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Japan's Weekly Manga Ranking For Dec 1 - 7 [2008]

by dtshyk
Dec 10, 2008 3:49 PM | 39 Comments
Here is the weekly manga sales ranking top 30 for Dec 1st - 7th.
Finally, Oricon database got back to normal.
This week's Oricon manga ranking hasn't uploaded again. So I quoted Bunkyo-do ranking for this week, too.

Rank/ This week's sales/ Total sales/ Title
*1, 1,045,937 1,045,937 One Piece vol.52
*2, *,551,006 *,551,006 Bleach vol.36
*3, *,341,043 *,341,043 D.Gray-man vol.17
*4, *,270,743 *,270,743 Gintama vol.26
*5, *,144,453 *,408,734 Vagabond vol.29
*6, *,128,902 *,128,902 Claymore vol.15
*7, *,113,306 *,485,599 Kimi ni Todoke vol.8
*8, *,112,127 *,272,226 3 Gatsu no Lion vol.2
*9, *,*95,212 *,*95,212 Monster Hunter Orage vol.2
10, *,*69,686 *,*69,686 Faster than a Kiss vol.4

11, *,*51,960 *,*51,960 Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro vol.19
12, *,*50,511 *,*50,511 Kochira Katsushika-ku Kamearikouen-mae Hashutsujo vol.162
13, *,*49,911 *,*93,528 Junjo Romantica vol.11
14, *,*48,016 *,*93,999 Ikigami vol.6
15, *,*44,436 *,*44,436 Shugo Chara! vol.8
16, *,*38,658 *,*84,094 Gaku Minna no Yama vol.8
17, *,*38,106 *,*38,106 Double Arts vol.3
18, *,*35,835 *,237,595 Mushishi vol.10
19, *,*27,860 *,*27,860 Shinjuku Swan vol.16
20, *,*27,736 *,*87,559 Switch Girl!! vol.7

21, *,*27,448 *,*71,724 Tome Hane! vol.4
22, *,*27,297 *,*27,297 Onii-chan to Issho vol.10
23, *,*27,052 *,*97,159 FIVE vol.10
24, *,*26,810 *,*91,723 Kaze Hikaru vol.25
25, *,*26,070 *,217,401 Major vol.69
26, *,*26,004 *,933,260 Naruto vol.44 *released four weeks ago
27, *,*25,862 *,*25,862 Shaman King vol.19 Complete Edition
28, *,*25,495 *,*25,495 Shaman King vol.20 Complete Edition
29, *,*23,222 *,*23,222 Saru Lock vol.19
30, *,*23,094 *,273,559 Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE vol.25

Souce: Oricon manga ranking
Last week: Japan's Weekly Manga Ranking For Nov 24 - 30 [Updated]

Additional info: Due to the jump of the paper price, Kodansha had raised the price of Tankoubon from 420 yen to 440 yen in this December.

Here is this week's Bunkyo-do ranking.

20 of 39 Comments Recent Comments

I reeeeeeealy want to know Japanese: My favoritest manga (Junjou obviously XD) released Volume 11 and they only have Volume 7 in America? That sucks DX

Dec 17, 2008 12:39 PM by BadLuckTuck

masterjjx said:
One Piece is where it should be ,on top.

seconded \o/

Dec 13, 2008 4:32 AM by Mr-Prince

So One Piece sold more than one million copies in its first week? meh, nothing special again...

Dec 13, 2008 4:05 AM by ntHai

Hoho, Monster Hunter Orage in 9th. Fairly recent manga and it's on the Top 10 already. Japan sure loves Monster Hunter.

Dec 12, 2008 8:54 PM by Massaki

I'm so glad that One piece and Naruto are selling good copies, those mangas always cheer me up and they make my life better :)

Dec 12, 2008 2:42 PM by Ahepwmfnw701ja

lol, its attack of the Shounen Jump manga in the top 5. One Piece's ranking at the top comes to no surprise at all. Next week should be interesting when the Weekly Shonen Magazine compilations are released (Ippo and Air Gear in particular).

