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Japan's Weekly Manga and Light Novel Rankings for Aug 12 - 18

by Snow
Aug 22, 2013 2:54 AM | 98 Comments
The weekly manga and light novels rankings for August 12th - 18th

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

Manga
*1. 290,893 1,054,915 Shingeki no Kyojin Vol.11
*2. 258,568 2,487,632 One Piece Vol.71
*3. 238,934 *,261,522 Mix Vol.3
*4. 170,999 *,170,999 Fairy Tail Vol.39
*5. 169,654 *,170,657 Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun Vol.12
*6. *93,963 *,*93,963 Nanatsu no Taizai Vol.4
*7. *88,745 *,*88,745 Ace of Diamond Vol.37
*8. *82,199 *,275,066 Shingeki no Kyojin Vol.11 - Special Edition
*9. *75,493 *,619,682 Ao no Exorcist Vol.11
10. *74,489 *,*74,489 Hajime no Ippo Vol.104

11. *70,516 1,549,182 Shingeki no Kyojin Vol.10
12. *69,608 1,573,244 Shingeki no Kyojin Vol.9
13. *68,749 1,601,242 Shingeki no Kyojin Vol.8
14. *68,472 2,000,565 Shingeki no Kyojin Vol.1
15. *68,065 1,614,094 Shingeki no Kyojin Vol.7
16. *67,002 *,551,403 Kuroko no Basket Vol.23
17. *66,200 1,946,821 Shingeki no Kyojin Vol.2
18. *65,860 *,*65,860 Shijou Saikyou no Deshi Kenichi Vol.52
19. *65,249 *,*65,980 Nobunaga Kyousoukyoku Vol.9
20. *65,061 1,696,058 Shingeki no Kyojin Vol.6

21. *64,289 1,897,607 Shingeki no Kyojin Vol.3
22. *64,223 *,138,924 Shingeki! Kyojin Chuugakkou Vol.2
23. *63,068 1,774,160 Shingeki no Kyojin Vol.4
24. *62,748 *,*62,748 Shura no Mon: Dai Ni Mon Vol.10
25. *62,691 1,739,285 Shingeki no Kyojin Vol.5
26. *56,656 *,493,138 Bleach Vol.60
27. *56,447 *,190,976 Initial D Vol.47
28. *52,888 *,*52,888 Area no Kishi Vol.37
29. *47,268 *,*95,768 Aku no Hana Vol.9
30. *45,295 *,*45,295 Kimi no Iru Machi Vol.24

Rank 31-50

Light Novels and Anime/Manga related books
*1, 122,628 220,059 Sword Art Online Vol.13 Alicization Dividing
*2, *53,556 103,537 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Vol.11 Raihousha-hen Ge
*3, *27,808 194,201 Kuroko no Basket -Replace IV- 1/6 no Kiseki
*4, *26,101 *26,101 Gin no Saji Official Guide Book
*5, *25,818 *55,003 Hataraku Maou-sama! Vol.9
*6, *12,965 365,669 Juuni Kokuki Hisho no Tori - Shinchou Bunko Edition
*7, **8,536 *13,011 Shin Fortune Quest II Vol.2 Souryo ga Ippai! Ge
*8, **8,339 *15,817 Maou na Ano Ko to Murabito A Vol.6 ~Kanojo no Futsuu to Ano Musume no Tokubetsu~
*9, **7,821 *14,483 Golden Time Retsuden AFRICA
10, **7,644 *50,985 Seiken Tsukai no World Break Vol.4
11, **6,385 *12,236 Nareru! SE Vol.10 Tatakau? Sha'in-ryokou
12, **6,139 293,183 Kagerou Days Vol.3 -the children reason-
13, **5,401 179,970 Shingeki no Kyojin INSIDE KOU

Source: Oricon Youtaiju

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Zefyris said:
Nidhoeggr said:

A friend of mine studies Japanese as well and he told me that a lot of LN rely heavily on the use of Furigana and that the (lack of) Kanji use is mostly because they are written for a younger audience who don't know lots of Kanji yet. This is also what is written in the LN Wikipedia entry in my country and in a few magazines articles I bought. I am confused now...

This is not true. Most LN make uses of the 2000 regular kanjis, simply adding furigana for complicated ones when they appears for the first time since a few pages, and some LN are using kanji who are freaking rare or even completely unused nowadays, and furigana aren't even always present (c^3 for one is doing that last point several times by volume).
ALso, heavily relying on furigana means heavily writting in kanji. Don't mistake furigana with hiragana here. If there are furigana everywhere, it means there are kanji everywhere.
Just to illustrate how utterly nonsensical the idea that LN is lacking in kanji is, just take the last volume of Dakara Boku wa, H ga Dekinai which many in the west consider as a typical and "generic" harem stuff that is so common in LN (unfairly or not). Just look at the pages taken from it. There are kanji in every page and the amount is not much lower compared to other reading material for people in high school age. And most of the kanji don't even carry furigana. I suggest Nidhoeggr should ask his friend to name by what criteria he means for "heavy use of furigana" and "lack of kanji".

