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Japan's Weekly Manga and Light Novel Rankings for Oct 21 - 27

by Snow
Nov 5, 2013 5:48 AM | 65 Comments
The weekly manga and light novels rankings for October 21st - 27th

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

Manga

*1. 387,520 387,520 Kimi ni Todoke Vol.20
*2. 248,629 248,629 Vagabond Vol.36
*3. 238,039 238,039 Uchuu Kyoudai Vol.22
*4. 218,933 218,933 Inu x Boku SS Vol.10
*5. 190,604 580,119 Gin no Saji Vol.9
*6. 183,837 183,837 xxxHOLiC: Rei Vol.1
*7. 182,609 401,502 Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Vol.19
*8. 179,431 179,431 Giant Killing Vol.29
*9. 157,543 358,512 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 8: Jojolion Vol.5
10. 122,563 388,395 Fairy Tail Vol.40

11. *91,708 228,159 Kingdom Vol.32
12. *65,543 144,778 Tokyo Ghoul Vol.9
13. *63,715 184,084 Diamond no Ace Vol.38
14. *58,344 *58,344 Yondemasu yo, Azazel-san. Vol.10
15. *58,030 188,984 Nanatsu no Taizai Vol.5
16. *57,726 *57,726 Sora no Otoshimono Vol.18
17. *51,294 *51,294 Gurazeni Vol.12
18. *49,022 *51,968 Drug & Drop Vol.2
19. *43,887 *43,887 Karneval Vol.12
20. *41,430 *88,973 Love So Life Vol.13

21. *40,878 109,364 Seitokai Yakuindomo Vol.9
22. *39,722 *39,722 Toaru Majutsu no Index: Endymion no Kiseki Vol.2
23. *37,808 *37,808 Kantai Collection ~KanColle~ Anthology Comic: Kure Chinjufu-hen
24. *37,032 *80,110 Oresama Teacher Vol.17
25. *36,762 626,118 Kuroko no Basket Vol.24
26. *35,224 569,158 Ansatsu Kyoushitsu Vol.6
27. *34,390 *95,750 Dear Boys Act III Vol.14
28. *33,676 103,899 Mashiro no Oto Vol.9.
29. *33,624 *99,612 Area no Kishi Vol.38
30. *30,678 *92,492 Hiyokoi Vol.11

Rank 31-50

Light Novels and Anime/Manga related books
*1, 110,518 110,518 Owarimonogatari Vol.1
*2, *30,509 *52,517 Highschool DxD Vol.16 Kagai Jugyou no Day Walker
*3, *25,348 *25,348 Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko. Vol.7
*4, *24,696 *24,696 Campione! Vol.15 Megami no Musuko
*5, *18,427 *18,427 Shuuen no Shiori Vol.2 Houfuku-Re:vival-
*6, *18,021 *18,021 Papa no Iu Koto wo Kikinasai! Vol.14
*7, *14,487 *22,513 Kore wa Zombie desuka? Vol.14 Hai, douse Hikikomori dakedo
*8, *12,158 *23,123 Tokyo Ravens Vol.10 Begins/Temple
*9, *10,921 *10,921 Magika no Kenshi to Vasreus Vol.3
10, *10,157 *61,540 Kino no Tabi: The Beautiful World Vol.17

11, *10,149 *10,149 Shurabara! Vol.9
12, **9,555 116,952 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Vol.12 Double Seven hen
13, **9,509 *23,382 Kemono no Souja Gaiden: Setsuna
14, **9,228 108,224 Accel World Vol.15 -Owari to Hajimari-
15, **9,203 *15,443 Omae wo Otaku ni Shiteyaru kara, Ore wo Riajuu ni Shitekure! Vol.8
16, **9,042 **9,042 Ore to Ichino no Game Doukoukai Katsudou Nisshi Vol.10
17, **8,905 *15,183 Dai Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu Vol.14 Ken no Ichizoku no Kokuhaku
18, **8,059 *54,098 KanColle Hakusho -Kantai Collection: Official Book-
19, **7,654 **7,654 Servant x Service Official Fanbook ~Oshigoto no Jikan~
20, **7,119 **7,119 Soukyuu no Lapis Lazuli Vol.5

21, **6,762 **6,762 Flesh & Blood Vol.21
22, **6,720 **6,720 Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari Vol.2
23, **6,666 *76,288 Omoide no Toki Shurishimasu Vol.2 Ashita wo Ugokasu Hakuruma
24, **5,767 *83,379 Kantai Collection -KanColle- Chinjufu Seikatsu no Susume Vol.1

Source: Oricon Youtaiju

20 of 65 Comments Recent Comments

symbv said:
Diran-kun said:
Kore wa Zombie desuka?
Should be: Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?
There is no difference between the two. Both are valid ways of transliterating the Japanese title.
Fair enough. My mistake, then.

