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Japan's Yearly Manga and Light Novel Rankings for 2014 (First Half)

by Snow
Jun 3, 2014 4:53 PM | 93 Comments
Here are the Manga and Light Novel sales rankings for the first half of the fiscal year of 2014. (November 18, 2013 - May 18, 2014)

Manga Sales by Series
*1. 8,342,268 Shingeki no Kyojin
*2. 4,936,855 One Piece
*3. 4,616,040 Kuroko no Basket
*4. 3,247,920 Naruto
*5. 3,085,177 Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
*6. 3,060,694 Hoozuki no Reitetsu
*7. 2,914,977 Diamond no Ace
*8. 2,875,863 Gin no Saji
*9. 2,795,169 Ansatsu Kyoushitsu
10. 2,418,041 Nisekoi

11. 2,249,431 Haikyuu!!
12. 2,209,310 Yowamushi Pedal
13. 1,833,498 Terra Formars
14. 1,803,007 Noragami
15. 1,774,694 Bleach
16. 1,692,639 Detective Conan
17. 1,683,131 One Punch-Man
18. 1,654,601 Fairy Tail
19. 1,424,484 Gintama
20. 1,394,312 Shokugeki no Souma

21. 1,333,022 Kingdom
22. 1,328,293 Kimi ni Todoke
23. 1,259,816 Nanatsu no Taizai
24. 1,211,163 Sakamoto desu ga?
25. 1,196,291 Kuroshitsuji
26. 1,190,902 Tokyo Ghoul
27. 1,077,766 Ao Haru Ride
28. 1,011,718 Chihayafuru
29. 1,005,434 Ajin
30. *,946,013 Kangoku Gakuen

Manga Sales by Volumes
*1. 2,825,339 One Piece Vol.73
*2. 1,770,746 Shingeki no Kyojin Vol.12
*3. 1,665,561 Shingeki no Kyojin Vol.13
*4. 1,073,219 Naruto Vol.67
*5. 1,039,390 Naruto Vol.68
*6. *,934,335 Kimi ni Todoke Vol.21
*7. *,904,863 Gin no Saji Vol.11
*8. *,836,790 Gin no Saji Vol.10
*9. *,799,324 Naruto Vol.69
10. *,775,315 Sakamoto desu ga? Vol.2

Rank 11 - 100



Light Novel Sales by Series
*1. 814,638 Kagerou Days
*2. 651,405 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei
*3. 592,669 Sword Art Online
*4. 519,732 Monogatari Series
*5. 487,397 Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru.
*6. 331,987 Sword Art Online: Progressive
*7. 318,987 Toaru Majutsu no Index: New Testament
*8. 281,325 Kuroko no Basket: Replace
*9. 255,348 No Game No Life (Kadokawa)
10. 243,659 Date A Live

11. 243,652 Strike the Blood
12. 236,474 Log Horizon
13. 204,995 Hataraku Maou-sama!
14. 190,718 Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu
15. 178,055 Black Bullet
16. 171,115 Hidan no Aria
17. 169,136 Tokyo Ravens
18. 168,701 No Game No Life (Media Factory)
19. 149,621 Nourin
20. 144,263 Accel World

Light Novel Sales by Volumes
*1. 521,217 Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou Vol.5
*2. 339,600 Manga de Wakaru Nanatsu no Shuukan
*3. 330,936 Kagerou Days Vol.5
*4. 308,464 Sword Art Online: Progressive Vol.2
*5. 288,251 Sword Art Online Vol.14
*6. 192,805 Monogatari Series: Final Season "Owarimonogatari" Vol.2
*7. 183,932 Coffee-ten Talleran Jikenbo Vol.3
*8. 175,588 Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu Vol.12
*9. 174,411 Monogatari Series: Final Season "Owarimonogatari" Vol.3
10. 163,961 Toaru Majutsu no Index: New Testament Vol.9

11. 162,072 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Vol.13
12. 159,951 Kuroko no Basket: Replace Vol.5
13. 134,504 Kagerou Days Vol.1
14. 127,232 Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. Vol.9
15. 125,277 Kaiketsu Zorori Series Vol.54
16. 122,788 Kagerou Days Vol.4
17. 121,312 Accel World Vol.16
18. 116,042 Kagerou Days Vol.2
19. 115,978 Toaru Majutsu no Index: New Testament Vol.10
20. 110,368 Kagerou Days Vol.3

