Japan Top Weekly Manga Sales Ranking: March 27 – April 2, 2023
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It is thanks to the amazing folks over at Oricon that we get to see these charts on a weekly basis, so be sure to head over to their site here and show them lots of love! In addition, all the data you find below is accessible via Oricon right here (Manga) and here (Series). To access the sales data, be sure to click on the “Analytics” accordion and then click “Chart”. This should bring you to the Google chart page that contains the latest available sales data. Many of the titles that you see below have been discussed in the TSUTAYA’s sales chart for the same week, so do have a look at it right here. Some titles that did not make it onto the Top 30 chart were also discussed in the COMIC ZIN’s chart here. Please note that while Oricon tracks sales from a huge number of stores in Japan, the sales data below are not at the fullest since some stores do not participate in Oricon’s daily surveys. For more information about Oricon, please refer to this page.
Without further ado, the full Top 30 is as follows:
Manga Weekly Top 30
1. Sono Bisque Doll wa Koi wo Suru Vol. 11 [Regular Edition] (↑29.87%) by Shinichi Fukuda
Release Date: March 25, 2023 Days of Sales: 7 Price: 664 yen Publisher: Square Enix Estimated number of copies sold: 105,104 Link (JPN):Vol. 11
Serialization:YoungGangan Serialization Date: Jan. 19, 2018 Official Web Page:Here Chapter 1 (JPN):Here
Sales Performance:Chart Printed Circulation: 19,000,000 for entire series (Source)
The 40,892 copies sold for Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card-hen Volume 14’s Regular Edition during its first week of sales represent a 17.91% drop against Volume 12’s 49,816 copies (including its Special Edition) during the same time period. The Special Edition volume of Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card-hen Volume 14 did not even make it onto Oricon’s Top 50 sales chart for the week ending on April 2, 2023, of which the cutoff point was 12,879 copies. Assuming the Special Edition were to place in the lower 51 and below, it would have sold roughly 10,000 copies during the same time period, which should give it a slight advantage over Volume 12.
Volume 14 also has a Special Edition released that comes with 12 acrylic keychains and is priced at 2,800 yen(about 21 USD).
Madhouse adapted Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card-hen into a TV Anime series, beginning with a prologue episode in September 2017, followed by 22 episodes of the main series airing between January and June 2018. A sequel titled “Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card-hen (Zoku-hen)” is currently in production, with the broadcast date yet to be announced.
6. Toaru Majutsu no Index Gaiden: Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Vol. 18 (NEW) by (Story) Kazuma Kamachi and (Art) Motoi Fuyukawa
Release Date: March 27, 2023 Days of Sales: 7 Price: 700 yen Publisher: KADOKAWA Estimated number of copies sold: 39,339 Link (JPN):Vol.18
Serialization:DengekiDaioh Serialization Date: Feb. 21, 2007 Official Web Page:Here Chapter 1 (JPN):Here
When compared to the sales performance of Volume 16, which sold 58,358 copies during its first 7 days, Toaru Majutsu no Index Gaiden: Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Volume 18 has sold 32.59% fewer copies during its own first 7 days of sales. The series was also seen with Volume 15 at 43,145 copies in 4 days and Volume 17 at 22,016 copies in just 2 days, suggesting that Volume 18 may be the worst-performing volume in the series to date (since Volume 15).
The Manga spinoff Toaru Kagaku no Railgun of the series Toaru Majutsu no Index was adapted into a TV Anime by studio J.C.Staff in October 2009. Two sequels followed in April 2013 and January 2020.
7. Shuumatsu no Walküre Vol. 18 [Regular Edition] (↓65.17%) by (Story) Takumi Fukui, Shinya Umemura and (Art) Ajichika
Release Date: March 20, 2023 Days of Sales: 7 Price: 660 yen Publisher: Coamix Estimated number of copies sold: 37,247 Link (JPN):Vol. 1
Serialization:Comic Zenon Serialization Date: Nov. 25, 2017 Official Web Page:Here
While there are no direct comparisons to Kujou no Taizai Volume 8‘s sales of 30,421 copies during its first 4 days, it has outperformed Volume 3, which sold 32,262 copies during its first 7 days. If Volume 8 had been on sale for 2 more days, it might have had a stronger performance than Volume 4, which sold 41,158 copies in its first 6 days. However, it would not have sold more than Volume 5, which sold 40,617 copies in its first 5 days, as Volume 8’s average sales per day were lower. That being said, sales on the 5th day for Volume 8 may be comparable to Volume 7’s sales of 38,541 copies during its first 5 days.
