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Weekly Top Ten – June 27, 2015

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 and Vizmanga.com 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, and some way-off analysis of the activity.

NYTBS

 

New York Times Bestseller List for the week ending June 20, 2015

  1. TokyoGhoul-GN01Tokyo Ghoul Vol 1     
  2. Naruto Vol 70     ↓ 1
  3. Seraph of the End Vol 5   
  4. Assassination Classroom  Vol 4     ↑ 1
  5. Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon Vol 1     ↑ 2
  6. Attack on Titan Vol 1     ↑ 2
  7. Seraph of the End Vol 1 ↵ 2
  8. Legend of Zelda A Link to the Past     ↑ 2
  9. Death Note Black Vol 1     ↵ 6
  10. Big Hero Six Vol 1     ↓ 1

After so much stability last week, things really get shaken up this week. There is a new top title as Tokyo Ghoul Vol 1 debuts at #1, pushing Naruto Vol 70 back down to the #2 position. Seraph of the End Vol 5 debuts right behind Naruto, bringing Vol 1 back with it as well. Legend of Zelda A Link to the Past, Attack on Titan Vol 1 and Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon Vol 1 all take two steps up in their respective positions. Death Note Black Vol 1, the 2-in-1 re-release of the series makes a notable return, just cracking the top ten at #9. Viz strongly dominates this week, holding 7 spots, leaving Yen Press and Kodansha to split the last three 2-1 respectively.

Amazon

 

Amazon.com for the week ending June 27, 2015

  1. TokyoGhoul-GN01Tokyo Ghoul Vol 1    
  2. Legend of Zelda A Link to the Past    
  3. Attack on Titan Vol 1     ↑ 1
  4. Naruto Vol 70     ↓ 1
  5. Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin Vol 10     
  6. Sword Art Online Progressive Novel Vol 2     
  7. Naruto Vol 71     
  8. Fragments of Horror     
  9. Attack on Titan Vol 16     
  10. Uzumaki 3-in-1     ↓ 2

Tokyo Ghoul Vol 1 and Legend of Zelda A Link to the Past hold their positions in the top two spots this week. Attack on Titan Vol 1 and Naruto Vol 70 merely switch places, making Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin Vol 10 the only new comer to the top 5. Junji Ito’s horror short story collection, Fragments of Horror cracks the top 10, coming in at #8, while the pre-orders for new volumes of Naruto and Attack on Titan take their place on the list. I always find it fascinating when a pre-order for a title, especially one so far into the future like Naruto Vol 71 is, appears on the list. Was the cliffhanger in Vol 70 really that good?

Viz Digital

 

Vizmanga.com for the week of June 16, 2015

  1. Tokyo Ghoul 2Tokyo Ghoul Vol 2
  2. One-Punch Man Vol 7
  3. Tokyo Ghoul Vol 1
  4. Rosario+Vampire Season II Vol 14
  5. Girls Bravo Vol 4
  6. Naruto Vol 69
  7. Dragon Ball Z Vol 1
  8. Dragon Ball Vol 1
  9. One-Punch Man Vol 2
  10. Grenadier Vol 2

Viz makes a surprise return to the weekly top ten. It’s been quite a few weeks since last we saw a top ten from them. Topping their digital only list is Tokyo Ghoul Vol 2 which has gotten an early digital release, and is followed by the newest One-Punch Man Vol 7. Dragon Ball and it’s sequel/continuation series Dragon Ball Z return with both their Vol 1s charting. Also charting are two titles from their digital Select line, Girls Bravo and Grenadier, both previous Tokyopop print titles. Also coming soon is another Tokyopop Alumni, Aion, the follow-up series to Chibi Vampire by Yuna Kagesaki. I didn’t think it was as good, but that’s just me.

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

PR: Viz Media Digital Updates with 4 New Titles

Viz has raided the old Tokyopop vaults to come up with three new titles to debut under their Select digital imprint. Welcome to the N.H.K. was one of the first light novel manga adaptations to come to the states, and arrived shortly after the anime, giving the title a lot of name recognition. Aion is by Yuna Kagesaki, the creator of Chibi Vampire. This follow-up didn’t do as well as Chibi Vampire, a sentiment I agree with. I didn’t find the first volume all that great. Metamo Kiss is by a mangaka not previously published here, and is a gender/body switching shojo, if you’re into that sort of thing.

