Mangazon

Yet Another Comic Blog’s Dave Carter recently took a look at the 50 best-selling graphic novels at Amazon, so I thought I might take a look at the manga category (which update hourly like all of Amazon’s best-seller lists, so what’s there now might not track with the titles listed below).

1. Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels 2. Death Note Vol. 6 (Viz)
3. Target in the Finder Vol. 1 (CPM)
4. Bleach Vol. 17 (Viz)
5. Absolute Boyfriend Vol. 3 (Viz)
6. Death Note Vol. 9 (Viz)
7. Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories 2 (Tokyopop)
8. Fruits Basket Vol. 15 (Tokyopop)
9. Virtuoso Di Amore (DramaQueen)
10. How to Draw Cartoons for Comic Strips
11. Our Kingdom Vol. 5 (Juné)
12. Fake Vol. 5 (Tokyopop)
13. Lies and Kisses (DramaQueen)
14. Vampire Knight Vol. 1 (Viz)
15. Gorgeous Carat Vol. 4 (Blu)
16. Loveless Vol. 4 (Tokyopop)
17. Death Note Vol. 1 (Viz)
18. Death Note Vol. 5 (Viz)
19. The All-New Tenchi Muyô Vol. 2: Doom Time (Viz)
20. Naruto Vol. 2 (Viz)
21. Negima! Vol. 7 (Del Rey)
22. Yotsuba&! Vol. 1 (ADV)
23. Gravitation Ex 1 (Tokyopop)
24. Hana-Kimi Vol. 16 (Viz)
25. Death Note Vol. 4 (Viz)
26. Ai Yori Aoshi Vol. 15 (Tokyopop)
27. Naruto Vol. 1 (Viz)
28. Naruto Vol. 3 (Viz)
29. Kizuna: Bonds of Love Vol. 7 (Be Beautiful)
30. Naruto Vol. 4 (Viz)
31. Junjo Romantica 2 (Blu)
32. Fruits Basket Vol. 2 (Tokyopop)
33. Blade of the Immortal Vol. 16: Shortcut (Dark Horse)
34. Death Note Vol. 8 (Viz)
35. Negima! Vol. 6 (Del Rey)
36. Death Note Vol. 7 (Viz)
37. Berserk Vol. 14 (Dark Horse/DMP)
38. Death Note Vol. 3 (Viz)
39. Gravitation Vol. 10 (Tokyopop)
40. Naruto Vol. 12 (Viz)
41. Air Gear 1 (Del Rey)
42. How to Draw Cartoon Animals
43. Kare Kano: His and Her Circumstances Vol. 21 (Tokyopop)
44. Bleach Vol. 10 (Viz)
45. Fruits Basket Vol. 3 (Tokyopop)
46. 100 Bullets: Decayed (Vertigo)
47. Dragon Hunt (Warcraft: The Sunwell Trilogy Book 1) (Tokyopop)
48. Shadows of Ice (Warcraft: The Sunwell Trilogy Book 2) (Tokyopop)
49. Naruto Vol. 5 (Viz)
50. Return to Labyrinth 1 (Tokyopop)

Now, Amazon is having one of its 4-for-the-price-of-3 manga sales, and a number of the titles on the list overlap, particularly ones on the first page of listings. But a lot of those titles are also perennial sellers, so maybe it’s some combination of popularity and irregular discounting. So this snapshot is probably somewhat skewed.

The list actually reminds me in an odd way of the top 50 manga lists from Diamond. A mix of traditionally strong sellers, a fair sprinkling of yaoi, and the occasional oddity, excluding the oddities that result from Amazon’s sorting system.

10 Responses to Mangazon

  1. John Jakala says:

    Interesting that Death Note is the series with the most volumes on the list with eight (only vol. 2 doesn’t make the list), which makes sense given how addicting the storyline is.

    And when did 100 Bullets get classified as manga?

  2. davidpwelsh says:

    Your guess is as good as mine.

    I’m just worried that I’m going to become obsessed, as the current list is vastly different from the one I posted. Madness!

  3. David Wise says:

    Then I guess our title “Tenshi Ja Nai” #6 isn’t manga, because its current ranking should put it in the top 50 (it has been as high as #2,000 is the overall Amazon rankings last weekend), yet it’s not on the list. Right now it should be the #7 best-seller in the Shojo Manga category, but it isn’t showing there either. …shrug…

  4. davidpwelsh says:

    Yeah, big shrug. Looking at the current rankings, apparently Fantastic Four Visionaries – John Byrne and Strangers in Paradise are now manga. Okay, moving on to some new geeky fixation…

    Ah! Success! The ICv2 guide showed up in the mail!

  5. David Wise says:

    Is our “Black Sun, Silver Moon” ad in the guide? (My copy didn’t arrive today.)

  6. Huff says:

    Amazon lists are always really fishy, though this can’t compare to the weirdness that is Amazon Japan, where the top 25 are usually dominated by a single series.

  7. [...] biggest audience — teenagers — typically don’t possess). Inspired by this effort, David Welsh does the same for Amazon’s manga bestseller [...]

  8. davidpwelsh says:

    It’s in the “Top Manga Launches” section, David, and Train + Train gets four out of five stars in the review section.

  9. [...] of Dave Carter, he recently looked at the top selling graphic novels on Amazon. Now David Welsh does the same for manga, and the results may surprise [...]

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