March manga sales

Here are the top-selling manga in the Direct Market, pulled out of the top 100 graphic novels, via Newsarama.

1 (2) NARUTO VOL 13 (Viz)
2 (7) DEATH NOTE VOL 10 (Viz)
3 (10) WARCRAFT VOL 3 (Tokyopop)
4 (17) BERSERK VOL 16 (Dark Horse)
5 (50) BATTLE CLUB VOL 4 (Tokyopop)
6 (51) TRINITY BLOOD VOL 2 (Tokyopop)
7 (53) FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST VOL 12 (Viz)
8 (62) GUNSMITH CATS OMNIBUS VOL 1 (Dark Horse)
9 (68) CRYING FREEMAN VOL 5 (Dark Horse)
10 (69) ALCOHOL SHIRT & KISS VOL 1 (Digital Manga)
11 (71) DAY WHICH I BECAME BUTTERFLY (Digital Manga)
12 (73) SOLFEGE (Digital Manga)
13 (74) BLACK CAT VOL 7 (Viz)
14 (79) PRIEST VOL 16 (Tokyopop)
15 (86) INNOCENT BIRD VOL 1 (Tokyopop – Blu)
16 (88) IS VOL 12 (Viz)
17 (91) KASHIMASHI MANGA VOL 2 (Seven Seas)
18 (93) TSUKUYOMI MOON PHASE VOL 6 (Tokyopop)
19 (95) ROSE HIP ZERO VOL 2 (Tokyopop)
20 (96) READ OR DREAM VOL 3 (Viz)
21 (97) MABURAHO MANGA VOL 2 (ADV)
22 (100) KUROSAGI CORPSE DELIVERY SERVICE VOL 3 (Dark Horse)

Nothing tremendously surprising here, with the sprinking of perennial sellers up top, a healthy handful of boys’ love and yaoi, and a strong performance for Dark Horse, which always seems to earn solid numbers in comic shops. Most of the manga action is confined to the bottom half of the top 100, but three books cracked the top 10. That’s an unusually weak performance for Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. 12, but it did ship towards the end of the month.

Dark Horse had a terrific month overall, taking the top graphic novel spot with the hardcover of 300 and solid showings for books like Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser and Empowered. The first issue of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 cracked the top ten in floppies, which is quite an accomplishment for a publisher that isn’t Marvel or DC. And while coming in at the very bottom of the graphic novel list might not seem like a huge accomplishment, I’ll trumpet any traction gained by The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service.

10 Responses to March manga sales

  1. Huff says:

    Wow, I’m almost shocked that Empowered sold that well since, as Warren himself put it, the story has elements to alienate both superhero and manga fans. Great to see his fan base/appeal is still there since it’s probably the best “OEL manga” out there. Talk about being ahead of your time…

  2. davidpwelsh says:

    I would be really interested to see the results of a focus group on it, because it walks so many fine lines… manga/superhero, exploitation/satire, and so on. I liked it a lot, but I pretty much decided to like it, in spite of the potentially alienating aspects.

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  4. Kunimura says:

    Battle Club vol. 4 did surprinsingly well. What I wonder is why I don’t see Genshiken vol. 8 in that list. Guess it was out so late in March it won’t show up in that list. Mayby it’ll sell well in April.

  5. davidpwelsh says:

    I don’t think it shipped to comic shops until the first week in April, actually. But maybe it will track even higher than it usually does, with a full month of sales?

  6. Kunimura says:

    Might be so. It (Genshiken vol. 8) was supposed to be out by the end of March. Guess it didn’t make it in time.

  7. davidpwelsh says:

    It probably shipped to bookstores earlier. I think they have different ship dates for different markets.

  8. Monica says:

    Thanks for the information.

    I bought these on the list. I’m glad they did well.

    Naruto
    Death Note
    TRINITY BLOOD
    ALCOHOL SHIRT & KISS
    INNOCENT BIRD
    TSUKUYOMI MOON PHASE

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