They’ve got some good bundles this month too. Saint Seiya, Knights of the Zodiac, is an awesome series that didn’t get the love it deserved in print. That can be corrected with one of the two bundles they have available: vol 1-14, or the whole thing, 1-28. Also available is the older teen historical, time travel series Red River, filled with action and romance. A very addictive series. I recommend both!

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PR: Viz Media Releases New Shonen Sampler Pack

One of the advantages to digital manga is exactly this; being able to quickly and easily sample titles. Sampler packs were one of the things I really looked forward to picking up at SDCC. All the manga publishers would have them, though supplies could be limited, so it was best to get them on the first or second day. Even my kids, who really are manga readers would grab one for the ride on the shuttle back to the car or hotel. This new pack from Viz only features shonen titles, but not only do they offer the first chapters of some of their most popular titles, it previews the next big chapters in the stories, such as after time jumps in One Piece and Naruto, and a new story arc in Bleach. While I do like this sampler pack, I hope Viz will do one for Shojo as well.

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PR: Viz Media Offers New Select and Bundle Titles For May

Of the new titles Viz is adding this month, two were already published by them in print: Cheeky Angel and Honey Blood Tale Zero. Flower of the Deep Sleep and Glass Wings are license rescues from the Tokyopop days while Eureka Seven is a Bandai Manga rescue. We haven’t seen one of those in a while. The bundles this month are a continuation of their big Shonen titles, with the Shaman King bundle completing the series while the One Piece bundle covers the “Baroque Works” and “Alabasta” arcs, both good arcs. I’d also recommend the Yu-Gi-Oh! bundle. I thought the first arc was the best of the series.

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Banned From My App

Viz DigitalI have really grown to like digital manga. Considering the lack of space I currently have, and the difficulty I have in letting things go, being able to stack digital files is a lot easier than physical books. And they’re a lot easier to carry. I can carry several different titles to suit what ever my mood is in just my tablet, and it’s a lot easier to eat and read on a tablet that can stand on its own and doesn’t need one of my hands to hold it open.

The Vizmanga app has been one of these platforms that I’ve been buying my manga on, though reluctantly lately. One of my problems with it is that there is no way to back up the titles I purchase. They can only be downloaded and viewed through the app. This isn’t so much a problem if something happens to my device. I can just download them again on the new one. But what if something happens to Viz and their servers go down? They say everything will still be available and working through the app.

happy marriageWell, that’s not entirely true. Viz’s mature titles are not available to download and read through the app. They can only be read online through a PC/Mac with flash. This is actually very limiting. The whole purpose of digital manga is to be able to read it anytime, anywhere, just like the print, but more conveniently. Limiting the ability to read manga I supposedly own is not convenient. I am more often in an environment where I can’t get online with my device and the available PC is not flash enabled. Yes, I can read something else, but that isn’t really the point. I love digital manga because it’s supposed to give more freedom in what I read and when. Viz banning their own titles from their own app is actually ludicrous to me. If you are going to sell Mature manga on your site that is supposed to be available through your app than make ALL OF IT available. Don’t say “You can read all of these titles you’ve bought anytime, anywhere, but don’t even think about those titles.”

I’ve partially solved this problem by not buying anymore Mature manga through the Vizmanga app or website. I should be able to read any title I’ve bought anytime I want, and should not be limited by whatever hangups a publisher has about their own titles. But this now means I have my digital manga divided up between apps, and even some series. I shouldn’t have to have multiple apps to get titles from the same publisher, but to make digital manga work for me, I just have to, and I really think that’s wrong.

Weekly Top Ten – April 18, 2015

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 and Vizmanga.com 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, and some way-off analysis of the activity.

NYTBS

 

New York Times Bestseller List for the week ending April 11, 2015.

  1. One Piece 74 One Piece Vol 74     ∗
  2. Big Hero Six Vol 1     ↔
  3. Attack on Titan Vol 15     ↓ 2
  4. Fairy Tail Vol 47     ↑ 2
  5. Soul Eater Vol 25     ↓ 2
  6. Food Wars! Vol 5     ∗
  7. Assassination Classroom Vol 3     ∗
  8. Attack on Titan Before The Fall Vol 4     ↓ 4
  9. Attack on Titan Vol 1     ↓ 4
  10. Sword Art Online Fairy Dance Vol 3     ↓ 1

The mighty titans are unseated by a bunch of pirates! One Piece Vol 74 debuts in the top spot this week. Big Hero Six Vol 1 keeps itself at #2 for its third week. While Attack on Titan Vol 15 falls two, it is met by the wizards of Fairy Tail Volume 47 moving up the same amount. Soul Eater‘s final volume, 25, also falls two, but it still has hope of moving back up. The other titan titles Vol 1 and Before The Fall Vol 4 lose some of the sail Vol 15 gave them, but after 93 weeks on the list, I don’t see Vol 1 falling off any time soon or for very long.

