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New York Time Manga Best Seller List for the Week Ending April 4, 2009 (released April 10, 2009)

by animedreamer
Apr 12, 2009 1:03 PM | 54 Comments
On March 5, 2009, the New York Times began publishing for the first time, a Manga Best Seller List. In recognition of the fact that "comics have finally joined the mainstream", the New York Times has added three new graphic books best seller lists to their well-known and well-respected weekly lineup of best seller lists. This list comes out every Friday, and it reflects the sales for the week ending the previous Saturday. One of the unique aspects of this new list is that it includes sales not just at large and independent retailer of a variety of books, but also specialty shops and many other outlets, both online and brick-and-mortar. A detailed description of how where the data was obtained can be found below the actual list.

Graphic Books Best Seller List (Manga)
1 NARUTO, Vol. 43, by Masashi Kishimoto. (VIZ Media, $7.95.)
2 NARUTO, Vol. 42, by Masashi Kishimoto. (VIZ Media, $7.95.)
3 NARUTO, Vol. 44, by Masashi Kishimoto. (VIZ Media, $7.95.)
4 NEGIMA! (MAGISTER NEGI MAGI), Vol. 21, by Ken Akamatsu. (Del Rey, $10.99.)
5 NEGIMA!? NEO, Vol. 1, by Takuya Fujiyama and Ken Akamatsu. (Del Rey, $10.99.)
6 XXXHOLIC, Vol. 13, by Clamp. (Del Rey, $10.99.)
7 NARUTO, Vol. 41, by Masashi Kishimoto. (VIZ Media, $7.95.)
8 FRUITS BASKET, Vol. 22, by Natsuki Takaya. (TokyoPop, $10.99.)
9 NARUTO, Vol. 40, by Masashi Kishimoto. (VIZ Media, $7.95.) A journey to the Land of Rain unveils a secret.
10 NARUTO, Vol. 39, by Masashi Kishimoto. (VIZ Media, $7.95.)

Rankings reflect sales of graphic novels, for the week ending April 4, at many thousands of venues where a wide range of books are sold nationwide. These include hundreds of independent book retailers (statistically weighted to represent all such outlets); national, regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; university, gift, supermarket, discount department stores and newsstands. In addition, these rankings also include unit sales reported by retailers nationwide that specialize in graphic novels and comic books.

Source: NY Times Graphic Books Best Seller List (4/10/09)

20 of 54 Comments Recent Comments

wtf. y is naruto there. im sick of people buying manga that is overrated. people need to get better tastes

Apr 14, 2009 4:35 PM by iamthebird

Rail_Man said:

What's so good about Bleach... It sucks now...and almost all the fans agree but still reads if because they've come this far reading it...

Apr 14, 2009 3:29 PM by Ahepwmfnw701ja

LolitaDecay said:
Tamaki-san said:
At least this time we have xxxHOLIC.

Animefan009 said:
Glad to not see Bleach on the list.

Apr 14, 2009 2:48 PM by Sonata_

Tamaki-san said:
At least this time we have xxxHOLIC.

Apr 14, 2009 1:38 PM by Kappaka

Animefan009 said:
Glad to not see Bleach on the list.

Apr 14, 2009 1:10 PM by BlackAssassin


Apr 13, 2009 11:53 PM by Plate


Apr 13, 2009 7:39 PM by Rail_Man

Glad to not see Bleach on the list.

Apr 13, 2009 6:40 PM by Ahepwmfnw701ja

Naruto is #1 for being most failed manga of all.

Fruits Basket is the best.

I'm glad for Holic and Negima though.

Apr 13, 2009 3:21 PM by BlackAssassin

Naruto is the most popular in the US

Apr 13, 2009 1:20 PM by FiiFO

Im so glad they are doing a manga best seller! I agree there is too much Naruto but Im so glad to see Fruits Baket :D
Hopefully this will help diverify and include more manga to the market

Apr 13, 2009 12:44 PM by tsuki77

Naruto pretty much owned that ranking thing. Hope better stuff is in the next ranking.

Apr 13, 2009 11:01 AM by Severus_Grey

Meh, as much as it's to be expected way too much Naruto..
I'm surprised to see that something like Death Note isn't on the list since that's really popular in the US I think?
Glad xxxholic is up there though.

Apr 13, 2009 4:42 AM by Snowflakes

There's so much Naruto on here due in large part, I wager, to Viz's printing scheduling - releasing four volumes at a time in order to catch up to the Japanese releases. Couple that with Naruto's popularity, and thats not unsurprising nor unreasonable an event.

Apr 12, 2009 9:32 PM by internetotaku

This list will be interesting to see when there aren't a zillion new Naruto volumes being released at once.

Good to see Fruits Basket and xxxHolic doing well though!

Apr 12, 2009 8:21 PM by Anomalous

Way, way, way too much Naruto on that list.

Apr 12, 2009 7:38 PM by eternal_blue

Waffle_Princess said:
If someone organized a (large) group of people to purchase a specific book during a specific week, it would be interesting to see what sort of effect that would have on the rankings.

I agree. If one could get enough cooperation they could really shift the market in their favor. That would be pretty cool.

Apr 12, 2009 6:47 PM by fdssdfdsfsf

naruto should be banned from that list.

Apr 12, 2009 6:39 PM by Maora

I'd rather see whats at the bottom of the list, I bet most of the actual good stuff lies there =/

Apr 12, 2009 6:20 PM by Kantarou

I'm kinda surprised Bleach isn't on that list :P

But srsly, WTF NARUTO. Dx

My country saddens me D:

Apr 12, 2009 6:03 PM by removed-user

It’s time to ditch the text file.
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