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2009's Top-Selling Manga in Japan, by Series

posted on by Egan Loo
One Piece, Naruto, Bleach top chart; 20th Century Boys, Mei-chan rise with live-action remakes

The following chart covers sales from November 17, 2008 to November 22, 2009. No new manga volume of Naoki Urasawa's 20th Century Boys was released in 2009. However over 2.6 million more copies of the suspense manga were still sold on the strength of the ongoing movie trilogy.

Similarly, sales of Riko Miyagi's Mei-chan no Shitsuji manga jumped thanks to the 2009 live-action television drama series. A week after the drama's January premiere, the first seven volumes of the manga entered the weekly top-30 sales chart and almost doubled their sales to date — even though the first volume was released back in November of 2006.

Rank Title Author Total Copies Publisher Cover
1 One Piece Eiichiro Oda 14,721,241 Shueisha
2 Naruto Masashi Kishimoto 6,836,494 Shueisha
3 Bleach Kubotite 6,471,021 Shueisha
4 Fullmetal Alchemist Hiromu Arakawa 5,810,522 Square Enix
5 Gintama Hideaki Sorachi 4,733,511 Shueisha
6 Katekyo Hitman Reborn! Akira Amano 3,694,323 Shueisha
7 Mei-chan no Shitsuji Riko Miyagi 3,076,659 Shueisha
8 Fairy Tail Hiro Mashima 2,886,942 Kodansha
9 20th Century Boys Naoki Urasawa 2,655,379 Shogakukan
10 Saint Young Men (Saint O-nii-san) Hikaru Nakamura 2,614,269 Kodansha

Source: Oricon

This article has a follow-up: 2009 Japanese Comic Ranking, #26-50 (2009-12-05 23:57)
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