Amazon

 

Amazon.com for the week ending April 18, 2015.

  1. Attack on Titan 15Attack on Titan Vol 15     ↔
  2. Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls In a Dungeon Novel Vol 1     ↑ 4
  3. Attack on Titan Vol 1     ↔
  4. Legend of Zelda A Link to the Past     ↔
  5. Berserk Vol 1     ↓ 4
  6. Log Horizon Novel Vol 1     ∗
  7. 12 Beast Vol 1     ∗
  8. Akame ga Kill! Vol 2     ∗
  9. Deadman Wonderland Vol 8     ∗
  10. Sword Art Online Aincrad Novel Vol 2     ↵

Amazon.com’s list shows some static volumes, while there is a majority turn over. Both Attack on Titan volumes and Legend of Zelda A Link to the Past hold the ground. Yen Press gets two new volumes up with the first light novel of Log Horizon and the second volume of Akame ga Kill!. Seven Seas introduces their newest cast of monster girls with 12 Beast Vol 1, and Viz Media’s Deadman Wonderland just squeaks by at #9. Berserk‘s odd resurgence continues with only Vol 1 hanging on, but Vols 2-3 still made the top 20.

Viz Digital

 

Vizmanga for the week of April 6, 2015.

  1. Assassination Classroom 3Assassination Classroom Vol 3
  2. One Piece Vol 74
  3. World Trigger Vol 5
  4. Dengeki Daisy Vol 16
  5. Toriko Vol 27
  6. My Love Story Vol 4
  7. Library Wars Vol 13
  8. Skip Beat! Vol 34
  9. Toriko Vol 1
  10. Toriko Vol 6

Vizmanga makes a rare appearance with a top ten list this week. Assassination Classroom Vol 3 beats out One Piece Vol 74 in the digital realm. Toriko got three volumes on the list, but with three different bundles running, it’s not surprising, though I would have expected Vol 1 to be higher. Dengeki Daisy‘s final volume, 16,  charted respectably, coming in at #4, with fellow shojo titles My Love Story, Library Wars and Skip Beat! not so far behind.

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Nielson Bookscan for the month of March 2015.

1. Naruto 69Naruto Vol 69     ∗
5. Attack on Titan Vol 15     ∗
6. Monster Musume Vol 6     ∗
14. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds Vol 7     ∗
17. Attack on Titan Vol 1     ↓ 4

It’s a whole new list, almost, on the Nielson Bookscan for March. The total titles almost double with the latest Naruto takes its place at the top with the next closest title being the newest Attack on Titan coming in at #5. It’s followed closely by the monster girls of Monster Musume. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds is the strongest Yu-Gi-Oh! titles since the original with volume 7 coming in at #14, and Attack on Titan vol 1 holds on at the bottom of the list after falling four from February.

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

Super Hero Viz Manga League

Viz Media has been expanding its line of titles recently, reaching into the superhero genre that is usually reserved for American comics. While much of shonen manga features characters that could be seen as super-heroes, they aren’t quite like the superheroes Americans grew up with. With the growing popularity of superheroes in American mainstream media, it’s not too surprising that we’re seeing more superhero manga coming over.

Tiger and Bunny 1Tiger and Bunny – This series began as an anime which spawned the manga series. It follows the veteran hero Wild Tiger as he take on newbie partner Barnaby Brooks Jr. Both men are NEXTs, people born with super powers. They protect the city of Stern Bild and compete on the TV show HERO TV with several other heroes and have corporate sponsors. Wild Tiger takes being a hero seriously, including the secret identity and fight for Justice. Barnaby seems to be in it for her fame and fortune. These two very different personalities with the same power constantly clash, but not all masks are obvious. The first two volumes of this series were included on the YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teen list for 2014. There are six volumes out, and it is available in print only.

