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Japan's Weekly Manga & Light Novel Rankings for May 11 - 17

by Snow
May 20, 2015 1:28 PM | 82 Comments
Here are the weekly Manga & Light Novel rankings for May 11th - 17th

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

Manga
*1. 207,220 *,207,220 Barakamon Vol.11
*2. 164,870 *,164,870 Fairy Tail Vol.49
*3. 104,155 *,104,155 Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso Vol.11
*4. *77,047 *,709,375 Ansatsu Kyoushitsu Vol.14
*5. *62,706 *,*62,706 Tokyo Tarareba-Jou Vol.2
*6. *61,905 *,689,076 Haikyuu!! Vol.16
*7. *56,931 *,410,300 Natsume Yuujinchou Vol.19
*8. *56,012 *,*81,527 Btooom! Vol.17
*9. *54,626 *,*54,626 Baby Steps Vol.35
10. *46,246 *,*91,493 7Seeds Vol.29

11. *43,303 *,*43,303 Area no Kishi Vol.46
12. *42,627 *,*42,627 Liar x Liar Vol.7
13. *41,505 *,*41,505 Kurosaki-kun no Iinari ni Nante Naranai Vol.4
14. *38,710 *,*38,710 Fuuka Vol.6
15. *35,443 *,*35,443 Kantai Collection 4-koma Comic: Fubuki, Ganbarimasu! Vol.5
16. *33,235 1,561,770 Shingeki no Kyojin Vol.16
17. *32,111 *,*32,111 Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo Vol.17
18. *31,470 *,*46,355 Ouroboros: Keisatsu wo Sabaku Haware ni Ari Vol.20
19. *31,223 *,*31,223 Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso Vol.11 Limited Edition
20. *29,111 *,*46,246 Watashi to Anata no Najimi no Kankei

21. *28,952 *,*28,952 Domestic na Kanojo Vol.5
22. *26,532 *,721,444 Nanatsu no Taizai Vol.14
23. *26,085 2,735,955 One Piece Vol.77
24. *25,591 *,*25,591 Aho Girl Vol.6
25. *21,441 *,*21,441 Meiji Melancholia Vol.3
26. *19,947 *,*19,947 Acma:Game Vol.11
27. *18,967 *,*18,967 Shin Kamen Rider Spirits Vol.11
28. *18,497 *,*18,497 Yumekui Merry Vol.14
29. *18,453 *,122,604 Beelzebub Vol.28
30. *18,101 *,513,118 Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Vol.25

31. *17,830 *,*30,588 Triage X Vol.11
32. *17,308 *,534,933 Arslan Senki Vol.3
33. *16,604 *,105,509 Minami-ke Vol.13
34. *16,414 *,*16,414 Ishtar no Musume: Ono no Otsuu Den Vol.11
35. *16,353 *,*16,353 Real Account Vol.4
36. *16,324 *,554,371 Arslan Senki Vol.2
37. *16,275 *,*28,186 Neko Pitcher Vol.3
38. *16,236 *,236,919 Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji Vol.12
39. *16,187 *,*33,107 Clover Vol.40
40. *16,035 *,592,227 Arslan Senki Vol.1

41. *15,521 *,*29,060 Usemono Yado Vol.2
42. *15,300 *,*24,145 Tsugumomo Vol.15
43. *14,999 *,260,047 Giant Killing Vol.35
44. *14,591 *,317,384 Owari no Seraph Vol.8
45. *14,454 *,*85,913 Jigoku Sensei Nube Neo Vol.3
46. *14,248 *,*97,199 Bungou Stray Dogs Vol.7
47. *14,212 *,103,551 Saiki Kusuo no Ψ Nan Vol.13
48. *13,562 *,*13,562 Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru no Darou ka Gaiden: Sword Oratoria Vol.3
49. *13,367 *,366,624 Kingdom Vol.38
50. *12,789 *,*25,205 Crows Zero II: Suzuran x Houen Vol.7


