The 7th volume of Sousou no Frieren tops the weekly TSUTAYA chart for the week between March 17 and March 20 at 4 days of sales of which if all goes well, it may see a turnout of around 190,000 copies akin to the result produced by its 6th volume. The 6th volume was released back on November 18, 2021, with copies sold nearly hitting the 200,000 copies sold mark in total for both its Regular and Special Editions. Ever since the title won several awards (Next Manga Awards 2021, Manga Taisho Awards), it has been gaining traction in its local market. Published via Shounen Sunday beginning April of 2020, the Manga is also available officially in English with the 5th volume slated for release in July this year. You can also check out the promotional video released by Shounen Sunday down below in 2020 to advertise its 2nd volume for some glimpses into what the Manga is all about.
Blue Lock Volume 18 is placed two spots below at Number 3. You may be keen on picking up the title if you are planning to prepare for its coming Anime adaptation this year, so far, the date of its broadcast has not been confirmed. Its past two volumes have shown improvement debut-to-debut (both in their first 3 days) when Volume 17 recorded a 19.81% improvement over Volume 16 to 60,081 copies from 48,181 copies in December last year. The Manga will receive its official English debut release for Volume 1 this coming June the 21st. In the meantime, you can check out the character trailer down below for its upcoming Anime adaptation.
All of the data you find below is all thanks to TSUTAYA, one of Japan’s largest bookstores chain which has around 1,200 stores in its local market. You can check out their website here and show them lots of love! Plus, for the week’s chart, you can find it through the link right here. If Google charts are what you are more comfortable with, feel free to visit the respective chart via the link right at the bottom of the post.
Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai needs no introduction as the series has had a consistent appearance on Oricon sales charts Top 30 since Volume 15. Copies sold did slip when compared to its previous volumes, in particular Volume 24 which 3-day sales were 21.93% less than Volume 21. Note that Volume 25 will have 3 days of sales too, and for it to experience an increase in sales from Volume 24 will be much welcomed to avoid a second consecutive drop. The Anime is expected to receive a follow up season this coming Spring, produced by A-1 Pictures. You can check out its latest official trailer right down below!
Skip over to Number 6 and you will find Shuumatsu no Walküre Volume 14. Copies sold had perhaps its best performance since Volume 6 when the 7-day sales of Volume 13 hit 180,787 copies sold in December 2021, which is a 41.87% direct improvement over Volume 6 (which had the same number of days of sales). However, Volume 14 will only have 2 days of sales on the upcoming Oricon sales charts, as such do expect a lower turnout that would be much closer to the performance of Volumes 9 and 12. It is expected to sell around 65,000 copies to 70,000 copies. In June of 2021, the series received an Anime adaptation by studio Graphinica and in August the same year, it was announced to receive a second season.
Number 7 sees the entrance of Diamond no Ace Act II’s 30th volume. Copies sold were on a slight decline since Volume 19 but has since recovered for Volume 29. 3-day sales for the volume were at a very good 61,349 copies sold, 15.04% and 8.88% improvement over Volumes 26 and 27. Volume 30 will have 4 days of sales on the chart; thus, it is predicted to sell roughly 80,000 copies. In 2019, it received a 52-episode Anime TV series adaptation, yet no news of a follow up season has been announced. Madhouse and Production I.G produced the two seasons of its prequel title in 2013 and 2016.
The second final volume of Enen no Shouboutai is 8th on the list, and I expect it to see a slight improvement over Volumes 25 and 29, both had the same number of days of sales as its 33rd volume. Copies sold are expected to be somewhere between 70,000 copies to 80,000 copies. The title first began serialization via Weekly Shounen Magazine in September 2015, and in February this year, the Manga was announced to come to end. The final chapter was published on February 22 that same month. The title also received two seasons of Anime adaptation by David Production, one in 2019 and the other in 2020. Its official English releases are being published by Kodansha Comics with up to Volume 26 available for grabs, Volume 27 is set to release in June this year.
Kakkou no Iinazuke, by the same authoress of Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo sees its 11th volume at Number 9 for the week. Copies sold slipped for Volume 10 which despite its 7 days of sales could only produce 70,600 copies. Note that Volume 9 was at 61,136 copies in its first 5 days. That said, with its forthcoming Anime adaptation set to broadcast this April, it may see a boost in the number of copies sold. For now, you can check out its third promotional video of the adaptation right down below.
A number of other new releases on the chart for the week also includes Nakaba Suzuki with Mokushiroku no Yonkishi’s 6th volume at Number 11. The sequel title of Nanatsu no Taizai did a good job before this with sales of Volume 5 at 53,316 copies in its first 7 days. The volume went on to sell another 18,535 copies the following week. Hajime no Ippo Volume 134 is next at Number 14. It was last seen on the chart between December 13 and December 19 with its 133rd volume at 34,432 copies. The final new release on the list belongs to Number 19’s Megami no Café Terrace Volume 5 which previously made an appearance for Volume 4 at 22,834 copies sold. If you are a fan of titles such as Kimi no Iru Machi and Suzuka, be sure to check it out as it is worked on by the same author.
1. Sousou no Frieren Vol. 7