Dec 12, 2008 12:17 PM by avrc

One Piece kick ass!!
Nearly doubles the amount of sales for Bleach, and is 3 times D.Gray-Man!!
Even Naruto in 4 WEEKS couldn't sell as much as One Piece in just 1...

That's amazing!!
I've been waiting for a lot of time for these three series to clash around the same time of the year to be able to compare them like this, and obviously, ONE PIECE is the BEST!!!!!

And then people say that One Piece is not worth the time... lol!

Dec 12, 2008 11:53 AM by SoraKing

Yes! One Piece is at the top where it deserves to be!

Dec 12, 2008 1:37 AM by Animegal9215

I liked Bleach at first, but now I'm just tired of it.
Glad to see Tsubasa Reservoir is on the top 30. I think the series is great.

Dec 11, 2008 9:04 PM by Kino_no_Tabi

radiantfire said:
Gina_Kin said:
Glad to see Naruto so low on the list.

What's wrong with Naruto? I mean it's a whole lot better than Bleach ATM

Nice to see the others though

In my opinion, both are equally dull ATM.

Dec 11, 2008 6:21 PM by Chisame

One Piece where it should be on top.

Dec 11, 2008 5:13 PM by masterjjx

LightMetatron said:
Monster Hunter Orage is Weekly?Kaze Hikaru is shounen?There is something weird about it.

Monster Hunter Orage is monthly, but it's about this week's sales, and it got sold this week. And Kaze Hikaru isn't shounen, but who said anything about that?

Dec 11, 2008 7:42 AM by Ilyaoh

Maora said:
nihil said:
wow bleach's cover is awesome

Yes,look how the title of the volume is organizerd and how is Hirako good is this shot,he is my favorite.

Dec 11, 2008 6:49 AM by CodeSaint

Wikipedia sensei teaches you anything.

Dec 11, 2008 5:56 AM by dtshyk

Junjo is on volume 11 already in Japan? D: I didn't realise! I hope Blu hurries up and brings out the next volumes soon!!

Btw I just wondered if someone could clear this up for me: Tankoubon = Volume? I've not come across this term before so I thought I'd better check what it means before using it everywhere ^__^;;

Dec 11, 2008 5:31 AM by deletemal

Ohh, it's nice to see Gintama near the top. ^_^

Dec 11, 2008 2:38 AM by Anarchist

Holy_KnightXIX said:
I am dismayed to see Double Arts at position 19. This means it did relatively well in terms of sales, even though it was cancelled prematurely. Shame.

I wish they burn with regret for cancelling that awesome manga.... for shame, it really had lots of potential.

Dec 11, 2008 12:01 AM by Packie

Nothing im reading or interested in but roflcopter " naruto...

Dec 10, 2008 10:53 PM by Icy-nee-san

vindemon64 said:

The magazine drop is roughly 35%. That's a shit load of money they are not raking in anymore. I wonder what the cause of it is? I'm sure there are a bunch of reasons, but the numbers to drop so significantly is cause for alarm. I guess all of the people who bought the magazines in the mid-90s grew up and only follow a few stories from their younger years, and thus invest in the Tankoubon. That, and the internet has made accessing chapters for free so much more easier. Makes sense why a lot of mangas are getting axed rather quickly nowadays.

The impact of the illegal scans of manga is quite small in Japan because the manga books are cheap. The biggest problem is the prevalence of the secondhand book stores.
Nobody knows what's the exact reason for the drop of the manga magazine sales, but there are some candidates:
1. the large size of a manga magazine (20 x 30 x 2-4 cm) has been outdated in the age of mobile phones. It's just too large to carry.
2. The interests of people have diverged. There no longer exists a nation-wide mega hit title like Dragon Ball.
3. The number of manga magazines is excessively large so that most of the magazines have only one or two (sometimes none) popular titles. It's natural that people prefer to collect Tankoubon rather than purchase periodical magazines, which also include many unpopular titles.

Dec 10, 2008 8:56 PM by dtshyk