One Punch Man 01One-Punch Man – This series is a digital only exclusive for Viz Media and is serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump. Saitama has trained for years to become a superhero.  He trained so much that he lost all his hair. But his hard work paid off and he became so powerful that he could defeat any villain with a single punch. But it seems he’s too good, as there is no villain out there to challenge him and give his live meaning. The series follows his search for an arch-villain as takes on all kinds of monsters, joins the Hero’s Association and becomes involved in the battle to save the Earth! Just like any good superhero would. This series began as a web comic where it went viral and jumped to print in Japan, but not here yet. There are six volumes available.

MyHeroAcademia-Vol01-KeyArtMy Hero Academia – This series just started in Weekly Shonen Jump. It is a simultaneous release with the first chapter running during Weekly Shonen Jump‘s anniversary month. The series follows Izuku Midoriya an ordinary human in a world of the extraordinary. He is a rare mutation that has no superpowers, but wishes nothing more than to be a superhero. One day he meets All Might, the world’s most famous superhero. He ends up helping All Might, showing he has the most important quality for being a hero; heart. All Might decides to help Izuku and gets him into Yuhei High School, where heroes are cultivated. The mangaka of this series, Kohei Horikoshi, had another series serialized in WSJA. Barrage gained a following here, but only ran for 2 volumes. There are two volumes of My Hero Academia out in Japan, but it looks to have a much brighter future. Viz will release the first volume in print and digital in August.

Ultraman_2011Ultraman – This series is based on a Japanese TV superhero that originally ran in the 1960s. Ultraman is an alien from the Land of Light. He comes to Earth and takes over the body of a human pilot before he dies, giving him a second chance on life as well as a secret identity for Ultraman. Giant monsters called Kaiju have been attacking Earth, and Ultraman lends his strength to stop them. This manga is written as a direct sequel to the first TV series. Shinjiro is the son of Shin Hayata, the Scientific Special Search Party pilot that first joined with the Giant of Light. Many years have passed since there, and the world is at peace, but the darkness is growing again. Shinjiro, now a teenager, learns he has inherited the “Ultraman factor” from his father, and must take up the mantle of Ultraman to stop this new menace. The series is currently serialized in the online magazine Monthly Hero, and there are 5 volumes out so far. It will be published under the Viz Signature imprint and the first volume will be released in August.

Ratman1_500Ratman – This series was originally published by Tokyopop who only released 4 volumes. Viz has picked it up for their Viz Select line. It is about Shuto Kasuragi, a teenage boy who dreams of being a hero. He is kidnapped and tricked by the Jackal Society into using a watch that gives him super powers but also makes him a villain. Instead of giving in or giving up, Shuto uses his new-found powers to become Ratman, an anti-hero who will still fight on the side of justice. You can see a lot of elements from this earlier series in some of the newer ones. Corporate-sponsored heroes, a boys who wants nothing more than to become a hero, and a Hero Association to validate all heroic deeds. The series ended in 2013 and went for 12 volumes. Viz released the first digital volume on March 24th.

Ultimo 1Ultimo – This series isn’t a superhero series per say, but it originated from one of the fathers of Marvel Comics, Stan Lee. In collaboration with Hiroyuki Takei, the creator of Shaman King, the story has a lot of Stan Lee’s touches. Teenager Yamato has both money and girl problems, but his life is turned upside down when he finds Ultimo, a peculiar looking puppet. He awakens Ultimo and is drawn into the fight between him and his arch rival Vice, who are battling to see if good or evil is more powerful. The series not only has over-the-top battles, but also delves into reincarnation and time travel. There are currently 12 volumes available in Japan, while the US has 10. The series will reach its climax this July in the new Shonen Jump magazine spin-off. It is available in both print and digital.

Weekly Top Ten – March 28, 2015

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 and Vizmanga.com 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, and some way-off analysis of the activity.

