Weekly Top Ten – May 7, 2016

Weekly Top Ten Manga

Every week, the New York Times and Amazon posts the top ten bestselling books. The New York Times gets their numbers from print sales from retailers, while Amazon calculates their own numbers. Once a month the Nielsen Bookscan posts their top twenty graphic novels of which manga is included. Offered here is a listing of these books with their status this week compared with the previous week, along with some commentary on the activity.


New York Times Bestseller List for the week ending April 30, 2016

  1. Akame ga Kill 6 Akame ga Kill Vol 6    
  2. I Am a Hero Omnibus Vol 1    
  3. Tokyo Ghoul Vol 1     ↵ 43
  4. One-Punch Man Vol 1     ↑ 3
  5. Tokyo Ghoul Vol 6      ↓ 4
  6. Sword Art Online: Phantom Bullet Vol 2    
  7. The Devil is a Part-Timer Vol 5    
  8. High School DxD Vol 8    
  9. Taboo Tattoo Vol 2    
  10. Attack on Titan Vol 18     ↓ 2

It’s a debut-a-rama on the NYT list this week. Over half of the list is new titles, and all but one of those are from Yen Press, including the top title. Akame ga Kill Vol 6 takes it from Tokyo Ghoul Vol 6 which falls four to #5. It’s no surprise to see The Devil is a Part-Timer Vol 5 and Sword Art Online: Phantom Bullet Vol 2 on the list, but seeing Taboo Tattoo Vol 2 is. Dark Horse makes its mark with the debut of their new zombie apocalypse title I Am a Hero Omnibus Vol 1. It’s been a while since Dark Horse made an appearance here (Planetes really should have charted), but it’s still good to see them.


Amazon.com for the week ending May 7, 2016

One-Punch Man 6

  1. One-Punch Man Vol 6     
  2. My Hero Academia Vol 4    
  3. Tokyo Ghoul Vol 6     ↓ 2
  4. Tokyo Ghoul Vol 1    
  5. One-Punch Man Vol 1     ↓ 2
  6. My Hero Academia Vol 1     ↑ 2
  7. My Hero Academia Vol 2     ↵ 4
  8. One Piece Vol 78    
  9. My Hero Academia Vol 3     ↵ 3
  10. Tokyo Ghoul Vol 2     ↓ 5

The only new titles to make the list on Amazon are from Viz Media, though really, that’s all that’s one the list. Regulars One-Punch Man Vol 6, My Hero Academia Vol 4 and One Piece Vol 78 all get to make an appearance, but it’s My Hero Academia that gets all the support. Volumes 2 and 3 return, putting all four available on the list. Lately, only One-Punch Man and Tokyo Ghoul have been able to do that. And other than One Piece, it’s just those three titles anyway.


Nielsen Bookscan Top 20 for April 2016

7. Tokyo Ghoul 6Tokyo Ghoul Vol 6    
10. Tokyo Ghoul Vol 1     ↓ 1
11. Attack on Titan Vol 18    
12. One-Punch Man Vol 1     ↑ 2
18. Tokyo Ghoul Vol 5     ↓ 10

Manga takes a beating on the Nielsen Bookscan in April. It drops from 9 to 5 titles charting, the majority of them being Tokyo Ghoul. The only non-Viz Media title to break through is Attack On Titan Vol 18. It looks like manga wasn’t selling as well in April, but maybe things will improve in May with My Hero Academia doing so well on the other lists. It’s bound to show up here too, don’t you think?

∗ = New Release
↑ = Title moved up specified # of spots
↓ = Title moved down specified # of spots
↔ = Title didn’t moved from previous week with total # of weeks
↵ = Title returned after dropping off list with total # of weeks (when available)

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