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Japan's Weekly Manga Rankings for Sep 28 - Oct 4

by Snow
Oct 7, 2015 1:46 PM | 107 Comments
Here are the weekly manga rankings for September 28 - October 4

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

*1. 1,467,741 1,467,741 One Piece Vol.79
*2. *,367,497 *,367,497 Haikyuu!! Vol.18
*3. *,354,022 *,354,022 Ansatsu Kyoushitsu Vol.16
*4. *,172,900 *,172,900 Shokugeki no Souma Vol.15
*5. *,139,500 *,510,164 3-gatsu no Lion Vol.11
*6. *,105,008 *,105,008 Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou Vol.7
*7. *,*79,053 *,*79,053 Shin Tennis no Ouji-sama Vol.16
*8. *,*77,828 *,*77,828 Haikyuu!! Complete Guidebook Haikyuubon!
*9. *,*76,907 *,694,142 Tokyo Ghoul:re Vol.4
10. *,*71,010 *,*97,297 Kodoku no Gourmet Vol.2

11. *,*66,662 *,*67,406 Youkai Watch Vol.8 Limited Edition
12. *,*59,634 *,223,961 Giant Killing Vol.36
13. *,*59,312 *,137,643 Koudai-ke no Hitobito Vol.4
14. *,*53,691 *,*53,691 Atashinchi Vol.21
15. *,*52,455 *,*52,455 Kinnikuman Vol.52
16. *,*46,833 *,*98,430 Nijiiro Days Vol.10
17. *,*43,122 *,*43,122 Black Clover Vol.3
18. *,*41,528 *,*91,249 5-ji kara 9-ji made Vol.11
19. *,*37,806 *,264,646 Major 2nd Vol.2
20. *,*37,275 *,*37,275 Let's! Haikyuu!? Vol.2

21. *,*36,067 *,*71,373 Gochuumon wa Usagi desu ka? Vol.4
22. *,*35,570 *,*71,868 Mune ga Naru no wa Kimi no Sei Bangai-hen
23. *,*35,283 *,*35,283 Shinya Shokudou Vol.15
24. *,*34,202 *,*34,202 Saiki Kusuo no Ψ Nan Vol.15
25. *,*34,024 *,321,197 Fairy Tail Vol.51
26. *,*33,021 *,*33,021 Kuubo Ibuki Vol.1
27. *,*32,590 *,253,504 Skip Beat! Vol.37
28. *,*31,533 *,140,668 3-gatsu no Lion Vol.11 Limited Edition
29. *,*31,473 *,260,380 Ahiru no Sora Vol.41
30. *,*31,279 *,*31,279 Kuubo Ibuki Vol.2

31. *,*30,124 *,*94,275 Kou no Dori Vol.10
32. *,*29,908 *,625,015 Kuroko no Basket: Extra Game Vol.1
33. *,*28,665 *,*28,665 Kuneru Marta Vol.7
34. *,*28,116 *,*28,116 Dorohedoro Vol.20
35. *,*27,517 *,*27,517 Jigoku Sensei Nube Neo Vol.4
36. *,*26,718 *,184,041 Noragami Vol.14
37. *,*25,494 *,*25,494 Love Stage!! Vol.6
38. *,*24,903 *,*24,903 One Punch-Man Hero Encyclopedia
39. *,*24,574 *,*49,791 Mei-chan no Shitsuji DX Vol.3
40. *,*23,412 *,*51,235 Neko to Watashi no Kinyoubi Vol.10

41. *,*23,263 *,*53,862 Shinmai Maou no Testament Vol.6
42. *,*22,688 *,328,560 Mahoutsukai no Yome Vol.4
43. *,*22,552 *,*22,552 Soul Catcher(S) Vol.9
44. *,*22,090 *,*22,090 Youkai Watch Busters
45. *,*21,720 *,309,069 Barakamon Vol.12
46. *,*20,931 1,735,214 Shingeki no Kyojin Vol.17
47. *,*20,736 *,*42,964 Taiyou ga Miteiru (kamo Shirenai kara) Vol.3
48. *,*20,586 *,*20,586 Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal Vol.9
49. *,*20,266 *,160,161 Hajime no Ippo Vol.111
50. *,*19,849 *,*19,849 One Piece Party Vol.1

