Sailor Moon Returns as #1 Graphic Novel in U.S. Bookstores (Updated)
posted on by Egan Loo
The third volume of Naoko Takeuchi's Sailor Moon manga topped Nielsen BookScan's top 20 graphic novels in American bookstores for January. It was the fourth time in five months that the manga ranked #1 on the chart since the manga returned in September.
In addition, Takeuchi has two more books in the top 20: Sailor Moon volume 2 at #10 and volume 1 at #16.
Naruto also had three books in the top 20: volume 54 at #3, volume 53 at #8, and Naruto: The Official Character Data Book at #19.
The retail news source ICv2 lists Rosario + Vampire Season II volume 7 at #4, followed by Black Bird volume 12 at #6. Black Butler volume 8 (#7) and the manga-influenced Maximum Ride volume 5 (#9) round out the top 10.
The 27th and final volume of Fullmetal Alchemist landed at #12, and One Piece volume 60 was at #15. Highschool of the Dead volume 5 makes the list at #20.
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.
Update: Black Bird's volume number and ranking corrected. Thanks, ljaesch.
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