10. Sousou no Frieren Vol. 10 [Regular Edition] (↓57.84%) by (Story) Kanehito Yamada and (Art) Tsukasa Abe
Release Date: March 16, 2023 Days of Sales: 7 Price: 500 yen Publisher: Shogakukan Estimated number of copies sold: 26,569 Link (JPN):Vol. 10
Serialization:ShounenSunday Serialization Date: Apr. 28, 2020 Official Web Page:Here Chapter 1 (JPN):Here
Sales Performance: Chart Printed Circulation: More than 8,000,000 (Source) Awards: Won the 14th Manga Taisho Award in March of 2021 (Source) Won the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize 2021 for New Creator (Source)
The Regular Edition of the volume has sold 235,099 copies in its first 18 days.
11. Dareka Yume dato Itte Kure Vol. 6 (N/A) by Ayane Shiro
Release Date: March 24, 2023 Days of Sales: 7 Price: 700 yen Publisher: Shueisha Estimated number of copies sold: 21,917 Link (JPN):Vol. 6
Serialization:MangaMee Serialization Date: Mar. 30, 2021 Official Web Page:Here
Read in English:N/A Latest Promo:YouTube Link (ENG):N/A
Sales Performance:N/A Printed Circulation: More than 14,000,000 including digital and physical (Source)
Skip Beat! Volume 49 sold 93,396 copies in its first 14 days.
16. Uma Musume Cinderella Gray Vol. 10 (↓63.16%) by Taiyou Kuzumi
Release Date: March 17, 2023 Days of Sales: 7 Price: 650 yen Publisher: Shueisha Estimated number of copies sold: 19,669 Link (JPN):Vol. 10
Serialization:Young Jump Serialization Date: Jun. 11, 2020 Official Web Page:Here Chapter 1 (JPN):Here
Read in English:N/A Latest Promo:YouTube Link (ENG):N/A
Sales Performance:Chart Printed Circulation: 4,500,000 for physical + digital (Source)
Uma Musume Cinderella Gray Volume 10 has sold 124,243 copies in its first 17 days.
17. Katainaka no Ossan, Kensei ni Naru: Tada no Inaka no Kenjutsu Shihan Datta noni, Taisei shita Deshi-tachi ga Ore wo Hottekurenai Ken Vol. 3 (↓75.36%) by (Story) Shigeru Sagazaki and (Art) Kazuki Satou
Release Date: March 20, 2023 Days of Sales: 7 Price: 660 yen Publisher: Akita Shoten Estimated number of copies sold: 19,577 Link (JPN):Vol.3
Black Clover has topped the weekly series sales ranking, largely driven by the massive sales of its Here I Stand single, which sold a total of 235,347 copies in its first fivedays. The song is performed by the Korean boy band Treasure, and you can listen to it onYouTube. In addition to Music, the series also derived sales from Video and Manga, resulting in total sales of a strong 417.96 million yen(≈3.17 million USD).
At number 2 is Blue Lock, down 4.87% from the previous week to 201.87 million yen(≈1.53 million USD). This marks its third straight appearance in the top three, with total sales of 686.7 million yen(≈5.21 million USD) from March 13 to April 2, 2023. The Manga division is the primary contributor to its sales, but Video, Music, Books, and Novels also contributed to its strength.
At number 3 is Love Live!, thanks to the Nijiyon Animation Blu-ray Box, which was released on March 29, 2023. The package got off to a strong start with 7,865 copies sold in the first fivedays. For the week, the Video segment was the best performer for the Love Live! series, while sales from its Music, Books, and Novel departments were also considered. As a result, the series made a total of 136.53 million yen(≈1.04 million USD) in sales for the week.
Weekly Ranking by Series (As of 2nd Week of April 2023)
1. Black Clover Here I Stand Type: CD Maxi Total amount of sales during the period: 464.4 million yen (tax included) 417.96 million yen (without tax)
2. Blue Lock Blue Lock Vol. 23 Type: Comic Total amount of sales during the period: 224.3 million yen (tax included) 201.87 million yen (without tax)
3. Love Live! Nijiyon Animation Blu-ray Box [Limited Release] Type: Anime Total amount of sales during the period: 151.7 million yen (tax included) 136.53 million yen (without tax)
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Note: All currency conversion was done at the time of writing.