Source: Oricon Youtaijou

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It's great to see One Piece still going strong :)

and I hope season 2 of Haikyuu provides another well deserved sales boost :)

Oct 11, 2015 6:14 AM by WolfKing7

good to see shokugeki no soma

Oct 11, 2015 2:09 AM by rageiX

One piece *1 in sells nothing new tbh

Oct 10, 2015 1:31 AM by KiryuKun00x

MysticLeviathan said:
Do you have any idea of what an average 500 ranked volume sells? Like the number we can expect? Is a 500th ranked volume for a week even selling 1,000 volumes for that week?

Actually, it seems like there's a way to know (with good accuracy) how many copies have been sold by the manga # 500, 400, 300, 200, 100, 50 and even 30. That will greatly help our estimations with some extrapolations..

Oct 10, 2015 12:57 AM by Agafin

Agafin said:
I think so yeah, but all these are just predictions though.

You have to remember that AssClass had a lot of missing weeks and as such its backlog sales are clearly below what Ejc calculated. This is in contrast to Kingdom which has only one week of unreported sales so what Ejc has for it is probably dead accurate. While AC has minimal backlog sales today, this was probably not the case a few months ago when its anime had just ended. As for my #3-#5:

3. 8.6 million SNK (I'm possibly overestimating it)
4. 8.5 million AssClass
5. 8.4 million Kingdom


I will be revising the max possible sales tomorrow. I just realised that using the weekly thresholds is probably not the best thing to do, when calculating the max possible sales, as I will show in this example.

We have AssClass at 7,448,781 verified sales (so it does not include the partial sales i've added in for some weeks it was in the Top 50 manga but not in the Top 10 manga series).

Based on the weekly thresholds for the weeks where it did not make the Top 10 manga series, it's max possible sales is 8,459,370... however we know what the monthly series thresholds are for August and September of 367,570 and 224,843 respectively. Thus, for August and September, the most AssClass could've sold is 367,569 and 224,842 respectively, since it did not make those thresholds.

So with this in mind, its actual max possible sales as of the most recent week is:
7,448,781 + 367,569 + 224,842 = 8,041,192

It's sitting somewhere between 7,448,781 and 8,041,192.

Oct 8, 2015 6:08 PM by Ejc

Snow said:

12. *,*59,634 *,223,961 Giant Killing Vol.36

2nd season f*cking when???

Oct 8, 2015 4:57 PM by IZUMI64

MysticLeviathan said:

You really think AC will come out ahead in the end?

Just looking at it this way, AC's most recent volume I believe sold something like 800k over I think 5 or 6 weeks before it was finally knocked off the list, which is how long until the manga year ends. Just looking at this week, it only had about 30k in backlog sales. You really think there's going to be a huge backlog boost. It's at 7.5 million right now, how much more do you think it'll sell before the end of the manga year?

When it comes to Kingdom, the last new volume sold about 450k in a month. Volume 40 should no doubt match that, or maybe even surpass it. However, it's backlog sales have stayed in the top 10 for many weeks, and should continue to stay decently high until the end of the year. It's only got 2 weeks until the new volume comes out, so unless it really conks out, we should expect something like 7.35 million before the the next volume comes out, maybe even 7.4 million. Then the next volume will likely get the series to close to 7.9 million on its own. Then you have 4 weeks of backlog boost.


I'm surprised you think AC will be able to overpower it. I mean maybe you're right and backlog sales will just totally conk out. What's your estimate for the #3-#5 spots when all's said and done?

I think so yeah, but all these are just predictions though.

You have to remember that AssClass had a lot of missing weeks and as such its backlog sales are clearly below what Ejc calculated. This is in contrast to Kingdom which has only one week of unreported sales so what Ejc has for it is probably dead accurate. While AC has minimal backlog sales today, this was probably not the case a few months ago when its anime had just ended. As for my #3-#5:

3. 8.6 million SNK (I'm possibly overestimating it)
4. 8.5 million AssClass
5. 8.4 million Kingdom

Oct 8, 2015 11:57 AM by Agafin

Snow said:

*2. *,367,497 *,367,497 Haikyuu!! Vol.18
*3. *,354,022 *,354,022 Ansatsu Kyoushitsu Vol.16
*4. *,172,900 *,172,900 Shokugeki no Souma Vol.15

Well deserved.