Rank 21 - 42


Sources: Oricon Youtaiju Manga, Oricon Youtaiju Light Novel

20 of 93 Comments Recent Comments

Miraclezify said:
Had no idea Mekaku City Actors was so popular, even more so than SAO and Mahouka. Pretty exciting that One Piece has finally been dethroned though that probably won't last too long. But if anything deserved to dethrone it, SnK definitely was it.


Well, Kagerou Project is very popular and mainstream in Japan.
(Have you seen Pixiv? It's overloaded with those.)

Jun 10, 2014 5:54 AM by Uitchou

Had no idea Mekaku City Actors was so popular, even more so than SAO and Mahouka. Pretty exciting that One Piece has finally been dethroned though that probably won't last too long. But if anything deserved to dethrone it, SnK definitely was it.

Jun 10, 2014 3:28 AM by Miraclezify

PillowFeatherbed said:
14. 1,803,007 Noragami
2ndseasonplspls

This.
C'mon Bones :|

Jun 9, 2014 10:37 AM by Botato

14. 1,803,007 Noragami
2ndseasonplspls

Jun 9, 2014 10:33 AM by TornRamos

Vudis has confirmed great taste.

Jun 9, 2014 10:28 AM by IntroverTurtle

Vudis is a confirmed one piece fan

Jun 9, 2014 10:22 AM by Shuhan

Thread cleaned.
Removed spam, off topic and baiting.
Please remember that this is a topic about the manga/ln rankings in general, not a discussion topic for OP vs SNK, or something along those lines.
We have the anime sub-boards and/or the general shounen thread for that.

Jun 9, 2014 7:05 AM by Vudis

Nidhoeggr said:
You know, keragamming...the difference between HxH and SnK is that hxH features tons of well-crafted worldbuilding whereas SnK has grade school level politics that you can find in hundreds of other manga. Maybe you should lay down the fanboyism a bit..
As others have said, you read stuff into thigns that is just not there.

To be honest I don't even get why there is such a fanwar going on here. Shingeki is an slightly above average manga with lots of problems but still better than stuff like Naruto or Bleach. One Piece has imho a lot of problems ever since Imped Down arc but it still is way above average as well. Stop proclaiming your series has no flaws.


I was just using hxh as a example. But u couldn't resist to try and downplay snk.

All I was doing is imputing my opinion to what Amiluhu said. If you find me as a annoying fanboy all you need to do is ignore my post.

Yes I think snk is a 10/10 masterpiece. Just like how you gave HxH a 10. and imo, the best it can get from me is a 8. And that was because of Hisoka and the phantom troupe arc. Chimera ant arc was just so generic and disappointing. A few good episodes here and there.

Have a nice day. :3

Mod Edit: Removed baiting.

Jun 9, 2014 3:02 AM by keragamming

You know, keragamming...the difference between HxH and SnK is that hxH features tons of well-crafted worldbuilding whereas SnK has grade school level politics that you can find in hundreds of other manga. Maybe you should lay down the fanboyism a bit..
As others have said, you read stuff into thigns that is just not there.

To be honest I don't even get why there is such a fanwar going on here. Shingeki is an slightly above average manga with lots of problems but still better than stuff like Naruto or Bleach. One Piece has imho a lot of problems ever since Imped Down arc but it still is way above average as well. Stop proclaiming your series has no flaws.

Mod Edit: Removed baiting.

Jun 9, 2014 2:28 AM by Nidhoeggr

@Amiluhur Let's just stop here, we both of different views of this series and I know none of us will agree on anything in the end. And please spoiler tag the second to last paragraph, Let's not spoil anyone. This will not bring us anywhere. You don't like this type of story telling, while I like this type of story telling. There everyone wins.

ANIME VIEWERS DON'T READ THE COMMENT ABOVE ME^, BIG MANGA SPOILERS, YOU'VE BEEN WARNED!!