NYTBS

 

New York Times Bestseller List for the week ending March 21, 2015

  1. Attack on Titan 15Attack on Titan Vol 15     ∗
  2. Naruto Vol 69     ↔
  3. Monster Musume Vol 6     ↓ 2
  4. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds Vol 7     ↓ 1
  5. Attack on Titan Vol 1     ↑ 3
  6. Nisekoi: False Love Vol 8     ↓ 2
  7. Seraph of the End Vol 4     ↔
  8. No Game No Life Vol 1     ↵ 6
  9. Kamisama Kiss Vol 17     ↓ 3
  10. Akame ga Kill! Vol 1     ↵ 8

Well, that’s a surprise–not! Attack on Titan Vol 15 debuts at #1 and pulls up Vol 1 a couple of spots along with it. It’s good to see Kamisama Kiss and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds, both at three weeks on the list, continuing to hang on, both representing genres that don’t tend to; shojo and gaming. Seven Seas’ Monster Musume may have lost to their rival the Titans this week, but the girls still hang on to the top five. The publisher gets a boost as well with the return of No Game No Life Vol 1. Yen Press’ single representation is also a returnee, with Akame ga Kill! Vol 1 hanging on at #10. Viz Media continues to dominate the list though, as it holds 5 of the 10 spots. Perhaps Yen Press can take some back after their big release this week.

Amazon

 

Amazon.com for the week ending March 28, 2015

  1. Attack on Titan 15Attack on Titan Vol 15     ↔
  2. Sword Art Online Progressive Vol 1 Novel     ↑ 5
  3. Monster Musume Vol 6     ↑ 1
  4. Legend of Zelda A Link to the Past      ↓ 1
  5. Naruto Vol 69     ↓ 3
  6. Attack on Titan Vol 1     ↓ 1
  7. Attack on Titan Vol 2     ↵
  8. Big Hero Six Vol 1     ∗
  9. Attack on Titan Vol 14     ↓ 1
  10. Attack on Titan Vol 6     ↵

Attack on Titan Vol 15 holds on to the top spot at Amazon for a third week in a row, and it’s joined by several of its brethren, as Titans are want to do. Half of this week’s top ten is Titan volumes. Yen Press gets two titles on the list with Sword Art Online Progressive Vol 1 shooting up the chart and Big Hero Six Vol 1 making its debut. Viz, which so dominated the NYT list this week, could only keep two titles on Amazon’s list as well. All bow before the power of Kodansha’s Titans!

Viz Digital

 

Vizmanga.com for the week of March 16, 2015

  1. Food Wars 5Food Wars! Vol 5
  2. Tokyo Ghoul Vol 1
  3. Claymore Vol 1
  4. One-Punch Man Vol 2
  5. Naruto Vol 69
  6. One-Punch Man Vol 6
  7. Assassination Classroom Vol 2
  8. Seraph of the End Vol 4
  9. Claymore Vol 3
  10. Claymore Vol 10

Vizmanga pops in for a top ten this week. The early digital release of Food Wars vol 5 takes the top spot, and is followed by another early digital release with Tokyo Ghoul vol 1. Claymore‘s digital bundle has helped some of its single volume sales as three volumes in the bundle chart, including vol 1. The release of the new digital only One-Punch Man Vol 6 has helped bring back Vol 2 where it also ends up charting higher.

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

Weekly Top Ten – March 7, 2015

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 and Vizmanga.com 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, and some way-off analysis of the activity.

NYTBS

 

New York Times Bestseller List for the week ending February 28, 2015

  1. Jojo'sBizarreAdventure-Pt1-GN01JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures Part 1: Phantom Blood Vol 1     ∗
  2. High School DxD Vol 4     ∗
  3. Akame ga Kill! Vol 1     ↓ 2
  4. Attack on Titan Vol 1     ↑ 1
  5. Judge Vol 6     ∗
  6. Black Butler Vol 19     ↓ 2
  7. Deadman Wonderland Vol 7     ↓ 5
  8. Dragonar Academy Vol 5     ↵ 2
  9. Unofficial Hatsune Mix     ↓ 3
  10. Assassination Classroom Vol 2     ↔

Viz’s print debut of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 1 takes over the top spot this week. Also debuting at #2 is Yen Press’ High School DxD vol 4, a title that fits with Seven Seas Entertainment’s Dragonar Academy Vol 5 which returns to clock in a second week. Yen Press sneaks in a second new title with Judge Vol 6 just making the top five. There isn’t much movement otherwise, with most titles only moving a couple of spots. Deadman Wonderland Vol 7 takes the deepest plunge, dropping 5 places, while Assassination Classroom Vol 2 settles in to the tenth spot.

