The USA's Top Ten Best-Selling Manga




Manga

sales are still going strong, according to recently released sales

figures covering the first half of 2011. What's surprising are how the

popularity of certain manga in the USA differs markedly from fave manga titles
and properties

in Japan.

The ICv2 ranking only covers Q1 and Q2 but it's likely
that
unless some blockbuster arrives out of nowhere (which is unlikely),

this list should look much the same by the end of the year. Without
further
ado, let's start the countdown to number one:

10.
SOUL EATER


Soul Eater is a Japanese
manga
series
written and
illustrated by Atsushi Okubo. The title is a spin-off of
Okubo's
first manga series entitled B.Ichi. Originally intended
to be
a “one-shot” story, Soul
Eater
received rave reviews that prompted
the publisher, Gangan
Comics, to ask Okubo to continue the story arc
as a stand-alone series.

Nineteen
volumes of Soul Eater
have been released since June 24 of 2003. (Soul
Eater image via Dancing Silhouettes)

9.
DRAGON BALL & DRAGON BALL Z


Dragon Ball got its start as a Japanese manga
series
serialized in the Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine from 1984 to 1995.
Akira
Toriyama wrote and illustrated the original Dragon Ball, which fills 42 separate
volumes and has
sold over 200 million copies worldwide (152 million
in Japan alone).

Both
Dragon Ball and the related anime
Dragon Ball Z have been cited as
extremely influential on today's
manga and anime design. (Dragon Ball
image via Pablo Costa)

8. FULL METAL
ALCHEMIST


Though some fans
despise any mention of
Steampunk, there's no denying Full Metal
Alchemist
, a manga series written and
illustrated by Hiromu
Arakawa, evokes comparisons to retro-futurism
and alternative history
fantasies.

Full Metal
Alchemist's original
run in Monthly Shōnen Gangan began in August 2001
and finished in
June 2010 with 25 volumes released in the USA; 27
volumes in all. (Full
Metal Alchemist image via Otaku
Ako
)

7. ROSARIO + VAMPIRE


Rosario + Vampire (RosaVam for
short) began its run
in the fall of 2007 and is still going strong
both in Japan, the USA and
other parts of the world.

We
won't even mention Twilight
(oops!) except to state that manga fans
looking for their
fix of occult gothic romance and adolescent
schooldays adventurism need
look no further than this complex tale
of friendly bloodlust. (Rosario
+ Vampire image via Manga-Market.com)

6. BLACK
BIRD


Black Bird, written and illustrated by Kanoko
Sakurakoji,
has been serialized in Japan's Betsucomi magazine since
2007. The
plot revolves around a high school girl who can see
supernatural
beings and all the problems (and advantages) this ability
brings
her.

Viz Media, a pioneer and power
in the field of
English-language manga, licensed Black Bird for release in North
America with the
first chapter debuting on August 4, 2009. (Black
Bird image via Glitter-Graphics.com)

5. DEATH
NOTE


Death Note is a manga series created by writer
Tsugumi
Ohba and manga artist
Takeshi Obata.
Originally published in Japan from May of 2004
through October of 2006,
the twelve volume series has had a second
life in the USA with all
twelve volumes plus a 13th "reader's guide"
achieving wide popularity.

In
January of 2011, the rights
to Death
Note
were acquired with the intention of
filming a live-action movie
based on the original
manga. (Death Note image via Diversion)

4. BLACK BUTLER


A relative newcomer to
the manga scene, Black
Butler
(written and illustrated by Yana
Toboso) made its debut in
September of 2006 and is going strong with
twelve volumes to date in
Japan. In the summer of 2009, Yen Press
licensed the series for English
language release with the first
volume hitting store shelves about six
months later.

Black
Butler has seemed to have found its niche
among manga readers as the
initial post-release buzz has hardly faded. (Black
Butler image
via North
Star Anime
)

3. VAMPIRE
KNIGHT


Matsuri
Hino's Vampire Knight
is another manga (and later, anime) title that
has found success
mining the goth/occult vein, pun intended. Eleven
volumes of the
series' collected chapters have been released in Japan
since Vampire
Knight
first debuted in the January 2005
issue of LaLa magazine.

Viz Media,
who hold the
English-language license, have been releasing volumes
on a quarterly
basis since the series premiere in the July 2006
issue of Shojo Beat. (Vampire
Knight image via I Read Manga)

2. BLEACH


Bleach
has had an incredible
run of success in both Japan, the USA and
worldwide since it debuted
in 2001. Written and illustrated by Noriaki
"Tite" Kubo,
Bleach
was warmly
received by both American manga readers and fans of the Adult
Swim Network
following its dual
print/video debut in 2006.

Bleach
achieved a rare level of
notoriety more recently when Gene Simmons' son
Nick was accused of
plagiarizing Bleach and other popular manga
titles for his
own comic, Incarnate. (Bleach image via Cartoon Picture Collection)

1.
NARUTO


Naruto, written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto,
debuted in Japan in 1999
and made the jump across the pond early in
2003 via Viz Media's Shonen
Jump
magazine. Viz had been releasing
volumes of the
English-language Naruto
manga at an accelerated rate in order to
catch up with the Japanese
version but finally, after 45 volumes,
releases have been slowed
down to quarterly.

Naruto is available
in just about every
format imaginable – it's even been given the Box
Set treatment. So
deeply has Naruto engrained itself into pop culture
it's likely
we'll see it hovering near the top of the sales charts for a
long
time to come. (Naruto image via DesktopXP)



Manga
maniacs will
note a few well-known titles are AWOL from the above
list. You can find
One Piece (11), Yu-Gi-Oh! (15) and K-On! (24)
further down ICv2's top 25
ranking... if you haven't already found
'em at your fave manga shop. (via
ICv2,
top image via US
Forces
in Japan
)



Source

DBZ remains in the top 10....and remains flawless while doing so :)