Jun 8, 2014 10:31 PM by keragamming

Great, it appears that throwing random accusations and strawman arguments is the only way to handle dissenting opinions, so let me break down your points slowly.
keragamming said:
1. I already know you are not a big fan of this series, so I'm not surprise.

How do you know that i'm/i'm not fan of the series. Which ones of my previous arguments (on these forums) giving off such indication?
keragamming said:
2 Yea, let's kill some more titans and don't progress the story, lets do the same thing over and over by making titans appear and then Eren can go titan and kill shit! Yea, that should make snk even better! Who needs STORY OR ANSWERS, action all the way!

I didn't say anything about killing more Titans and not progressing the story whatsoever. I simply said that SnK is at its best when it deals with Titans, plain and simple, but it appears that you can't properly comprehend this point without you spicing things up a little bit.
keragamming said:
3. Are you implying that what we are getting is filler, and nothing to the story? From what I'm seeing everything seems to connect. For eg. Chapter 46 connection with chapter 56, big connection there.

Not saying filler or anything of some sort. Sure, these things that i'm complaining about might be very useful for the story in the future, but if what you've got so far is consistent introduction of more and more winding mysteries without properly addressing much of the existing ones, i don't find it a really good storytelling
keragamming said:
4. If you've been paying attention to snk from day 1, you would've known that humans are also the enemy, or actually the true enemy.

Mind you, initially the Titans were the enemies in the story. The whole "Humans are enemies as well" thing only came up after chapter 12 or so. Even so, has the series so far even bothered elaborating as to why some humans are becoming the enemies in the story?
keragamming said:
5. Isayama is not struggling at all, he's telling us a story and making sure that everything fits perfectly. I bet you wouldn't dare say any of the later chapters were not important to the story.

Yes, later. What about now? My initial post is specifically talking about what's currently happening. Again, you're reading things that aren't even there.
keragamming said:
Another thing Isayma is not a one of those mangaka that makes up shit while they going, If you've been paying close attention, you would realize that everything is connected. You can't deny that.

I've been paying close attention and actually, not everything is connected (yet) so far.


Though at this point, i'm sure that somebody will still tell me that i'm totally wrong and SnK is super awesome and Isayama knows what he's doing despite what the manga has shown us so far.

Mod Edit: Added spoiler tags; please hide plot details.

Jun 8, 2014 8:07 PM by Amiluhur

Amiluhur said:
keragamming said:
It's called world building, and character development, it's not all about titan action. But if you want action, there is plenty of that in chapter 58. Just without titans.

To be frank, i don't necessarily disagree with ichii_1 since he actually brought in an interesting perspective, that the recent chapters of Shingeki has been narrated rather poorly. Because what we've got from the latest 7-8 chapters was, in nutshell, a perfectly straightforward story about Recon Corps trying to figure out the murder behind the cult leader. If it weren't for non-stop conspiracy dialogues that consistently pops out before the characters actually adress the problem on hand, each chapters could've been only 20 pages long.

Shingeki is at its best when it actually deals with Titans imo, but the latest chapters that's been so entrenched at dealing with internal conflict between humanity actually shows how much Isayama is struggling to keep Shingeki going by stretching the plot as thinly as possible.


1. I already know you are not a big fan of this series, so I'm not surprise.
2 Yea, let's kill some more titans and don't progress the story, lets do the same thing over and over by making titans appear and then Eren can go titan and kill shit! Yea, that should make snk even better! Who needs STORY OR ANSWERS, action all the way!
3. Are you implying that what we are getting is filler, and nothing to the story? From what I'm seeing everything seems to connect. For eg. Chapter 46 connection with chapter 56, big connection there.
4. If you've been paying attention to snk from day 1, you would've known that humans are also the enemy, or actually the true enemy.
5. Isayama is not struggling at all, he's telling us a story and making sure that everything fits perfectly. I bet you wouldn't dare say any of the later chapters were not important to the story.

Another thing Isayma is not a one of those mangaka that makes up shit while they going, If you've been paying close attention, you would realize that everything is connected. You can't deny that.

