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June 14, 2005

Familiar Manga Dominates Charts


Below are graphic novel rankings for the week ending June 5 in American bookstores and the week ending June 12 in Japan, from and Animania respectively. What was interesting to me about the Bookscan numbers was the surge some books experienced in their second week, which at least to me indicates genuine reader interest and reaction based on discovery that a new volume is out, as opposed to frontloaded hype-driven sales that decline precipitously one week later. Also, noting what's #1 in Japan this week, shouldn't there have been one sports manga hit in America by now? It's not like Americans dislike sports.

Bookscan Top 10
Fruits Basket Volume 9
Fullmetal Alchemist Volume 1
Rurouni Kenshin Volume 15
XXXHolic Volume 5
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Bleach Volume 7
Saiyuki Volume 8
Trigun Maximum Volume 5
Fruits Basket Volume 8
Ai Yori Aoshi Volume 9

Japan Weekly Top 10
Initial D Volume 31 (above)
Naruto Volume 28
Bleach Volume 17
Angel Heart Volume 15
Pyu to Fuku Jaguar Volume 9
Ichigo 100% Volume 16
Ganso! Urayasu Tekkin Kazoku Volume 10
Tobaku Datenshi Roku Kaiji Volume 3
Harukanaru Toki no Naka de Volume 10
Densha Otoko Volume 2

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