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Here is the manga sales ranking for the first half of the fiscal year 2009 (November 17th, 2008 - May 17th, 2009).

*1, 1,801,877 One Piece vol.53
*2, 1,778,239 One Piece vol.52
*3, 1,418,089 NANA vol.21
*4, 1,170,718 Fullmetal Alchemist vol.21
*5, 1,131,145 Naruto vol.45
*6, 1,068,430 Fullmetal Alchemist vol.22
*7, *,927,610 Bleach vol.36
*8, *,907,714 Bleach vol.35
*9, *,864,708 Naruto vol.46
10, *,822,238 Bleach vol.38

11, *,685,186 Kimi ni Todoke vol.8
12, *,677,411 Saint Young Men vol.3
13, *,619,501 Kuroshitsuji vol.6
14, *,611,100 D.Gray-man vol.17
15, *,598,192 Katekyo Hitman Reborn! vol.23
16, *,593,589 Detective Conan vol.64
17, *,589,656 Pluto vol.7
18, *,572,946 Vagabond vol.29
19, *,557,839 Gintama vol.26
20, *,493,768 Katekyo Hitman Reborn! vol.24

21, *,551,920 Glass Mask vol.43
22, *,545,496 Gintama vol.27
23, *,493,768 Gintama vol.28
24, *,465,760 xxxHOLiC vol.14
25, *,441,939 3 Gatsu no Lion vol.2
26, *,402,965 Moyashimon vol.7
27, *,394,567 Bakuman vol.2
28, *,381,633 Bakuman vol.1
29, *,376,340 Hayate The Combat Butler! vol.18
30, *,374,257 Ouran High School Host Club vol.14

Source: Oricon comic ranking
 
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31st - 50th
31, *,373,020 Soul Eater vol.14
32, *,366,651 Fairy Tail vol.14
33, *,365,235 Saint Young Men vol.1
34, *,363,446 Koukou Debut vol.13
35, *,347,574 Ahiru no Sora vol.23
36, *,334,536 Mei-chan no Shitsuji vol.1
37, *,332,697 Saint Young Men vol.2
38, *,332,338 Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE vol.25
39, *,331,985 Fairy Tail vol.13
40, *,327,918 Naruto vol.44

41, *,324,396 Cross Game vol.14
42, *,321,461 Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE vol.26
43, *,319,543 Hayate The Combat Butler! vol.19
44, *,317,381 Major vol.70
45, *,317,125 Worst vol.22
46, *,316,221 Ahiru no Sora vol.22
47, *,315,469 Kekkaishi vol.23
48, *,315,150 Detroit Metal City vol.7
49, *,313,845 Mushishi vol.10
50, *,313,214 Major vol.69

Sales Ranking Series by Series
*1, 6,208,627 One Piece
*2, 3,568,545 Bleach
*3, 3,490,349 Naruto
*4, 3,044,439 Fullmetal Alchemist
*5, 2,756.631 Gintama
*6, 2,580,155 Mei-chan no Shitsuji
*7, 2,035,492 Katekyo Hitman Reborn!
*8, 1,994,335 20th Century Boys
*9, 1,691,366 Bloody Monday
10, 1,603,197 Kuroshitsuji

Light Novel Top 10
*1, 172,246 Saiunkoku Monogatari vol.14
*2, 147,755 Saiunkoku Monogatari Side Story vol.4
*3, 140,539 Toradora! vol.10
*4, 133,591 To Aru Majutsu no Index vol.17
*5, 119,218 Zero no Tsukaima vol.16
*6, 108,521 Shakugan no Shana vol.18
*7, 104,486 Chrome Shelled Regios vol.12
*8, *98,364 Spice and Wolf vol.10
*9, *86,610 Chrome Shelled Regios vol.11
10, *85,996 Toradora Spin-off! vol.2
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Damn, that's so different from the American one.

Most of that is Naruto...

 
 
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I'm glad to see One Piece on top

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I can't believe Vinland Saga is nowhere on that list.
 
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12, *,677,411 Saint Young Men vol.3

wwwwwwwwwwwwwww

and nice, Tora, Regios and Spicy
 
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Anyone surprised? I'm not ;)
 
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I can't believe Vinland Saga is nowhere on that list.


I can't believe people still think quality = sales.
 
 
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I'm happy as usual to see Bloody Monday in these stats, but annoyed as usual that no one wants to translate it.
 
