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2008's Top-Selling Manga in Japan, by Series

posted on by Egan Loo
One Piece, Naruto top chart; 20th Century Boys, Rookies rise with film, TV remakes

The following chart covers sales from December 24, 2007 to November 16, 2008. No new manga volume of Naoki Urasawa's 20th Century Boys was released in 2008. However over 3.7 million copies of the suspense manga were still sold on the strength of the ongoing movie trilogy and manga reissues such as the 24-volume 20th Century Boys/21st Century Boys set. Similarly, Masanori Morita's Rookies baseball manga enjoyed a resurgence thanks to the 2008 live-action drama adaptation and reissues of the compiled volumes.

Rank Title Author Total Copies Publisher Cover
1 One Piece Eiichiro Oda 5,956,540 Shueisha
2 Naruto Masashi Kishimoto 4,261,054 Shueisha
3 20th Century Boys Naoki Urasawa 3,710,054 Shogakukan
4 Katekyo Hitman Reborn! Akira Amano 3,371,618 Shueisha
5 Bleach Kubotite 3,161,825 Shueisha
6 NANA Ai Yazawa 3,122,146 Shueisha
7 Soul Eater Atsushi Ookubo 3,076,351 Square Enix
8 Nodame Cantabile Tomoko Ninomiya 2,799,299 Kodansha
9 Rookies Masanori Morita 2,765,163 Shueisha
10 Gintama #26 Hideaki Sorachi 2,390,196 Shueisha

Source: Oricon

Update: For the top 50 manga of 2008 by volume, see this chart and this chart.

This article has a follow-up: 2008's Top-Selling Light Novels in Japan (Updated) (2009-01-04 10:21)
follow-up of Japanese Comic Ranking, December 16-22
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