For the first time since the debut of the NYT Manga Bestsellers list, a title that's not Naruto has four volumes in the top 10. This feat is documented in this week's New York Times Graphic Books Bestseller List, as the latest volume of Black Butler by Yana Toboso from Yen Press makes its debut, joining Volumes 1 and 3 there, along with Volume 2, which returns to the top 10 after a few weeks absence.
Since its debut in early 2010, Black Butler has enjoyed a near-constant presence in the NYT Manga Top 10. Little wonder, since Toboso's mix of Gothic decadence, action, drama, humor and pretty boy eye-candy pretty much has something for (almost) everyone.
And it's not just the manga. The first season of the Black Butler anime series is now available on DVD from Funimation. The second season of Black Butler will begin simulcasting on the Funimation Channel beginning on Tuesday, February 8, 2011.
Also new on this week's chart: The latest volume of Ouran High School Host Club, Bisco Hatori's popular gender-bending romantic comedy from VIZ Media's Shojo Beat imprint.
Here's the rest of the New York Times Graphic Books Manga Top 10 for the week ending January 30, 2010.
|1||2 ↑||5 wks||Hetalia: Axis Powers Vol. 1||Hidekaz Himaruya||TOKYOPOP|
|2||NEW||1 wk||Black Butler Vol. 4||Yana Toboso||Yen Press|
|3||3 ↔||8 wks||Vampire Knight Vol. 11||Matsuri Hino||Shojo Beat / VIZ Media|
|4||4 ↔||17 wks||Naruto Volume 49||Masashi Kishimoto||Shonen Jump / VIZ Media|
|5||1 ↓||2 wks||Fullmetal Alchemist Volume 24||Hiromu Arakawa||VIZ Media|
|6||5 ↓||18 wks||Hetalia: Axis Powers Vol. 1||Hidekaz Himaruya||TOKYOPOP|
|7||10 ↑||14 wks||Black Butler Vol. 3||Yana Toboso||Yen Press|
|8||6 ↓||21 wks||Black Butler Vol. 1||Yana Toboso||Yen Press|
|9||RET||15 wks||Black Butler Vol. 2||Yana Toboso||Yen Press|
|10||NEW||1 wk||Ouran High School Host Club Vol. 15||Bisco Hatori||Shojo Beat / 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: © Yana Toboso / SQUARE ENIX