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Japan's Weekly Manga Rankings for September 10th - 16th

by Snow
Sep 21, 2012 6:30 PM | 61 Comments
The weekly manga and light novels rankings for September 10th - 16th

Rank / This week's sales by copies / Cumulative sales / Titles

Manga
*1, 196,339 *,196,339 Chihayafuru Vol.18
*2, 127,369 *,127,369 Ahiru no Sora Vol.35
*3, 112,434 *,598,629 Ao no Exorcist Vol.9
*4, 104,305 *,105,736 Happy Marriage!? Vol.10
*5, *90,328 *,489,838 Bleach Vol.56
*6, *84,570 *,437,383 Kuroko no Basket Vol.19
*7, *73,681 *,*73,681 Kuragehime Vol.10
*8, *58,746 *,274,761 Katekyo Hitman Reborn! Vol.40
*9, *56,549 *,*56,702 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Vol.1
10, *49,087 *,*49,087 Detective Conan Vol.77

11, *46,520 *,194,536 SKET Dance Vol.26
12, *38,450 *,*38,450 Kodomo no Jikan Vol.11
13, *38,427 *,164,116 Rurouni Kenshin: Kinema-ban Vol.1
14, *37,546 *,*37,546 One Piece: The 17th Log
15, *36,875 *,*36,875 Kyou no Kira-kun Vol.3
16, *33,581 *,*33,581 Baby Steps Vol.23
17, *32,618 *,*74,514 Hanma Baki Vol.36
18, *31,064 2,885,507 One Piece Vol.67
19, *30,499 *,*63,216 Btooom! Vol.9
20, *30,012 *,*30,012 Ryuuroden: Chuugen Ryouranhen Vol.11

21, *29,522 *,*29,522 Pumpkin Scissors Vol.16
22, *28,771 *,133,929 Medaka Box Vol.17
23, *28,516 *,*28,516 Durarara!!: Saika Hen Vol.2
24, *26,754 *,*26,754 AKB49 - Renai Kinshi Jourei Vol.10
25, *26,304 *,*26,304 Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso Vol.4
26, *26,281 *,*71,501 Shinjuku Swan Vol.33
27, *26,249 *,*26,249 Code:Breaker Vol.20
28, *24,250 *,371,579 Ao Haru Ride Vol.5
29, *23,470 *,*23,470 Tsugumomo Vol.9
30, *22,629 *,*99,825 Akagami no Shirayuki Hime Vol.8

Rank 31 - 50


Light Novels
*1, *72,054 151,744 Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai Vol.11
*2, *40,173 *92,459 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Chapter 7, Vol.2
*3, *22,597 160,222 Kuroko no Basket Vol.3
*4, *20,349 *20,349 Hapi Mari
*5, *18,299 427,007 Sword Art Online Vol.1
*6, *15,889 363,268 Sword Art Online Vol.2
*7, *13,918 288,296 Sword Art Online Vol.5
*8, *13,485 *13,485 Chihayafuru Vol.1
*9, *13,705 *27,669 Fuse Teppou Musume no Torimonochou
10, *13,574 329,149 Sword Art Online Vol.3

11, *13,321 274,466 Sword Art Online Vol.6
12, *12,602 316,994 Sword Art Online Vol.4
13, *11,975 257,477 Sword Art Online Vol.7
14, *11,626 *27,006 Golden Time Vol.5
15, *11,128 254,714 Sword Art Online Vol.8
16, *11,083 *86,603 Shinrei Tantei Yakumo Vol.8
17, *10,789 *24,727 Valtraute-san no Konkatsu Jijyo
18, *10,554 228,347 Sword Art Online Vol.10
19, *10,304 246,890 Sword Art Online Vol.9
20, *10,090 342,391 Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki

21, **9,976 *18,380 Baccano! 1935
22, **9,154 *11,196 Sanzen Sekai no Karasu wo Koroshi Vol.16
23, **8,790 536,635 Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou Vol.3
24, **8,213 969,486 Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou Vol.1
25, **8,121 156,868 Kagerou Days Vol.1
26, **8,025 220,154 Kuroko no Basket Vol.2
27, **7,786 229,873 Kuroko no Basket Vol.1
28, **7,559 *19,272 Maoh na Anoko to Murabito A Vol.4
29, **7,222 *18,423 Boku to Kanojo no Game Senso Vol.4
30, **6,657 **6,657 Jorge Joestar

Source: Oricon Youtaiju

20 of 61 Comments Recent Comments

I'm happy to see Baccano there.

Congrats to SAO for selling so much.

Sep 24, 2012 5:39 PM by khrymson

Sao still strong.
Also happy to see Chihayafuru up there :D

Sep 23, 2012 4:33 AM by maroto

SKET Dance & Code:Breaker +_________+

Sep 23, 2012 12:29 AM by Misaola

Hell yeah Chihayafuru! Glad to see it's getting the love it deserves.