Light Novels and Anime/Manga related books
*1. 89,370 170,053 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Vol.16
*2. 34,370 *34,370 Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Gaiden: Sword Oratoria Vol.4
*3. 19,815 *34,930 Fate/strange Fake Vol.2
*4. 12,187 *12,187 Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry Vol.7
*5. 10,063 *73,628 Naruto Hiden Vol.4
*6. *9,289 *10,443 Madoushi wa Heibon wo Nozomu Vol.9
*7. *9,171 113,586 Haikyuu!! Shousetsu-ban!! Vol.5
*8. *8,594 *15,741 Seishun Buta Yarou Series Vol.4
*9. *7,148 **7,148 Okobore Hime to Entaku no Kishi Vol.11 "Shinka no Yakume"
10. *7,021 *13,241 Boku to Kanojo no Game Sensou Vol.8

11. *6,709 150,491 Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Vol.1
12. *6,476 111,433 Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Vol.3
13. *6,184 106,758 Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Vol.4
14. *6,100 **6,100 Uchi no Isourou ga Sekai wo Shouaku Shiteiru! Vol.11
15. *6,048 *91,849 Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Vol.7
16. *5,852 **5,852 Mama-san wa Moe Mangaka Vol.1
17. *5,587 116,195 Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Vol.5
18. *5,512 *55,893 Saikyou Series Vol.1 "Jinrui Saikyou no Hatsukoi"
19. *5,489 *88,000 Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Vol.6
20. *5,469 128,322 Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Vol.2

21. *5,410 176,150 Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. Vol.10.5
22. *4,640 **4,640 Juuni Taisen
23. *4,609 **4,609 Enjou: Ouja no Yobigoe
24. *4,551 *48,474 Okitegami Kyouko no Suisenbun
25. *3,476 *95,318 Naruto Hiden Vol.3
26. *3,368 **3,843 Imouto ga Yuusha ni Narimashita. Vol.4
27. *3,332 **3,332 Ossan ga Bijo. Vol.2
28. *3,117 **3,117 Hitokui Dungeon e Youkoso! Vol.1
29. *3,089 *45,714 Meitantei Conan: Gouka no Himawari

Source: Oricon Youtaiju

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Yes!!! Barakamon!! I hope they're able to announce a season 2 soon!!

May 24, 2015 10:09 AM by FueledbyKass

Congratulations to Barakamon :)~ Great to see 7seeds and SNK up there~!!! BANZAI!

May 23, 2015 4:27 AM by Estherella

Im so glad that Barakamon is first! <3

May 22, 2015 4:05 AM by krzysiuu

Snow said:
Here are the weekly Manga & Light Novel rankings for May 11th - 17th

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


Light Novels and Anime/Manga related books
*1. 89,370 170,053 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Vol.16


Source: Oricon Youtaiju

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AWW YEA! SEASON 2 ANNOUNCEMENT PLS

May 22, 2015 2:51 AM by Jiharo

Mahouka, Barakamon and Natsume Yuujinchou are doing nice on their selling
So when we will get Season 2 of Mahouka and Barakamon as well as Natsume Yuujinchou season 5? can't wait for it.

May 22, 2015 1:05 AM by Sanzen

Woah. Barakamon is Top 1!! They should make a S2 and I'll make sure to complete the S1

May 22, 2015 12:44 AM by aerithclode

Ejc said:
kuuderes_shadow said:


Even more reason not to look at the rankings - the light novel list is made up of 4 different rankings (although only 3 were relevant to this week), which MAL selects items from to put together and then rank.

Incidentally the 4 thresholds this week were:
top 50 bunko: 5261
top 20 light novels: 5469 (and thus not relevant this time as everything on here is also in either bunko or book rankings)
top 50 book: 4917
top 20 book - literature subcategory: 3089

This fourth list almost always has the lowest ranking requirement, meaning that those things that are eligible for it tend to stay on the rankings longer than the majority of things which aren't. And also means that there's no way of knowing how many things that would be selected for inclusion in MAL's lists sold less than the ranking requirement but more than the requirement for this fourth list.

Of course, none of this detracts from the sales figures, which at the end of the day are the important thing, but it does mean that the ranks need to be taken with even more of a pinch of salt than they would otherwise.


The way MAL presents the data also leads to periodic confusion. "Why is Biblia not #1 on the half-yearly/yearly light novel volume list?". Things like this would be made more clearer if MAL presented the data according to how it is released by Oricon Youtaiju. For those who don't know the answer to the question I wrote there, Biblia is bunko but not a light novel.

