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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