Amazon

 

Amazon.com for the week ending March 7, 2015

  1. Monster Musume 6Monster Musume 6Monster Musume Vol 6     ↑ 1
  2. Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past     ↓ 1
  3. Naruto Vol 69     ↑ 2
  4. Attack on Titan Vol 15     ↔
  5. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 1 Phantom Blood Vol 1     ↓ 2
  6. Attack on Titan Vol 1     ↑ 3
  7. Kamisama Kiss Vol 17     ∗
  8. Deadman Wonderland Vol 1     ↵
  9. Claymore Vol 26     ∗
  10. Sword Art Oline: Aincrad Novel Vol 2     ↵

Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is finally pushed out of the top spot and down one by Seven Seas’ Monster girls of Monster Musume Vol 6. Attack on Titan Vol 15 is getting comfortable in the #4 spot. I wonder how long that will last though with its debut coming up in a few weeks. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 1 Phantom Blood Vol 1 hangs on to the top five, but the pre-order for volume 2 dropped off pretty quickly. There are only two debuts this week, both from Viz; Kamisama Kiss Vol 17 and Claymore Vol 26.

Viz Digital

 

Vizmanga.com for the week of February 22, 2015

  1. Deadman Wonderland 7Deadman Wonderland Vol 7     ↑ 5
  2. Bleach Vol 63     ↔
  3. Deadman Wonderland Vol 1     ↵
  4. One Piece Vol 73     ↵
  5. Deadman Wonderland Vol 5     ↵
  6. Deadman Wonderland Vol 2     ↵
  7. All You Need Is Kill Vol 1     ↑ 1
  8. World Trigger Vol 1     ↓ 3
  9. Deadman Wonderland Vol 4     ↵
  10. Naruto Vol 68     ↵

Vizmanga’s top ten is all over the place. Deadman Wonderland is enjoying a major surge with five volumes charting including the newest, Vol 7, taking the top spot. Bleach Vol 63 stays steady at #2, while fellow Weekly Shonen Jump titles Naruto‘s and One Piece‘s previous volumes return. Naruto‘s newest came out this week, so I would expect it to pop up next week.

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Nielsen Bookscan for the Month of February, 2015

AoT 113. Attack on Titan Vol 1     ↓ 5
16. Naruto Vol 68     ↓ 11
18. Akame ga Kill! Vol 1     ∗

Very little changed with the Bookscan numbers from February. Attack on Titan and Naruto remain on the list, though both take a tumble, with Naruto falling the most, 11 spots. A new title joins them though, Yen Press’ Akame ga Kill! Vol 1, which as made moves on both the NYT and Amazon top tens. Maybe it can make some movement for March. A new Naruto comes out this month as well, so the change next month may be the volume number. It remains to be seen if JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 1 can take a spot.

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

 

 

Weekly Top Ten – February 28, 2015

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 and Vizmanga.com calculates their own numbers. Offered here is a listing of these books with their status this week compared with the previous week, and some way-off analysis of the activity.

NYTBS

 

New York Times Bestseller List for the week ending February 21, 2015

  1. AkameGaKill_V1_FINAL-199x300Akame ga Kill Vol 1     ↑ 7
  2. Deadman Wonderland Vol 7     ∗
  3. Gansta Vol 5     ∗
  4. Black Butler Vol 19     ↑ 6
  5. Attack on Titan Vol 1     ↓ 1
  6. Unofficial Hatsune Mix     ↓ 3
  7. Black Butler Vol 1     ↵ 44
  8. World Trigger Vol 4     ∗
  9. Death Note Black Vol 1     ↵ 5
  10. Assassination Classroom Vol 2     ↓ 8

There are some dramatic movers and shakers on the list this week. Two Yen Press titles, Akame ga Kill Vol 1 and Black Butler Vol 19 make some big jumps to return to the top 5. Also of interest is the return of Black Butler Vol 1. This used to be the Volume 1 power mover until Attack on Titan came along. Viz gets some of their shonen titles on the list with a new Deadman Wonderland debut at #2, and an unusual Signature title appearance with Gansta debuting at #3. Death Note makes a return for some reason, and Assassination Classroom takes the longest fall, 8 spots, after only 3 weeks on the list.