I also remember one time someone was questioning why the most recent volume of a release failed to chart in the MAL list because based on the past volume sales, it would've easily beaten the MAL threshold. The answer to that is that it would not have made the much higher bunko threshold (since it is bunko), which is why the release is missing from the list despite most certainly having sold enough to beat the MAL threshold.

I think of the ranking number as a formality. It is only there to determine what volume sales will be included in the list, so I just find it baffling how some people on MAL seems to take pride in their favourite series being in the Top 10 or whatever, when the sales are the most important anyway. Something can rank in the top 10, but in reality it sold terrible. See the current BD list where Etotama is ranked 6th in MAL terms, but sold pretty terrible at 586. Do people really think that is amazing since it is in the Top 10 afterall?


Just seeing their favorite title at the top is good enough. How much it sells is really what matters, but some people care more for the rankings than sales. Especially if their favorite title isn't popular or simple doesn't normally do well to rank high, so you kinda can't blame them for being happy to see their favorite series at the top even if the figures are appalling.

May 22, 2015 12:19 AM by keragamming

kuuderes_shadow said:
Uchiha_Sasuke said:

Light Novels and Anime/Manga related books

*5.  Naruto Hiden Vol.4
*25. Naruto Hiden Vol.3



Even more reason not to look at the rankings - the light novel list is made up of 4 different rankings (although only 3 were relevant to this week), which MAL selects items from to put together and then rank.

Incidentally the 4 thresholds this week were:
top 50 bunko: 5261
top 20 light novels: 5469 (and thus not relevant this time as everything on here is also in either bunko or book rankings)
top 50 book: 4917
top 20 book - literature subcategory: 3089

This fourth list almost always has the lowest ranking requirement, meaning that those things that are eligible for it tend to stay on the rankings longer than the majority of things which aren't. And also means that there's no way of knowing how many things that would be selected for inclusion in MAL's lists sold less than the ranking requirement but more than the requirement for this fourth list.

Of course, none of this detracts from the sales figures, which at the end of the day are the important thing, but it does mean that the ranks need to be taken with even more of a pinch of salt than they would otherwise.


The way MAL presents the data also leads to periodic confusion. "Why is Biblia not #1 on the half-yearly/yearly light novel volume list?". Things like this would be made more clearer if MAL presented the data according to how it is released by Oricon Youtaiju. For those who don't know the answer to the question I wrote there, Biblia is bunko but not a light novel.

I also remember one time someone was questioning why the most recent volume of a release failed to chart in the MAL list because based on the past volume sales, it would've easily beaten the MAL threshold. The answer to that is that it would not have made the much higher bunko threshold (since it is bunko), which is why the release is missing from the list despite most certainly having sold enough to beat the MAL threshold.

I think of the ranking number as a formality. It is only there to determine what volume sales will be included in the list, so I just find it baffling how some people on MAL seems to take pride in their favourite series being in the Top 10 or whatever, when the sales are the most important anyway. Something can rank in the top 10, but in reality it sold terrible. See the current BD list where Etotama is ranked 6th in MAL terms, but sold pretty terrible at 586. Do people really think that is amazing since it is in the Top 10 afterall?

May 22, 2015 12:04 AM by Ejc

Uchiha_Sasuke said:

Light Novels and Anime/Manga related books

*5.  Naruto Hiden Vol.4
*25. Naruto Hiden Vol.3



Even more reason not to look at the rankings - the light novel list is made up of 4 different rankings (although only 3 were relevant to this week), which MAL selects items from to put together and then rank.

Incidentally the 4 thresholds this week were:
top 50 bunko: 5261
top 20 light novels: 5469 (and thus not relevant this time as everything on here is also in either bunko or book rankings)
top 50 book: 4917
top 20 book - literature subcategory: 3089

This fourth list almost always has the lowest ranking requirement, meaning that those things that are eligible for it tend to stay on the rankings longer than the majority of things which aren't. And also means that there's no way of knowing how many things that would be selected for inclusion in MAL's lists sold less than the ranking requirement but more than the requirement for this fourth list.

Of course, none of this detracts from the sales figures, which at the end of the day are the important thing, but it does mean that the ranks need to be taken with even more of a pinch of salt than they would otherwise.

