All posts by Lori Henderson

Lori Henderson is the writer and reviewer for the manga blog, Manga Xanadu. She also keeps a personal blog at Fangirl Xanadu, and a writing blog at Muse of Xanadu. She contributes to the Good Comics for Kids blog at School Library Journal. As the mother of two teen daughters, she needs all the escape she can get, which reading and writing about manga gives her.

Weekly Top Ten – February 13, 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 way-off analysis of the activity.

NYTBS

New York Times Bestseller List for the week ending February 6, 2016

  1. My Hero Academia 3My Hero Academia Vol 3     
  2. One Piece Vol 77     
  3. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency Vol 2     
  4. Akame ga Kill Vol 5     ↓ 3
  5. Assassination Classroom Vol 8     
  6. Food Wars Vol 10     
  7. One-Punch Man Vol 1    
  8. Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring     ↓ 5
  9. One-Punch Man Vol 2     ↓ 4
  10. Noragami Vol 10     ↓ 6

The release of the new Viz shonen titles sends a wave of debuts into the top ten. Akame ga Kill Vol 5 losing the top spot, falling 3, as My Hero Academia Vol 3 debuts at #1. One Piece vol 77 follows in at #2 as does JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency Vol 2 which comes in at #3. The other debuts include Assassination Classroom Vol 8 and Food Wars Vol 10 at #5 and #6 respectively.  One-Punch Man only keeps two volumes on the list including vol 1 which holds steady at #7. Noragami vol 10 takes the biggest dive, 6 spots to land at #10. I’m glad to see some of the other publishers be able to hang on the list and not let it be a total Viz fest again.

AmazonAmazon.com for the week ending February 13, 2016

  1. One Punch Man 01One-Punch Man Vol 1     ↑ 1
  2. Tokyo Ghoul Vol 5     ↑ 3
  3. Monster Musume Vol 8     ↓ 2
  4. Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring     ↑ 3
  5. Tokyo Ghoul Vol 4     ↵ 14
  6. One-Punch Man Vol 2     ↓ 3
  7. One-Punch Man Vol 4     ↓ 3
  8. One-Punch Man Vol 3     ↓ 2
  9. Tokyo Ghoul Vol 1     ↓ 1
  10. One Piece Vol 77     

The Monster Girls of Monster Musume Vol 8 just couldn’t hold on and get knocked down two places to #3 while One-Punch Man vol 1 returns to take the throne of the top spot.  The rest of the One-Punch Man volumes fall back to the bottom of the list. Tokyo Ghoul moves up to three volumes as vol 4 returns. The only debut title is One Piece vol 77, which just squeaks in at #10. Again, only on non-Viz title can hang on, but at least it’s keeping to the top five.

nielsen-bookscan-logoNielsen Bookscan Top 20 for January 2016

1. Naruto-7thHokageScarletSpringNaruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring     
2. One-Punch Man Vol 4     
3. One-Punch Man Vol 1    
4. One-Punch Man Vol 2     ↑ 8
6. One-Punch Man Vol 3     ↑ 9
8. Tokyo Ghoul Vol 1     ↓ 2
9. Tokyo Ghoul Vol 4     ↔
12. Tokyo Ghoul Vol 2     ↑ 5
14. Tokyo Ghoul Vol 3     ↓ 1

Manga gained two spots for the month of January, bring them up to 9, and almost half the entire list. The Naruto sequel, Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring debuts at #1. One-Punch Man now has all four print volumes on the list, as does Tokyo Ghoul. Should it be a surprise the Nielsen Bookscan is starting to reflect what we’ve been seeing on the NYT and Amazon list for weeks? I think the real surprise is that it didn’t happen sooner.

∗ = 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)

PR: Viz Media Loves February with New Digital Manga Update

February is the month that’s all about the romance, so their digital bundles this time are almost all from the Shojo Beat imprint. Demon Love Spell, Jiu Jiu, and Kaze Hikaru all have great deals. If your love is for games, then pick up one of the Hikaru no Go bundles. If you prefer your heart spurting blood, check out the new Viz Select title Judas, a former Tokyopop title that is more horror than honey.

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Weekly Top Ten – February 06, 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 way-off analysis of the activity.

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PR: Viz Goes “Behind the Scenes” with Bisco Hatori’s New Manga

 I must confess, I’ve only read Millennium Snow by Bisco Hatori. I never jumped on the Ouran High School Host Club bandwagon, though I considered it after reading Millennium Snow, and really loving the series. But 18 volumes is a lot to catch up on, so its lucky that she has this new series coming out that’ll be easier to keep up on than trying to play catch-up. Behind the Scenes interests me more since the characters are older and in college, and I may be able to relate to them better. And with volumes only coming out twice a year, keeping shouldn’t be that hard (ha!)

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Weekly Top Ten – January 30, 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 way-off analysis of the activity.

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Girlgoyle

Tiffany Noboru doesn’t think she needs the childish talismans her parents left around her room to protect her from the things that go bump in the night. She learns how wrong she is when she is attacked and wakes up in a strange room with wings. She died and is now a gargoyle with the duty to protect the living. With many questions and few answers, she must figure out why she died and how to get home while dealing with a mentor more interested in chasing ghosts than teaching her, a dormitory of girls who taunt more than tutor, and a ghost who want to destroy them all.

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