YOU SOUND LIKE THE SAME PEOPLE THAT ARE BITCHING ABOUT HUNTER X HUNTER LATEST CHAPTER, I DONT READ THE MANGA BUT I HEARD THEIR IS A LOT OF DIALOGUE AND TALKS ABOUT POLITICS AND PEOPLE ARE BITCHING THAT IT'S BORING THEY WANT ACTION, ACTION AND MORE ACTION!. SMH.-_-


Any ways we have different opinions. Snk manga is not selling well because of the pretty art, it's selling well because the story is so damn good and interesting. And not the shounen generic bullshit we are getting today. Nice talking with ya. ;)

Jun 8, 2014 5:57 PM by keragamming

To be frank, i don't necessarily disagree with ichii_1 since he actually brought in an interesting perspective, that the recent chapters of Shingeki has been narrated rather poorly. Because what we've got from the latest 7-8 chapters was, in nutshell, a perfectly straightforward story about Recon Corps trying to figure out the murder behind the cult leader. If it weren't for non-stop conspiracy dialogues that consistently pops out before the characters actually adress the problem on hand, each chapters could've been only 20 pages long.

Shingeki is at its best when it actually deals with Titans imo, but the latest chapters that's been so entrenched at dealing with internal conflict between humanity actually shows how much Isayama is struggling to keep Shingeki going by stretching the plot as thinly as possible.

Mod Edit: Removed quote of deleted post.

Jun 8, 2014 5:30 PM by Amiluhur

JCDRANZER said:
Prison School should get an anime.


Totally agree with this. ^

Jun 8, 2014 3:19 PM by keragamming

Prison School should get an anime.

Jun 8, 2014 2:33 PM by JCDRANZER

ChronosXIII said:
Holy shit, Shingeki no Kyojin sold almost double that of One Piece.

I'm surprised Mahouka Rettousei is second place; didn't think it was that popular.

Glad to see Oregairu up there though.


You can't really get a picture of what's popular in Japan just by following dumb fanboy politics in the West. There's often very little overlap. Some but still very little.

Pknoctis said:
Ooh, Diamond no Ace did pretty well.


Ace of Diamond is actually a fairly mainstream work in Japan. It airs during the Daytime, lacks any real objectionable content and is just a good old fashioned straight up show that sticks to its premise well and doesn't feel the need to throw in irrelevant shit cause it doesn't have to pander to the typical night time audience for anime. It even gets used in a lot of advertisements for every day products like Gundam.

Jun 8, 2014 1:59 PM by PeacingOut

lot of very successful sports

Jun 7, 2014 11:20 PM by Claptrap

Sutatekken said:
SO SNK passed OP no surprise though I'm not going to blame it on OP having only 1 volume and shit because it wouldn't mattered if it had 2 or 3 with all 13 Volumes of SNK Still selling that would only shrink the Gap. Now what is Surprising is Kuroko no Basket While I realize that we can say it is bc OP only having 1 Vol to its 3 but for KnB to be within 300,000 copies Of OP is Something with current trends OP might be 3rd by year end
Can you do math. You said if One Piece put out three then it wouldn't have beaten it? If you kept the same amount that it sold this time and add it twice, it would have been over 10,000,000. Each of the additional two volumes would have only had to of sold like 1.7 million a piece to have beaten SnK which from what I've heard(I don't pay attention to the whole trend of One Piece), it would do easily.

Jun 6, 2014 2:04 PM by IntroverTurtle

SO SNK passed OP no surprise though I'm not going to blame it on OP having only 1 volume and shit because it wouldn't mattered if it had 2 or 3 with all 13 Volumes of SNK Still selling that would only shrink the Gap. Now what is Surprising is Kuroko no Basket While I realize that we can say it is bc OP only having 1 Vol to its 3 but for KnB to be within 300,000 copies Of OP is Something with current trends OP might be 3rd by year end

Another interesting thing I see is Nise Koi for something that was unranked in 2012 and 30th in 2013 its Surprising to see it 10th 6 months later in the first Half of 2014 I figured it would eventually climb up there but not this quick it could reach the top 5 or so by year end as well

Jun 6, 2014 1:56 PM by Sutatenken

Ooh, Diamond no Ace did pretty well.

Jun 5, 2014 9:21 PM by Pknoctis