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On March 5, 2009, the New York Times began publishing for the first time, a Manga Best Seller List. In recognition of the fact that "comics have finally joined the mainstream", the New York Times has added three new graphic books best seller lists to their well-known and well-respected weekly lineup of best seller lists. This list comes out every Friday, and it reflects the sales for the week ending the previous Saturday. One of the unique aspects of this new list is that it includes sales not just at large and independent retailer of a variety of books, but also specialty shops and many other outlets, both online and brick-and-mortar. A detailed description of how where the data was obtained can be found below the actual list.

Graphic Books Best Seller List (Manga)
1 NARUTO, Vol. 43, by Masashi Kishimoto. (VIZ Media, $7.95.)
2 NARUTO, Vol. 42, by Masashi Kishimoto. (VIZ Media, $7.95.)
3 NARUTO, Vol. 44, by Masashi Kishimoto. (VIZ Media, $7.95.)
4 NEGIMA! (MAGISTER NEGI MAGI), Vol. 21, by Ken Akamatsu. (Del Rey, $10.99.)
5 NEGIMA!? NEO, Vol. 1, by Takuya Fujiyama and Ken Akamatsu. (Del Rey, $10.99.)
6 XXXHOLIC, Vol. 13, by Clamp. (Del Rey, $10.99.)
7 NARUTO, Vol. 41, by Masashi Kishimoto. (VIZ Media, $7.95.)
8 FRUITS BASKET, Vol. 22, by Natsuki Takaya. (TokyoPop, $10.99.)
9 NARUTO, Vol. 40, by Masashi Kishimoto. (VIZ Media, $7.95.) A journey to the Land of Rain unveils a secret.
10 NARUTO, Vol. 39, by Masashi Kishimoto. (VIZ Media, $7.95.)

Rankings reflect sales of graphic novels, for the week ending April 4, at many thousands of venues where a wide range of books are sold nationwide. These include hundreds of independent book retailers (statistically weighted to represent all such outlets); national, regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; university, gift, supermarket, discount department stores and newsstands. In addition, these rankings also include unit sales reported by retailers nationwide that specialize in graphic novels and comic books.

Source: NY Times Graphic Books Best Seller List (4/10/09)
Modified by animedreamer, Apr 17, 2009 8:02 AM


 
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Waaah, so much Naruto D: And Furuba is eight ? I think it's much better than Naruto ;3


 
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Naruto, Negima, and Fruits Basket.. great taste people. -.-
 
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not a big suprise seeing as the naruto manga is one of the most popular
 
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At least this time we have xxxHOLIC.

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Go Negima, get that first place....
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The endless debate between fans and haters. At one point, after spending a lot of time on MAL, you just realize it's totally pointless.
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What the fuck, Naruto?
 
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BadLuckTuckxL said:
What the fuck, Naruto?


C'mon, everyone could have guess it's Naruto. Duh! What did you expect? Akira?
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The endless debate between fans and haters. At one point, after spending a lot of time on MAL, you just realize it's totally pointless.
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Yey! Negima! and Fruits Basket ^^
 
Apr 12, 2009 1:35 PM

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Needs more erm, less mainstream stuff.
 
Apr 12, 2009 1:38 PM

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Too much Naruto
 
Apr 12, 2009 1:40 PM

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Less mainstream stuff will never make it in America. Only the most mainstream of mainstream make it over here and do well -.-" It's a pity, really. There's so many other series that are better than Naruto >_>
 
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Soulstrider said:
Too much Naruto


Jesus...over half of the top 10 is Naruto? D:

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Apr 12, 2009 1:41 PM

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The NYT is cool for doing this.
 
Apr 12, 2009 1:43 PM

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infinite_zero said:
Needs more erm, less mainstream stuff.

But that's pretty much what the list is bound to be; mainstream stuff is what's bought most.
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If someone organized a (large) group of people to purchase a specific book during a specific week, it would be interesting to see what sort of effect that would have on the rankings.
 
Apr 12, 2009 2:35 PM

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Oh look, Naruto.

No surprises there America.
 
Apr 12, 2009 2:37 PM

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What a sad list.
 
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That's really no surprise that Naruto is top, especially since Viz released about 11 volumes in 3 months.

I would like to see a Top 20 or Top 50 list and see what makes it into that.
 
