The week between May 2 and May 8 sees Spy x Family volumes dropping from their previous positions as they make way for new releases, however, all volumes are still present on the chart with a new addition to its catalogue taking the 9th spot, the official fanbook titled “Eyes Only” in its first 7 days.
Charting first on the week’s list is Boku no Hero Academia Volume 34 in its first week. Note that the series has been performing a lot better as of its recent volumes, hitting a peak of 452,736 copies sold in its first 7 days for Volume 32, up by 5.09% from Volume 29’s 429,673 copies. While there is a potentiality of copies sold to record yet another growth for its latest volume, I do believe that sales would stabilise and hover within the 430,000 copies to 450,000 copies range. Last year, the Manga was announced to have entered its “Final Act” (Source: ANN), and a sixth season is planned for broadcast this coming Fall 2022 season for its Anime adaptation.
Next, at Number 2 is One Punch-Man Volume 25, also in its first week. Its performance, however, has not been so encouraging since Volume 21. Copies sold were at a high 285,015 for Volume 21 in just 5 days, but Volume 23 could not repeat Volume 21’s performance, noting fewer copies sold in its first week at 274,698 copies sold. Volume 23 also witnessed a drop of 21.96% from the 3-day sales of Volume 22 to 117,584 copies. I suspect Volume 25 may see a small reduction in sales, so do expect it to see around 250,000 copies to 260,000 copies sold this time around.
At Number 3 is Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan – Hokkaido-hen Volume 7 at 7 days of sales, a series that has been struggling after a major and positive turnout of its 1st and 2nd volumes. Note that its sales performance was still very encouraging for Volume 3 which recorded 111,231 copies sold back in August 2019, but that had fallen by 2.13% for Volume 5 which recorded 108,859 copies sold in December 2020 in its first 3 days. That said, the decline is a lot more serious for Volume 6, which despite having a day longer than Volumes 3 and 5 on the charts, could only produce 75,731 copies sold in its first 4 days.
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Number 5 is another title that has been apparently on a decline trajectory for quite some time now. Natsume Yuujinchou makes its 7-day debut for Volume 28 with sales expected to hit roughly 130,000 copies sold or less. The highest ever recorded for the series would most likely be Volume 15 at 227,945 copies sold in its first 3 days or Volume 17’s 168,344 copies sold in its first 2 days. The series unfortunately has been reporting a slowdown in sales hitting its worst (possibly) for its 27th volume at 57,433 copies in its first 3 days in September 2021, nearly four times less than the amount made by Volume 15.
And then, we have got Dandadan Volume 5 at Number 6, a series that was off to a flying start when its 1st volume was charted at 57,761 copies sold in 5 days in August 2021. It continued its good run for Volumes 3 and Volume 4 which recorded 44,576 copies and 51,085 copies sold in their first 3 days. Do expect a larger turnout for its 5th volume, above 90,000 copies sold is quite plausible, and if all goes well, it may even hit slightly more than 100,000 copies. Dandadan can also be read for free through Manga Plus in English, so be sure to check it out! Plus, be sure to give a go at its promotional video which Shueisha released last year back in August down below!
Mashle is 8th on the list in its first 7 days for Volume 11. In case you have not heard the news, the series has been said to be entering its final arc beginning its 12th volume (Source: ANN). As for its sales performance, copies sold have been rather stable with a slight hint of decline for Volumes 9 and 10 if compared to Volume 6 in their first 3 days. Almost like Dandadan, you can read its chapters for free via Manga Plus, though not all are available. Shueisha also released a short promotional video to commemorate the series’ 11th volume, so do check it out down below.
At Number 10, you will find Boruto: Naruto Next Generations’s 17th volume in its first 7 days of sales. Judging from its latest performance, it is quite hard to say how well it will do on the upcoming Oricon sales chart for the same week. It reported a minute climb in sales between Volumes 14 and 15 but seemed to be quite tame for Volume 16 which had 73,406 copies sold in its first 6 days. Note that Volume 11 which had only 5 days of sales in May 2020 was much better at 83,613 copies sold. Nevertheless, you can still expect copies sold to be around 70,000 copies to 90,000 copies for its 17th volume.
The final new release on the list is Number 11’s Akagami no Shirayuki-hime Volume 25 at 7 days of sales. The series is seeing a small drop in sales since Volume 18, but they are not as severe as Natsume Yuujinchou. Copies sold were possibly at its strongest for Volume 15 at 113,067 in just 6 days, though that dropped 11.28% to 100,312 copies for Volume 19. The last time it had 7 days of sales on Oricon sales chart was for Volume 23 at 84,993 copies, not as great as some of its past volumes, as such do expect copies sold to see around 75,000 copies to 85,000 copies sold for Volume 25.
1. Boku no Hero Academia Vol. 34