Blue Exorcist's Latest Manga Book, 1st Novel Top Charts
posted on 2011-09-07 16:30 EDT by Crystalyn Hodgkins
The seventh volume of Kazue Kato's Blue Exorcist manga (pictured at right) and the first Blue Exorcist novel (pictured far right) each ranked #1 on Oricon's comic and book rankings respectively for their first week of sales. Both the novel and the manga volume were released on September 2.
The seventh volume of the Blue Exorcist manga sold 432,000 copies in its first week. The novel, titled Ao no Exorcist: Weekend Hero, was illustrated by Kato and written by Aya Yajima. The novel sold 62,000 copies in its first week.
Shueisha ran a first print run of one million copies for Blue Exorcist's seventh manga volume, and it was the first manga from Jump Square magazine to reach that milestone. Since the television anime version premiered this past April, the print runs for this manga's first printings have grown more than seven times larger.
Shortly after the anime was announced, the fifth manga volume shipped with a first printing of 140,000 copies last December. Just before the anime premiered on April 17, the sixth manga volume shipped with a 260,000-copy first printing. Due to bookstores reporting that they were selling out of earlier volumes, Shueisha decided to dramatically increase the print run for the seventh volume.