Sep 22, 2012 7:50 PM by itsvero

TrollMeAllOver said:
why SAO sell so good? anime is pretty average, i don't see anything special about it -_-
also Detective Conan only 49,087? shame


It depends on when Conan came out too. It might of come out on the last day of the week. Have to wait for second week for full week sales.

Sep 22, 2012 6:50 PM by exoticat

Btoom isnt being translated anymore is it? its in the 50's on mangafox but I heard the raws are like 30 ahead. :(

Sep 22, 2012 6:14 PM by muntasir123

I wonder of SAO will become the next Totoro?

and Yay for Ao Haru Ride, Akagami no Shirayukihime for still being alive and Chihayafuru taking the no. 1 spot :D

Sep 22, 2012 2:53 PM by mistress_kisara

TrollMeAllOver said:
why SAO sell so good? anime is pretty average, i don't see anything special about it -_-
also Detective Conan only 49,087? shame


Fanbase + Expectations.

Sep 22, 2012 2:33 PM by HauntingShock

why SAO sell so good? anime is pretty average, i don't see anything special about it -_-
also Detective Conan only 49,087? shame

Sep 22, 2012 2:12 PM by NoBleachNoLife

*4, 104,305 *,105,736 Happy Marriage!? Vol.10
19, *30,499 *,*63,216 Btooom! Vol.9
nice to see them up there

Sep 22, 2012 1:39 PM by Mr_Gutts

Wow, "Kyou no Kira-kun" at #15 for manga! I didn't know "Kyou no Kira-kun" is quite famous in Japan.. And that it's already at volume 3!! :o

The novels for "Sword Art Online" are really selling...

Sep 22, 2012 1:34 PM by blue-y

phoenixalia said:
Downgrade355 said:


Code;Breaker has potential, but they screwed it up in many points, not to mention the mangaka is female, i'm not trying to discriminate here, but female mangaka almost never make a solid Shounen. FT whoops CB in every aspect...except for the jiggle gangs .__.


and its those shaky shonen which are fujoshi bait which make a lot of money for anime producers. XD ao no exorcist, code breaker, kurobas(I still think from time to time...is the mangaka really male? O_O), FMA(yes, fujoshi loved it too) samurai kyo like the person above said, black butler, DRRR and so on. so while they may not make the greatest shonens....they do attract the ladies. XD

I'll be honest. The reason I started really reading Code Breaker and Black Butler was for the bishies since I usually stay away from shonen manga since I find them boring. X3

Oh and I'm looking forward to Magi too. :D I was planning reading it but now I'll watch it instead.


Knb mangaka is male. Adding to the list, don't forget CLAMP's Reservoir Chronicle (which is shonen written by females), and Katekyo Hitman Reborn.

SupremeZero said:
still wondering how the hell conan is still running after 7x volumes xD


Yeah, after 7x volumes one has to wonder if Conan attracts shinigami wherever he goes.

jmal said:
Regarding the whole "anime is not just an advertisement" vs. "anime is just an advertisement"... the truth is somewhere in between, guys.

It's true that anime is almost always trying to push sales of something else. Manga, novels, visual novels, games, etc are pretty obvious examples. Even original anime usually hopes to push sales of figures and other merchandise. And of course anime aimed at younger audiences push this phenomenon to its limits, where home video sales are utterly beside the point and it's all about toys, toys, toys.

But I'd say a majority of anime still hope to at least recoup production costs through DVD/BD sales. And certainly a fair number of production committees have high hopes of making a hit. I don't think anyone involved with SAO intended the anime as a pure loss leader for the novels. A smash hit was expected in both formats, and plenty of other merch besides.

As for why creators don't just slap together a short one-shot anime as "enough" for the purpose of advertising? Because it's not enough. Viewers have certain expectations, and if they're not at least interested in the show, the chances of their buying whatever the anime is trying to drive sales of decreases. They don't have to be interested enough to buy it on BD, but still interested enough to watch some and seek out the source material (see Another or Kore wa Zombie Desu ka).

So yes, anime is often an advertisement, and a strategic investment, which may be treated as a loss leader or as an expected home video hit - it's taken on a case by case basis.


you just summarized my thought (which I didn't bother to type because it's too much a drag for my brain) with even better examples.

Sep 22, 2012 11:04 AM by Reim_Seranth

wtf is ending... Anyone know where I can find a summary of wtf is going on in ore imo.

Sep 22, 2012 7:22 AM by muntasir123

SAO still dominating on the Novel Charts. And good to see Oreimo doing well sad its ending next spring.

Sep 22, 2012 6:57 AM by Hikarusuke

Just curious one is ore imo gonna be updated as a manga, Its in hiatsus I believe.

Good to see btoom up there but I dont think any team is translating it atm, someone should take it up its still on like chapter 50, I think raws are past 80 no?