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The ones that made me happy:

4 NEGIMA! (MAGISTER NEGI MAGI), Vol. 21, by Ken Akamatsu. (Del Rey, $10.99.)
5 NEGIMA!? NEO (MAGISTER NEGI MAGI), Vol. 1, by Takuya Fujiyama and Ken Akamatsu. (Del Rey, $10.99.)
6 XXXHOLIC, Vol. 13, by Clamp. (Del Rey, $10.99.)
8 FRUITS BASKET, Vol. 22, by Natsuki Takaya. (TokyoPop, $10.99.)

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"comics have finally joined the mainstream"

Question: Where are the other comics?

Wouldn't it be fair to have a general list?
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Apr 12, 2009 3:57 PM

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Aw, Fruits Basket.
 
Apr 12, 2009 4:32 PM

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Tweens eat that Naruto shit up.
 
Apr 12, 2009 4:35 PM
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keitorin said:
That's really no surprise that Naruto is top, especially since Viz released about 11 volumes in 3 months.

I would like to see a Top 20 or Top 50 list and see what makes it into that.

Seriously, just go into a typical Barnes & Noble or Borders and you'll see Naruto all over the manga section because Viz is really publicizing it like crazy right now. A larger list would be more useful; you might even get to see some surprises on it.

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Naruto manga is good, still I am happy to see xxxHolic and Negima get some love, Fruit's Basket though shouldn't be up there(see I can complain too)
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Yay for xxxholic (:
 
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WinterNightsFall said:
Soulstrider said:
Too much Naruto


Jesus...over half of the top 10 is Naruto? D:
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shinkeikaku said:
Naruto, Negima, and Fruits Basket.. great taste people. -.-


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I am surprised Strawberry 100% isn't on there. Guess I am the only weirdo who buys it here =/....

 
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keitorin said:
That's really no surprise that Naruto is top, especially since Viz released about 11 volumes in 3 months.

Pretty much the same with all the retailers, bookstores and whatnot over here.
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yunadestined said:
keitorin said:
That's really no surprise that Naruto is top, especially since Viz released about 11 volumes in 3 months.

Pretty much the same with all the retailers, bookstores and whatnot over here.


Well they have to do that - the Naruto Manga in American Shonen Jump is only 20~ chapters behind the Japanese one...

 
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So much Naruto...

 
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I believe this will answer any questions concerning Viz Media and their extensive Naruto campaign...What can I say? Good marketing gets the job done.

I would also like a larger list in order to see if there are any 'dark horses' in there. At least a top thirty.
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Apr 12, 2009 5:57 PM

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OMFG, NATURO!!! But seriously, this is disappointing...
 
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I'm kinda surprised Bleach isn't on that list :P

But srsly, WTF NARUTO. Dx

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Apr 12, 2009 6:20 PM

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I'd rather see whats at the bottom of the list, I bet most of the actual good stuff lies there =/
 
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naruto should be banned from that list.
 
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Waffle_Princess said:
If someone organized a (large) group of people to purchase a specific book during a specific week, it would be interesting to see what sort of effect that would have on the rankings.


I agree. If one could get enough cooperation they could really shift the market in their favor. That would be pretty cool.
 
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Way, way, way too much Naruto on that list.
 
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This list will be interesting to see when there aren't a zillion new Naruto volumes being released at once.

Good to see Fruits Basket and xxxHolic doing well though!

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There's so much Naruto on here due in large part, I wager, to Viz's printing scheduling - releasing four volumes at a time in order to catch up to the Japanese releases. Couple that with Naruto's popularity, and thats not unsurprising nor unreasonable an event.

 
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Meh, as much as it's to be expected way too much Naruto..
I'm surprised to see that something like Death Note isn't on the list since that's really popular in the US I think?
Glad xxxholic is up there though.
 
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Naruto pretty much owned that ranking thing. Hope better stuff is in the next ranking.
 
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Im so glad they are doing a manga best seller! I agree there is too much Naruto but Im so glad to see Fruits Baket :D
Hopefully this will help diverify and include more manga to the market
 
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Naruto is the most popular in the US
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Naruto is #1 for being most failed manga of all.

Fruits Basket is the best.

I'm glad for Holic and Negima though.
 
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Glad to not see Bleach on the list.
 
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^Faggot.
 
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