Nov 7, 2013 10:21 AM by Diran-kun

hpulley said:
Fair enough, other books and bunko and... manga? The manga chart is not just tankobon format is my point. So why is bunko special? Probably due to popularity I guess.
Yes, three main charts (there are other sub-categories too but no LN category) - manga, bunko and other books. I guess manga and bunko are separated out because of their much bigger volume of sales compared to "other books" (and manga having much bigger volume of sales compared to bunko). If all are lumped together "other books" may have real difficulty of even showing up in the chart.

Nov 7, 2013 10:10 AM by symbv

Fair enough, other books and bunko and... manga? The manga chart is not just tankobon format is my point. So why is bunko special? Probably due to popularity I guess.

Nov 7, 2013 10:06 AM by hpulley

Diran-kun said:
Kore wa Zombie desuka?
Should be: Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?
There is no difference between the two. Both are valid ways of transliterating the Japanese title.

Nov 7, 2013 9:19 AM by symbv

Kore wa Zombie desuka?

Should be: Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?

I'm happy to see this as well as Accel World and PapaKiki up there. I wondering where Machine-Doll is hiding.

Nov 7, 2013 9:10 AM by Diran-kun

hpulley said:
Yes, you do report Chihayafuru and Monogatari under other books. No problem there really. Just perplexing to me that Oricon has such a strict bunko format requirement for inclusion in their light novel list but no such sizing requirement for their manga list. T
I guess you may have misunderstood. Oricon does not have any LN chart. It only has a bunko chart and a other books chart. It is just that it so happened that LN almost all concentrated in the bunko chart so when someone, like the LNDB website you mentioned earlier, extracted the LN data from the bunko chart it looks as if it is Oricon putting a requirement on a LN chart, but in fact Oricon never even has a LN chart at all.

Nov 7, 2013 12:33 AM by symbv

Yes, you do report Chihayafuru and Monogatari under other books. No problem there really. Just perplexing to me that Oricon has such a strict bunko format requirement for inclusion in their light novel list but no such sizing requirement for their manga list. The difference between Chihayafuru LN and almost anything on that LN list is just its tankobon size, otherwise it is a light novel in every way and yet because they sized it to match the Chihayafuru manga books it goes on the general book list. This may affect whether or not it ranks in a given week so there is a small effect to us who watch the sales. It would be like putting Blurays without digipacks in the DVD list.

Sure would be nice to know if Yuyushiki, Love Lab, Kinmoza, et al got manga bumps and Teekyuu, Yama no Susume, Pupa (psych!), Sekai de ichiban tsuyoku naritai! Etc. Mysterious that they never, ever chart and yet they are sold and ranked at amazon, HMV, et al.

Nov 7, 2013 12:28 AM by hpulley

hpulley said:
So why weren't the Chihayafuru light novels included in the weekly Oricon lists? They are tankobon size instead of bunko. Same for Monogatari's Kodansha Box editions. They are in the general book list instead, aren't they? They are light novels but the wrong size.
If they do show up in the general book list in Oricon, I would have included them in my "LN and anime related books" chart I made for MAL.

hpulley said:

I sometimes wondered if 4-koma doesn't sell well enough to ever rank or if they have their own list as Servant x Service and Working!! are about the only ones that ever rank. Is there another list for the stuff from Earth Star and Manga Time Kirara or do they really sell poorly?
Manga from Kirara series is a bit of a mystery. I remember reading in 2ch that the actual sales of those 4-koma manga is substantially more underestimated than the standard manga but I have not figured out. Perhaps it has something to do with the selling channels. It may not be true, but if it is then it would explain why those 4-koma manga keeps getting anime adaptation even though we do not see much of boost in the Oricon chart.

Nov 6, 2013 11:54 PM by symbv

There are a few other 4 koma titles that occasionally appear on the bottom of the rankings depending on the day they are released and the level of competition that week. But in general I just don't think they sell anywhere near as much as other manga.

Nov 6, 2013 10:45 PM by kuuderes_shadow

hpulley said:
Is there another list for the stuff from Earth Star and Manga Time Kirara or do they really sell poorly?


I had the same question too! I have favourite titles like Warrate!, Nichijou, Kill Me Baby, Teekyuu, et cetera... And was wondering if they are selling well enough for 4-koma titles. Hoping they don't get cancelled and continue, they're entertaining and hilarious.

Nov 6, 2013 3:02 PM by Xinception

So why weren't the Chihayafuru light novels included in the weekly Oricon lists? They are tankobon size instead of bunko. Same for Monogatari's Kodansha Box editions. They are in the general book list instead, aren't they? They are light novels but the wrong size.

I find otherwise, it is remarkable how many other publishers really do use the exact same size and bunko format. Really nice for shelving solutions...

While my manga collections are a real mess with the large Yuyushiki, Sakura Trick, Kotoura-san 4-koma, the smaller Servant x Service 4-koma, Earth Star is the same, Nozomi x Kimio seems to have a slightly weird size, etc. Manga are all over the place and yet Oricon has them on the same chart... or do they? Not that I'm complaining about the beautiful 2-page spreads in Sakura Trick the supposedly 4-koma manga that also has irregular pages... big is better except when shelving them.