Sep 22, 2012 6:28 AM by muntasir123

Somehow I always read Btooom as Broom.

Sep 22, 2012 6:27 AM by AlexSadist-sama

Snowical said:

10, *49,087 *,*49,087 Detective Conan Vol.77


Woah, is it just me or is 50k in the first week like really bad for Conan (... and generally actually)? I mean Conan's volumes always sell around 350k-500k all in all, right? :/

Sep 22, 2012 6:21 AM by myersol

Snowical said:
*4, 104,305 *,105,736 Happy Marriage!? Vol.10

*4, *20,349 *20,349 Hapi Mari


Different titles? xD Hadn't heard of a light novel before o.o, but I'm glad the manga is selling well~

Sep 22, 2012 6:17 AM by Face_Faith

Candor said:
Of course it's just their drawing style, they don't try to make fujoshi-bait manga, I don't think any shounen-mangaka draws in a shounen manga just to draw for fujoshis. I also don't think people mind cute male characters or that art-style when there's a good plot and the characters are actually good.
Magi's MCs are colorful, but some other characters (villain and minor characters) are more Arabic-style. If you know these arabic tales then you'll find some familiar stuff while watching Magi, which makes it more fun to watch. (I have a good knowledge in these tales, from when I was a child and I read a bit more into these tales after reading Magi )

Btw we're speaking about Fujoshi and what sells here, so it's on-topic somehow. :P


Yeah, i've used this as an example before, it's like a Hentai artist, a hentai artist who likes Busty girls will draw the girls Busty, and a hentai artist who likes Lolis and is used to drawing them will make any character look like a Loli, it's just their art style, it's the way the characters are designed. Take Brave10 for example, it's mangaka is used to drawing Bishounens and BL, then she tried to make a Seinen, she didn't exactly fail, but it was heavy on the bishounen and BL stuff, now i believe it was moved to a Shojo or a Josei magazine, iirc.
But like i said, most readers don't mind the whole bishounen thing, they read it for the actual content.

Yeah, Magi, despite the female mangaka, it's fairly Shounen and its plot is interesting, and to be frank, those arabic tales are damn awesome, it's not like the generic supernatural stuff.

Well, talking about Fujoshi isn't exactly ontopic but yeah, i guess we're discussing the sales and stuff. on a side note, wasn't there an old anime about those arabic tales? i remember see'ing one somewhere...

phoenixalia said:


and once again, I forgot to say that I meant that the hardcore fans for those shows are female. >_< that's a bad habit I have......

that's why I said anime producers. the manga is read by boys oh yes and like you said shounen is for everyone which is why a manga like chiyayafuru which is a josei can never reach one piece's sales. :(

because its the hardcore fans who support it and oh my gosh I'm probably gonna get a ban too I'm gonna shut up. >_< kthxbye. D:


Lol hardcore fans as in those convention attendants, doujinshi buyers and stuff? But hardcore fans are something, and consumers are something else, consumers buy the manga for reading the manga, "hardcore" fans are basically collectors and stuff. i guess you somewhat have a point and i agree with it.

and to be frank the manga is read by boys and girls xD, we're all the same foo.

also relax, no one's going to ban you, you're not breaking any rules...i think? Well it's not like you got a warning like me so...

Sep 22, 2012 5:49 AM by Downgrade355

Err, not really, none of those you mentioned are a fujoshi bait or were they made to attract fujoshi (unless you want to think that way xD), i mean c'mon, Shounen, the leading genre, for a niche market? But hey, i'm not saying they don't attract female readers, Shounen is "readable" by everyone, that includes female otaku, fujoshi, non-otaku readers, you name it. iirc we already had a similar discussion and even jmal joined lol, and we all came to the conclusion that despite such shows have a fairly big female readers, and by female readers i mean FEMALE readers, that includes all female readers, the consumers are still predominantly male.
go read Kuroshitsuji and Hetalia, those are fujoshi bait, specifically hetalia, and even then, they have a male fanbase. and i told you this before, but fujoshi will be there watching any kind of anime as long as they think it's "slashable", whatever the demographic or content maybe, wether it's shounen or shoujo or even kodomo, they'll be there.

i find Shounen boring too, but some of them are too awesome to miss out, specifically stuff like One piece, FT, Bleach, KnB, etc.

EDIT: this is a certain ban hammers i should be expecting lol, damn you guys.


and once again, I forgot to say that I meant that the hardcore fans for those shows are female. >_< that's a bad habit I have......

that's why I said anime producers. the manga is read by boys oh yes and like you said shounen is for everyone which is why a manga like chiyayafuru which is a josei can never reach one piece's sales. :(

because its the hardcore fans who support it and oh my gosh I'm probably gonna get a ban too I'm gonna shut up. >_< kthxbye. D:

Sep 22, 2012 5:49 AM by phoenixalia