That month of the time again

February 20, 2007

The new edition of Previews doesn’t arrive in comic shops until tomorrow, but you can get a look at the Manga Month 2007 Checklist here.

And what will you see when you get there? Pretty much everything manga-related that’s shipping, but condensed into a nice, two-page PDF. Look closely and you’ll see that Last Gasp will be striking again, with a re-release of Junko Mizuno: Pure Trance.


January manga numbers

February 20, 2007

The January graphic novel sales figures are in at ICv2. Twenty-four manga titles made the top 100, with the highest (Death Note vol. 9) placing at #15.

1 (15) DEATH NOTE VOL 9 TP (VIZ)
2 (16) FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST VOL 11 TP (VIZ)
3 (25) TRIGUN MAXIMUM VOL 11 TP (DAR)
4 (27) BLADE O/T IMMORTAL SHORTCUT VOL 16 TP (MR) (DAR)
5 (31) TSUBASA VOL 12 GN (RAN)
6 (37) INU YASHA VOL 28 TP (VIZ)
7 (38) KARE KANO VOL 21 GN (Of 21) (TKP)
8 (44) BATTLE CLUB VOL 3 GN (Of 4) (MR) (TKP)
9 (49) AI YORI AOSHI VOL 15 GN (Of 17) (MR) (TKP)
10 (55) ONE PIECE VOL 13 TP (VIZ)
11 (67) GTO EARLY YEARS SHONAN JUNAI GUMI VOL 3 GN (Of 15) (MR) (TKP)
12 (69) OURAN HIGH SCHOOL HOST CLUB VOL 8 TP (VIZ)
13 (75) SAMURAI DEEPER KYO VOL 21 GN (Of 38) (MR) (TKP)
14 (76) SHAMAN WARRIOR VOL 1 TP (DAR)
15 (77) OUR KINGDOM VOL 5 GN (MR) (DIG)
16 (80) VAMPIRE KNIGHT VOL 1 TP (VIZ)
17 (85) TENJHO TENGE VOL 11 (DC)
18 (87) SHAMAN KING VOL 11 TP (VIZ)
19 (88) SEVEN GN (MR) (DIG)
20 (89) GORGEOUS CARAT VOL 4 GN (Of 4) (MR) (TKP)
21 (91) RIN VOL 2 GN (MR) (DIG)
22 (92) FLOWER O/LIFE VOL 1 GN (MR) (DIG)
23 (95) BLACK CAT VOL 6 TP (VIZ)
24 (99) WELCOME TO NHK VOL 2 GN (Of 5) (MR) (TKP)

Death Note actually managed to pass anime-fueled, BookScan chart-topper Fullmetal Alchemist (vol. 11), though both showed increases in orders. In November, Death Note vol. 8 scored 3,736 orders compared to January’s 3,958. Fullmetal’s November figure of 3,849 bumped up slightly to 3,915 in January.

Viz led in terms of the number of entries with eight, followed by Tokyopop with seven, one of which came from Blu. Digital Manga (or more specifically Juné) followed with four, Dark Horse had three, and Del Rey and CMX both had one.

A couple of interesting debuts made the list: Dark Horse’s Shaman Warrior, one of its new manhwa titles, took 14th place; Vampire Knight, a new Shojo Beat offering from Viz, came in at 16th. The eighth volume of Ouran High School Host Club was the leading Shojo Beat title at 12th place in its first placement on the chart.