Snow said:

*6. *,105,008 *,105,008 Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou Vol.7

I miss this show.

Snow said:

*9. *,*76,907 *,694,142 Tokyo Ghoul:re Vol.4


TG is love. TG:re is life. <3 hahahaha

Oct 8, 2015 10:07 AM by sinner08910

keragamming said:
Woah! Looking at the list now, kingdom has a chance of passing snk, if its backlog sales from now sell 100k consistently for 6 weeks straight, plus the 500k the newest volume would sell it could edge snk. Thinking about it now, kingdom will probably sell even more than 500k with this back log still staying strong. Assclass also look dangerous as well.

Hate to say it, but there's a high chance that snk will finish in the #5 spot for this year.

I had a hunch Kingdom would do extremely well for a while now. My prediction for it to reach 8.5 mil seems very likely at this point which I reckon should place it in third place. SnK exceeded my expectations with backlog sales, though. I imagined it wouldn't go beyond 8.2/8.3 mil in the best case scenario, but now it seems like 8.4 isn't out of the question. I don't think AssClass will go over 8.3 million really, so I say fourth place for Shingeki is going to be its final ranking.

Next year I hope it'll go back to sales above 10 million with second season hype, though.

Oct 8, 2015 4:19 AM by geralt

Agafin said:
*3 *8,182,855 Shingeki no Kyojin (進撃の巨人)
*4 *7,497,827 Ansatsu Kyoushitsu (暗殺教室)
*5 *7,200,451 Kingdom (キングダム)

Interesting. SnK has probably reached 8.2 million since this week had some missing sales. Kingdom is about to edge out AssClass but I still think AC will come ahead in the end.

Also, its funny to see that no series from 2008-2012 managed to sell over 10 million in a year other than One Piece yet since 2013, One Piece now has some company every year in the 10+ million club. The market is growing it seems.


You really think AC will come out ahead in the end?

Just looking at it this way, AC's most recent volume I believe sold something like 800k over I think 5 or 6 weeks before it was finally knocked off the list, which is how long until the manga year ends. Just looking at this week, it only had about 30k in backlog sales. You really think there's going to be a huge backlog boost. It's at 7.5 million right now, how much more do you think it'll sell before the end of the manga year?

When it comes to Kingdom, the last new volume sold about 450k in a month. Volume 40 should no doubt match that, or maybe even surpass it. However, it's backlog sales have stayed in the top 10 for many weeks, and should continue to stay decently high until the end of the year. It's only got 2 weeks until the new volume comes out, so unless it really conks out, we should expect something like 7.35 million before the the next volume comes out, maybe even 7.4 million. Then the next volume will likely get the series to close to 7.9 million on its own. Then you have 4 weeks of backlog boost.


I'm surprised you think AC will be able to overpower it. I mean maybe you're right and backlog sales will just totally conk out. What's your estimate for the #3-#5 spots when all's said and done?

Oct 8, 2015 3:38 AM by MysticLeviathan

MichaelMyers100 said:
Ejc said:
*9 *3,358,630 Tokyo Ghoul:re (東京喰種:re)

Yay!!! It jumped one spot...i wonder if it could beat Terraformars before November

It would be sixth in rankings if you count the backlog sales from part 1.

14 *2,640,791 Tokyo Ghoul (東京喰種)

Oct 8, 2015 3:33 AM by Z4k

Ejc said:
@umashikaneko

I thought it was mainstream, because Disney is very popular in Japan. Just look at the Box Office movie gross (アナと雪の女王 or Frozen as it's known in the West grossed 25.48 billion yen, just behind Spirited Away at 30.4 billion yen and Titanic at 26.2 billion yen) and the disc sales (> 2 million copies). Can you name me any other late-night anime besides K-ON! and Love Live, that were broadcast on the Disney channel? Or is it not the Disney i'm thinking of?

Mizuki Nana is considered mainstream in the music scene.