Amazon

 

Amazon.com for the week ending February 28, 2015

  1. LegendOfZelda-LinkToThePast-3DLegend of Zelda: A Link to the Past     ↔
  2. Monster Musume Vol 6     ↑ 7
  3. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 1 Phantom Blood Vol 1     ↓ 1
  4. Attack on Titan Vol 15     ↔
  5. Naruto Vol 69     ↔
  6. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 1 Phantom Blood Vol 2     ∗
  7. High School DxD Vol 4     ∗
  8. Death Note Box Set      ↵
  9. Attack on Titan Vol 1     ↓ 6
  10. Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon Vol 1     ∗

Pre orders are making quite a dent in the list this week, half of the list to be exact. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Vol 1 is finally released and Vol 2 immediately makes the list, and it won’t be out until May! The new Monster Musume moves up the most, 7 spots, to come in behind Legend of Zelda which seems to have staked out the top spot for a while. Attack on Titan Vol 1 takes the biggest fall, 6 spots, but just holds on at #9. This list has the most static titles with three keeping the same spot, and surprising all in the top five.

Viz Digital

 

Vizmanga.com for the week of February 15, 2015

  1. Boys over Flowers 1Boys Over Flowers Bundle     ↑ 4
  2. Bleach Vol 63     ↑ 1
  3. Assassination Classroom Vol 2     ↓ 2
  4. Food Wars Vol 1     ↑ 2
  5. World Trigger Vol 1     ↵
  6. Deadman Wonderland Vol 7     ∗
  7. Assassination Classroom Vol 1     ↵
  8. All You Need is Kill Vol 1     ↓
  9. Food Wars Vol 3     ↵
  10. Nisekoi Vol 1     ↵

The great price on the Boys Over Flowers Bundle pushes it up to the top spot this week. There’s only one debut with Deadman Wonderland Vol 7, while several volume 1 return. Many of these titles were featured in the Fresh Jump Bundle as well as Assassination Classroom Vol 1 returning with Vol 2. Food Wars also got an addition volume, though Vol 3 seems a little odd.

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

 

Weekly Top Ten – February 21, 2015

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 and Vizmanga.com calculates their own numbers. Offered here is a listing of these books with their status this week compared with the previous week, and some way-off analysis of the activity.

NYTBS

 

New York Times Bestseller List for the week Ending February 14, 2015

  1. Evangelion 14Neon Genesis Evangelion Vol 14     ∗
  2. Assassination Classroom Vol 2     ↓ 1
  3. Unofficial Hatsune Mix     ↑ 3
  4. Attack on Titan Vol 1     ↑ 6
  5. Sword Art Online: Progressive Vol 1     ↑ 2
  6. Dragonar Academy Vol 5     ∗
  7. Say I Love You Vol 6     ∗
  8. Akame ga Kill Vol 1     ↓ 5
  9. Alice in the Country of Joker: Circus and Liars Game Vol 7     ∗
  10. Black Butler Vol 19     ↓ 1

The final Neon Genesis Evangelion, a series over a decade old, takes the list, debuting in the top spot, forcing Assassination Classroom Vol 2 down one to #2. Attack on Titan Vol 1 makes an aggressive move back up the list to reach the top five. Seven Seas Entertainment gets two titles to debut, one for male gaze, and one for female. Yen Press has kept three titles on list for a month now. Black Butler is a perennial favorite, but Sword Art Online is becoming a proven seller, and Akame ga Kill! is off to a good start with its first volume.

Amazon

 

Amazon.com for the week ending February 21, 2015

  1. LegendOfZelda-LinkToThePast-3DLegend of Zelda A Link to the Past     ↔
  2. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 1 Phantom Blood Vol 1     ↑ 2
  3. Attack on Titan Vol 1     ↔
  4. Attack on Titan Vol 15     ↑ 1
  5. Naruto Vol 69     ∗
  6. All You Need Is Kill Omnibus     ↵
  7. Neon Genesis Evangelion Vol 14     ↓ 5
  8. Sword Art Online: Aincrad Vol 2     ↵
  9. Monster Musume Vol 6     ∗
  10. Attack on Titan Vol 8     ↵

Amazon’s top five hasn’t changed all that much. Legend of Zelda is going to be a big seller for Viz with the pre-order hanging onto the top for the last few weeks now. More pre-orders join it with the new Naruto and Monster Musume charting. Returnees are making a good show as well with All You Need Is Kill and Sword Art Online: Aincrad Novel Vol 2 charting. Attack on Titan volumes are constantly returning, so I don’t see them as too much of a big deal. The only surprise is which ones will be joining Volume 1.