I sometimes wondered if 4-koma doesn't sell well enough to ever rank or if they have their own list as Servant x Service and Working!! are about the only ones that ever rank. Is there another list for the stuff from Earth Star and Manga Time Kirara or do they really sell poorly?

Nov 6, 2013 1:54 PM by hpulley

hpulley said:
Manga page size, partial color, etc. vary a lot more than light novels which have a very strict bunko format to be called light novels. Those outside of that classification of light novel are more while manga actually covers tankobon and many other formats.


There is no rule that say that light novels have to be published in bunko format. Oricon's (half-)yearly rankings are pretty much the only ones who do that distinction, but other companies don't. To give a few examples, the Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! rankings have no problem including series that were published in non-Bunko format (like the Monogatari series or the Zaregoto series); Amazon also ranks publishing labels such as Kodansha Box, Jump jBook or Seikaisha Fictions under their light novels rankings despite those corresponding to novels published in non-Bunko formats. And let's not talk about light novels released in bunko formats that get a rerelease in a non-Bunko format or regular novels that get republished under a light novel label and in Bunko format.

The thing is, there isn't any actual rule that define what light novels are, it's much more like a marketing term than a well-defined label.

And let's not forget how the 2ch light novel board defines light novels:
 ★「ライトノベルの定義」。あなたがそうだと思うものがライトノベルです。
ただし、他人の同意を得られるとは限りません。
[Definition of Light Novels] Light novels are what you think they are.
However others may not agree with you.

Nov 6, 2013 1:47 PM by Mecasonic

The cheaper one has 8 times more colour pages. Colour is expensive, yes. That's my point. Yuyushiki and Re-kan are by the same publisher, and are the same format, even the same number of pages. Yuyushiki has 2 more colour pages and costs 200 yen more + tax.

But yes the two I mentioned before are from different publishers. I just felt like commenting on it.

Nov 6, 2013 1:08 PM by kuuderes_shadow

kuuderes_shadow said:
It doesn't seem to be entirely logical, though.

For example, Tonari no Kashiwagi-san (vol 1) and Saki: Achiga-hen (vol 3) have the same size pages and the same cover style. Achiga-hen has about 20% more pages and 8 colour pages against TnK-s's 1. Yet TnK-s is 590 yen plus tax while achiga-hen is 552 yen + tax.


Color is expensive maybe? And are they even published by the same publisher? It would make sense for different publishers to have varying prices.

Nov 6, 2013 12:18 PM by Pullman

It doesn't seem to be entirely logical, though.

For example, Tonari no Kashiwagi-san (vol 1) and Saki: Achiga-hen (vol 3) have the same size pages and the same cover style. Achiga-hen has about 20% more pages and 8 colour pages against TnK-s's 1. Yet TnK-s is 590 yen plus tax while achiga-hen is 552 yen + tax.

Nov 6, 2013 11:43 AM by kuuderes_shadow

hpulley said:
Manga page size, partial color, etc. vary a lot more than light novels which have a very strict bunko format to be called light novels. Those outside of that classification of light novel are more while manga actually covers tankobon and many other formats.


Interesting, I always figured to must be some kind of mostly arbitrary criteria for LNs to set them apart from all the other kinds of novels there are.

Nov 6, 2013 11:40 AM by Pullman

Manga page size, partial color, etc. vary a lot more than light novels which have a very strict bunko format to be called light novels. Those outside of that classification of light novel are more while manga actually covers tankobon and many other formats.

Nov 6, 2013 11:30 AM by hpulley

kuuderes_shadow said:
Higashi_no_Kaze said:

I figured Manga were more on the 400 yen side and LNs more on the 700 yen side. But yeah, you're probably right. Still I'm pretty sure it's less time-consuming to produce a volume of LN than a volume of Manga.


There are plenty of manga that cost well over 700 yen (eg. yuru yuri 900 yuyushiki 860), whereas light novels are typically around 600-650.


That makes more sense, thanks for clearing that up.

Nov 6, 2013 11:18 AM by Pullman

Higashi_no_Kaze said:

I figured Manga were more on the 400 yen side and LNs more on the 700 yen side. But yeah, you're probably right. Still I'm pretty sure it's less time-consuming to produce a volume of LN than a volume of Manga.


There are plenty of manga that cost well over 700 yen (eg. yuru yuri 900 yuyushiki 860), whereas light novels are typically around 600-650.

I'd say manga probably has slightly higher average prices from my experience, but they're fairly similar - but manga seems to vary a lot more than LN do.

Nov 6, 2013 11:16 AM by kuuderes_shadow

*1, 110,518 110,518 Owarimonogatari Vol.1
*2, *30,509 *52,517 Highschool DxD Vol.16 Kagai Jugyou no Day Walker

My favorites on top!

Nov 6, 2013 10:49 AM by Bananaguy