The first week of any given month is usually when a bumper crop of new manga arrives in the stores, and this week's edition New York Times Graphic Books Manga Bestseller List has several of these March newcomers making their claim to a spot on the top 10.
The latest volume of Bleach pushes aside last week's top sellers to claim the top spot, while new volumes of Skip Beat, The Dark Hunters and Alice in the Country of Hearts also get their time in the spotlight.
Also worth noting: This week's chart marks the start of the second year of the New York Times Graphic Books lists, which started in March 2009 in the midst of Naruto speed-up mania.
Here's the rest of the New York Times Graphic Books Manga Top 10 for the week ending March 5, 2010.
|1||NEW||1 wk||Bleach Volume 30||Tite Kubo||Shonen Jump / VIZ Media|
|2||2 ↔||5 wks||Naruto Volume 47||Masashi Kishimoto||Shonen Jump / VIZ Media|
|3||1 ↓||2 wks||Negima! Volume 25||Ken Akamatsu||Del Rey Manga|
|4||2 ↓||5 wks||Vampire Knight Volume 8||Matsuri Hino||Shojo Beat / VIZ Media|
|5||NEW||1 wk||The Dark Hunters Volume 2||Sherrilyn Kenyon and Claudia Campos||St. Martin's Press|
|6||3 ↓||2 wks||Soul Eater Volume 2||Atsushi Ohkubo||Yen Press|
|7||5 ↓||6 wks||Black Butler Volume 1||Yana Toboso||Yen Press|
|8||NEW||1 wk||Skip Beat! Volume 20||Yoshiki Nakamura||Shojo Beat / VIZ Media|
|9||7 ↓||5 wks||Alice in the Country of Hearts Volume 1||Quinrose and Soumei Hoshino||TOKYOPOP|
|10||NEW||1 wk||Alice in the Country of Hearts Volume 2||Quinrose and Soumei Hoshino||TOKYOPOP|
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: © 2001 by Tite Kubo / SHUEISHA Inc.