I agree with you on the fans of the top tier idol groups. I read that you need to purchase the singles to be able to vote in the elections for AKB48, but I also know there are other ways to vote (such as getting online membership and stuff). I have to see what symbv says about the whole voting process, because he knows used to follow AKB48 very closely.

On what you said about young people being able to talk about those series, yes it is true because they originated from manga magazines, which are one of the most mainstream mediums in Japan. Weekly Shounen Jump is so well known in Japan, so if that's what you define as mainstream, then Love Live wouldn't be considered mainstream.

I would like to ask you, which late-night anime series do you consider to be as close as possible to mainstream status, even though the category itself is far from being mainstream?


Disney Movies are totally mainstream and very popular
Disney Channel is pretty niche(relatively big for a pay channel but pay channel are overall niche compared with major broadcasting channel)
That is how I understand.

I think Nodame/HunterHunter/Nana/Hajime no ippo are totally mainstream that have Late-night anime.

Ok I agree with you Love Live can be considered mainstream(it is depending on definition as i said) but if some people think it as widely consumed as Haikyuu or Kuroko no basuke or Naruto then I would disagree.

Oct 8, 2015 2:19 AM by umashikaneko

@umashikaneko

I thought it was mainstream, because Disney is very popular in Japan. Just look at the Box Office movie gross (アナと雪の女王 or Frozen as it's known in the West grossed 25.48 billion yen, just behind Spirited Away at 30.4 billion yen and Titanic at 26.2 billion yen) and the disc sales (> 2 million copies). Can you name me any other late-night anime besides K-ON! and Love Live, that were broadcast on the Disney channel? Or is it not the Disney i'm thinking of?

Mizuki Nana is considered mainstream in the music scene.

I agree with you on the fans of the top tier idol groups. I read that you need to purchase the singles to be able to vote in the elections for AKB48, but I also know there are other ways to vote (such as getting online membership and stuff). I have to see what symbv says about the whole voting process, because he knows used to follow AKB48 very closely.

On what you said about young people being able to talk about those series, yes it is true because they originated from manga magazines, which are one of the most mainstream mediums in Japan. Weekly Shounen Jump is so well known in Japan, so if that's what you define as mainstream, then Love Live wouldn't be considered close to mainstream.

I would like to ask you, which late-night anime (exclude the ones that are serialised in popular manga magazines such as Shingeki no Kyojin) series do you consider to be as close as possible to mainstream status, even though the category itself is far from being mainstream?

Oct 8, 2015 2:02 AM by Ejc

Ejc said:
umashikaneko said:


Depending on definition of mainstream.If you mean mainstream as very widely comsumed then it is not really mainstream.

I think 20-30% of Japanese teenager can talk about those 500k per volume manga but that ratio would be much lower when it comes to Love Live.

One Piece or SNK's counter part of mobile game would be puzzle and dragons or monster strike or tsumutsumu those have 5 times larger player than Love Live


For me I would not consider Love Live mainstream in a sense as it airs during the late-night anime time slot, and it is not serialised in any mainstream manga magazines (Love Live anime is an original, as it is not adapted from any source material). Although, it is one of the rare late-night anime (K-ON! is the other one I know of) that have featured on the more mainstream Disney channel, and has had some features on mainstream TV shows due to the massive movie gross for a non-mainstream anime movie in Japan, and other such achievements.

It has also had massive CD sales for a non-mainstream artist... but I would say you are considered a mainstream artist if you perform on the Music Station (Mステ) mainstream TV show on TV Asahi. Love Live has had a rare feature on Mステ as well due to its massive movie CD sales, but they have never been asked to perform on there as Mステ has typically not looked favourably on anime-related music. Mizuki Nana is what you'd consider mainstream category, although not as much as AKB48, Arashi, Nogizaka46, etc.

My verdict would be it's one of the multimedia franchises as close to mainstream as you can get, while not being considered as "mainstream" if you were to ask any random on the street in Japan.


Disney channel is very very niche channel if I'm not mistaken.

If you think Mizuki nana or K-on is mainstream,then I will agree Love Live is mainstream too

In Japan mostly Idol fans buy CD nowadays(in other words CD is only useful when you compare idol to idol),so an Idol that ranked 2nd or 3rd on oricon weekly chart can be very obscure.