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Sep 1, 2013 7:38 AM by symbv

Nidhoeggr said:
It becomes more obvious with every week that letting SnK go was one of the biggest mistakes the editorial staff behind WSJ made in recent years.


Snowical said:

*1, 122,628 220,059 Sword Art Online Vol.13 Alicization Dividing
*2, *53,556 103,537 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Vol.11 Raihousha-hen Ge


And this is why LN have a bad reputation in the West, although it is hardly anything new.


It's not like it's anything new indeed, and not like it's only restricted to japanese material as well as restricted to novels.
As if someone wanting to read quality light novels would use the sales number to decide what to buy. Anyone knows (or should know ) that what sells the most is what is made to be sold the most by appealing to everyone up to some extend, in other words, things with high commercial values and most of the time low or average quality values. This is the same everywhere in the world for movies, novels, comics, and so on.
Sales number are interesting values but should never be used to decide what to buy by anyone interested in reading quality work over commercial works.

EDIT: ah, the discussion already got quite passed this point.

Nidhoeggr said:

A friend of mine studies Japanese as well and he told me that a lot of LN rely heavily on the use of Furigana and that the (lack of) Kanji use is mostly because they are written for a younger audience who don't know lots of Kanji yet. This is also what is written in the LN Wikipedia entry in my country and in a few magazines articles I bought. I am confused now...

This is not true. Most LN make uses of the 2000 regular kanjis, simply adding furigana for complicated ones when they appears for the first time since a few pages, and some LN are using kanji who are freaking rare or even completely unused nowadays, and furigana aren't even always present (c^3 for one is doing that last point several times by volume).
ALso, heavily relying on furigana means heavily writting in kanji. Don't mistake furigana with hiragana here. If there are furigana everywhere, it means there are kanji everywhere.

For those saying that LN aren't good literature, read things like spice and wolf, magdala de nemure, or rokka no yuusha for example before insulting the whole genre after reading just commercial LN/LN made entertainment purpose please. For a longer list please consult someone who have read more LN than me.
Because you probably don't even know what you're talking about right now.

Sep 1, 2013 1:47 AM by Zefyris

Just looking at manga sale in ANN and I want to say go TLRD.

Aug 28, 2013 5:18 PM by NeoAnkara

I'm utterly surprised that some people still bother dragging this tired topic. I mean, at this point of time all of us here pretty much understand already biliktemenung's general attitude on this thread and how to deal with him.

That is, don't add fuel to fire

Aug 26, 2013 7:53 AM by Amiluhur

biliktemenung said:

i only want to say that SAO LN is poorly written. the story and characters are badly written. also the characters lack dimension otherwise known as perfect "Mary Sue" or "Gary Stu".

and they start to rage like a butthurt fanboy.
they keep saying it's good, fantastic, bla bla bla.
then i think they never read a good literature before. i pity them.

They write novels that have a bad story or characters, whats your point?
In the west we have Twilight and fifty shades of grey.

Ever heard of Kino's journey or welcome to the NHK?

Aug 26, 2013 7:34 AM by rederoin

YusakuGodai said:
Ah, Sket Dance :)


Might be the last time we ever see it on the rankings.

Aug 26, 2013 5:58 AM by kuuderes_shadow

Ah, Sket Dance :)

Aug 26, 2013 5:54 AM by YusakuGodai

biliktemenung said:
i'm only say that most LN is not a good literature, that's all.
and i don't know if i write something wrong here ?
Sweeping generalization is one thing - there are thousands of LNs around and most of them do not get adapted into anime and even fewer get any translation. How much about LN do you know? And you think that your attitude is not problematic? Besides you display cultural snobbery by stating in the west people do not read pulp fiction and only Japanese read bad stuff like LN. I am surprised that you seem to seriously believe what you said - I would actually think it is more credible if you were intentionally trolling.

Aug 25, 2013 5:59 AM by symbv

Snowical said:

Light Novels and Anime/Manga related books

*2, *53,556 103,537 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Vol.11



Oh God, the amount of hate this will recieve when gets an adaptation.

Aug 25, 2013 5:45 AM by JoksPacifist

biliktemenung - read the Book Girl series. The English language translation by Yen Press. If that doesn't change your mind about them being "not a good literature" (sic) then you have some odd requirements for things to count as that...

Of course, just as SAO was for you, that's only one example.

And yes, there are a lot of LN with ecchi in them or harems (whether real ones or not). But them being in a genre that you dislike (or using humour that you dislike, or don't get - or that was inserted by some rogue translator who was bored/thought it was funny themself) does not make them in any way inferior to things that do match your personal taste. One thing I can guarantee is that most people in this world would call your sense of humour and tastes in literature awful. I don't even have to know what you like in order to say that.

Aug 25, 2013 4:27 AM by kuuderes_shadow

Kitchiri said:
You do that in order to feel superior than others? Too bad because your attitude reminds me just some usual internet nerds. What important is just accepting there are different opinion. You have no right to criticise fandom when you aren't so different. Just because 'some butthurt fanboy' started raging, it doesn't mean you are the right one.


i'm only say that most LN is not a good literature, that's all.
and i don't know if i write something wrong here ?

kuuderes_shadow said:

Right. So you are insulting all light novels and all fans of them just because you personally dislike one series that happens to sell well (though is FAR from record breaking levels). Right.

