Soul Eater are all good manga that should be represented as well as having some of the better plots in manga. These are just my opinion mind you,

      Comment by Anonymous
      22:42 24/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

      You don't even read Naruto (apparently) , but yet spew such a crap. Talking about ignorance.
      Anyway...
      One Piece, Bleach, Naruto, etc... Same sh#t, different title. Shounen (running for decades) with the same stereotypes, actually going nowhere and should have ended a long time ago.

      Comment by Anonymous
      16:25 20/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

      You saying Naruto and Bleach is the same as One Piece just made me go WTF. Have you read them? Or are you one of those moetards?

      Comment by Anonymous
      09:37 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

      After 4KIDS (FOX) showed One Piece, I was so freaking pissed at how they presented One Piece. Luckily at the time my Anime Club was showing 4 episodes of One Piece every Friday in the evening at College (and sometimes we even marathoned it for a full day (lol)). We even watched the movies too, which were good as well. America needs more One Piece and honestly everyone in the World need more One Piece!

      Sure One Piece is a very long Shonen Show, I will admit. But if you read the manga, like we encouraged a club member, it took him 5 & 1/2 days to get to chapter 450. And guess what...he was the kind of person that thought One Piece was 'Stupid' and 'Freakin' Retarded' show for kids. Now, all he talks about is One Piece (He used to be a Narutard and now he's a OnePiecetard, LMFAO!)

      Comment by SaruDa
      10:34 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

      You used a pronoun! Keep up the good work!

      Comment by SaruDa
      10:32 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

      Sangatsu no Lion is on the list?
      Oh, now I'm really pissed that it's not being translated.

      Comment by Anonymous
      16:30 20/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

      I think it's being translated by BWYS.org.

      Comment by Cerenado
      10:43 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

      Hell ya!
      One Piece foreva!
      Will it past the golden 1k chapter mark? At this rate, anything's possible if it's that franchise.

      Comment by Anonymous
      11:08 24/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

      it doesnt need to pass 1k to be the best manga ever, even better than dragon ball

      Comment by Anonymous
      12:09 04/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

      geez, a lot of that top 50 list are not even memorable. how the fuck are they so popular, wtf

      Comment by Anonymous
      16:28 20/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

      Lol, you watch too many fanservice anime. That stuff is unmemorable. Srsly?

      Comment by Anonymous
      01:36 08/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

      One Piece is load of overhyped crap. Anyone remember DBZ and how ridiculously overhyped it was? This is just the new thing except the only difference between One Piece and DBZ is that One Piece is the bigger cash cow lol.

      Comment by Anonymous
      16:27 20/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

      Only people who havent read it enough say this.

      Comment by Anonymous
      08:35 29/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

      hey do you know that Dragonball 1st edition's set of manga worth 100X$ more than the second edition, yes, 1000$ CA around each book, you can sell it even higher if you have the whole set (1st edition)***the 1st edition is bigger and larger than a normal manga it has more pages too. and from back then, dragon ball has the top sale so I think the worth both of them is equal.

      Comment by Anonymous
      01:00 16/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

      Butthurt One Piece hater!

      Comment by Anonymous
      01:04 16/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

      Unlike Naruto and DB, One Piece deserves all the praise and popularity it gets!

      Comment by Anonymous
      08:30 29/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

      well if you ask me which manga I 'm willing to buy it would be dragonball and one piece~~~ I can read them over and over~~~ but something like naruto ~ once is enough, no offense

      Comment by Anonymous
      17:56 22/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

      Vagabond=Samurai

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      Comment by Danielnoctis
      06:19 16/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

      Gintama is excellent.
      One piece too.

      Comment by Anonymous
      16:25 20/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

      Include Full Metal Alchemist and Ill agree.

      Comment by Anonymous
      07:59 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

      One Piece fucking rules you cunts.

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      Comment by p1k4ch3w
      01:34 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

      <3 One Piece!

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      Comment by Celestz
      01:54 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

      Mainstream titles sure dominate and resonate their names everywhere. Gah~

      Comment by Anonymous
      12:23 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

      "mainstream" in manga/anime is not the same as the "mainstream" in music.

      Comment by Anonymous
      16:31 20/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

      Yeah, in music, most people in the world have horrible tastes. That means most people listen to crappy music, and most means mainstream. Not the case with manga though.

      Comment by Bee
      05:08 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

      ...That statement was awfully redundant... how can something be 'mainstream' and not dominating and resonating their names everywhere? That is the whole essence of the term mainstream.

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      Comment by Garland
      02:04 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

      What can you expect? One Piece still rocks my socks off like it used to, while Naruto is becoming more and more Bleach every day. Let's not even go into Bleach... Have they left Namek yet?

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      Comment by Riot Gear
      02:04 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

      Wow,i didn't expect Nana and FMA is still strong but the sales are bit disappointing nowadays compare to the manga in the 80s and 90s that sells 2m and above.

      Comment by Anonymous
      17:05 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

      FMA became popular again thanks to the recent anime.

      Comment by Anonymous
      16:29 20/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

      Hooray for that. This and One Piece deserve it.

      Comment by Anonymous
      01:11 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

      Naruto=shyt

      However, stupid westerns like so-called ninjas better than pirates
      so...

      still, in history ninjas never fight each other in groups and so uncovered.
      But in history pirates do make adventures.

      again, westerners are too lazy and stupid to check these history.

      Comment by Anonymous
      01:32 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

      One Piece=shyt

      However, stupid westerns like so-called pirates better than ninjas so…

      still, in history pirates never fight each other with stretchy rubber arms.
      But in history ninnjas do make adventures.

      again, westerners are too lazy and stupid to check these history.

      Comment by Anonymous
      01:36 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

      narutard detected :D
      u was baited

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      Comment by Hexa
      01:43 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

      "again, westerners are too lazy and stupid to check these history." - heh

      ultra-fail

      Comment by Shyster
      01:36 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

      you must be quite bored.

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      Comment by Akumaten
      07:35 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

      "But in history ninnjas do make adventures."

      They perform missions and suppose to be silent, unlike Naruto

      Comment by Anonymous
      17:03 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

      lol, win.

      Comment by Anonymous
      11:35 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

      Goddamn, it's like retards fighting over whose shit smells better, both aren't exactly stellar.

      Comment by Anonymous
      02:39 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

      Don't you just love babelfish translations?

      Always gives me a good laugh when someone's statement get's twisted, because the are 'too lazy and stupid to check these history'... ehm, I mean dictionaries.

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      Comment by CC
      01:30 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

      Or perhaps they don't give a rats ass about how historically correct it is. They might just read it *gasp* and then decide whether it's fun/intriguing/etc or not.

      Comment by Anonymous
      05:41 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

      hla amiga





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