Topping the Oricon’s Top 30 list for the week between May 23 and May 29 is Uchuu Kyoudai Volume 41 at 132,159 copies sold in its first 7 days, which is a direct drop of 7.23% from the 39th volume’s 142,463 copies sold back in February 2021. The performance of its latest volume is also much weaker compared to Volume 40’s 145,333 copies sold back in September last year which may indicate its worst performance to date. Note that it was able to produce 108,770 copies sold in just 3 days for Volume 36 and may have been able to sell more had the volume went on a bit longer. The Manga serialization for the series began back in 2007 through Kadasha’s Morning magazine and is authored by Chuuya Koyama. It welcomed a 99-episode Anime TV series adaptation by A-1 Pictures back in April 2012. You can check out the first five chapters of its Manga right here in Japanese and a preview of its 1st chapter in English is available on Kodansha Comics right here.
At Number 2 is the 12th volume of Blue Period at 87,794 copies sold in its first 7 days. The performance of its latest volume is only marginally higher than Volume 11 thanks to the extra days of sales it has, however if we consider the shorter 5-day sales that the prior volume has, it has certainly outperformed the 12th volume. Like Uchuu Kyoudai, Blue Period is a series by Kodansha and is also serialized in the Morning magazine of which its first chapter can be accessed for free right here in Japanese. Its official English version is also available through Kodansha Comics where a preview of its first chapter can be read for free.
Skip three spots below and Vinland Saga Volume 26 makes an appearance at 49,908 copies sold in its first 7 days, below expectation. Note that the series has not featured on the Top 30 for quite some time now where it was last seen for Volume 23 at 43,824 copies sold in its first 3 days back in November 2019. Serialization began for the title back in April 2005 and several of its chapters can be read for free through Kodansha’s Afternoon here. You can also check out its first chapter preview in English of which the series is currently being officially published by Kodansha Comics. It is also set to receive a sequel to its Anime TV series adaptation on an unannounced date. You can watch the announcement video down below.
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Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo 30th Volume 1 is next at Number 12 at 38,176 copies sold in its first week, quite a promising start for a new series. The title is based on the original Manga by Shin Kibayashi which was serialized between October 1992 and October 1997. You can check out some of its chapters via Kodansha’ Comic Days right here in Japanese.
Head over to Number 13 and you will find Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou with its 10th volume at 35,401 copies sold in its first 5 days. Despite having the longer days of sales among its latest five volumes, the volume is its weakest performer thus far as average copies sold dropped significantly to 7,080 copies sold a day. Note that Volumes 7 and 8 had 1 day of sales each back when they were released while Volumes 6 and 9 had 2 days of sales. The Manga is an adaptation of the Light Novel of the same name which has been serialized in Comic Gardo since 2016 of which some of its chapters can be read for free right here. The title was also adapted into a 13-episode Anime TV series by asread. and White Fox in 2019 before a sequel was released this year that aired between January and March.
Number 14 places a title that you may be familiar with. Hachi-nan tte, Sore wa Nai deshou! Volume 11 is at 34,180 copies sold in its first 7 days, its first ever breach on the Top 30 since the Blog started tracking. The title is an adaptation of the Light Novel of the same name, and it began serialization through Comic Walker in April 2015. Hiroki Kusumoto (Vampire no Shouzou and Tou no Kemono) is responsible for the adaptation and several of its chapters can be checked out for free right here in Japanese. You can also check out a short TV commercial released by KADOKAWA in 2020 to commemorate the release of its Manga’s 8th volume down below.
Sakura, Saku. is 17th on the list with its 4th volume at 31,776 copies sold in its first 5 days. Although the title could not be placed on the Top 30 chart for its 3rd volume, it did so for Volumes 1 and 2, both at 34,627 copies and 34,456 copies on their respective charts at the time in their first 6 days. This would make its latest volume’s overall performance a small improvement over its first two volumes. The Manga is a fairly new series which first began serialization in February 2021. The Shuiesha title is worked on by Io Sakisaka with its first chapter up for free in Japanese for you to read (click here for easy access).
Koi to Dangan can be found at Number 21 with its 11th volume at 27,790 copies sold in its first 5 days, a direct drop of 19.12% from the 34,359 copies sold it had for Volume 10. This could also potentially be its worst performance to date. Note that Volumes 4 and 6 managed to push out 35,466 copies and 29,228 copies sold respectively in their first 3 days. Koi to Dangan (or also known as Yakuza Lover) is an organised crime Manga that was first serialized in March 2018 through the Shogakukan’s Premium Cheese! magazine. The first chapter can be accessed for free in Japanese right here (click here for easy access to Chapter 1) and not to forget, the series does have official English releases that are being published by Shojo Beat. You can get the first five volumes now, and the 6th volume can be preordered, slated for a release this coming September. You can also check out an 11-minute video released by Shogakukan back in September last year that previews one of its chapters below.
This would not be Ui x Kon’s first appearance on the Top 30 chart as it was placed 10th previously on the chart between January 24 and January 30 at 29,697 copies sold in its first 6 days. This time, the 9th volume makes for a slightly stronger appearance at 26,229 copies sold in just 5 days. Ui x Kon is a series that has been serialized in Ribon Magazine since May 2019, and the 1st volume can be read for free in Japanese right here (click here for easy access), so do check it out! JJM: Joshi Judou-bu Monogatari which is 23rd on the list at 26,012 copies sold in its first 7 days has never been featured before this on the Top 30 charts, making this its first since the Blog started tracking. The seinen title is serialized in the Evening magazine with its first chapter available for read in Japanese for free right here. Note that the series centres around the sport of Judo that features the main protagonist Emo Kagura who seeks to become one of the best practitioners in the world.
The first two pages of JJM: Joshi Judou-bu Monogatari’s Chapter 1
Souzai Saishuka no Isekai Ryokouki is a Manga adaptation of the Light Novel of the same name and its 5th volume settles in for the 26th place at 22,312 copies sold in its first 4 days. The serialization of the Manga started back in December 2017 through the AlphaPolis Web Manga of which several of its chapters can be read for free right here in Japanese. As for Hajimete Koi wo Shita Hi ni Yomu Hanashi Volume 15 at Number 28, this is not the first time the Manga has made an appearance. Prior to this, the Manga’s 13th volume was placed 27th on the Top 30 at 30,385 copies sold in its first 6 days while Volume 14 was ranked 22nd between November 22 and November 28 last year at 22,363 copies sold in its first 4 days. The 5-day sales it has for Volume 15 at 21,226 copies sold is weaker than that of Volume 14. The serialization of the series began in May 2016 through the Cookie magazine with its first chapter up for read for free in Japanese right here (click here for easy access). Note that it was also adapted into a live-action drama in 2019 and an introduction movie to its Manga was released by Shueisha in 2018. You can check out the video below.
The final new release on the Top 30 belongs to Senpai ga Uzai Kouhai no Hanashi Volume 9 at 20,477 copies sold in its first 5 days, a series you most likely have heard of considering the fact that it received an Anime adaptation by Doga Kobo last year. This is the series’ first appearance on the Top 30 chart since the Blog started tracking. You can also give its first two chapters a try in Japanese right here, however, it does have official English releases that are being published by Seven Seas where the first seven volumes of the Manga can now be purchased. Without further ado, the full list is as follows:
Manga Weekly Top 30
1. Uchuu Kyoudai Vol. 41