You know, you're the one who deserves pity.


that's only one example because that just happened to be at the top right now.
not to mention there is a lot LN with ecchi, harem, or terrible humour.

Aug 25, 2013 4:18 AM by biliktemenung

biliktemenung said:


i only want to say that SAO LN is poorly written. the story and characters are badly written. also the characters lack dimension otherwise known as perfect "Mary Sue" or "Gary Stu".


Right. So you are insulting all light novels and all fans of them just because you personally dislike one series that happens to sell well (though is FAR from record breaking levels). Right.

You know, you're the one who deserves pity.

Aug 25, 2013 4:03 AM by kuuderes_shadow

biliktemenung said:
i only want to say that SAO LN is poorly written. the story and characters are badly written. also the characters lack dimension otherwise known as perfect "Mary Sue" or "Gary Stu".

and they start to rage like a butthurt fanboy.
they keep saying it's good, fantastic, bla bla bla.
then i think they never read a good literature before. i pity them.
You do that in order to feel superior than others? Too bad because your attitude reminds me just some usual internet nerds. What important is just accepting there are different opinion. You have no right to criticise fandom when you aren't so different. Just because 'some butthurt fanboy' started raging, it doesn't mean you are the right one.

Plus,
biliktemenung said:
i know it but i think Eastern literature isn't really good.
This sentence = deserve no respect.

Aug 25, 2013 3:49 AM by Kitchiri

rederoin said:

And then what? You think people would suddenly stop enjoying them?


i only want to say that SAO LN is poorly written. the story and characters are badly written. also the characters lack dimension otherwise known as perfect "Mary Sue" or "Gary Stu".

and they start to rage like a butthurt fanboy.
they keep saying it's good, fantastic, bla bla bla.
then i think they never read a good literature before. i pity them.

Aug 25, 2013 3:37 AM by biliktemenung

fairy tail v39 vs toriko v26 who will have the most sales i wonder

Aug 24, 2013 1:29 PM by aboe

Lmao, I dont even know if I should take some of the posts in this thread seriously or not, because they look really troll-ish to me but the way the poster keeps talking makes me think he really is serious xD.

Either way, it seems like any arguments made against such posts will lead no where and is just a waste of time lol.

Anyways, I've been following these weekly sales for a while now, and I was too lazy to ask before, but I might as well ask now -
How many chapters does one volume of a manga usually have? And whats the usual/average time period between each volume's release, for both LNs and weekly/monthly mangas? ( I just recently started taking an interest in such stuff, so I'm pretty much a noob lol)

Aug 24, 2013 1:08 PM by AdolTheRed

biliktemenung said:

they should admitted that all of these are pulp fiction.

And then what? You think people would suddenly stop enjoying them?


biliktemenung said:

there is very little that can be quite good like naruto, one piece, or Shingeki no Kyojin.
I just don't understand why so many people are recommending something not good and this was actually wasting my time.

So you're bashing LN's, yet you praise Naruto?

I don't even....

Aug 24, 2013 7:35 AM by rederoin

Amiluhur said:
Newhopes said:
To be frank people like you are basically not worth answering and better off been ignored.

..............

I'm having trouble reconciling yout train of thought here. First off, you claimed a work you like to be much better than the others, and then walk away when someone call you out on it without even bothering to back it up. And i don't get why Nidhoeggrs' post isn't worth answering when he's being logical with his statement. I'm sorry for saying this, but you sound like a butthurt fanboy whom being angry for having his favorite works criticized by people.

And, aside from superfaraway's rants, please elaborate which comments are stupid in this thread


You haven't been here for long have you, he's the type of person that thinks he knows it all and trys to insults you if you disagree or show he's wrong. I've seen him do it numerous times and frankly he's not worth the effort.

Aug 24, 2013 6:11 AM by Newhopes

Amiluhur said:

First off, Eastern =/= Japan
second, you haven't adressed any single point from my post above
third, even if you find their sales illogical, it's the fact on field. You can accept it and move on or keep dogpiling on it. Either way not my problem
fourth, calm down and drop this tired topic already


i know it but i think Eastern literature isn't really good.
also Sturgeon's Law can be applied to manga.
there is very little that can be quite good like naruto, one piece, or Shingeki no Kyojin.
I just don't understand why so many people are recommending something not good and this was actually wasting my time.

Aug 24, 2013 2:36 AM by biliktemenung

Amiluhur said:
Newhopes said:
To be frank people like you are basically not worth answering and better off been ignored.

..............

I'm having trouble reconciling yout train of thought here. First off, you claimed a work you like to be much better than the others, and then walk away when someone call you out on it without even bothering to back it up. And i don't get why Nidhoeggrs' post isn't worth answering when he's being logical with his statement. I'm sorry for saying this, but you sound like a butthurt fanboy whom being angry for having his favorite works criticized by people.

And, aside from superfaraway's rants, please elaborate which comments are stupid in this thread


I'm gonna say he's too stupid to come up with a response himself. How ironic.

Aug 23, 2013 10:58 PM by dietmango