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Top Manga Rankings 2014

OriconOver in Japan, the top-selling manga series for 2014 has been published by Oricon. The list includes the top 30 titles and their sales numbers covering the dates from November 18, 2013 to November 16, 2014. Looking the list over, it’s pretty amazing how many of them have been licensed and are currently being released. Seventeen titles are current available, with the eighteenth, Tokyo Ghoul having just been announced by Viz Media at New York Comic Con in October:

Rank Sales Title US Publisher
1 11,885,957 One Piece Viz
2 11,728,368 Attack on Titan Kodansha
4 6,946,203 Tokyo Ghoul Viz
6 5,505,179 Naruto Viz
8 4,657,971 Magi Viz
9 4,633,246 The Seven Deadly Sins Kodansha
10 4,622,108 Assassination Classroom Viz
12 4,295,257 Terra Formars Viz
16 3,816,372 Nisekoi Viz
17 3,275,885 Fairy Tail Kodansha
18 2,986,968 Bleach Viz
19 2,644,122 Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Viz
23 2,397,887 Kimi ni Todoke Viz
24 2,394,263 Gintama Viz
25 2,380,774 Detective Conan Viz
26 2,289,738 Black Butler Yen Press
27 2,231,805 Noragami Kodansha
28 2,173,339 One-Punch Man Viz

AoT 1We will then have three of the top five titles and, and seven out of the top ten. That’s really not too bad. Should be surprising that Viz has most of the titles as well? Almost half of the top titles come from Shueisha/Shogakukan, that Viz gets first choice/exclusive rights to. Kodansha only have four, but they are all NYT Bestseller charts. And Viz and Kodansha are in a race for the top title with only ~157,000 between One Piece and Attack on Titan. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them switch places in 2015.

Yen Press has only one title, Black Butler, which is also one of its strongest sellers here. Gintama, continues to do well in Japan, but was dropped by Viz here. One-Punch Man continues to be a digital only title. It hasn’t converted like Nisekoi did, so it may not do well enough to warrant a print run, even though it usually ranks on Vizmanga.com‘s top ten with every new volume. Almost the entire licensed list is shonen, with only one shojo, Kimi ni Todoke, charting.

Rank Sales Title Publisher
3 8,283,709 Haikyu!! Shueisha
5 6,729,439 Kuroko’s Basketball Shueisha
7 4,681,031 Ace of Diamond Kodansha
11 4,385,701 Hozuki no Reitetsu Kodansha
13 4,166,875 Blue Spring Ride Shueisha
14 4,098,510 Yowamushi Pedal (Yowapeda) Akita Shoten
15 3,957,991 Silver Spoon Shogakukan
20 2,588,791 Yōkai Watch Shogakukan
21 2,516,278 Kingdom Shueisha
22 2,472,101 Kyō wa Kaisha Yasumimasu. Shueisha
29 1,967,675 Gekkan Shōjo Nozaki-kun Square Enix
30 1,937,059 Chihayafuru Kodansha

Yokai WatchOf the titles that haven’t been licensed yet, there are several that make you wonder why. Silver Spoon, by the creator of Fullmetal Alchemist, Himoru Arakawa, remains unlicensed, leaving many fans scratching their heads. Yokai Watch, which has the potential to rival Pokèmon, hasn’t found a home in the west either. Sports titles Haikyu!!, Kuroko’s Basketball, Ace of Diamond and Yowamushi Pedal has the curse of not sports titles doing well in the west, despite Haikyu!! and Yowamushi Pedal having strong potential to attract female readers. Hozuki no Reitetsu should be a strong contender with a supernatural theme and bishonen lead, but it’s got the high volume count working against it.

Blue Spring Ride is by Io Sakisaka, the creator of Strobe Edge. Strobe Edge was an earlier work of  Sakisaka’s, and a really good on at that. Viz shouldn’t wait time on this one. It’s just over the 10-volume limit, but should be still close enough to warrant a lookover. Yen Press needs to get on Gekkan Shojo Nozaki-kun, and get that title licensed here! It’s a shojo that is also about creating manga. It’s anime was streamed here by Crunchyroll, and it was well received (at least it was in my Twitter TL). In fact, most of these titles have had anime that was streamed here. Popular anime does seem to play a role in manga being released. I do hope the streams will help some of  these.

ChihayafuruChihayafuru is the last title on the list, and one that I’ve seen fans ask for, but no one seems to want to touch. It’s a card game style manga, which shouldn’t be strike against it, except for its subject; Japanese poetry. I’m sure a lot of publishers look at that and think it would be a hard sell, but the same was probably thought about Hikaru no Go. Then again, that title probably only didi okay for Viz. Chihayafuru has an anime too, streaming on Crunchyroll, but that doesn’t seem to be enough to entice publishers. Add to the high volume count of 26, and it being a josei, and there’s the strikeout for this series. It sounds like a good candidate for a digital-only release, if only Kodansha did that.

Do you have a title on the list not licensed that you wish was? Drop me a note in the comments.


New Durarara!! Manga Announced

I asked for it and I got it!

durararanewmangaWith the end of the “Yellow Scarves Arc” manga in Japan, I recently lamented that with no new announcement, there weren’t any more DRR manga to look forward to. Square Enix fixed that as they announced a new DRR title would be starting in the December issue of GFantasy Magazine. The series will get a new artist Aogiri. It will continue to chronicle the adventures of our favorite characters in our favorite area of Tokyo, Ikebukuro. The ward is thrown into chaos again with authority from shady places, assassins from overseas, delinquents from Saitama and a underclassman who knows Mikado’s secret. All the while Izaya Orihara watches over the chaos, laughing.

I really hope this is an adaptation of the 4th light novel. I can’t tell, but if Square Enix continues to follow suit, then it should be. I’m also not so sure about the change in artists. I really like Akiyo Satorigi’s work in the last three series’. But, at least he gets on last hurrah, as GFantasy as also announced that Satorigi will be doing a special chapter also in the December issue. This one shot is tentatively titled “Durarara!! Gaiden” and occurs right after the end of the “Yellow Scarves Arc”.

I’m really happy that Square Enix is keeping this series going.  And until the light novels are licenses, I hope Yen Press continues to get the manga. Getting both would be a real boon!

Help Chi’s Sweet Home

Click for special Chi picture of encouragement by Konami Kanata

When ever there is a disaster, whether it’s an earthquake, tsunami, or both in the most recent case in Japan, calls immediately go up to donate to the Red Cross, or any of the dozens of other charity organizations set up to send relief to the people affected by the devastating event. But there is another group that is just as affected, if not more, that rarely gets any attention. Pets.

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