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NY Times Manga Bestsellers: Vampire Knight Fulfills Fans' Hunger for Romance

By November 28, 2009

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Vampire Knight Vol. 8Perhaps riding on a wave of interest in all things related to bloodsucking hunks, the latest volume of Vampire Knight tops the New York Times Graphic Books list for the second week in a row, fending off challenges from the latest volumes of Naruto and Ouran High School Host Club.

Also, a nod since one is due, The New York Times has finally seen fit to spotlight a manga title in the introductions to the Graphic Books Bestsellers list. Sure, it took them 36 weeks, and a different writer (Adam Kepler instead of usual scribe George Gene Gustines), but hey, it's a step in the right direction.

Perhaps due to the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the manga list for the week ending November 21 is an exact replica of the list for the week ending on November 14. But since I missed posting last week's list, I give you the November 14 list, until the Times figures out the snafu and posts the corrected top 10 for November 21.

This
Week
Last
Week
Weeks
on List
Title Author/Artist Publisher
1 1 ↔ 2 wk Vampire Knight Volume 8 Matsuri Hino Shojo Beat / VIZ Media
2 2 ↔ 7 wks Naruto Volume 46 Masashi Kishimoto Shonen Jump / VIZ Media
3 4 ↑ 2 wk Ouran High School Host Club Volume 13 Bisco Hattori Shojo Beat / VIZ Media
4 5 ↑ 2 wk Black Bird Volume 2 Kanoko Sakurakoji Shojo Beat / VIZ Media
5 6 ↑ 3 wk Maximum Ride Volume 2 James Patterson and NaRae Lee Yen Press
6 7 ↑ 2 wks Rosario + Vampire Volume 10 Akihisa Ikeda Shonen Jump / VIZ Media
7 3 ↓ 3 wk Negima! Magister Negi Magi Volume 24 Ken Akamatsu Del Rey Manga
8 8 ↔ 4 wk Soul Eater Volume 1 Atsushi Ohkubo Yen Press
9 9 ↔ 2 wks D.Gray Man Volume 15 Katsura Hoshino Shonen Jump Advanced / VIZ Media
10 10 ↔ 3 wks Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Volume 24 CLAMP Del Rey Manga

NOTE: "RET" means that a title has returned to the Top 10 after an absence of a week or more. Weeks on the chart are counted as weeks on the Top 10.

Image credit: © Matsuri Hino / HAKUSENSHA Inc.

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