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NY Times Manga Bestsellers: Hetalia Volume 2 Debuts at #1

By January 8, 2011

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Hetalia Vol. 2 The boys are back in town - or at least the very cute versions of Italy, Germany, Japan, China and the United States from Hidekaz Himaruya's Hetalia Axis Powers, as the second volume of this gleefully politically-incorrect manga storms onto this week's New York Times Graphic Books Bestseller List to debut at #1. Meanwhile, the first volume of Hetalia maintains its hold on its spot in the NYT Top 10, as it hangs out in the #6 slot.

Since its debut in September 2010, Hetalia has been making a strong showing on the sales charts -- but this doesn't include the sales from the various digital download sites that are also offering Hetalia such as comiXology or Zinio - so that might mean that Hetalia is actually selling even more than the NYT chart indicates. Food for thought as we head into an increasingly digital landscape for manga publishing in North America.

Also notable on the TokyoPop front is the return of Alice in the Country of Hearts Volume 5, as it pops up in the Top 10 again after a two week absence.

Here's the rest of the New York Times Graphic Books Manga Top 10 for the week ending January 2, 2010.

on List
Title Author/Artist Publisher
1 NEW 1 wk Hetalia: Axis Powers Vol. 2 Hidekaz Himaruya TOKYOPOP
2 1 ↓ 4 wks Vampire Knight Vol. 11 Matsuri Hino Shojo Beat / VIZ Media
3 7 ↑ 10 wks Black Butler Vol. 3 Yana Toboso Yen Press
4 6 ↑ 4 wks Ouran High School Host Club Vol. 15 Bisco Hatori Shojo Beat/ VIZ Media
5 2 ↓ 11 wks Naruto Volume 49 Masashi Kishimoto Shonen Jump / VIZ Media
6 8 ↑ 14 wks Hetalia: Axis Powers Vol. 1 Hidekaz Himaruya TOKYOPOP
7 5 ↓ 4 wks Bleach Vol. 33 Tite Kubo Shonen Jump / VIZ Media
8 RET 6 wks Alice in the Country of Hearts Vol. 5 QuinRose and Hoshino Soumei TOKYOPOP
9 3 ↓ 2 wks Yotsuba&! Vol. 9 Kiyohiko Azuma Yen Press
10 4 ↓ 4 wks Rosario + Vampire Season II Vol. 3 Akihisa Ikeda Shonen Jump Advanced/ VIZ Media

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 credits: Hidekaz Himaruya / GENTOSHA COMICS INC.


January 11, 2011 at 12:03 am
(1) mosh says:

Nothing on that list is worth me purchasing though :|

January 11, 2011 at 11:17 pm
(2) FH14 says:

You guys listed Hetalia Volume 1 twice. I smell a typo.

January 12, 2011 at 12:54 am
(3) manga says:

I’ll go fix.

January 14, 2011 at 3:56 pm
(4) Nikki says:

Make PASTA, not war!

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