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dtshyk said:
*3, 1,418,089 NANA vol.21
*4, 1,170,718 Fullmetal Alchemist vol.21
*6, 1,068,430 Fullmetal Alchemist vol.22
11, *,685,186 Kimi ni Todoke vol.8
14, *,611,100 D.Gray-man vol.17
36, *,334,536 Mei-chan no Shitsuji vol.1

Yey ~


 
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wow i never realised how popular NANA is in Japan. woo
 
 
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Shounen action titles still seems to be pretty big there.
 
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dtshyk said:

*4, 1,170,718 Fullmetal Alchemist vol.21
*6, 1,068,430 Fullmetal Alchemist vol.22
14, *,611,100 D.Gray-man vol.17


F-yes :3
 
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wow i never realised how popular NANA is in Japan. woo


NANA is incredibly popular in Japan, as well as US :) The anime had something like 4% of Japan viewing its first episode. (My memories a bit vague but I do remember reading that somewhere :S)
 
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Saint Young Men, Pluto, Moyashimon and San Gatsu no Lion~ nice list :3
 
 
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dtshyk said:

*4, 1,170,718 Fullmetal Alchemist vol.21
*6, 1,068,430 Fullmetal Alchemist vol.22
*7, *,927,610 Bleach vol.36
*8, *,907,714 Bleach vol.35
10, *,822,238 Bleach vol.38


This makes me sad, I hate FMA. But I guess that's to be expected certain volumes will sell more of the monthly manga since they only come out every so often as opposed to a weekly one like Bleach. At least it beat it overall though.
 
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I was surprised seeing Kuroshitsuji on the list...... And I was happy to see Hagaren (Fullmetal), and D.Gray so high.
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I'm looking forward to the translated spice and wolf light novels that are coming out in like half a year.
 
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Zirgo said:

1 BLEACH 27, by Tite Kubo. (VIZ Media, $7.95.)
2 ROSARIO + VAMPIRE 7, by Akihisa Ikeda. (VIZ Media, $7.95.)
3 OURAN HIGH SCHOOL HOST CLUB 12, by Bisco Hatori. (VIZ Media, $8.99.)
4 NARUTO, VOL. 43, by Masashi Kishimoto. (VIZ Media, $7.95.)
5 NARUTO, VOL. 44, by Masashi Kishimoto. (VIZ Media, $7.95.)
6 FULL METAL ALCHEMIST, VOL. 18, by Hiromu Arakawa. (VIZ Media, $9.99.)
7 NEGIMA! 22, by Ken Akamatsu. (Del Rey, $10.99.)
8 NARUTO, VOL. 42, by Masashi Kishimoto. (VIZ Media, $7.95.)
9 YU-GI-OH!, VOL. 3, by Kazuki Takahashi and Naoyuki Kageyama. (VIZ Media, $7.99.)
10 ONE PIECE, VOL. 21, by Eiichiro Oda. (VIZ Media, $7.95.)


dtshyk said:

*1, 1,801,877 One Piece vol.53
*2, 1,778,239 One Piece vol.52
*3, 1,418,089 NANA vol.21
*4, 1,170,718 Fullmetal Alchemist vol.21
*5, 1,131,145 Naruto vol.45
*6, 1,068,430 Fullmetal Alchemist vol.22
*7, *,927,610 Bleach vol.36
*8, *,907,714 Bleach vol.35
*9, *,864,708 Naruto vol.46
10, *,822,238 Bleach vol.38


Clear evidence that the Japanese race is superior. Case closed.

... I kid, I kid.

(For the record, there are 5 franchises represented in the Japanese top 10 and 7 franchises represented in the NY Times top ten.)
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6 million+ sales for One Piece.....and nothing even close. Wow.
 
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One Piece is Japan's Naruto and Bleach is Japan's Bleach, got it.
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dtshyk said:

*4, 1,170,718 Fullmetal Alchemist vol.21
*6, 1,068,430 Fullmetal Alchemist vol.22
*7, *,927,610 Bleach vol.36
*8, *,907,714 Bleach vol.35
10, *,822,238 Bleach vol.38


This makes me sad, I hate FMA. But I guess that's to be expected certain volumes will sell more of the monthly manga since they only come out every so often as opposed to a weekly one like Bleach. At least it beat it overall though.