May 21, 2015 10:50 PM by kuuderes_shadow

wooooo, barakamon <3

May 21, 2015 10:18 PM by flochelle

YAAAAY Barakamon! /o/

May 21, 2015 9:45 PM by GodConi

Barakamon season 2 when?

May 21, 2015 7:13 PM by Xushu

Manga
23. One Piece Vol.77

Light Novels and Anime/Manga related books

*5.  Naruto Hiden Vol.4
*25. Naruto Hiden Vol.3


|^_^|

May 21, 2015 6:46 PM by Uchiha_Sasuke

tsudecimo said:
KuroYaksha said:

It's usually in the top 10 or a little below, right? It ranked 22 this week. So that's kinda odd. I don't know if it's still in a safe place or not?

Ranking don't mean anything, it's the figures that are important.


Thanks for the clarification. I didn't understand how they worked at first, but I think I get it now

May 21, 2015 12:09 PM by KuroYaksha

Z4k said:
KuroYaksha said:


It's usually in the top 10 or a little below, right? It ranked 22 this week. So that's kinda odd. I don't know if it's still in a safe place or not?.... (Btw, nice Uta avatar)

It was in the Top 10 because it sold a lot of copies in one week. Anyways the rankings aren't important because what actually matters here are the total number of volumes sold.

 *26,532 *,721,444 Nanatsu no Taizai Vol.14

The ones on the left are copies sold in a week while the underlined ones are the total copies of volume sold since it was released (April 17 I think). So yea NNT sold 720k copies in a month which is very good.


Oh, I see now. Thanks for the clarification

May 21, 2015 12:05 PM by KuroYaksha

KuroYaksha said:

It's usually in the top 10 or a little below, right? It ranked 22 this week. So that's kinda odd. I don't know if it's still in a safe place or not?

Ranking don't mean anything, it's the figures that are important.

May 21, 2015 12:04 PM by tsudecimo

KuroYaksha said:
Z4k said:

What do you mean?


It's usually in the top 10 or a little below, right? It ranked 22 this week. So that's kinda odd. I don't know if it's still in a safe place or not?.... (Btw, nice Uta avatar)

It was in the Top 10 because it sold a lot of copies in one week. Anyways the rankings aren't important because what actually matters here are the total number of volumes sold.

 *26,532 *,721,444 Nanatsu no Taizai Vol.14

The ones on the left are copies sold in a week while the underlined ones are the total copies of volume sold since it was released (April 17 I think). So yea NNT sold 720k copies in a month which is very good.

May 21, 2015 11:38 AM by Z4k

Snappynator said:
huh, did Nanatsu no Taizan just fall...a lot?

That's my question. I don't understand know how these weekly rankings work... so I don't know if NnT is still in a safe place or not... I just hope it releases more volumes. That will help it out, if it's in a pickle.


Z4k said:
Snappynator said:
huh, did Nanatsu no Taizan just fall...a lot?

What do you mean?


It's usually in the top 10 or a little below, right? It ranked 22 this week. So that's kinda odd. I don't know if it's still in a safe place or not?.... (Btw, nice Uta avatar)

May 21, 2015 11:26 AM by KuroYaksha

Nachtwandler_21 said:
kuuderes_shadow said:


Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry volume 6 sold 13820 in 10 days.
Magdala de Nemure 6 sold 14134 in 5 days.

As I've already mentioned, though, that's irrelevant as the two aren't in competition coming not only from different labels but different publishing companies.


I know they are from different publishers. My point was exactly about sales. I just pointed the first example from the list.

It's a work of quite a famous writer with better sales than a lot of LNs, adapted recently, so I wondered why the publisher still don't want to make an anime from it?


If you look at the anime adaptations of Dengeki Bunko light novels, though, everything has been an adaptation of a series that sold considerably more than Magdala does since C3 in 2011.

If you look at the lower sellers getting anime they're mostly from GA Bunko and Gagaga Bunko, plus a smattering from labels that only do anime adaptations infrequently and usually don't even have any big sellers in the first place.

May 21, 2015 10:42 AM by kuuderes_shadow

Snappynator said:
huh, did Nanatsu no Taizan just fall...a lot?

What do you mean?

May 21, 2015 9:24 AM by Z4k