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Sailor Moon Ranks as #2 February Graphic Novel in U.S. Bookstores

posted on 2012-03-12 11:37 EDT
2 more Sailor Moon & 3 Naruto books also return to top 20; Negima in top 5

The third volume of Naoko Takeuchi's Sailor Moon manga ranked #2 in Nielsen BookScan's list of top 20 graphic novels in American bookstores for February. The American graphic novel Avatar: The Last Airbenber - The Promise Part 1 by Gene Yang topped the list.

In addition, Takeuchi has two more books in the top 20: Sailor Moon volume 1 at #14 and volume 2 at #17. The titles took the #16 and #19 positions in January's list, respectively. Also in January, the third volume ranked #1, which was the fourth time that the manga topped the list since its return in September.

Three Naruto books remained in the top 20: volume 54 at #4, volume 53 at #16, and Naruto: The Official Character Data Book at #20. The volumes previously ranked at #3, #8, and #19 in the January list. The retail news source ICv2 noted that Naruto has remained the bestselling manga in North America for the last five years.

The February list included Negima volume 33 (#5), Bleach volume 38 (#6), and Blue Exorcist volume 6 (#7). Black Butler volume 8 dropped two spots to #9, and the manga-influenced Maximum Ride volume 5 fell four positions to land at #13. Bakuman. volume 9 (#15) and Durarara!! volume 1 (#18) rounded out the top 20 among manga titles.

The BookScan rankings represent sales at Barnes & Noble and other book chains, independent bookshops, and online purchases — but not sales at comic book stores, Walmart, and some other venues.

Source: ICv2

Update: ICv2 corrected its article to change the Bleach volume from #28 to #38. This article now reflects the correction. Thanks, ljaesch.


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