Then I have to LOL@U, sir.

of course its only normal that any bleach fan would hate FMA, which is clearly superior in storyline, art and characters. :P
 
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I love how no specific 20th Century Boys volume made it into the top 50, but 20th Century Boys is ranked 8th in overall sales. Shows that once you buy one volume, you just have to buy the rest. Glad to see Gintama selling a decent amount as well.
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Then I have to LOL@U, sir.

of course its only normal that any bleach fan would hate FMA, which is clearly superior in storyline, art and characters. :P


You can't expect most people to realize the greatness that inhabits titles such as FMA, 20th Century Boys, One Piece or Saint Young Man. After all, this site is mostly inhabited by Naruto and Bleach tards from the US ;)
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29, *,376,340 Hayate The Combat Butler! vol.18
43, *,319,543 Hayate The Combat Butler! vol.19

light novels
*5, 119,218 Zero no Tsukaima vol.16
*6, 108,521 Shakugan no Shana vol.18


:)
 
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Fai said:

Then I have to LOL@U, sir.

of course its only normal that any bleach fan would hate FMA, which is clearly superior in storyline, art and characters. :P


You can't expect most people to realize the greatness that inhabits titles such as FMA, 20th Century Boys, One Piece or Saint Young Man. After all, this site is mostly inhabited by Naruto and Bleach tards from the US ;)

^This
 
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I'm really glad that One Piece is top of the list! It deserves that spot!

 
 
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Hamel said:
Nidhoeggr said:
Fai said:

Then I have to LOL@U, sir.

of course its only normal that any bleach fan would hate FMA, which is clearly superior in storyline, art and characters. :P


You can't expect most people to realize the greatness that inhabits titles such as FMA, 20th Century Boys, One Piece or Saint Young Man. After all, this site is mostly inhabited by Naruto and Bleach tards from the US ;)

^This


Wow, guys, thanks for taking the time to sum up who I am as a person by what Japanese cartoons I like and dislike! I mean, who cares if we weren't talking about 20th Century Boys, One Piece, or Saint Young Man? I wish I could be cool like you guys, what with the ablity to gauge what I like by it's popularity in the United States! But alas, I am stuck deciding for myself what is good and what isn't based on the material itself and not how obscure it is so I can feel like the member of a secret adventure club for liking something twelve-year-old Naruto fans don't know about!

I have re-evaluated my place in this world as a person, thanks to you. I think I'll go to the Top Manga section, and then go to the very last page and read those series, since they obviously are of a higher quality then anything that would be a frontrunner!

Go put some south in your mouth.
 
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Wow, guys, thanks for taking the time to sum up who I am as a person by what Japanese cartoons I like and dislike!


Yes you are. You are what you eat, you are what you read.

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wish I could be cool like you guys, what with the ablity to gauge what I like by it's popularity in the United States!


You are what you eat, you are what you read.

MassiveAddict said:

But alas, I am stuck deciding for myself what is good and what isn't based on the material itself and not how obscure it is so I can feel like the member of a secret adventure club for liking something twelve-year-old Naruto fans don't know about!


So you are basically saying that instead of choosing things by the material and storyline, you choose the most popular ones and like that ? :E

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I have re-evaluated my place in this world as a person, thanks to you. I think I'll go to the Top Manga section, and then go to the very last page and read those series, since they obviously are of a higher quality then anything that would be a frontrunner!


1. Choosing things by the popularity of it is, well, human beings do not do that.
2. http://myanimelist.net/topmanga.php?type=manga - I don't see Bleach or Naruto anywhar thar. Do you?

Of course I forgot that you just said that you are choosing everything by the "Most Popular" tag.

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Go put some south in your mouth.


Aww? And what about East? North? West? Thats called discrimination, sir!
 
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Yes you are. You are what you eat, you are what you read.


That's pretty shallow to judge someone by something as trivial as a cartoon, but okay. We could've been the bestest of fwiends.

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So you are basically saying that instead of choosing things by the material and storyline, you choose the most popular ones and like that ? :E


Except I didn't say that. I was pointing how you and those other two basically ganged up on me because:

1) I don't like your favorite anime. Grow up.
2) The one partiucular series I was talking about just happens to be popular. That may influence you, but I don't gauge the quality of a piece of work by how many people enjoy it or not.
 
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That's pretty shallow to judge someone by something as trivial as a cartoon, but okay.


*facepalm*
Anime =/= Cartoon.
Manga =/= Anime
Manga =/= Cartoon.

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1) I don't like your favorite anime. Grow up.

*facepalm*
Anime =/= Manga.

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2) The one partiucular series I was talking about just happens to be popular. That may influence you, but I don't gauge the quality of a piece of work by how many people enjoy it or not.


And that's why you rated it 10. Right. And Beyblade too.
 
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*facepalm*
Anime =/= Cartoon.
Manga =/= Anime
Manga =/= Cartoon.


Anime are cartoons. Anything animated is a cartoon. I think you're being trivial about the other two. Instead of addressing what I'm saying, you're playing with semantics.

Do you know what semantics are?