As I said depending on definition,I think significantly larger number of young people can talk about Haikyuu or NNT(30~50% my guess) manga/anime than Love Live anime(5~8% my guess) but I think Love Live has lager market value because of passionate fans.

Oct 8, 2015 1:31 AM by umashikaneko

umashikaneko said:
Agafin said:


I'm starting to think that Love Live is mainstream in Japan. Even though the anime is late night, the franchise as a whole consistently brings in more money than a lot of mainstream titles.


Depending on definition of mainstream.If you mean mainstream as very widely comsumed then it is not really mainstream.

I think 20-30% of Japanese teenager can talk about those 500k per volume manga but that ratio would be much lower when it comes to Love Live.

One Piece or SNK's counter part of mobile game would be puzzle and dragons or monster strike or tsumutsumu those have 5 times larger player than Love Live


For me I would not consider Love Live mainstream in a sense as it airs during the late-night anime time slot, and it is not serialised in any mainstream manga magazines (Love Live anime is an original, as it is not adapted from any source material). Although, it is one of the rare late-night anime (K-ON! is the other one I know of) that have featured on the more mainstream Disney channel, and has had some features on mainstream TV shows due to the massive movie gross for a non-mainstream anime movie in Japan, and other such achievements.

It has also had massive CD sales for a non-mainstream artist... but I would say you are considered a mainstream artist if you perform on the Music Station (Mステ) mainstream TV show on TV Asahi. Love Live has had a rare feature on Mステ as well due to its massive movie CD sales, but they have never been asked to perform on there as Mステ has typically not looked favourably on anime-related music. Mizuki Nana is what you'd consider mainstream category, although not as much as AKB48, Arashi, Nogizaka46, etc.

My verdict would be it's one of the multimedia franchises as close to mainstream as you can get, while not being considered as "mainstream" if you were to ask any random on the street in Japan.

Oct 8, 2015 1:18 AM by Ejc

Agafin said:
Ejc said:
Top 20 Overall Series Ranking in yen for Sep 28~Oct 4 week:
http://www.oricon.co.jp/rank/zzl/w/2015-10-12/

Love Live at ¥1,067,800,000, ONE PIECE at ¥725,300,000 and Haikyuu!! at ¥265,700,000. Rest have no figures, but will be available on Oricon Youtaiju next week. ONE PIECE is still the king of manga.


I'm starting to think that Love Live is mainstream in Japan. Even though the anime is late night, the franchise as a whole consistently brings in more money than a lot of mainstream titles.


Depending on definition of mainstream.If you mean mainstream as very widely comsumed then it is not really mainstream.

I think 20-30% of Japanese teenager or 20s can talk about those 500k per volume manga but that ratio would be much much lower when it comes to Love Live anime.

One Piece or SNK's counter part of mobile game would be puzzle and dragons or monster strike or tsumutsumu those have 5 times larger player than Love Live.

Oct 8, 2015 12:53 AM by umashikaneko

Ejc said:
Top 20 Overall Series Ranking in yen for Sep 28~Oct 4 week:
http://www.oricon.co.jp/rank/zzl/w/2015-10-12/

Love Live at ¥1,067,800,000, ONE PIECE at ¥725,300,000 and Haikyuu!! at ¥265,700,000. Rest have no figures, but will be available on Oricon Youtaiju next week. ONE PIECE is still the king of manga.


I'm starting to think that Love Live is mainstream in Japan. Even though the anime is late night, the franchise as a whole consistently brings in more money than a lot of mainstream titles.

Oct 8, 2015 12:47 AM by Agafin

Ejc said:
*9 *3,358,630 Tokyo Ghoul:re (東京喰種:re)

Yay!!! It jumped one spot...i wonder if it could beat Terraformars before November

Oct 8, 2015 12:45 AM by MichaelMyers100

Top 20 Overall Series Ranking in yen for Sep 28~Oct 4 week:
http://www.oricon.co.jp/rank/zzl/w/2015-10-12/

Love Live at ¥1,067,800,000, ONE PIECE at ¥725,300,000 and Haikyuu!! at ¥265,700,000. Rest have no figures, but will be available on Oricon Youtaiju next week. ONE PIECE is still the king of manga.

Oct 8, 2015 12:28 AM by Ejc