Viz Digital

 

Vizmanga.com for the week of February 8, 2015

  1. Assassination Classroom 2Assassination Classroom Vol 2     ↔
  2. Happy Marriage?! Vol 10     ∗
  3. Bleach Vol 63     ↓ 1
  4. World Trigger Vol 4     ↓ 1
  5. Boys Over Flowers Bundle     ∗
  6. Food Wars! Vol 1     ↵
  7. All You Need Is Kill Vol 1     ↵
  8. Seraph of the End Vol 1     ↵
  9. Toriko Vol 26      ↓ 4
  10. Honey Blood Vol 1     ↵

Vizmanga’s top title doesn’t change as Assassination Classroom Vol 2 holds on. The debut of the Happy Marriage?! vol 10, the last volume in the series, is a nice surprise. Viz Signature titles don’t makes the list as much as they should. The Boys Over Flowers Bundle was obviously too good of a deal for people to pass up, getting it just into the top five. All the volume 1 returnees are interesting, and kind of unexpected. Two volumes, All You Need Is Kill and Seraph of the End were part of the YALSA Good Graphic Novel Of Teens list, so maybe that had something to do with it.

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

 

Weekly Top Ten – February 14, 2015

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 and Vizmanga.com calculates their own numbers. Offered here is a listing of these books with their status this week compared with the previous week, and some way-off analysis of the activity.

NYTBS

 

New York Times Bestseller List for the week ending February 7, 2015

  1. Assassination Classroom 2Assassination Classroom Vol 2     ∗
  2. Food Wars Vol 4     ∗
  3. Akame ga Kill Vol 1     ↓ 2
  4. Noragami Vol 3     ↑ 2
  5. Soul Eater Vol 24     ↓ 3
  6. Unofficial Hatsune Mix     ↑ 1
  7. Sword Art Online: Progressive Vol 1     ↓ 2
  8. Fairy Tail Vol 46     ↓ 4
  9. Black Butler Vol 19     ↓ 6
  10. Attack on Titan Vol 1     ↵ 84

Viz Media’s shonen releases have an impact of the list as the new series Assassination Classroom Vol 2 takes the top spot and is followed by the print version of Food Wars! Vol 4. Proving you can’t keep a Titan down, Attack on Titan vol 1 returns  again as it yo-yos on and off the list. Yen Press keeps four titles on the list even though Akame ga Kill! Vol 1 lost the top. Kodansha is right behind with one three volumes, but they are strong sellers Fairy Tail and newer series Noragami. It can’t all be about Titans.

Amazon

 

Amazon.com for the week ending February 14, 2015

  1. LegendOfZelda-LinkToThePast-3DLegend of Zelda: A Link to the Past     ↔
  2. Neon Genesis Evangelion Vol 14     ∗
  3. Attack on Titan Vol 1     ↓ 2
  4. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 1 Phantom Blood Vol 1     ↵
  5. Attack on Titan Vol 15     ↵
  6. Attack on Titan Vol 14     ↔
  7. Legend of Zelda Box set     ↓ 3
  8. Bleach Vol 63     ↔
  9. Akame ga Kill Vol 1     ↓ 6
  10. Attack on Titan Vol 2     ↓ 5

For the second week in a row, a pre-order is the top seller. Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past keeps the top spot. Attack on Titan Vol 15, another pre-order also makes it into the top 5. The final Evangelion volume jumps into the second spot pushing Attack on Titan Vol 1 down just a tad. Akame ga Kill! Vol 1 didn’t fare as well as it was nearly forced off the list, landing at #9. The Legend of Zelda Box set continues to do well too, no doubt fueled by the Link to the Past pre-orders.

Viz Digital

 

Vizmanga.com for the week of February 2, 2015

  1. Assassination Classroom 2Assassination Classroom Vol 2     ∗
  2. Bleach Vol 63     ∗
  3. World Trigger Vol 4     ∗
  4. Nisekoi Vol 10     ↓ 3
  5. Toriko Vol 26     ∗
  6. Naruto Vol 68     ↵
  7. The Third Vol 1     ↓ 5
  8. Nisekoi Vol 9     ↑ 1
  9. Vampire Knight: Life     ∗
  10. One Piece Vol 73     ↔

It shouldn’t come as any surprise that Assassination Classroom Vol 2 took the top of Viz’s list if it could take the top of the NYT. Bleach continues to have its followers, but they seem to be more online than in stores. Nisekoi keeps its latest two volumes on the list if not at the top. The sci-fi series World Trigger makes a good showing as Vol 4 debuts at #3. Vampire Knight fans are no doubt eating up the digital only chapters of Life as it debuted this week, so I expect to see it rank higher next week.

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