Fai said:
*facepalm*
Anime =/= Manga.


Again, trivial semantics. But, since you seem persistant, let's fix it.

I don't like your favorite manga, and you are attacking me for it. Grow up.

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And that's why you rated it 10. Right. And Beyblade too.


I don't get it. Are you saying I rated them so high because they're popular? Do you have proof of this? I could easily say so-and-so rated 20th Century Boys a 10 because it /wasn't/ mainstream, but that doesn't mean I'd be right in my assumption.

Also, I wouldn't necessarily call Beyblade popular, at least not anymore. It's barely alive, if only because of the new series.
 
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Anime are cartoons. Anything animated is a cartoon. I think you're being trivial about the other two. Instead of addressing what I'm saying, you're playing with semantics.

Anything animated is Animation, or "Moving Pictures", a la "animate/animus/animé ". Cartoon is specific style of animation mostly used to define all of non-serious, humorous, parody forms of animation art. It is also an urban slang for western animation style.

So no, in no way it means the same.

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Again, trivial semantics. But, since you seem persistant, let's fix it.

Oh sure, moving pictures with thousands of frames are surely same as drawn book of non-moving pictures. Riight.


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I don't like your favorite manga, and you are attacking me for it. Grow up.

No I am attacking you because I don't like your favourite manga and because artfully FMA1 beats the entire shonen genre, minus CLAMP works.

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I don't get it. Are you saying I rated them so high because they're popular? Do you have proof of this?

You rated them so high either because:
a. They are popular.
b. You have a bad taste.

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I could easily say so-and-so rated 20th Century Boys a 10
because it /wasn't/ mainstream, but that doesn't mean I'd be right in my assumption.


Yes because works of Urasawa are mostly rated because of their high quality and not because of their popularity/unpopularity.

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Also, I wouldn't necessarily call Beyblade popular, at least not anymore. It's barely alive, if only because of the new series.

It does not change the fact that it is a poor attempt at creating a toy franchise though.
 
 
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Fai said:
Anything animated is Animation, or "Moving Pictures", a la "animate/animus/animé ". Cartoon is specific style of animation mostly used to define all of non-serious, humorous, parody forms of animation art. It is also an urban slang for western animation style.

So no, in no way it means the same.


I suppose we will agree to disagree!

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No I am attacking you because I don't like your favourite manga and because artfully FMA1 beats the entire shonen genre, minus CLAMP works.


Ignoring the fact you admitting you're attacking someone because of a form of entertainment, that's a cool opinion, brother. I think CLAMP is pretty cool myself. Though, those legs...

And shounen is not a genre, it's a demographic. I'm assuming semantics are fine with you.

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You rated them so high either because:
a. They are popular.
b. You have a bad taste.


What pleasure do you get from telling someone something is wrong with them because they like something you don't? It's actually a bit rude, especially considering this all stemmed from a simple comment not aimed anyone. Are you some sort of shounen crusader?
 
 
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And shounen is not a genre, it's a demographic. I'm assuming semantics are fine with you.


Shounen is a genre meant for certain demographic.

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What pleasure do you get from telling someone something is wrong with them because they like something you don't?


No pleasure at all. its just perfectly fine to state the opinion. just as you had the right to say what you said, I had the right to comment on it saying my own opinion.
 
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Actually, no. It's a demographic that can span various genres, such as action, sci-fi, supernatural, adventure, comedy, etc.

And that's not a great analogy. I claimed that Bleach is better than Fullmetal Alchemist, you claimed I had bad taste because of it. One is an opinion, the other is a petty insult.
 
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Aren't we have 2nd half fiscal year 2009 rankings? can't find it.
 
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go one piece and naruto
 
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dtshyk said:
*1, 1,801,877 One Piece vol.53
*2, 1,778,239 One Piece vol.52
*4, 1,170,718 Fullmetal Alchemist vol.21
*6, 1,068,430 Fullmetal Alchemist vol.22
13, *,619,501 Kuroshitsuji vol.6
19, *,557,839 Gintama vol.26
22, *,545,496 Gintama vol.27
23, *,493,768 Gintama vol.28


Hell yes!
 
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One Piece deserves it. It's the only shounen anime I can stand and love.
 
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Aren't we have 2nd half fiscal year 2009 rankings? can't find it.


there is 2009's Top-Selling Manga in Japan, by Series
 
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bad sales 4 naruto
Its went better in vols 47 48 49
what a amazing numbers 4 one peice
its realy confuse me cause
I really hate that anime cause it only 4 under 16 kids
 
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Why does Bloody Monday sell so much? It's shit. (The j-drama at least)
 
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